General Penalties

  • All penalties are 5-yards, the down will be repeated, and will be assessed from the line or scrimmage unless otherwise noted.
  • All penalties may be declined except dead ball fouls and penalties that stop the current play (Flag guarding, delay of pass, etc.)
  • Penalties will not exceed half the distance to the opposing team's goal line from the line of scrimmage unless it is a spot foul. The ball can never be placed closer than the 1-yard line
  • Game officials determine incidental contact that may result from normal run of play.
  • Games cannot end at half time or the end of the game on an accepted penalty.
  • Penalties after an interception shall be assessed after the return is over and/or the play is blown dead.

Defensive Penalties

  • Offside - player(s) lined up across or crossing the Line of Scrimmage at the snap of the ball.
  • Disconcerting Signals - signals to distract or simulate offensive signals prior to snap
  • Illegal Rushing - players) not lined up at least 12 inches on 1 side from rusher bean bag or rushing & crossing the Line of Scrimmage from inside the 7-yard rusher bean bag.
  • Pass Interference- both contact & non-contact that interferes with an offensive player catching a ball while it is in air. also includes screening & pushing off at Soot or Foul Automatic First Down).
  • Illegal Contact - physical contact such as impeding, redirecting, obstruction, blocking, holding, & tackling as well as any upper body contact with an offensive player throwing the ball including the ball in their hand at Spot of Foul (Automatic First Down) Illegal Flag Pull - pulling a flag of a player before they have the ball at Spot of Foul (Automatic First Down).

Offensive Penalties

  • Delay of Game - ball is not snapped within 20 seconds, play whistled dead.
  • Delay of Pass - ball is not passed by Quarterback in
  • 7 seconds, play whistled dead.
  • Offside - player(s) lined up across or crossing the LOS at the snap of the ball.
  • Illegal Snap - Center lifting or moving ball to simulate a snap.
  • Flag Guarding, Jumping or Diving - ball carrier uses any part of their body or ball to prevent flags from being pulled or advancing the ball, play is whistled dead at Spot of Foul
  • Rusher Interference - impeding a rusher's direct path to Quarterback.
  • Player Out of Bounds - player goes out of bounds by themselves, returns inbounds & then touches the ball inbounds.
  • Interference - impeding, redirecting, obstruction, blocking with no contact, play whistled dead at Spot of Foul
  • Illegal Contact - physical contact such as impeding, redirecting, obstruction, blocking, holding & tackling (Loss of Down).
  • Pass Interference - both contact & non-contact that interferes with a defensive player's catching a ball while it is in air, also includes screening, pushing off & pick plays (Loss of Down).
  • Illegal Running Play - a quarterback running with the ball across the Line of Scrimmage without any transfer of the ball. 
  • Illegal Forward Pass - when a second forward pass occurs, or when a forward pass occurs after the ball has crossed the Line of Scrimmage. 

General / Major Penalties

  • Illegal Substitution - Any offensive player substitution after the center is prepared to snap the ball and a defensive player substitution during the play.
  • Game Interference - any substitute players, coaches or spectators interfering with ball, player or official while ball is in play.
  • Leaving Team Area - players or coaches leaving their designated team sideline area or crossing the middle of the held into the opponent's team area
  • Objectionable Conduct - players, coaches, teams or spectators using profane language or gestures, threats, demeaning or intimidating remarks & actions, persistent arguments, fake injuries, delay of game or targeting players to initiate contact will result in a 3-vard penalty. A player, coach, team or spectator receiving a second Objectionable Conduct penalty during a game will be ejected from that game
  • Objectionable Conduct - players, coaches, teams, or spectators using profane language or gestures, threats, demeaning or intimidating remarks & actions, persistent arguments, fake injuries, delay of game or targeting players to initiate contact will result in a 15-yard penalty. Any player, coach, team or spectator receiving a second Objectionable Conduct penalty during a game will be ejected from that game. An official can decide to immediately eject a player if the conduct is deemed severe enough.