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Legends Showcase Rules & Regulations

Player Rules

In order to participate in games, every player must:

  • Be properly certified in registration with Zorts, at the appropriate age for their division (age as of January 1, 2022 applies to each division all season — no exceptions)
  • Wear a wristband with correct event name (“Houston”, “Louisville”, etc.)
  • Sign Participation Waiver
  • Sign Code of Conduct
  • Play for the same team for the entirety of the event, playing on a different team in either the same or different age group, even from the same program, results in automatic disqualification for both the initial team the player was on and the team they switched to
  • Wear a mouthguard during the game (not required for quarterbacks)
  • Wear soft shell headgear (not required for quarterbacks)
  • Headgear must have at least a 4 rating by Virginia Tech Helmet Labs and include a fully functional retention system or chin strap
  • Headgear must provide full head coverage with no hard or metal component parts, and be unable to cause harm to others
  • Concussion Protocol: Medical assessment will be conducted by the Eventus Medical Director and Athletic Trainers assigned to the event. Field concussion protocol will be used to establish which course of action will need to be taken. In the event that medical transport is needed, event protocol will be followed in contacting 9-1-1. Concussion Protocol prohibits an athlete from returning to play if transported to hospital. Upon return, athlete must present hospital discharge and restriction paperwork to the coach and event medical staff. If athlete is NOT cleared to participate the athlete WILL NOT PLAY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.

 

Team Rules

  • Maximum of 30 players per team, no more than 30 wristbands for players per team can be issued
  • Players must participate in mandatory wristband and equipment gear checks (mouthguard & headgear) before every game
  • Maximum of 4 coaches per team, with sideline access only during games, no more than 4 wristbands for coaches per team can be issued
  • One offensive coach may be in the huddle between plays
  • No more than two additional offensive players can be on field during play, and they must stay on one knee (first infraction is a warning, second infraction will result in a Delay of Game penalty for offense)
  • No defensive coach may be on the field at any time
  • When the opposing offense reaches the 10-yard line, the offensive players on the sideline can go behind the 40-yard line to begin getting ready for their next possession
  • Every team must check in with the field monitor prior to their scheduled game; if a team is more than 5 minutes late then they must forfeit

 

Game Rules

Event Format:

  • Every team will complete three games of pool play before single-elimination playoff games
  • For each game of pool play, coin toss determines which team will select whether they want to play offense or defense first, field monitor chooses team to call the coin toss, only players can call toss
  • For each playoff game, higher seeded team decides who has possession first

 

Referees & Field Monitors:

  • Each game will have at least two referees (one referee keeping official game time, one referee tracking score and quarterback’s 4 seconds time to throw) and one field monitor (keeping the official score)
  • Referees responsible for making decisions and rules on each play and announcing score changes, field monitor responsible for ensuring order and proper time flow of game, tracking runs and blitzes, hearing disputes on rulings after completion of pool play games and intervening in any rules discrepancies during playoff games

 

First Downs:

  • Fields are 40 yards in length, first downs are at 25-yard line and 10-yard line
  • Offense has three downs to get a first down (at 25-yard line or 10-yard line) or score a touchdown (if at or inside the 10-yard line)

 

Scoring:

  • 6 points for offensive touchdown (no defensive touchdown)
  • 1 point for PAT conversion from 5-yard line
  • 2 points for PAT conversion from 10-yard line
  • 2 points for a defensive stop
  • 3 points for a defensive interception
  • 0 points for a defensive interception on PAT attempt

 

Timing:

  • Every game is 25 minutes long with a running clock that can only be stopped by order from field monitor
  • Quarterback has 4 seconds to throw a pass or hand off ball to running player UNLESS the defense blitzes, in which case the quarterback can throw at any time
  • 4-second time window is tracked by referee and digital quarterback ball tee, if quarterback is still holding ball after 4 seconds, play is dead
  • In playoffs, each team gets one 30-second timeout per game
  • If time expires when touchdown is scored, offense is permitted to have PAT chance

Inadvertent Whistle:

  • Any inadvertent whistle (whistle accidentally blown during play that was meant to continue) results in dead ball and down is replayed
  • If inadvertent whistle occurs under 2 minutes in playoff games, clock stops until down is replayed
  • If inadvertent whistle occurs at end of regulation, there is untimed replay of down
  • If inadvertent whistle occurs on any play of overtime, ball is dead and play is redone

 

Ties:

  • No overtime in pool play games, if score is tied at end of regulation, result is a tie for both teams
  • In playoff games, if score is tied at end of regulation, overtime is played and referee selects which team calls coin toss
  • Coin toss winner selects whether to play offense or defense first, order switches for each subsequent possession (if team wins coin toss and elects to go on offense first, they then go second if score is still tied after one set of possessions)
  • Offense and defense have alternating possessions, if one team has higher score at end of a possession it wins the game
  • Ball starts at the 10-yard line for each possession, offense has three attempts to score a touchdown
  • Only offensive scoring counts in overtime, no points awarded for defensive stops or interceptions
  • On first possession for each offense, PAT attempt can be from either 5-yard line (1 point possible) or 10-yard line (2 points possible); for second possession and all others, PAT attempt must be from 10-yard line

 

Offense:

  • All offensive formations must be legal sets — at least two receivers on line of scrimmage for every snap
  • The offense is allowed one running play per game, tracked by the referees, any offensive player except the quarterback can run
  • If the offense runs after already using their one run, it is a loss of down
  • All passes must be thrown forward by quarterback, if quarterback throws laterally to receiver behind line of scrimmage it counts as run play
  • Reception occurs when offensive player possesses ball with at least one step inbounds
  • A drop by the quarterback before throwing the pass is not a fumble, quarterback still has 4 seconds to attempt pass, run, or hand off ball to running player
  • If offensive player fumbles ball, play is blown dead where ball is fumbled at player’s progress
  • No blocking permitted, result of play is offensive holding penalty and loss of down
  • Laterals not permitted once receiver or runner establishes possession of ball
  • All offensive player substitutions must take place behind the line of scrimmage
  • Offense is responsible for retrieving and returning the ball to previous scrimmage spot or new scrimmage spot, any deliberate attempt by offense to impede spot results in delay of game penalty

 

Defense:

  • It is the defense’s responsibility to avoid contact
  • An offensive receiver/ball carrier is considered down when a defensive player contacts the player with at least one hand below the neck and above the ankles
  • The defense is allowed one blitz per game, tracked by the referees, defense can blitz as many players as they want
  • If there is an offensive penalty on the play that the blitz is used, the defense is awarded their blitz back
  • If the defense blitzes after already using their one blitz, it is a 10-yard penalty and automatic first down for offense

 

Celebration:

  • Players are permitted to celebrate with teammates and coaches in-between plays and after the game has ended
  • No excessive celebration can occur directly in front of opposing players, coaches or spectators, otherwise a 15-yard personal foul penalty is assessed

 

Penalties:

  • Offensive false start: Loss of down
  • Offensive off-sides: Loss of down
  • Defensive off-sides: 5-yard penalty, redo down unless penalty yardage reaches first down
  • Defense provoking offensive players to move before snap, such as flinching: 5-yard penalty
  • Offensive holding: Loss of down
  • Defensive holding: 5-yard penalty, first down
  • Defensive player is allowed initial disruptive contact against offensive player at line of scrimmage but will be assigned 5-yard holding penalty if there is prolonged or excessive contact after disruption, and if contact includes shoving, pushing or striking a blow against another player, a 15-yard personal foul penalty will be assessed instead of the 5-yard holding penalty
  • Offensive pass interference: Loss of down
  • Defensive pass interference outside endzone: 15-yard penalty, first down
  • Defensive pass interference inside endzone: First down on 1-yard line
  • Offensive delay of game: 5-yard penalty unless occurs at 40-yard line, then loss of down
  • Defensive delay of game: 5-yard penalty, first down
  • If offense commits two consecutive delay of game penalties, change of possession occurs and opposing defense is awarded 2 points
  • If offense commits delay of game penalty in final five minutes of playoff game, game clock stops until next snap
  • What qualifies as delay of game:
  • Offense taking more than 25 seconds to snap ball once referee marks it ready for play
  • Quarterback throwing ball well after play is blown dead
  • More than 7 players on the field for either the offense or defense
  • Delay by either offense or defense in retrieving and returning the ball to referee
  • Offensive personal foul: 15-yard penalty, loss of down
  • Defensive personal foul: 15-yard penalty, first down
  • Offensive personal foul on turnover/other change of possession: 15-yard penalty for opponent’s offense
  • Defensive personal foul on turnover/other change of possession: Loss of down for their offense
  • Offensive personal foul after touchdown is scored: Lose PAT chance
  • What qualifies as personal foul:
  • Excessive force, such as shoving, pushing or striking a blow on an opposing player
  • Defensive player diving at an offensive player
  • Directly taunting an opposing player, coach or spectator — some trash talk is OK, but keep it clean!
  • Excessive celebration after any play — anything that disrupts flow of game and instigates opposing players or coaches
  • Kicking or punting the ball (unless done with intent to give to referee or field monitor)
  • Yardage penalties that occur without enough room on field to take full yardage will be measured half the distance from the endzone (defense) or 40-yard line (offense)
  • Yardage penalties against the offense when it is on the 40-yard line will result in a loss of down

 

Appeals:

  • In pool play, coach’s request to appeal a ruling made in a game must be made to that game’s field monitor within 10 minutes after the game has ended, no in-game appeals are permitted
  • In playoffs, field monitor can stop clock in game and discuss referees’ ruling with them at their discretion
  • All appeals must come from coaches, not players

 

Balls:

  • All Wilson game balls will be provided by Legends Showcase referees and field monitors for each game. No other balls may be used for games, any balls can be used for teams to practice with.

 

Event Conduct

  • No fighting will be tolerated.Any player who initiates a fight where a punch is thrown will be immediately ejected from the tournament.
  • No players are to leave the sideline and enter the field if a fight breaks out during a game. Those players will be immediately ejected from the current game and subject to ejection from the tournament.
  • Parents and fans are to remain away from the bench area of teams. Any parent who instigates a fight with an opposing player or coach will be removed from the event and team may be subject to ejection from event.
  • Any parent or fan entering the field of play during a game for any reason (except injury) will be immediately ejected from the event and the team may be ejected from the tournament.