Rules

Rules of Competition

NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations [modified] (2009-10) is the official playing rules for the All-American Junior Football League. The following modifications to the NCAA rules have been adopted by the Board of Administration.

1.      1-1-4a Note. The game shall be played under the supervision of four to five officials: a referee, an umpire, a line judge and a back judge (optional). The All-American Junior Bowl and the Senior Farewell Game shall be supervised by five to seven officials. The game may be played with no less than four officials.

2.      1-1-7a Note. Franchise teams and assigned game officials shall conduct all games under the official playing rules of the All-American Junior League.

3.      1-2-1, 1-2-5 Note. The field and goal post may comply with the NFHS or NCAA standards.

4.      1-3-2a Note. Each team shall present one game balls to the game officials for approval.

5.      1-4-3a Note. Teams are not required to have home (dark) and away (white) jerseys. Teams that are competing shall have contrasting jersey colors.

6.      3-2-1 Note. The length of regulation game time shall be 48 minutes, divided in four periods of 12 minutes.

7.      6-1-1 Note. The kicking team’s restraining line on a kickoff shall be its 40-yard line.

8.      9-1-2e Note. AAJFL shall adopt the NFHS -Free-Blocking Zone.

1)      The free-blocking zone is a rectangular area extending laterally 4 yards either side of the spot of the snap and 3 yards behind each line of scrimmage. A player is in the free-blocking zone when any part of his body is in the zone at the snap.

2)      Blocking below the waist is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:

(a)      All players involved in the blocking are on the line scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.

(b)      The contact is in the zone.

3)      Clipping is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:

(a)      By offensive lineman who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.

(b)      Against defensive players who are on the line scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.

(c)      The contact is in the zone.

4)      Blocking in the back is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:

(a)      By offensive linemen who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.

(b)      Against defensive players who are in the zone at the snap.

(c)      The contact is in the zone.

5)      The free-blocking zone disintegrates and the exception for a player block below the waist and/or the exception for offensive linemen to clip and/or block in the back are not to continue after the ball has left the zone.

9.      Rule 12- Note. The officials shall have authority to make decisions for infraction of the rules. The use of any replay or television monitoring equipment by the officials in making any decision relating to the game is prohibited.

The referee has authority to rule promptly, and in the spirit of good sportsmanship, on any situation not specifically covered in the rules. The referee’s decisions are finial in all matters pertaining to the game.

Tiebreaker

AAJFL football games cannot conclude in a tie. The NCAA tiebreaker system will be used when a game is tied after four periods. Rule 3-1-3

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