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JEFFCO MIDGET FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RULES

 

SECTION I: ELIGIBILITY

1.   GRADE/AGE

2.   PLAYER REQUIREMENTS

3.   REGISTRATION

4.   ROSTERING

5.   OFFICIAL ROSTERS and TEAM BOOKS

6.   PLACEMENT

7.   INELIGIBLE OR ILLEGAL PLAYER

8.   BACKFIELD LIMITATION

9.   WEIGH-IN

10. SWEATDOWNS

11. WAIVERS

12. AREAS

13. COACHES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1    GRADE/AGE

1.1     League play begins at 2nd grade. Players will be placed on teams on their grade for the
year of play. The Jeffco Midget Football Association (JMFA) sponsors the following age groups for
play: 2nd grade (7); 3rd grade (8); 4th grade (9); 5th grade (10); 6th grade (11); 7th grade (12);
8th grade seniors - (13-14). High School students are ineligible to participate in the JMFA
program. EXCEPTION: 1st graders may play on a 2nd grade team for ONE YEAR and then play 2nd grade
again as 2nd graders.

1.2 When special circumstances exist due to repeating a grade or being advanced a grade, the JMFA
board will determine where the child will be rostered based on age as of July 31st of the current
year.

1.3     At no time, will a player be allowed to play up or down in grade without JMFA board
approval

1.4     Any player who was previously rostered on a JMFA team with players one grade above or below
that players school grade, may elect to move to that players school assigned grade level one time
in that player’s JMFA career.

2    PLAYER REQUIREMENTS

2.1     No player shall be eligible to play or practice until his/her registration fee has been
paid or waived by the area

2.2     The doctor’s certificate has been received stating that the player is medically eligible to
participate in football.

2.3     A copy of the birth certificate or US Passport or state issued Identification Card is on
file

2.4     Proof of grade/proof of residence is received

2.5     The parents code of ethics is received

2.6     Release of liability is received

2.7     The player is equipped with certified equipment as approved by JMFA.

2.8     Areas using Electronic Registration may use electronic signature of acceptance of the
Parents Code of Ethics and the Release of Liability to satisfy receipt of the forms and proof of
registration.

2.9     No player participating in a tackle football program (including school programs) other than
JMFA is eligible for participation in JMFA.

2.9.1     Players found to be concurrently rostered to a JMFA team and participating in another
football program shall be deemed illegal and Section 1 Rule 7will apply.

2.10      A child who turns 15 prior to November 30th is ineligible to participate in the JMFA
program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3      REGISTRATION

 


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3.1     Registration will be officially closed at the time of the county bracketing, with the
following exceptions: (A player may be accepted after the County Bracketing meeting date if the
following procedure is adhered to)

3.1.1     Area President/Director assigns the player to the team with the smallest roster in
his/her area with the signed approval of the County President.

3.1.2     If the area has full rosters in the player’s age group, the player will go to the closest
geographical are with an opening on a roster in the player’s grade. See Section II, Rule 2.

3.1.3     The County President or his/her designee will perform weigh-in. A player cannot enter the
program after the second game has been played by any team in the grade level (any division) in
which that player will compete. Player cannot enter the program after the second regularly
scheduled game has been played, e.g. a youth cannot enter the program during the playoffs only.

4    ROSTERING

4.1     Area Presidents/Directors have prime responsibility to roster players on teams and to do so
within the association rules In accordance with Rule 2 Player Requirements

4.2     Returning players should appear on their previous team’s roster.

4.3     No area registration forms can have a space for requesting a different coach or team for
returning players.  For returning players wishing to change teams it will be clear that the players
will be entered into the blind draft at the parent’s request, no guarantee of movement will be
made.

4.4     May not add a player under the guise of the player’s relative being an assistant coach,
unless it is a rookie team of any age.

4.5     Any parent, player, relative or coach who alters or modifies official documents such as
birth certification, report cards, etc., in an attempt to play out of the player’s true grade will
be suspended for one (1) calendar year. Re-entry into JMFA for those violations will require a
majority vote of the JMFA Board.

4.6     Areas that have two or more 7th grade teams advancing into Seniors, may combine rosters to
form a team if numbers are not sufficient to form two or more teams. Any combination of two or more
rosters must be ratified by the county board by a majority vote. Any and all roster combination is
subject to Rule 12 placement.  (moved from rule 5 Official Rosters)

5    OFFICIAL ROSTERS and TEAM BOOKS

5.1     Rosters must list the players’ name, complete address, telephone number, birth date, and
school grade level at the official weigh in. Player must weigh in with jersey showing players
jersey number. Jersey number, weight, and height will be recorded at weigh in’s. If jersey is not 
available, player must have in hand his/her jersey number written on a blank paper to be weighed
in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5.2     The weight, height, jersey number and patch designation of each player will be recorded on
the roster in ink at the time of the official weigh-in.

5.3     All 3rd – 8th grade players must reappear on their previous year’s roster unless the parent
has opted for the blind draft.

5.4     An official roster must be available at all games as well as an emergency contact list of
players

5.4.1     The official roster must be signed by the County Board, Area President/Director, and Head
Coach in ink at the official weigh-in.

5.4.2     As part of the pre-game warm up and prior to the start of the game, the opposing head
coaches or their designee will meet to review the official rosters as related to the patch players
on each team. If it is found that any player required to have a patch does not, that player will
not play until the patches are secured to their helmet

5.4.3     If an official roster is not presented, the game is played under protest until the roster
is presented. If the roster is not present prior to the end of the game the team will forfeit and
counted as a loss by the team unable to or refusing to present their official roster. In the case
that neither team has their official roster by then end of the game, the game is counted as a loss
for both teams. This rule will be administrated and enforced by the JMFA. A roster can only be
challenged before the beginning of a game.

5.5     Team Books shall have all documents required for player registration and eligibility.

5.6     The Team Book shall be turned for review at the time of weigh-in. The team book will then
be turned over to the area director or his or her designee

5.7     If a team wishes to challenge an opposing players eligibility they must do so on the JMFA
play count sheet prior to kickoff, and in writing to their Area Director who will make formal
request to the JMFA President.

5.7.1     The team with the challenged player shall deliver the Team Book to the JMFA President or
his/her designee with-in 72 hours of the game where the challenge was made or immediately before a
challenge weigh in.

5.7.2     Team Books contain sensitive information and as such no area director is required to
present the book directly to the challenging team but is required to surrender it to the JMFA
president or his/her designee at any time it is requested.

5.7.3     An official roster(s) will be made available to any and all JMFA Board of Directors, Area
President/Director or County Representatives for review upon written request to the JMFA executive
board and Area in question at any reasonable time. A copy of the official roster(s) will be
submitted from the County and from the Area in question.

6    PLACEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6.1     Establishment of 2nd and 3rd grade teams is determined by JMFA geographical area with the
recommendation to keep the number of players on each team in balance. All teams in Division 1 &
Division 2 shall be numerically balanced at the time of draft, this shall mean within 15%. Division
3 will not be included in this 15% balance for new players only. Any player registering after the
draft shall go to the team with the fewest players in the grade as stated in Section I Rule 6.

6.2     All new players and returning players wishing to change teams must be placed by draft when
there is more than one team in a grade level.

6.3     3rd grade through 8th grade returning players must remain on the same team, this includes
players who do not play for one year but wish to return unless they wish to transfer to another
team in their area with county approval. Former JMFA players who have not played for two years or
more are considered new players to be placed in the blind draft. See restrictions.

6.4     Players from another area must return to their home area. New players or those desiring to
transfer to another team (after county approval) will be used to numerically balance out existing
rosters or to form new teams.

6.5     Selection should be accomplished by players remaining unidentified with the exception of
grade and backfield eligibility. This constitutes a draft.

6.5.1     Draft Cards may contain the following information:

6.5.1.1    Grade

6.5.1.2     ‘P’ if the player is over the backfield limit in the age group

6.5.1.3    A random player identified # known only to those administrators conducting the draft.

6.5.1.4    High school identifier - Only if the area builds 2nd and 3rd grade teams along high
school lines.

6.5.1.5     ‘1', ‘2’ or ‘3’ - Only if the child is a returning player and has requested, in writing
to the Area Director, a Division 1 or 2 placement.

6.6     Draft Procedure may be done in one of the following ways as determined by the Area Board.
All age groups in the Area’s draft will be done the same way.

6.6.1     The team with the most returning players will select first, each team in the age group
will make one pick in order, until rosters are full and all children have been selected.

6.6.2      The team with the worst record/seed will select first, each team in the age group will
make one pick in order, until rosters are full and all children have been selected.

6.6.3      Rookie teams will select first, then the longest standing teams in order, each team in
the age group will make one pick in order, until rosters are full and all children have been
selected.

6.7     Information that may be given to individual coaches at the time of the draft - confidential
and may not be shared with any other coach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6.7.1 A ‘Do Not Pick List’ - given only if a parent has requested in writing to the Area Director
that a child be moved from a team for personal reasons. The Area Director and the County President
must approve and sign this request.

6.7.2     A ‘Recruit list’ of new players - Given if:

6.7.2.1    The coach has submitted a list of specific NEW players to his Area Director at least two
(2) days prior to the draft; and

6.7.2.2    The parent has confirmed in writing to the Area that the child has been recruited.

6.8     No child is guaranteed placement on any particular team regardless of any recruiting or
draft requests. Each area must give notice of the date, time, and place of any impending draft to
the JMFA president, with a minimum of five (5) days notice, so as to allow a JMFA officer(s) (not
affiliated with the area conducting the draft) to be in attendance for purposes of monitoring the
draft as deemed necessary. Players not rostered by areas will be placed on a county-wide waiting
list and placed as needed.

6.9     RESTRICTIONS:

6.9.1     A. No coach may recruit returning JMFA players.

6.9.2     B. No coach may recruit players from other teams or areas.

6.9.3      No coach may select a player before the draft or official rostering.

6.9.4     No coach may take part in team assignments.

6.9.5     No player may choose a team assignment.

6.9.6     No player may be placed on a predetermined team.

6.10   Recruiting: Coaches may recruit new players to their specific team. (New players are defined
as any player who has not been rostered on a JMFA roster for 2 years.) Placement of recruited
player must be accomplished through the draft and teams must remain balanced.    Area directors
must set the number of recruits each team is allowed prior to the draft as determined by the
overall numbers and the requirement to maintain balanced numbers on teams.

6.10.1   Example: Area has 3 teams in 4th grade with a total of 66 players in the age group. The
Area has determined prior to Draft that each team will have 22 players. Team A has 19 returning
players, team B has 14 returning players and Team C is a rookie team. All players shall be placed
in the blind draft, If a Team has "recruits" the Area may provide the coach with a “Recruit List”
but cannot guarantee placement.

7    INELIGIBLE OR ILLEGAL PLAYER

7.1     If an ineligible and/or illegal player is discovered to be playing or has played on a team,
the following process must be completed and disciplinary actions carried out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7.2     The player shall not be allowed to participate in JMFA scheduled games from the time of 
discovery until process is completed or until the issues of eligibility are resolved, whichever
occurs first.

7.2.1     The head coach of the team is directly responsible for his/her players and as such
disciplinary actions will be directed at him.

7.2.2     The player and his family know the requirements of eligibility and as such disciplinary
action will be directed at them.

7.3     A disciplinary hearing will be called and held by JMFA members prior to the team’s next
scheduled game to hear the facts of the case and render a decision concerning eligibility and
determine disciplinary action for the head coach, player, and/or board member.

7.4     The disciplinary actions are as follows:

7.5     Coach:

7.5.1     First Offense: If the head coach has knowingly played an ineligible and/or illegal player
said coach would be suspended for the next scheduled game (JMFA post-season play included) and any
games the player had played will be forfeited.

7.5.2     Second Offense: Three (3) game suspension and warning of dismissal from the program as a
whole.

7.5.3     Third Offense: Dismissal from the program, can reapply the next season only through an
official meeting of JMFA members.

7.6     Player:

7.6.1     Suspended for the season. All games he/she played in will be forfeited.

7.7     Board Member:

7.7.1     If a board member knowingly entered an illegal/ineligible player, he/she will be
suspended for that year.

7.8     The above rule and hearing shall be done in a timely manner and is comprehensive, e.g, the
coach and the player are both disciplined, one is not exclusive of the other, if the JMFA board
finds sufficient proof to direct disciplinary action. An area should remain free to hear and
discipline their own individual cases prior to them reaching the JMFA level.

8    BACKFIELD LIMITATIONS

8.1     Backfield limitations shall be as follows: 2nd grade, 75 lbs.
3rd grade, 85 lbs. 4th grade, 95 lbs. 5th grade, 105 lbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6th grade, 120 lbs.

7th grade, No weight limitations

8th grade Seniors have no backfield weight limitations.

8.2     All players whose weight as entered on the official JMFA roster exceeds the backfield limit
for the players’ age group by .01 lbs shall be designated a patch player.

8.3     A patch player shall be designated with two(2) 1-inch diameter stickers with the JMFA logo
in a bright neon green color. Placement of these stickers will be on the sides of player’s helmet
behind and slightly below the ear hole.

8.4     Patch players are allowed to:

8.4.1     Play as an offensive or defensive lineman on the Line of Scrimmage (LOS).

8.4.2     Play as a tight end or wide receiver on the LOS and receive a forward pass thrown beyond
the LOS.

8.4.3     Run with the ball after having intercepted a pass that was thrown by the opposing
offense.

8.4.4     Line up in the offensive backfield for the purpose of being the kicker of a punt, extra
point attempt, field goal, or holder of extra point or field goal. In the event of a muffed snap,
the patch player may cover the ball, or block to protect the holder.

8.4.5     Perform a kick-off or free kick following a safety or line up at any position on a
kick-off or free kick.

8.4.6     Play on the front line on a kick-off return and may advance the football if receiving on
onside kick.

8.5     Patch Players are NOT allowed to:

8.5.1     Line up in an offensive or defensive backfield position except as defined in Paragraph B 
above. Patch players are not allowed to retreat upon the snap or during the play into a typical
linebacker or defensive back position. Note: Patch players are allowed to chase a ball carrier
downfield.

8.5.2     Line up in a linebacker position.

8.5.3     Hand off, run, pass or receive a pass when lined up in the offensive backfield to perform
a kick.

8.5.4     Be a part of a fake play when lined up in the offensive backfield to perform a kick.

8.5.5     Play a position on the kick-off receiving team except the front line.

8.5.6     Take a hand-off in the offensive backfield for an end around play when the patch player
is playing a tight end or receiver position.

8.6     Any violation of the rule pertaining to a patch player shall be an unsportsmanlike penalty.
Repeated violation of the rule shall be grounds for the expulsion of the player and/or coach as it
is unsportsmanlike conduct. There are no backfield limitations for the senior teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9    WEIGH-IN

9.1     All Players must attend their Official Area Weigh-in to be eligible to participate in JMFA.

9.1.1     If any player will not be available for their scheduled weigh-in date, it is the
responsibility of the Head Coach to notify the Area Director who will make arrangements with
another Area President to weigh the player prior to the Official Area Weigh-in at a time and
location determined by the that Area Director.

9.1.2     Players who miss weigh-in due to illness or family emergency and supported by
documentation of illness or emergency will be weighed in by the JMFA President or his/her designee
at a time and location determined by JMFA.

9.1.3     Teams must have their Team Book at weigh-in and the book must be complete.

9.1.3.1    Failure to present the team book at Weigh-in may result in a suspension of the head
coach and possible disciplinary action directed at the Area.

9.1.4     The weigh-in shall be in accordance with JMFA approved guidelines, which shall be
provided to all area board members on or before the last meeting preceding the official weigh-in.
TO CLARIFY, PLAYER WEIGHING .01 POUNDS OR MORE ABOVE WEIGHT LIMIT WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PATCH.

9.1.5     Each area must conduct its weigh-in in conjunction with at least one other JMFA area.

9.1.6     Each weigh-in must be monitored by a JMFA representative appointed by the JMFA President
and not affiliated (past or present) with the areas conducting the weigh-in.

9.1.7     Each area must insure that their official JMFA rosters for the previous season are
present at their weigh-ins for review by the other participating areas and the JMFA appointed
monitor for the weigh-in.

9.1.8     Any change to the date/time/location of a weigh-in must be communicated to the JMFA
President with a minimum of five (5) business days notice, so as to allow a JMFA representative to
be in attendance.

9.1.9     Team or individual photos of each player are not required to be in the team book however
the JMFA executive board reserves the right to request and receive a current (two years or less)
photo of any player whose identity or eligibility to participate is in question. This may be any
number of school or government forms of photo ID in addition to a team or individual photo. Failure
to produce these documents will result in game forfeiture and head coach suspensions of up to one
year.

10   SWEATDOWNS

10.1   JMFA is opposed to sweating a child down to make weight. It is unhealthy for a child to lose
significant body weight. Patch limits are in place to protect the smaller children from injury due
to significant weight differentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10.2   To discourage coaches and parents from sweating down a child, each coach will be given three
(3) player challenges per season.

10.3 A challenge must be filed prior to the end of a game and if the player in question plays in
the backfield and is determined by re-weigh to be more than 10% over their weigh-in weight, the
game will be forfeited.

10.4   If a challenge is filed, the player in question will be re-weighed by a county official and
will be given no more than 24 hours notice of re-weigh.

10.5   Time and place of re-weigh will be determined by county official and shall take place no
more than 72 hours after challenge.

10.6   This is not to exclude challenges filed midweek prior to a game.   Note: A Coach of the team
filing a Challenge must attend the re-weigh.

10.7   A player who does not comply will be automatically patched. Any player found to weigh 10%
over their weigh-in weight and over the weight limit in their age group will be patched for the
remainder of the season.

11  WAIVERS

11.1   All Players are required to play within the area where they reside or attend school.  All
returning Players requesting a waiver out of their home area as defined above will be subject to a
mandatory three game delayed start to the season. This does not apply to “New” players to JMFA or
players residing in an area outside JMFA.  The only exceptions being:

11.1.1 JMFA Executive board or  board appointed review committee approval.  All appeals must be
given to JMFA in writing with supporting documentation prior to bracketing for that season.

11.2   ALL WAIVER FORMS MUST BE SIGNED BY BOTH AREA PRESIDENTS  INVOLVED  AND APPROVED BY THE
COUNTY PRESIDENT.

11.2.1 If the President of the Area that the child wishes to move from refuses to grant the waiver,
the accepting area may ask the JMFA Executive Board to approve the waiver without said directors
signature,

11.2.1.1  the Executive Board may allow or deny the waiver at their discretion.

11.3   All players waived to another area must go into the blind draft or to the team with the
smallest roster on the date of the waiver as specified by the County President.  No team, coach,
division or player requests will be allowed with the exception of division 3 requests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11.5    Whichever area the player elects to play in, that area henceforth  shall be considered  by
all to be their permanent area for their remaining years of play in the JMFA program.

11.5.1 This would mean that a player that is part of the 20% on the roster and chooses to stay on a
team the following year, from that point on they become grandfathered on as part of that team. The
following season they would be considered part of the 80% of that team, as they have selected that
area to be their home area.

11.6   ANY CHILD MAY REQUEST AN AREA WAIVER ONLY ONCE IN THEIR CAREER IN JMFA.

11.7   ANY VIOLATION OF THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN ALL GAMES, WHICH THE INELIGIBLE PLAYER
PARTICIPATED,  BE FORFEITED.

11.8   Players living in isolated areas immediately  adjacent to Jefferson County where no program
is available may apply through the County Board for permission to play in the JMFA program.

 

11.9   Current JMFA players participating  in off season play such as but not limited to spring
leagues, post season tournament teams, FBU or equivalent all-star teams that are coached by someone
other than their JMFA coach will not be allowed to waiver onto the off-season coaches JMFA team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12  AREAS

12.1   The area boundaries as set forth below, may be adjusted from time to time at the discretion
of the County Board by a simple majority vote of the voting membership.

12.2   All JMFA Areas are defined by High School Articulation.  Any player living in a HS
articulation outside of the area and wishes to play must have a JMFA approved waiver prior to
roster placement. 80% of players on a roster must live in or attend school in that high school 
articulation. 20% of the players may be from outside the high school articulation. This rule
applies to the 2015 season going forward. This rule applies to the 2015 season going forward. All
players on JMFA rosters in 2014 will be grandfathered in 2015.

12.2.1   Alameda – Alameda High School

12.2.2   Arvada – Arvada High School, Arvada West High School, Pomona High School, Ralston Valley
High School, Faith Christian (must show proof of enrollment in

12.2.3   Bear Creek – Bear Creek High School, D'Evelyn High School, Colorado Academy (must show
proof of enrollment in Denison, D’Evelyn, or Colorado Academy), Option with South Metro - Kennedy
High School

12.2.4   Englewood – Englewood High School

12.2.5   Golden – Golden High School

12.2.6   Green Mountain – Green Mountain High School

12.2.8   Lakewood – Lakewood High School, Jeffco Open School, Option with Wheat Ridge – Jefferson
High School
12.2.9   Mountain – Evergreen High School, Conifer High School, Clear Creek High School, Platte
Canyon High School

12.2.10 North Metro – Thornton High School, Mountain Range High School, Horizon High School,
Skyview High School

12.2.11 South Jeffco – Chatfield High School, Columbine High School, Front Range Christian School
(must show proof of enrollment in FRCS), Dakota Ridge

12.2.12 South Metro – Littleton High School, Heritage High School, Arapahoe High School, Lincoln
High School, Sheridan High School, Option with Bear Creek - Kennedy High School

12.2.13 Standley Lake – Standley Lake High School, Westminster High School

12.2.14 Wheat Ridge – Wheat Ridge High School, Option with Lakewood – Jefferson High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12.2.15 Rocky Mountain - Prairie View High school, District 14

 

 

 

 


12.2.16 Brighton – Brighton High School

 

 

 

 

 


12.2.17 Far Northeast -  Montbello High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.2.20 Broomfield Blitz – Broomfield High School, Holy Family High School, Legacy High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


12.2.21  Denver West  - Denver West High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12.3 OPTION AREAS: Youths living in option areas that have never participated in the JMFA program,
may choose one of the option areas as their home area. Once he/she has placed for that area, it
will be considered their home area.

13  COACHES

13.1    All Coaches (Head and Assistant), Team Managers and Team Mom’s, must consent to and pass a
background check.

13.2   Coaches are selected by the Area President/Director

13.3   Coaches are required to conduct themselves in accordance with both the NFHS and JMFA Coaches
Code of Ethics at all times.

13.3.1   All Coaches, Team Managers and Team Moms are subject to disciplinary action by his or her
area and/or by the JMFA board of directors if said coach’s actions or behavior are determined to be
detrimental to the Players, Officials, Spectators, the Area or the JMFA.

13.3.2   Possible disciplinary actions may include:

13.3.2.1  Probation

13.3.2.2  Suspension for 1 or more games

13.3.2.3  Suspension for the balance of the season

13.3.2.4  Suspension for 365 days from the date of infraction

13.3.2.5  Dismissal from the program

13.4   Coach Ejections

13.4.1   Any coach who is ejected during a contest will be suspended for the next two games and the
area for whom he/she represents will be fined $100 by JMFA. The JMFA executive  board reserves the
right to also require an online or in person coaching education course to be completed in order to
return to coaching.   The second offense in a two-year period will result in a four game suspension
and the area for whom he/she represents will be fined
$250 by JMFA. All fines will be payable by the next contest the coach is allowed to
participate in or by Dec 31st of each year.  Any third ejection in a career is a lifetime ban from
coaching in JMFA.  No appeals process will be allowed

 

 

NFHS COACHES CODE OF ETHICS

The function of a coach is to educate students through participation in interscholastic
competition. An interscholastic program should be designed to enhance academic achievement and
should never interfere with opportunities for academic success. Each student-athlete should be
treated as though he or she were the coaches’ own, and his or her welfare should be uppermost at
all times. Accordingly, the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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following guidelines for coaches have been adopted by the NFCA Board of Directors.


The coach shall be aware that he or she has a tremendous influence, for either good or ill, on the
education of the student-athlete and, thus, shall never place the value of winning above the value
of instilling the highest ideals of character.


The coach shall uphold the honor and dignity of the profession. In all personal contact with
student- athletes, officials, athletic directors, school administrators, the state high school
athletic association, the media, and the public, the coach shall strive to set an example of the
highest ethical and moral conduct.


The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. The coach
shall avoid the use of alcohol and tobacco products when in contact with players.
The coach shall promote the entire interscholastic program of the school and direct his or her
program
in harmony with the total school program.


The coach shall master the contest rules and shall teach them to his or her team members. The coach
shall not seek an advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.


The coach shall exert his or her influence to enhance sportsmanship by spectators, both directly
and by working closely with cheerleaders, pep club sponsors, booster clubs, and administrators.


The coach shall respect and support contest officials. The coach shall not indulge in conduct which
would incite players or spectators against the officials. Public criticism of officials or players
is unethical.


Before and after contests, coaches for the competing teams should meet and exchange cordial
greetings to set the correct tone for the event.


A coach shall not exert pressure on faculty members to give student-athletes special consideration.
A coach shall not scout opponents by any means other than those adopted by the league and/or state
high school athletic association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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All JMFA football coaches must realize the game is played for the benefit of the participants. An
emphasis will be placed on developing lifelong values. Coaches are role models and will set
positive examples for players, parents, and spectators. The Code of Ethics has been developed to
stress operating within specific coaching guidelines that brings credit to the team and JMFA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Article One - Responsibilities to Players

•    A coach must be aware of the influence he has on his players. All actions are expected to
follow the rules of proper sportsmanship and respect the dignity of his players and the opposition.
•    All coaching techniques and decisions will be within the rules of the game. Every effort must
be made to abide by high principles that promote mutual respect between the coach and his players.
•    It is in the best interest of all for the coach to consult trained medical personnel when
injuries take place. The orders of the physician or certified athletic trainer must be followed.
•    Medication and treatment should be administered only with the direction of a physician or
trained medical personnel.
•    All coaches are expected to know eligibility rules and apply them uniformly.
•    Prime consideration must be given to the academic performance of the players.

Article Two - Responsibility to JMFA

•    The primary function of the coach is to educate players through participation in the game of
football.
•    A coach is a representative of JMFA and is expected to conduct himself in a manner that brings
credit to the organization.
•    All football players are expected to follow school policies and will be reminded by the coach
to seek academic success.
•    The coach must be sensitive to the fact that he is responsible for promoting a positive image
for the program in the district.

Article Three - Rules of the Game

•    The rules and suggestions in the CHSAA Rule Book and JMFA Rules are an integral part of the
code and must be followed.
•    Every coach has a responsibility to know the rules and to teach them to his players.
•    The coach will promote sportsmanship and respect for the opponent through teaching proper
techniques.
•    Proper blocking, tackling, alignment, use of the clock, etc. will be promoted through
maintaining high ethical standards in practice and games.
•    Coaches should stress that on field communication should be between teammates only.
•    Good sportsmanship habits are formed on the practice field. The coach will provide direction
to guarantee that proper standards are followed at all times.

Article Four - Officials

•    Officials will have the respect and support of the coaches and players. Comments during and
after the game must focus on the players.
•    Coaches and officials are required to attend JMFA Rules Interpretation Meetings and stay
informed on rule changes. Players should be made aware how rules are interpreted.
•    Officials should be treated in a courteous manner. Concerns about officials should be
expressed to the JMFA in writing.
•    Quick decisions must be made during games and officials will make the best decision at the
time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Article Five - Public Relations

•    Use courtesy, honesty, and respect in all dealings.
•    Professional, school, and family matters must be kept private.
•    Comments about upcoming games should be limited to promoting the contest.
•    Coaches will maintain a level of professionalism that will transcend any reference to
predicting outcomes.

Article Six - Scouting

•    It is considered ethical to scout opponents only during games or agreed upon scrimmages. The
head coach is responsible for the actions of his scouts.
•    Video scouting is acceptable as long as it is done from the stands and or sidelines from goal
line to goal line.

Article Seven - Other Responsibilities

•    Before and after the game opposing coaches should meet and exchange greetings.
•  Coaches should help to improve sportsmanship
•    The coach should limit his comments about the game to members of his team and encourage his
players to do the same.
•    It is ethical to limit all rewards, celebrations, etc. to the team and to respect the dignity
of the opponent.
•    The coach must follow all rules and regulations as determined by JMFA policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SECTION II: BRACKETING, SCHEDULING, PLAYING PERIOD

14. SEASON BRACKETING

15. SEASON SCHEDULING

16. PLAYOFF SEEDING & SCHEDULING

17. TIEBREAKERS ALL DIVISIONS

18. PLAYING PERIODS

19. OFFICIAL PRACTICE START

20. PLAYOFF AND CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULING.


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14  SEASON BRACKETING

14.1   All Member Areas will submit copies of all rosters as they stand on that day at the JMFA
Bracketing meeting.

14.2   A team with 12 or more returning players constitutes a returning team regardless of coach
change.

14.3   All Teams in all Divisions will be seeded based on the previous seasons record, including
post season play.

14.3.1   All teams in all divisions will be split into two conferences. Division 1 teams will be
split into two 5-team conferences with Carnation Bowl Champion seeded #1 and the Grade Runner-up
seeded
#2. The remaining teams will be seeded based on their previous year’s records.   Carnation Bowl
Champs and Runners up in Divisions 2 and 3 shall be advanced a division and seeded at the bottom of
that division.

14.4    Carnation Bowl winners and Runners Up will be moved to the next highest division and seeded
at the bottom of that division.

14.5   A team may be forced up or down a division when a team above them is added or disbanded.

14.6   Divisions 1 & 2 MUST consist of an even number of teams

14.6.1   4th through 8th Grade teams will be seeded for Division 1 as follows: Division 1 teams
will be split into two 5-team conferences with the Carnation Bowl winner seeded #1 and the
Carnation Bowl Runner-up seeded #2. The remaining teams will be seeded based on their previous
year’s records.

14.6.2   The 9th and 10th place teams in Division 1 shall move to Division II. The Carnation Bowl
winner and Carnation Bowl Runner-up in Division II shall move to Division I and be seeded at the
bottom of each league based on previous year’s record.

14.6.3 The teams in the bottom of Division 2 may be dropped to Division 3 as decided by the JMFA
Board. The Carnation Bowl winner and Carnation Bowl Runner-up in Division II shall move to Division
I and be seeded at the bottom of each Conference based on previous year’s record.

14.6.4   The Carnation Bowl winner and Carnation Bowl Runner-up in Division 3 shall move to
Division 2 and be seeded at the bottom of each Conference based on previous year’s record.

14.6.4.1  When there is space available in Division 1 or 2; upon request of coach and with approval
of the area director and majority vote of the county board, new teams may enter into Division 1 or
2 and be randomly seeded at the bottom of that Division.

14.7   Division I teams with 11 or fewer players shall be dropped to Division II.  Division 2 teams
with 11 or fewer players shall be dropped to Division 3.

14.8   If a team is dropped to Division 2 or 3 due to lack of returning players, their roster shall
be frozen and no more returning players may be added to the roster.

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14.8.1   EXCEPTION – If at the coach’s request, the area director’s recommendation and county board
approval, a team may retain a Division 1 or 2 seed.

14.9   In grades 3 – 8 Division I will consist of at least 10 teams.

14.9.1   If any Division I Team is disbanded in grades 3 – 8, the county will determine which team
shall be seeded in 10th place using the remaining seeding of the previous year’s record – keeping
10 teams in Division I.

14.9.2   The teams designated to drop may be required to remain in Division I or Division II
semi-finals teams from the previous year may be required to advance to Division I.

14.10 Rookie teams of any grade shall be randomly seeded at the bottom of division 3

14.10.1 All 2nd grade teams will be randomly seeded into two conferences

14.10.2 When a team is made up of 12 or more players from Division 1 and/or 2 but fewer than 12
players from any one team the JMFA Board shall determine division placement.

14.11 2nd Grade teams advancing to 3rd grade: the top 10 teams from the previous season, based on
final record including post season play, shall be moved to Division 1

15  SEASON SCHEDULING

15.1   The season shall begin “0” Week for all teams

15.2   “0” Week is determined as 13 weekends before Thanksgiving of that year.

15.3   All teams will be scheduled to play 8 regular season games.

15.3.1   Teams will play all other teams in their conference where possible and across conference
when necessary to complete an 8 game schedule.

15.3.2   All teams will be scheduled to play no less than 3 home games on home fields.

15.3.2.1  EXCEPTION: when the home area is not in good standing or has not supplied the necessary
fields to accomplish balanced schedules.

15.3.3   Some games may be scheduled neutral when necessary. (a neutral game is played at a field
not associated with either team)

15.4   No team may make scheduling requests

15.4.1   Games will be played as scheduled; all reschedules will be done by the JMFA scheduler. A
coach may NOT reschedule a game. Schedule requests may be made by the Area Director to JMFA at the
bracketing meeting but no guarantee of accommodation will be made. Any request made after the
official schedule is released will not be accepted.

15.5   No team may make schedule changes

15.6   Fields are rented from local Recreation departments and schools and closure of fields is
determined by those entities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15.7   When weather conditions dictate the closure of fields every effort will be made to
reschedule effected games.

15.7.1   Games may be rescheduled to weeknights when space and lights are available.

15.7.2   Games may be moved to Sunday

15.7.3   When more games are effected than there is space available to complete all scheduled games
the season may be “pushed” 1 week.

15.7.3.1  “Pushing” the season means that the schedule is delayed by one week. i.e. When Week 5
games are cancelled due to field closure all Week 5 games will be played the following weekend and
all following games are then pushed out 1 week, including post season and Carnation Bowl.

15.7.3.2  In the case when more than 1 weekend of play is effected and the season has already been
“pushed” the games will be deleted from the schedule and post season bracketing will be done based
on games played.


16  PLAYOFF SEEDING AND SCHEDULING

16.1  2nd – 8th grade All Divisions

16.1.1   Playoff Bracketing: The top 8 teams from the Division will advance to the playoffs and
will be seeded based on their overall record. Playoff schedules for all Divisions will be as
follows: 1 vs 8; 2 vs 7; 3 vs 6; and 4 vs 5.

17  TIEBREAKERS ALL DIVISIONS

17.1   Head-to-head match up

17.2   Conference Record

17.2.1   If there are an uneven number of conference games played by each team the tem with the
most losses will be removed from consideration.

17.3   Points allowed v. common opponents

17.4   Total points allowed

17.5   California Play-off

17.5.1   The highest-level tiebreaker that applies to all/remaining teams should be applied.

17.5.2   If all teams have not played Head-to-head, then conference record should be used to
exclude teams from the tie.

17.5.3   The remaining teams will then be seeded using Head-to-head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17.5.4 If remaining teams have not played Head-to-head and Conference Record does not produce a
clear winner or loser, then points allowed versus common opponent should be used to exclude teams
from the tie and elevate one team to the first available seed.

17.5.5   The remaining teams will then be seeded using Head-to-head if possible or the cycle will
repeat.

17.5.6   If, and only if, no other higher-level tie breaker can be applied to remaining teams, a
California Play-off will be played.

17.5.7   Forfeits will not be factored into points allowed v. common opponents or total points
allowed.

17.5.7.1   If a forfeit offers any team an advantage or disadvantage in points tie the Forfeit
should be neutralized to calculate 17.3 and 17.4 by calculating the teams average points per game
and adding that number to the total points allowed. If a tie remains move to tiebreaker 17.5.

17.5.7.2   California Play-Off will not be used to determine seeding positions. The team with the
most completed games will receive the higher seed.

17.6   Examples:

17.6.1   Teams A, B, C are all tied for 7th place at 4-4, A is 3-3 in Conference, B is 4-3 in
Conference, C is 3-3 in Conference.

17.6.1.1  A – Beat B, Lost to C

17.6.1.2  B – Beat C, Lost to A

17.6.1.3  C – Beat A, Lost to B

17.6.1.4  Head-to-head is a circle so conference record is used and B becomes the 7th seed. Now
Head- to-head resolves the remaining tie between A & C. C is 8th and A is 9th.

17.6.2   Teams A, B, C, D are all tied for 6th place at 4-4, A is 4-3 in Conference, B is 4-3 in
Conference, C is 4-3 in Conference, D is 4-3 in Conference.

17.6.2.1  A – Beat B, Lost to C, Did NOT play D

17.6.2.2  B – Beat C, Lost to A and D

17.6.2.3  C – Beat A, Lost to B and D

17.6.2.4  D – Beat B & C, Did NOT play A

17.6.2.5  Head-to-head is not used yet because they did not all play each other so conference
record is used and the tie remains. So Points allowed v Common Opponents is used

17.6.2.6  A – Allowed 88

17.6.2.7  B – Allowed 79

17.6.2.8  C – Allowed 91

17.6.2.9  D – Allowed 93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17.6.2.10B wins the 6th seed, we must stay with Points because D did not play A, so A wins the 7th
seed. Now we return to Head-to-head and D wins the 8th seed, C- is the 9th seed. Now Head- to-head
resolves the remaining tie between A & C. C is 8th and A is 9th.

18  PLAYING PERIODS

18.1   A playing period is hereby defined as a practice or a game in which one or more players are
engaged in organized instruction or play or practice of play.

18.1.1   Each 2nd - 6th grade team is limited to four (4) playing periods a week,

18.1.1.1  Each 2nd - 6th grade teams shall have no more than three (3) contact practices, plus one
(1) game per week.

18.1.2   Each 7th and 8th grade team is limited to a maximum of five (5) playing periods per week.

18.1.2.1  Each 7th and 8th grade team shall have no more than four (4) contact practices, plus one
(1) game per week.

18.2   A week is defined as Monday through Sunday.

18.2.1   No team may practice OR PLAY on Sunday, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BELOW.

18.2.1.1  Infraction of this rule will result in the head coach being suspended from all JMFA
activity for a period of one (1) calendar year.

18.2.1.2  There will be exceptions made to the Sunday rule when a game must be rescheduled due to
weather postponement and in the case of playoff or championship rules.

18.2.1.3  EXCEPTIONS TO THE SUNDAY RULE MAY ALSO BE GRANTED IF A TEAM WHO WISHES TO PARTICIPATE IN
AN EVENT OBTAINS APPROVAL OF THE JMFA BOARD TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH EVENT. IN SUCH INSTANCES,
EXCEPTIONS TO THE PLAY PERIOD LIMIT RULES MAY ALSO BE GRANTED BY THE JMFA BOARD.

18.2.2   During the playoffs and championship weeks teams may have unlimited practice days with a
2- hour practice limit per day Monday through Saturday.

19  OFFICIAL PRACTICE START

19.1   NO TEAM SHALL PRACTICE PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF OFFICIAL PRACTICE.

19.1.1   Infraction of this rule will result in the head coach being suspended from all JMFA
activity for a period of one (1) calendar year.

19.1.2   The first day of official practice shall be designated by the county President.

19.1.3   The first week of practice for all players, regardless of date of entry to the JMFA
program, shall consist of conditioning and non-contact practice.

19.1.3.1  Non-contact is defined as no physical contact: player to player, player to coach, or
player to dummies and/or bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19.1.4   For the first week of practice players are to wear helmets, cleats, t-shirts, and shorts
only, no shoulder pads or leg pads.

19.1.5   Contact practice shall begin the second week and follow those procedures as indicated
above.

19.1.6   A week of practice is defined and must consist of a minimum of three 90-minute sessions.

19.1.6.1  All JMFA players must participate in at least three (3) non-contact practice sessions and
at least three (3) contact practices sessions before participating in any game session.

20  PLAYOFF AND CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULING.

20.1   Every effort will be made to schedule playoff games on the same field in any grade and
division and to schedule the start of those games at or after 11:00 a.m. when and where field
availability permits.

20.2   From time to time, it may be necessary and therefore allowable to schedule games on separate
fields and at times earlier than proscribed.

20.3   Games may be played on Sundays when deemed necessary by the JMFA board.

20.4   The Carnation Bowl shall be scheduled by the JMFA board for the 12th weekend following the
1st scheduled games of the season, with a ‘fall back date’ of the 13th weekend, not to conflict
with the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving, when completion of the season is hindered by
weather or other unforeseen and uncontrollable factors.

20.5   No division, grade, or team shall be given priority treatment in the scheduling of the
Carnation Bowl.

20.6   Games shall begin at 5pm Friday and 8 am Saturday and Sunday

20.6.1   Every effort will be made to schedule the Carnation Bowl in a stadium.

20.6.1.1  In the event that no stadium is available, the JMFA will determine the most appropriate
venue to conduct the championship game.

20.6.1.2  The JMFA board shall determine annually the necessity to charge a nominal admission fee
to all spectators of the Carnation Bowl.

20.7   Friday, Saturday, Sunday Determination

20.7.1   The DAY of play will be determined by the JMFA EXECUTIVE BOARD based on stadium
availability and ease of completion of the games

20.7.2   When possible Friday night games will be scheduled and the teams/grade/division scheduled
to play on Friday night shall be determined by the JMFA EXECUTIVE board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21.1 Camps are defined as an official league or area function offered to all JMFA athletes during
the off-season.   Organizers and participants will teach football skills and drills that encourage
proper technique and safety.


21.1.1 All camps will be open up to more than one age group.


21.1.2 All camps must have participants from more than one JMFA football team.


21.2 JMFA Camps are defined into three categories.


21.2.1 Independent Camp - A camp hosted by an independent party without any ties to JMFA members.
Funds for independent camps are not provided to JMFA members. These camps are generally hosted by
local or national coaches/organizers (such as area high schools).


21.2.1.1 Organizers will contact JMFA or area coordinators directly for approval to advertise
through local area or JMFA websites.


21.2.2 JMFA Non-Contact Camp– A camp organized by JMFA participants consisting of drills and
activities that do not require protective equipment.


21.2.2.1 JMFA non-contact camps are organized by JMFA participants and will be approved by the area
board.


21.2.2.2 Organizers must present a camp plan to the area board for approval.


21.2.2.3 Once approved by the area board the camp plan will be presented to JMFA board for final
approval.


21.2.3 JMFA Contact Camp – A camp organized by JMFA participants which requires protective
equipment.


21.2.3.1 Contact camps organized by JMFA members will be approved by the area board.


21.2.3.2 The organizer must present a camp plan to the area board.


21.2.3.3 Once approved by the area board the camp plan will be presented to the JMFA board for
final approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21.3 Camp plans will include the below:


21.3.1 The purpose of the camp.


21.3.2 Beginning and ending dates for the camp.


21.3.3 Location of the camp.


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21.3.5 Camp activities to include method for teaching specific drills and activities accurately and
safely.


21.3.7 Coaches and participants expected conduct during the camp.


21.3.7.1 No coach will be able to coach their entire fall JMFA team.


21.3.7.1.1 Due to the nature of the camp and limitations of volunteers to help with camp, there may
be situations where a coach will be responsible for players from their JMFA team, but at no time
will the design of the camp allow coaches to be responsible or their entire fall team.


21.3.8 Minimally each camp will be advertised on area websites for at least two weeks in advance of
the camp.


21.3.9 Each camp will have proof of insurance.


21.3.9.1 Area sanctioned camps should be covered by the area’s insurance.


21.3.9.2 Non-area sanctioned camps will need to find their own insurance.


21.4 An accurate accounting of any all funds earned during the camp must be kept by the camp
organizer and will be provided to the local area or JMFA president upon request.


21.5 Any violation of this rule - to include failing to seek approval in advance of the camp - will
be considered a failure to adhere to the camp rules. Failure to adhere to camp rules will result in
the contact with players to be considered an illegal practice. Participants of an illegal practice
will be subject to a one year suspension in accordance to rule 19.1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SECTION III: PLAYING FIELD

22. SIZE

23. MARKINGS

24. GOAL POSTS

25. GAME EQUIPMENT

26. SIDELINE

27. CONDUCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22  SIZE

22.1   The playing field for 2nd - 5th grade shall be 60 yards long and 40 yards wide, plus end
zone 10 yards behind the goal lines, making the total area within the lines 80 yards by 40 yards.

22.2   The playing field for 6th - 8th grade teams will be the official high school size, marked in
accordance with the high school rules.

23 MARKINGS

23.1   The 60-yard field

23.1.1   Shall be properly marked and designated at 10-yard intervals and also with 25-yard lines.

23.1.2   There shall be inbound marks 40 feet in from each sideline.

23.1.3   On the 60-yard field the box will extend from the 20-yard lines in

23.2   The 100-yard field

23.2.1   Shall be marked in accordance with official high school rules.

23.2.2   On the 100-yard field the box will extend from the 25-yard lines in.

23.3   Spectators’ boundary lines should be a minimum of three (3) yards out from the sidelines and
designated by ropes, painted lines or burned lines.

23.4   Colored flags or sideline markers will be used as corner markers

23.5   sideline markers will be used every 10 yards on at least one side of the playing field.

23.6   All side-line and corner markers shall conform to JMFA requirements.

23.7   The players box shall be at least three yards deep (if there is not reasonable room to
accomplish this the area will determine the depth of the box) and be clearly marked on both sides
of the fields.

23.8   A clearly marked spectator boundary shall be provided on all fields

23.8.1   it is the responsibility of the Area Field Representative and Team Manager to keep
spectators behind the boundary.

24 GOAL POSTS

24.1   2nd - 5th grade teams

24.1.1   Shall have goal posts placed seven (7) yards behind the goal lines.

24.1.2   If goal posts are not seven (7) yards deep on the playing field and the goal posts are
placed at the back of the end zone, then the field will be played (as is) since the field is the
same for both teams. The ball for all extra points will be placed on the 3-yard line. This will be
discussed during the pre-game meeting with both coaches and officials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24.1.3   Size and spacing of posts shall be 15 feet apart with the top of the crossbar nine (9)
feet above the ground.

24.2   6th, 7th and 8th grade teams

24.2.1   the high school rules apply.

24.3   All goal post vertical sections must be padded.

25 GAME EQUIPMENT

25.1   The host area shall furnish the down box, 10-yard chain and field setup.

25.2   The home team will furnish the stop clock for 7th and 8th grade teams.

25.3   The home team will furnish two qualified adults for the down box;

25.4   The visiting team shall furnish one qualified adult for the down box.

25.5   Each team will provide the game ball when playing offense.

25.6   The home team shall furnish down box at neutral fields when notified one week in advance
that down box will not be provided since there is no home area.

26 SIDELINE

26.1   The home team shall have a choice of sideline.

26.1.1   During the playoffs, if there is not a designated home team, the team with the best
overall record shall have a choice of sidelines.

26.1.2   During the playoffs, if both teams have the same record, choice of sideline shall be
determined by coin flip.

27  CONDUCT

27.1   Refer to the following documents: NFHS Official Rules, JMFA Coaches Code of Ethics, JMFA
Parents Code of Ethics.

27.1.1   There is no tobacco use of any kind allowed on JMFA fields.

27.1.2   There is no alcohol use allowed on JMFA fields.

27.1.3   Spectators shall remain behind the spectator boundary at all times.

27.1.4   Berating or verbally abusing officials, players, coaches or spectators is unacceptable and
will result in ejection from the facility and suspension the following week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SECTION IV: GAME RULES

28. OFFICIAL RULES

29. GAME OFFICIALS.

30. LENGTH OF GAMES

31. POSITION OF THE BALL AND START OF PLAY

32. A-GAP
33. 2ND & 3RD GRADE FREE PUNT

34. POINTS FOR SCORING

35. PENALTIES

36. PLAY RECORDERS AND TIMEKEEPERS AND CHAIN CREW

37. GAME BALLS

38. CLEATS

39. UNIFORMS

40. FORFEITED GAME

41. POSTPONEMENT OF GAMES

42. RESCHEDULING OF GAMES

43. CODE OF CONDUCT

44. PROTESTS AND GRIEVANCES.

45. CORRECTIVE ACTION.

46. MANDATORY PLAY

47. ON FIELD INSTRUCTIONS

48. USE OF VIDEO EQUIPMENT

49. ELECTRONICS AND ELEVATION DEVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28 OFFICIAL RULES

28.1   Where applicable and with changes and additions listed herein, the official rules will be
the rules of the National Federal State High School Athletic Association, referred to in these
rules and regulations as “Official high school rules”.

29 GAME OFFICIALS.

29.1   TWO paid officials are assigned for the 2nd - 5th grade games.

28.1.1   The game may be played with only one official.

28.2   THREE paid officials will be supplied for the 6th - 8th grade games.

28.2.1   The game may be played with only two officials.

28.3   JMFA shall make every effort to meet this expectation, however the number of available
officials is beyond the control of the association and as such some fields may have only the
minimum number of officials.

30 LENGTH OF GAMES

30.1   Each game shall consist of four (4) quarters.

30.1.1   Each quarter shall consist of 20 plays for 2nd - 4th grades

30.1.2   24 plays for 5th grade, without regard to the actual time involved.

30.1.2.1  Only point after attempts, both sides penalized and any penalties (unless refused by
opponent) do not count as plays.

30.1.2.2  The Mercy Rule will become effective at any point at any point in the game when the
disparity in the score is 40 points or greater for 100-yard fields and 30-points or greater on the
60-yard fields.

30.1.2.3  If at any time the deficit narrows to less than 24 points, normal game rules apply.

30.1.3   6th 7th   and 8th grade games shall consist of four (4) 10-minute quarters in accordance
with NHSF Sub Varsity timing.

30.1.4   Three (3) time-outs per half will be permitted for the 2nd – 5th grade teams.

30.1.5   Official high school rules will apply for the 100-yard teams.

30.2   After the first half, if the score disparity exceeds 60 points or greater during the game
for 100- yard fields and 40 points or greater for 60-yards fields, the referee will call the
official game and freeze the points on the score board as the official score.

30.2.1   With the referees still officiating, play will continue as a scrimmage but in an
unofficial scoring capacity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 POSITION OF THE BALL AND START OF PLAY


30.1 For the games on 60-yard fields

30.1.1 Kickoff - 25-yard line;

30.1.2 safety and touchbacks - 12 yard line;

30.1.3 Try for points - 2 yard line.

30.2 For games on 100-yard fields

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32.1   JMFA defensive players cannot lineup in the “A” Gap or head-up on the center during a punt,
point after touchdown, and field goal attempt.

 

32.1.1   The “A” Gap is defined as the space between the center and guard on offense.

 

32.1.1.1  The maximum space allowed for “A” Gap is one yard.

 

32.1.1.2  Players may line up at least one yard off the Center position or “A” Gap. If the gap is
larger than one-yard players can line up on the line of scrimmage one yard outside the Centers
shoulders.
33    2ND & 3RD   FREE PUNT

33.1   JMFA teams playing 2nd and 3rd grade football can declare a free punt on 4th down.

33.2   The coach on the field for the offensive team may declare a free punt.

33.2.1   Once a punt is declared, the official will move the ball 15 yards forward from the line of
scrimmage, where the opposing team will take over possession with a first down

33.2.2   The Play will NOT count towards any player’s mandatory minimum plays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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34 POINTS FOR SCORING

34.1  For all grades:

34.1.1   Two (2) points shall be scored for a successful kick or drop kick after touchdown;

34.1.2   one point shall be scored for any other successful play after touchdown.

34.2   If there is a tie at the end of a scheduled game (including regular season, playoff and
championship games), the tie will be resolved by the 10-yard overtime procedure used in high
school.

34.2.1   OVERTIME PROCEDURE.

34.2.1.1  Each team having an offensive possession of the ball from the ten (10) yard line.

34.2.1.2  A coin flip will determine which team is to receive the first possession.

34.2.1.3  Each team will have four downs to score. Scoring will follow regulation games rules,
including extra points.

34.2.1.4  At the conclusion of an overtime round if the game is still tied, another overtime round
will be played.

34.2.1.4.1  During the regular season the game will end in a tie if the score is still tied after
the completion of two (2) overtimes.

34.2.1.4.2  During the playoffs and Carnation Bowl, overtime rounds will continue to be played
until an overtime round does not end in a tie.

35 PENALTIES

35.1   For 2nd - 5th grade

35.1.1   all penalties in the official high school rules shall be reduced to 60 percent of their
stated value,

35.1.1.1  e.g., 15 yards will be 9 yards, 10 yards will be 6 yards, 5 yards will be 3 yards, etc.

35.2   6th - 8th grade will use penalties set forth in official high school rules.

35.3   EJECTIONS:

35.3.1   First Offense:  Any player, coach (head or assistant) who is ejected from a game by the
officials, or causes a game to be forfeited due to unsportsmanlike conduct, will automatically be
suspended for the next game (schedule, playoff, or Carnation Bowl) on the first offense.

35.3.2   A second offense will cause such player or coach to be automatically suspended for the
remainder of the season (playoffs and Carnation Bowl included), including JMFA post season play.

36 PLAY RECORDERS AND TIMEKEEPERS CHAIN CREW

36.1   Two play recorders and timekeepers, one representing each team, shall stay together during
the game, and shall record the plays, or time, thus determining when the quarters are completed.

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36.1.1   For 60 yard fields Two play recorders/ scorekeepers, one representing each team, shall
stay together during the game, and shall record the plays, thus determining when the quarters are
completed.

36.1.2   For 100 Yard Fields The referees shall keep the official game clock and determine when the
quarters are completed unless the game field has a visible scoreboard in which case the game time
and score will be kept by the scoreboard operator.

36.2   The play recorders or timekeepers shall notify the referee, who shall notify both team
captains and coaches at five (5) plays or two minutes before the end of each quarter.

36.2.1   For 60 yard fields The play recorders shall notify the referee, who shall notify both team
captains and coaches at five (5) plays remaining.

36.2.2   For 100 yard fields The referee shall notify both team captains and coaches at 2 minutes
remaining.

36.3   The Chain crew is also part of the officiating crew and may not coach or provide instruction
during the game.

36.4   Infractions of this rule will result in being penalized with an unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty.

37 GAME BALLS

37.1   Game balls shall be in conformity with the JMFA approved requirements. Because the
availability of certain brands of footballs varies from year to year, game balls will be approved
on a yearly basis. Teams will use game balls issued to them when playing offense. The county board
has approved more than one brand of football for JMFA use.

37.1.1   2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will play with a K2 or its equivalent;

37.1.2   5th and 6th grades will play with a TDJ or its equivalent; and

37.1.3   7th and 8th grades will play with a TDY or its equivalent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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38 CLEATS

38.1   Detachable cleats as defined by the NFHS rules are allowed for teams scheduled to play games
on 100-yard fields and are not allowed for teams scheduled to play games on 60-yard fields.

39  UNIFORMS

39.1   All players must wear an official jersey with number corresponding to their individual
roster number.

39.1.1   When two teams meet from the same area, contrasting jerseys will then be permitted with
emphasis on matching numbers as much as possible for the visiting team.

39.2   If there is a damaged jersey requiring a change of jersey, the player's number must remain
the same.

39.2.1   If a number change is required, the county President or designee must initial the change
on the official rosters before the use of a jersey in a game.

39.3   NFHS Rule 7-2-5 SPECIFYING APPROPRIATE UNIFORM NUMBERS FOR LINEMEN, SHALL NOT APPLY.

39.4   No slit sleeves will be permitted and any player with such modification to the jersey is
ineligible for play in that game.

39.4.1   If the sleeve must be slit for proper fit with equipment, a material insert (gusset) must
be sewn in to give the jersey sleeve support.

39.5   If a jersey is damaged during a game and the official deems the damage capable of causing a
potential injury or a number is no longer distinguishable, the official may assign another jersey
to that player for that game only.

39.5.1   The official will discuss this with both coaches, and the name of the player and both
jersey numbers will be noted on the play counter and timekeeper sheets of both teams by the
official.

39.6   All JMFA players will be allowed to wear any type of glove provided the gloves do not have
any metallic or protruding surfaces. Game officials shall have the right to inspect player's gloves
and rule whether or not a player's gloves are suitable.

40 FORFEITED GAME

40.1   A scheduled game is automatically forfeited by any team that cannot field 11 eligible
players within 30 minutes of the schedule game time, unless the game is officially postponed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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41 POSTPONEMENT OF GAMES

41.1   In general, the Association tries to discourage the postponement of games due to inclement
weather.

41.1.1   Games may be postponed by the County President or the home team's Area President or
designee.

41.1.2   A game may be postponed or suspended by an official if he or she deems the playing surface
or conditions to be potentially hazardous to the players.

41.1.3   If a game is suspended during play, the County Board will have the final determination as
to whether the game will be resumed from that point or if the results are to be final.

42 RESCHEDULING OF GAMES

42.1   Rescheduling of games will be done as soon as possible by mutual agreement of the scheduling
committee. (In the event of bad weather, the Area Presidents/Directors are to contact the County
President and a special meeting will be called to make all necessary changes).

42.2   It will be the responsibility of the Area Presidents to contact their own teams involved in
schedule changes.

43. CODE OF CONDUCT

43.1   Each team shall be responsible for keeping the spectators orderly and off the playing field
and behind the spectator's boundary. S

43.1.1   Shouting abusive language at a player, officials, or spectators is strictly prohibited,
and violation shall result in enforcement of the high school rules.

43.2 At the immediate time of any incident or physical abuse of a Coach, Player Official or
Spectator the officials will meet with the head coaches of both teams in order that every effort is
made to identify the assailant.

43.2.1   Physical abuse of a Coach, Player Official or Spectator by any individual or coach will
result in suspension of the individual or individuals involved from all JMFA activities for the
entire calendar year or 365 days, commencing with the date of the infraction.

43.3   Officials will enforce official high school rules pertaining to coaches, boundaries and
conduct, except that coaching from the sidelines by the team coaches will be permitted.

43.4   Only the head coach may ask for a rule interpretation or clarification of a penalty from a
game official provided the coach does so in a professional manner.

43.5   A maximum of seven (7) coaches will be allowed inside the box on game day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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43.5.1   All coaches must pass a background check.

43.6   EJECTION: Any player, coach (head or assistant) or spectator who is ejected from a game by
the officials or JMFA and its representatives, or causes a game to be forfeited due to
unsportsmanlike conduct will automatically be suspended for the next game (scheduled, playoff or
Carnation Bowl) on the first offense. A second such offense will cause such player or coach to be
automatically suspended for the remainder of the season (playoffs and bowl games included).

44. PROTESTS AND GRIEVANCES.

44.1   A protest committee consisting of at least three (3) members will be appointed by the County
President to consider complaints of Rule and By-law infractions.

44.1.1   Each area will submit the name of one person each year that will be available to serve on
the protest committee during the year.

44.2 Filing a protest: The proper procedure for filing a protest on a misapplication of the rules,
not a judgment call, is to mark the following on a score sheet or play counter form before the snap
of the ball for the next play.

44.2.1   The game officials shall be required to stop play when advised by either coach that a
protest is to be filed.

44.2.1.1  The Official must allow the protest to be filed regardless of his or her opinion as to
the validity of the protest.

44.2.2   ALL Items must be complete and correct:

44.2.2.1  Quarter - time left or number of plays left in quarter

44.2.2.2  Position of ball - down, direction, distance and who had it - going which way

44.2.2.3  Score at this point

44.2.2.4  Description of protest - be brief

44.2.2.5  Signature of both coaches, (or only protesting coach and referee)

44.2.2.6  The game officials shall notify both coaches that a protest has been filed

44.2.3   The Area President/Director and team scorekeeper shall be allowed to attend the protest
meeting

44.3   All protests of Rule or By-law infractions will be submitted in writing to the Area
President, along with the score sheet or play counter form as designated above.

44.4   The protest and the necessary record must be submitted to the protest committee by the Area
President within two (2) days of the alleged infraction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44.5   The County President will serve as a chairperson of the protest committee;

44.6   the protest committee will then render a decision of protest allowed or protest not allowed
within two (2) days.

44.6.1   The protest committee's decision is final.

44.6.2   The officials furnished by the Association are paid officials. Protests regarding judgment
calls will not be permitted insofar as the outcome of any game is concerned.

45. CORRECTIVE ACTION.

45.1   If any JMFA area member consistently disregards the Rules and By-laws of the JMFA, their
membership may be rescinded.

45.1.1   The JMFA President shall appoint and chair a review board to impose and monitor corrective
action such that the membership might be retained.

45.1.2   If such corrective action is not forthcoming, the area membership may be rescinded by a
two- thirds vote of the remaining members.

46. MANDATORY PLAY

46.1   Players participating in JMFA shall participate in every game including playoffs and the
Carnation Bowl, with the following minimum play requirements:

46.1.1   All players in grades 2-5 on 60 yd. fields will be required to have a minimum play
requirement of 15 plays including kickoff, kickoff return and extra point conversions.

46.1.2   All players in grades 6-8 on 100yd fields will be required to have a minimum play
requirement of 10 plays including kickoff, kickoff return and extra point conversions.

46.2   Reasons for not participating in mandatory play are:

46.2.1   Illness

46.2.2   Injury

46.2.3   Unexcused absent one practice (or more) per week without cause

46.2.4   Poor school performance as related by the parent

46.2.5   Attitude (justifiable), and

46.2.6   Official ejection.

46.3   If a child is not eligible prior to the start of the game, the player eligibility form must
be completed and present at the pre-game meeting of the head coaches. Players who are ineligible
are not required to meet this rule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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46.4   If a player becomes ill, is injured or has an attitude problem at any point during the game,
the head coach shall notify the head official and the play-counters who will note the minimum play
count sheet. In this case, the Area Director will exercise final say if a violation of this rule is
alleged.

46.5   Each area shall provide one scorekeeper/play counters. That person will be part of the
"officiating crew", along with timekeeper, and chains personnel.

46.6   Each play counter (one per team per game) is required to use the league-standard
play-counting sheet. Play counting sheets are to be signed by each play counter at the conclusion
of the game.

46.7   All play counters are to meet at midfield at the beginning of halftime to consolidate notes
and agree on status of all players. This shall take place in the presence of the head referee. Play
counters will then inform their respective head coaches of status of all players before the start
of the 3rd quarter.

46.8   Failure to comply with mandatory play shall not be a forfeitable offense in the regular
season

46.9   Failure to comply with mandatory play in the playoffs or Carnation Bowl shall result in a
forfeit. The JMFA County Board shall provide play counters at the Carnation Bowl.

46.10 Failure of coach to comply with the mandatory play rule shall be reported in writing to the
Area President and team manager, or appointed team representative keeping account of players and
plays. This complaint is to be delivered to the respective coach along with a warning.

46.10.1 The Area Director at his/her discretion may review film to determine that the play count
violation did/did not occur.

46.11 A second reported offense should be brought before the board or its designated committee. If
the committee or board determines that the coach in question has violated the mandatory play rule,
then the coach shall be barred from participation or attendance at the team's next game.

46.12 A third reported offense, with a determination by the Area President or designated committee
that the coach in question has violated the mandatory play rule, shall result in the coach being
barred from coaching in the JMFA program for the remainder of the calendar year and an additional
one calendar year beginning on January 1 the following year.

46.13 Failure of play counter to sign play-counting sheet at conclusion of the game may result in
one- week suspension for their team’s head coach, as determined by Area President/Director.

46.14 At NO TIME shall a coach approach a parent or player and make an agreement to reduce the
number of plays one game and increase the number of plays in subsequent games to make up the
difference.

46.14.1 If it is determined by an Area Director and/or board that the above statement has occurred,
the head coach of that team shall be suspended for one calendar year from the date of infraction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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47. ON FIELD INSTRUCTIONS

47.1   One 2nd grade coach will be allowed on the field during games for the entire season,
including playoffs and Carnation Bow.

47.2   One 3rd grade coach will be allowed on the field during the first three (3) games of the
JMFA scheduled season,

47.2.1   one coach from the team on offense and one coach from the team on defense may be on the
field for the purpose of instructing the players.

47.2.2   Coaches on the field may only talk to their own players and may not discuss officials’
calls

47.2.3   On-field Coaches must stop talking or giving instructions when the offensive team gets in
the set position.

47.2.4   Infraction of the above guidelines will subject the coach to dismissal to the sidelines.

48. USE OF VIDEO EQUIPMENT

48.1   The use of video equipment or filming equipment will be permitted under the following
conditions:

48.1.1   Videotaping or filming or scouting must take place on lines from goal-line to goal-line.

48.1.2   No taping/filming or scouting from the end zones.

48.1.3   Taping/filming cannot impede/restrict the officials in the performance of their duties.

48.1.4   Taping/filming by either of the participating teams cannot in any manner impede safe play,
as determined by the game officials.

48.1.5   No ladders, scaffold, or other elevation devices may be placed inside the spectator’s
boundary line.

48.1.6   Failure to comply with the above conditions at the request of the game official will
result in the delay of the game until safe conditions can be established and safe play can
continue.

49. ELECTRONICS AND ELEVATION DEVICES

49.1   The use of electronics by any player, coach, or chain crewmember, is strictly prohibited
including but not limited to:

49.1.1   walkie-talkies, headsets, and cell phones.

49.2   All coaches must be in the box at all times;

49.2.1   no use of ladders, scaffolds, or other elevation devices is permissible by any member of
the coaching staff.

49.3   Use of any electronic or elevation devices shall subject the Head Coach to ejection from the
game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SECTION V: MEMBER AREAS

50. MEMBERSHIP

51. COUNTY ASSESSMENTS:

52.  NEW AREA:

53. MINIMUM TEAMS:

54. DIVISION OF AREA:

55. MEMBER S

56. AREA OFFICERS

57. FAILURE TO ABIDE

58. AUTHORITY and DISCIPLINARY ACTION:


59. ARTICLE VII - OFFICIAL UNIFORM COLORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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50. MEMBERSHIP

50.1   The JMFA shall consist of the following levels of organization and membership.

50.2   TEAM: A football team within an area (see Section 2 of this Article) shall consist of
children eligible to play football in accordance with the JMFA By-Laws and Rules of play. Also, in
accordance with JMFA eligibility rules

50.2.1   A TEAM must be a member of an Area – No Team may apply to play in JMFA independently.

50.2.2  Any Team wishing to enter JMFA may do so as with permission of the JMFA executive board.
The JMFA executive board will review the previous year’s roster for authenticity.

50.2.3   Teams transferring into JMFA are allowed to roster all players from the previous year.
However JMFA will limit recruits based upon the number of returning players. Teams of 15 or more
returning players are allowed only 2 recruits. Teams of less than 15 returning players are allowed
up to 4 recruits.  All other recruits must enter the blind draft. The JMFA executive board will
review division placement of all teams transferring into JMFA.

50.2.4   Recruiting/request letters will not be allowed in this instance.

50.2.4.1  Any Area found to be in violation of this rule will be subject to immediate imposition of
rules 56 and 57

50.3   AREA: The areas shall consist of the individual football teams formed within geographic
boundaries of the areas as defined in these rules. Each said area shall be known as an area
association, and shall be governed by an Area Board of Directors, hereinafter called the Area
Board.

50.4   THE JEFFCO MIDGET FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.: The JMFA shall consist of the area
associations and shall be governed by a Board of Directors, hereinafter called the County Board.

50.4.1   The County Board shall consist of elected county officials and two representatives from
each Area Association,

50.4.1.1  One of whom shall be the Area Association President/Director,

50.4.1.2 The other a County representative as defined in Article IV, Section 2.

51. COUNTY ASSESSMENTS:

51.1    The County assessment will be made and delivered at the August county meeting.

51.2   Assessments will then be due by the September county meeting.

51.2.1   If payment is not received by that meeting, then the ASSOCIATION failing to make payment
will lose its county votes

51.2.2   All games its teams are scheduled to play will be forfeited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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51.2.3   Once payment is made to the county, all games will resume as scheduled but the forfeited
games will hold and will not be replayed.

51.2.4   Once during a three-year period, an association may ask for a hardship from the County.

51.2.4.1  Payment of at least one-third must be made at the time of hardship

51.4.2  And the County Board must approve the hardship with a two-thirds majority vote.

51.2.4.3   The remaining two-thirds of the payment will be due prior to the playoff games
beginning.

52. NEW AREA:

52.1   Any new geographical area may be eligible to apply for membership in JMFA when said area is
capable of fielding and supporting a minimum of six (6) football teams, and final membership in the
JMFA shall be subject to approval of two-thirds of eligible voting members of the County Board.

52.1.1   Application must be submitted in writing to the President of the County Board.

52.1.2 All teams must be in compliance with the JMFA rules.

52.1.2.1 No player may be placed up or down a grade.

52.1.2.2 No player may be placed on a team who did not play on that team the previous year, other
than through the draft.

52.1.2.3 All W/L records and other pertinent bracketing information will be provided to the annual
bracketing meeting so that best judgement for appropriate divisional placement can be made.

53. MINIMUM TEAMS:

53.1   A member area must maintain a minimum of six (6) teams each season.

53.2   Areas that do not meet the minimum on the weekend of bracketing can be subject to the
following actions:

53.3   The area may be placed on probation and oversight.

53.4   The area would work with the Closest Geographical Area (CGA) with the lowest total teams
with respect to fields, registration, and recruitment.

53.4.1.1  The CGA will have oversight into all decisions related to the registration and recruiting
process.

53.4.1.2  The area not meeting the minimum will have a financial requirement only for the resources
they use to the CGA.

53.5   If an area is unable to achieve greater than six (6) teams after a three (3) year period,
the JMFA Board may vote to remove the area from JMFA membership.

53.5.1   Areas that drop below the minimum requirement within three (3) years of an incident,

53.5.1.1  The JMFA President will appoint an oversight committee to review all policies and
procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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53.5.1.2  The oversight committee may replace and/or implement new policies and procedures based
upon the discoveries.

54. DIVISION OF AREA:

54.1 An existing area may divide into two areas subject to the approval of a 2/3 vote of the
eligible voting membership of the County Board and providing the area is fielding 12 football teams
or more at the time of the request.

54.1.1   Application to divide must be submitted in writing to the President of the County Board.

55. MEMBER S

55.1   TEAM MANAGER:

55.1.1   It is suggested that the Team Manager shall be an elected officer.

55.1.1.1  Each team in the association shall hold an annual meeting on a date prior to December 31
of each calendar year, at which time, the voting members, by a majority vote of the membership
present, a Team Manager shall be elected for the remainder of the calendar year.

55.1.2   An elected Team Manager shall automatically be a member of their Area Board.

55.1.3   If any Team Manager having been duly elected shall decline, fail or be unable to serve,
the team concerned shall elect a replacement for the unexpired term.

56. AREA OFFICERS:

56.1.1   The following shall be elected officers within the various area associations:

56.1.1.1  President/Directors

56.1.1.2  Vice President(s)

56.1.1.3  Treasurer

56.1.2   Two or more officers may be combined in one person,

56.1.2.1  Except the President/Director and Treasurer,

56.1.2.2  And the offices of the President and County Representative shall not be so combined.

56.1.3   Prior to December 31 of each year, each Area Board shall hold an election for the purpose
of filling offices.

56.1.3.1  Each area may conduct their election according to their own By-Laws.

56.1.3.2  If an officer having been duly elected, shall decline, fail or be unable to serve, the
Area Board shall elect a replacement for the unexpired term.

56.1.3.3  If an Area President or County Representative is elected to an office of the County
Board, the Area Board shall elect a replacement for the unexpired term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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56.1.4 Each Area Association officer and/or each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled
to one vote at any meeting of the Area Association Board of Directors, except the presiding
officer. The presiding officer may exercise a vote only as necessary to break a tie among those
present.

56.1.5   The duties of the Area Association Officers are as follows:

56.1.5.1  Each officer shall maintain such books and records as may be appropriate to their office,
and shall be expected to attend all meetings of the Area Board,

56.1.5.2  And shall give a full and complete report of their activities to the Area Board on
request.

56.1.5.3  It shall be the duty of each officer, upon completion of their term, resignation, or
removal, to turn over all the books and records to the Area Board or to their successor.

56.1.6   President/Director: The President/Director shall call and preside at all meetings of the
Area Association Board of Directors, and shall attend meetings of the County Board.

56.1.6.1  In addition, they shall be responsible for securing coaches for the teams within their
area, with the advice and consent of the Area Board of Directors.

56.1.6.2  The assignment of each registered youngster to a team shall be a prime responsibility of
this office.

56.1.7   Vice President(s): The Vice President(s) shall assist the President/Director and discharge
all of the duties of the President/Director in the absence of that office.

56.1.8   Secretary: The Secretary shall keep the list of all members, and shall record the
proceedings of the meetings of the Area Board. The Secretary shall also attend to such
correspondence and reports as may be required.

56.1.9   Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be charged with the responsibility of collecting assessment
fees and of keeping a proper record of all financial transactions. They shall furnish such
financial statements or information as may be required by the County Board or by the U.S. Bureau of
Internal Revenue Service. County Representative: A County Representative shall attend all meetings
of the County Board as a voting member thereof. They shall be responsible along with the Area
President for representing the opinion of the area at County board meetings and for reporting all
county board transactions to the area board.

56.1.10 Alternate County Representative: An alternate County Representative shall discharge the
duties of the County Representative at meeting(s) of the County Board in the absence of that
officer.

 

56.1.11 Equipment Manager: The Equipment Manager shall be responsible for the requisition,
maintenance, report, replacements and distribution of appropriate equipment for the teams.

56.2   REFEREE/JMFA MEMBER: No referee or director of referees involved with JMFA may hold any
coaching or administrative position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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57. FAILURE TO ABIDE:

57.1   All member Areas accept that membership is a privilege and agree to abide by all Rules and
By- Laws of the JMFA

57.2   Failure by an association to conform to these Rules shall submit them to possible probation
or loss of membership in JMFA, or the County Board may determine such other penalty as appropriate.

57.3   A two-thirds vote of the voting membership of the County Board shall be necessary to impose
any penalty.

58. AUTHORITY and DISCIPLINARY ACTION:

58.1   The actions of any individual acting in an official capacity with JMFA or its member Areas
are subject to the authority of the JMFA Board of Directors.

58.1.1   Official Capacity is defined as

58.1.1.1  Coach

58.1.1.2  Assistant Coach

58.1.1.3  Team Manager

58.1.1.4  Team Mom

58.1.1.5  Area Officers and Board Members

58.1.1.6  Game Officials

58.1.1.7  Players and Member parents/guardians

58.1.2   When any individual in an official capacity is sanctioned by the JMFA Board they shall
have the right to request a hearing of the JMFA Board in their defense

58.1.2.1  NO HEARINGS WILL BE GRANTED FOR EJECTIONS BY A GAME OFFICIAL

58.1.3   The JMFA Board shall be convened with-in two weeks of the request for hearing at a time
and place determined by the JMFA President

58.1.4   When the individual involved is NOT the Area President/Director they may present such
arguments for or against the individual involved but shall recues themselves and remove themselves
from the room while a determination is made.

58.1.5   Sanctions may include but are not limited to:

58.1.5.1.1  Warnings

58.1.5.1.2  Conduct Contracts

58.1.5.1.3  Probation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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58.1.5.1.4  Suspension

58.1.5.1.5  Removal

58.1.6   The JMFA’s decisions are final

 

59. ARTICLE VII - OFFICIAL UNIFORM COLORS

59.1   Alameda:                    White on Blue

59.2   Arvada:                     Black on Red

59.3   Bear Creek:               Gold on Forest Green

59.4   Englewood:                White on Royal

59.5   Golden:                      White on Maroon

59.6   Green Mountain:       Gold on Black

59.8   Lakewood:                 Black on Orange

59.9   Mountain Area:          Silver on Navy

59.10 North Metro:             Black on Teal

59.11 South Jeffco:              Navy on Cardinal or Cardinal on White

59.12 South Metro:             Kelly Green on Navy

59.13 Standley Lake:          Kelly Green on Navy

59.14 Wheat Ridge:              Gold on Blue

59-15 Broomfield:                White on Navy

59-16 Brighton:                     Red on Graphite

59-17 Far NE Jets:               Maroon on Silver

59.14 Rocky Mountain:       Black on Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BY-LAWS
Jefferson County Midget Football Association 2014 Season

ARTICLE I - ORGANIZATION
This organization shall be known as the Jeffco Midget Football Association Inc., a nonprofit
corporation in Jefferson County, Colorado, hereinafter called JMFA.

ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVE
The objective of the association is to organize, schedule, and conduct a football program for
children between 2nd thru 8th grade who meet the JMFA
eligibility.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
The JMFA shall consist of the following levels of organization and membership.

1. Voting Area:
The areas shall consist of the individual football teams formed within geographic boundaries of the
areas as defined by Article VIII of these By- Laws. A football team within an area shall consist of
children eligible to play
football in accordance with JMFA By-Laws and rules of play. Each said area
shall be known as an area association, and shall be governed by an Area Board of Directors,
hereinafter called the Area Board which can also be
governed by a sports association of multiple sports within that area. An area
association must be in good standing in accordance with all JMFA rules and By-Laws to have Voting
Area designation. Voting Areas will have full membership in JMFA including voting rights for all
rule and by-law changes.

2. THE JEFFCO MIDGET FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION,INC:
The JMFA shall consist of the area associations and shall be governed by a Board of Directors,
hereinafter called the County Board. The County Board shall consist of elected county officials and
two representatives from each Area Association, one of who shall be the Area Association
President/Director, the other a County representative as defined in Article IV, Section 2. In
addition, the immediate past President of the County Board shall automatically be a non-voting
member of the County Board for one (1) calendar year.


3. ELECTED OFFICER:
A membership shall be extended to any elected office in JMFA, if said officer is currently an area
Voting member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. PROBATIONARY AREA:

Probationary Area status may be granted to an area association whom does not meet the current
requirements to be a Voting Member. Probationary Membership may be granted by a simple majority
vote of the JMFA Voting Areas present for the vote. These areas will not have voting rights until
the JMFA rules and By-Laws are met and or Voting Area membership is granted in accordance with JMFA
rules and By-Laws

5. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP:
An honorary membership may, at the discretion of the County Board and/or Area Board, be extended to
any other person, firm, partnership, corporation or other business entity interested in supporting
the objectives of JMFA.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS


County Officers of the Jeffco Midget Football Assoc.:
The following shall be elected officers of the Board of Directors of the Jeffco Midget Football
Association, Inc.:

a.  OFFICERS:

1. President
2. Vice President
3. Secretary (appointed by President with approval of the Board)
4. Treasurer
5. Such offices as the County Board may deem necessary

WHO CAN SERVE:
The officers shall be elected from the County Board. An exception may be made where a particularly
qualified person could benefit the association by being elected to an office.

JMFA coaches who have been elected to serve as President of the County Board will not be allowed to
serve as the head coach of a team during their term of office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JMFA coaches who have been elected to serve as an officer of the County Board will be allowed to
coach with the following restrictions:

a.  May not serve on a protest committee that involves the area the  officer is coaching for, the
age group and division they are coaching in, or the opponent area of which they will face for the
upcoming games for the remainder of the regular season.
b.  May not participate in a position that may influence the outcome of a game, e.g. participate in
the assigning of officials for games.
c.   May not be involved in activities that are based upon factual information and the displaying
or announcing of said information.
d.  May not be Treasurer of the county board.
e.  May not be a member of an area member board.
f.   May not be a part of the playoff selection/tie breaker process.

i.  In addition, the coach/officer may not be a part of an activity that two-thirds of the board
votes to disallow.
ii.  If the coach becomes suspended for acts that are in violation of the JMFA Code of Ethics, JMFA
Honor and Integrity Program, or
any such similar program at the time, the coach/officer will be
placed on probation without a review or vote.
iii.  If a coach/officer is suspended for a second infraction, a review committee will be convened
to consider one of the following
penalties:
1.  Two year suspension from JMFA,
2.  Lifetime ban from JMFA.

ELECTION:
Prior to December 31 of each calendar year, the County Board shall, by a majority vote of the
members present, elect all officers of the County Board.

VOTING RIGHTS:
Each member of the County Board shall be entitled to one vote at meetings of the County Board as
long as the member is from an area that meets all requirements to be an area/area in good standing
(ie. Minimum number of teams, assessments paid, etc.) and except that the presiding officer may
exercise a vote only if necessary to break a tie among those present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DUTIES OF THE COUNTY OFFICERS:
Each officer of the County Board shall maintain such books and records as may be appropriate to
their office and shall be expected to attend all meetings of the County Board, and shall give a
full and complete report of their activities to the County Board on request. The duties of the
officers set forth below shall be subject to such modifications as the County Board may from time
to time determine. It shall be the duty of each officer upon completion of their term, resignation,
or removal, to turn over all of their books and records in the County Board or to their successor.
1.  President: The President shall call and preside at meetings of the County Board. They shall be
responsible for assignments of all committees necessary to oversee and guide the activities of the
JMFA. The President shall appoint a person who shall collect scores of all games each week of
scheduled play and for the reporting of same, either to local newspapers and/or the JMFA.
2.  Vice President(s): The Vice President(s) shall assist the President and discharge all the
duties of the President in the absence of that officer.
3. Secretary: The Secretary shall keep the list of all members, and shall record proceedings of the
meeting of the County Board. The Secretary shall also attend to such correspondence and reports as
may be
required.
4.  Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be charged with the responsibility of collections, assessment of
fees from all area associations, and keeping a record of all financial transactions. They shall
furnish such financial

statements as may be required by the County Board or the U.S. Board of Internal Revenue Service.
He/she shall pay bills only upon approval of the County Board and upon presentation of suitable
vouchers, receipts or invoices. All checks in excess of $2,000.00 shall have two signatures from
the following officers: President, Vice President or Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE V - MEETING AND RESPONSIBILITIES

COUNTY:
The County Board shall meet at least every other month throughout the calendar year and otherwise
at the call of the President when requested by
three (3) or more members of the County Board. The last meeting of each year shall be for the
purpose of electing officers for the following year and to
adopt any By-Law changes. It shall be the duty of the County Board to exercise supervision of all
areas included in the JMFA and set out county wide policies, to determine areas of responsibility
and discretion within which the
area associations also may act, to elect officers to carry out the policies, to determine
scheduling of games, to hire referees, and to carry out such other
duties as may from time to time become necessary.

SCHEDULING COMMITTEE:
The scheduling committee shall consist of one member from each area and the County Board of
Directors. For each term whose area association can
provide and equip the necessary playing fields, the scheduling committee
shall schedule at least three (3) home games on their home field.

TERM LIMITS:
Any officer of the County Board may serve a maximum of three (3) consecutive years in any office of
the County Board.

DUPLICITY:
No two people from the same area will serve on the County Board of Directors at the same time.

ARTICLE VI - GENERAL

MEETING PROCEDURES:
In all meetings called by any of the authorized officers or board members of JMFA, Robert’s Rules
of Order and Parliamentary Procedure shall be followed insofar as is applicable.

PRINCIPAL OFFICE:
The location of the principal office of the JMFA shall be maintained at the residence of the
President of the County Board, and may be moved from time to time by order of the County Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COUNTY SECRETARY:
The Secretary of the County Board may be compensated in an amount to be set by the County Board.

COUNTY AUDIT:
An audit of the financial records of the County Board shall be conducted at the end of the calendar
year by a committee appointed by the President. An audit also shall be conducted in the event of
the office of the county treasurer changing hands.

RULE/BY-LAW CHANGES:
All Rule and By-Law changes will be introduced during the association’s December through April
meeting; a simple majority vote of membership
present is required to adopt new rules or by-laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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