Rules and Regulations
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of South Dakota Junior Football Inc. reserves the right to make whatever decisions necessary for the benefit of all payers. The modified rules for this season are listed below. All other rules are as specified in the National Federation of State High School Associations Football Rules Book. Other situations that are not listed in these rules will be evaluated and ruled on by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors will schedule all league games, playoff games and exhibitions and will reschedule all postponed games. Non-league games must be approved by the Board of Directors before arrangements are made.
Any action determined to be in violation of South Dakota Junior Football Inc Rules and Regulations will be subject to immediate review by the Board of Directors.
Head Coach Responsibilities
Head coaches are representatives of the league and should conduct themselves to reflect positively on South Dakota Junior Football Inc. at all times. Should have a commitment to the best interest of all players and South Dakota Junior Football Inc. Treat all players equally regardless of abilities. The league can only be as good as its coaches make it.
All head coaches must complete a Coaching Application Form annually. As a Head or Assistant Coach, I understand and agree to the following:
1) As a coach, I will support, promote, and participate in all league activities.
2) I will exhibit good sportsmanship and self-control and act in a professional manner at all league events
3) I will abide by and promote the goals, objectives, code of ethics, rules, and procedures of the league.
4) I acknowledge that specific educational materials on concussions are available for my review on the league website www.sdjuniorfootball.com and that I will review them
5) I will be expected to and will participate in coaching education to assist me in training the youth participants I serve on the proper basic fundamentals and safety related to the playing of the game of football correctly.
All head coaches must complete the Self Registration Background Check through the leagues assigned partner and receive certification clearance prior to being officially approved to have any affiliation with South Dakota Junior Football Inc. Currently cleared coaches are automatically re-certified for their second year. Any coaches that do not pass the background screening will be immediately dismissed from coaching for South Dakota Junior Football Inc.
The head coach is totally responsible for the team and all equipment supplied by South Dakota Junior Football Inc. This includes the behavior of assistant coaches, players, parents and fans. Verbal or physical abuse, profanity, use of any illegal substances, alcohol or tobacco by all coaches or players is prohibited at all team events.
Head coaches may have up to three assistant coaches that are recognized at each league game. One of the assistant coaches that will be at all team events in the absence of the head coach must also complete the Self-Registration Background Check through the leagues assigned partner and receive certification clearance prior to being officially approved to have any affiliation with South Dakota Football Inc. Currently cleared coaches are automatically re-certified for their second year. At least one screened coach must be in attendance at all team events.
Others assisting in any way with South Dakota Junior Football Inc. that are found to be listed on a nationally or state recognized sex offender list or are found to have been convicted of child abuse, neglect, child endangerment, or a violent felony, all as determined in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of South Dakota Junior Football Inc. will be immediately dismissed from assisting in any way with South Dakota Junior Football Inc.
The head coach will schedule and conduct a preseason parents meeting. All players, parents and assistant coaches should be present. This meeting will cover practice area, practice schedule, expectations of players and parent's behavior, game rules, league calendar and other items of the head coaches choosing.
All coaches are responsible for keeping practice area and team game sidelines clean.
A team roster and quit list must be turned in prior to your first scheduled game. Equipment from players that quit after equipment is handed out must be collected by the head coach and returned. Players must keep the same jersey number all season.
Any coach that is verbally or physically abusive towards any player, coach, official, or fan will be suspended immediately, and may be banned from the league permanently if deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
Grade and Age
Rookie Division: Players entering 2nd grade and less than 9 years of age as of September 1st. If the player turns 9 before September 1st and is in the 2nd grade, they may move up to the Pee Wee Division
Pee Wee Division: Players entering the 3rd or 4th grade and less than 11 years of age as of September 1st. If the player turns 11 before September 1st and is a 4th grader, they may move up to the Junior Division.
Junior Division: Players entering the 5th or 6th grade and less than 13 years of age as of September 1st. If the player turns 13 before September 1st and is a 6th grader, they may move up to the Senior Division.
Senior Division: Players entering the 7th or 8th grade and less than 15 years of age as of September 1st.
Weight and Position
Each player will weigh in on the official league scale during their team's scheduled equipment handout time. The player's weight at equipment handout is his official weight for the entire season.
Rookie Division: Players weighing 80.0 lbs or more will have a red ring placed on their helmet and will be referred to as a "ringer".
Pee Wee Division: Players weighing 100.0 lbs or more will have a red ring placed on their helmet and will be referred to as a "ringer".
Junior Division: Players weighing 125.0 lbs or more will have a red ring placed on their helmet and will be referred to as a "ringer".
Senior Division: Any eligible player may play any position.
Ringer alignment: All "ringer" players must start each play on the line in a three or four point stance. On offense, they must line up from tackle to tackle, be covered by an end, and are an ineligible receiver. On defense, ringers must line up on or between the offensive tackles. Ringers may not participate on free kicks.
The purpose of the player placement is to place all registered players onto teams as evenly as possible without influences. Board members may not be involved in the placement of players in the division they have an interest in as a parent, coach, sponsor, etc. Each players registration form is numbered at registration. This allows the Board of Directors to place all players on teams by number without knowledge of the players name, weight, abilities or experience.
All first year players and players moving up a division will be placed onto teams. Players that are returning players from the previous season and are returning to the same division of play will return to the same team as the previous year.
All first year players and players moving up a division with addresses that fall within a school district boundary area having four or more teams per division: players will be placed onto teams within that same school district boundary area. Player registration numbers will be placed on a map according to address. These players are then placed on teams with reference to home address relative to team practice sites.
All first year players and players moving up a division with addresses that fall within a school district boundary area having three or fewer teams per division: players are randomly split by the board of directors and placed onto teams
Players with addresses that fall within a school district boundary area with not enough players to form their own team will be combined with players from another nearby school district area to gain enough players to form a team.
Roster sizes are targeted between 20 and 24 players per team. The Board of Directors will make the selections necessary to establish teams with the best interests of all players and teams in mind.
General Practice Rules
Players are the coaches responsibility. A background screened coach should be present at the scheduled practice time and stay until the last player is picked up. Under NO circumstances do the background screened coaches leave a player unsupervised.
There will be NO practices on days when the temperature has reached 95 degrees at any time or the heat index has reached 100 degrees, or whenever the weather is unfavorable for practice (lightning in area). Questions should be directed to the league voice mail system at 334-3140. This system is limited and should only be used by the Head Coach. All coaches, parents, and players can access our web site at www.SDJuniorFootball.com.
Players should be allowed water freely. Player safety should be a priority in dealing with weather concerns.
Medical authorization to participate after a diagnosed injury or illness must be obtained and retained by the coach.
All practice locations must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Our Rules and Regulations are reviewed with all coaches at a coaches meeting prior to the start of our preseason practices. Our teams practice in parks all over the city of Sioux Falls and towns in the surrounding area. During practice time within the set temperature guidelines, the decision on postponing or ending practice is ultimately each coaches. Good judgment should be applied in assessing the current weather conditions at the practice site.
Signed waiver forms must be received for each player before they are allowed to participate.
All players must have 5 hours of non-contact practice before having contact practices, and then have 10 hours of contact practice before being able to play in a game.
Pee Wee teams may practice either 3 or 4 days per week. Junior and Senior teams may practice 3, 4, or 5 days per week. Only one practice per day for all teams.
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A league week is defined as 12:00 am Monday to 11:59 pm Sunday.
Practices may be held any day of the week.
Practices may be held any time of day.
Each team will practice 1 or 2 times per week. Only one practice per day for all teams.
Each practice will be between 1 hour and 2 hours in length.
The total number of practice hours per week will be between 1 and 4 hours.
Practice may be held any day of the week.
Practice times should be scheduled for after-school hours.
The footballs used will be Nike "Pee Wee" size in the Rookie and Pee Wee Divisions. Nike "Junior size will be used in the Junior Division, and Wilson "Youth" size in the Senior Division.
The home team is the last team on the schedule. They will have the "HOME" sideline of the field as designated on the game field scoreboard. The home team is responsible for putting out the field markers the first game of the day and to pick them up after the last game of the day. The visiting team is responsible for supplying the chain gang.
Games are NORMALLY NOT CANCELED due to the heat/heat index rule. The Board of Directors schedules all games at specific times so games can be supervised by the league. During games, through our game officials, we are able to supervise the game and will instruct the game officials to ensure that adequate water breaks, in addition to game quarter breaks, are given to all teams.
Practices ARE ALWAYS CANCELED due to the heat/heat index rule because the league cannot monitor all practice sites. Practices are scheduled at different times throughout the day by each team's coach. We, as a board, are unable to effectively manage and supervise over 100 team practice sites to ensure the safety of the players on the hot days. All players are practicing at practice. Team practices can be 2 hours long; while games are generally played with four 8 or 10 minute quarters, 32 or 40 minutes of playing time. Depending on a team's size, approx. half of the players are not in the game but on the sideline for a period of time during games.
Scheduled league games may be cancelled due to unsafe field conditions or unsafe playing conditions such as lightning. Player safety is our main concern.
We look at every day's situation individually and make our decisions as quickly as possible based on facts not forecasts or projections. During hot weather, the game officials may allow official time outs for water breaks.
Head coaches may address game officials for a rules interpretation or clarification. Judgment calls are not to be questioned.
During a charged timeout, only one coach may be on the field with the team.
Medical authorization to participate after a diagnosed injury or illness must be obtained and retained by the coach.
Every player must play at least 1 continuous, full quarter without substitution for any reason other than an injury. Ringers are an exception to this rule during free kicks.
A game roster form will be exchanged with the opposing coaching staff before the game, and a copy will be given to the head official. This game roster must be filled out with every player on your team roster and should match the previously submitted league roster. If a player has left your team, is injured, or not present, it should be indicated on the roster. If no indication is given, the player is expected to play. On this game roster form, each player should have one quarter box (X) for the designated full quarter the player will be playing. The only exception to this rule is injury or illness during the game and ringers, who are ineligible for free kicks. A minimum of 8 new players must be marked to start each quarter until all players have played. You may have players who play more than one quarter, but it is only necessary to designate or mark one quarter for each player. If there is a quarter sheet discrepancy game officials will stop the game and the Board member on site will resolve the situation.
2 points will be allowed for successful kicks on point-after-touchdown tries. 1 point will be allowed for each successful run or pass.
When both teams have similar color jerseys, an alternate jersey will be provided by the league and will be worn by the visiting team. The NFHS numbering requirements are not in effect.
In case of a tie, South Dakota High School tie-breaking system rules will apply, but will be subject to a maximum of 2 overtimes in the regular season, with the exception of the Rookie Division, where no overtimes will be allowed.
Mercy Rule: If a team is ahead by 45 points at halftime or anytime after the half, the game is officially over and the team ahead is declared the winner. The game may be continued if both head coaches agree to continue play. The officials will stay to finish the game as long as the scheduled league games for that day are running on time. The referees may end the game if they determine it to be unsafe to continue. The Head Coach of the winning team WILL be immediately suspended from the following week of practices and the following game, with no exceptions.
Game protests must be verbally stated by the head coach to the board representative present at the fields immediately after the game. Then the head coach has 48 hours to submit this protest in written form to the Board of Directors.
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