The CVFA plays using the VFFA rulebook which can be found here: VFFA Rulebook
The CVFA will be adopting the VFFA rulebook for the 8 man semi-contact league which can be found at www.vffa.com. Highlights of the CVFA-specific rules are as follows (it is the team’s responsibility to read and be knowledgeable of the rules, please call 804.349.3220 with ANY rule questions):
Game Play—Men's and Women's
8 man Semi-Contact
Last Player Rule: If a player is pulled down or knocked out of bounds on a “breakaway” play (like a pick 6 or long TD run) by the last player between them and the endzone (like many teams do now, taking the penalty instead of the TD), the team on offense will be awarded the ball on the goal line and an automatic 1st down. If the play occurs at the end of the half (or on an XP play) where there is no opportunity to get afresh set of downs, the offense will receive the score attempting to achieve..
Games will be played 8 on 8, teams can play with a minimum of 6. If one team does not have 6 at game time, the game will be held up for 5 minutes of GAME TIME while waiting for the deficient team to have enough to play. If the game has to be held up for participation, the team ready to go will start with the ball in BOTH HALVES.
Teams may “borrow” a MAXIMUM of 2 players in order to start a game with enough players, but the “borrowed” players must leave the game once the other players arrive. This is NOT applicable in the playoffs
Players must be 18 years old or above or have parental waiver signed IN PERSON
ALL PLAYERS must sign the waiver before being allowed to participate
Touchdown celebrations are allowed provided no taunting of the other team occurs
No pockets No Pockets No Pockets.
No hard-billed hats or sunglasses will be allowed unless they are “sport specs”
no metal spiked cleats will be allowed
If a player is pulled down or knocked out of bounds on a “breakaway” play (like a pick 6 or long TD run) by the last player between them and the endzone (like many teams do now, taking the penalty instead of the TD), the team on offense will be awarded the ball on the goal line and an automatic 1st down. If the play occurs at the end of the half (or on an XP play) where there is no opportunity to get afresh set of downs, the offense will receive the score attempting to achieve..
On a long run, in order to realize the female extra points, the female player must have had the ball PRIOR to the red 5 yard no rush line. Once the ball passes the 5, it is ineligible for bonus points.
When a team “punts”, the offense receives the ball the same amount of yards from the mid-field line as the “punting” team is from the goal line (EG– if the offense “punts” at their 5 yard line, the receiving team would receive the ball at their 25), in other words, all punts are 30 yards
The ball is spotted where your feet are when your flag is pulled, not where the flags are
3 point try from the 20
Games are played with 6 players (minimum of 1 girl, maximum of 4 guys)
Teams must field a minimum of five players at all times.
Teams without the minimum players will forfeit the game after 5 minutes of GAME TIME
The offensive team takes possession of the ball at its 5-yard line and has four(4) plays to cross each 20 yard line.
Games are played to two 20 minute halves, the clock is a running clock outside of the 2 minute warning for each half. Inside of 2 minutes, college rules apply (out of bounds, incomplete passes and 1st downs stop the clock (only until the ball is spotted). The clock will stop at the two minute warning. Extra points are untimed downs inside of 2 minutes. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, teams move directly into overtime. Each team gets one series of downs to score from the 20; if still tied, each subsequent overtime the ball will be moved back 20 yards.
Each time the ball is spotted a team has 30 seconds to snap the ball.
Each team has two(2) time outs per half.
6 points for male-scored touchdowns
9 points for female scored "primary participant" (female either throws or catches a TD, or guy pitches to a girl and she runs the ball into the endzone—hereby referenced as "Gender Rules") touchdowns
12 points for a girl to girl TD (girl QB, girl WR)
Note: the female participant does not need to have the ball prior to the 5 yard line except for “breakaway” plays
Extra points: 1 point try from the 5 yard line, 2 point try from the 10, 3 point try from the 20
Doubled for gender rules
Safety: 2 points — also doubled for gender rules
The ball carrier cannot run with the ball unless rushed inside the 5 yard area before the endzone
The ball is spotted where the ball carrier’s feet are when the flag is pulled, not where the ball is
All players are eligible to receive passes (including the quarterback if the ball has been handed off behind the line of scrimmage).
As in NFL, only one player is allowed in motion at a time.
A player must have at least one foot inbound when making a reception.
if falling during the catch, the player must retain possession of the ball upon hitting the ground
Force-out rules apply
Unlimited forward passes are allowed per play behind the line of scrimmage
The ball can be snapped between the legs or off to one side to start play.
Rules if not specifically outlined will revert to NCAA
Play is ruled “dead” when:
Ball carrier’s flag is pulled.
Ball carrier steps out of bounds
Touchdown or safety is scored.
Ball carrier’s flag falls out.
Any part of the ball carrier`s body (other than feet or hands) hits the ground.
Note: There are no fumbles. The ball is spotted where the ball hits the ground.
Rushing the Quarterback:
All male players must be a minimum of five yards from the line of scrimmage (or one yard for females) when the ball is snapped. Any number of players can rush.
The offensive “line” may shield (get in the way with hands behind your back, but not “block”). Defensive rushers MAY NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN OVER OR “BULLRUSH” DEFENDERS, they must run around or avoid the “screeners”, no use of hands to push or move the defender. Moving contact should be avoided at all costs, and any seemingly deliberate contact will be penalized. ANY INTENTIONAL CONTACT ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL IS A PENALTY
The line judge, will designate five yards from the line of scrimmage. Remember, no blocking or tackling is allowed.
If the field monitor or referee witness any acts of tackling, elbowing, cheap shots, blocking, or any unsportsmanlike act, the game will be stopped and the player will be ejected from the game. FOUL PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.