Florida Gridiron General Information

General Info


-Teams must be prepared to play Friday evening. Reserving a hotel room Thursday evening is advised. -All games will be played in accordance to rules and guidelines of the National High School Football Federation. -Rosters must be submitted via EventConnect and uploaded 10 days prior to start of tournament, to be scheduled for tournament play. -All eligible players must wear the GCS certification band on the left wrist the entire tournament. Replacement bands are $10 per player -A player must participate in at least 1 game during the Round Robin portion of the tournament to be eligible for the playoff round. -Teams are required to bring their official team roster, to each game. -All teams are guaranteed 2 games minimum with a possible 4 games, depending on wins and losses -Your team's registration is not confirmed until full payment is received. -Each team should be ready to play 30 minutes PRIOR to their scheduled start times without any advanced warning. If games are early we will stay up to 15 minutes early. -Sunday championship games should be complete by 6:00 pm. -Schedule will be released 14 days prior to the tournament start date. -No Protests will be accepted. -Every team must dress a minimum of 11 players in accordance withNational Football Federation rules. If a team has less than 10 players, it will be an automatic forfeit.




Game Rules \ Game Format \ Scoring \ Certification


PREFACE Our tournament is crafted differently than others in that it places each team in a “real time, real scenario” playing atmosphere. Our thought process is that all who attend our tournament go away better than they came. ***Please make sure you read the rules thoroughly before the tournament!!*** CERTIFICATION ******ALL TEAMS must be complete on-line waivers and all rosters, WITH pictures, and color copies of original birth certificates, or passport or state id or military id, two weeks before the tournament. Each Head Coach will receive an emailed link to upload. All teams must be certified by GCS staff…once a player is certified and “banded” (TOURNAMENT BAND PLACED AROUND LEFT WRIST), all that is required is the GCS certified roster…Each Head coach is to pre-certify with the opposing team 10 minutes before the game. If a player loses his GCS band, he must be re-certified before returning to the field. *** Coaches and or team moms from other teams ARE ALLOWED to be in the open certification area to watch the actual certification of other teams.*** Overall governance for all football games played are by the National Federation of High School Football rules. GCS is a pool play tournament with a winner only bracket. Once a team loses twice in pool or by tie breaker they are out of the competition. If pool play results in a tie by record, the tie breaker rules will come in to affect which are for pool play / reseed: Head to Head, Points Against, Points For, kicked field goals by each team (last resort to decide seed or pool play status, no field goals in regular play). Semifinals and the CHAMPIONSHIP are a single elimination game, regardless of a team’s record in pool / bracket play. The Championship game is the ONLY regulation game of the tournament. After pool play, depending on the size and number of pools, teams will then be reseeded #1 thru #4 and will play 1v4 & 2v3. Once teams reach the semi-final phase, it is then single elimination. Unlike other sports, football is a full contact sport so for safety purposes, all pool play and semi final games will have TWO (2) 20 minute halves, with a running clock until the last 5 minutes of each half. Once 5 minutes are left in the half all incomplete passes, penalties, change of possession, and time outs, will stop the clock. The game clock will be governed by the GCS referees. During the last 5 minutes, the referee will start the clock when the down marker is set and the ready for play whistle is blown. There will only be 2 time outs per half (clock stops only during the last 5 minutes of the half) Halftime will be 5 minutes long

  • There will be only two kick offs…..at the beginning of each half only, determined by a coin flip. Whoever wins the coin toss decides whether their team defers or receives, for that particular half. Afterwards, when a team scores, the ball will be placed on the 20 yard line of the opposing\receiving team.

  • One Coach on the field for ages 6, 7, 8 teams… No coaches on the field for 9, 10,11,12 or 14 teams
  • Field length for all teams will be 100 yds.
  • Major penalties will be ten (10) yards, except unsportsmanlike conduct on any coach, player or team mom\parent will be 15 yards. If a player, coach is ejected by a referee or tournament official for ANY reason, they will be disqualified for the entire tournament, no matter their official position on that team. i.e. Head Coach, Park President, Team Mom, etc. AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED!!
Two (2) points will be awarded for a successful pass on an extra point and one (1) point will be awarded for a successful run. All interceptions and fumbles can be advanced for yards and or a score.

If a team is winning by 28 or more points at the end of the 1st half or any time thereafter, the game will be played with a running clock (this includes time-outs during the 5 minute regulation time), even if the score difference becomes Less than 28 points. For championship games, if a team is up by 28 in the 3rd quarter, the running clock will be in effect and will not stop. This rule has become necessary in order to add a degree of scoring control in games that are between teams that are not matched in talent, experience, size, etc. It is highly encouraged, and shall be required, that winning coaches take all necessary steps available to control the high level of scoring in unmatched game.

Declared Punts – On fourth down, the offense can declare a punt or have it walked off 20 yards. If punted, where ever the ball lands or is fielded is where the offense will start. There is no rush once a punt has been declared, where ever the ball lands or is fielded is where the offense will start. The ball will not be advanced by a punt return team in any age. Teams can however field the punt. Punting team must inform the referee of intention prior to the play, who in turn informs the opposing team. If the ball is snapped over the punter’s head, the ball must be punted from the recovery spot.

Championship games will be played in FULL REGULATION fashion, except for kick offs and in this case will still be the 2 kickoff rule, which equates to 1 per half, determined by coin toss. Times for 6u thru 8u will be 8 minute quarters, 9u-14u will be 10 minute quarters. Punts will follow the

punt rule in games previous

***OVERTIME PROCEDURE***

Both Head Coaches will be called to the middle of the field and will participate in an overtime coin toss. The winner of the coin toss can decide either to go on offense or defense or choose which end of the field they will play on. Each team will receive the ball on the 3 yard line and must try for a conversion via run which is 1 point or pass which is two points, for 3 rounds. If a winner is not decided after two rounds, each team must pass for two after two rounds and will continue until a winner is decided

Mandatory Equipment:

  • Helmet (NOCSAE approved) with face guard
  • Mouth piece
  • Shoulder pads
  • Football jersey
  • Protective hip and spinal pads
  • Thigh pads
  • Knee pads
  • Regulation football pants
  • Socks
  • Cleats or other approved football shoe

SINGLE AGE BREAKDOWN & REQUIRED FOOTBALLS

6U DIVISION *****CAN’T TURN 7 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- PEE WEE WILSON K2, NIKE, BADEN

7U DIVISION *****CAN’T TURN 8 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- PEE WEE WILSON K2, NIKE, BADEN

8U DIVISION *****CAN’T TURN 9 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- PEE WEE WILSON K2, NIKE, BADEN 9U DIVISION *****CAN’T TURN 10 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- JUNIOR WILSON, NIKE, BADEN 10U DIVISION *****CAN’T TURN 11 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- JUNIOR WILSON, NIKE, BADEN 11U DIVISION *****CAN’T TURN 12 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- YOUTH WILSON, NIKE, BADEN 12U DIVISION ***** CAN’T TURN 13 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- YOUTH WILSON, NIKE, BADEN 14U DIVISION ***** CAN’T TURN 15 BEFORE AUGUST 1st BALL SZ- YOUTH WILSON, NIKE, BADEN

**If your age cutoff date conflicts with ours more than one month of our cutoff

date, please notify us ASAP.




Divisions \ Playoffs


The age group divisions for the Alabama Gridiron Classic are : 5u,6u,7u,8u,9u,10,11u,12u GCS is a pool play tournament with a winner only bracket. Once a team loses twice in pool or by tie breaker they are out of the competition. If pool play results in a tie by record, the tie breaker rules will come in to affect which are for pool play / reseed: Head to Head, Points Against, Points For, kicked field goals by each team (last resort to decide seed or pool play status, no field goals in regular play). Semifinals and the CHAMPIONSHIP are a single elimination game, regardless of a team’s record in pool / bracket play. The Championship game is the ONLY regulation game of the tournament. After pool play, depending on the size and number of pools, teams will then be reseeded #1 thru #4 and will play 1v4 & 2v3. Once teams reach the semi-final phase, it is then single elimination.




Tiebreakers


-Tie Breakers after Round Robin Play If 2 teams are tied in points, the following order applies to determine the ranking of teams: 1. Head-to-Head. 2. Points Against 3. Points For 4. Point Differential 5. Field Goals starting at the 10 yard line In the case where more than 2 teams are tied in points, the above order applies to determine the ranking of teams: (The tied teams will go through each tie breaker until ONE team is determined the winner; Ex. If no team is determined ahead of all other teams after Tie Breaker #1, then it will move on to Tie Breaker #2, etc.). ​ All teams must apply to the tiebreaker for the tiebreaker to be applicable. (Ex. 3 or more teams tied in points move to the second tie breaker: “Head-to-Head”. If ALL teams have NOT played each other then the head to head tiebreaker cannot be applied moving on to tiebreaker 3.) . Playoff Re-seeding after top 2 teams are announced according to the above tie-breaker scenario......




Championship Games \ Overtime Procedues


Championship games will be played in FULL REGULATION fashion, except for kick offs and in this case will still be the 2 kickoff rule, which equates to 1 per half, determined by coin toss. Times for 6u thru 8u will be 8 minute quarters, 9u-14u will be 10 minute quarters. Punts will follow the punt rule in games previous.

***OVERTIME PROCEDURE***

Both Head Coaches will be called to the middle of the field and will participate in an overtime coin toss. The winner of the coin toss can decide either to go on offense or defense or choose which end of the field they will play on. Each team will receive the ball on the 3 yard line and must try for a conversion via run which is 1 point or pass which is two points, for 3 rounds. If a winner is not decided after two rounds, each team must pass for two after two rounds and will continue until a winner is decided.




Tourament Conduct & Respect of the Game


Tournament Director Ace Carney holds the final decision on ALL matters not covered above. Please respect the referees at all times, should you have a situation you would like to discuss concerning a particular individual, we have appointed a referee in chief who is available to you, they do not have the power to change a referees decision. However, we have advised our refereeing staff to treat coaches with respect and they will expect the same in return. They will not exercise any patience when being sworn, screamed or gestured at any time and can recommned that any fan, player, or coach be ejected from the tournament.





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