5.0 Game Rules:
5.1 Minnesota State High School League (“MSHSL”) rules will be followed except as noted below. The MSHSL rules apply to players, coaches, parents, and referees. Go to www.mshsl.org for information. League rules do not permit videotaping of opponents for the purposes of scouting.
5.2 Playing Time Rules: The SSYFL encourages teams to play all players on their rosters as much as possible. From a league standpoint, each player on the roster must play a minimum of twelve (12) plays in a game (offense, defense, and/or special teams). Each member association may also set their own minimum playing time rules in excess of the league minimum.
5.3 Game Time: Game Time: Four quarters of fifteen (15) minute running time (during running time, the clock does not stop except for time-outs, injuries, penalties, touchdowns and change of possessions). Stop time applies during the last two (2) minutes of each half. During the last two minutes of each half the clock will stop for time outs, injuries, penalties, touchdowns, incomplete passes, first downs, change of possession and out of bounds. However, if a team is leading by 28 points with 4:00 minutes left in the fourth quarter, there is no stoppage of time (except for injuries and penalties). Each team will get two timeouts per half.
5.4 Regular HS timing rules would take effect in the last 4 minutes of the 4th quarter when the score differential is less than 9 points
5.5 6th and 7th Grade Defensive Alignment: Linebackers and safeties must line up at least three (3) yards off the line of scrimmage and may not move forward until the ball is snapped.
5.5.1 At 6th Grade corners must line up at least three (3) yards off the line of scrimmage and may not move forward until the ball is snapped. At 7th and 8th grade, the corners can play press coverage and line up on the line of scrimmage.
5.5.2 At 6th Grade no defensive player may line up over center – must be lined on outside shoulder (A/B gap)
5.6 8th Grade Defensive Alignment: Follow MSHSL rules.
5.7 6th and 7th Grade Defensive Linemen: A maximum of six (6) defensive linemen are allowed. This rule does not apply if the ball is inside the defensive team’s ten (10) yard line; however, linebackers, corners and safeties may not move forward until the ball is snapped.
5.8 6th Grade Punting. Any 6th grade player may punt in a game. On any down, the offense can call a “punt”. Teams do not rush the punter. The offensive team must announce that they are going to punt (no fakes allowed). The offensive or defensive team cannot rush the punter or leave the line of scrimmage until the ball is punted. The punter may take the ball from the center in any manner. Even if the ball is dropped, the punter may pick it up and punt the ball. The Punter must punt the ball between the tackle positions. Punt coverage cannot take place until the ball is kicked. Receiving team must not be more than 5 yards from line of scrimmage when ball is kicked other than up to two return players. Once the ball is kicked, normal MSHSL rules apply.