Capital Area Minor Football Association
Mosquito (Ages 9-11) Revised September 27, 2011
The purpose of our Mosquito tackle football program is to introduce
youth aged 9-11 to the game of tackle football. Players will learn the fundamentals ,i.e.
passing, running, blocking, tackling and kicking in a fun environment. Players
more than 110 pounds (a 5 pound variance will be allowed) will not be permitted to play
the running back or quarterback positions or carry the ball on a designed
running play from scrimmage. All players are eligible to play the pass
receiving positions of end and slotback.
All players will be supplied with a complete set of tackle football
gear. This includes a helmet, shoulder pads, mouthguard, hip pads, thigh pads, knee pads,
jersey and football pants.
All games will be preceded by a practice/warm-up of about 30 minutes on weekdays and 60 minutes on weekends. Games will consist of four 20 minute quarters straight time. Each team will be permitted 2 timeouts per half. The half time break will be about 5 minutes. Evening games in October will consist of four fifteen minute quarters.
Number of Players:
Each team will have 10 players on the field at any time. Every
player on the team will be a starter on either offense or defense. No
benchwarmers! Both teams must have at least 12 players dressed to play 10 aside.
For each player below 12 dressed, both teams will play with one less
player on the field. The offense will first remove end players and then
slotbacks. Teams will forfeit if they have less than 8 players dressed.
SB QB SB
TE G C G SE
CB DE NG DE CB
OLB MLB OLB
The C and G positions are not allowed to catch passes.
O O O O O O
X X X X X X X X X X
0- Receiving Team
X- Kickoff Team
The ball will be kicked off from mid-field using a kicking tee. Kicking team players cannot cross the kickoff line before the ball is kicked. On side kickoffs are permitted. However, the ball must travel at least 10 yards in order for the kicking team to recover.
We will have officials for our games. Orange pylons will be placed at the goal line corners, back end zone corners, and at mid-field. Each team must recruit one parent or assistant coach to rule on out of bounds on each side line. These parents will raise their arms to notify the referee that a ball carrier has stepped out of bounds.
Teams will play 4 down football
with the one yard neutral zone. The offence must
throw a legal forward pass on at least one
of the first three downs in each series of downs. Failure
to do so will result in an "Illegal Procedure" penalty. Officials will
not stop play until the ball is dead. Attempting to pass and getting sacked will
not satisfy this rule. The ball must be thrown as legal forward pass. Forward
passes thrown behind the line of scrimmage and towards the sideline area must
travel at least 10 yards to satisfy this rule.
A lateral pass will not satisfy
this rule. Officials should point this out to a team that has just thrown a
lateral pass. A 5 yard penalty will be applied and the down repeated. The
offensive team will still be obligated to pass the ball again after the penalty
has been applied.
The defence can have as many defensive
lineman as the the offense has interior offensive lineman (ie. C, G, TE).
Linebackers and defensive backs are not allowed
to blitz. Defensive ends cannot line up wider than an "outside
shade" on the most outside interior offensive lineman, (i.e.
G, TE). The defensive end's inside foot cannot be outside of the offensive
lineman's outside foot.
A team may punt the ball if it is unable to score. No rush on the punter is permitted. The punter must stand at least 7 yards back from the line of scrimmage and receive a snap from the center. Fake punts are permitted. The 5 yard restraining zone violation rule applies to all players on the kicking team including the kicker.
Converts, Field Goals:
Teams may attempt a convert either by running, passing or kicking.
Distribution of Offensive Plays:
Coaches are encouraged to let all eligible players have at least one opportunity to carry the ball or have a pass thrown to them during each game.
Blowout Score Rule:
Once a team takes and maintains an 18 point lead the starting running backs can no longer play offence. They are still permitted to play defence.
Unnecessary Roughness- Anything that results in a player being taken to the ground with excessive force. Facemask grabbing, contact out of bounds. 10 yards.
Rough Play- Where a player has more than one deliberate Unnecessary Roughness penalty in a game, a 25 yard penalty will be applied and the offending player ejected from the game.
Illegal Procedure- Offense must have a center, two guards, and two ends on the line of scrimmage. Players cannot move before ball is snapped. When a team does not throw a pass during its first three downs. Time count violation when a team takes longer than 40 seconds to put the ball in play. 5 yards. Repeat down. Defense may decline penalty.
Offside- Defence cannot cross line of scrimmage before ball is snapped. 5 yards. Repeat down. Offense may decline penalty.
Holding- Blockers cannot hold defenders or push them with an open hand. 10 yards. Repeat down. Defence may decline penalty.
No Yards- Punt team defenders including the kicker must give punt returner a 5 yard cushion until he touches the ball. 10 yards from point where tackled..
Clipping- Blockers cannot block defenders from behind. 10 yards. Repeat down. Defence may decline penalty.
Pass Interference- Neither pass receivers nor defenders can push one another on pass routes. 10 yards. Repeat down on offensive interference. Defence may decline penalty.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct- Taunting opposing players or using foul
language. 10 yard penalty.
Where an aspect of the game has not been addressed in the preceding text the "Canadian Rulebook for Tackle Football" shall apply.