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MIssion Statement
The objectives of the League shall be to give interested boys and girls
a fully organized and controlled football and cheerleading program in
order to teach the fundamentals of citizenship and to aid them in the
development of character and good health. The atmosphere should
remain entirely free from adult ambition and personal glory. Good
educational study habits and the importance of staying in school
shall be stressed at all times.
 
Table of Contents
 
Rules
Rule # Category Page
1 Changes to the Rules
2 Coaches
3 Ages and Weights
4 Insurance
5 Rosters
6 Ineligible Players, Cheerleaders and Coaches
7 TBYFL Verification Pictures
8 Conducting Pre-game Weigh-In
9 Playing Rules
10 Pee Wee Exceptions
11 Sick, Injured or Disciplined Players
12 Officials
13 Games
14 Regular Season Practice
15 Off-Season Practice
16 Protests of Rules of the Game
17 Uniforms and Equipment
18 Individual Honors
19 Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct
20 Organizational Responsibilities
21 Field and Game Day Rules
22 Facility Restrictions
23 Miscommunication, Misapplication or Misinterpretation
of a League rule/Bylaw by a League Official
24 Conferences
25 League Champions
26 Play Off Seeding
27 Cheerleading Rules
Penalties and Fines Chart
Articles
Article I Definition of the League
Article II Structure of the League
Article III Privileges, Duties and Responsibilities
Article IV Offices
Article V Suspensions, Fines or Dismissals
Article VI Amendments and Rule Changes
Article VII Committees
Article VIII Rules Violation Enforcement
 
Rule 1
Modifications to the Rules
1.1 Changes to the Rules
The rules of the league may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or part at any time through the
following procedure:
a) Rule change must be submitted in writing to the Rules Committee.
b) The rule change will be addressed at the next Rules Committee meeting.
c) The Rules Committee will make any necessary modifications and present at the next Board of
Directors meeting.
d) The proposed rule change will be presented and read at the board of directors meeting.
Discussion will be limited to 10 minutes at the first reading.
e) The proposed change will be placed on the agenda of the next Board of Directors meeting which
must be at least 48 hours from the meeting where the first reading was held.
f) No discussion will be held concerning the proposed rule change at the meeting which the rule
change vote is to take place.
g) A quorum (50% of all Board of Directors members) must be present at the meeting and the
proposed rule change must be ratified by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present.
h) Any changes to Rule 27 (Cheerleading Rules) must first be approved at a Cheer Coordinator
meeting by a simple majority vote of those present before being submitted to the Board of
Directors for final approval.
All rule changes enacted under this provision shall have no retroactive application.
The President of the league, with a 2/3 majority vote of the League Executive Board of Directors, can
declare a Rule Emergency and request a meeting to present, read and vote on a rule change at the same
meeting date. The meeting must be declared as a Rule Emergency meeting. A quorum (50% of all
Board of Directors members) must be present at the Rule Emergency meeting and it will require a twothirds
(2/3) vote of the members present to accept the change.
1.2 Knowledge of the Rules
It is the responsibility of the Athletic Director to inform all coaching participants from his/her organization
of the League rules and bylaws before they participate in any activity.
 
Rule 2
Volunteers and Coaches
2.1 Volunteer and Coaches
All League and organization volunteers must meet and fulfill all Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation
and Conservation Department requirements for being a youth volunteer/coach.
 
2.2 League Notification
Each Organization shall submit a head coach and board member roster with full names, addresses and
phone numbers on or before the August TBYFL meeting.
 
Rule 3
Ages and Weights
3.1 Age Certification
Each team shall have a birth certificate for each player and cheerleader, which shall be presented to the
League at registration. If the player or cheerleader participated in the previous season, this requirement
shall be waived. The League shall retain the previous season’s weigh-in rosters and picture identification
cards for a minimum of one year. Each Organization shall retain a copy of the certification for new
players and cheerleaders for a minimum of one year.
3.2 Age Determination
Football player’s age will be determined by their age as of July 31 of each season. Cheerleader’s age will
be determined by their age as of September 1 of each season.  As in the case of  last year Varsity cheerleaders,
 league age will be determined by their age as of January 1 of each season.
3.3 Weights
The following ages and weights shall be strictly enforced:
Cheerleaders: Age
Flag 4, 5 and 6
Pee Wee 7,8
Super Midget 9,10
Midget 11,12
Varsity 13,14*
Players: Age  Maximum Weight Limit Flag 4, 5 and 6 Not Applicable  
Pee Wee 7and 8 95 pounds
Super Midget 9 and 10 120 pounds
Midget  11 and 12 150 pounds
Varsity  12, 13 and 14 200 pounds 
Lightweights:Flag  Not Applicable (NEW FOR 2013) Numbers show in red are changed for 2013
Pee Wee* up to 62 pounds
Super Midget ** up to 80 pounds
Midget *** up to 105 pounds
Varsity  Not Applicable Teams participating in post season play are allowed 1 (one) additional pound for each week (including any bye weeks) of the postseason including lightweight players. * Pee Wee light weights:  A team may have up to ten (10) light weights in the Pee Wee division.  Each player cannot weigh more than 62 (sixty two) pounds and cannot be older than league age 9 (nine). ** Super Midget light weights: A team may have up to ten (10) light weights in the Super Midget division. Each player cannot weigh more than 80 (eighty) lbs and cannot be older than league age 11 (eleven). *** Midget light weights: A team may have up to ten (10) light weights in the Midget division. Each player cannot weigh more than 105. (one hundredand five lbs and cannot be older than league age 13 (thirteen).  Lightweight note: There cannot be more than five (5) new light weight players on each squad. A new light weight is defined as a player who did not play during the previous season with a TBYFL organization. 
Lightweight note: There cannot be more than five (5) new light weight players on each squad. A
new light weight is defined as a player who did not play during the previous season with a TBYFL
organization.
*If a lightweight player DOES NOT make weight the first game in which they are  declared eligible under the registration procedures, they must move up to the next division*
3.4 Artificial Weight Loss
Weight loss shall only be obtained by normal physical conditioning. Use of artificial means to obtain
weight loss by any player shall be prohibited unless specifically prescribed in writing by a licensed
physician for health reasons.
Any coach or any other supervisor advising or condoning the use of artificial means to obtain weight loss
shall be suspended from participation in any League activity for one (1) year. The player shall also be
declared ineligible for one (1) year.
When a coach knows that a player has or is, on his own or at the direction of any other person including
their parents, using artificial means to obtain or maintain weight loss, it shall be the responsibility of that
coach to take immediate action to have the player discontinue such action and report such activity to the
League.
Methods which are considered to be “artificial means” of weight loss include, but are not limited to, the
following:
a) Sweat boxes
b) Steam or sauna baths
c) Use of heated vehicles
d) Water pills
e) Excessive dieting (players are expected to be able to eat two or three balanced meals a
day)
f) Running in rubber, plastic, or similar clothing
g) Diet or appetite depressant pills
 
Rule 4
Insurance
4.1 Insurance Requirement
It shall be mandatory that the League have supplemental insurance to cover accidents and injuries to
players, cheerleaders, and other official team members while playing, traveling or practicing. A copy of
this policy shall be on file with the League and given to each Athletic Director no later than the August
meeting each year.
 
Rule 5
Rosters
5.1.1 Tansfers
No organization may take more than a total of 10 transfers in any given season. This includes players and cheerleaders.
No organization may take more than 5 transfers from any one TBYFL organization.
No organization may take more than 3 transfers on any single squad/team in a given division.
Any exceptions to this rule must receive the consent of the League Executive Comittee, which can be granted by a 2/3 vote. This vote can only be called by the League President for a highly unusual circumstance.
5.2 Freezing of Rosters
No player or cheerleader can be added to the organizations roster after midnight of the Leagues second
(2nd) scheduled game of the regular season, with the exception of Varsity cheerleaders and Varsity
Football Players which may be added to the roster up to midnight of the Leagues third (3rd) scheduled
game of the regular season. Any exception to these dates must receive the consent of the League
Executive Committee which can be granted by a 2/3 vote for a highly unusual circumstance.
After a player weighs in for their first game they shall NOT be permitted to move to a lower age division
(e.g., Varsity to Midget, Midget to Super Midget, Super Midget to Pee-Wee).
A player shall be permitted to move up to any age division for which he/she is eligible if done by the kick
off of the squad’s 5th regular season game.
A player must make weight in one regular season game in a division to be eligible to play in any post
season games in that same division.
5.3 Releases
No rostered player or cheerleader or coach may transfer to another organization after the
opening date of the TBYFL schedule.
5.2.1) No releases shall be granted under the following circumstances:
a) Money due to the organization which they are leaving. This must be uncollected funds as a result
of fraud, fund raising activity or any deceptive behaviors.
b) Equipment and/or uniforms or other properties of the organization not returned to the organization
which they are leaving.
Registration payment plans are not included in this rule. The player/cheerleader will be released if
the money owed is a result of missing or not finishing a registration payment plan.
Each Organization is required to provide the League by the March meeting, in writing, with a list of ALL
players, cheerleaders, board members, or coaches that have not turned in equipment, uniforms, other
properties of the organization or any fundraising money due. If this list is not turned in, then an individual
from that organization can not be refused a release.
5.3.2) The parents, or legal guardian, of any player/cheerleader transferring from one
organization to another will be required to sign a release stating the player, parent,
or any member of the player's family was not offered or given any type of incentive
to transfer from his/her existing organization to the new organization. The parent,
or legal guardian, is to get the release from their existing organization’s AD. Failure
to complete this release will make the player/cheerleader ineligible until release is
completed.
 
Rule 6
Ineligible Players, Cheerleaders and Coaches
6.1 Ineligible Players, Cheerleaders and Coaches
6.1.1) Any player or cheerleader who is a member of any school football team or cheerleading squad or
any other organized football team or cheerleading squad during the League’s season (beginning at the
first game date through the Super Bowl) shall be ineligible to play or cheer on any League team or squad
for that season.
6.1.3) There shall be no coaches or instructors under eighteen (18) years of age allowed to participate
with any squad unless a TBYFL adult volunteer/coach is present.
6.1.4) If you are of league age to cheer or play football in the Tampa Bay Youth Football League then you
are ineligible to be a coach or instructor.
6.1.5) All players and cheerleaders must be enrolled in an elementary, middle, Jr. High or high public or
private school or approved home schooling system. Any player not enrolled in one the systems listed is
ineligible to participate in any TBYFL activity. This rule does not apply to Flag Football or Mighty Mite
Cheerleading.
6.1.6) All grievances concerning an ineligible player must be filed in accordance to Article VIII. If it is
found that a person had knowledge of an ineligible player, cheerleader or coach and did not provide the
knowledge to TBYFL, that person is subject to Penalty 2 (one year suspension) and Fine B ($100).
6.1.7) Any team that is found guilty of having an ineligible player, cheerleader or coach must forfeit all
games in which the ineligible person participated in.
 
Rule 7
TBYFL Verification Pictures
7.1 TBYFL Verification Pictures
7.1.1) Preceding the first week of the regular schedule, the League teams shall meet at a time and place
to be designated by the League. The League shall have overall responsibility for conducting the
Preseason Official Picture Process, but shall be permitted to appoint one or more representatives to
handle or assist in conducting the Preseason Official Picture Process. All required paperwork (including
age certification) shall be turned in prior to taking the player’s Preseason Official Picture or the player
shall not be permitted to participate in the Preseason Official Picture Process.
7.1.2) The League shall prepare the Official Picture rosters based on current registrations. Coaches shall
have the players lined up for Preseason Official Pictures in alphabetic order at the time and place
designated by the League.
7.1.3) Any player on a roster not in attendance at Preseason Official Picture Process shall have his/her
picture taken at a subsequent Official Picture date scheduled by the League. Any rostered player who
does not have an Official Picture on file shall have his/her Official Picture taken at the Weigh-In by a
League Official.
7.1.4) Each Organization must pay a minimum of $2,500.00 in League registration fees by the regularly
scheduled TBYFL April Board of Directors meeting. Any organization experiencing financial difficulty may
petition the executive board for an extension.
7.1.5) All League registration fees must be paid in full by the Organization’s scheduled TBYFL picture day
or else the team will not be allowed to have their pictures taken and will be subject to the fines in Rule
7.2.
7.1.6) Dates for taking pictures of rostered players after the Preseason Official Picture Process shall be
scheduled by the League. No picture dates shall be scheduled after the Organization’s second game-of
the regular season unless scheduled in accordance with Rule # 3.
7.1.7) New Players
The following items shall be presented to the League for all new players or cheerleaders:
a. League registration form.
b. League registration fee, paid by check drawn on the organization’s checking account.
c. Copy of Age Certification, if not in last year’s file.
If the required forms, fees, and age certification are provided as described, the player shall be considered
a rostered player and shall be allowed to Weigh-In and play in the game as prescribed in: “Pictures
registration” In procedure manual.
7.2 Game Day Process
Each player shall have a picture identification card on file with the League. An organization shall be fined
$100.00 for each age division that requires six (6) or more Official Pictures to be taken at a Pregame
Weigh-In. Ex: 5 free pictures per squad. 6 or more a one-time fee for that squad only. Fine is per squad
not players. Players weighing-in under Rule #3 are not counted in determining the application of the
penalty.
After the player successfully completes Pregame Weigh-in, his/her card shall be used for Pregame
Check-in. Pregame Check-In shall take place as the teams enter the field. The players shall be checked
by the Athletic Director, Alternate Athletic Director, coach or League Official and the opposing teams
Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, or coach. After the Pregame Check-in is completed, the
identification cards shall be returned to the League Official.
 
Rule 8
Conducting Pregame Weigh-In
8.1) Bathroom or spring type scales are not permitted. Scales must be certified by a qualified service
technician each year before the first official weigh-in.
8.2) The Pre-game Weigh-In shall be conducted by a League Official, as assigned to each complex.
8.3) The Pre-game Weigh-In shall be conducted no earlier than one (1) hour prior to scheduled game
time. No player shall be allowed to weigh-in after Kick-Off.
8.4) The League shall maintain an official weigh-in roster in alphabetical order for each division. This
weigh-in roster shall be initialed by the League Official officiating at the Pregame Weigh-In.
8.5) Scales shall be set at the prescribed weight limit and each player shall be weighed subject to that
limit. No allowance shall be made for equipment or clothing. After failure to make weight the first time, the
player shall be detained, in the Weigh-In room for the one (1) subsequent attempt at which time the
player has the option to remove their clothing up to their undergarments (underpants). No player will be
allowed to weigh-in completely undressed. No other attempts shall be permitted and his/her Weigh-In
record shall reflect a “W’, and the player shall not be permitted to participate in that game.
8.6) The Pre-game Weigh-In shall not be open to anyone except League Officials, League Executive
Committee members, Athletic Directors and one (1) Coach from the participating Organizations. Parents
and other onlookers are not permitted in the immediate area of the League Weigh-in. If more than one
coach from a participating Organization is in the weigh in room and will not leave at the request of the
League Official then that coach will be declared ineligible for that game.
8.7) Any player caught on the official scales prior to the Pre-game Weigh-In shall be reported to the
League Official and shall be declared ineligible for that game.
8.8) Any player, who is determined to be ineligible through the weigh-in procedure and notated in the
weigh-in book, will be ineligible for the make-up game. This includes any notations in the weigh-in book
that makes a player ineligible for that game.
8.9) The outlying complexes are responsible for obtaining the books for weigh-ins on game days at their
facility.
 
Rule 9
Playing Rules
All games shall be played under the National Federation of State High School rules with the
following exceptions:
9.1) Regulation Game shall consist of four (4) eight (8) minute quarters.
9.2) Extra points shall score for all divisions: Two (2) points for kicking and
one (1) point for passing or running. The ball shall be put in play from the three (3) yard line for all divisions.
9.3) There shall be no set jersey numbering system.
9.4) As many team captains as designated from both teams shall attend the game ceremonies and
instruction at midfield.
9.5) If you wish to provide your own football for your game, it shall be certified by a League Official and
the Game Official (as to proper inflation and size) and presented to the Game Official prior to Kick-Off.
The following list represents the current footballs allowed in League games:
Pee-Wee: Wilson K2 or its equivalent
Super Midget: Wilson TDJ or its equivalent
Midget: Wilson TDJ or its equivalent
Varsity: Wilson TDY or its equivalent
9.6) Each player shall play a minimum of five (5) plays in a regulation game. Failure to comply with this
requirement shall result in: See Misconduct rules. A play is defined by a snap of the ball or a kick. A nonscoring
opportunity snap (this includes spiking the ball or kneeling the ball) of the ball does not count as a
play. A dead ball foul (penalty) is not considered a play. Any team found in violation of the minimum play
rule will forfeit the game in question including post season games. If a minimum play rule is determined to
have occurred in a playoff game, the losing team will be declared the winner and will advance to the next
round or will be declared the Super Bowl winner if the violation is in the Super Bowl game.
For the first violation, the Head Coach will be suspended for 21 days starting the day after the ruling. The
organization will receive a $100 fine.
For the second violation, the Head Coach will be suspended for 1 year starting the day after the ruling.
The organization will receive a $250 fine and be placed on probation for 1 year.
Each team is required to have one (1) player counter coach as one (1) of the ten
allowable field personnel. After the game, each team is required to turn in an official
TBYFL League Play Count Sheet to any league official on duty. It must be signed by
the head coach, the play-counting coach and must be signed by the league official .
9.7) In the event a team reaches a thirty (30) or more point lead over its opponent the Team behind shall
put the ball in play at the opponents forty (40) yard line after the opponents extra point attempt instead of
receiving a Kick-off. The clock shall become continuous as long as the leading team is up by 30 points or
more. The leading team shall not be allowed to use time outs as long as there is still at least a 30-point
lead. Once a 30-point lead is no longer in place, time-outs will be restored. The continuous clock rule
WILL NOT affect any team’s halftime possession I choice (e.g. if the team leading by 30 points is to
receive the 2nd half kick off, then they have the right to take the ball).
If the team leading by 30 points or more receives any penalty, then the clock will STOP until the start of
the next play (e.g. a leading team may not run out the clock by committing penalties).
 
Rule 10
Pee Wee Exceptions
10.1) Participation: Eight (8) play minimum for all players.
10.2) There shall be no more than one (1) coach from each team on the playing field while the ball is in
play. One (1) coach is allowed on the field for the entire season including playoff games.
10.3) The Coach on the field shall not be permitted to approach any Game Official at any time unless a
player has called a time out. A player must call time-out and the coach on the field or the head coach is
then allowed to address the Game Official.
10.4) If, in the judgment of the Game Official, the Coach on the field is abusive to the players or to the
Game Officials, the coach shall be removed and will not be permitted on the playing field for the rest of
the season.
10.5) Once any player is within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage, the coach can not say anything, touch
any player and must be at least five (5) yards from the nearest player and must be on their team’s side of
the ball. Any coach violating any of these rules will be given one warning from the Game Official and will
then be assessed a Delay of Game five yard penalty for any subsequent violations.
10.6) Clock: The teams shall run with a twenty-five (25) second clock
10.7) Penalties shall be based on the National Federation of State High School rules with the following
exceptions:
Five (5) yard penalties:
a. Delay of game (includes coach on the field touching a player)
b. Offside, when contact is made
c. Offside, when the ball is snapped
d. Delay of game, twenty-five (25) second clock
e. Equipment foul (mouthpiece, chin strap)
Ten (10) yard penalties:
f. Clipping
g. Facemask
h. Illegal block
i. Unsportsmanlike conduct
j. Spearing or face tackling
k. Holding
10.8) Offensive team shall be permitted to elect to kick on any down; this shall be a free PUNT. The
defensive team shall have at least six (6) players on the line of scrimmage during the kick. Neither team
shall cross the neutral zone until the ball is kicked. The offensive team shall kick after it notifies the Game
Officials of its intention to do so.
NOTE: If the clock is stopped on a free kick, it will not start until the ball is kicked. If the clock is
not stopped, they have 10 seconds to kick the ball from the free snap. A violation will incur a 5
yard delay of game penalty and a re-kick will occur with the clock NOT running until the ball is
kicked
10.9) If the offensive team elects to try for a field goal or kick a point-after attempt, the National
Federation of State High School rules shall apply and the defensive team IS allowed to rush the field goal
or extra point attempt.
10.10) ALL players within two players directly to the left and two players directly to the right of the center
and within one (1) yard of the line of scrimmage must be in a three (3) or four (4) point stance.
 
Rule 11
Sick, Injured or Disciplined Players
11.1) Any player shall be removed from the game if in the judgment of a Game Official, a TBYFL League
Official, or Players’ Team Coach that the players’ health or safety is in jeopardy.
11.2) Any player listed as sick, injured, absent, or disciplined at Pre-game Weigh-In shall not play. Any
player not playing shall remove helmet and shoulder pads In order to remain on the sidelines.
11.3) Any player who is injured, resulting in an injury time-out called by a Game Official, shall sit out five
(5) plays (ball is snapped or kicked) before returning to play in that half. If the Head Coach allows the
player to return to the game prior to the fifth play after the injury, the Head Coach shall be suspended for
the next game. A second violation of this rule shall result in the suspension of the Head Coach for the
remainder of the season, and, if five (5) or less games are remaining, the following season as well. If the
opposing team observes any violation of this rule, they shall call a time-out to inform the Game Official
and a League Official. The player shall be removed for an additional five (5) plays from that point in the
game. The opposing team shall not be charged for the time-out.
11.4) Halftime or the end of a game requiring overtime satisfies the five (5) play sit-out rule for an injured
player, and the player may return to the game to start the second half or the overtime.
11.5) A player or cheerleader injured In any manner so as to require medical attention by a physician
shall present written permission from his/her physician to a League Official before participating in any
League activity.
 
Rule 12
Officials
12.1) All League games shall be played using qualified, League-approved Game Officials. The Game
Officials shall be required to make a written report to the League of any instances where the conduct of
any member of a team, the team’s staff, or other person has, in their opinion, been unsportsmanlike or
detrimental to the game or the League. The League shall furnish Game Official Clock Operators.
 
Rule 13
Games
13.1) Each team shall play according to the official TBYFL schedule.
13.2) All games shall be played to completion except under such circumstances where the welfare of the
players shall be adversely affected. The Head Game Official shall determine the shortening of any game
due to bad weather.
13.3) In order to assure adequate time for proper player conditioning, warm-ups, Game Officials’
instruction, and introductions of team captains, etc., a minimum of ten (10) minutes shall elapse between
the end of one game and the beginning Kick-Off of the following game during which time team
introductions shall be made. When the regular scheduled starting time allows ten (10) minutes or more
between games, the game shall proceed as scheduled. However, ten (10) minutes between games shall
be allowed regardless of the scheduled starting times of any games. Picture identification cards shall be
checked as the teams enter or renter the field.
13.4) No game shall start early unless agreed upon by the two (2) participating Head Coaches and
League Officials.
13.5) No other teams shall be allowed inside the restraining fences while a game is in progress without
the permission of the League officer on duty.
13.6) The interval between the first half and last half of a scheduled game shall be ten (10) minutes. Any
Homecoming-type event shall be scheduled with the League and the other organization at least two (2)
weeks in advance and shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes. During halftime, no one is allowed on the
field except for the performing cheerleading squads or halftime activities. Ball playing is not allowed on
the field or in the end zones during any halftime activities.
13.7) In the event that a severe weather condition, field condition, or other unusual circumstances exist
which shall present health or safety hazards to the players, a game shall be postponed. The head Game
Official or a League Official will make the decision. Under these circumstances, the judgment of the
Game Official or the League Official shall not be subject to question. The League shall reschedule any
postponed game(s). Reference rule #6 for player eligibility.
13.8) During the regular scheduled playing season, no team shall play more than one game per week,
unless deemed necessary by the League. Controlled scrimmages shall be permitted with any team with
TBYFL approval. Each scrimmage shall be considered as a practice session. Scrimmages must be
between teams within the same age and weight brackets. EX: Super midgets vs. Super midgets and NOT
Super midgets vs. Midget. All scrimmages must be approved by the Conference Vice President or
President. League and County approved functions are excluded from this rule.
 
Rule 14
Regular Season Practice
14.1) Practice will start with the League’s prescribed start date. A maximum of twelve (12) hours per week
are allowed prior to the League’s first game.
Exception: The first full week AFTER school starts, all organizations shall not hold more than three (3)
practice days during a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) and shall be limited to six (6) hours of
practice per week. No practice shall exceed 9:00 PM at any time without prior League Conference Vice
President's approval.
14.2) On “bye’ weeks, teams/squads shall be permitted to practice an additional two (2) hours on
Saturday.
 
Rule 15
Off-Season Practice
15.1) No Organization is allowed to dress any member of it’s football team in football equipment for the
purpose of practicing from January 1 of each year until the official TBYFL first day of practice. Nonallowable
football equipment is defined as ANY of the following:
Helmet
Shoulder Pads
Football Pants with any padding (Hip, butt, knee and thigh pads)
15.2) Organizations are allowed to hold practices from January 1 until the official TBYFL first day of
practice as long as no football equipment is used.

Rule 16
Protests of Rules of the Game
16.1) Protests on matters of judgment as rendered by a Game Official shall not be considered. Protests
on rule violations shall be heard.
16.2) The protest must be made known to the opposing team and game official that the game is being
played under protest. It will be up to the filing party to furnish proof of guilt.
16.3) The protest shall be presented to the League Official on duty. It must be neatly written or typed and
presented to a League Official no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the termination of the game being
 protested. A $100.00 protest fee must accompany the protest, regardless of who files the protest (League
Official, Athletic Director, coach/instructor, player/cheerleader, parent, etc.). If the protest is upheld, this
fee shall be returned to the filing party within 10 (ten) days. If the Rules Appeal Committee determines
that a Game Official or a League Official neither misapplied the rule being protested or ignored the rule
being protested, the protest shall be declared void, the alleged violator shall be found not guilty, and the
$100.00 protest fee shall not be returned to the filing party.
16.4) The Rules Appeal Committee shall be appointed by the League President within twenty-four (24)
hours upon receipt of the protest. It shall contain no less than 3 (three) and no more than 7 (seven)
members.
16.5) The Rules Appeal Committee, upon notice to the organizations involved, shall conduct an
investigative hearing within forty-eight (48) hours. All facts involved shall be investigated by the Rules
Appeal Committee. The Athletic Director from each organization and the filing party shall be notified of
this hearing.
16.6) If the Rules Appeal Committee, by a simple majority vote of the members present, agrees that the
protest is valid, a recommendation for action shall be made at a Special Meeting of the League Board of
Directors within twenty-four (24) hours.
16.7) Once a protest has been presented and the $100 (one hundred) protest fee received, no protest
may be withdrawn without 2/3rd (two thirds) of TBYFL Executive Board approval.
 
Rule 17
Uniforms and Equipment
17.1) Each player shall have a complete uniform, with NOCSAE approved equipment which includes a
helmet with face guard and chin strap, shoulder pads, tail pad (1), hip pads (1 left and 1 right), thigh pads
(1 left and 1 right), knee pads (1 left and 1 right), plastic or rubber molded cleats (plastic detachable
cleats are permitted, but no metal may be exposed on any part of the cleats), mouth piece and an athletic
supporter. No jewelry of any type may be worn during the game.
Any player found to not be in compliant of rule 17.1 must immediately be removed from the game and can
not return until they are properly equipped.
17.2) No TBYFL insured equipment and/or uniforms, for both football and cheerleading, may be used in
any non-sanctioned event without prior approval from the TBYFL Executive Board.
 
Rule 18
Individual Honors
18.1) There shall be no individual honors for players or cheerleaders in the League, before, during, or
after any League activity at any League complex, that shall indicate in any way that his/her participation
was more appreciated than any other member’s participation on the team or squad (i.e., Best Defensive
player, Most Outstanding Running Back, Homecoming Queen/Princess/ King/Prince, etc).
18.2) Helmet stickers are not allowed without the approval of the Executive Board of Directors.
 

Rule 19

Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19.1) Any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, or other adult supervisor who is found guilty by the
League Board of Directors of cheating or misrepresenting any record shall be subject to disciplinary
action by the League Board of Directors.
19.2) Any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor parent, guardian or board member of said organization
who shall be found guilty of conduct detrimental to the League, violating League rules, under the
influence of alcohol or drugs, unbecoming conduct, or unsportsmanlike conduct, at any scheduled
League event, including practice, shall be subject to disciplinary action by the League Board of Directors.
19.3) These actions shall include taunting with racial, religious, and ethnic remarks. A report of such
conduct shall be made to the League. Any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, or TBYFL board
member reported to an Official and found guilty of taunting another member of the League with racial,
religious, or ethnic remarks/insults shall be expelled from further League activities for the season. Any
fighting which may result from these actions shall be reviewed for further disciplinary actions with the
Organizations.
19.4) Any player, cheerleader, coach, or instructor ejected from a game by a Game Official shall be
suspended for the next scheduled game. This suspension may be appealed to the League Executive
Board within twenty-four (24) hours after the completion of the game. The suspension can be lifted by a
simple majority vote of the League Executive Board. If a player, cheerleader, coach, or instructor is
ejected two (2) times in one season, he/she shall be subject to suspension for the remainder of the
season, following a hearing as outlined above. If five (5) or less games are remaining at the time of the
second ejection, he/she shall also be suspended from participating in any League activity for the entire
following season.
19.5) No coach, player, or identified team official or League Official may touch, grab, bump, or have
physical contact with any game official against his/her will. If this occurs, the individual shall be subject to
immediate expulsion from the TBYFL.
 
Rule 20
Organizational Responsibilities
20.1 Game day duties
20.1.1) The Home Team shall place all field markers and other necessary officiating game equipment
prior to the first game of the day. The Home team shall remove all markers and equipment after the last
game of the day.
20.2.2) Chain crews shall be provided by the Home Team and shall be properly trained. The chain crew
shall consist of adults (no one under the age of eighteen ). Whenever possible, the same crew
should be maintained throughout the season so as to assure more efficient performance. The chain crew
shall take their posts at least five (5) minutes prior to Kick-Off. No member of the chain crew shall be
allowed to talk to or coach any player on the field. Anyone found guilty of this shall be expelled from the
field by the Game Official or a League Official.
20.2 Organizational misconduct and eligibility fines
20.2.1) In the event that a team or squad is found guilty of violating the practice rule by the League
Board of Directors, a penalty shall be imposed for the Athletic Director and the teams’ Head Coach. This
fine shall be paid before the organization is permitted to participate in any League activity. See Penalties
and Fines chart: P-7 & M-B
20.2.2) When it is found that an organization has a team or squad that has permitted any player,
cheerleader, coach, or instructor who is ineligible under Misconduct, or any other rule or Bylaw of the
League, to participate in any practice, regular season game, or post-season game, all persons with direct
knowledge of the ineligibility shall be suspended from participating for the remainder of the season. If five
(5) or less games are remaining at the time a guilty decision by the League Board of Directors is agreed
upon, all persons with direct knowledge of the ineligibility shall also be refrained from participating for any
League team or squad for the entire following season. In the event that the Athletic Director participated
in the violation, the organization shall be fined: See Penalties and Fines chart M-A per incident.
Ineligible players, cheerleaders, coaches, and instructors shall not be permitted on the sidelines or to
participate, in any way, in any League activity. Petition for reinstatement, if granted, shall carry a: See
Penalties and Fines chart M-B reinstatement fee for each adult suspended under this rule, this fee shall
be paid before the adult is permitted to participate in any League activity.
20.2.4) Any team found guilty of violating any League rule pertaining to eligibility shall forfeit all games in
which the player(s) participated, and the Won-Loss records shall be changed accordingly for all teams
involved.

Rule 21
Field and Game Day Rules
21.1 Team Seating
21.1.1) All fields shall provide restraining fences between spectator and playing area.
21.1.2) The Home Team shall always sit as designated by the scoreboard.
21.1.3) Players, cheerleaders, coaches, instructors, and other team officials shall be restricted to an area
along the sidelines from their forty-five (45) yard line to their twenty (20) yard line.
21.1.4) All sudden death downs will be played in the end zone nearer to the pavilion. The cheerleaders
shall remain between their respective forty-five (45) yard line and twenty (20) yard line.
21.2 Sideline Restrictions
21.2.1) All sideline personnel for football shall be limited to no more than (10) people. There shall be no
one under League age allowed inside the restraining fences. Sideline personnel for cheerleaders shall be
limited to no more than five (5) people. All non-credentialed (non-rostered personnel) personnel must
receive prior league approval and are included in the maximum of ten sideline personnel.
21.2.2) During any game, no one is allowed on the sidelines except the following: chain crew; newspaper,
magazine, website photographers, and/or television staffs which have been authorized by the League in
advance to take pictures or film a game, ball person or other personnel to assist the Game Officials whenspecifically
requested by the officiating crew; League Executive Committee Members, or League Officials
at the League Executive Committee’s request.
21.2.3) Spectator viewing of the games from an area behind the players’ benches between the twenty
(20) yard lines and within five (5) yards of the fence is prohibited at Skyway Park.
21.3 Filming of Games
21.3.1) Filming of games shall be done outside of the playing field unless adequate facilities have been
provided and permission has been obtained from the League Official.
21.4 Press Box
21.4.1) Only four (4) members from each participating organization shall be allowed in the Press Box at
any given time.
 21.4.2) No sound equipment shall be allowed in the Press Box without prior approval from the League.
21.4.3) No loud, vulgar or profane music shall be allowed in the facility. Any music which may be
considered offensive by any spectator or board member must be turned off or removed from the facility.
21.4.4) Announcers shall not be allowed to coach, officiate, cheer, or criticize from the Press Box (No
Play-by-Play).
Announcers shall receive 1 (one) warning. They will be removed with the second warning and
suspended for the next game. If 5 (five) or less games are remaining after the second dismissal,
the announcer shall be suspended for the following season.
21.4.5) No one under the age of fifteen (15) shall be allowed in the Press Box under any circumstances.

Rule 22
Facility Restrictions
22.1) Effigies, dolls of opposing teams, hanging figures, derogatory signs, music or sound systems,
horns, air horns, bullhorns, whistles, drums or any paraphernalia found to be inflammatory by a League
Official towards the opposing team shall not be allowed on or within viewing or hearing distance of the
playing field.
The league will approve music for pre-game and or halftime entertainment only. No music will be
played while the games are in progress. This includes timeouts, water breaks or injuries. No
Insulting, vulgar or inflammatory music or lyrics will be allowed. The Director of cheerleaders or a
League official on duty shall have the final decision in accepting or rejecting all pre-game and
halftime music.
22.2) TBYFL shall be designated as a smoke free environment.
22.3) No pets or bicycles shall be allowed in the facility.
22.4) No weapons or firearms shall be allowed in the facility unless accompanied by a law enforcement
officer.
22.5) No glass or breakable plastic containers (bottles or cups) shall be allowed in the facility.
22.6) No object shall be allowed on the field which is deemed dangerous by a League Official.
22.7) It is the responsibility of each team and squad to quickly clean its seating area, both on the field
(players and cheerleaders) and in the Press Box, after each game and to give the previous team or squad
enough time to clear the area before moving in.
22.8) Each team or squad shall enter and exit the field from the side gates by the concession stand.
Outlying complexes shall follow the League approved enter / exit procedure for their facility.
22.9) Any person caught intentionally destroying Tampa Bay Youth Football League property shall be
charged with civil vandalism and trespassed for the remainder of the season.
22.10) No food or drink shall be sold inside or outside of any TBYFL complex or parking lot unless the
organization submits a proposal, two(2) weeks in advance for additional food sales. Additional food sales
may only be approved for the day of the organizations concession duty and may not conflict with any
offerings from the TBYFL complex. Additional food sales will only be permitted outside the gate. After a
notification from a league official to stop sales, a second violation will result in a fine. See Penalties
and Fines chart M-A
22.11) Team coolers are allowed under the following conditions. No personal coolers are permitted.
A. They must be placed away from the seating I bleacher area. Not underneath.
B. They may be placed by the end zone gate entrance to the field by the concession stand.
C. They may be placed by the players or cheerleaders bench.
22.12) Sale(s) of programs, t-shirts etc. must be approved and/or go through a bidding process before
they are sold at any TBYFL function. The league has sole rights of all products sold at these functions.

Rule 23
Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League
Rule/Bylaw by a League Official
23.1) Any organization or member of an organization (player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, Board
Member, or parent), who is disqualified, suspended, or prevented from participation in any League
activity, due to the Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League Rule/Bylaw, by a
League Official, shall be permitted to appeal to the League Executive Board to determine if a
Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League Rule/Bylaw has occurred.
23.2) The appealing party may request, within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident for an appeal hearing
by the League Executive Board.
23.3) If the League Executive Board, by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present, agrees that a
Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League Rule/Bylaw did occur, the appealing
party shall be granted reinstatement.
 
Rule 24
Conferences
24.1) The League shall be divided into two (2) Conferences: American and National. The Conferences
shall be realigned each year. Whenever a new organization is accepted into the
League, it shall be placed using a 0- 0- 0 regular season record. Whenever more than one organization is
accepted into the League for the same season, they shall be placed using a 0- 0- 0 regular season record
and a coin toss shall be used to determine order of placement.
The overall 4 team tackle regular season record will be used to determine the Conferences every year. In the
event that there is a tie in regular season records, the following criteria will be used to determine placement:
First Tie Breaker - Best Conference Record
Second Tie Breaker - Head to Head Results
Third Tie Breaker - Coin toss
The organizations shall be placed into the Conferences as follows:
       1      2
       4      3
       5      6
       8      7
       9     10
      12    11
      13    14
      16    15

 

 


 

Rule 25
League Champions
25.1) There shall be one (1) champion in each Conference in each age division.
25.2) The Conference Champion shall be determined by the team with the highest Won/Loss record
percentage of games played. This percentage is determined by dividing the total number of games won
by the total number of games played. A tie game counts as half (1/2) a game won and halt (1/2) a game
lost.
25.3) In the event that two (2) or more teams have the same Won-Loss record percentage, the following
criteria shall be applied in the order listed:
First Tie Breaker - Best Conference Record
Second Tie Breaker - Head-to-Head Results
Third Tie Breaker - Kansas Tie Breaker or Coin Toss. A coin toss is optional if both Head
Coaches agree.
25.4) The teams with the four (4) highest regular season total Won-Loss percentages in each conference shall participate in the
playoffs to determine the League Champions.
 
Rule 26
Play Off Seeding
26.1) The teams shall be seeded 1 thru 8 based on their regular season Won-Loss percentage.
26.2) In the event that two (2) or more teams have the same Won-Loss percentage, the following criteria
shall be applied in the order listed below to break the tie:
First Tie Breaker - Head-to-Head Results
Second Tie Breaker - Best Conference Record
Third Tie Breaker – Coin Toss
 26.3) The Playoff format shall be as follows:
Round One:
Game #1 - Seed #1 plays Seed #8.
Game #2 - Seed #2 plays Seed #7.
Game #3 - Seed #3 plays Seed #6.
Game #4 - Seed #4 plays Seed #5.
Round Two:
Game #1 - Winners of Game #1 and Game #4.
Game #2 - Winners of Game #2 and Game #3.
Super Bowl:
Winners of the Round Two Playoff games play in the Super Bowl for the over all champion.
26.4) Kansas tie breaker shall be used in all post-season games to determine the winning team.
(Kansas tie breaker is defined as: Each team has four (4) downs from the opponent’s ten (10) yard line to
score.)

Rule 27

 

Cheerleading Rules

 
27.1 COORDINATORS
 
Each organization’s coordinator shall be entitled to one vote during a League Coordinator’s Meeting. The TBYFL Cheerleading Director shall not be entitled to a vote during the League Coordinator’s Meeting, except in the event of a tie. The TBYFL Cheerleading Director shall cast one vote to break a tie. The TBYFL Alternate Cheerleader Director will only represent TBYFL in the absence of the TBYFL cheerleading Director. In the event the TBYFL Cheerleading Director is also an organizations coordinator, the organization’s Assistant Cheerleader Coordinator shall vote during the League Coordinator’s Meeting.
 
27.2 UNIFORMS
 
Each organization shall be responsible for decisions on apparel in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Spirit Rules. 
 
27.3 SQUAD SIZE
 
The maximum number of cheerleaders on any squad shall be limited to 36 participants.
 
27.4 CONDUCT
 
(a) Courtesy and sportsmanship shall be the primary duty of the coaches, cheer staff and instructors at all times.
(b) Any additional guidelines that shall benefit an organization shall be added as they see fit, as long as they do not conflict with League Rules (such as attendance requirements, conduct guidelines etc).
 
27.5 RESTRICTED CHEERS/CHANTS
 
No squad shall perform the “Gigolo/Introduce Yourself” cheer or any like cheer.
 
27.6 GAME DAY
 
(a) Home team shall perform “Hello” cheer first. The “Hello” cheer, without introductions, is mandatory.
(b) Make sure all cheerleaders are safely out of the way when play is in the area. One coach should always be behind the cheerleaders when they are cheering to the stands.
(c) Squads shall not cheer when the opposing squad is cheering.
(d) No squad shall cross the field to cheer at any time.
(e) Allow enough time between cheers to give the opposing squad cheering time (two cheers and/or two chants only). A signal (i.e. pivot or sitting) is necessary to let the opposing squad know cheer segment is complete.
(f) During halftime, each squad shall be allowed four (4) minutes. The visiting team shall take the field immediately at the beginning of halftime. Halftime participation is mandatory. Any squad exceeding the four minute limit shall be subject to the following: 1st offense=Verbal Warning, 2nd offense=(Head Coach only) See Chart P-6 & M-D. 
(g) Cheerleaders shall shake hands with the opposing squad before forming a line on the field for their players and coaches to pass through. Each cheerleader shall do the “We are Proud of You” cheer for their football team as they exit the field. Any squad that doesn’t comply will receive a verbal warning. Thereafter, a misconduct penalty shall apply.
(h) No building or stunts shall be allowed in the rain or slippery/wet ground conditions.
 
27.7 PRACTICE/CAMPS/GYM INSTRUCTIONS
 
(a) All practice must be done within the guidelines of our TBYFL bylaws (see Rule 14). 
(b) Effective the official date of the beginning of each season to the final day of each season (in-season)
(c) There is no group instruction allowed at any cheer/tumbling gyms, or outside of your documented practice location (as stated on the TBYFL website). All changes to your practice location must be reported to, and approved by, the TBYFL Cheer Director - in advance. 
(d) In-season private lessons at a cheer/tumbling gym are allowed within the following guidelines:
(1) No more than two (2) persons sharing one private lesson. The only exception is a family with cheerleaders on different squads.
(2) A facility staff member, who is not part of TBYFL must give privates.. 
(3) TBYFL coaches are not allowed to be involved in the private lesson. If the parent of the participant is also a TBYFL coach, they must be removed from the area where the private is being given. They must remain in the viewing area.
(4) OPEN GYM is allowed during the TBYFL season. If it is reported that a cheer/tumbling/dance routine is being practiced in a group (2 or more) and the accusation is proven, the organization will be written up and penalties will be assessed as per TBYFL rule 19.2.
 
27.8 SAFETY RULES AND GUIDELINES
 
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Spirit safety and legality rules and guidelines shall be followed at all times. This guide is updated annually by NFHS and released in the June/July time frame. TBYFL shall purchase two (2) copies of the NFHS Spirit rule book annually for each organization and provide them to each organization’s cheer coordinator.
 
27.9 PARTNER STUNTS AND PYRAMIDS
 
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the NFHS Spirit Rules for all stunts and pyramids. These rules shall be followed at all times with the exception of Mighty Mites/Flag cheer who are prohibited to perform basket tosses or any similar tosses.
 
27.10 TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS
 
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the NFHS Spirit Rules for all tumbling and gymnastics. These rules shall be followed at all times.
 
27.11 CHEER OFF FORMAT
 
All eligible squads must participate in Cheer Off. Exceptions will be reviewed by the TBYFL Executive Board on an individual basis. Penalty for non-participation could be $100 fine per squad. Each squad will perform a routine that must include the following:
 
(a) A minimum of 1 group jump in unison (same jump performed by the entire squad) 
(b) Dance (may include building) 
(c) A minimum of 1 Cheer or Chant without music. 
(d) A minimum of 1 Stunt (exception would be a squad of one) and pyramid.
 
27.12 MUSIC
 
No music shall contain any explicit or offensive language. A 5-point deduction per judge will be assessed for violating this rule.
 
27.13 COMPETITION ORDER
 
All divisions shall compete as follows:
 
(a) All Mascots Squads 
(b) All Pee Wee, then Supermidget Squads 
(c) All Midget, then Varsity Squads
Sequence of appearance, seating locations, on the field and bleacher seating will be determined by a random drawing conducted at a coordinators meeting.
 
27.14 JUDGES
 
Judges shall be agreed upon by vote of the coordinators. Approval/Rejections shall be by simple majority vote of members present. A minimum of seven (7) judges are required to accommodate the dual judging panels.
 
27.15 ACCOUNTANTS
 
Accountants will be assigned by the TBYFL Treasurer, who is responsible for the tallying of the score sheets. A minimum of two (2) accountants should tally score-sheets.
 
(a) All score sheets shall be collected from the judges immediately following the completion of each squad’s routine. One proofer, assigned by TBYFL, will be required to review the score sheets before they are given to the accountants for tallying to assure all categories receive a score. In the event that a score category is left blank, that squad will receive a score of one (1) point by default. This will be initialed by the accountant at the time of the change.
 
(b) All squads must make an attempt to perform / score in each category listed.
 
27.16 SCORING SYSTEM (see actual score-sheets for descriptions)
 
Judge #1: DANCE & JUMPS
 
50 Points Max
 
Judge #2: STUNTS & PYRAMIDS
 
50 Points Max
 
Judge #3: CHEER TECHNIQUE & APPEARANCE
 
50 Points Max
 
In the event of a tie, the following categories shall be used as tie-breakers in the sequence listed below:
 
1) CHEER POINTS
2) JUMP POINTS
 
27.17 COMPETITION AREA
 
The routine shall remain inside the Cheer Off box. The Cheer Off box shall be 54' wide and 42' deep. There will be a 5-point deduction from the total score of any squad who steps out of the Cheer Off box. Once competition begins, all squads must discontinue practice, except during Cheeroff breaks and in designated areas during scheduled warm-ups. Two squads that will perform next shall be on deck. Only on deck squads may warm up. This must be done quietly. Any squad that practices out of their designated time will have 10 points deducted from their total score.
 
27.18 PENALTIES
 
(a) There shall be a three (3) minute time limit for each routine. There shall be a 5-point deduction from the total score for exceeding the time limit. Time begins when the squad captain starts the routine or when the music begins, including building stunts, whichever comes first. The routine shall be permitted to start over only for the reason of technical difficulties (i.e., sound system malfunction) with the approval of the TBYFL Executive Board majority vote.
 
(b) All squads shall remain quiet during all performances. The League’s representative shall give the organization a warning to remain quiet. Any subsequent notice to remain quiet shall result in the organization losing 10 points per squad to be deducted off each squad’s total score.
(c) There shall be no obvious, intentional coaching of any squad (exception is Flag/Mighty Mites) by anyone from anywhere during the time a squad is in the official competition area. If any obvious, intentional coaching of a squad does occur, that squad will receive a 10-point deduction from each judges score sheet.
(d) NFSHSA safety guidelines shall be enforced during Cheer Off. An official safety judge shall be provided by the League to watch for illegal maneuvers. If at any time during a routine a squad performs an illegal maneuver, the safety judge shall provide written documentation of the violation, and the squad shall be penalized 5 points.
 
27.19 DISQUALIFICATIONS
 
(a) No one except for a TBYFL Executive Board member shall approach any judge at any time.
(b) If a squad uses profanity and/or displays poor sportsmanship at Cheer Off, the squad shall be disqualified and suspended from participation in further League activity for the remainder of the season. 
(c) If a squad uses profanity or displays extremely poor sportsmanship at Cheer Off, all offending members of the squad shall be suspended from participation in any League activity for the following season.
 
27.20 FIELD AND PRESS BOX SET-UP
 
(a) Pre-assigned spectator viewing areas shall be available for each organization, depending on size. Spectator viewing areas shall be assigned each year and shall be determined by a random drawing at the League Cheer Coordinators meeting.
(b) The music and/or sound system shall be on the field. Each organization must pay the required fees for the sound technician at the coordinator’s meeting prior to Cheer-off.
(c) The League may provide a video person who shall set up at the middle of the Cheer Off box, behind the judges, and shall remain stationary throughout the event.
(d) The following persons are allowed in the Press Box during Cheer Off. One (1) announcer, One (1) clock operator, one (1) League runner, and a minimum of two (2)/maximum of four (4) accountants.
 
27.21 AWARDS 
 
1 - American Conference for Pee Wee, Super Midget, Midget, and Varsity divisions.
2 - National Conference for Pee Wee, Super Midget, Midget, and Varsity divisions.
(a) Only teams that place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each category will be announced.
(b) Conferences will be determined each year, as stated in rule 24.1 
(c) There will be one award given to the team in each Age/Division category (Pee Wee, Super Midget, Midget, and Varsity) with the highest total score in the Cheer Off competition. There will also be one overall Grand Champion trophy awarded to the one squad with the highest total score of the competition.
 
3-Mighty Mites/Flag (No conference format will be recognized)
 
The Mighty Mite division will not be placed based on their scores.
 
REVISED March 2015
 
 
 

Penalties and Fines Chart

Penalty = “P”
1st Offense
# 1 Indefinite suspension
# 2 One (1) year suspension
# 3 Six (6) months suspension
# 4 Remainder of current season
# 5 Three (3) games suspension
# 6 Two (2) games suspension
# 7 One (1) game suspension
# 8 Probation
Fines = “M”
A = $500.00 C = $75.00 E = $25.00
B = $100.00 D = $50.00 F = $0.00
2nd Offense
In the event of a 2nd offense, a grievance committee can or may impose a
more severe punishment after a complete hearing under League rules and
bylaws. These penalties do not have to coincide with the guidelines of this
chart.

Tampa Bay Youth Football League Bylaws
Article I Definition of the League
Section I
The name of this chartered non-profit organization shall be ‘The Tampa Bay Youth Football League, inc.”
and hereafter, in these Bylaws, shall be referred to as “League”.
Section II
The objectives of the League shall be to give interested boys and girls a fully organized and controlled
football and cheerleading program in order to teach the fundamentals of citizenship, and to aid them in
the development of character and good health, in an atmosphere entirely free from adult ambition and
personal glory. A boy or girl shall be considered a member of the league and/or organization when a
parent or guardian signs any league or organizational registration form and it is witnessed by a member
of the organization which is registering the child.
Section III
The meetings of the League shall be held at a time and place determined by the League Board of
Directors and shall be conducted according to the parliamentary procedures as directed in
Robert’s Rules of Order.
Article II - Structure of the League
Section I
The League Board of Directors shall be comprised of the following:
A. President
B. Conference Vice Presidents
C. Treasurer
D. Secretary
E. Athletic Directors
F. At-Large Directors
G. Cheerleader Director
A quorum shall be a simple majority of the total members of the League Board of Directors.
Section II
The Officers of the League and the Executive Committee of the League Board of Directors shall be
comprised of the following:
A. President
B. Conference Vice Presidents
C. Treasurer
D. Secretary
E. Cheerleader Director
Section III
The organizational units of the League, at a minimum, must be comprised of the following:
A. Athletic Director
B. Assistant Athletic Director
C. Cheerleader Coordinator
D. Board of Directors
E. Four (4) football teams (one Peewee, one Super Midget, one Midget, and one Varsity).
F. Four (4) cheerleader squads (one Peewee, one Super Midget, one Midget, and one Varsity).
G. If an organization is unable to field a particular team/squad, the League Board of Directors, with a
simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present, may waive this requirement
without penalty.
Article Ill - Privileges, Duties and Responsibilities
Section I
Voting Privileges
The League Board of Directors shall be the governing body of the League, having complete control of
management and facilities operated by the League.
1) Each organizational unit shall be entitled to one (1) seat on the League Board of Directors. This shall
entitle it to one (1) vote through its Athletic Director. It shall have an assistant Athletic Director of record
who shall be entitled to one (1) vote should the Athletic Director not be present.
2) At-Large Directors are persons serving on the League Board of Directors, elected by the League Board
of Directors to assist in the operations of the League. These members may serve in any capacity, other
than as Athletic Director. They shall be entitled to one (I) vote.
3) The Cheerleader Director shall be entitled to one (1) vote. There shall be an assistant Cheerleader
Director of record who shall be entitled to one (1) vote should the Cheerleader Director not be present.
4) A member of the League Board of Directors may cast a vote in absentia by submitting a written,
signed, document in advance to any member of the League Board of Directors stating the issue or issues
being voted upon and indicating for or against on each issue. The member accepting the document shall
present it to the officer presiding over the meeting where the votes will be cast. The presiding officer shall
then include the votes indicated in the document. This document shall be retained by the League
Secretary for one (1) year and is open to inspection by any member of the League Board of Directors.
5) Vice presidents who also hold the position of athletic director of an organization shall be entitled to a
vote as the Vice president only. The assistant athletic director of the organization in which the Vice
president is the athletic director shall be able to cast one (1) vote.
Section II
Officers’ Duties and Responsibilities
1) The League President shall preside at all meetings, appoint committee chairpersons, call special
meetings, establish an annual operating budget, appoint persons to fill positions on the League Board of
Directors, subject to acceptance by a simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members
present, and generally govern the affairs of the League. The League President shall be responsible for
notifying the League Executive Committee members of any special meetings.
2) The League Conference Vice-Presidents shall, in general, assist the League President in all
capacities in handling of League affairs. The League Vice Presidents shall be responsible for notifying the
Athletic Directors in their Conferences of any special meetings. Should the League President leave office
or be unavailable for decision-making, the League Vice Presidents shall assume the duties and
responsibilities of the League President in descending order of their seniority.
3) The League Treasurer shall keep accurate records of all expenses, expenditures and receipts,
reporting the financial standing of the League at each regular meeting. He/she shall be authorized to pay
all normal operating expenditures on due dates so as not to damage the League’s credit rating. He/she
shall submit invoices arid Authorization slips to the League Board of Directors for its review. Any
expenditures not considered as normal operating expenses must have prior League Board of Directors’
approval. The League Treasurer shall present the books to the Audit Committee, appointed by the
League President, on an annual basis. The League Treasurer shall also present all accounts arid records
for an annual Audit to any person or persons the League may employ. In the absence of the League
President and League Vice Presidents, the League Treasurer shall assume the duties of the League
President.
4) The League Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all League Board of Directors
meetings. He/She shall keep records of all League business and all League records, other than financial,
and see that the League President is informed of all correspondence related to the -operation of-the
League. Original copies of all League records shall be on file in the League office at the Skyway
Complex. The League Secretary shall be responsible for notifying the At-Large Directors and the
Cheerleader Director of any special meetings.
5) The League Cheerleader Director shall be the liaison between the League Cheerleader Coordinators
and the League Board of Directors. He/she shall hold and preside over regular meetings of the League
Cheerleader Coordinators, and report to the League Board of Directors all information pertaining to
cheerleading.
Section III
Organizational Unit Duties and Responsibilities
1) The primary task of an organizational unit is to assist its Athletic Director in providing the required
number of players and cheerleaders for teams and to see that these boys and girls are equipped with the
proper equipment and supervision. This may be done through the forming of a Board of Directors. The
Board of Directors shall be self-governing internally, but must support and abide by all League rules and
directives. The Athletic Director shall be held directly responsible for organizational actions. The
organizational unit shall secure a charter and be self-recognized by the State of Florida. It shall submit, to
the League, a copy of its charter and Bylaws by the June meeting of each year. All organizations must
submit to the League each year a complete list of all officers with addresses and phone numbers by the
June meeting of each year. The organization shall have no vote in League affairs except through its
Athletic Director. The organization is responsible for furnishing the necessary people, when requested by
the League, to perform its duties to work on League Facilities, supply people for running the Concession
Stand, and other duties deemed necessary by the League Board of Directors.
Athletic directors, cheerleader coordinators and/or their assistants or designates must be present
at all their organization’s games.
2) Failure to comply with the League rules shall be subject to disciplinary action as deemed necessary by
the League Board of Directors.
3) The Athletic Director may serve as both Athletic Director and Head Coach of a squad.
Section IV
New Organizations
A new organization requesting entry into the League must contact the League President and present its
intentions, The League President shall convene the League Executive Committee to meet with the new
organization’s representatives. The League Executive Committee shall review and verify that the
requirements as set forth in this paragraph have been satisfied prior to presenting the new organization to
the League Board of Directors. The new organization’s application shall be presented to the League
Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting.
The acceptance of the new organization shall be scheduled for the next regularly scheduled meeting.
The new organization shall be accepted into the League by a 2/3 vote of the League Board of Directors
members present. The requirements are:
I. The new organization must use an NFL team name and colors.
2. The new organization must have finances available for equipment, uniforms, etc.
3. The new organization must be incorporated by the State of-Florida.
4. The new organization must be a non-profit entity.
5. The new organization must have a Board of Directors.
6. The new organization must have Bylaws.
7. The new organization must be in an area that will support the organization for registrations. The
new organization cannot start up in an area that has existing League organizations, if, in the
opinion of the League, it will adversely affect the existing League organizations.
8. The new organization cannot recruit players, cheerleaders, coaches, instructors, or any member
of any League organization. Once the League President has been contacted for possible entry
into the League, the new organization shall be subject to all recruiting rules set forth in the
League Rules.
9. A release for any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, or member from his/her current
organization which is denied cannot be appealed.
10. A new organization shall have the right to select its own Athletic Director, subject to acceptance
by a simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present.
11. New organizations which have been accepted into the League shall be on probation-for one (1)
year. At the completion of the first year of participation, the new organization shall be reviewed by
an appointed committee to determine if the new organization has complied with the League Rules
and Bylaws and is eligible to remain a participant in the League.
Article IV - Offices
Section I
Eligibility
A person who desires a position on the League Board of Directors may request such by submitting a
written request to the League Executive Committee, on or before October 15 of each year, stating his/her
qualifications, and the position desired. These requests shall be reviewed by the Nominating Committee.
Any person selected by the Nominating Committee may be asked to appear before the Nominating
Committee for an interview. If accepted by a simple majority vote of Nominating Committee members,
his/her name shall then be placed in nomination for election to the position-requested. To be elected, a
nominee must receive a simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present.
Section II
Terms of Office
1) Athletic Directors shall serve an indefinite period, as long as they are active In League operation and
hold forth their responsibilities to the League and their organization.
2) At-Large Directors shall serve a one (1) year term only, starting January I and ending December 31. If
they are desirous of serving additional terms on the League Board of Directors, they may request such by
submitting a written request to the League Executive Committee, on or before October 15 of each year.
3) Executive Committee officers shall serve two (2) year terms, starting January 1 and ending December
31.
All Executive board members who have been appointed by the president shall have a term that expires in
the slot in which they were appointed. If the VP moves up or down a slot, they shall still be required to run
in their original year.
Section III
Elections
1) The successful candidates shall be determined in an election by the League Board of Directors, with a
simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present. In the event a candidate runs for
an office unopposed, that candidate shall be appointed to the office by the League President after a
simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present-accept the candidate.
2) Nominations shall be announced no later than November 15.
3) Elections shall be held no later than December 15.
 
Eligibility for elected board positions
 
1) Any interested party wishing to run for an executive board position must hold a board position and be in good standing for at least 1 full season.
2) Any interested party wishing to run for the position of President  must hold and executive board position and be in good standing for at least 1 season.
Article V - Suspensions, Fines, or Dismissals
Section I
Suspensions, fines, or dismissals may be imposed against any member of the League, including
organizations, League Board of Directors members, coaches, parents, or any other affiliate of the
League, arising out of violations of League Rules as set forth in the League Rules adopted by the League
Board of Directors. The League Rules shall not be applied retroactively.
Section II
Other
1) Any League Board of Directors member can request action against another as stated in Article V,
Section I, above. Grounds for dismissal shall be misconduct or failure to comply with Rules/Bylaws and/or
absenteeism.
2) If an organization of record misses a total of three (3) meetings in a calendar year, the organization
shall have its voting privileges suspended and the organization will be fined up to $250.00. Any Executive
Committee member or other At-Large Directors of the League Board of Directors who misses two (2)
consecutive regular meetings or special meetings, or a total of four (4) per year, and is unexcused, shall
be dismissed from the League Board of Directors and a replacement will be nominated by the League
President which is then subject to a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors present.
3) Should an Athletic Director fail to exercise his/her responsibilities to the League, he/she shall be
subject to disciplinary action by the League Board of Directors and a replacement secured, if necessary.
4) To replace an outgoing Athletic Director, the candidate shall be the Assistant Athletic Director of record
who shall assume the office after receiving a vote of confidence from his/her organization as per the
organization’s Bylaws, to be witnessed by a duly Authorized and designated League Board of Directors
member. If the Assistant Athletic Director of record refuses the office, the outgoing Athletic Director can
select a candidate to replace him/her. If, however, the outgoing Athletic Director was dismissed by the
League Board of Directors or failed to receive a vote of confidence from his/her organization as per the
organization’s Bylaws, he/she shall not have the privilege of endorsing a candidate, and the
recommendation shall come from the organization. If the organization cannot provide a candidate, the
League Board of Directors shall secure and elect a candidate of its choice. Incoming Athletic Directors
and Assistant Athletic Directors of record shall be subject to acceptance by a simple majority vote of the
League Board of Directors members present.
Ability to remove at large or executive board member.
5) The President, or any executive board member filing thru the president, may request a vote to remove and member at large of executive board member for not fulfilling their assinged duties. This removal requires a full executive vote of 2/3's and if met results in immediate remaval of such member.
 
 
 Article VI - Amendments and Rule Changes
Section I
The Bylaws of the League shall be amended only by the League-Board of Directors and changes to the
amendments requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present.
Section II
No proposed amendment shall be voted upon at the meeting at which it is proposed.
Section III
Method and sequence for changing or adding new amendments are:
1) Proposed changes shall be presented at the first meeting.
2) Amendments shall be read, discussed, and voted on at the second meeting.
3) All amendment changes require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the League Board of Directors
members present.
4) All amendments enacted under this provision shall be applied prospectively, and such changes shall
have no retroactive application.
Article VII Committees
Section I
Standing Committees
The following six (6) standing committees, which shall be comprised of no more than eight (8) members,
shall be deemed necessary to the operation of the League. The Committee Chairperson shall be
appointed by the League President at the first meeting of the new calendar year and shall serve for the
entire calendar year. The Committee Chairperson will then select the committee members which must be
approved by the League President. Only League Board of Directors members shall be permitted to serve
on any committee. All committee meetings shall be closed to everyone not on that committee, with the
exception of the League President.
Activities and Scheduling Concession Stand
Audit Nominating
Buildings and Maintenance Rules and Bylaws
Section II
Grievance Committees
Grievance Committees shall be formed on an “as needed” basis to handle actions brought against
League members as stipulated in Article V, Section I. These Committees shall be comprised of not more
that seven (7) members, and shall not include the accuser or the accused. The League President shall
appoint the chairperson of these Committees. Only League Board of Directors members shall be
permitted to serve on these committees. All grievance committee meetings shall be closed to everyone
not on that committee, with the exception of the League President.
Article VIII Rules Violation Enforcement
1) Any violation of the rules must be presented in writing (grievance) to the TBYFL President or
President’s designee within 72 (seventy two) hours of obtaining knowledge of the violation and must
include a $100 (one hundred) deposit. Members of the TBYFL Executive Board are not required to
include the $100 (one hundred) deposit if the majority of the Executive Board is in agreement with the
filing.
2) Once a grievance has been presented and the $100 (one hundred) deposit received, no grievance
may be withdrawn without 2/3rd (two thirds) of TBYFL Executive Board approval.
3) The President or President’s designee will appoint a Grievance Committee and chairman within 24
(twenty four) hours. The Grievance Committee must contain no less than 3 (three) members and no
more than 7 (seven) members.
4) Both parties (accused and complainant) will be given 3 (three) days notice of the grievance hearing. If
both parties and the Grievance Chairman agree, the grievance hearing can be held before the 3rd (third)
day.
5) At the grievance hearing, the only witnesses allowed are those who have first hand knowledge of the
grievance matter. Only one witness is allowed in the hearing at a time. The only exception to this rule is
any witness who is under the age of 18 (eighteen) must have a parent or legal guardian present during
the hearing.
6) The (accused) party and athletic director of the accused organization shall be notified within 3 (three)
days of the Grievance Committees decision. If the accused party is found to be guilty of any rules
violation, the guilty party’s penalty shall be enforced immediately.
If the guilty party wishes to appeal the decision they have 24 (twenty four) hours to notify the President or
President’s designee in writing and it must include a $100 (one hundred dollars) deposit. The President
will call an Executive Board meeting within 72 (seventy two) hours to hear the appeal. A minimum of 50%
of the Executive Board members must be present for the appeals meeting. To overturn and/or modify the decision of theGrievance Committee the Executive Board must agree with a 2/3 (two thirds) vote of the memberspresent. If any members of the Grievance Committee are a member of the Executive Board, then they donot count towards the 50% of the member that must be present and they are not allowed to vote.
7) If the accused party is found guilty of the charges, the deposit of $100 (one hundred dollars) shall be
returned to the filing party within 10 (ten) days of the decision. If an appeal is overturned by the Executive
Board, then the deposit of $100 (one hundred dollars) will be returned to the party who paid the appeal
deposit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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