• SPEED FOOTBALL STUDY GUIDE

    ORGANIZED TACKLE FOOTBALL

    FOOTBALL IS A GAME THAT IS PLAYED ON A FIELD THAT MEASURES 100 YARDS FROM ENDZONE TO ENDZONE, AND IS 53.3 YARDS WIDE. THE ENDZONES ARE 10 YARDS DEEP. THE GOAL POST ARE 10 FEET HIGH AND 23 FEET 4 INCHES WIDE. THE FIELD IS MEASURED OUT IN 5 YARD INCREMENTS.

    THERE ARE 11 PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM ON THE FIELD AT ONE TIME. THE TEAM WITH THE BALL IS CALLED THE OFFENSE, AND THE TEAM WITHOUT THE BALL IS CALLED THE DEFENSE. THE QUARTERBACK IS IN CHARGE OF THE OFFENSE. SEVEN OFFENSIVE PLAYERS MUST BE ON THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE (WHERE THE BALL IS SNAPPED TO THE QUARTERBACK) WHEN THE PLAY BEGINS. THE CENTER SNAPS THE BALL TO THE QUARTERBACK.

    THE BALL IS MOVED DOWN THE FIELD BY MAKING FIRST DOWNS. THE TEAM WITH THE BALL HAS 4 TRIES (DOWNS) TO MOVE THE BALL 10 YARDS. USUALLY IF A TEAM HAS NOT GONE 10 YARDS IN 3 DOWNS, THE TEAM WILL PUNT THE BALL ON FOURTH DOWN.

    THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO SCORE. A TOUCHDOWN MAY BE RUN OR THROWN ACROSS THE GOAL LINE AND IS WORTH 6 POINTS. THE EXTRA POINT(S) AFTER A TOUCHDOWN IS WORTH 1 POINT IF IT IS KICKED OVER THE GOALPOST OR 2 POINTS IF IT IS THROWN OR RUN ACROSS THE GOAL LINE. A FIELD GOAL MUST BE KICKED THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS FROM ANYWHERE ON THE FIELD AND IS WORTH 3 POINTS. A SAFETY IS WORTH 2 POINTS. A SAFETY IS WHEN AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER WITH THE BALL IS TACKLED IN THE END ZONE OF THE DEFENSE.

    SPEED FOOTBALL

    SPEED FOOTBALL IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. THE BALL MAY BE PASSED IN ANY DIRECTION, AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT, AS LONG AS THE BALL KEEPS GETTING CAUGHT WITHOUT THE PLAYER WITH THE BALL HAVING THEIR FLAGS PULLED. THE OFFENSE WILL HAVE 4 DOWNS (PLAYS) TO SCORE A TOUCHDOWN. A PLAY WILL END WHEN A PLAYER WITH THE BALL HAS THEIR FLAG PULLED, OR A PASS ATTEMPT FALLS INCOMPLETE. FOR AN INCOMPLETE PASS THE BALL WILL BE PLACED AT THE POINT WHERE THE BALL WAS THROWN FROM, EXCEPT ON 4TH DOWN. ON 4TH DOWN AN INCOMPLETE PASS WILL BE LIKE A PUNT AND THE DEFENSE WILL TAKE OVER WHERE THE BALL HIT THE GROUND.

    THERE ARE NO KICK OFFS, PUNTS, OR FIELD GOALS IN FLAG FOOTBALL. AT THE START OF THE GAME, OR AFTER A TOUCHDOWN IS SCORED THE OFFENSE WILL START WITH THE BALL 5 YARDS OUT FROM THEIR OWN ENDZONE.THE OFFENSE MUST HUDDLE BEFORE EACH PLAY. NIETHER TEAM MAY CROSS THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE UNTIL THE CENTER SNAPS THE BALL TO THE QUARTERBACK TO START THE PLAY, OR THEY WILL BE OFFSIDES RESULTING IN A 5 YARD PENALTY AND DOWN OVER. THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE IS AN IMAGINARY LINE RUNNING FROM SIDELINE TO SIDELINE THROUGH THE BALL. THE L.O.S. IS WHERE THE LAST PLAY ENDED AND WHERE THE NEXT PLAY WILL START. THE DEFENSE MUST COUNT 5 MISSISSIPPI OUT LOUD BEFORE THEY CAN CROSS THE L.O.S.  AFTER THE BALL HAS BEEN SNAPPED.

    THERE IS NO BLOCKING (YOU MAY ONLY STAND IN THE OPPOSING PLAYERS WAY), AND THERE IS NO RUNNING THROUGH ANOTHER PLAYER TO GET TO THE BALL CARRIER (DEFENSE MUST ATTEMPT TO RUN AROUND BLOCKER). THERE IS ALSO NO TACKILING. THE BALL CARRIER MAY NOT FLAG GUARD OR STIFF ARM THE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS. THERE ARE NO FUMBLES. WHEN THE BALL HITS THE GROUND IT IS DEAD IMMEDIATELY.

    SCORING WILL BE THE SAME AS ORGANIZED TACKLE FOOTBALL. AFTER A TOUCHDOWN (6 POINTS) THE TEAM THAT SCORED WILL HAVE 1 PLAY FROM 5 YARDS OUT OF THE ENDZONE TO SCORE 1 EXTRA POINT. THERE WILL BE NO FIELD GOALS OR KICKED EXTRA POINTS. SAFETIES (2 POINTS) MAY OCCUR WHEN A BALL CARRIERS’ FLAG IS PULLED IN THEIR OWN ENDZONE OR AN INCOMPLETE PASS IS THROWN FROM THE OFFENSES OWN ENDZONE. IF A SAFETY OCCURS THE DEFENSE WILL GET 2 POINTS AND THE BALL.

     

Last Modified on October 25, 2011