CSFL Rules -- 2013 Season
Each league member shall be limited to seven (7) formal
games. As an exception, an annual alumni game may be played and not counted
against this maximum number. Only designated games against League
opponents will be used to determine the league standings and championship.
2. Practice Sessions
Organized practice sessions (there may be two in one day) will be limited in number with
no more than 16 prior to the first scheduled game in September between any
two league opponents. Games against a non-CSFL team will count as a game but
not a practice.
a. The first three (3) days
will be conditioning (non-contact) workouts, and are included in the
sixteen practice sessions.
b. Organized practice sessions are
any workout conducted with coaches present.
c. Formal alumni games, shall not
count in the practice limit.
d. No spring practice is
permitted, except for Princeton and Franklin Pierce, which are permitted 5 days,
without any equipment, due to concerns about their roster size. This will be
reviewed on an annual basis.
All League members will submit to the League Commissioner on
the last day of preseason a practice schedule detailing the practice
The last day of preseason is: Sept 12, 2013
Any full time undergraduate student of the respective League
institution is permitted to play. Students must meet NCAA eligibility as it
pertains to normal progress. Off-campus recruiting is not permitted.
Each game shall have seven (7) officials. They shall be
appointed by the Eastern College Athletic Conference or Jim Maconaghy.
5. Weigh-In of Players
With a sincere concern for the health and welfare of the
student-athletes participating in Sprint Football, each player will be examined
by a physician or sports medicine staff member prior to the season to ensure the
safety and appropriateness of that individual participating in Sprint Football
at the specified weight limit.
CSFL Weight certification procedures:
a. No student athlete may begin
official practice including drills or other football related activities
(with or without equipment) until they have demonstrated one the following: Note:
all scales must have been certified by the local weights and measurements
department within the previous calendar year.
i. A body weight
of 165 lbs or less, or
ii. A body weight of 177.0 lbs.
or less while simultaneously (within ˝ hour) having body fat of 5% or greater
and urine specific gravity less than or equal to 1.020. The student athlete
will be permitted to achieve this standard as many times as they like, but will
be withheld from all practice activities until achieving the standard.
Note: First year players (players
who have never participated in Sprint Football) are exempted from this
requirement in an attempt to allow newcomers the opportunity to adjust their
body weight. Any athlete previously on a roster, at any time, must meet the
177.0 lb practice standard.
iii. A list of all practice
players must be submitted on the last day of pre-season to the League Commissioner on a standard form provided
by the League and must include name of player, year in school, urine specific
gravity, % body fat, body weight and must be signed by the coach and sports
b. No student athlete may compete
in any contest involving another Sprint team until they have demonstrated the
following on either the first or second weigh-in of a particular week:
a body weight of 172.0 lbs. or less while simultaneously (within ˝ hour) having
body fat of 5% or greater and urine specific gravity less than or equal to
c. In subsequent weeks after
achieving the 172.0 lb hydrated weight standard, student athletes will be
required to weigh 172.0 lbs or less on Monday and Wednesday, before a Friday
contest (Tuesday/Thursday before a Saturday contest, etc.) each week of the
season in which they have a game. The one exception to this rule is if a
school plays a Sunday game which is followed the next week with a Friday game,
they would only have to weigh-in on Wednesday before that Friday game. Body fat
and hydration measures are not required for the weekly weight certification once
the hydrated standard has been achieved at the172 lb level. Failure to achieve
this weight on either date will result in the student athlete being withheld
from competition in that week's contest.
d. Coaches must ensure that unsafe
weight loss practices such as the use of saunas, rubber suits, diuretics, etc.
e. All weight certifications must
be conducted by members of the athletic medicine staff or by an administrator
with responsibility for the sport at the respective institution, and not
members of the coaching staff. Every form submitted should be signed by the
institution's supervising official and the head coach. The supervising official
may not be a coach.
Medical staffs at the individual institution will provide
the necessary guidance in accordance with their own best practices about how a
student athlete who does not certify at the required weight should achieve the
A detailed weight certification sheet must be submitted to
the opposing coach on a standard form provided by the League and prior to the
start of each game. This same form must be submitted to the League by the end
of the week following the game.
The detailed weigh-in sheet will include, for all players:
name, number, position(s), year in school and the exact weight for both weigh-ins
for that game.
It shall be the responsibility of the home team to have a
qualified physician in attendance 15 minutes before, during and available after
7. Length of Games
All games shall be four (4) periods of 15 minutes each.
8. NCAA Football Rules
The NCAA rules shall be in effect.
9. Coaching Staff Size
Maximum = One (1) Head Coach and Seven (7) Assistants. A
"coach" for this rule is defined by NCAA Bylaw 11.7.
10. Game Uniforms
Visiting teams will wear light colored or white jerseys, and
home teams will wear dark jerseys.
11. Squad Size/Number of Players in Uniform at Games
During each year's season, there is a maximum squad size of
sixty-five (65) players (including varsity, junior varsity and freshmen) who
are eligible to practice, compete or participate with the program in any manner.
All League members will submit an official roster with a
maximum 65 players to the League Commissioner by September 12, 2013. The official roster:
1. Will detail the jersey number,
player name, and year in school
2. Will include all players
participating in any team activities.
3. Additions to the official
roster will not be allowed after the roster submission on the last day of
a. A team that did not have 65
players participating at the time of roster submission may add players, up to a
total of 65 players, only with notifications of and approval from the
b. Any unusual situation which
will require approval from the League Commissioner.
12. Coaches Game Restrictions
All coaches must remain on the field in the coaching area
during the conduct of the game. No phones are permitted for use.
13. Bands at Games
Teams having bands at games are responsible for their conduct.
The band should not play while the game is in progress and should concentrate
their efforts during time outs and both the pre- or post-game periods. Home
teams remain responsible for the proper conduct of their bands even if game
officials are reluctant to take action.
14. League Champion
The championship will be decided on a point basis. For
the designated League games each victory will count as two points.
15. Reporting Statistics and Game Scores
As soon after the game as possible, but not later than the
following Monday morning, members are responsible for sending in statistics and
scores of games to Mr. Ed Benkin at email@example.com.
Mr. Benkin's telephone number is 609-239-9187. The specific reporting form to
be used will be coordinated by Mr. Benkin and should be submitted according to
16. Scouting and Film Exchange
All game film will be distributed weekly to all schools via HUDL.
No on-site scouting is permitted at any time. Film must be of a complete game, include
all plays, be sideline wide and end zone tight, and include a visible score at least
each quarter. All film will be sent by noon Saturday following a Friday game and 10
am Sunday following a Saturday game.
17. Coordinating Arrival of Visiting Team
The home team coach is responsible for coordinating the
arrival and stay of the visiting team. The visiting coach is responsible for
calling the home team coach the week of the scheduled game. This assistance
should include such considerations as arranging for locker rooms, on-campus
meals, housing, practice fields, etc. The head coach (or his designee) should
personally check on everything before arrival, and meet the visitor's bus at a
predetermined time and place. All student-athletes deserve our best efforts in
this matter of sportsmanship.
18. 40/25-Second Clocks
It is recommended that the home team provide two (2) 40/25-second
clocks and an official 40/25-second clock operator for all games. If
possible, clock operators should be certified.
All teams are assessed dues of $1750.00 annually for the
services of the Commissioner, Sports Information Office, purchasing of awards, and
conduct of other League business.
20. All-League Awards
Each institution may nominate for both the 1st and 2nd
All-League Offensive and Defensive Teams according to the place finish and the
following formula: 1st place = 15 nominations; 2nd place = 14 nominations; 3rd
place = 13 nominations; 4th place = 12 nominations; 5th place = 11 nominations,
6th place = 10 nominations, 7th place = 9 nominations, 8th place = 7 nominations. Head coaches will have one
vote for the individuals by position. Head coaches will have one vote for the
league Most Valuable Player (the James Kay Award). Head coaches should submit a
list of the players on their team that they consider deserving of selection to
honorable mention all league. Special Teams player and All-Purpose player (one
player each) will be selected when appropriate, and they will be in addition to
the nominations listed above.
21. Annual Meeting
The annual coaches meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013
at 12 noon, after the completion of the league schedule. If required, a second meeting
may be held in the spring.
22. League Commissioner
The position of Commissioner will be reviewed on a yearly
basis. If possible, it would be most equitable to rotate the responsibilities
every two (2) years among the athletic staffs of the member institutions.
23. In the event admission to a game is charged the home
team will provide complimentary tickets for each member of the visiting team
listed on their opening season roster and two tickets for each member of the
coaching staff. NCAA rules for complimentary admissions will be followed.