U10/U12 Rules

 Rules for U10 Divisions (6-a-side)  

Please note unless specified below rules are governed by the 2022 Football Canada tackle Rulebook  

Coaches on the Field (applies to U10) 

During the first three (3) regular season games at U10, one coach from each team may be on the field during gameplay. Additionally, one (1) coach from each team may be present on the field at any time positioned in such a manner so as to not interfere with the game i.e. realigning a player prior to the snap of the ball. 

Offensive Coach – after your huddle breaks you are to be no less than fifteen (15) yards from the line of scrimmage. You are NOT to communicate in any manner to your players on the field or coaches on the sideline. You are NOT to read the defense and change your plays.  

Defensive Coach – after the offensive huddle breaks you are to be no less than fifteen (15) yards from the line of scrimmage. You are NOT to communicate in any manner to your players on the field or coaches on the sideline. You are NOT to read the offense and your formations, blitzes etc.  

These rules apply to Coaches on the field, not those on the sidelines.  

Timing  

Games will play twelve (12) minutes straight run time per quarter with stopped time in the last six (6) minutes of the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) quarters. Time will NOT stop for penalties, injuries, change of possession or called time outs. The last six (6) minutes of the second (2nd) and fourth (4th ) quarters will be regular timing rules. The Game Referee may use their discretion to stop the clock for injuries at any time.  

Additional information  

Legal Scrimmage – Each team will have up to 6  players on the field for each play. The offensive team must have at least five (3) players on the line of scrimmage (wingline). The outside players on each end of the wingline and all back fielders are eligible receivers.  

Blocking – Shoulder or body blocks may be used. Players may not throw crossbody blocks or rolling blocks by leaving their feet. The Unnecessary Roughness penalty as outlined in the Canadian Amateur Rule Book for Tackle Football applies.  

Playing Field  

U10 field configuration is to run lengthwise on the field extending in length to utilize the entire length of the regulation field, from the spectator’s sideline to the far hash mark if there are no numbers on the field with ten yard end zones. Cones will mark the furthest sideline every five (5) yards.  

Special Teams Rule  

There will be no kick offs 

After each scoring play where a kickoff would normally take place, the team that was scored upon will now take possession on their thirty (30) yard line and start first (1st) down from that point.  

There will be no punting on 4th down, when a team is on their own side of midfield (55 yard line), they have the option to advance the ball twenty five (25) yards and turn the ball over to the other team on downs. The coach must clearly signal the Game Referee in a timely manner should their team choose this option If the offensive team is on the opposing side of mid field (55 yard line), they must run a play. 

Converts: 2 points for uncontested kick/ 2 point for FORWARD pass or 1 point for a run play from scrimmage. 

There is no option for a contested kick. 

 

Rules Modifications for U12 Divisions (9-a-side) 

 

Please note unless specified below rules are governed by the 2022 Football canada tackle Rulebook  

 

Timing 

 

Regular timing applies 

 

Additional information  

Legal Scrimmage – Each team will have up to nine players on the field for each play. The offensive team must have at least five players on the line of scrimmage (wingline). The outside players on each end of the winglines and all back fielders are eligible receivers. 

 

Blocking – Shoulder or body blocks may be used. Players may not throw crossbody blocks or rolling blocks by leaving their feet. The Unnecessary Roughness penalty as outlined in the Canadian Amateur Rule Book for Tackle Football applies. 

 

 

Special Teams Rule  

 

Kickoffs: will take place at the beginning of the game and to start the second (2nd) half, normal rules. After each scoring play where a kickoff would normally take place, the that was scored upon will now have a choice; receive a kickoff or take possession on their thirty (30) yard line and start first (1st) down from that point. 

 

Punting: On 4th down, when a team is on their own side of midfield (55 yard line), they have the option to advance the ball twenty five (25) yards and turn the ball over to the other team on downs. The Coach must clearly signal the Game Referee in a timely manner should their team choose this option If the offensive team is on the opposing side of mid field (55 yard line), they must run a play, which can be an actual kick if they opt to do so. All regular kicking rules apply. 

 

Converts: 2 points for uncontested kick/ 1 point for FORWARD pass. 

There is no option for a contested kick. 

A run play from scrimmage is not permitted. 

  

Playing Field  

 

The playing field will be width sideline to far numbers and 110 yards in length with ten yard end zones. 

 

UPDATED 2022 ADDITIONS 

 

DEFENSE  

  • Maximum of 4 rushers / blitzers per play. 
  • NOTE: Given the developmental aspect of 6-a-side Tyke the maximum 4 rushers / blitzers rule will be monitored by the coaches. There WILL NOT be penalties assigned by the officials for blitzing more than 4 players. However  coaches are expected to follow the spirit of the game and regardless of game circumstances or score adhere to this rule.   

OFFENSE 

  • 3 players MUST be on the line of scrimmage to start each play 
  • ONLY the middle player is ineligible 
  • NOTE: the center DOES NOT have to be the middle player. Example: a team can line up with a center / guard and tackle ….making the guard ineligible 

 

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