LAFF Rules Differences: NGFFL Rule Book will be used for all LAFF games with these two exceptions: Timing Rule 3.1.2 includes a 25 minute running clock with the clock stopped during the last minute plus 1 untimed down after each half. Mercy Rule 8.5.1 applies after 25 or more points at 4 minutes remaining in second half. No overtime in league play.

The NGFFL has a specific set of rules that governs the annual Gay Bowl tournament. Some of these rules are identical to college football rules such as:

  • QB is across the line of scrimmage (and therefore cannot make a legal forward pass) if either of his feet are across the line.
  • Receiver needs to get one foot in bounds with possession of ball for a legal catch.
  • Downfield blocking is allowed after a receiver makes a catch or during a running play.

Rules that are unique to flag football:

  • Only one down per series allowed that advances beyond the line of scrimmage and does not include a legal forward pass.
  • There is no penalty for intentional grounding by the QB.
  • No flag guarding is allowed.
  • Receivers cannot contact the defenders when coming off the line of scrimmage. Once offensive receivers pass or occupy the same yard line as a defender, that defender cannot obstruct the receiver’s opportunity to move freely about the field.
  • When rushing as a defender, you must be beyond the neutral zone — 5 yards off the line of scrimmage. Other players may not cross the line of scrimmage until said designated rusher has crossed the line of scrimmage first.

Rule change proposals/suggestions are taken from the active members in good standing once per year, due around July 1 to the Director of Rules or Assistant Commissioner. Rule changes must be voted on and approved by a majority vote of the board, and then shall be considered by active members in good standing. If a majority of active members in good standing approve, the rule change becomes effective with the next scheduled game. Updated rules, which highlight changes year-to-year, are posted here every year.


  • I will remember that football and involvement with the LA Flag Football League is an opportunity to learn and have fun.
  • I will do the best I can each day, remembering that all players have talents and weaknesses, the same as I do.
  • I will treat all coaches, players, game officials, administrators and fans with respect at all times, regardless of race, gender, creed, sexual orientation or abilities, and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
  • I will play by the rules at all times.
  • I will at all times control my temper, resisting the temptation of retaliation, and exercise self-control.
  • Conduct during competitive play, towards both the play of the game and all officials, shall be in accordance with appropriate behavior.
  • I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs and alcohol; and expect everyone to refrain from their use at all football games. Post game activities may include the use of alcohol.
  • Illegal drugs and unauthorized prescription drugs shall not be possessed, consumed, or distributed before or during any game, or at any other time at the field and/or game complex where it is prohibited.
  • I will never place the value of winning before the safety and welfare of all players.
  • I will always show respect for players, other coaches, and game officials.
  • I will lead by example, demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship at all times.
  • I will never use abusive or insulting language. I will treat everyone with dignity.
  • I will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, regardless of the situation.
  • Actions on the sidelines during games shall be in the spirit of “good sportsmanship” at all times.
  • Profanity, profane gestures, arguing, inciting disruptive behavior, or any conduct not in the spirit of good sportsmanship shall require disciplinary action from game officials, and to be reviewed by the league committee, including the possibility of additional disciplinary action.
  • I will refrain from any activity or conduct that may be detrimental or reflect adversely upon the LA Flag Football League, its members, its Board, or its programs.

Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your privilege to participate in any LA Flag Football sanctioned events.

NOTE: Any individual charged with a violation of this Code of Ethics shall be afforded due process.

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