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.