Amended February 25, 2017
MARITIME FOOTBALL LEAGUE DUES
All MFL teams will be responsible for an equal
share of all officiating fees charged to supply officials
by the Provincial Officials
Associations for all regular and post season games.
MFL teams will
contribute equally toward the cost of league awards.
MFL teams will
contribute equally toward the cost of provincial football organization
The League Fee for 2017
per member team. .
The league fee is based on 35 players per team. For each player on the
roster above 35 players, the team will also have to pay the per player
fee for the province in which the team is located. There will be no
reduction in fees if a team has less than 35 players. All team
fees are due June 1. Any
team having an unpaid balance as of June 30 will not be permitted to
play any more games until all outstanding fees have been paid.
The preparation of the schedule shall
be the responsibility of the MFL Commissioner.
All games will be played as scheduled.
Any changes in game
time must communicated and agreed to 24 hours before the game's
originally scheduled time.
CONDUCT AND REGULATION OF TEAM UNIT
New players may be added to a team's roster anytime during the
season. In order to be eligible to
play in the playoffs, players must have
played in at least two regular season games.
conduct or violation of the Code of
Ethics on the part of any team, team official or any individual
player will be dealt with by a Discipline
Commissioner appointed by the League Council. If there is
or they are unable to serve then the MFL Commissioner
rule on the matter. The offending
person or persons may be subject to suspension. Each team shall be held responsible for the conduct of
its players and its staff, whether individually or collectively. The
or MFL Commissioner may, if they deem it beneficial to the MFL, suspend any team personnel.
All decisions of the Discipline Commissioner
or MFL Commissioner can be appealed to the League Council.
team personnel ejected from a game for
rough play will be automatically suspended for the following game. Any appeals
of such suspensions must be submitted to the MFL
Commissioner no later than noon on the Monday following
the game. All
supporting the appeal is due no
on the Tuesday following the game.
ejected from a game for the second time in the same season
for rough play is
subject to minimum 2 game
suspension. Any player ejected from a game for the third
time in the same season for
rough play will be automatically
suspended for one
Any ejected player must remove his uniform and leave the team's bench
Any suspended player is not permitted on the field during the team's
pregame warm up or in its bench area during
Each visiting team must contact the home team prior to the
playing date, provide rosters to each other
and confirm playing field and locker
room locations. Each team is to provide the opposing team with any
roster changes prior to game time.
Failure to adhere to any of the above will result in the violating
being referred to the League Council
for possible disciplinary action.
will be a pre game meeting between the referee and both head coaches
to exchange game day rosters.
players participating in any MFL game must be on the league website
roster of the team by midnight of the Thursday
prior to the game. Any team using players who
have not been added to the roster by this deadline will forfeit said
must update what players participated in a game by Monday at noon. If
this is not done the League Council will be informed. First offence
will result in a $100 fine to the team. Second offence will result in
all players not having that game count as a game played.
Opposing coach has one week after the game to dispute any player's
No player or player coach shall be paid for participation in
any MFL game. Any member team found
in violation of this rule shall be
subject to immediate suspension. Travel money to practice shall be
considered as paying the participant
and shall not be allowed by the MFL.
The field must be adequately marked in accordance with league
rules. Separate shower and locker
room facilities will be provided for
each team. Proper rest room facilities must be provided for the fans.
All teams must make available any and all details of their Home Field.
This is to include directions and location of
hospitals or clinics. It is also
to include in detail how the field differs from the stated Regulation
These details will be posted on the
website prior to the first game of the season.
. Each team is
encouraged to provide certified medical personnel at MFL games.
medical personnel via direct communication
will call ambulances if necessary. The certified medical
personnel's identification will be shown,
upon request, to the visiting team.
h. Teams must charge a minimum registration per player of $100.
i. Where a player has participated in two games for a team
during the season that player must receive a
written release from that team before playing
for another team in the subsequent season. The releasing
team has the right to a face to face meeting
with the player before granting the release. Releases shall
not be unreasonably withheld. Where a player
has been refused his release he may appeal to a committee
made up of the Commissioner and Conference
committee has the power to grant a player a
release. This clause shall override any contract between a
player and a team.
In the event a player seeks a release during the current season, the MFL
will be cognizant of the fact that it
may not be in the best interest of the
releasing team to grant a release for that player. This is an
a player has played 1 (one) game in the
current season. This is not to say that a player will not be
the release, rather it is in recognition of
the fact that the released player may have information of current
of the releasing team.
There is no restriction on where a player lives in order to determine
which team he is eligible to play on. Teams
that share a common geographic region are
encouraged to keep an open dialogue in the recruitment of common
The Uniform Colours of a team have been grand fathered. Halifax
Shockers maintain first preference for "Black".
If an opponent has a conflicting colour, they
are obliged to find alternate arrangements. In any other
which results in a conflict of colours, the Home
Team will maintain their colours, and the Visitors are
make alternate arrangements.
l. Tinted visor rule is governed by the Canadian Rulebook for
m. Any team forfeiting any game without providing the home team with
at least 5 days notice shall be fined $500.
team forfeiting a game will be have a point deducted in the standings.
The game score will be recorded as 28-0
the team awarded the win will receive the appropriate number of points
in the league standings.
All teams must ensure their players, staff and regular volunteers are
registered on the Website Roster System by May
15th of each year. New members, after this
date each year, of their organization must be registered prior to
organized activity, practice or game. The
Roster will be deemed official for game time, non-registered members
not be eligible to play or participate under any
o. All players on a team must
wear the same colour game socks. The only other option is bare legs.
Any player in violation
of this rule will be sent off the field until the
problem is corrected. The game will not be delayed.
All game jerseys are to be tucked in. Any player in violation of this
rule will be sent off the field until the problem is
corrected. The game will not be delayed.
All teams must have a "Team Conduct" coach at every game.
This coach cannot be a player, either active or injured.
The Team Conduct coach is charged with ensuring
that the team's players show respect for their opponents both
physically and verbally. Prior to each game
the Team Conduct coaches will meet together with the referee to make
that the MFL's Mission Statement is given top
priority during the game. All Team conduct coaches must be approved by
the Commissioner. All Team Conduct coaches must be
submitted to the Commissioner two weeks before first
games shall be played in accordance with the Canadian Rulebook For
Tackle Football except
as modified by the MFL in its Special
A crew of officials, qualified and certified by a Provincial
Officials Association shall work each game.
The home team shall furnish chain crews, chains and sideline
markers. The visiting team has the right to
place one (1) member of its
organization on the chain crew if it desires. The visiting team
notify the home team of such decision
at least fifteen (15) minutes before the scheduled game time.
members of the stick crew must be at least 13 years old.
The home team will furnish two (2) league footballs, of which
at least one (1) will be a new football.
The game officials must approve the two
footballs prior to game time.
The home team will provide access to the locker room , for the visiting team, at least two (2) hours prior
to kickoff. Access to field facilities
should be provided at least one hour prior to kickoff.
The team with the better record has the first option of hosting
playoff games. Upon mutual consent of
both teams, the team with the lower record
could host the game. Any additional financial agreements
between the two teams must be submitted to
the MFL Commissioner and will be enforced by the MFL.
MFL Tie Breakers:
to head games
Least points allowed head to head
iii) Least points allowed versus
iv) Least points allowed overall
v) Coin toss