Maritime Football League
                                              
Special Rules                       Revised March 5, 2016


(1) APPLICATION OF SPECIAL RULES

         These special rules apply to all Maritime Football League games.

(2) ELIGIBILTY

          Players must be at least 18 years old on December 31 in the year of play. Players who are graduating from high school in June of the year of play are eligible.
          In order to participate in a playoff game a player must have played in a minimum of two regular season games. A player will not be made ineligible if their failure to play the two required games was because of injury. Teams playing in the Maritime Championship game are NOT permitted to pick up players from other teams in their conference.

(3) LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY

          The athletes in this league are adults. Many of them are employed full time. As well, teams in this league will practice much less than university or high school teams. Players will not be as fit as these younger players. Therefore, the  probability and consequences of injury for them are significantly higher.
        The Maritime Football League has modified a number of the rules in the "Canadian Rulebook for Tackle Football" with the intention of reducing the possibility and incidence of serious injuries.

(4) GENERAL RULES

        Unless otherwise specified below, the conduct of games in the Maritime Football League will be in accordance with the Canadian Rulebook for Tackle Football.

(5) FIELD SIZE

        Games will be played on a regulation sized  65 yard wide Canadian Football Field

(6) NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD

       All games will be played with 10 players on the field unless BOTH teams agree to play with 12 players on the field. 

(7) GAME LENGTH      

        Games will consist of 4 quarters of 15 minutes each timed in accordance with the Canadian Rulebook for Tackle Football. This would result in games being 2-2.5 hours long.

(8) NUMBER OF DOWNS

        
For all games teams will play 4 down football with the one yard neutral zone.  There is NO requirement to pass on any down.

(9) BLOCKING RESTRICTIONS

        Initiating blocks below the waist is not permitted. Illegal blocks below the waist are a 15 yard penalty. Any player penalized twice for this infraction in the same game will not be permitted to play the remainder of the game.

(10) PRESSURE DEFENCE RESTRICTIONS 

       Defensive players may blitz from any depth inside "The Box"Players outside "The Box" are not allowed to blitz.  
There is no limitation on the number of players allowed to blitz.
      
A player is considered to be inside "The Box" if their inside foot is in line with or inside of the outside foot of the outermost interior down offensive lineman (C, G, T, TE).
     
There is no restriction on where defensive players can line up. This rule does NOT apply to special teams. This rule does NOT apply to plays inside the defensive 5 yard line.
     
If this rule is violated the defence will be penalized 5 yards for "illegal defence". 

Note: The purpose of this rule is to protect a quarterback attempting to pass from within the pocket 

(11) TARGETING PENALTY 

      For any player penalized for Unnecessary Roughness against a player in a "defenseless posture" under Rule 7, 
Section 3, Article 16
 the following will be added to the standard 15 yard penalty:
        For fouls committed in the first half, the player is disqualified for the remainder of the game.
        For fouls committed in the second half, the player is disqualified for the remainder of the game AND for the first half of the next game in which the player participates. 

(12) HASH MARKS 

       When there are no hash marks on the field, the nearest goalpost will be used as the "hash mark".

(13) MERCY RULE

           As per the Canadian Rulebook for Tackle Football.

(14) OVERTIME

           No overtime during the regular season.

(15)  HALFTIME

        During the regular season, halftime will be 10 minutes. During the playoffs, halftime will be 
15
minutes.

(16) LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PRACTICES

        During the regular season teams are limited to a maximum of two practices per week. There is no limitation on the number of practices in the preseason or during the playoffs. Teams are not permitted to wear gear until May 1.

(17) OFFICIAL BALL

        The official football of the Maritime Football League is the Wilson F2000 leather ball. The hosting team is responsible for providing the game ball.

(18) NATURE OF COMPETITION

        The primary goal of the Maritime Football League is to promote the growth of friendly competition. In cases where the two teams end up being very unequal in strength and skill the stronger team is asked to take into account the long term consequences of running up the score on the weaker team; both on the future of that team and on the league.