Maritime Football League
These special rules apply to all Maritime Football League games.
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.
(3) LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY
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.
(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
games will be played with 10 players on the
field unless BOTH teams agree to play with 12 players on the field.
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
(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
Box" are not
allowed to blitz.
(11) TARGETING PENALTY
any player penalized for Unnecessary Roughness against a player in a
"defenseless posture" under Rule 7,
(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.
No overtime during the regular season.
the regular season, halftime will be 10 minutes. During the playoffs, halftime
(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.