Maritime Football League
                            "On Field" Special Rules Summary for Officials
    
                                                                                      
Revised March 5,  2016

  
(1) 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. 

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) 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 

(5) 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. 

(6) HASH MARKS 

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

(7) MERCY RULE

          As per the Canadian Rulebook for Tackle Football.

(8) OVERTIME

        No overtime during the regular season.