Cape Cod Youth Sports is a youth sports organization based in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Our goal is to provide a safe and well organized sport programs for our local youth.
Cape Cod Youth Flag Football
The CCYFFL is for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years old and is open to players of all abilities.
Our goal is for the players in the program to have FUN while learning some of the basics of football, team work and sportsmanship in a safe atmosphere.
League and registration information can be found here.
Cape Cod Warriors
The Cape Cod Warriors AAU Basketball program is open to boys and girls grades 4 to 12. We compete in Spring and Fall seasons.
Our Teams play in official AAU tournaments in Massachusetts, and surrounding northeast states.
League and registration information can be found here.
Cape Cod Youth Flag Football League
Non-contact version of football
Member of the NFL Flag Program
Official NFL Flag Football Rules
Family atmosphere in a positive environment
10 Week Season (April – June)
Games at Barnstable High School
Game Days are on Sunday (No mandatory practices)
Games played between 11am and 3pm (Schedules to be released in March)
Players receive an Official NFL Flag Jersey and Flag Belt.
Cape Cod Youth Flag Football is an NFL Flag League based in Barnstable Massachusetts. CCYFFL is for BOYS & GIRLS, Kindergarten thru 8th Grade and is open to players of all abilities. Our goal is for the players in the league to have FUN while learning some of the basics of football, team work and sportsmanship in a safe atmosphere.
This is a non-contact version of football where young players can learn and develop passing, catching and defending skills, while greatly decreasing the potential for injury associated with other contact sports.
Proud Member of the NFL Flag Program
We play by the Official NFL Flag Football Rules
Games are officiated by Certified Referees
Family atmosphere in a positive environment
Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and positive sports alternative for our community’s youth and their families.
Our goal is NOT to deter any players from playing traditional football. In fact, we encourage playing if it is something that players/parents are considering.
Flag Football a fast-paced game in a non-contact environment where kids not only learn some of the fundamentals of football but also the perseverance, teamwork and sportsmanship that helps in the process of developing young adults.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
NFL Flag Registration
THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING. Almost done.
All Parents MUST register players with NFL Flag.
NFL Flag Information
Registration is not complete until you have registered with NFL Flag. Follow the steps below to register:
STEP 1: Go to https://www.nflflag.com/parents
STEP 2: Enter your zip code
STEP 3: Select CAPE COD YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE as your league.
STEP 4: Log In or complete the form.
After you add your player, Cape Cod Youth Sports – Cape Cod Flag Football will see your information as well as your player’s information on our Dashboard. The participation agreement is valid for a year, you do not have to complete one for each season your child participates with the league.
2018 Cape Cod/Barnstable Youth Flag Football Rules
6 on 6 no contact flag football played on a 59 x 20 yard field (Please note: 6-8 division play 5 on 5)
Coin toss determines:
Goal to defend
Or defer to 2nd
The away team calls all coin flips
The offensive team takes possession at their 5-yard line. The offensive team then has (3) downs to either advance the football to mid-field or score a touchdown. If the offense reaches mid-field it receives 3 more downs to score. If the offense fails to reach mid-field or score, the football changes possession to the opposite team and it starts its own drive from their own 5-yard line.
All possession changes, except interceptions, start at the offense’s 5-yard line.
All teams will advance to the playoffs.
Each game is 40 minutes in length with two 20-minute halves.
There will be a 5 minute intermission.
After halftime, the team who started on defense will start on offense.
There will be a change of possession and direction at halftime.
The game clock will not stop at any time during play except for a team timeout or at the referee’s discretion or a delay of game penalty.
Each team will receive three (3) 30 second timeouts per game.
Once the referee has spotted the football for play, the offensive team has 30 seconds to snap the football. The referee will announce when 10 seconds remain before calling a delay of game penalty. Please note: The K-2 division will be allowed 45 seconds.
The offensive team may not snap the football until the referee has set the football for play.
Touchdown = 6 points
1 point = 5-yard line
2 points = 12-yard line
2 points = defense returns interception on extra point try for touchdown
Safety = 2 points
The Quarterback (or player who receives direct snap) cannot run except:
When the football is handed off, lateraled, etc. to the QB by an offensive player other than on the direct snap.
All handoffs must be behind the line of scrimmage and behind the offensive player handing off.
Offensive teams may pitch, lateral, throw back. However, once the ball hits the ground the play is dead.
“No Run Zones” are located 5-yards from the mid-field line and end zones. Once the ball has been spotted in these areas, no running plays are allowed. (Please note: Does not apply to K-2 division)
The football is spotted where the ball carrier’s front foot is when their flag is pulled off the belt.
Spinning away from a defensive player is allowed. This action must be deemed to be “under control” by the referee and the player’s arms may not swing wildly away from his/her body.
Offensive players may not guard their flags in any way by shielding, holding, moving, etc.
Offensive players may not block in any way.The only acceptable scenario is a, “non-moving screen.” A “non-moving screen” must meet the following criteria to be legal:
The player(s) feet must be stationary
The player(s) hands must be at their side or touching their own body.
The player(s) may not move until the ball-carrier has past them by 2 yards.
A “non-moving screen” may only be implemented to screen for an offensive ball carrier.
All offensive players are eligible to receive passes.
Players must have at least one-foot inbounds when making a catch.
Players who run out of bounds are not eligible to make a reception.
An offensive player can be in motion when the football is snapped provided they do not cross the line of scrimmage.
QB’s must pass the football within 7 seconds after the snap. If the football is not thrown within 7 seconds, the play is ruled dead. There is no penalty.
If the football is handed off, lateraled, etc. the 7-second rule is no longer in effect.
Intentional grounding is not a penalty.
Interceptions may be returned by the defense. Interceptions downed in the end zone will result in the football being placed at the 5-yard line.
The intercepting team may not implement a “non-moving screen” during an interception return.
Rushing the Quarterback:
Any defensive player(s) that rush the QB must start 7 yards off the line of scrimmage when the football is snapped. Any number of players may rush the QB or none at all. Players not rushing the QB may defend at the line of scrimmage. Please note: All defensive players must stay 7 yards off the line of scrimmage in the K-3 and 6-8 divisions until the football is snapped (The K-2 division is 5 yards)
Once the football has been handed off to an offensive player, by the QB, the 7-yard rush rule is no longer in effect.
Defensive players defending the line of scrimmage may not follow offensive players behind the line of scrimmage. Defensive players who are not 7 yards off the line of scrimmage may only cross the line once the ball has been handed off or lateraled by the QB.
The referee will designate the 7-yard (or 5) mark before the ball is set each play.
There is no tackling, blocking, pushing or contact of any kind allowed.
Defenders are not allowed to “bump” receivers at any time.
Defensive players may not charge thru an offensive player in a “non-moving screen,” they must go around.
Defensive players may not attempt to strip the ball from the ball carrier.
Defensive players may not dive from behind to pull the flag.Doing so will results in a 10 yard penalty (from the spot of the foul) and a first down for the offense. In the event that the player crosses the goal line, a touchdown will be granted.
The football can be snapped between the legs or off to the side, to start play.
Substitutions may only be made during dead ball situations.
Dead ball results include:
Ball carrier’s flag is pulled
Ball carrier steps out of bounds
Touchdown is scored
Ball carrier falls on the ground or if their knee OR the ball touches the ground.
A timeout is called
7-second QB pass rule violation
Any player who starts the play without a flag belt and touches the football
Any time the ball is fumbled the play is dead where the football hits the ground
All players must wear their official NFL Flag Jersey, official flag belt, shorts or pants and a protective mouthpiece must be worn on every play! No exceptions!
Players may wear wristbands and gloves.
Players may not wear head gear (including sunglasses), any type of padding or metal cleats.
Seeing eye glasses may be word but only with a tightened head strap.
All players shirts must be tucked in at all times and their flag belt worn properly with no obstructions to the flags.
Off sides/Illegal Rush 5 yards + Repeat down
Pass Interference – Spot of penalty + 1st down
Holding – 10 yards from spot + 1st down
Illegal Contact – 10 yards from spot + 1st down
Illegal Flag Pull – 10 yards from spot + 1st down
Illegal Attire – 10 yards from spot + 1st down
Roughing QB – 10 yards from spot + 1st down
Delay of Game – 10 yards + 1st down + clock stops
Off sides/Illegal Motion – 5 yards + Repeat down
Pass Interference – Loss of Down
Illegal Forward Pass – 5 yards + loss of down
Flag Guarding – 10 yards + loss of down
Illegal Attire – 10 yards + loss of down
Impeding Rusher – 10 yards + loss of down
Illegal Screen – 10 yards + loss of down
Delay of Game – 10 yards + loss of down
Cape Cod Youth Flag Football, Cape Cod Youth Sports,LLC, the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and players assume no responsibility for injury to the child playing. All rights and claims are waived by the undersigned parent or guardian.
The undersigned parent or guardian gives approval for the participation of their child in all activities of Cape Cod/Barnstable Flag Football during the current season and assumes all the risks and hazards incidental to the conduct of the activities and transportation to and from the activities.
Disclaimer: If your child registers for the league, the tuition fee to play on a team is non-refundable.