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Last Updated for Summer 2015

No Pets, No Alcohol, & No Tobacco Products are permitted at the Rec SportsPlex. Violators will be ejected.

Number of Players

Co-rec flag football is 8-on-8. Teams need a minimum of 6 players to start a game (3 males & 3 females). The only legal combinations of players on the field for a team in a co-rec game are 4 males / 4 females, 4M / 3F, 3M / 4F, or 3M / 3F.

Players MUST be current, fee-paying Florida State University students, faculty or full-time staff. FAMU and TCC students are NOT eligible for FSU IM sports and events. (See Fair Play Principle) Each player MUST present his/her valid FSUCard to the IM staff at the designated sign-in location (RSP) prior to each game in order to participate. (See Participation Principle)

Players are added to a team’s roster during the check-in process at the RSP. New players may be added to a team’s roster prior to any regular season game and prior to any playoff game, except on the day of the league/campus championship. Once signed in for a team, a player may not change to another team during the regular season or playoffs. (See Participation Principle)

Equipment

Regular or intermediate size footballs may be used.

Scoring & Mercy Rule

If a female scores a touchdown (runs across goal line or receives a pass in the end zone), the point value is 9. If a female throws a legal forward pass in a play which results in a touchdown by any offensive player, the point value is 9. All other touchdowns (by male players) score 6 points. Successful PATs count the same for both genders (1, 2, or 3). The mercy rule is 25 points at the 2:00 mark of the 2nd half.

Line of Scrimmage

The offense must have at least 5 stationary players on the line at the time of the snap.

Run Plays / Action Before a Pass Reception / Illegal Male Advancement

Male Runner (Ball Carrier) > A male runner cannot advance the ball through the line of scrimmage.
There are no restrictions during a run by a male runner once the ball has been touched by any player beyond the line of scrimmage.
There are no restrictions after a team change in possession.
Penalty: Illegal Male Advancement, 5 yards from previous spot. 
Play 1: Male throws a forward pass to female beyond the line of scrimmage who then throws a backward pass to a male who is behind the line of scrimmage line. The male then  runs for a 10 yard gain. Ruling: Legal Play.
Play 2: The play is “open”. Male throws a legal forward pass to a male who first touches the ball behind the scrimmage line, juggles it through the scrimmage line and then catches it beyond the scrimmage line. Ruling: Legal Play
Female Runner > There are no restrictions on any run by a female player at any time.
Male Restrictions In Effect > During the period between the snap and when a legal forward pass is thrown.
Male Restrictions in Effect > During the period between the snap and the time when the ball is legally possessed beyond the line of scrimmage by any player.
Male Restrictions End > When any player has caught a legal forward pass anywhere on the field. Complete a pass, eliminate the restrictions.
Male Restrictions End > When the ball has been legally possessed beyond the line of scrimmage by any player.
Restricted Play > Once a male runner has carried the ball across the line of scrimmage illegally, it is an Illegal Male Advancement foul, regardless of future gain or loss of yardage on the play.
PENALTY > The penalty for Illegal Male Advancement is 5 yards from the previous line of scrimmage.

Pass Plays / Open and Closed Status / Illegal Male Pass Reception

Announcement > Prior to each play, the game referee will announce both the down and either "open" or "closed" status for the upcoming play.
Open Status > The term "open" means any player can complete a legal forward pass to any other player.
Closed Status > The term “closed” means a male player may not complete a legal forward pass to any other male player.
Open to Closed > The status changes from “open” to “closed” on any legal male to male forward pass completion, regardless of a gain or loss of yardage on the play.
Closed to Open > The status changes from “closed” to “open” on any legal male to female, female to male, or female to female forward pass completion beyond the line of scrimmage, that results in positive yardage gain.
Restricted Play > Any male to male forward pass completion during a “closed” play is considered an Illegal Forward Pass
If a female passer completes a forward pass to a male receiver behind the line of scrimmage on either an "open" or "closed" play and any male runner advances beyond the line of scrimmage, it is an illegal forward pass.
PENALTY > The penalty for an Illegal Forward Pass is 5 yards from the previous line of scrimmage AND loss of down.
Play 1: The down is “closed”, a female throws a legal forward pass to a male behind the line of scrimmage who advances the ball beyond the line of scrimmage. Ruling: Illegal forward pass
Play 2: The down is “closed”, a female throws a legal forward pass to a  male behind the line of scrimmage who is deflagged behind the line of scrimmage. Ruling: Legal Play, next down is still closed.

Open and Closed Status - Specifics

Initial Series Starts Open > Following any change of possession or at the start of a half, the first play for an offense's series shall be open. Laterals and Backwards Passes > There are no restrictions on any lateral or backward pass.
Only First Forward Pass Matters > Open and closed plays are determined by the action of a legal forward pass and catch. Therefore, throughout a play there may be multiple possessions by males or females but the status of the next play is determined by the initial pass and catch.
Positive Yardage Gain > The spot where the ball becomes dead by rule (before penalty enforcement) must be beyond the Team A scrimmage line.
Run Plays Have No Effect > Any run play or play that does not involve a legal forward pass has no effect on open/closed status.
Penalties Have No Effect > The enforcement of a penalty has no affect on open/closed status.
PAT Attempts > Open/closed status for a PAT attempt is determined by the previous play (that scored the TD) just like a normal down.

Co-Rec Restricted Plays - Summary

There are two restricted (illegal) plays in co-rec flag football.

(1) Prior to the reception of a legal forward pass by any player, no male runner (ball carrier) can be the first player to advance the ball across the scrimmage line. Any play with this action, regardless of positive or negative yardage gain, is a foul.

(2) On a "closed" pass play, a male passer may not complete a pass to a male receiver anywhere on the field. Any closed play with this action, regardless of positive or negative yardage gain, is a foul. PENALTY: In both cases, the penalty Illegal Forward Pass, 5 yards, loss of down.