Revised October 31, 2013
Application of Rules and
These rules and regulations apply only to provincial playoff games
between teams from two different conferences.
2013 Bantam Season Calendar
New Brunswick Semi-Final
Moncton @ Capital Area
Semi-Final Winner @ Fundy
Bantam Playoff Structure
All three conference champions will advance to the provincial
semi-finals. The seedings
on a three year cycle as follows:
||1. Capital Area
|2. Capital Area
||3. Capital Area
The semi-final will be 3 @ 2. The final will be
the semi-final winner @ 1.
Unless otherwise specified, games
will be conducted in accordance with the
Rulebook for Amateur Tackle Football .
Bantam Age Eligibility
cannot be older than 15 on December 31 in the year of play.
(2) Any Bantam age player who dresses for a High School Varsity game, after September 30 in the year of play, will be no
longer eligible to play Bantam football again that year.
Bantam Player Weight Limits
There will be no weight limits.
A kicked convert is worth 2 points. A convert by
pass or run is worth 1 point.
Number of Downs (New for 2008)
all games teams will play 4 down football with
the one yard neutral zone. The offence must
throw a legal OVERHAND forward pass on
at least one of the first three downs in each series of downs.
Failure to do so will result in an
"Illegal Procedure" penalty. Officials will not stop play until the
ball is dead. Attempting to pass and getting sacked or being forced to run will
not satisfy this rule. The ball must be thrown as a legal forward pass. A
lateral pass will not satisfy this rule. Officials should point this out to a
team that has just thrown a lateral pass. A five yard penalty will be applied
and the down repeated. The offensive team will still be obligated to pass the
ball again after the penalty has been applied.
The defensive team has the option to
decline the penalty, let the play stand and bring up fourth down. The offensive
team can run the ball on fourth down.
In order to avoid this penalty teams
are strongly advised to pass on either first or second down.
is not required to pass the ball in any set of downs that starts inside their
own 15 yard line.
High Tackle Penalty (New for 2008)
High Tackle - Definition:
Any tackle by a Player that is initiated
above the shoulder pads - specifically the neck area. (Comment- It
is important to recognize that there will be situations when a tackle is
initiated around the shoulder pad area, and because of Player size
differentials, or the ball carrier going down, the tackle could end up being
around the neck area. In that case, it would be a judgment call by the
Unnecessary Roughness - 15 yards applied as per the rulebook.
It will be important for Coaches to
understand that this is separate from the "Facemask" penalty, and
the new "Horsecollar" rule."
Length and Timing of Bantam
Games will consist of 4 quarters of 15 minutes each
for a total of 60 minutes of playing time.
Except for the last 3 minutes of each half, the timing of games will be "straight
time". The time clock will run
continuously and only stop in the following situations:
(1) A team time out. Each team will have 2 timeouts per half.
(2) An officials timeout.
(3) A prolonged injury where a player is on the ground for more than 15 seconds.
(4) A prolonged officials conference or delay of more than 15 seconds.
During the last 3 minutes of each
half the clock will stop after each play. It will start again in accordance with
1 Section 5 Article 1 of the Canadian Rulebook for Amateur Tackle Football.
When a team has taken and
maintained a lead of at least 30 points, the remainder of the game will be timed "straight
Postponed Playoff Games
All playoff games cancelled due to inclement weather must be replayed at
the earliest reasonable opportunity. If the hosting team does not have a lighted
field satisfactory for the rescheduled game it will lose home field advantage
and therefore have to travel to the other team's home field to complete the
Recommended Setup for N.B. Championship Games
It is strongly recommended that
the host team have a public address system in place at these games to introduce
the team lineups and to do a play-by-play announcement. Game programs (typed
team lineups will suffice) are also encouraged; as well as a visible scoreboard
and a visible time clock. Coloured goal line pylons and yard line markers will
also help present the professional image that we want to convey to the players
and fans who attend the game.
Recommended Awards Presentation Procedure at N.B. Championship Games
At the end of the game, the two
teams will shake hands and then line up on their respective 45 yard lines. Any
player of the game awards will be presented first. Next the silver medals
will be presented individually. Each player should have their name called out
and have their "moment of glory" when they are given their
medal. Then the gold medals will be presented in the same manner. Finally,
the captains of the winning team will be called to midfield to receive the
championship trophy and banner.
The official game ball for
Bantam play will be the Wilson TDS 1715 "official
size" composite leather
football. It is required that a
new ball be used for each playoff game.
Once the participating teams have been determined a comparison of
uniform colours will be made. If they are too similar the hosting team must
change jerseys to accommodate the visiting team.
Fair Play Award
Selecting this award is a very "subjective" and difficult
process. Consequently the association hosting the provincial
championship game award this banner to one of its teams and that it be presented
at halftime of the championship game. This procedure will guarantee that each
association gets a banner every three years. It should also ensure good
attendance at the ceremony by the team winning the award. Criteria for selection
Football New Brunswick Fair Play Code.
Any appeals must be submitted, in
writing, to the President of Football New Brunswick within 48 hours of the end
of a game. The Executive of Football New Brunswick will rule on any appeals.
Appeals cannot be made on the basis of alleged errors by game officials.