Revised November 11, 2008
The winning team will be awarded the "Ed Edmonds Cup".
Location of Games
The Maritime Bantam Championship Game will
be held in Nova Scotia in years when there is a CIS Bowl game in that province.
Otherwise, it will be held in New Brunswick.
The location of the game may be switched due to inclement weather.
Unless otherwise specified, games
will be conducted in accordance with the
Rulebook for Amateur Tackle Football .
Bantam Age Eligibility
All players taking part in the championship game
must have played on the participating teams during their respective seasons.
Teams will not be permitted to pick up players from any other teams.
Players cannot be older than 15
on October 1 in the year of play.
Note: In New Brunswick the Bantam age limit is 15 & Under as at December 31
in the year of play. That is 3 months younger than Nova Scotia.
Bantam Player Weight Limits
There will be no weight limits.
Games in N.B.: A kicked convert is worth 2 points. A convert by
pass or run is worth 1 point.
Games in N.S.: A kicked convert is worth 1 point. A convert by
pass or run is worth 2 points.
Number of Downs
Games in N.S.: Teams will play 3 down football.
Games in N.B.:
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.
Games in N.B.:
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 (last 2 minutes in N.S.) 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 (last 2
minutes in N.S.) of each
half the clock will stop after every play. It will start again in accordance with
Rule 1 Section 5 Article 1 of the Canadian
Rulebook for Amateur Tackle Football.
A timer will be provided for the
game and will be positioned between the team benches.
When a team has taken and
maintained a lead of at least 30 points (22 points in N.S.), the remainder of the game will be timed
Each team will be permitted to use the official
football of their respective province when they are on offence.
The hosting province will provide
and pay for the officials.
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.
Where an unforeseen dispute
regarding rules occurs the host team's rule will be used.
The host team will provide proper security for the visiting team. Abusive
spectators are to be removed from the grounds.
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. The captains of the winning
team will then be called to midfield to receive the championship trophy.
The visiting team will be
provided with a suitable dressing room.