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5 on 5 Junior Kitted Rules

Draft 1 / 4th October 2005

All rules pertaining to British American Football as laid down in the current edition of the BAFA Rules Book apply. The following are variations/additions particular to Junior Kitted Football.

Where a rule is in conflict with the BAFA Rules Book (or clearly does not apply), the Junior Kitted Rule takes precedence eg there is no kicking of the football allowed, there is no restriction on particular players wearing particular numbers.

Rule 1

Section 1

The Game

Article 1 a The game shall be played between team of no more than 5 players each

b A team may not play with fewer than 4 players

c A squad consists of no more than 15 players of whom no more than 12 may be kitted per game


Article 4 The game shall be played under the supervision of one, two or three Officials.

Section 2

The Field

Article 1 The field shall be a rectangular area of length 60 yards and width 30 yards. The goal line, the end line, half way line, the 12 yard line (no more than 2 yards long and in the centre of the field) and the 5 yard line (as an hashed line) are the only lines permitted on the field.


Article 5 There shall be no goal posts

Article 7 There shall be no line to gain indicators

Section 3

The Ball

Article 1 The ball shall be Junior size and conform to that recommended by BAFA

Section 4

Players and Playing Equipment

Article 2 There are no numbering restrictions

Rule 2

Section 15


Article 1 There shall be no kicking of the football

Section 29

Timing Devices

Game Clock

Article 1 The game clock is any device under the direction of the appropriate official used to time the 30 minutes of the game.

30-Second Clock

Article 2 The 30-second clock is any device under the direction of the appropriate Official used to time the 30 seconds between the ready-for-play signal and the ball’s being put into play.

Rule 3

Section 1

Article 1 Each half shall start with a snap from the offensive team’s 5 yard line. The Referee shall toss a coin at midfield, in the presence of not more than two captains from each team, first designating the captain of the visiting team to call the coin toss.

a The winner of the coin toss has first possession (there is no deferring), the loser chooses which end of the field to defend and shall have first possession in the second half.

Article 3 Overtime will only be played in play-off games and will be ‘sudden death’ ie the first team to score shall be declared the winner. A coin toss will take place to determine first possession. Each overtime period shall be of 5 minutes duration and each team is entitled to one charged team timeout per extra period..

Section 2

Article 1 The total playing time (excluding extra periods) shall be 30 minutes divided into two halves of 15 minutes each with a two minute intermission between halves.

Article 5 The clock shall start on the first snap from the offensive team’s 5 yard line.

Article 6 The clock shall be stopped when each period ends. Other than for timeouts and specific penalty enforcements, the clock shall not be stopped except during the last two minutes of each half when the clock shall be stopped during extra points, after incomplete passes, when a ball or ball carrier is out of bounds, after a change of possession or a first down completion.

Section 3

Article 4

a Each team is entitled to two charged team timeouts during each half.

Section 4

Article 2

PENALTY - Clock is stopped (restarted on the snap), 5 yard penalty (and a loss of down if delay caused by offense).

Rule 4

Section 1

Article 5 The ball shall be put in play within 30 seconds of its being declared ready for play, unless, during that interval, play is suspended. If play is suspended the 30 second count will start again.

Rule 5

Section 1

Article 2 The team in possession shall have four downs to progress to the half way line. If successful that team shall have a further four downs to score.

Rule 7

Section 2

Article 1 A runner may hand off or pass the ball backward at any time provided the hand off or pass is completed behind the Line of Scrimmage, except to throw the ball intentionally out of bounds to conserve time.

PENALTY - 5 yards from the previous spot.

Article 3 There are NO restrictions on the formation or numbering of players

PENALTY - Illegal Motion 5 yards AND loss of down.

Section 3

Article 1 Team A may make one forward pass during each scrimmage down before team possession changes, provided the pass is thrown from a point in or behind the Neutral Zone. The Quarterback has 7 seconds to pass the ball. If the Quarterback hands the ball off the 7 second no longer applies.

PENALTY - Loss of down from previous spot for exceeding the 7 seconds.

- 5 yards AND loss of down for an illegal forward pass.

Article 3 All players are eligible to catch a forward pass (NB the Quarterback may not pass the ball to her/himself).

Rule 8

Section 1

Article 1 The point value of scoring plays shall be:

Touchdown 6 Points
Safety (points awarded to opponents) 2 Points
Successful Try Touchdown 1 Point (from 5 yard line)
  2 Points (from 12 yard line)

Rule 9

Section 1

Article 2

d There are NO exceptions

e Blocking below the waist is not permitted

o Only the Nose Tackle is permitted to rush (blitz) the Quarterback, provided (s)he is in a 3 or 4 point stance. If the defensive formation does not use a Nose Tackle, ONE player, who must be lined up 7 yards or more from the Line of Scrimmage at the snap, may rush (blitz) the Quarterback.

Rule 10

NB There are NO 15 yard Penalties. All penalties are 10 yards except where stated.

Section 1

Article 1

b Any penalty may be declined, except for a False Start penalty, but a disqualified player must leave the game.

Section 2

Article 1 The enforcement spot for all live ball fouls is the previous spot.

Exception. When an interception occurs, a live ball foul after the interception is administered from the spot of the interception. 

The Football Code


If any official administering a game witnesses any acts of illegal tacks or blocking, ‘cheap shots’ or any unsportsmanlike act by a player or coach, the game will be stopped and the player or coach concerned faces possible disqualification from the game. Foul play will not be tolerated.

Any person ejected from a game will be banned from his/her team’s next game. A fine (as laid down in the current BYAFA rules) will be imposed. If a disqualified player or coach participates in the team’s next game, he/she will be disqualified from the remainder of the tournament and a fine (as laid down in the current BYAFA rules) will be imposed.

Trash Talking (any talking which is deemed offensive to officials, opposing players, teams or spectators) is illegal. Officials have the right to determine ‘offensive language’.

If trash talking occurs, the referee will issue ONE warning. If the Trash talking continues the player or players will be disqualified from the game.

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