Youth Football and Cheerleader Programs in Wilton, CT
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Flag Football Referee Information

  • Help Set up field
    • Make sure cones are in place and the field is the correct size for the grade.
  • Host a meeting at midfield before the game with both teams and all coaches
    • ​Discuss the importance of sportsmanship and stress no contact during the game.
    • Explain that you are there manage the Flag Football game by spotting the ball, keeping score, Running the clock and issuing warnings when a player or coach breaks a rule.
  • Establish who enforces the penalties
    • Explain that Head coaches will be the ones calling/enforcing the penalties and you are there to assist with penalty warnings and walk off the penalty yardage.
    • If a coach believes a penalty should be called, then the head coaches will discuss and decide if it should be a warning or a official penalty to be walked off by the referee. 
  • Halftime Rules
    • Halftime is 5 minutes long​
    • Teams switch sides at the start of the 2nd half.
  • Clock Management
    • Each half is 20 minutes long with a running clock.
    • In the final 2 minutes of each half the referee can stop the clock for change of possessions, penalty’s, equipment issues etc.
  • Referee Pay
    • Referee's will receive $10 and hour, which comes out to $15 per game.  Each referee will be scheduled for 90 minutes each game.  Flag Referee's will be expected to show up 15 minutes before each game starts to set up the field or confirm the field is set up properly.  The referee will also host a meeting with both teams and all coaches before each game starts.
  • Referee Ratings
    • All referees will be graded after each game by both Head Coaches.  
    • Referee's will receive detailed coaching if there are any complaints about the way the game was managed by the referee.
    • The top rated referee's will be selected for the NFL Flag Playoffs.

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