USA Football
II. ATTENDANCE
  1. Each player must participate in each practice and game.
  2. If a player misses practice and does not call the team coach, the play must sit out 1/2 of the next game, must be present at the game during the suspension.
  3. In the absence of the head coach, the first assistant coach will follow the above rules.
  4. Any participant who comes to practices or games that has been using illegal drugs or alcohol will be permanently suspended from the league.

A. Games

  1. Each participant will participate in a minimum of six (6) plays per half, and have a starting position.
  2. A kick-off team will be considered one play.

B. Discipline 

  1. A player ejected from a game must sit out the next game and must be present on the sideline during the game suspension.
 
I. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A. Physical Condition

        1.   A statement must be obtained from the parents or guardian or their family physician, stating that the participant's physical condition affords the participant the capability to participate in the program.

    2.    The standard release form provided by the Lafayette 56ers, Inc. must be properly signed by the participant's parent or guardian and submitted to the league prior to any participation by the youth.

B. Age and Grade Requirements   

  1. Youth in the 3rd and 4th grades will be eligible to participate as players in the Junior Broncho league.
  2. Youth meeting the above grade requirements shall be under 11 years of age as of July 31st of the current year.
  3. Youth in the 5th or 6th grades will be eligible to participate as players in the 56ers league.
  4. Youth in the3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades will be eligible to participate as cheerleaders in the 56ers league.
  5. Youth meeting the above grade requirements shall be under 13 years of age as of July 31st of the current year.
  6. Each participant shall sign a Lafayette 56ers Code of Conduct. All participants will agree to not use illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco at any time during the season. Lafayette 56ers shall be notified of any prescription drugs the participant takes. All participants will agree to conduct themselves in a manor becoming that of Lafayette 56ers during the season and anytime they wear their Lafayette 56ers jersey.

C. Physical Stature

  1. Participation will be denied to a participant weighing less than 70 lbs. or over 210 lbs. at registration for the 56ers league.
  2. Participation will be denied to a participant weighing less than 50 lbs. or more than 150 lbs. for the Junior Broncho league.
  3. These requirements are not designed to be discriminatory in nature, but are designed to afford the maximum amount of protection to the participants and at the same time allow for the greatest possible participation.
 
III. EQUIPMENT

A. Required equipment issued only by Lafayette 56ers, Inc. shall include

    1. A NOCSAE ( National Operating Committee on Standards For Athletic Equipment) approved helmet and face mask.
    2. Approved shoulder pads.
    3. Approved hip, kidney and tailbone pads (or girdle).
    4. Approved football pants with pockets for knee and thigh pads.
    5. An approved mouthpiece unless issued by physician.

B. Required equipment furnished by the participant shall include

    1. Athletic shoes (football shoes) - NO METAL SPIKES
    2. Athletic Socks
 
IV. Coaches / Assistant Coachs / Parents wanting to help

A. Any Coach or assistant coach on the field at practice or games must have a USA Football Background Check.

B. Any coach or assistant coach on the field at practice or games must attend and pass the USA Football Coaches Certification.

C. Parents interested in helping the team must adhere to the above requirements to be on the field at a practice or game.