1.1 Changes to the Rules
The rules of the league may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or part at any time through the following procedure:
a) Rule change must be submitted in writing to the Rules Committee.
b) The rule change will be addressed at the next Rules Committee meeting.
c) The Rules Committee will make any necessary modifications and present at the next Board of Directors meeting.
d) The proposed rule change will be presented and read at the Board of Directors meeting.
Discussion will be limited to 10 minutes at the first reading.
e) The proposed change will be placed on the agenda of the next Board of Directors meeting which
must be at least 48 hours from the meeting where the first reading was held.
f) No discussion will be held concerning the proposed rule change at the meeting which the rule
change vote is to take place.
g) A quorum (50% of all Board of Directors members) must be present at the meeting and the
proposed rule change must be ratified by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present.
h) Any changes to Rule 27 (Cheerleading Rules) must first be approved at a Cheer Coordinator
meeting by a simple majority vote of those present before being submitted to the Board of
Directors for final approval.
All rule changes enacted under this provision shall have no retroactive application.
If immediate change to a rule is needed, the President of the league, with a 2/3 majority vote of the League
Executive Board of Directors, can declare a Rule Emergency and request a meeting to present, read and vote on a rule
change at the same meeting date.
The meeting must be declared as a Rule Emergency meeting. A quorum (50% of all
Board of Directors members) must be present at the Rule Emergency meeting and it will require a two-thirds
(2/3) vote of the members present to accept the change.
1.2 Knowledge of the Rules
It is the responsibility of the Athletic Director to inform all coaching participants from his/her organization
of the League rules and bylaws before they participate in any activity.
2.1 Volunteer and Coaches
All League and Organization volunteers must meet and fulfill all Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation
and Conservation Department requirements for being a youth volunteer/coach, along with all TBYFL requirements.
2.2 League Notification
Each Organization shall submit, to TBYFL, a head coach and board member roster with full names, e-mail addresses and
phone numbers on or before the August TBYFL meeting.
3.1 Age Certification
Each team shall have a birth certificate for each player and cheerleader, which shall be presented to the
League at registration. If the player or cheerleader participated in the previous season, this requirement
shall be waived.
The League shall retain the previous season’s check-in rosters and picture identification
cards for a minimum of one year. Each Organization shall retain a copy of the certification for new
players and cheerleaders for a minimum of one year.
3.2 Cheer Age Determination
Football player’s age will be determined by their age as of July 31 of each season.
Cheerleader’s age will be determined by their age as of September 1 of each season.
The age of  last year Varsity cheerleaders, league age will be determined by their age as of January 1 of each season.
Cheerleaders Age:
5U Flag Cheer (4 & 5 year old)
6U Tackle Cheer (5 & 6 year old)
8U Tackle Cheer (7 & 8 year old)
10U Tackle Cheer (9 & 10 year old)
12U Tackle Cheer (11 & 12  year old)
14U Tackle Cheer (13& 14 year old)
*Flag Cheerleaders, league age 5, are eligible to move up to 6U regardless of squad size, No limit.
** Three (3) cheerleadeers, in the second year of their division, can be moved up top the next higher division.
This rule does not allow for skipping of divisions or moving down a division.
In all Cheer Divisions:
Nothing precludes an Organization from having single age Cheer to follow Single age Football.
Teams must keep a minimum of four (4) cheerleaders per division or be subject to a league fine.
All cheer moves must be done before game 5 of the TBYFL regular season.
All moves are at the discretion of each organization and are not regulated by the TBYFL.
3.3 Football Age Determination
Football is single age divisions with exception of Flag, 6U and 14U
The following ages and weights shall be strictly enforced:
Players: Age
5U  Flag (4 & 5 year old)
6U Tackle ( 5 & 6 year old)
7 year old Tackle
8 year old Tackle
9 year old Tackle
10 year old Tackle
11 year old Tackle
12 year old Tackle
14U Tackle (13 & 14)
3.4 Artificial Weight Loss
Weight loss shall only be obtained by normal physical conditioning. Use of artificial means to obtain
weight loss by any player shall be prohibited unless specifically prescribed in writing by a licensed
physician for health reasons.
Any coach or any other supervisor advising or condoning the use of artificial means to obtain weight loss
shall be suspended from participation in any League activity for one (1) year. The player shall also be
declared ineligible for one (1) year.
When a coach knows that a player has or is, on his own or at the direction of any other person including
their parents, using artificial means to obtain or maintain weight loss, it shall be the responsibility of that
coach to take immediate action to have the player discontinue such action and report such activity to the
League.
Methods which are considered to be “artificial means” of weight loss include, but are not limited to, the
following:
a) Sweat boxes
b) Steam or sauna baths
c) Use of heated vehicles
d) Water pills
e) Excessive dieting (players are expected to be able to eat two or three balanced meals a
day)
f) Running in rubber, plastic, or similar clothing
g) Diet or appetite suppressant pills
h) Laxatives
4.1 Insurance Requirement
It shall be mandatory that the League have supplemental insurance to cover accidents and injuries to
players, cheerleaders, and other official team members while playing, traveling or practicing.
A copy of this policy shall be on file with the League and given to each Athletic Director no later than the August
meeting each year.
5.1.1 Tansfers
No Organization may take more than a total of 30 transfers in any given season. This includes 15 players and 15 cheerleaders.
No Organization may take more than 8 football transfers and 8 cheer transfers from any one TBYFL organization.
No Organization may take more than 5 football transfers and 5 cheer transfers on any single squad/team in a given division.
There is no borrowing from cheer count to football or vice versa.
Any exceptions to this rule must receive the consent of the League Executive Committee, which can be granted by a 2/3 vote.
This vote can only be called by the League President for a highly unusual circumstance.
5.2 Freezing of Rosters
No player or cheerleader can be added to the organizations roster after midnight of the Leagues third
(3rd) week of regular season.  (this includes Flag/Mighty Mite players & cheerleaders).
Any exception to these dates must receive the consent of the League
Executive Committee which can be granted by a 2/3 vote for a highly unusual circumstance.
A football player shall be permitted to move up to any age division for which he/she is eligible if done by the kick
off of the squad’s 5th regular season game, with approval of Executive Board.
The football player may play the same day they are moved up if the parents and coaches are in agreement.
A player must play in one regular season game in a division to be eligible to play in any post season games.
5.3 Releases
No rostered player or cheerleader or coach may transfer to another organization after the
opening date of the TBYFL schedule.
5.3.1) No releases shall be granted under the following circumstances:
a) Money due to the organization which they are leaving. This must be uncollected funds as a result
of fraud, fund raising activity or any deceptive behaviors.
b) Equipment and/or uniforms or other properties of the organization not returned to the organization
which they are leaving.
Registration payment plans are not included in this rule. The player/cheerleader will be released if
the money owed is a result of missing or not finishing a registration payment plan.
Each Organization is required to provide the League by the March meeting, in writing, with a list of ALL
players, cheerleaders, board members, or coaches that have not turned in equipment, uniforms, other
properties of the organization or any fundraising money due. If this list is not turned in, then an individual
from that organization can not be refused a release.
5.3.2) The parents, or legal guardian, of any player/cheerleader transferring from one
organization to another will be required to sign a release stating the player, parent,
or any member of the player’s family was not offered or given any type of incentive
to transfer from his/her existing organization to the new organization. The parent,
or legal guardian, is to get the release from their existing organization’s AD. Failure
to complete this release will make the player/cheerleader ineligible until release is
completed.
5.4) New Players
The following items shall be presented to the League for all new players or cheerleaders:
a) League registration form
b) Copy of Age Certification
6.1 Ineligible Players, Cheerleaders and Coaches
6.1.1) A football player may not be a member of any High School football team Recreation tackle football team or more than
one TBYFL team during the TBYFL League’s Season. (beginning at the first game date through the super Bowl).
A cheerleader may not be a member of any High School cheer team, Recreation cheer team, more than
one TBYFL team or any All Star program during the TBYFL League’s season (beginning at the first game date through the Super Bowl)
If they break this rule they shall be considered ineligible to play or cheer on any TBYFL League team or squad for that season.
6.1.2) There shall be no coaches or instructors under eighteen (18) years of age allowed to participate
with any squad unless a TBYFL adult volunteer/coach is present.
6.1.3) If you are of league age to cheer or play football in the Tampa Bay Youth Football League then you are ineligible to be a coach or instructor.
Exception: If you are enrolled in High School and you are part of a High School team Or All Star team then you are eligible to be a
Jr. Coach for any squad except Varsity level.
6.1.4) All players and cheerleaders must be enrolled in an elementary, middle, Jr. High or high public or
private school or approved home schooling system. Any player not enrolled in one the systems listed is
ineligible to participate in any TBYFL activity. This rule does not apply to Flag/Mighty Mite Football or Cheerleading.
6.1.5) All grievances concerning an ineligible player must be filed in accordance to Article VIII. If it is
found that a person had knowledge of an ineligible player, cheerleader or coach and did not provide the
knowledge to TBYFL, that person is subject to Penalty 2 (one year suspension) and Fine B ($100).
6.1.6) Any team that is found guilty of having an ineligible player, cheerleader or coach must forfeit all
games in which the ineligible person participated in.
7.1 TBYFL Verification Pictures
7.1.1) The League shall have overall responsibility for conducting the Preseason Official Picture process, however, TBYFL shall be permitted to appoint one or more representatives to handle or assist in conducting the Preseason Official Picture process.
Only football players/cheerleaders and volunteers that are registered shall be permitted to participate in the Preseason Official Picture process.
However, they will not be determined eligible to take the filed until all TBYFL registration requirements have been met.
7.1.2) Any rostered football player/cheerleader not in attendance at Preseason Official Picture Process shall have his/her
picture taken at a subsequent Official Picture date scheduled by the League. Any rostered football player/cheerleader who
does not have an Official Picture on file shall have his/her Official Picture taken at the Weigh-In by a
League Official.
7.1.3) Each Organization must pay a minimum of $2,500.00 in League registration fees by the regularly
scheduled TBYFL April Board of Directors meeting. Any organization experiencing financial difficulty may
petition the executive board for an extension.
7.1.4) All League registration fees must be paid in full by the Organization’s scheduled TBYFL picture day
or else the team will not be allowed to have their pictures taken and will be subject to the fines in Rule
7.2.
7.1.5) Dates for taking pictures of rostered football players/cheerleaders and volunteers in addition to the Preseason Official Picture Day shall be
scheduled by the League.
If the required forms, fees, and age certification are provided as described, thefootball player/cheerleader shall be considered
rostered and shall be allowed to Check-In/Weigh-In and participate in the game as prescribed in: “Pictures
registration” In procedure manual.
7.2 Game Day Process
7.2.1) Each football player/cheerleader shall have a picture identification card on file with the League. An organization shall be fined
$100.00 for each age division that requires six (6) or more Official Pictures to be taken at a Pregame
Eligibility Check-in/Weigh-In. Ex: 5 free pictures per squad. 6 or more a one-time fee for that squad only.
Fine is per squad not players. Players that did not have an opportunity to participate in any of the Pre-season photo
days are not counted in determining the application of the penalty.
7.2.2) After a football player successfully completes Pregame Eligibility weigh-in, his/her card shall be used for Pregame
Check-in. Pregame Check-In shall take place as the teams enter the field.
The football players/cheerleaders shall be checked by person or persons selected by the League.
After the Pregame Check-in is completed, the identification cards shall be returned to the League Official.
8.1) The Pre-game Eligibility Check-In shall be conducted by a League Official, as assigned to each complex.
8.2) The Pre-game Eligibility Check-In shall be conducted no earlier than one (1) hour prior to scheduled game
time up through game 3 when the books close. No player shall be allowed to check-in after Kick-Off.  All teams must be lined up with no less than 4 minutes left in the previous game.
8.3) The Pre-game Eligibility/Check-In shall not be open to anyone except League Officials, League Executive
Committee members, Athletic Directors and one (1) Coach from the participating Organizations.
Parents and other onlookers are not permitted in the immediate area of the League Eligibility/Weigh-in.
If more than one coach from a participating Organization is in the Check in room and will not leave at the request of the
League Official then that coach will be declared ineligible for that game.
8.4) Any player, who is determined to be ineligible through the Eligibility/Check-in procedure and notated in the
Game Day book, will be ineligible for the make-up game. This includes any notations in the Game Day book
that makes a player ineligible for that game.
All games shall be played under the Florida Federation of State High School rules with the
following exceptions:
9.1) Regulation Game shall consist of four (4) eight (8) minute quarters. Exception is 10 minute quarters for 14U Divison.
9.2) Extra points shall score for all divisions: Two (2) points for kicking and one (1) point for passing or running.
The ball shall be put in play from the three (3) yard line for all divisions.
9.3) There shall be no set jersey numbering system.
9.4) As many team captains as designated from both teams shall attend the game ceremonies and
instruction at midfield.
9.5) If you wish to provide your own football for your game, it shall be certified by a League Official and
the Game Official (as to proper inflation and size) and presented to the Game Official prior to Kick-Off.
The following list represents the current leather footballs allowed in League games:
Flag, 6U, 7 year old & 8 year old Tackle: Wilson K2 or its equivalent
9, 10, 11 & 12 year old Tackle: Wilson TDJ or its equivalent
14U Tackle: Wilson TDY or its equivalent
9.6) Each player shall play a minimum of five (5) plays in a regulation game. Failure to comply with this
requirement shall result in: See Misconduct rules.
A play is defined by a snap of the ball or a kick.
A nonscoring opportunity snap (this includes spiking the ball or kneeling the ball) of the ball does not count as a
play.
A dead ball foul (penalty) is not considered a play.
Any team found in violation of the minimum play rule will forfeit the game in question including post season games.
If a minimum play rule violation  is determined to have occurred in a playoff game, the losing team will be declared the
winner and will advance to the next round or will be declared the Super Bowl winner if the violation is in the Super Bowl game.
For the first violation, the Head Coach will be suspended for 21 days starting the day after the ruling. The
organization will receive a $100 fine.
For the second violation, the Head Coach will be suspended for 1 year starting the day after the ruling.
The organization will receive a $250 fine and be placed on probation for 1 year.
Each team is required to have one (1) player counter coach as one (1) of the ten
allowable field personnel. After the game, each team is required to turn in an official
TBYFL League Play Count Sheet to any league official on duty. It must be signed by
the head coach, the play-counting coach and must be signed by the league official .
9.7) In the event a team reaches a thirty (30) or more point lead over its opponent the Team behind shall
put the ball in play at the opponents forty (40) yard line after the opponents extra point attempt instead of
receiving a Kick-off.
The clock shall become continuous as long as the leading team is up by 30 points or
more. The leading team shall not be allowed to use time outs as long as there is still at least a 30-point
lead. Once a 30-point lead is no longer in place, time-outs will be restored.
The continuous clock rule WILL NOT affect any team’s halftime possession choice (e.g. if the team leading by 30 points is to
receive the 2nd half kick off, then they have the right to take the ball).
If the team leading by 30 points or more receives any penalty, then the clock will STOP until the start of
the next play (e.g. a leading team may not run out the clock by committing penalties).
7 & 8 year old Divisions:
10.1) There shall be no more than one (1) coach from each team on the playing field while the ball is in
play for first five (5) games. After game five (5) no coaches shall be allowed on the field except for timeouts.
In the event of a bye week, then the 5th game would be the 6th week for teams that had a bye.
10.2) The Coach on the field shall not be permitted to approach any Game Official at any time unless a
player has called a time out. A player must call time-out and the coach on the field or the head coach is
then allowed to address the Game Official.
10.3) If, in the judgment of the Game Official, the Coach on the field is abusive to the players or to the
Game Officials, the coach shall be removed and will not be permitted on the playing field for the rest of
the season.
10. 4) Once any player is within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage, the coach can not say anything, touch
any player and must be at least five (5) yards from the nearest player and must be on their team’s side of
the ball. Any coach violating any of these rules will be given one warning from the Game Official and will
then be assessed a Delay of Game five yard penalty for any subsequent violations.
10.5) Clock: The teams shall run with a twenty-five (25) second clock
10.6) Penalties shall be based on the Florida Federation of State High School rules with the following
exceptions:
Five (5) yard penalties:
a. Delay of game (includes coach on the field touching a player)
b. Offside, when contact is made
c. Offside, when the ball is snapped
d. Delay of game, twenty-five (25) second clock
e. Equipment foul (mouthpiece, chin strap)
Ten (10) yard penalties:
f. Clipping
g. Facemask
h. Illegal block
i. Unsportsmanlike conduct
j. Spearing or face tackling
k. Holding
10.7) Offensive team shall be permitted to elect to kick on any down; this shall be a free PUNT. The
defensive team shall have at least six (6) players on the line of scrimmage during the kick. Neither team
shall cross the neutral zone until the ball is kicked. The offensive team shall kick after it notifies the Game
Officials of its intention to do so.
NOTE: If the clock is stopped on a free kick, it will not start until the ball is kicked. If the clock is
not stopped, they have 10 seconds to kick the ball from the free snap. A violation will incur a 5
yard delay of game penalty and a re-kick will occur with the clock NOT running until the ball is
kicked
10.8) If the offensive team elects to try for a field goal or kick a point-after attempt, the National
Federation of State High School rules shall apply and the defensive team IS allowed to rush the field goal
or extra point attempt.
10.9) ALL players within two players directly to the left and two players directly to the right of the center
and within one (1) yard of the line of scrimmage must be in a three (3) or four (4) point stance.
6U Division:
10.10) Offense has no kickoff – Start at 40 yard line – no punt – 25 yard walk off – Clock 10 second run off – Defense must line up 3 yards from line of scrimmage – 2 coaches on field all year
11.1) Any player shall be removed from the game if in the judgment of a Game Official, a TBYFL League
Official, or Players’ Team Coach that the players’ health or safety is in jeopardy.
11.2) Any player listed as sick, injured, absent, or disciplined at Pre-game Eligibility/Weigh-In shall not play. Any
player not playing shall remove helmet and shoulder pads In order to remain on the sidelines.
11.3) Any player who is injured, resulting in an injury time-out called by a Game Official, shall sit out five
(5) plays (ball is snapped or kicked) before returning to play in that half.
If the Head Coach allows the player to return to the game prior to the fifth play after the injury, the Head Coach shall be suspended for
the next game. A second violation of this rule shall result in the suspension of the Head Coach for the
remainder of the season, and, if five (5) or less games are remaining, the following season as well.
If the opposing team observes any violation of this rule, they shall call a time-out to inform the Game Official
and a League Official. The player shall be removed for an additional five (5) plays from that point in the
game. The opposing team shall not be charged for the time-out.
11.4) Halftime or the end of a game requiring overtime satisfies the five (5) play sit-out rule for an injured
player, and the player may return to the game to start the second half or the overtime.
11.5) A player or cheerleader injured In any manner so as to require medical attention by a physician
shall present written permission from his/her physician to a League Official before participating in any
League activity.
12.1) All League games shall be played using qualified, League-approved Game Officials. The Game
Officials shall be required to make a written report to the League of any instances where the conduct of
any member of a team, the team’s staff, or other person has, in their opinion, been unsportsmanlike or
detrimental to the game or the League. The League shall furnish Game Official Clock Operators.
13.1) Each team shall play according to the official TBYFL schedule.
13.2) All games shall be played to completion except under such circumstances where the welfare of the
players shall be adversely affected. The Head Game Official shall determine the shortening of any game
due to bad weather.
13.3) In order to assure adequate time for proper player conditioning, warm-ups, Game Officials’
instruction, and introductions of team captains, etc., a minimum of ten (10) minutes shall elapse between
the end of one game and the beginning Kick-Off of the following game during which time team
introductions shall be made.
When the regular scheduled starting time allows ten (10) minutes or more between games,
the game shall proceed as scheduled. However, ten (10) minutes between games shall
be allowed regardless of the scheduled starting times of any games. Picture identification cards shall be
checked as the teams enter or renter the field.
13.4) No game shall start early unless agreed upon by the two (2) participating Head Coaches and
League Officials.
13.5) No other teams shall be allowed inside the restraining fences while a game is in progress without
the permission of the League officer on duty.
13.6) The interval between the first half and last half of a scheduled game shall be ten (10) minutes.
AnyHomecoming-type event shall be scheduled with the League and the other organization at least two (2)
weeks in advance and shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.
During halftime, no one is allowed on the field except for the performing cheerleading squads or halftime activities.
Ball playing is not allowed on the field or in the end zones during any halftime activities.
13.7) In the event that a severe weather condition, field condition, or other unusual circumstances exist
which shall present health or safety hazards to the players, a game shall be postponed. The head Game
Official or a League Official will make the decision.
Under these circumstances, the judgment of the Game Official or the League Official shall not be subject to question.
The League shall reschedule any postponed game(s). Reference rule #6 for player eligibility.
13.8) During the regular scheduled playing season, no team shall play more than one game per week,
unless deemed necessary by the League. Controlled scrimmages shall be permitted with any team with
TBYFL approval.
Each scrimmage shall be considered as a practice session. Scrimmages must be between teams within the same age
and weight brackets. EX: Super midgets vs. Super midgets and NOT
Super midgets vs. Midget.
All scrimmages must be approved by the Conference Vice President or President. League and County approved functions are excluded from this rule.
13.9) In the event of a tie game at the end of regulation, there will be overtime play to determine a winner.
Each team will get four(4) consecutive plays from the short five(5) yard line. Each offensive score counts as one point. Each defensive recovery resulting in a turnover counts as a half a point.  The team with the most scores will be the winner.
If after two(2) overtime periods there is no winner, the teams will then go to a one play rotation each until a winner prevails.
Each over time period will have a coin toss to determine first choice of offense or defense.
Only one coin toss will be done if the overtime goes to the one play rotation.
The end zone to be used will be determined by the TBYFL officials assigned to the field at which the games are played.
14.1) Practice will start with the League’s prescribed start date. A maximum of twelve (12) hours per week
are allowed prior to the League’s first game.
Exception: The first full week AFTER school starts, all organizations shall not hold more than three (3)
practice days during a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) and shall be limited to six (6) hours of
practice per week. No practice shall be moved or exceed 9:00 PM at any time without prior League Conference Vice
President’s approval.
14.2) On “bye’ weeks, teams/squads shall be permitted to practice an additional two (2) hours on
Saturday.
15.1) No Organization is allowed to dress any member of it’s football team in football equipment for the
purpose of practicing from January 1 of each year until the official TBYFL first day of practice.
Nonallowable football equipment is defined as any of the following:
• Helmet
• Shoulder Pads
• Football Pants with any padding (Hip, butt, knee and thigh pads)
15.2) Organizations are allowed to hold practices from January 1 until the official TBYFL first day of
practice as long as no football equipment is used. Any exceptions require Board approval.
16.1) Protests on matters of judgment as rendered by a Game Official shall not be considered. Protests on rule violations shall be heard.
16.2) The protest must be made known to the opposing team and game official that the game is being played under protest.  It will be up to the filing party to furnish proof of guilt.
16.3) The protest shall be presented to the League Official on duty.  It must be neatly written or typed and presented to a League Official no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the termination of the game being protested.
A $100.00 protest fee must accompany the protest, regardless of who files the protest (League Official, Athletic director, Coach/Instructor, Player/Cheerleader, parent, etc.)  If the protest is upheld, this fee shall be returned to the filing party within 10 (ten) days.
If the Rules Appeal Committee determines that a Game Official or a League Official neither misapplied the rule being protested or ignored the rule being protested, the protest shall be declared void, the alleged violator shall be found not guilty, and the $100.00 protest fee shall not be returned to the filing party.
16.4)  The Rules Appeal Committee shall be appointed by the League President within twenty-four (24) hours upon receipt of the protest.  It shall contain no less than 3 (three) and no more than 7 (seven) members.
16.5)  The Rules Appeal Committee, upon notice to the organizations involved, shall conduct an investigative hearing within forty-eight (48) hours.  All facts involved shall be investigated by the Rules Appeal Committee.  The Athletic Director from each organization and the filing party shall be notified of this hearing.
16.6)  If the Rules Appeal committee, by a simple majority vote of the members present, agrees that the protest is valid, a recommendation for action shall be made at a Special Meeting of the League Board of Directors within twenty-four (24) hours.
16.7)  Once a protest has been presented and the $100 (one hundred) protest fee received, no protest may be withdrawn without 2/3rd (two thirds) of TBYFL Executive Board approval.
17.1) Each player shall have a complete uniform, with NOCSAE approved equipment which includes a
helmet with face guard and chin strap, shoulder pads, tail pad (1), hip pads (1 left and 1 right), thigh pads
(1 left and 1 right), knee pads (1 left and 1 right), plastic or rubber molded cleats (plastic detachable
cleats are permitted, but no metal may be exposed on any part of the cleats), mouth piece and an athletic
supporter. No jewelry of any type may be worn during the game.
Any player found to not be in compliant of rule 17.1 must immediately be removed from the game and can
not return until they are properly equipped.
17.2) No TBYFL insured equipment and/or uniforms, for both football and cheerleading, may be used in
any non-sanctioned event without prior approval from the TBYFL Executive Board.

There are no TBYFL rules with regards to Organizations giving individual honors to players and cheerleaders.

19.1) Any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, or other adult supervisor who is found guilty by the
League Board of Directors of cheating or misrepresenting any record shall be subject to disciplinary
action by the League Board of Directors.
19.2) Any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor parent, guardian or board member of said organization
who shall be found guilty of conduct detrimental to the League, violating League rules, under the
influence of alcohol or drugs, unbecoming conduct, or unsportsmanlike conduct, at any scheduled
League event, including practice, shall be subject to disciplinary action by the League Board of Directors.
19.3) These actions shall include taunting with racial, religious, and ethnic remarks. A report of such
conduct shall be made to the League. Any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, or TBYFL board
member reported to an Official and found guilty of taunting another member of the League with racial,
religious, or ethnic remarks/insults shall be expelled from further League activities for the season. Any
fighting which may result from these actions shall be reviewed for further disciplinary actions with the
Organizations.
19.4) Any player, cheerleader, coach, or instructor ejected from a game by a Game Official shall be
suspended for the next 3 scheduled games. This suspension may be appealed to the League Executive
Board within twenty-four (24) hours after the completion of the game, in writing.
The suspension can be lifted by a simple majority vote of the League Executive Board.
If a player, cheerleader, coach, or instructor is ejected two (2) times in one season, he/she shall be subject to
suspension for the remainder of the season, following a hearing as outlined above. If five (5) or less games are
remaining at the time of the second ejection, he/she shall also be suspended from participating in any League activity
for the entire following season.
19.5) No coach, player, or identified team official or League Official may touch, grab, bump, or have
physical contact with any game official against his/her will. If this occurs, the individual shall be subject to
immediate expulsion from the TBYFL.
20.1 Game day duties
20.1.1) The Home Team shall place all field markers and other necessary officiating game equipment
prior to the first game of the day. The Home team shall remove all markers and equipment after the last
game of the day.
20.2.2) Chain crews shall be provided by the Home Team and shall be properly trained. The chain crew
shall consist of adults (no one under the age of eighteen ). Whenever possible, the same crew
should be maintained throughout the season so as to assure more efficient performance.
The chain crewshall take their posts at least five (5) minutes prior to Kick-Off. No member of the chain crew shall be
allowed to talk to or coach any player on the field. Anyone found guilty of this shall be expelled from the
field by the Game Official or a League Official.
20.2 Organizational misconduct and eligibility fines
20.2.1) In the event that a team or squad is found guilty of violating the practice rule by the League
Board of Directors, a penalty shall be imposed for the Athletic Director and the teams’ Head Coach. This
fine shall be paid before the organization is permitted to participate in any League activity. See Penalties
and Fines chart: P-7 & M-B
20.2.2) When it is found that an organization has a team or squad that has permitted any player,
cheerleader, coach, or instructor who is ineligible under Misconduct, or any other rule or Bylaw of the
League, to participate in any practice, regular season game, or post-season game, all persons with direct
knowledge of the ineligibility shall be suspended from participating for the remainder of the season.
If five (5) or less games are remaining at the time a guilty decision by the League Board of Directors is agreed
upon, all persons with direct knowledge of the ineligibility shall also be refrained from participating for any
League team or squad for the entire following season. In the event that the Athletic Director participated
in the violation, the organization shall be fined: See Penalties and Fines chart M-A per incident.
Ineligible players, cheerleaders, coaches, and instructors shall not be permitted on the sidelines or to
participate, in any way, in any League activity. Petition for reinstatement, if granted, shall carry a: See
Penalties and Fines chart M-B reinstatement fee for each adult suspended under this rule, this fee shall
be paid before the adult is permitted to participate in any League activity.
20.2.4) Any team found guilty of violating any League rule pertaining to eligibility shall forfeit all games in
which the player(s) participated, and the Won-Loss records shall be changed accordingly for all teams
involved.
21.1 Team Seating
21.1.1) All fields shall provide restraining fences between spectator and playing area.
21.1.2) The Home Team shall always sit as designated by the scoreboard.
21.1.3) Players, cheerleaders, coaches, instructors, and other team officials shall be restricted to an area
along the sidelines from their forty-five (45) yard line to their twenty (20) yard line.
21.1.4) All sudden death downs will be played in the end zone nearer to the pavilion. The cheerleaders
shall remain between their respective forty-five (45) yard line and twenty (20) yard line.
21.2 Sideline Restrictions
21.2.1) All sideline personnel for football shall be limited to no more than (10) people. There shall be no
one under League age allowed inside the restraining fences. Sideline personnel for cheerleaders shall be
limited to no more than five (5) people. All non-credentialed (non-rostered personnel) personnel must
receive prior league approval and are included in the maximum of ten sideline personnel.
21.2.2) During any game, no one is allowed on the sidelines except the following: chain crew; newspaper,
magazine, website photographers, and/or television staffs which have been authorized by the League in
advance to take pictures or film a game, ball person or other personnel to assist the Game Officials whenspecifically
requested by the officiating crew; League Executive Committee Members, or League Officials
at the League Executive Committee’s request.
21.2.3) Spectator viewing of the games from an area behind the players’ benches between the twenty
(20) yard lines and within five (5) yards of the fence is prohibited at Skyway Park.
21.3 Filming of Games
21.3.1) Filming of games shall be done outside of the playing field unless adequate facilities have been
provided and permission has been obtained from the League Official.
21.4 Press Box
21.4.1) Only four (4) members from each participating organization shall be allowed in the Press Box at
any given time.
 21.4.2) No sound equipment shall be allowed in the Press Box without prior approval from the League.
21.4.3) No loud, vulgar or profane music shall be allowed in the facility. Any music which may be
considered offensive by any spectator or board member must be turned off or removed from the facility.
21.4.4) Announcers shall not be allowed to coach, officiate, cheer, or criticize from the Press Box (No
Play-by-Play).
Announcers shall receive 1 (one) warning. They will be removed with the second warning and
suspended for the next game. If 5 (five) or less games are remaining after the second dismissal,
the announcer shall be suspended for the following season.
21.4.5) No one under the age of fifteen (15) shall be allowed in the Press Box under any circumstances.
22.1) Effigies, dolls of opposing teams, hanging figures, derogatory signs, music or sound systems,
horns, air horns, bullhorns, whistles, drums or any paraphernalia found to be inflammatory by a League
Official towards the opposing team shall not be allowed on or within viewing or hearing distance of the
playing field.
The league will approve music for pre-game and or halftime entertainment only. No music will be
played while the games are in progress. This includes timeouts, water breaks or injuries. No
Insulting, vulgar or inflammatory music or lyrics will be allowed. The Director of cheerleaders or a
League official on duty shall have the final decision in accepting or rejecting all pre-game and
halftime music.
22.2) TBYFL shall be designated as a smoke free environment.
22.3) No pets or bicycles shall be allowed in the facility.
22.4) No weapons or firearms shall be allowed in the facility unless accompanied by a law enforcement
officer.
22.5) No glass or breakable plastic containers (bottles or cups) shall be allowed in the facility.
22.6) No object shall be allowed on the field which is deemed dangerous by a League Official.
22.7) It is the responsibility of each team and squad to quickly clean its seating area, both on the field
(players and cheerleaders) and in the Press Box, after each game and to give the previous team or squad
enough time to clear the area before moving in.
22.8) Each team or squad shall enter and exit the field from the side gates by the concession stand.
Outlying complexes shall follow the League approved enter / exit procedure for their facility.
22.9) Any person caught intentionally destroying Tampa Bay Youth Football League property shall be
charged with civil vandalism and trespassed for the remainder of the season.
22.10) No food or drink shall be sold inside or outside of any TBYFL complex or parking lot unless the
organization submits a proposal, two(2) weeks in advance for additional food sales. Additional food sales
may only be approved for the day of the organizations concession duty and may not conflict with any
offerings from the TBYFL complex. Additional food sales will only be permitted outside the gate. After a
notification from a league official to stop sales, a second violation will result in a fine. See Penalties
and Fines chart M-A
22.11) Team coolers are allowed under the following conditions. No personal coolers are permitted.
A. They must be placed away from the seating I bleacher area. Not underneath.
B. They may be placed by the end zone gate entrance to the field by the concession stand.
C. They may be placed by the players or cheerleaders bench.
22.12) Sale(s) of programs, t-shirts etc. must be approved and/or go through a bidding process before
they are sold at any TBYFL function. The league has sole rights of all products sold at these functions.
23.1) Any organization or member of an organization (player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, Board
Member, or parent), who is disqualified, suspended, or prevented from participation in any League
activity, due to the Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League Rule/Bylaw, by a
League Official, shall be permitted to appeal to the League Executive Board to determine if a
Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League Rule/Bylaw has occurred.
23.2) The appealing party may request, within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident for an appeal hearing
by the League Executive Board.
23.3) If the League Executive Board, by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present, agrees that a
Miscommunication, Misapplication, or Misinterpretation of a League Rule/Bylaw did occur, the appealing
party shall be granted reinstatement.
24.1) The League shall be divided into two (2) Conferences: American and National. The Conferences
shall be realigned each year. Whenever a new organization is accepted into the
League, it shall be placed using a 0- 0- 0 regular season record.
Whenever more than one organization is accepted into the League for the same season, they shall be placed
using a 0- 0- 0 regular season record and a coin toss shall be used to determine order of placement.
The overall 4 team tackle regular season record will be used to determine the Conferences every year. In the
event that there is a tie in regular season records, the following criteria will be used to determine placement:
First Tie Breaker – Best Conference Record
Second Tie Breaker – Head to Head Results
Third Tie Breaker – Coin toss
The organizations shall be placed into the Conferences as follows:
       1      2
       4      3
       5      6
       8      7
       9     10
      12    11
      13    14

      16    15

25.1) There shall be one (1) champion in each Conference in each age division.

25.2) The Conference Champion shall be determined by the team with the highest Won/Loss record
percentage of games played. This percentage is determined by dividing the total number of games won
by the total number of games played. A tie game counts as half (1/2) a game won and halt (1/2) a game
lost.
25.3) In the event that two (2) or more teams have the same Won-Loss record percentage, the following
criteria shall be applied in the order listed:
First Tie Breaker – Best Conference Record
Second Tie Breaker – Head-to-Head Results
Third Tie Breaker – Kansas Tie Breaker or Coin Toss. A coin toss is optional if both Head
Coaches agree.
25.4) The teams with the four (4) highest regular season total Won-Loss percentages in each conference shall participate in the
playoffs to determine the League Champions.
26.1) The teams shall be seeded 1 thru 8 based on their regular season Won-Loss percentage.
26.2) In the event that two (2) or more teams have the same Won-Loss percentage, the following criteria
shall be applied in the order listed below to break the tie:
First Tie Breaker – Head-to-Head Results
Second Tie Breaker – Best Conference Record
Third Tie Breaker – Coin Toss
 26.3) The Playoff format shall be as follows:
Round One:
Game #1 – Seed #1 plays Seed #8.
Game #2 – Seed #2 plays Seed #7.
Game #3 – Seed #3 plays Seed #6.
Game #4 – Seed #4 plays Seed #5.
Round Two:
Game #1 – Winners of Game #1 and Game #4.
Game #2 – Winners of Game #2 and Game #3.
Super Bowl:
Winners of the Round Two Playoff games play in the Super Bowl for the over all champion.
27.1 COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
(a) Voting:  Each Organization’s coordinator shall be entitled to one (1) vote during a League Coordinator’s Meeting.  The TBYFL Cheerleading Director shall not be entitled to a vote during the League Coordinator’s Meeting, except in the event of a tie.  The TBYFL Cheerleading Director shall cast one (1) vote to break a tie.
(b) Representation:  The TBYFL Alternate Cheerleader Director will only represent TBYFL in the absence of the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.  In the event the TBYFL Cheerleading Director is also an Organizations Coordinator, the Organization’s Assistant Cheerleader Coordinator shall vote during the League Coordinator’s Meeting.
(c) Meeting Attendance: An Organization’s Coordinator or their designee shall attend scheduled monthly meetings of Coordinators and any annual, mandatory attendance meeting as required by the TBYFL. Attendance shall be recorded in written form and the records maintained by the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.
i. When an Organization’s Coordinator/designee fails to attend one (1) monthly meeting within a calendar year, they shall be subject to a verbal warning by the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.
ii. When an Organization’s Coordinator/designee fails to attend two (2) monthly meetings within a calendar year, they shall be subject to a written warning by the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.
iii. In accordance with the provisions of Article V-Suspensions, Fines or Dismissals, if an Organization’s Coordinator fails to attend a total of three (3)          meetings in a calendar year, the Organization shall have its voting privileges suspended and the Organization shall be fined up to $250.00.
iv. Recorded attendance by an Organization will be counted towards the opportunity to choose performance order and field placement/fan seating at Cheer Off, as provided in Rule 27.12 herein.
27.2 UNIFORMS
Each organization shall be responsible for decisions on apparel in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Spirit Rules.
27.3 SQUAD SIZE
(a) A squad shall consist of a minimum of four (4) participants.
(b) The maximum number on any squad shall be limited to thirty-six (36) participants.
(c) An Organization must maintain a minimum of four (4) participants per squad. Any failure to do so shall result in a $250.00 fine imposed against the Organization at the next regularly-scheduled Executive Board meeting after the first regular season game. An Organization may request to be heard at the Executive Board meeting to dispute the imposition of the fine or provide information as to why a fine should not be assessed. The Executive Board’s decision by a vote shall be final.
27.4 CONDUCT
(a) General: Courtesy and sportsmanship shall be the primary focus and duty of the coaches, cheer staff and instructors at all times, including appearances at outside cheer competitions, community events and in instances where coaches and cheerleaders are representing their organization.
(b) Penalty: Failure to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct may result in fines, suspension or expulsion from the TBYFL.
(c) Further Rules: Any additional guidelines an Organization seeks to implement to further the goals of courtesy and sportsmanship may be instituted, as long as they do not conflict with TBYFL Rules (such as attendance requirements, conduct guidelines, etc.).
27.5 SIDELINE RULES/GAME DAY PROCEDURES
(a) Check-in: Cheer squads must timely report for check-in at the designated field entrance gate, lined up in alphabetical order and uniform-ready in their appearance.
i. For earliest team, squads should be available for check-in ten (10) minutes prior to a game’s kick-off.
ii. For all subsequent games, squads should report for check-in when four (4) minutes remain on the game clock for the previous game.
iii. Only cheerleaders registered on a level’s age-specific squad may cheer at that level’s games (e.g. Pee Wee level cheerleaders cheer at a Pee Wee level game).
(b) Safety During Game Play: Coaches shall make every effort to ensure all cheerleaders are safely out of the way when play is in the area. One coach should always be standing behind the cheerleaders facing the playing field when they are cheering to the stands.
(c) “Hello” Cheer: The Home team shall perform the “Hello” cheer first. The “Hello” cheer, without introductions of individual cheerleaders, is mandatory and must be friendly and welcoming. If no opposing squad is present, the team may choose to perform the “Hello” cheer to the opposing crowd, subject to the coach’s discretion.
(d) Appropriate Cheers: No squad shall perform a cheer/chant which specifically demeans, degrades, or threatens the opposing team. Only cheers/chants which promote fair competition and sportsmanlike team play will be allowed. Hand gestures (e.g., “L for loser”), physical movements (e.g., chest bucking), facing the opponent cheerleaders or pointing of fingers are strictly prohibited and will result in punishment in accordance with Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
(e) Changing Clothing: Cheerleaders are prohibited from changing clothing on the sidelines at any time, with the limited exceptions of adding/removing a cover shirt over their cheer uniform or adding rain gear over their cheer uniform.
(f) Restroom Breaks: Cheerleaders must be escorted at any time during a game to the restroom by a coach, junior coach, team parent or other adult designated by the Organization’s coaching staff. Entire squads shall not leave the field together for bathroom breaks.
(g) Timing: Squads shall not cheer when the opposing squad is cheering. However, chants may be performed by cheerleaders facing the playing field at any time, subject to their coach’s discretion. Coaches shall allow enough time between cheers to give the opposing squad cheering time (two (2) cheers/chants only). A signal (e.g., pivot away from the stands or sitting on the bench) is necessary to let the opposing squad know a cheer segment is complete.
(h) Press Box: No music shall be played from the press box while cheerleaders are performing on the sidelines. Play-by-play voiceover commentary from the press box shall be kept at a reasonable frequency to allow cheerleaders to be heard.
(i) Position: No squad shall cross their own 40-yard line to cheer at any time.
(j) Stunting: No building or stunts shall be allowed in the rain or slippery/wet ground conditions. Sideline stunting shall only be allowed under the following conditions:
i. Cheerleaders may build to prep level only; and
ii. Only when they may do so safely clear of game play; and
iii. During “make that point” or “block that point” occurrences; and
iv. Must dismount using “squish” or “pencil down” methods only.
(k) Weather: Cheerleaders are expected to cheer during rain events, with the exception of extreme weather conditions (e.g., torrential rain without lightning, high winds or dangerous heat levels). Determination of weather conditions ceasing game play shall be determined by a TBYFL Board Member or game official and will prevail. However, if a coach determines a dangerous heat level exists and intends to have their cheerleaders exit during game play, that coach must notify the opposing coach immediately before departure. Cheerleaders shall return to the sideline after an extreme weather condition if game play is active, once a coach has examined the sideline field conditions and determined the cheerleaders can safely cheer.
(l) Halftime: Halftime participation by cheerleaders is mandatory. In addition, the following applies:
i. During halftime, each squad shall be allowed four (4) minutes to conduct introductions (if desired) and perform. No music used for any sideline cheer or halftime performance shall contain any explicit or offensive language.
ii. The visiting team shall take the field immediately at the beginning of halftime.
iii. Any squad exceeding the four-minute limit shall be subject to the following:
A. 1st offense=Verbal Warning
B. 2nd offense=(Head Coach only) See Chart P-6 & M-D.
iv. Cheerleaders must sit quietly on the 50-yard line marker during the opposing squad’s halftime performance. Cheerleaders must be attentive and respectful during the performance and cheer for the opposing team upon completion. Any failure to abide by this directive will be subject to the provisions and penalties of Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
v. Following halftime, cheerleaders must return to their sideline bench or position by the middle of the 3rd quarter of the game to continue cheering. Any failure to abide by this directive will be subject to the provisions and penalties of Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
(m) Game End: Cheerleaders shall shake hands with the opposing squad before forming a line on the field for their football players/coaches to pass through. Each cheerleader shall do the “We are Proud of You” or similar chant for their football team as they exit the field. Any squad failing to comply will receive a verbal warning. Thereafter, a misconduct penalty shall apply in accordance with Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
27.6 PRACTICE/CAMPS/GYM INSTRUCTION
(a) All practice must be conducted within the guidelines set forth in Rule 14-Regular Season Practice.
(b) All changes to an Organization’s documented practice location (as listed on the TBFYL website) must be reported to the TBYFL Cheer Director and the TBYFL President, in advance, to ensure proper insurance processes can be completed.
(c) Private instruction is allowed, with any number of participants; however, if such instruction includes any practice of the squad’s competition routine, it is considered part of your allotted practice time under the provisions of Rule 14-Regular Season Practice.
(d) Instruction for enhancing individual skills (e.g., tumbling class), for individuals or multiple teammates, under private instruction is allowed outside of regular scheduled practices.
27.7 SAFETY RULES AND GUIDELINES
(a) Each organization will follow the current year publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) safety and legality rules and guidelines shall be followed at all times.
(b) This guide is updated annually by NFHS and released in the June/July time frame.
(c) The TBYFL shall purchase two (2) copies of the NFHS rule book annually for each organization and provide them to each organization’s cheer coordinator.
27.8 PARTNER STUNTS AND PYRAMIDS
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the NFHS Spirit Rules for all stunts and pyramids. These rules shall be followed at all times with the exception of Mighty Mites/Flag cheerleaders, who are prohibited from performing basket or any similar tosses.
27.9 TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the NFHS Spirit Rules for all tumbling and gymnastics. These rules shall be followed at all times.
27.10 CHEER OFF FORMAT
(a) All eligible squads must participate annually in TBYFL Cheer Off. An “eligible squad” is defined as consisting of at least two (2) participants. A squad consisting of only one (1) cheerleader may perform optionally. Exceptions will be reviewed by the TBYFL Executive Board on an individual basis.
(b) The penalty for non-participation in Cheer Off shall be a $100.00 fine per squad. All fines must be paid in full to the TBYFL by the last regularly-scheduled Cheer Coordinator meeting prior to Cheer Off. Any non-participation fines not paid by this date shall result in an automatic five (5) point deduction per judge for all participating squads from that Organization. These deductions shall be entered on that Organization’s scoresheet prior to their performance at Cheer Off.
(c) Each squad will perform a routine that must include all of the following:
i. A minimum of 1 group jump in unison (same jump performed by the entire squad)
ii. A dance (may include building) which does not contain sexually explicit/suggestive moves
iii. A minimum of 1 cheer or chant without music
iv. A minimum of 1 stunt (exception would be a squad of one) and a pyramid.
(d) Deductions shall be made to any squad’s scoresheet for a Cheer Off routine that fails to abide by the requirements listed in subsection (c).
27.11 CHEER OFF MUSIC
No music used for any Cheer Off routine shall contain any explicit or offensive language. A five (5) point deduction per judge will be assessed for any violation of this rule and will be immediately reflected on the scoresheets for each judge.
27.12 CHEER OFF FIELD AND PRESS BOX SET-UP
(a) Pre-assigned spectator viewing areas shall be available for each organization, depending on size. Spectator viewing areas shall be assigned each year and shall be determined by a random drawing at the League Cheer Coordinators meeting as provided in Rule 27.1(c).
(b) The music and/or sound system shall be on the field. Each organization shall pay the required fees for the sound technician at the Coordinator’s meeting prior to Cheer-off.
(c) The League may provide a video person who shall set up at the middle of the Cheer Off box, behind the judges, and shall remain stationary throughout the event.
(d) The following persons are allowed in the Press Box during Cheer Off:
i. One (1) announcer,
ii. One (1) clock operator,
iii. One (1) League runner, and
iv. A maximum of two (2) accountants.
27.13 CHEER OFF COMPETITION ORDER
(a) The competition order of all age divisions, Organization performance order, Organization seating locations on the field and bleacher locations for fan seating will be determined by a drawing to be completed by the Cheer Coordinator’s meeting held in the month immediately prior to the scheduled TBYFL Cheer Off.
(b) An Organization’s pick order for the drawing shall be determined by their recorded attendance at regularly-scheduled Cheer Coordinator’s meetings during that calendar year (e.g., all Organizations with perfect attendance shall choose first in a drawing comprised of only those teams, Organizations with the next best attendance record choose second, and so on).
27.14 CHEER OFF JUDGES
Judges selected shall be agreed upon by vote of the Coordinators. Approval/Rejections shall be by simple majority vote of members present.
A minimum of seven (7) judges are required to accommodate the dual judging panels.
27.15 CHEER OFF ACCOUNTANTS
Accountants will be assigned by the TBYFL Treasurer, who is responsible for the tallying of the score sheets. A minimum of two (2) accountants should tally score-sheets.
(a) All score sheets shall be collected from the judges immediately following the completion of each squad’s routine.
(b) One proofer, assigned by TBYFL, will be required to review the score sheets before they are given to the accountants for tallying to assure all categories receive a score.
(c) In the event a blank in a score category is discovered, the scoresheet shall be immediately returned to that category’s judge for appropriate scoring.
27.16 CHEER OFF SCORING RUBRIC
The scoring rubric shall be determined on an annual basis by a vote of each organization’s Coordinators at a regularly-scheduled meeting before that year’s scheduled Cheer Off competition. In the event of a tie, the following categories shall be used as tie-breakers in the sequence listed below:
(a) CHEER POINTS
(b) JUMP POINTS
27.17 CHEER OFF COMPETITION AREA
(a) The Cheer Off box shall be 54′ wide and 42′ deep. All routines shall be performed inside the marked Cheer Off box, including any props or objects whatsoever (e.g. poms, signs, shoes, bows, hairpieces). There will be a five-point (5) deduction from the total score of any squad who steps out of the marked Cheer Off competition area or has a prop or object leave the marked area.
(b) Once the Cheer Off competition begins, only on deck squads may warm up quietly and only in the designated warm up areas. Any squad that practices out of their designated time or outside the designated area will have ten (10) points deducted from their total score.
27.18 CHEER OFF PENALTIES
(a) There shall be a three (3) minute time limit for each routine. There shall be a five-point (5) deduction from the total score for exceeding the time limit.
(b) Time begins when the squad captain starts the routine or when the music begins, including building stunts, whichever comes first.
(c) The routine shall be permitted to start over only when a technical difficulty is caused by error on the part of the League sound technician, not due to an organization’s coach or music designee’s error or equipment failure. Allowance of a start over is permitted only when a majority of the TBYFL Executive Board members present vote and agree.
(d) All squads shall remain quiet and respectful during all performances. The Cheer Coordinator is responsible for maintaining their organization’s compliance with this rule. A TBYFL official shall give an organization only one (1) warning to remain quiet. Any subsequent notice to remain quiet shall result in the organization receiving a ten (10) point per squad deduction from their total scores.
(e) There shall be no obvious, intentional coaching of any squad (exception is Flag/Mighty Mites) by anyone from anywhere during the time a squad is in the official competition area. This specifically includes coaches seated on the provided bench, coaches at the music table, or anywhere within eyesight range of the competing squad. Any obvious, intentional coaching of a squad shall result in a ten (10) point deduction from each judges score sheet for that squad.
(f) NFSHSA safety guidelines shall be enforced during Cheer Off. An official safety judge shall be provided by the League to watch for illegal maneuvers and general safety violations. If at any time during a routine a squad performs an illegal maneuver or general safety violation, the safety judge shall provide written documentation of the violation, and the squad shall be penalized five (5) points.
27.19 CHEER OFF DISQUALIFICATIONS
(a) No one except for a TBYFL Executive Board member shall approach any judge at any time.
(b) All teams shall remain present at the awards ceremony for that squad level. Teams failing to participate or attempting to leave prior to the completion of an awards ceremony will be suspended from participation in any League activity for the following season.
(c) Any squad using profanity and/or displaying poor sportsmanship at Cheer Off at any time, including during the awards ceremony, shall be disqualified and any awards received for any squad shall be forfeited immediately. All offending members of the squad shall be suspended from participation in any League activity for the following season.
27.20 CHEER OFF AWARDS
(a) The top six (6) teams for all age divisions will place.
(b) All teams will compete on a head-to-head basis.

27.1 COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
(a) Voting: Each Organization’s Coordinator shall be entitled to one (1) vote during a League Coordinator’s Meeting. The TBYFL Cheerleading Director shall not be entitled to a vote during the League Coordinator’s Meeting, except in the event of a tie. The TBYFL Cheerleading Director shall cast one (1) vote to break a tie.
(b) Representation: The TBYFL Alternate Cheerleader Director will only represent TBYFL in the absence of the TBYFL cheerleading Director. In the event the TBYFL Cheerleading Director is also an Organization’s Coordinator, the Organization’s Assistant Cheerleader Coordinator shall vote during the League Coordinator’s Meeting.
(c) Meeting Attendance: An Organization’s Coordinator or their designee shall attend scheduled monthly meetings of Coordinators and any annual, mandatory attendance meeting as required by the TBYFL. Attendance shall be recorded in written form and the records maintained by the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.
i. When an Organization’s Coordinator/designee fails to attend one (1) monthly meeting within a calendar year, they shall be subject to a verbal warning by the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.
ii. When an Organization’s Coordinator/designee fails to attend two (2) monthly meetings within a calendar year, they shall be subject to a written warning by the TBYFL Cheerleading Director.
iii. In accordance with the provisions of Article V-Suspensions, Fines or Dismissals, if an Organization’s Coordinator fails to attend a total of three (3) meetings in a calendar year, the Organization shall have its voting privileges suspended and the Organization shall be fined up to $250.00.
iv. Recorded attendance by an Organization will be counted towards the opportunity to choose performance order and field placement/fan seating at Cheer Off, as provided in Rule 27.12 herein.
27.2 UNIFORMS
Each organization shall be responsible for decisions on apparel in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) Spirit Rules.
27.3 SQUAD SIZE
(a) A squad shall consist of a minimum of four (4) participants.
(b) The maximum number on any squad shall be limited to thirty-six (36) participants.
(c) An Organization must maintain a minimum of four (4) participants per squad. Any failure to do so shall result in a $250.00 fine imposed against the Organization at the next regularly-scheduled Executive Board meeting after the first regular season game. An Organization may request to be heard at the Executive Board meeting to dispute the imposition of the fine or provide information as to why a fine should not be assessed. The Executive Board’s decision by a vote shall be final.
27.4 CONDUCT
(a) General: Courtesy and sportsmanship shall be the primary focus and duty of the coaches, cheer staff and instructors at all times, including appearances at outside cheer competitions, community events and in instances where coaches and cheerleaders are representing their organization.
(b) Penalty: Failure to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct may result in fines, suspension or expulsion from the TBYFL.
(c) Further Rules: Any additional guidelines an Organization seeks to implement to further the goals of courtesy and sportsmanship may be instituted, as long as they do not conflict with TBYFL Rules (such as attendance requirements, conduct guidelines, etc.).
27.5 SIDELINE RULES/GAME DAY PROCEDURES
(a) Check-in: Cheer squads must timely report for check-in at the designated field entrance gate, lined up in alphabetical order and uniform-ready in their appearance.
i. For earliest team, squads should be available for check-in ten (10) minutes prior to a game’s kick-off.
ii. For all subsequent games, squads should report for check-in when four (4) minutes remain on the game clock for the previous game.
iii. Only cheerleaders registered on a level’s age-specific squad may cheer at that level’s games (e.g. Pee Wee level cheerleaders cheer at a Pee Wee level game).
(b) Safety During Game Play: Coaches shall make every effort to ensure all cheerleaders are safely out of the way when play is in the area. One coach should always be standing behind the cheerleaders facing the playing field when they are cheering to the stands.
(c) “Hello” Cheer: The Home team shall perform the “Hello” cheer first. The “Hello” cheer, without introductions of individual cheerleaders, is mandatory and must be friendly and welcoming. If no opposing squad is present, the team may choose to perform the “Hello” cheer to the opposing crowd, subject to the coach’s discretion.
(d) Appropriate Cheers: No squad shall perform a cheer/chant which specifically demeans, degrades, or threatens the opposing team. Only cheers/chants which promote fair competition and sportsmanlike team play will be allowed. Hand gestures (e.g., “L for loser”), physical movements (e.g., chest bucking), facing the opponent cheerleaders or pointing of fingers are strictly prohibited and will result in punishment in accordance with Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
(e) Changing Clothing: Cheerleaders are prohibited from changing clothing on the sidelines at any time, with the limited exceptions of adding/removing a cover shirt over their cheer uniform or adding rain gear over their cheer uniform.
(f) Restroom Breaks: Cheerleaders must be escorted at any time during a game to the restroom by a coach, junior coach, team parent or other adult designated by the Organization’s coaching staff. Entire squads shall not leave the field together for bathroom breaks.
(g) Timing: Squads shall not cheer when the opposing squad is cheering. However, chants may be performed by cheerleaders facing the playing field at any time, subject to their coach’s discretion. Coaches shall allow enough time between cheers to give the opposing squad cheering time (two (2) cheers/chants only). A signal (e.g., pivot away from the stands or sitting on the bench) is necessary to let the opposing squad know a cheer segment is complete.
(h) Press Box: No music shall be played from the press box while cheerleaders are performing on the sidelines. Play-by-play voiceover commentary from the press box shall be kept at a reasonable frequency to allow cheerleaders to be heard.
(i) Position: No squad shall cross their own 40-yard line to cheer at any time.
(j) Stunting: No building or stunts shall be allowed in the rain or slippery/wet ground conditions. Sideline stunting shall only be allowed under the following conditions:
i. Cheerleaders may build to prep level only; and
ii. Only when they may do so safely clear of game play; and
iii. During “make that point” or “block that point” occurrences; and
iv. Must dismount using “squish” or “pencil down” methods only.
(k) Weather: Cheerleaders are expected to cheer during rain events, with the exception of extreme weather conditions (e.g., torrential rain without lightning, high winds or dangerous heat levels). Determination of weather conditions ceasing game play shall be determined by a TBYFL Board Member or game official and will prevail. However, if a coach determines a dangerous heat level exists and intends to have their cheerleaders exit during game play, that coach must notify the opposing coach immediately before departure. Cheerleaders shall return to the sideline after an extreme weather condition if game play is active, once a coach has examined the sideline field conditions and determined the cheerleaders can safely cheer.
(l) Halftime: Halftime participation by cheerleaders is mandatory. In addition, the following applies:
i. During halftime, each squad shall be allowed four (4) minutes to conduct introductions (if desired) and perform. No music used for any sideline cheer or halftime performance shall contain any explicit or offensive language.
ii. The visiting team shall take the field immediately at the beginning of halftime.
iii. Any squad exceeding the four-minute limit shall be subject to the following:
A. 1st offense=Verbal Warning
B. 2nd offense=(Head Coach only) See Chart P-6 & M-D.
iv. Cheerleaders must sit quietly on the 50-yard line marker during the opposing squad’s halftime performance. Cheerleaders must be attentive and respectful during the performance and cheer for the opposing team upon completion. Any failure to abide by this directive will be subject to the provisions and penalties of Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
v. Following halftime, cheerleaders must return to their sideline bench or position by the middle of the 3rd quarter of the game to continue cheering. Any failure to abide by this directive will be subject to the provisions and penalties of Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
(m) Game End: Cheerleaders shall shake hands with the opposing squad before forming a line on the field for their football players/coaches to pass through. Each cheerleader shall do the “We are Proud of You” or similar chant for their football team as they exit the field. Any squad failing to comply will receive a verbal warning. Thereafter, a misconduct penalty shall apply in accordance with Rule 19-Misconduct and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
27.6 PRACTICE/CAMPS/GYM INSTRUCTION
(a) All practice must be conducted within the guidelines set forth in Rule 14-Regular Season Practice.
(b) All changes to an Organization’s documented practice location (as listed on the TBFYL website) must be reported to the TBYFL Cheer Director and the TBYFL President, in advance, to ensure proper insurance processes can be completed.
(c) Private instruction is allowed, with any number of participants; however, if such instruction includes any practice of the squad’s competition routine, it is considered part of your allotted practice time under the provisions of Rule 14-Regular Season Practice.
(d) Instruction for enhancing individual skills (e.g., tumbling class), for individuals or multiple teammates, under private instruction is allowed outside of regular scheduled practices.
27.7 SAFETY RULES AND GUIDELINES
(a) Each organization will follow the current year publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) safety and legality rules and guidelines shall be followed at all times.
(b) This guide is updated annually by NFHS and released in the June/July time frame.
(c) The TBYFL shall purchase two (2) copies of the NFHS rule book annually for each organization and provide them to each organization’s cheer coordinator.
27.8 PARTNER STUNTS AND PYRAMIDS
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the NFHS Spirit Rules for all stunts and pyramids. These rules shall be followed at all times with the exception of Mighty Mites/Flag cheerleaders, who are prohibited from performing basket or any similar tosses.
27.9 TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS
Each organization will follow the current year publication of the NFHS Spirit Rules for all tumbling and gymnastics. These rules shall be followed at all times.
27.10 CHEER OFF FORMAT
(a) All eligible squads must participate annually in TBYFL Cheer Off. An “eligible squad” is defined as consisting of at least two (2) participants. A squad consisting of only one (1) cheerleader may perform optionally. Exceptions will be reviewed by the TBYFL Executive Board on an individual basis.
(b) The penalty for non-participation in Cheer Off shall be a $100.00 fine per squad. All fines must be paid in full to the TBYFL by the last regularly-scheduled Cheer Coordinator meeting prior to Cheer Off. Any non-participation fines not paid by this date shall result in an automatic five (5) point deduction per judge for all participating squads from that Organization. These deductions shall be entered on that Organization’s scoresheet prior to their performance at Cheer Off.
(c) Each squad will perform a routine that must include all of the following:
i. A minimum of 1 group jump in unison (same jump performed by the entire squad)
ii. A dance (may include building) which does not contain sexually explicit/suggestive moves
iii. A minimum of 1 cheer or chant without music
iv. A minimum of 1 stunt (exception would be a squad of one) and a pyramid.
(d) Deductions shall be made to any squad’s scoresheet for a Cheer Off routine that fails to abide by the requirements listed in subsection (c).
27.11 CHEER OFF MUSIC
No music used for any Cheer Off routine shall contain any explicit or offensive language. A five (5) point deduction per judge will be assessed for any violation of this rule and will be immediately reflected on the scoresheets for each judge.
27.12 CHEER OFF FIELD AND PRESS BOX SET-UP
(a) Pre-assigned spectator viewing areas shall be available for each organization, depending on size. Spectator viewing areas shall be assigned each year and shall be determined by a random drawing at the League Cheer Coordinators meeting as provided in Rule 27.1(c).
(b) The music and/or sound system shall be on the field. Each organization shall pay the required fees for the sound technician at the Coordinator’s meeting prior to Cheer-off.
(c) The League may provide a video person who shall set up at the middle of the Cheer Off box, behind the judges, and shall remain stationary throughout the event.
(d) The following persons are allowed in the Press Box during Cheer Off:
i. One (1) announcer,
ii. One (1) clock operator,
iii. One (1) League runner, and
iv. A maximum of two (2) accountants.
27.13 CHEER OFF COMPETITION ORDER
(a) The competition order of all age divisions, Organization performance order, Organization seating locations on the field and bleacher locations for fan seating will be determined by a drawing to be completed by the Cheer Coordinator’s meeting held in the month immediately prior to the scheduled TBYFL Cheer Off.
(b) An Organization’s pick order for the drawing shall be determined by their recorded attendance at regularly-scheduled Cheer Coordinator’s meetings during that calendar year (e.g., all Organizations with perfect attendance shall choose first in a drawing comprised of only those teams, Organizations with the next best attendance record choose second, and so on).
27.14 CHEER OFF JUDGES
Judges selected shall be agreed upon by vote of the Coordinators. Approval/Rejections shall be by simple majority vote of members present.
A minimum of seven (7) judges are required to accommodate the dual judging panels.
27.15 CHEER OFF ACCOUNTANTS
Accountants will be assigned by the TBYFL Treasurer, who is responsible for the tallying of the score sheets. A minimum of two (2) accountants should tally score-sheets.
(a) All score sheets shall be collected from the judges immediately following the completion of each squad’s routine.
(b) One proofer, assigned by TBYFL, will be required to review the score sheets before they are given to the accountants for tallying to assure all categories receive a score.
(c) In the event a blank in a score category is discovered, the scoresheet shall be immediately returned to that category’s judge for appropriate scoring.
27.16 CHEER OFF SCORING RUBRIC
The scoring rubric shall be determined on an annual basis by a vote of each organization’s Coordinators at a regularly-scheduled meeting before that year’s scheduled Cheer Off competition. In the event of a tie, the following categories shall be used as tie-breakers in the sequence listed below:
(a) CHEER POINTS
(b) JUMP POINTS
27.17 CHEER OFF COMPETITION AREA
(a) The Cheer Off box shall be 54′ wide and 42′ deep. All routines shall be performed inside the marked Cheer Off box, including any props or objects whatsoever (e.g. poms, signs, shoes, bows, hairpieces). There will be a five-point (5) deduction from the total score of any squad who steps out of the marked Cheer Off competition area or has a prop or object leave the marked area.
(b) Once the Cheer Off competition begins, only on deck squads may warm up quietly and only in the designated warm up areas. Any squad that practices out of their designated time or outside the designated area will have ten (10) points deducted from their total score.
27.18 CHEER OFF PENALTIES
(a) There shall be a three (3) minute time limit for each routine. There shall be a five-point (5) deduction from the total score for exceeding the time limit.
(b) Time begins when the squad captain starts the routine or when the music begins, including building stunts, whichever comes first.
(c) The routine shall be permitted to start over only when a technical difficulty is caused by error on the part of the League sound technician, not due to an organization’s coach or music designee’s error or equipment failure. Allowance of a start over is permitted only when a majority of the TBYFL Executive Board members present vote and agree.
(d) All squads shall remain quiet and respectful during all performances. The Cheer Coordinator is responsible for maintaining their organization’s compliance with this rule. A TBYFL official shall give an organization only one (1) warning to remain quiet. Any subsequent notice to remain quiet shall result in the organization receiving a ten (10) point per squad deduction from their total scores.
(e) There shall be no obvious, intentional coaching of any squad (exception is Flag/Mighty Mites) by anyone from anywhere during the time a squad is in the official competition area. This specifically includes coaches seated on the provided bench, coaches at the music table, or anywhere within eyesight range of the competing squad. Any obvious, intentional coaching of a squad shall result in a ten (10) point deduction from each judges score sheet for that squad.
(f) NFSHSA safety guidelines shall be enforced during Cheer Off. An official safety judge shall be provided by the League to watch for illegal maneuvers and general safety violations. If at any time during a routine a squad performs an illegal maneuver or general safety violation, the safety judge shall provide written documentation of the violation, and the squad shall be penalized five (5) points.
27.19 CHEER OFF DISQUALIFICATIONS
(a) No one except for a TBYFL Executive Board member shall approach any judge at any time.
(b) All teams shall remain present at the awards ceremony for that squad level. Teams failing to participate or attempting to leave prior to the completion of an awards ceremony will be suspended from participation in any League activity for the following season.
(c) Any squad using profanity and/or displaying poor sportsmanship at Cheer Off at any time, including during the awards ceremony, shall be disqualified and any awards received for any squad shall be forfeited immediately. All offending members of the squad shall be suspended from participation in any League activity for the following season.
27.20 CHEER OFF AWARDS
(a) The top six (6) teams for all age divisions will place.
(b) All teams will compete on a head-to-head basis.

Section I
The name of this chartered non-profit organization shall be ‘The Tampa Bay Youth Football League, inc.”
and hereafter, in these Bylaws, shall be referred to as “League”.
Section II
The objectives of the League shall be to give interested boys and girls a fully organized and controlled
football and cheerleading program in order to teach the fundamentals of citizenship, and to aid them in
the development of character and good health, in an atmosphere entirely free from adult ambition and
personal glory. A boy or girl shall be considered a member of the league and/or organization when a
parent or guardian signs any league or organizational registration form and it is witnessed by a member
of the organization which is registering the child.
Section III
The meetings of the League shall be held at a time and place determined by the League Board of
Directors and shall be conducted according to the parliamentary procedures as directed in
Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section I
The League Board of Directors shall be comprised of the following:
A. President
B. Conference Vice Presidents
C. Treasurer
D. Secretary
E. Athletic Directors
F. At-Large Directors
G. Cheerleader Director
A quorum shall be a simple majority of the total members of the League Board of Directors.
Section II
The Officers of the League and the Executive Committee of the League Board of Directors shall be
comprised of the following:
A. President
B. Conference Vice Presidents
C. Treasurer
D. Secretary
E. Cheerleader Director
Section III
The organizational units of the League, at a minimum, must be comprised of the following:
A. Athletic Director
B. Assistant Athletic Director
C. Cheerleader Coordinator
D. Board of Directors
E. Four (5) football teams (one Flag, one Peewee, one Super Midget, one Midget, and one Varsity).
F. Four (5) cheerleader squads (one Flag, Peewee, one Super Midget, one Midget, and one Varsity).
G. If an organization is unable to field a particular team/squad, the League Board of Directors, with a
simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present, may waive this requirement
without penalty.
Section I
Voting Privileges
The League Board of Directors shall be the governing body of the League, having complete control of
management and facilities operated by the League.
1) Each organizational unit shall be entitled to one (1) seat on the League Board of Directors. This shall
entitle it to one (1) vote through its Athletic Director. It shall have an assistant Athletic Director of record
who shall be entitled to one (1) vote should the Athletic Director not be present.
2) At-Large Directors are persons serving on the League Board of Directors, elected by the League Board
of Directors to assist in the operations of the League. These members may serve in any capacity, other
than as Athletic Director. They shall be entitled to one (I) vote.
3) The Cheerleader Director shall be entitled to one (1) vote. There shall be an assistant Cheerleader
Director of record who shall be entitled to one (1) vote should the Cheerleader Director not be present.
4) A member of the League Board of Directors may cast a vote in absentia by submitting a written,
signed, document in advance to any member of the League Board of Directors stating the issue or issues
being voted upon and indicating for or against on each issue. The member accepting the document shall
present it to the officer presiding over the meeting where the votes will be cast. The presiding officer shall
then include the votes indicated in the document. This document shall be retained by the League
Secretary for one (1) year and is open to inspection by any member of the League Board of Directors.
5) Vice presidents who also hold the position of athletic director of an organization shall be entitled to a
vote as the Vice president only. The assistant athletic director of the organization in which the Vice
president is the athletic director shall be able to cast one (1) vote.
Section II
Officers’ Duties and Responsibilities
1) The League President shall preside at all meetings, appoint committee chairpersons, call special
meetings, establish an annual operating budget, appoint persons to fill positions on the League Board of
Directors, subject to acceptance by a simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members
present, and generally govern the affairs of the League. The League President shall be responsible for
notifying the League Executive Committee members of any special meetings.
2) The League Conference Vice-Presidents shall, in general, assist the League President in all
capacities in handling of League affairs. The League Vice Presidents shall be responsible for notifying the
Athletic Directors in their Conferences of any special meetings. Should the League President leave office
or be unavailable for decision-making, the League Vice Presidents shall assume the duties and
responsibilities of the League President in descending order of their seniority.
3) The League Treasurer shall keep accurate records of all expenses, expenditures and receipts,
reporting the financial standing of the League at each regular meeting. He/she shall be authorized to pay
all normal operating expenditures on due dates so as not to damage the League’s credit rating. He/she
shall submit invoices arid Authorization slips to the League Board of Directors for its review. Any
expenditures not considered as normal operating expenses must have prior League Board of Directors’
approval. The League Treasurer shall present the books to the Audit Committee, appointed by the
League President, on an annual basis. The League Treasurer shall also present all accounts arid records
for an annual Audit to any person or persons the League may employ. In the absence of the League
President and League Vice Presidents, the League Treasurer shall assume the duties of the League
President.
4) The League Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all League Board of Directors
meetings. He/She shall keep records of all League business and all League records, other than financial,
and see that the League President is informed of all correspondence related to the -operation of-the
League. Original copies of all League records shall be on file in the League office at the Skyway
Complex. The League Secretary shall be responsible for notifying the At-Large Directors and the
Cheerleader Director of any special meetings.
5) The League Cheerleader Director shall be the liaison between the League Cheerleader Coordinators
and the League Board of Directors. He/she shall hold and preside over regular meetings of the League
Cheerleader Coordinators, and report to the League Board of Directors all information pertaining to
cheerleading.
Section III
Organizational Unit Duties and Responsibilities
1) The primary task of an organizational unit is to assist its Athletic Director in providing the required
number of players and cheerleaders for teams and to see that these boys and girls are equipped with the
proper equipment and supervision. This may be done through the forming of a Board of Directors. The
Board of Directors shall be self-governing internally, but must support and abide by all League rules and
directives. The Athletic Director shall be held directly responsible for organizational actions.
The organizational unit shall secure a charter and be self-recognized by the State of Florida. It shall submit, to
the League, a copy of its charter and Bylaws by the June meeting of each year. All organizations must
submit to the League each year a complete list of all officers with addresses and phone numbers by the
June meeting of each year.
The organization shall have no vote in League affairs except through its Athletic Director.
The organization is responsible for furnishing the necessary people, when requested by
the League, to perform its duties to work on League Facilities, supply people for running the Concession
Stand, and other duties deemed necessary by the League Board of Directors.
Athletic directors, cheerleader coordinators and/or their assistants or designates must be present
at all their organization’s games.
2) Failure to comply with the League rules shall be subject to disciplinary action as deemed necessary by
the League Board of Directors.
3) The Athletic Director may serve as both Athletic Director and Head Coach of a squad.
Section IV
New Organizations
A new organization requesting entry into the League must contact the League President and present its
intentions, The League President shall convene the League Executive Committee to meet with the new
organization’s representatives.
The League Executive Committee shall review and verify that the requirements as set forth in this paragraph have been
satisfied prior to presenting the new organization to the League Board of Directors.
The new organization’s application shall be presented to the League Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting.
The acceptance of the new organization shall be scheduled for the next regularly scheduled meeting.
The new organization shall be accepted into the League by a 2/3 vote of the League Board of Directors
members present. The requirements are:
1. The new organization must have finances available for equipment, uniforms, etc.
2. The new organization must be incorporated by the State of-Florida.
3. The new organization must be a non-profit entity.
4. The new organization must have a Board of Directors.
5. The new organization must have Bylaws.
6. The new organization must be in an area that will support the organization for registrations. The
new organization cannot start up in an area that has existing League organizations, if, in the
opinion of the League, it will adversely affect the existing League organizations.
7. The new organization cannot recruit players, cheerleaders, coaches, instructors, or any member
of any League organization. Once the League President has been contacted for possible entry
into the League, the new organization shall be subject to all recruiting rules set forth in the
League Rules.
8. A release for any player, cheerleader, coach, instructor, or member from his/her current
organization which is denied cannot be appealed.
9. A new organization shall have the right to select its own Athletic Director, subject to acceptance
by a simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present.
10. New organizations which have been accepted into the League shall be on probation-for one (1)
year. At the completion of the first year of participation, the new organization shall be reviewed by
an appointed committee to determine if the new organization has complied with the League Rules
and Bylaws and is eligible to remain a participant in the League.
Section I
Eligibility
A person who desires a position on the League Board of Directors may request such by submitting a
written request to the League Executive Committee, on or before October 15 of each year, stating his/her
qualifications, and the position desired. These requests shall be reviewed by the Nominating Committee.
Any person selected by the Nominating Committee may be asked to appear before the Nominating
Committee for an interview. If accepted by a simple majority vote of Nominating Committee members,
his/her name shall then be placed in nomination for election to the position-requested. To be elected, a
nominee must receive a simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present.
Section II
Terms of Office
1) Athletic Directors shall serve an indefinite period, as long as they are active In League operation and
hold forth their responsibilities to the League and their organization.
2) At-Large Directors shall serve a one (1) year term only, starting January I and ending December 31. If
they are desirous of serving additional terms on the League Board of Directors, they may request such by
submitting a written request to the League Executive Committee, on or before October 15 of each year.
3) Executive Committee officers shall serve two (2) year terms, starting January 1 and ending December
31.
All Executive board members who have been appointed by the president shall have a term that expires in
the slot in which they were appointed. If the VP moves up or down a slot, they shall still be required to run
in their original year.
Section III
Elections
1) The successful candidates shall be determined in an election by the League Board of Directors, with a
simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present. In the event a candidate runs for
an office unopposed, that candidate shall be appointed to the office by the League President after a
simple majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present-accept the candidate.
2) Nominations shall be announced no later than November 15.
3) Elections shall be held no later than December 15.
Eligibility for elected board positions
1) Any interested party wishing to run for an executive board position must hold a board position and be in good standing for at least 1 full season.
2) Any interested party wishing to run for the position of President  must hold and executive board position and be in good standing for at least 1 season.
Section I
Suspensions, fines, or dismissals may be imposed against any member of the League, including
organizations, League Board of Directors members, coaches, parents, or any other affiliate of the
League, arising out of violations of League Rules as set forth in the League Rules adopted by the League
Board of Directors. The League Rules shall not be applied retroactively.
Section II
Other
1) Any League Board of Directors member can request action against another as stated in Article V,
Section I, above. Grounds for dismissal shall be misconduct or failure to comply with Rules/Bylaws and/or
absenteeism.
2) If an organization of record misses a total of three (3) meetings in a calendar year, the organization
shall have its voting privileges suspended and the organization will be fined up to $250.00. Any Executive
Committee member or other At-Large Directors of the League Board of Directors who misses two (2)
consecutive regular meetings or special meetings, or a total of four (4) per year, and is unexcused, shall
be dismissed from the League Board of Directors and a replacement will be nominated by the League
President which is then subject to a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors present.
3) Should an Athletic Director fail to exercise his/her responsibilities to the League, he/she shall be
subject to disciplinary action by the League Board of Directors and a replacement secured, if necessary.
4) To replace an outgoing Athletic Director, the candidate shall be the Assistant Athletic Director of record
who shall assume the office after receiving a vote of confidence from his/her organization as per the
organization’s Bylaws, to be witnessed by a duly Authorized and designated League Board of Directors
member.
If the Assistant Athletic Director of record refuses the office, the outgoing Athletic Director can
select a candidate to replace him/her.
If, however, the outgoing Athletic Director was dismissed by the League Board of Directors or failed to receive a
vote of confidence from his/her organization as per the organization’s Bylaws, he/she shall not have the privilege of
endorsing a candidate, and the recommendation shall come from the organization.
If the organization cannot provide a candidate, the League Board of Directors shall secure and elect a candidate of its choice.
Incoming Athletic Directors and Assistant Athletic Directors of record shall be subject to acceptance by a simple majority vote of the
League Board of Directors members present.
Ability to remove at large or executive board member.
5) The President, or any executive board member filing thru the president, may request a vote to remove and member at large of executive board
member for not fulfilling their assinged duties. This removal requires a full executive vote of 2/3’s and if met results in immediate remaval of such member.
Section I
The Bylaws of the League shall be amended only by the League-Board of Directors and changes to the
amendments requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the League Board of Directors members present.
Section II
No proposed amendment shall be voted upon at the meeting at which it is proposed.
Section III
Method and sequence for changing or adding new amendments are:
1) Proposed changes shall be presented at the first meeting.
2) Amendments shall be read, discussed, and voted on at the second meeting.
3) All amendment changes require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the League Board of Directors
members present.
4) All amendments enacted under this provision shall be applied prospectively, and such changes shall
have no retroactive application.
Section I
Standing Committees
The following six (6) standing committees, which shall be comprised of no more than eight (8) members,
shall be deemed necessary to the operation of the League. The Committee Chairperson shall be
appointed by the League President at the first meeting of the new calendar year and shall serve for the
entire calendar year.
The Committee Chairperson will then select the committee members which must be
approved by the League President. Only League Board of Directors members shall be permitted to serve
on any committee. All committee meetings shall be closed to everyone not on that committee, with the
exception of the League President.
Activities and Scheduling Concession Stand
Audit Nominating
Buildings and Maintenance Rules and Bylaws
Section II
Grievance Committees
Grievance Committees shall be formed on an “as needed” basis to handle actions brought against
League members as stipulated in Article V, Section I. These Committees shall be comprised of not more
that seven (7) members, and shall not include the accuser or the accused.
The League President shall appoint the chairperson of these Committees.
Only League Board of Directors members shall be permitted to serve on these committees.
All grievance committee meetings shall be closed to everyone not on that committee, with the exception of the League President.
1) Any violation of the rules must be presented in writing (grievance) to the TBYFL President or
President’s designee within 72 (seventy two) hours of obtaining knowledge of the violation and must
include a $100 (one hundred) deposit. Members of the TBYFL Executive Board are not required to
include the $100 (one hundred) deposit if the majority of the Executive Board is in agreement with the
filing.
2) Once a grievance has been presented and the $100 (one hundred) deposit received, no grievance
may be withdrawn without 2/3rd (two thirds) of TBYFL Executive Board approval.
3) The President or President’s designee will appoint a Grievance Committee and chairman within 24
(twenty four) hours. The Grievance Committee must contain no less than 3 (three) members and no
more than 7 (seven) members.
4) Both parties (accused and complainant) will be given 3 (three) days notice of the grievance hearing. If
both parties and the Grievance Chairman agree, the grievance hearing can be held before the 3rd (third)
day.
5) At the grievance hearing, the only witnesses allowed are those who have first hand knowledge of the
grievance matter. Only one witness is allowed in the hearing at a time. The only exception to this rule is
any witness who is under the age of 18 (eighteen) must have a parent or legal guardian present during
the hearing.
6) The (accused) party and athletic director of the accused organization shall be notified within 3 (three)
days of the Grievance Committees decision. If the accused party is found to be guilty of any rules
violation, the guilty party’s penalty shall be enforced immediately.
If the guilty party wishes to appeal the decision they have 24 (twenty four) hours to notify the President or
President’s designee in writing and it must include a $100 (one hundred dollars) deposit. The President
will call an Executive Board meeting within 72 (seventy two) hours to hear the appeal.
A minimum of 50% of the Executive Board members must be present for the appeals meeting.
To overturn and/or modify the decision of theGrievance Committee the Executive Board must agree with a 2/3 (two thirds) vote of the members present.
If any members of the Grievance Committee are a member of the Executive Board, then they do not count towards the 50% of the member
that must be present and they are not allowed to vote.
7) If the accused party is found guilty of the charges, the deposit of $100 (one hundred dollars) shall be
returned to the filing party within 10 (ten) days of the decision. If an appeal is overturned by the Executive
Board, then the deposit of $100 (one hundred dollars) will be returned to the party who paid the appeal
deposit.