NIRSA, the leader in collegiate recreation—with a membership serving over 8 million students—provides the latest rule changes in flag and touch football with its 19th edition of a classic in the field.
The 2019 & 2020 NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Officials' Manual highlights all the rule text that has changed since the previous edition, making it easy to locate what is new or changed. Updated information for officials includes instruction on proper mechanics for three-person and four-person crews. And the pocket size of the guide makes it easy to consult at games, whether you’re a coach, instructor, official, player, or fan of flag and touch football.
The manual also offers summaries on fouls and penalties, youth football rules, and 4 on 4 football rules, and it presents the 10 commandments for clinicians and observers. It contains detailed explanations of the following rules:
Rule 1. The Game, Field, Players, and Equipment
Rule 2. Definitions of Playing Terms
Rule 3. Periods, Time Factors, and Substitutions
Rule 4. Ball in Play, Dead Ball, and Out of Bounds
Rule 5. Series of Downs, Number of Downs, and Team Possession After Penalty
Rule 6. Kicking the Ball
Rule 7. Snapping, Handing, and Passing the Ball
Rule 8. Scoring Plays and Touchback
Rule 9. Conduct of Players and Others
Rule 10. Enforcement of Penalties
The officials’ portion is then presented in seven sections:
Part I. Officiating Basics
Part II. Game Administration
Part III. Officiating Responsibilities
Part IV. Communication
Part V. 3-Person Mechanics
Part VI. 4-Person Mechanics
Part VII. NIRSA Official Flag Football Signals
This easy-to-read rule book and officials’ manual reflects NIRSA’s continuing commitment to the development of flag and touch football and the organization’s efforts to keep training and officials’ manuals current and relevant. As such, this pocket guide is an essential resource for officials, coaches, and players connected to flag and touch football in various settings, from youth levels through collegiate levels.