PROCEDURES: The procedures
involving a protest are as follows:
As stated in the USFTL Rulebook,
Misinterpretation of the rules
Failure of an Official to apply the correct rule to a
Failure of an Official to impose the correct penalty for
a given violation.
notification of intent to protest must be made IMMEDIATELY
before the next legal or illegal snap. (EXCEPTION: Player
eligibility.) A $50 protest fee must be given to the Tournament
Director at this time. If your protest is upheld, your $50 will be returned.
If your protest is denied, you will forfeit your $50.
This is designed to keep frivolous protests out of the
game and expedite play. It is then up to the Head Ref to mark down the pertinent
information. I.E.: down, what yard line you are on, who has the
ball, score, time left, etc.
(A smart team captain will also mark down this
the snap a protest is invalid.
(EXCEPTION – Player eligibility – protest must be
made before the end of the game.)
PROTEST PROCEDURE (Player eligibility) IF there is a
roster protest, the following procedure applies:
If a player is suspected of being an illegal player (not
appearing on a particular teams roster), the team captain must
notify the Tournament Director of the suspected illegal
player and produce a $50 protest fee.
The Tournament Director will check the team roster
and the suspected illegal players I.D. (Drivers License,
Identification Card, etc.).
If the player is not on the roster or does not have his
I.D., the protest will be upheld and he shall be declared an
illegal player. If
the protest is upheld, the $50 protest fee shall be returned to
the protesting captain. If the suspected illegal player has a
valid I.D. and is found on the roster legal, then the protesting
captain shall lose the protest, the player shall be allowed to
play, and the captain will lose the $50 protest fee.
If an illegal player participates, his team will
automatically forfeit! Player eligibility must take place during
game play, you cannot wait for the game to end then decide to
question a suspected illegal player to produce a forfeit in your
RATING PROTEST PROCEDURE: If a team would like to
protest another teams particular rating (A, B, C or D) they may
do so by the following procedure:
A $50 protest fee must be given to the Tournament
Director during the game.
The Tournament Director will send out a five man
ratings board to make a decision about the suspected team.
A rating will then be given to the suspected team. Once
the rating group
has made their decision, the team in
will either be allowed to stay
in the division in which they are playing or they will be
forfeited out of the
tournament for playing in a wrong division.
PLAYERS: Any player who has played professional tackle,
flag or touch football shall have to be reinstated as an amateur
before participating in USFTL competition.
A reinstatement application and fee must be turned in to
the USFTL National Headquarters every time a pro player decides
to play amateur flag and touch football in the USFTL.