2018 Youth Senior Coaches League Policy Certification
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Concussion Protocol
Central UP Youth Football League, Inc.


A concussion is type of traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal function of the brain. It occurs when the brain is rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. What may appear to be only a mild jolt or blow to the head or body can result in a concussion.

Recognition and Management

Parents and coaches are not expected to be able to “diagnose” a concussion. That is the role of an appropriate health-care professional. However, you must be aware of the signs, symptoms and behaviors of a possible concussion, and if you suspect that an athlete may have a concussion, then he or she must be immediately removed from all physical activity.


Balance problems or dizziness
Double or fuzzy vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Feeling sluggish
Feeling foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems


Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about what to do
Forgets plays
Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
Moves clumsily
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness
Shows behavior or personality changes
Can’t recall events prior to hit
Can’t recall events after hit

When you suspect that a player has a concussion, follow the “Heads Up” 4-step Action Plan.
1. Remove the athlete from play.
2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional.
3. Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians and the League President about the possible concussion and give them information on concussion.
4. Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until an appropriate health-care professional says he or she is symptom-free and gives the okay to return to activity.

What to do in an Emergency

Although rare, there are some situations where you will need to call 911 and activate the Emergency Medical System (EMS). The following circumstances are medical emergencies:

1. Any time an athlete has a loss of consciousness of any duration. While loss of consciousness is not required for a concussion to occur, it may indicate more serious brain injury.
2. If an athlete exhibits any of the following: decreasing level of consciousness, looks very drowsy or cannot be awakened, if there is difficulty getting his or her attention, irregularity in breathing, severe or worsening headaches, persistent vomiting, or any seizures.

Return to Play

After suffering a concussion, no athlete will return to play or practice on that same day.

Before an athlete can “Return to Participate” he or she must meet the all of the following:
No longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors of a concussion,
Cleared to return to activity by a health-care professional,
Obtain clearance from the League President.


All members of this League, board Members, Coaches, Officials and Parents have a shared responsibility to enforce this policy. The outcome of a game has no significance when it comes to the long term health of our young athletes.

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Start Date
No Team shall practice prior to August 1st, and shall comply with league calendar.

Definition of a Practice
Practices are defined as skill sessions, film viewing, conditioning, scrimmaging, and any gathering by the team for any football purpose.

Length of Practices
1. Prior to the beginning of the school's academic school year practices will be limited to no more than five (5) days and ten (10) hours of practice per week.
2. After the start of the Academic school year Practices will be limited to no more than three (3) days and six (6) hours per week.
3. Actual practice time will be organized not to exceed two (2) hours in length. During practices, for each hour of activity, it is mandatory for the coach to give one ten (10) minute break.

Required Conditioning
1. Each player must participate in, and the Head Coach must document, six (6) hours of Helmet and Mouth Guard only practice prior to practicing with full pads on.

2. Each player must participate in and the head Coach must document, four (4) hours of Full Pads Conditioning only practice prior to Contact. A player may contact Blocking Bags during this period of conditioning. For Example: Helmet and Mouth Guard conditioning practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Conduct Draft if applicable, Thursday and Friday Full Pads conditioning practice.

3. No player may have live contact with another player until the ten (10) hours of conditioning has been met.

4. All players, regardless of when they join the team, must meet the requirements of this section.

5. A credit of one (1) hour of Helmet and Mouth Guard only practice may be granted if practice is missed to actively participate in an organized soccer game.

Coach’s responsibility at practice
At least one coach must be present during every practice and must remain until all players have been picked up after practice.

Out of Class practices
There will be no “out of class” practices between Youth Junior Teams and Youth Senior Teams.

Player Combines for Split Teams
Teams that split will be allowed to do player evaluation sessions on Thursday and or Friday the week prior to the start of regular season practice.
This time will not be counted toward the 10 hours of conditioning.
The Player Draft must be completed by the end of day the following Monday.

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All Play Rule

Section A. Teams with more than 22 players at game time:

1. Each player will be guaranteed a minimum of 12 plays per game, 3 plays in each quarter.

2. Each player must start either on an offensive series, a defensive series or on special teams provided they have met the conditions of Section C below.

Section B. Teams with 22 or less players at game time:

1. Each player will be guaranteed a minimum of 12 plays per game, 3 plays in each quarter.

2. Each player must start either on offense or defense series provided they have met the conditions of Section C below.

Section C. Exceptions to the All Play Rule

The amount of game playing time is directly related to the number of practices attended and the active participation in practice during the preceding week's practice. If a player is absent from a practice, and notifies the coach prior to practice, with a reasonable excuse he or she will not be penalized. Unexcused absences, goofing off during a practice or a fear of playing will not guarantee the player the amount of plays listed in this Article. The Head Coach must document this reduction and notify the parent prior to the game.

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Rules for Striper Players
Rule 1-A Striper player may not advance the ball on any offensive series. For example he or she may not run, throw, or catch the ball.
Rule 2- A Striper Player may not advance the football during kickoffs, punt returns, or handle the ball during the return. If the ball is kicked to them they may fall on it.
Rule 3- A Striper Player may not advance the ball on a turnover. If a Striper Player intercepts a pass or recovers a fumble, the Defensive Team will obtain possession of the ball at the spot of the recovery.
Rule 4- A Striper Player will not be penalized for an instinctive reaction to recovering the football. The play will be blown dead and the ball spotted at the point of recovery.
Rule 5- If a team violates these Striper Player rules, the referee will call the play dead and a 15 yard penalty will be enforced.
Rule 6-All Stripers must be on the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball. This includes offensive and defensive positions.
No Striper may line up in the backfield except to kick extra points and field goals. Stripers are still restricted from advancing the ball, fakes are not allowed and the play is called dead if there is a bad snap with the Striper in the back field.
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25 Point Rule
Rule 11: When a team leads by 25 or more points any offensive player that scored 2 touchdowns may not intentionally handle the ball, except at the center position. If an offensive player, that has scored 2 touchdowns, handles the ball on offense while the score difference is 25 or more points, the penalty will be a 15 yard, Unsportsmanship Conduct Foul. The Foul will be assessed from the original line of scrimmage and the down will be replayed. The spirit of this rule is to get other kids involved in the offense when the lead is 25 or more points and not to run up the score. Please note that if the point differential drops below 25 points, this rule no longer applies.
I have read and understand Rule 11, 25 Point Rule, of the Program Rules *
Youth Senior Punting
Youth Senior Division: Current National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) rules are in effect.

No Stripers may punt or line up in the back field.

I Have read and understand the Punting procedures *
Youth Senior Point After Touchdown (PAT) procedures
Youth Senior Division: Current NFHS rules are in effect with the following exceptions:

1. Conversions may be made by passing or running plays from scrimmage and will count 1 point.

2. Kicking of extra points will count 2 points.

3. Stripers are permitted to be kickers but are still restricted from advancing the ball. Fakes are not allowed and the play is called dead if there is a bad snap with the striper in the back field.

I have read and understand the Point After Touchdown (PAT) procedure *
Youth Senior Field Goal Procedures

Youth Senior Division: Current NFHS rules are in effect and will count for 3 points.

Stripers are permitted to be kickers but are still restricted from advancing the ball. Fakes are not allowed and the play is called dead if there is a bad snap with the striper in the back field.

I have read and understand the Field Goal procedure *
Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. Targeting may be called for contact against any opponent, including the runner.

High Risk Indicators - Must Call

Launching - A player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area.
Thrusting - A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area even though one or both feet are still on the ground. Leading with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area.
Hitting with the Crown of the Helmet - Lowering the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of the helmet.

Low Risk Indicators

Heads-up tackle in which the crown of the helmet does not strike above the shoulders.
Wrap-up tackle.
Head is to the side rather than being used to initiate contact.
Incidental helmet contact that is not part of targeting but is due to the players changing position during the course of play.

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Blindside Blocks
Please watch the video on Blind Side Blocks
Blindside Blocks Video
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Coach's Standard of Conduct
Officials have 1 purpose at a game, TO OFFICIATE.

Our Youth Officials are not there to answer questions or to inform the Coaches on the reason for their call.

A coach will always keep the health and welfare of players foremost and remove from a game any injured player.
A coach will always strive to set the example for his players on and off the field.
A coach will not use any Tobacco product on the practice field or on the sidelines during games.
A coach will not berate a player in front of teammates, parents or fans.
A coach will not berate or criticize game officials and will accept their decisions as fair.
A coach will not run up the score on a weaker opponent.
A coach will not incite fans or spectators into actions unbecoming to the game of football.
A coach will not use alcohol on the practice and game fields and will not be under the effects of alcohol while actively coaching.
A coach will encourage scholastics on and off the field.
A coach will follow the parameters of the Anti-Substance Abuse Rule and see that it’s carried out faithfully and that all players understand its importance.
A coach will not use ineligible players and will take responsibility for having proper and legal documents on each player.
A coach will make sure that all players play the required number of plays under the All Play Rule.
A coach will follow the rules and regulations of this League.
All Coaches report directly to their Area Vice-President and must respect the authority of the Area Vice-President.
All Coaches must complete the following in order to be on the sideline during a game or help out at practice:
USA Football Youth Tackle Certification Course
Online Coaches Application
Coaches League Policy Certification

Per Michigan State Law no coach may participate in any League activities unless a Concussion Training Certificate is on file with the League Secretary.

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