Full Contact Football

The contact football program is comprised of five levels, designated A through E, and are based upon the age and weight limitations indicated in the table below. There is no maximum weight for a player at any level, however based upon the combined factors of age, weight, and grade, a player my be classified as a "waiver". In the interest of safety for all participants, any player classified as a waiver must adhere to specific rules unless that player elects to "play up" at a higher level. (refer to Section 6 of our Rulebook for more information on waivers).

The starting level for this program is the "E" Team which is a very instructional based program where coaches are on the field during the games and emphasis is placed upon enjoyment and building sound fundamentals. The other levels provide for increasing levels of skill development and competition up through the "A" Team, the final level prior to high school participation.

Levels "A", "B", "C" participate in games officiated by NJHS certified referees and, based upon their season records, have the opportunity to participate in playoff games, an All-Star game (A-level only), and a league Super Bowl game.
 
Division of Participants
Team Level
Grade Level Backfield Weight Limit
"A" - Heavyweights 8th 160
"B " - Middleweights 7th 130
"C" - Lightweights 6th 115
"D" - Instructional 5th 100
"E" - Foundation 4th 90
 
"A" Level

The "A" Level teams are for players up to a maximum age of 14 years 6 months of age as of September 1st. This group typically falls in the 8th grade middle school level. There is no overall weight limit that precludes any player in this age bracket from playing with others of the same age, however, there is a "backfield" weight limit of 160 pounds. There is no age/weight coefficient that applies at this level, the only waiver that may occur is based upon grade. At any given point during a game there may only be a maximum of two waiver players on the field at the same time.

At this level the coaches are not allowed on the field with players during the game, there are are official referees that control the whistle and the game clock. Quarters are 10 minutes in length utilizing standard clock stoppages. There are no kick-offs. Punts are live from the snap. A kicker over 160 pounds is not allowed to run the ball, if he does not execute the punt the ball is dead, if he does not have control the ball is live. Extra points are scored 2 for kick, and 1 for run or pass.

 
"B" Level

The "B" Level teams are for players up to a maximum age of 13 years 6 months of age as of September 1st. This group typically falls in the 7th grade middle school level. There is no overall weight limit that precludes any player in this age bracket from playing with others of the same age, however, there is a "backfield" weight limit of 130 pounds. Additionally, there is an age/weight coefficient used for determining if a player is waiver or player that is significantly heavy for his age. At any given point during a game there may only be a maximum of three waiver players on the field at the same time.

At this level the coaches are not allowed on the field with players during the game, there are are official referees that control the whistle and the game clock. Quarters are 12 minutes in length utilizing a running clock with no stoppages (no clock stoppages except time outs) . There are no kick-offs. Punts are live from the snap. A kicker over 130 pounds is not allowed to run the ball, if he does not execute the punt the ball is dead, if he does not have control the ball is live. Extra points are scored 2 for kick, and 1 for run or pass.

 
"C" Level

The "C" Level teams are for players up to a maximum age of 12 years 6 months of age as of September 1st. This group typically falls in the 6th grade middle school level. There is no overall weight limit that precludes any player in this age bracket from playing with others of the same age, however, there is a "backfield" weight limit of 115 pounds. Additionally, there is an age/weight coefficient used for determining if a player is waiver or player that is significantly heavy for his age. At any given point during a game there may only be a maximum of three waiver players on the field at the same time.

At this level the coaches are not allowed on the field with players during the game, there are official referees that control the whistle and the game clock. Quarters are 12 minutes running time (no clock stoppages except time outs). There are no kick-offs. Punts must be declared to both the referee and the opposing team and requires a 7 man line. No player can move until the ball is kicked. A kicker over 115 pounds is not allowed to run the ball, if he does not execute the punt the ball is dead, if he does not have control the ball is live. Extra points are scored 1 for kick, run, or pass.

 
"D" Level

The "D" Level teams are for players up to a maximum age of 11 years 6 months of age as of September 1st. This group typically falls in the 5th grade middle school level. There is no overall weight limit that precludes any player in this age bracket from playing with others of the same age, however, there is a "backfield" weight limit of 100 pounds. Additionally, there is an age/weight coefficient used for determining if a player is waiver or player that is significantly heavy for his age. At any given point during a game there may only be a maximum of three waiver players on the field at the same time.

At this level the coaches are not allowed on the field with players during the game, there are official referees that control the whistle and the game clock. Quarters are 18 minutes running time (no clock stoppages except time outs). There are no kick-offs. Punts must be declared to both the referee and the opposing team and requires a 7 man line. No player can move until the ball is kicked. A kicker over 100 pounds is not allowed to run the ball, if he does not execute the punt the ball is dead, if he does not have control the ball is live. Extra points are scored 1 for kick, run, or pass.

 
"E" Level

The "E" Level teams are for players up to a maximum age of 10 years 6 months of age as of September 1st. This group typically falls in the 4th grade elementary school level and is primarily intended as an alternative to our flag program for players ready to handle the challenges of contact sport. There is no overall weight limit that precludes any player in this age bracket from playing with others of the same age, however, there is a "backfield" weight limit of 90 pounds.

At this level the coaches are on the field with the players at all times, including the games. Two 40 minute halfs are played on a fixed clock. There are two official referees, the coaches from both sides control the "whistle" and position of the ball. There is no kicking game at this level. The ball is spotted on the 35 yard line to start each offensive series. Extra point is "1 point" regardless of run, pass, or kick scored.

 
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