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Turf Flag Football 7's - Lee's Avenue *OUTDOOR*

Nothing beats crisp Fall nights under the lights with a football in hand! 

 

Come out and enjoy some fresh air while getting fit at the pristine & centrally located University of Ottawa Lee's Turf Field.

 

Interested in playing 12 weeks of Indoor Turf Flag Football? Check out Turf Flag Football 7's at the Bentley Fieldhouse.

 

 


Fall 2017 Details: 

Start/end dates

Wednesday: Starts Wednesday, September 20 and ends Wednesday, October 25. 

# of weeks

6 weeks (4 weeks regular season + 2 weeks of playoffs)

Estimated game times

Rotating start times of 7pm and 8:30pm.



Game length is 90 minutes.



Note: Every effort is made to equalize the start times across the league. 

Price

Team registration: $435 + HST.

After checkout, send your teammates roster invites through the website (under "My Team" player list) so they can accept the waiver and access the schedule and standings.  

 

Individual registration: $65 + HST.

You will be placed on a roster of individuals by end of day Tuesday, September 12. For ease of communication with our office, teams must select a captain and co-captain on our website to represent your individuals team. 

 

*Free parking passes are included for players playing at Ottawa U - Lee's Turf Field (there will be a limited amount of passes per team). Team captains must pick them up at our office prior to the first game.

Bye dates

None.

Team package pick up

Meet & Greet the OSSC office staff while picking up your team package and equipment!

 

Where? The OSSC Office, at 85 Hinton Ave North.   
 

When? During our office extended hours: 

  • Wednesday, September 13 - 9:30am-8:00pm
  • Thursday, September 14 - 9:30am-8:00pm
  • Friday, September 15 - 9:30am-5:30pm

 

Team Packages Include: Detailed information about the league as well as your OSSC key tags which provide you with excellent details with our OSSC Partners*Please select one person per team to pick-up your team package.

 

Individual registrants: After September 12, we ask that all individual players contact their teammates through our website (you can log in, click on "My Team", then "Player List") to confirm who will be responsible for picking up your equipment & team package.

 

See "Sport Info" tab for equipment requirements for your league. 

 

Schedule

Schedules will be posted online by end of day Friday, September 15.

Individual team rosters will be posted online by midnight Tuesday, September 12.

Ready to Play? Decide on your night of the week & skill level from the grid below!

 

Skill Level Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Intermediate/ Recreational:
           

- Click the skill description for more info!
- Prices listed are before taxes
- Review the Refund Policy
- After the posted registration deadline, late fees will apply.

Is the class/league/night/skill division you are interested in sold out?
Please send an email with your name, phone number and desired sport to info@ossc.ca and we will add you to the wait list! We will contact you if/when a spot opens up.

How to request to play with a friend or two

Sport Info

What you need to know about 7-on-7 Turf Flag Football:

# of players on field

7 players (minimum 2 males and 2 females)

Suggested roster/individuals roster size

9-12 players

Equipment

Teams are required to have their own NFL regulation size ball, cones, and flag belts. This equipment is available to rent from the OSSC office.

 

If you do not want to bring your own, footballs, cones and belts are available to rent at the OSSC office. A $75 refundable deposit is required and payable through online registration or at the office with cash, debit or credit card. A $50 refundable deposit is required for a football only, or $25 for cones only.

Additional league information


All teams receive:

  • An OSSC key tag which gives you access to discounts and deals from our amazing sponsors and partners around town! See all the deals!
  • Free nachos and wings any time when you visit our partner pub, The Royal Oak! There are 13 locations in Ottawa!
  • An invitation to the OSSC end of season party and a chance to win amazing prizes on-site! An event NOT to be missed!

Winning teams in each pool and division will receive (post-season):

  • A personalized team trophy
  • Coveted OSSC champion team t-shirts!
  • Bragging rights

 

Rules

Download the full rules here: OSSC_Turf_Flag_Football_90_min.pdf

Download the field setup diagram here: Flag_Football_Diagram.pdf

Sport & Social Club General Rules

Score & Spirit Point Reporting

  • Game Scores (account for 75% of total points): Team captains are responsible for reporting the scores after your game by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘My Team’ tab and selecting ‘Report Score/Spirit Points’.  Teams have a 48 hour window to report scores after the completion of the game.  Please be timely with your score reporting so league standings can remain updated for playoff positioning.
  • Spirit Points (account for 25% of total points): Spirit points are awarded to a team from their opponent after each game to encourage sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and fair play.  For more information and how to properly award spirit points, please see our section ‘All About Spirit Points’.

Standings/Schedules

  • Players can view league standings & schedules by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘Standings/Schedule’.

Player Eligibility

  • All players must be added to the team roster by the team captain.  This process confirms that all players have electronically agreed (checked the box) to our policies and online waiver.
  • Substitute players are allowed, however they must be added to the roster (check the online waiver).  Adding a substitute player from another team in the same league is allowed, however, regular/consistent use of a substitute player in the same league is considered unsportsmanlike and not encouraged.
  • Players must play a minimum of two regular season games in a 6-10 week season, or three regular season games in an 11-14 week season to be eligible to play in a playoff game.  Players can only play for one team per league/pool in playoff games.

Defaults

  • A default will occur if a team cannot field a squad by 15 minutes after the official start time.  If a team does not meet the standard eligibility requirements, team captains must confirm the outcome prior to starting the game.  Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players.  IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!  In the event there is a default dispute and the game was played, the SSC ruling is that the game counts.
  • In the event of inclement weather, follow your sport specific foul weather policy below. To view our general foul weather policy click here.

Rough Play & Player Conduct

  • It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable – however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating unsafe play.
  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in immediate expulsion from the league.  This includes, physical or rough play, verbal abuse, damage to facility property and/or loss of facility permit.  Fighting will result in immediate expulsion from the league.  To view our Unsportsmanlike Conduct policy click here.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages, use of drugs and smoking at your game site before, during, or after your game is strictly prohibited.  Offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No Exceptions. 

Game Coordinator (GC) On-site SSC Staff

  • A GC presence is dependent on sport, season, and/or facility locations.  They are not referees, as all games are self-officiated.  They are on-site to be a neutral supporter of both teams, clarify rules, manage equipment, start/stop games, and to inform players of league news.
  • Game Coordinators may stop a game before the full time has expired due to overly aggressive play, persistent unsportsmanlike conduct or a general violation of the rules of the game.

SSC Official Turf Flag Football Rules – Coed 7-on-7

Objective

  • Flag football is a version of Canadian football where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game (often called "tackle football" for contrast), but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier ("deflagging") to end a down.

Game Length & Foul Weather Guidelines

  • Games are 90 minutes in length without a stop for halftime.
  • Games start and end according to your online SSC schedule. 
  • If games start late, games must finish at the scheduled time (e.g. 6:15pm-7:00pm).
  • Games are played rain or shine.
  • If a game is stopped due to lightning, games played until half time will constitute a complete game. 
  • If one team shows up during foul weather to play and the other team is missing, or if one team leaves mid-game and there is an opportunity to continue play - it is an automatic win for the present team.  

Equipment (Mandatory)

  • Teams are required to bring the supplied Wilson Football, six (6) pylons, and a set of ten (10) flag belts (with 2 flags each) for every game.
  • This equipment is available to rent through SSC.  A $75 refundable deposit is required for the equipment, payable through online registration, cash or cheque.
  • Teams should bring both light & dark coloured t-shirts to help distinguish opponents.
  • Please wear shorts/pants with NO pockets. This will reduce finger injuries when trying to grab the flags
  • Only flags with Velcro attachments to the belt are permitted.
  • Metal cleats are not allowed.

Players on Field and Gender Ratio

  • Teams are comprised of 7 players on the field.
  • Teams must play with a minimum of 2 males and 2 females on the field at all times. 
  • A team can play with a minimum of 5 people, as long as the gender requirements are met. 
  • Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players and gender ratio before the game starts.

Field & Player Setup

  • Team captains should meet before the start of the game to set-up the field with the required pylons.
  • Please check the online SSC schedule for a specific map of the facility and field orientation (when available).
  • To view a diagram of a flag football field set-up, click on the pdf document in the rules section.
  • The field set-up includes:
    • Total field length (60 paces)
    • Between the end zones (50 paces)
    • End zones (5 paces)
    • Total field width (35 paces)
    • A pace is approximately 3 heel-to-toe steps.
  • Flags should be placed on the hips of each player at the outset of each play. The flag must be on top of all clothing and cannot be folded over such that the Velcro attachment is on the inside or hidden.
  • To start the game, teams can decide who gets ‘first ball’ by either a coin toss or playing a game of rock, paper-scissors.
  • Teams should switch sides at half time.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping score & time.
  • A game can end in a tie during the regular season.

Scoring

  • A point is scored when a player catches any legal pass or runs the ball into the defensive end zone prior to having one of their flags stripped.
  • To score a player must step over the line in the end zone (it is not enough to have the "plain of the end zone" broken by the ball).
  • Teams receive one (1) point for each touchdown.
  • There are no conversions.

Game Start & General Rules

  • The kicking team will kick-off from their own end zone line. All players on the team must line-up behind the kicker and can only start to run downfield once the ball has been kicked. If the ball is kicked out of bounds, the offensive team will start their drive at the spot where the ball left the playing area – there is not an option to ask for a re-kick.
  • From the time the ball is placed on the line of scrimmage, the offense has 30 "steamboats" to start the next play. Running down the clock with an unnecessarily long huddle is not an acceptable strategy.
  • If a defending team sacks the quarterback (or any offensive player with the ball) in the offensive end zone, the ball is turned over at midfield to the defending team.
  • If the ball is kicked through the end zone on either a punt or kick-off (or kicked into the end zone and the receiving team elects not to run the ball out by letting the ball go), the offensive team will start their drive 10 paces out from their end zone, in the centre of the field. If the receiving team elects to catch the ball in the end zone (or runs back into the end zone after catching the ball), the receiver is in play and runs the risk of being tackled in his/her own end zone.
  • Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out per half if needed except during the last 10 minutes of play.
  • Ending the Half or Game - With three minutes to go in the half (game), there are 5 plays left in the half (game). A kick-off after a touchdown is not considered a play.

Offense, Quarterback and Receiving

  • The offensive team has four (4) downs to cover the entire field. If the offensive team fails to score on the 4th down, the ball is turned over and the new offensive team starts their drive from the position where the last play ended.
  • The offensive team may punt on the 4th down, and does not need to notify the defense of their intentions to do so.
  • The quarterback may only run the football at the end of the 5 "steamboats" when / if the defense crosses the line of scrimmage.  This pertains to any defensive player (not just the player covering the QB).
  • Spinning - An offensive player CAN turn their bodies from side to side, but cannot spin 360 degrees. This prevents defensive players from injuring their fingers. If a player spins, the ball is dead at the point where the spin occurred.
  • Offensive players may not block or otherwise obstruct any defensive players.
  • Offensive players cannot protect/cover/hide/block his/her flag. If the person with the ball blocks the defenders hand from grabbing their flag, the play is dead where the block occurred.
  • An offensive player can dive or jump to catch a ball, but once in possession he/she cannot leave their feet at any time. This includes all forms of jumping and diving. If the ball carrier breaks this rule, the play is dead at the point where the player stood before the infraction.
  • If a flag inadvertently falls off the ball carrier, or if a player attempts to grab a flag and there is not one on the hip of the offensive player, the play is stopped at that location.
  • First point of contact: A receiver is determined to be "in" or "out" based on their first point of contact with the ground. If a player lands first with one foot in-bounds, and then the other foot touches down out-of-bounds, it IS a legal catch, but the play ends where they touched the out of bounds line. If a player catches the ball, but is straddling or lands straddling the sideline, it is NOT a catch. Only a one foot landing is needed - as long as that foot touches down in-bounds.

Defence

  • The defense must loudly count five (5) "steamboats" before rushing the quarterback.
  • While counting, the defense must line up at or behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Steamboats should be counted as follows: "one...steam...boat".
  • A defender may not step in front of the ball carrier or block a running lane if it has the potential to create an unsafe play. Likewise, an offensive player should not run with their head down, in an attempt to run through the defenders. In other words, incidental contact is inevitable, but players should not be run over. Please use your best judgment.

Dead Play

  • If a player carrying the ball slips/falls and one knee touches the ground, the play is dead and the defense does not have to remove a flag for the play to stop. Please observe this rules carefully as it helps to promote safer play.
  • If the football touches the ground for any reason (kick-offs, fumbles, handoffs, etc) the ball is dead and the play is over. The next play is started at the spot where the ball hit the ground.

Violations &
Making Calls

  • The offending player should call their own infractions, however any players involved with the infraction can also make a call. 
  • Players not on the field at the time of any incident cannot make a call at any time.
  • Fouls (including picks) that are called by the offence or defence will lead to a re-down (the play starting over from the line of scrimmage). Once a foul is called, the play must stop and the play is started over. If the offence/defence is fouled, they can choose not to call a foul if it is an advantage to do so. Example - A receiver is fouled as they catch the ball and continues to run the ball in for a touchdown.
  • All games are self-refereed. Disputes about a possible infraction are to be discussed amongst the people involved in the play. If an agreement cannot be reached, simply redo the down. Please play safely and with good spirit.

Playoffs

  • Playoff games should be 50 minutes in length in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie.
  • A game can end in a tie during the regular season.  In the playoffs, if regulation time expires and the score is tied, the game continues until a team has scored to break the tie.
  • Team Playoff Position:  Ties in the standings will be broken first on head-to-head play. If there are more than 2 teams that are tied, all the teams must have played each other in order for the results to go to head-to-head. Otherwise, least points against, then +/-, then most points for will determine the placement in that order.  
  • The SSC office will update the playoff schedule once all scores have been submitted and after the last regular season game.  Please do not assume the time/location of your playoff game until team names have been posted into the schedule.   

 

Remember… Always have fun!

Location

The facility for Turf Flag Football is Ottawa University Lee's Avenue Turf FieldThe facility is close to the transitway (Lee's Station) and accessible from Highway 417. It is also fully lit for evening use.