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  • American Youth Football League Inc. Bylaws 2016

    Name: The League will be known as the American Youth Football League Inc. (Hereafter referred to as AYFL). Mission Statement: To provide a Football League that is to benefit children by establishing rules and regulations governing such games, contests, competitions, and exhibitions classifying those who participate therein; determining and defining awards and prizes for winning contest, defining and awarding tokens and insignia of championships, determining and defining breaches and infractions of its rules and regulations, and imposing penalties as set forth in the Bylaws and in accordance with the law. Objectives: To promote and maintain physical exercise, physical fitness, and moral well being of children. To engage, assist, encourage, participate, and teach American Football. To further sportsmanship and honor among children in a competitive atmosphere. To promote and oversee amateur games, contests, sports, and athletics while elevating the standards

    and competitive level of amateur athletics. To foster and encourage community pride through local amateur athletics. To instill wholesome values in youngsters and young adults. To assist in combating juvenile delinquency by providing and promoting the physical and emotional

    well being of young athletes. All other ways as are necessary in order to accomplish our mission and objectives.

  • Table of Contents Section One: League Membership ........................................................................................................... 1

    ARTICLE I: Membership ......................................................................................................................... 1 ARTICLE II: League Member Rules ....................................................................................................... 3 ARTICLE III: Background Screening Policy ........................................................................................... 4 ARTICLE IV: Individual Membership .................................................................................................... 5 ARTICLE V: Duties of Sponsoring Members ......................................................................................... 6 ARTICLE VI: Charitable Contributions .................................................................................................. 7 ARTICLE VII: Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement ............................................................. 7

    Section Two: League Officers and Administration ................................................................................... 8 ARTICLE I: Elected Officers ................................................................................................................... 8 ARTICLE II: Appointed Officers ............................................................................................................. 8 ARTICLE III: Duties of Officers ............................................................................................................. 9 ARTICLE IV: Committees ..................................................................................................................... 11 ARTICLE V: Board of Directors ........................................................................................................... 12 ARTICLE VI: League Member Representative ..................................................................................... 12 ARTICLE VII: League Meetings ........................................................................................................... 14 ARTICLE VIII: Bylaws ......................................................................................................................... 15

    Section Three: League Authority and Discipline Procedures ................................................................... 18 ARTICLE I: League Authority ............................................................................................................... 18 ARTICLE II: Complaint Procedures ...................................................................................................... 19 ARTICLE III: Investigation of Complaint ............................................................................................. 20 ARTICLE IV: Incident Hearing ............................................................................................................. 21 ARTICLE V: Penalties ........................................................................................................................... 21 ARTICLE VI: Appeals Hearing ............................................................................................................. 24 ARTICLE VII: Hardship ........................................................................................................................ 25 ARTICLE VIII: Remedies ...................................................................................................................... 25

    Section Four: League Structuring and Scheduling .................................................................................. 26 ARTICLE I: Referees ............................................................................................................................. 26 ARTICLE II: Cheerleading Squads ........................................................................................................ 26 ARTICLE III: Coaches ........................................................................................................................... 26 ARTICLE IV: Conferences and Divisions ............................................................................................. 27 ARTICLE V: Regular Season Scheduling ............................................................................................. 28 ARTICLE VI: Playoffs ........................................................................................................................... 28 ARTICLE VII: Trophies ........................................................................................................................ 29 ARTICLE VIII: Super Bowl .................................................................................................................. 29

    Section Five: Players and Registration ................................................................................................... 30 ARTICLE I: Player Registration and Eligibility .................................................................................... 30 ARTICLE II: Ineligible Players ............................................................................................................. 32 ARTICLE III: League Registration and Team Rosters .......................... Error! Bookmark not defined. ARTICLE IV: Player Numbers .............................................................................................................. 35 ARTICLE V: Recruiting ........................................................................................................................ 35

    Section Six: The Game .......................................................................................................................... 37 ARTICLE I: Conduct of the Game (Code of Ethics) ............................................................................. 37 ARTICLE II: Responsibilities of Home League Members .................................................................... 38 ARTICLE III: Responsibilities of Visiting League Members ................................................................ 38 ARTICLE IV: Weigh In ......................................................................................................................... 39 ARTICLE V: Rules and Regulations of Play ......................................................................................... 40 ARTICLE VI: Equipment ...................................................................................................................... 43 ARTICLE VII: Protest ............................................................................................................................ 44 ARTICLE VIII: Rain Delay Policy ........................................................................................................ 44

    Section Seven: Referees Local Rules Reference ........................................................................................ 46

  • Section One: League Membership 1

    Section One: League Membership

    ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP

    I.1 League Members Defined a) Charter Member: A Founding Member of the AYFL

    (i) Plantation Athletic League hereafter referred to as Plantation (ii) Cooper City Optimist hereafter referred to as Cooper City (iii) Sunrise Youth Sports hereafter referred to as Sunrise (iv) Weston Youth Football League hereafter referred to as Weston

    b) Regular Member: Any other organization, city or club that has attained permanent status in the AYFL. (i) Coral Springs Tackle Football hereafter referred to as Coral Springs (ii) Davie Tackle Football Club hereafter referred to as Davie (iii) Pembroke Pines Optimist hereafter referred to as PPO (iv) Tamarac Youth Football League hereafter referred to as Tamarac (v) West Pembroke Pines Optimist hereafter referred to as West Pines (vi) Coconut Creek Football hereafter referred to as Coconut Creek. (vii) Miramar Wolverines hereafter referred to as Miramar

    c) New Member: Any organization, city or club that has not attained permanent status in the AYFL. (i) Delray Rocks hereafter referred to as Delray (ii) Lauderdale Lakes Youth Club hereafter referred to as Lauderdale Lakes

    I.2 Any Charter Member or Regular Member shall be hereinafter defined as a Permanent Member of the AY