Week In Review
Scrum type plays are now allowed. Attached is a video of a scrum play that lead to a touchdown and changed the outcome of the game. You may be asking why aren't they allowed, it seems like a normal play, but in fact it is not. Scrum play by definition are a deception play and are not allowed. They cover up and skew the sight line of the ball and confuse players as to who is in control. Unlike a fake handoff where the defender may be tricked by who has the ball, the ball is readily able to be seen and can be viewed by all who are watching. In a Scrum play the ball is unable to be located due to the multiple players blocking the view, also those players are blocking the defenders ability to rush the QB and create a blocking screen of multiple players blocking out any who are attempting to pull a flag. This is a flag football league and as such deception plays are illegal, blocking is illegal and impeding the rusher is illegal. Since a Scrum play create all three of these scenarios it has been deemed an illegal play. If a Scrum play is run you are to blow the play dead and treat it as a delay of game which is 10 yard penalty or half the distance to the goal and carries a loss of down. If you are unclear about what a scrum play is please seek me out.
Organizing member of iCanReferee & Head Offiicial of Friday Night Lights flag football league. Over 12 years experience with youth flag & tackle football. Major responsibilities are education, on-field training, game assignments, rules interpretation & expanding the organization.