2015 HANDBOOK

CROSSROADS AMATUER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(CRAFL)
LEAGUE OFFICE
802 E RIO GRANDE
VICTORIA TX 77901
PHONE# 361-827-5664
FAX# 361-582-4424
EMAIL: CRAFL@GMAIL.COM
BY-LAWS
This body shall be known as the CROSSROADS AMATUER FOOTBALL LEAGUE (CRAFL).The CROSSROADS AMATUER FOOTBALL LEAGUE is an AA league and will consist of the top teams in the state of Texas. This body of business and its by-laws shall be duly filed as a LLC in the state of Texas.
The purpose of the CRAFL is to provide a professional leadership and to insure the successful growth and development of amateur and professional players, by giving them the opportunity to be notice by college and/or professional scouts in the sport of football. The CRAFL would like to provide an environment where minor/alternative football as a professional sport can expand into a viable choice in sports entertainment. We also would like create a business cooperative among “ELITE” team owners and afford every opportunity to build the value their team brand, and finally, to protect the integrity of the teams, the league and the sport of football.
LEAGUE FEE AND DEPOSIT
The 2015 league fee for CRAFL is 600.00 and the deposit is 300.00. The deposit is to hold the teams spot for the 2015 season and will go toward the 600.00 league fee. The 600.00 and the 300.00 dollar fee is nonrefundable. CRAFL will accept credit card or money orders for payment.
BOARDMEMBERS GOALS AND DUTIES

Setup and maintain the league’s bank account and checkbook.

Keep a monthly balance sheet for the league.

Collect all fees and fines for the league.

Keep owners informed of league information

Keep an accurate account of all expenses that the league accrues throughout the season and ensure expenses are paid.

Pay all league expenses in a timely manner.

Conduct the day to day business affairs of the league.

Have full authority to take any action that is in their judgment, is necessary or desirable to prevent or discourage any business conduct by a member(s) or any person(s) which is not, in the boards opinion, is in the best interest of the league or which, in the boards judgment, is necessary or desirable to preserve or protect the integrity of reputation of the league, its members, or the sport of football.

Make known and enforce the provisions of these by-laws and rules of the league.

Bring in samples where possible for the board to examine.

Source teams and league products and services.

Ideas for purchasing good deals.

E-mail out a list of items needed to all other teams so that surplus items from other teams might be used.

Keep, write up, and distributes (CRAFL) meeting minutes.

Update league website as directed by the commissioner.

Evaluate protested games.

Make final decision on appeals and protested games in a timely manner.

 

The board will consist of 11 members for 2015 season and will maintain and enforce all by-laws that the league has to offer. We will help guide the league commissioner in holding the best AAA and AA league in the state of Texas.
RULES OF THE GAME
NCAA (UNMODIFIED)
The CRAFL will follow all rules and guidelines of the NCAA for the 2015 season. All teams must be knowledgeable of these rules to ensure the safety of the players, and coaches. In the rules of NCAA, NO PLAYER SHALL BE COMPENSATED IN ANY FORM OR FASHION. Teams may go to the NCAA website to obtain the rules and reg.
TEAM DIVISIONS
At present the CRAFL has the following conferences: North and South (AA). The divisions will be aligned as to create the most economically efficient and geographically conductive arrangements so as to minimize excessive burden on any one or group of teams. The schedule within and among the divisions will be assembled based on a north/south conferences scenario and utilize a best effort basis to minimize travel. When the schedule is delivered at the league meeting, owners will sign game contracts stating the basics and having limited concessions.
OWNERS AGREEMENT CONTRACT
Before any newly or existing team can participate in the CRAFL owners must sign a contract. All contracts are valid for one year. By signing this contract you are saying that your team has a home field with a signed document from the local school or private stadium stating you have use of the field for football before being admitted in the league. That you will have your league fees paid on time when required by the league as well as fines, and you will be held responsible for the code and conduct of your team while participating in the CRAFL. THIS INCLUEDS PLAYERS, COACHES, AND STAFF. That you will follow the rules set up by the league and understand that you can be punished for breaking them. That you will send a rep. or attend all league meetings unless excused by the league. After signing the contract if for any reason you break any of the league policies you are accepting that your organization and members of your organization can be fined, suspended and or removed from the league for breaking them. In the event your team is removed from league play during the current season for whatever reason you must reapply to the league and must be re-voted in by the team owners and board members.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As an owner of a CRAFL team you will be expected to sign a CODE OF CONDUCT contract along with your players and coaches. A copy of the CODE OF CONDUCT must be returned to the league so it can remain on file for the 2015 season.
SPORTSMANSHIP
The teams that are playing in our AA league are considered the best in semi-pro football. By saying this it is important to show sportsmanship at all games. Shaking hands, prayer, and helping one another is expected of our players.
HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITES
The home team sends the visiting team all the information about the upcoming game. The information must include facility, kickoff time, what the home team will and will not provide the visiting team and any additional information that may be use full to the visiting team. This information must be fax or e-mailed by Tuesday 5:00pm prior to game. Home team must establish contact with the visiting team at least 2 hours before the game. Home team must provide 40lbs of ice and proper place to have water for coolers. Inform trainers where the local hospital is located with phone number. HOME TEAMS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING SCORES THE NEXT DAY BY 12:00 PM.
EVERY TEAM MUST MAINTAIN A WEBSITE OR A FACEBOOK PAGE.
The league will make every effort to find bargains for every team as a whole. By joining together teams will save money on uniforms, equipment, marketing, and travel expenses.
VISITING TEAM RESPONSIBILTES
The visiting team must send the home team their team’s information (roster, time of arrival). Visiting team must report to the stadium at least 2 hours before kickoff time. Visiting team line up for the game must be turned in 1 hour before kickoff and it must be turned in by a coach of the visiting team to the home teams head coach. Visiting team must clean up their sidelines of all trash.
UNIFORMS
Each team must have two full sets of complete uniforms. Uniforms of a set must be identical, must contain numerals on front and back of each jersey (at least 8”) numbers must be in accordance with NCAA rulebook at it related to numbers by position. The dark color jersey will be designated home and the light color jersey will designated away. All under garments must match team colors as presented to the league, such as Under Armor shirts. Players will be given an opportunity to remove said garment or will be fine or will not play the game. Game helmets, pants, and jerseys must match on game day or players will not play the game. SOCKS must match and all will be up or all will be down. Coaches and trainers must wear polo style shirts and must match the color of the team. The visiting team must call the opposing team and the league commissioner 3 days before game day about jersey conflict. It is strongly recommended that players wear the proper equipment but if players who do not wish to wear thigh or knee pads are doing it at their own risk and realize that the league, team, officials, are not held liable.
INSURANCE
Mandatory liability insurance for stadiums must be purchased by all teams. The league is in the process of getting one policy to save teams money on stadium insurance. It is highly recommended that players purchase supplemental insurance for themselves. The league also has contacts for players to purchase supplemental insurance at a low cost. The CRAFL is not liable or responsible for any player that is injured in the CRAFL season. The league office must also have a current copy of each team’s particular stadium contract or sign agreement to play. All teams must have every player sign a medical release and waiver before they play and send the CRAFL a copy of that signed release/waiver document.
FIELD AND GAME DAY OPERATIONS

Visiting team must arrive at the game field, no later than 2 hours before the game time.

Team roster and line-up must be given to the home team field director and or team director.

Visiting team sidelines must be defined before the visiting teams arrives.

The visiting team must be allowed access to the field 2 hours prior to kickoff for warm ups.

Home team will have in place the announcer, time clock keeper, officials, chain crew,security, and all field requirements.

Individuals that own a team and wish to participate as a player on the active roster are allowed to do so.

Any individual designated as a coach cannot participate as players on the field at any time.

Coaches may opp. to play as a player but must do so before the regular season starts, and may not return as a coach until next season.

A team that is 45mins late to a game will be fine 250.00 and forfeit the game with possibly no playoffs because of forfeit. Unless the traveling team contacts the home team to inform them of their situation (bus breaking down, weather conditions, road hazards such as accidents).

Field must be the standard NCAA regulation size 120 yards by 53.3 yards and goal post must be the standard NCAA or traditional “H” design and made of the proper steel material. GOAL POST MADE OF PVC PIPING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

MUST HAVE A WAY TO KEEP SCORE.

All goal posts will have goal post pads on them.

Fields must be lined 2 hours prior to kickoff and must be cleared of any debris.

All fields must have the correct sideline markers and end zone pylons. Orange cones are not acceptable and considered a safety hazard to players.

At minimum a sports complex field.

Must have seating for fans.

Lights are opp..

If a field does not have lights the league will approve the field only if both teams have agreed to play and the home team has notified the visiting team and the league two weeks prior to the game.

Must have adequate facilities for players/coaches to change.

Showers are optional.

Adequate parking and restrooms facilities for spectators.

All teams are expected to have the CRAFL “CODE OF CONDUCT” on a sign at the field and/or written in the program for fans to be able to see while attending a game.

It’s important to have a 5yard buffer zone around the field starting from the out of bounds extending outward to keep fans from being near or on the field unless a natural barrier is already in place.

Game clock will have 15min quarters and 20 halftime show.

It is highly recommended that home team provides an EMT or certified trainer during the game.

Sidelines are restricted to team personnel only.

Special guess and VIPs are allowed on the sidelines, but not in team area.

All press should have a designated area and wear a pass.

All scores must be reported to scores@crafl.com by Sunday, 12:00 PM CST to be given credit for the league website standings and national ranking systems.

 

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

Players must be 18 years or older to play in the CRAFL.

Players must be out of high school to play in CRAFL.

Players must sign a contract and a waiver to play in CRAFL.

No player will play in a regular season game without a sign contract or waiver.

Must be in good standings with league and team, no fines , all uniforms turned in to previous team, suspension fulfilled, no money owed to previous teams, and has been released from previous team with release forms.

Players cannot have two contracts signed with two teams.

Players cannot be playing with two different leagues while the CRAFL is in regular season, in playoffs, or championship game.

All players must have a legal ID present at games for check-in reasons. No nicknames on IDs are acceptable, No IDs, no playing, no acceptations.

All players must be in full uniform with same color helmet, pants, jersey, and socks in order to play on game day.

Players must let the new team he is trying out for know where he played for last.

All players must have six games played before entering the playoffs or championship game.

Players must check-in with home team rep. if running late to the game before playing, players who have not check-in before half time will not be eligible.

Players that leave to school or another league during the regular season may not come back tell next season, unless he makes the roster cutoff date.

Players that come from a team that has folded during the season will not play with another team unless the players make roster cutoff date.

THERE WILL BE A SUSPENSION LIST FOR PLAYERS THAT HAVE BEHAVIOR THAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE LEAGUE.

 

ROSTERS

Teams may have a 55 player roster with a 10 player practice squad.

All teams will have a roster turned in to the league in the form of a CD with photos of players and names, and will be mailed in to the league at 802 E RIO GRANDE, VICTORIA, TX, 77901.

The roster cutoff will be the third week of the season, NO EXCEPTIONS, any team not turning in their roster at the date that was told will be fine a 200.00 for every week not turned in, after the second week of not turning their roster the team will forfeit their games every week until released from league.

Numbers and names must match roster.

Rosters must be sent to the opposing team no later than Tuesday before the game.

Any changes to the roster must be made no later than Thursday before the game and sent to the opposing team.

Any roster not submitted to the opposing team in the timeline that was given will result in a 200.00 fine.

Teams using players that are not on their roster will receive a forfeit, and may be removed from the league.

Practice squads may not dress on sidelines until properly activated.

Roster check-ins is mandatory to perform at all games.

All roster check-ins will be sent to RUBEN@CRAFL.COM or fax to league office at 361-582-4424 no later than Monday the following week.

NOT SENDING IN ROSTER CHECK-INS WILL RESULT IN PLAYERS NOT PLAYING IN PLAYOFFS OR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

All teams must have a minimum of 25 players at each game.

Teams are able to carry a practice squad-players must be listed on the practice squad and league must be notified if player is to be moved to the active roster no later than Thursday of the game to be played.

 

GAME CONDUCT
Obscene language during the game by players, coaches, team reps or team sideline guess will not be accepted. (A)

1ST OFFENSE- 50.00 FINE AND ONE GAME SUSPENSION

2ND OFFENSE-100.00 FINE AND TWO GAME SUSPENSION

3RD OFFENSE- SUSPENSION OF THE SEASON

 

FIGHTING

THE LEAGUE HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IN AFFECT.

1ST OFFENSE- 300.00 FINE 2 GAME SUSPENSION

2ND OFFENSE IS YOUR LAST

THE PLAYER WHO IS THE AGGRESOR WILL BE THE ONE FINED AND SUSPENDED.

TEAM FIGHTING WILL RESULT IN A FORFIET AND THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE TEAMS FUTURE WITH THE LEAGUE.

 

EJECTIONS
PLAYERS THAT ARE EJECTED FOR ANY REASON WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE BOARD IN ORDER TO DISCIPLINE THE PLAYERS.
THREATS
REFEREES MUST BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY, REFEREES MUST NOTIFY COACHES OF BOTH TEAMS.
IF THREATS CONTINUE THE PLAYER IS EJECTED AND POLICE IS CALLED
THE REFEREES HAVE THE RIGHT TO CALL THE GAME IF THEY ARE THREATEN.
THREATENING A REFEREE WILL AUTOMATICILY RESULT IN A 300.00 FINE AND 3 GAME SUSPENSION.
TAUNTING
TAUNTING THE OPPOSING TEAM, STAFF, AND PLAYERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED BY THE PERSON WHO INSTIGATES IT OR THE PERSON WHO RETALIATES, BOTH CAN BE EJECTED. REFEREES WILL TAKE ACTION DURING THE GAME; LEAGUE WILL TAKE ACTION AFTER THE GAME. IF A PLAYER IS INJURED IN THE GAME ALL PLAYERS WILL REPORT TO THEIR TEAMS HUDLE AND NOT CELEBRATE WHILE THE PLAYER IS LOOKED AFTER. ACTIONS SUCH AS THESE SHOW NO CLASS AND WILL RESULT IN AN EJECTION AND LEAGUE ACTION.
FORFEITS
Forfeits will take place in these conditions.

Hosting team does not have a field by Wednesday, week of the game

Field is deemed unsafe by the head referee and the opposing team.

Field is not properly lined to league specs and missing such equipment as down markers, chains, and goal posts.

A team using an ineligible player who has not been released from previous team during the season or not in good standings with former team or league.

Team not meeting financial obligations to the league by the league mandated dates.

A team will not be held accountable if a game cannot be played because of act of nature, vehicle malfunction, school board overriding field usage for that game. If this occurs all attempts will be made to reschedule the game.

If a forfeit should acquire due to home or visiting teams irresponsibility to show up, teams will be held accountable for finances lost

Forfeits scores will be 2-0

More than 2 forfeits may result in a fine and or removal from the league.

 

TIE BREAKERS

The tiebreaker is decided by Divisional Games Played.

Head to Head

Points Allowed

Points Scored

Overall Record

 

GAME BALLS
All game balls will be NCAA official balls, full leather, official weight and size. Each team is responsible for bring their own official balls to the game. If teams do not have the official league ball the team that does not have the ball will purchase a ball from the opposing team. All balls must be inspected by head official before, at halftime, and during the game. Teams caught using a nonofficial will be subject to a fine or forfeit the game.
VENUE, DATE CHANGE, AND TIME CHANGE
In the event the host team or the visiting team is seeking a venue, date, or time change of a league schedule game, the following process must happen:

Any schedule conflict should be worked out prior to the season starting between the two teams, commissioner, and head official.

If a situation arises the opposing team, commissioner, and head official are to be contacted no less than 2 weeks before the scheduled contest in writing if the game needs to be switched to a new date and 1 week if it is a time change but keep the original date.

In the event a final decision cannot be reached between the two teams than the board will have the final say so on the date and time change the game will be played. Any noncompliance by either team after a decision is made by the board can result in a forfeit to the noncomplying team.

 

PROTESTED GAMES

Games can only be protested for administrative reasons. (Example) illegal players.

GAMES CAN BE PROTESTED BECAUSE OF AN OFFICIALS ERROR, ONLY IF IT CHANGES THE OUTCOME of the game, NOTHING MORE.

Teams that wish to protest a game must first notify the head official before the game starts, than notify the league commissioner within 24 hours and explain the incident in writing.

Improper marking of the field, player out of uniform, illegal ball, number of officials not correct are not reasons for a protest. These examples should be addressed before the game starts

If the board feels that the protest is valid, then the appropriate action will be taken.

 

OFFICIALS

All teams must use level 1, 2, or 3 officials for games.

All officials must understand that the CRAFL will use NCAA rules.

Each game will have a minimum of 5 officials for AA and 5 for AAA league.

Officials will fill out a game report and send it to the league, in the event of a problem.

Officials will have the option to report to the game 1 hour before the game starts for pregame meeting. It is important to have dressing room open for their pregame meeting. One rep from the hosting team will be assigned to their locker room to assure that no one from the visiting team nor may the home team interfere with their meeting.

Officials will report to their locker room during halftime and before the game starts with rep at their locker room door.

Players will not argue or threaten the officials during the game or after the game.

The league will assign officials without the knowledge of either team as well as ensure proper rotation to reduce the possibility of coercion.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER

Will receive a championship trophy, 40 championship rings, and a chance to host the all-star game at their stadium and keep all profits.