||Texas Six-Man Exception
|1-1 & 2
||Each team has six players. Unless
necessary to use the eleven-man field, the six-man field is 80 yards by 40
yards, with the 40 yard line being the center of the field. The two
inbounds lines (hash marks) are 40 feet from the sidelines. There will
also be marks that are measured 13 feet from the side lines. Goal posts
are 25 feet apart and the crossbar is 9 feet above the ground. Six-man
hash marks are 2 feet outside the goal posts
||When one team is 45 or more points
ahead at the end of the first half or if a team achieves a 45 point lead
during the second half, the game is ended immediately.
||Length of quarters is 10 minutes:
between quarters: 2 minutes; between halves: 15 minutes.
||During a try, the ball becomes
dead when Team B gains possession or it is obvious that a kick is
||Offense must advance 15 yards
instead of 10 yards in four downs.
||Unless relocated by penalty, the
kicking team's restraining line on a kickoff is the 30 yard line on a
six-man field and the 20 yard line for a free kick after a safety. The
receiving teams restraining line is 15 yards from the point of kickoff.
There is no requirement to have a minimum number of players on either side
of the kicker.
||The ball must travel 15 yards on a
kick off (or place kick/punt after a safety) or be touched by the
receiving team before members of the kicking team are eligible to touch
||A free kick out of bound between
the goal lines untouched inbounds by a player of Team B is a foul (A.R.
6-2-1-I-IV). PENALTY-Live-ball foul. Five yards from the previous spot or
the receiving team may put the ball in play 20 yards beyond Team A's
restraining line at the inbounds spot or receiving team's ball 5 yards
from spot where ball went out of bounds. (S19).
||Unless the ball is kicked or
forward passed, it may not be advanced beyond the neutral zone until AFTER
AN EXCHANGE has been make between the receiver of the snap and another
person. EXCEPTION: Any player of Team A may advance a loose ball after it
has been touched by a Team B player. PENALTY: 5 yards plus loss of down
(illegal procedure) from the previous spot. An exchange is completed when
possession of the football is gained by receiver of the snap, given up
voluntarily or involuntarily by the receiver of the snap and possession is regained by
another Team A player.
||If the snap is muffed and a Team A
player catches or recovers the ball beyond the neutral zone, he may not
advance it. PENALTY: Loss of down (illegal procedure) from previous spot,
5 yards from the previous spot is also assessed if the Team A player
advances the ball. If a Team A player catches or recovers the muffed snap
behind the neutral zone, he may legally advance it only after an exchange.
||At least 3 Team A players shall be
on their line of scrimmage at the snap.
||The ball may be handed in any
direction to any player during a scrimmage down behind the neutral zone. A
lineman may receive a forward hand-off at any time and is not required to
be 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and does not have to face his goal
prior to receiving the hand-off. EXCEPTION: The ball may not be handed
forward to the snapper through his legs. PENALTY: 5 yards from the
previous spot and loss of down.
||The ball is dead when a passer
catches his own pass (untouched by Team B), and it is ruled as an
incomplete forward pass.
||All players are eligible to catch
a forward pass, except that a pass is ruled incomplete when caught by the
passer (see preceding rule). If a forward pass is thrown to the snapper,
it must travel at least one yard in flight.
||Field goals count 4 points;
successful try, 2 points if successful through place or drop kick and 1
point if successful by pass or run. The defense may not score on a try.
||When a team is in an offensive or scrimmage
kick formation, a defensive player may not initiate contact with the snapper
until one second has elapsed after the snap.
UIL 6 Man Rules./Approved Rulings