2017 Rules PDF Document


1.1 Organization:

  1. 1.2  The RAVE is a middle school football league for students who attend seventh and eighth grade and live or go to school at Eastview, Rosemount, or Apple Valley schools.
  2. 1.3  Each youth sports association (Eastview Athletic Association, Rosemount Area Athletic Association and Valley Athletic Association), has its own governing body. Each member association will select a program representative who coordinates age-specific football activities in his or her association and also serves on the RAVE Governing Committee. The RAVE Governing Committee consist s of a Program Representative from each association and each high school head coach. Commissioner and co-commissioner positions are selected from the group of association representatives and will rotate annually from one association to another in the following order: Rosemount and Apple Valley and Eastview. As example for 2017 Apple Valley will serve as Commissioner and next in succession, Eastview will serve as Co -Commissioner. This progression will then follow the above listed associations.

1.4 Rules: The RAVE Governing Committee establishes the rules and regulations.

1.5 Voting: Each association will have one vote. The vote must be given by the high school head coach or by association member of the governing committee. A 75% approval is necessary to enact any policy change.

1.6 Insurance and Release: RAVE is not responsible for the condition of any player equipment, team equipment or football fields. Equipment and fields are provided by the member associations. RAVE is not responsible for providing health, accident or liability insurance to any player, coach, official or spectator or other person. Insurance, if any, is provided by the member associations. RAVE is not responsible for any bodily injuries or damages sustained by any player, coach, official, spectator, or other person while participating in or attending league games or tournaments. In consideration of being permitted to participate in the league and for other good and valuable consideration the sufficiency of which each league member has acknowledged, each league member agrees to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify RAVE and its respective incorporators, officers, directors, shareholders, Governing Committee members, agents, employees, staff , sponsors , legal representatives, administrators, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, owners, operators, successors and assigns (collectively referred to herein as “Releases”) from and against any and all liability for any and all losses and damages of any type or kind, and from any and all claims, suits, demands, actions or rights of actions , of whatever kind, either in law or in equity, arising from or by reason of death, bodily injury or property damage which may occur to persons while participating in, or while attending league games and tournaments, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligent act or omission of the Releases. The league member associations agree to provide Liability Insurance Coverage of not less than $500,000 and agree to provide a certificate of Insurance listing RAVE as an additional insured.


2.1 Registration and Player Eligibility:

  1. 2.2  The player must satisfy the traveling sports participation guidelines of his or her home association.
  2. 2.3  Players must play at the grade level they are currently enrolled. Associations may seek board approval to play athletes at a higher age level. A 75% approval is required to allow this change. Any 7th grader playing at 8th grade is subject to the rules and regulations of all 7th graders.
  3. 2.4  Team rosters must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 18th, 2017 identifying the names, weights (7th and 8th Grade), and jersey numbers of each player. The official RAVE Roster form must be completed by each team. Final team rosters are an integral part of the league rules. The roster form for each grade level is included as a separate attachment to this document.

3.1 Weight Limitations:

  1. 3.2  A Players official weight will be identified on the official team roster by their respective associations (7th and 8th Grade).
  2. 3.3  BACKFIELD POSITIONS (QB/RB/FL/WB/SB): Players are eligible to play these positions who weigh (without equipment) less than or equal to the following weights:
    – 7thGrade:150lbs.(playersexceedingthisweight,mustline-uponthelineofscrimmage on offense)
    – 8thGrade:185lbs.(playersexceedingthisweight,mustline-uponthelineof

    scrimmage on offense)

  3. 3.4  Play will be blown dead when an ineligible offensive player has the ball. An offensive end that exceeds the weight restriction may advance the ball only by catching a forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage. Upon receiving a forward pass, any offensive player who exceeds weight restriction may run (advance) the ball.
  4. 3.5  Punters/ Kickers: A player of any weight can be used; however, a kicker exceeding the weight limit rule outlined in Rule 3.3 may not advance the ball by run or pass.

4.1 Team Size and Selection:

  1. 4.2  Each team shall consist of no fewer than seventeen (17) players, but RAVE recommends no fewer than twenty (20) players per team. HOWEVER, IF THE MEMBER ASSOCIATION HAS SUFFICIENT REGISTERED PLAYERS TO FORM MULTIPLE TEAMS OF LEAGUE MANDATED MINIMUM SIZE, THE MEMBER ASSOCIATION MUST FORM MULTIPLE TEAMS OF REASONABLY EQUAL SIZE. Each association may add players to teams as long as they are placed in a talent-balanced manner, and prior to the final roster date. Any deviation from these team-size stipulations, must be approved by the governing board. See the table below for team size distribution.
  2. 4.3  Each member association will create teams from his or her association by draft or similar means to produce teams of equal strength and/or talent. Each association must form talent- balanced teams to the best of their ability. Subsequent players added after the distribution of players must also be added in a talent-balanced manner. The goal for each association is to construct teams in each age group that are equal in talent and/or ability.
  3. 4.4  After rosters are final, the exchange of players between teams is prohibited; except in very unusual circumstances and with the advanced approval of the Governing Committee.
  4. 4.5  Member associations may roster a player who resides within the geographical attendance boundaries of their association’s high school, and meets all applicable traveling sports participation policies as defined by the player’s home association.Players who reside outside of the geographical boundaries of the association’s High School must:
    1. Satisfy any traveling sports participation policy defined by the member association.
    2. Attend a public or private school within the geographical boundaries of theassociation’s High School; or,
    3. Have played football for the association’s youth program for two (2) consecutiveyears preceding their 7th grade season.

    The High School attendance boundary map will settle all disputes between associations and determining a player’s eligibility to participate member association team.

  5. 4.6  Each association is responsible for providing coaches for each team. No more than four (4)









coaches may be on the sidelines during a game. Only the head coach may talk to the referees.

5.1 Game Rules:

  1. 5.2  Where not specifically addressed, Minnesota State High School League (“MSHSL”) rules are applied. The MSHSL rules apply to players, coaches, parents, and referees. Go to for information.
  2. 5.3  Video-taping of opponents for the purposes of advance scouting is prohibited.
  3. 5.4  Playing Time Rules: RAVE encourages teams to play all rostered players as much as possible. From a league standpoint, each player on the roster must play a minimum of eight (8) plays in a game (offense, defense, and/or special teams). Each member association may set minimum/ maximum playing time rules in addition to the league mandated minimum.
  4. 5.5  Game Time: Four quarters of fifteen (15) minute running time (during running time, the clock does not stop except for time-out s, injuries, penalties, touchdowns and change of possessions). Stop time applies during the last two (2) minutes of each half. During the last two minutes of each half the clock will stop for time outs, injuries, penalties, touchdowns, incomplete passes, first downs, change of possession and out of bounds. If at any time a team leads by more than 21 points in the fourth Quarter there will be no stoppage of time (except for injuries and penalties).
  5. 5.6  7th Grade Defensive Alignment: Linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties must line up at least three (3) yards off the line of scrimmage and may not move forward until the ball is snapped.
  6. 5.7  8th Grade Defensive Alignment: Follow MSHSL rules.
  7. 5.8  7th Grade Defensive Linemen: A maximum of six (6) defensive linemen are allowed. This rule does not apply if the ball is inside the defensive team’s ten (10) yard line; however, linebackers, corners and safeties may not move forward until the ball is snapped.
  8. 5.9  Extra Points and scoring: Following a touchdown, the coach will have the choice to go for 1 point or 2 points. (The coach will tell the referee his choice.) 1 point conversions will be from the 3 yard line. 2 point conversions will be from the 8 yard line. Once the choice is declared and a play is run or a penalty occurs prior to the play, the choice cannot be changed. For any game field with goal posts, kicking the extra point is permitted, and a successful try is 1 point. Field goals may also be attempted on any game field with goal-posts.
  1. 5.10  Overtime: In case of a tie at the end of regulation, each team will have four (4) plays to score from the 10 yard line. Same extra point rule (5.9) will apply. If the score remain in a tie, a second overtime round will be played, using the same rules. There is a maximum of two overtimes during the regular season. If the score remains a tie, it will be a tie. In the playoffs, teams will continue to play until there is a winner.
  2. 5.11  Game Balls: Intermediate sized foot balls must be approved by RAVE (Nike or Wilson Y- 1000 is the correct size ball).
  3. 5.12  Personal Fouls: The officials may eject any player or coach who receives an unsportsmanlike penalty from the game with no warning. A player or coach who receives two unsportsmanlike penalties in one game is automatically ejected. Any player or coach who is ejected from a game is suspended for the next game. The ejected team member’s coach must inform his or her association’s Program Director of the ejection within 24 hours of the ejection. The Program Director will notify the RAVE Commissioner with 48 hours. The Commissioner will notify the RAVE Governing Committee of the incident and final ruling. The Governing Committee may remove a player, coach, parent or fan for chronic misconduct or egregious behavior during league activities from an official team roster, rendering the player, coach, parent or fan ineligible to participate in the league.
  4. 5.13  Game Cancellations: The Program Director of the association where a game is scheduled to be played will determine whether a game should be cancelled because of weather or field conditions before the start of the game. Each member association is responsible for the condition of the fields and field equipment needed for the games. The officials have the authority to cancel a game or delay a game that is in progress.
  5. 5.14  Re-scheduling of Games: Once the league game schedule is set, games will not be rescheduled except in the case of inclement weather or a school-sanctioned event that brings the team’s available players below the league minimum defined in Rule 4.1. If either of these exceptions occurs, it is up to the two coaches to work with each other and the league to find a date and location that works for the two teams. The league will notify the referees of the change. Failure to reschedule a game will result in a loss for both teams. (If a game is cancelled due to weather within 4 days of the start of playoffs, the game will be eliminated (no win or loss) unless a viable option to reschedule is found.)
  6. 5.15  Game Score Reporting: ALL HEAD COACHES (winners AND losers) must report scores via e-mail to {e-mail account needed} within 24 hours of game completion. Please include the following information:

1. Subject line: Grade, both team names & date

  1. Text body: Gam e Score and location
  2. Text body: # of referees at the game (used for tracking/ billing purposes).

6.1 RAVE League Regular Season:

  1. 6.2  Official league activities may begin on July 30th.
  2. 6.3  Regular Season
    1. 6.3.1  First games will generally begin 2 weeks prior to the Labor Day weekend.
    2. 6.3.2  Number of Games/Practices: the league will attempt to schedule an 8 game regular season schedule; no more than two (2) regular season league games per week. However, more than two games in a week may be necessary due to weather related issues and/or playoffs. A schedule resulting in more than 3 games in a seven (7) day period will require board consideration.
    3. 6.3.3  A team may not have more than five (5) events (games/practices) per week.
    4. 6.3.4  During the regular season, every effort will be made for each team to have at least one game with a team from each association. In some instances, this may not be impossible.
    5. 6.3.5  Field equipment and volunteers to staff the chains and down markers supplied by the home team. Chains and down markers must be on the home team side of the field. (Unless otherwise agreed by both teams in an extraordinary circumstance).

7.1 RAVE League Playoffs:

  1. 7.2  The governing committee will seed teams for the playoff s using the following criteria in order:
    1. Overall record determined by winning percentage.
    2. Head-to-head competition (where applicable).
    3. Record vs. common opponents (where all teams tied played the same teams)
    4. Defensive points allowed
    5. Point differential (maximum 14 points per game).
    6. Coin Flip
  2. 7.3  Playoff Structure: Pure bracket to be determined once final rosters are submitted.
  3. 7.4  2017 Championship site: TBD.

8.1 League Fees and Expenses:

  1. 8.2  League Participation Fee: Each member association pays a proportionate amount of the league expenses to be determined by the Governing Committee. The per-player fee will be determined based on expenses.
  2. 8.3  Official’s Expense: Three (3) officials will be scheduled for all games. The officials will be middle school/high school certified. The home team is responsible for payment. Championship day referees will be paid for by the league.

Agreed and signed by each Association’s Representative on behalf of their Athletic Association.