Frederick Bowl

We hosted our first ever Frederick Honors College 5v5 flag football tournament, the Frederick Bowl, on Saturday, January 27, 3:00–8:00 p.m., at the Pitt Sports Dome. Check back for details for the 2025 Frederick Bowl!

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Offensive Rules

  • All passes must be forward and received beyond the line of scrimmage
  • All players on offense are eligible receivers
  • Only direct handoffs are permitted—there are no laterals or pitches anywhere on the field 
  • The quarterback has seven-second pass clock to get rid of the ball
  • The quarterback can’t run with the ball unless it was handed off first
  • Offensive players must steer clear of the rusher and may not get in his/her way
  • All offensive flag football penalties result in a loss of down and yardage

Defensive Rules

  • Any defensive player lined up seven yards off the line of scrimmage is eligible to rush
  • If the ball is handed off, any defender may rush
  • Interceptions are returnable (even on extra point attempts)
  • The ball is dead when it hits the ground, the offensive player’s flag is pulled from their belt, the ball-carrier steps out of bounds, or the ball-carrier’s body—outside of their hands or feet—touches the ground
  • All defensive flag football penalties result in an automatic first down and some are associated with yardage

No Run Zone

  • Whenever the offense is 5 yards or less from a first down or touchdown, they are now in the No Run Zone. Any play in the no run zone must be a pass. They cannot hand the ball off and run for the first down or touchdown.

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