Month: February 2016

New DIFL Rules for 2016 Season

The DIFL Board of Directors adopted new rules at a meeting on Sunday, February 28, 2016. There is a link to the new DIFL Rules on the home page and in the site menu. The following list includes a summary of all the rules changes. But it is important to refer to the official DIFL Rules for the exact language.

  • Clarification of the rule that no “stripers” (players over weight limits) will be allowed to play on special teams, except for PAT (points after touchdown) plays.
  • During post-season practice for playoff games, the sundown time limitation for practice does not apply.
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of assistant coaches who can be on a teams sideline, but coaches must be on their team’s list of approved coaches, and all coaches are subject to a background check.
  • Field marking crew, a.k.a. chain crew, should be supplied by the home team. When supplied by the home team, the field marking crew, a.k.a. chain crew, must operate on the home team’s sideline.
  • Mouth guards are still required for all players, but they no longer have to be attached to the players’ facemasks.
  • No one is allowed to record video of another team. Violation of this rule is a level 4 offense and immediate expulsion from the league.
  • The player participation rule that requires a minimum of 10 plays from scrimmage for every player is now a guideline and will not be enforced by the DIFL with penalties. The DIFL does not have staff to monitor all teams and insure that this rule is followed uniformly.
  • Official game ball for Division I shall be Nike® brand “Youth” size. Official game ball for Division II shall be Nike® brand “Junior” size. Official game ball for Division III shall be Nike® brand “Pee Wee” size. DIFL Board of Directors are custodians of game balls and shall provide all game balls at game time.
  • The DIFL will begin keeping score for Division 3 games. However, the DIFL will still not maintain standings for Division 3, and there will not be playoffs for Division 3.
  • There are no longer any rules regarding what offensive backfield formations and defensive formations must be used for Division 3, except the defensive heads-up rule for Division 3.
  • Rules have been formalized for determining playoff-eligible teams and how to break ties in standings to determine playoff brackets.
  • Other miscellaneous items regarding the enforcement of rules.

Preparing DIFL for New 2016 Season

The DIFL Board of Directors has been meeting and working on exciting new improvements for the upcoming 2016 season. These changes will improve the experience for all participants in the DIFL, including players, parents, coaches, officials, and fans. Changes range from improved rules to improved league operations. The DIFL Board of Directors is confident that all DIFL stakeholders will notice the improvements through the upcoming 2016 season.

New website for DIFL

The DIFL Board of Directors is launching a new website for DIFL at TheDIFL.com. The reasons for the new website are as follows:

  • Better Communication – The previous website provided a lot of functionality that the DIFL didn’t use or want, and that unneeded functionality got in the way, making it difficult for coaches, parents, players, and fans, to find the information they needed.
  • Improved Management – Future members of the DIFL Board of Directors will not need web technology skills to keep the website up to date.
  • Improved Archives – The new website will make it much easier for the DIFL to archive information from previous seasons.
  • Better Technology – Utilizing proven open source technologies will help the DIFL maintain a website that is modern, easy to browse, and easy to maintain.
  • New Name – The website’s new host name (TheDIFL.com) will be much easier to communicate to others compared to the old host name (difl.teampages.com).
  • Cost Savings – By “turning off” the previous website, the DIFL will save almost $1,000 per year.

The new website might look a little plain at first. That is because the DIFL is focusing on migrating all of the vital information and functionality and building the optimal information architecture for the new website. Once that work is complete, a visually stunning and easy to use design will be added.

It is important to note that the new website will not include player information or communication tools for coaches. In the past, those features were problematic and rarely used. Coaches are free to use whatever online tools they prefer to communicate with parents and players on their team, including email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Google Sites, and more.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DIFL website manager at ServerAdmin@TheDIFL.com.