08/29/15- Reminder about 8 Quarter Participation Limit for Football

August 29, 2015 Football Blog Updates

With the season now in full swing, it is timely to remind all representatives of the football programs about the limit of eight quarters per week (Friday through the following Thursday) for high school football players. While this information has been distributed on multiple occasions to coaches at all levels (grades 9-12), it is again reiterated to prevent the use of ineligible players at any time.

  • Each player is limited to eight quarters per week in contests, from Friday through the following Thursday, starting with the Friday of Week 0.
  • Participation in one play during a quarter counts as that student having now participated.
  • If contests have quarters that are six minutes or less, each quarter played counts as one-half of a quarter toward the eight-quarter limit.
  • Any contest with periods longer than six minutes counts as a full quarter for each quarter played.
  • By rule, overtime is an extension of the 4th quarter and does not count as an additional period(s).
  • For example, student A plays in three different quarters of a varsity game on Friday, then four quarters of a ten-minute period freshman game, that player could only play one quarter of the junior varsity game that is played through the next Thursday following the varsity game.
  • As another example, a freshman student plays in all four quarters of the varsity game on Friday, then all four quarters of a JV game on Monday in which the periods are 8 minutes in length. That player could not play in another contest of any type at any level until that Friday.
  • A last example, a freshman student plays in all four quarters of the varsity game on Friday, then all four quarters of a JV game on Monday in which the periods are 6 minutes in length. That player has two quarters remaining to participate through that Thursday as the Monday quarters only counted as 1/2 of a quarter each toward the 8 quarter limit.

To track the participation, coaches are strongly encouraged to utilize the new form FB136 at http://khsaa.org/forms/fb136.pdf or http://khsaa.org/forms/fb136.docx. At least ten (10) percent of the football programs will be randomly audited at the end of the season to produce these records, and failure to do so will subject the school to penalties under Bylaw 27 for violation of Bylaw 18.

Best of luck for continued safe play.