New Amateur Tackle Rules

Football Canada Makes Changes To Rulebook

The Football Canada Tackle Rules Committee has adapted a number of changes, clarifications and corrections approved to the Canadian Amateur Tackle Football Rule Book. The changes are for immediate distribution and implementation.

The changes include:

  • Extending the Tandem Buck Rule (pushing, pulling or charging into the ball carrier to assist his/her forward progress) to include the ball carrier on any play (e.g. turnover, punt return)
  • Amending the Horse Collar Rule (pulling the ball carrier down by grasping the inside of the shoulder pads/collar) to include the outside of the jersey above the numbers
  • New numbering system for eligible & ineligible receivers which was announced last year is now to be fully implemented

Full details including rationale for the changes can be found below:

2015 Tackle rule changes


2015 VMFL Annual General Meeting

The VMFL hosted its AGM on Saturday, February 28 and the following individuals were elected to serve as the association’s Executive:
Valder Belgrave – President
Joe Connelly – Vice President
Jayne Ogundehinde – Secretary
Gordon Francis – Director
Paul Lancaster – Director
Kevin Parks – Director
Shafeel Rahiman – Director
The following individuals were recognized:
Coach of the Year Award – James Young (Westside Warriors)
Awarded to a coach of any level in any division that shows exemplary standards in coaching and upholding the values of the Vancouver Mainland Football League
John Henry Award – Ashley Stadnyk (North Surrey Cheerleading)
Awarded to a player of cheerleader that has overcome the challenges beyond the sport by dealing with a physical, mental or personal hardship. 
Builder Award – Doug Pauls (VMFL Director)
Awarded to a person or persons for their long time commitment and outstanding work in building and promoting community football through programs, awareness, leadership or any other means.
VMFL Helen Johnson Scholarship Award recipients

Each year the Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL) awards three $500.00 education grants to qualifying Bantam or Midget players, or Senior Cheerleaders. The 2014 recipients are:

Colby Peters (North Surrey)
Taylor Pencer (North Delta)
Mark Ruston-Brown (Nanaimo)

2015 Spring Flag Schedule

Sunday, April 26th – Coquitlam – Coquitlam Towncentre (Percy Perry Stadium)
Sunday, May 3rd – North Delta – John Oliver Park
Saturday, May 9th – Royal City – Mercer Stadium
Sunday, May 24th – Richmond – Hugh Boyd Park
Saturday, May 30th – Chilliwack – Townsend Park

BCCFA U19 Provincial championship
Sunday, May 31st – Richmond – Hugh Boyd Park

BCCFA U10/12/14/16 Provincial championship
Sat./Sun. June 6th & 7th

VMFL Spring Flag football coaches orientation
Wed. March 11th 7 – 8 pm
Pearson Gym – New Westminster High School
835 Eighth Ave (& Tenth St)
New Westminster

Review – Coach’s code of conduct – CCOC
philosophy of play for 2015

Special clinic presenter – Joe Paopao (new SFU football offensive coordinator)

‘How to throw a football + How to be a great coach – by the Throwin’ Samoan