Pickup Flag Football 6v6 Snapper-Eligible Rules

The following is meant as a supplement to the official rules of Pickup Football. Below you’ll find rules and clarifications specific to 6v6 co-ed play. Anything not listed on this page is addressed in the Official Rule Book and Guidelines [Download PDF]


  • Teams will provide their own uniform shirts, matching in color with as little variation as possible.
  • Teams must use the official tournament ball, provided by Pickup Football.
  • Pickup Football will provide belts and flags. Players may bring their own belts/flags as long as the belts have two flags and are “popper” style.
  • Shirts must be tucked into belts or pants/shorts.
  • Sandals/flip flops, dress shoes, and metal cleats are not allowed. Molded cleats and sneakers are the only acceptable footwear on the field.
    • For Beach events:  Participants may play in sneakers with soft rubber soles, sand socks, and bare feet


  • Field lengths vary; approximately 25 yards in width
  • End zones are seven (7) yards long
  • Possessions to start halves, following scores, or following touchbacks will begin at the 5-yard line.
  • Number of first downs varies. First down distance is generally 20 yards in length.


  • Games will be played 6-on-6, with a maximum of 4 men on the field.
  • Teams must have at least five (4) players to start a game, with a minimum of one (1) woman. Games will begin as scheduled as long as both teams have at least five (5) players.


4.1 Snapping / Hiking the Ball

  • The snapper is eligible to leave the line of scrimmage and receive a forward pass
    NOTE: The snapper must avoid the rusher in all cases, unless the referee determines that the rusher has intentionally impeded the snapper’s path. Snappers should deliver the snap, then locate the rusher before leaving the line of scrimmage.
  • Any offensive player can receive the snap, regardless of position in formation.
  • Any offensive player can verbally “hike”/initiate the snap. The offense can snap the ball on a silent count.
  • The ball must be snapped from the ground, even in the rain (ball can be snapped from the surface of snow if applicable).
  • Prior to the snap, the snapper may adjust the ball in order to pick it up or reposition it.
  • The snap must be delivered in one motion, i.e., no double clutching or delayed motion, no standing up then pitching ball, etc.
  • There is no blocking or setting of screens by any player. 

Note: While the snapper bears the primary responsibility to avoid contact with a blitzing rusher, referees will have discretion to flag a rusher for intentionally impeding the snapper’s path or initiating contact with the snapper.