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Defensive Formations and Rules
1) Any defensive formation is allowed, subject to the following rules:
a. No more than six players are allowed on the line of scrimmage.
b. Linebackers, safeties, cornerbacks must be at least 3 yards from the line of scrimmage and are not allowed to blitz, or charge the offensive line, until the center has snapped the football.
c. Motion or movement in any direction, by any defensive backfield player of more than one step, is not allowed until the center has snapped the football. No defensive shifts are allowed
d. The center cannot be hit by a defensive player at the snap of the ball until the defensive player contacts another offensive player. Attempting to contact the center first to prevent a play from starting is not allowed
e. All interior defensive linemen must be in a three or four point stance, or hands on their knees (two point stance). This does not include defensive ends.
2) Example formations are below. These are suggested examples and not required.