rules for competition and championship play in the National College
Footgolf Association, NCFGA.
National College FootGolf Association
Ė Rules of Play -
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The National College FootGolf Association or NCFGA is the official
governing body for the collegiate division of footgolf teams. The
NCFGA will establish competition and program rules that will seek to
promote an organized league structure, safety, sportsmanship, and
expand overall growth of the program.
Rules are subject to change and may be adjusted or changed as
necessary by the NCFGA. The rules will be reviewed on a regular
basis and updated to meet the needs of the program.
The NCFGA offers a fall season and a spring season of competition.
Games and tournaments will be offered over the course of the season
for Menís, Womenís and Coed teams. A final championship event will
be held at the end of the fall and the spring season for each
division of play. The fall and spring seasons will be completely
separate and independent.
Participating teams must register their team and pay the NCFGA
membership fee each season. The NCFGA membership fee is $150/team
and is payable prior to the beginning of a season.
Eligibility: Participating teams must be a student group
representative of a college or university. All teams must be able
to provide proof of eligibility, and must be an official student
club team that has been approved as a valid organization by their
campus administration (Student Affairs, Athletics, or Campus
Recreation). Violation of this rule will result in immediate team
Player Eligibility: All members of a respective team must be
enrolled as a full-time college student at the same institution.
Part-time college students are not eligible to participate.
Team Roster: Teams must have a minimum of 5 players and a
maximum of 8 players on the roster. In Coed play, team rosters are
typically comprised of 50% men and 50% women.
Roster Changes: Players may be added and removed from your
roster for a limited time period. For the fall season, changes can
only be made prior to October 1st, and for the spring
season, changes can only be made prior to April 1st.
Roster additions must conform to eligibility requirements. No
changes can be made after the dates of 10/1 (fall) and 4/1 (spring).
Registration/Team Roster Management: Participating teams
will use the CollegeFootGolf.com website and our online registration
system to register their team, pay their NCFGA membership,
enter/edit their team roster, and sign up for events. Registration,
team administration, and payments will only be accepted online.
All participating teams are required to have a team captain who is
the primary representative and point of contact for their team. The
team captain will oversee the operation of their team during the
season to ensure that their team members abide by the rules of NCFGA.
Uniforms: Official team uniforms are not required.
Participating teams must wear clothing or accessory that designates
their respective institution name.
Sportsmanship and Player/Team Conduct: All participants are
required to follow the rules of good sportsmanship, honest and fair
play, and be courteous and considerate of other participants, league
officials, or anyone they contact throughout all events sanctioned
by the NCFGA. Inappropriate language, verbal or physical abuse,
fighting, taunting, or any other act of unsportsmanlike conduct will
not be tolerated. Violation of the sportsmanship rule will be
handled by the NCFGA and can result in ejection, temporary and
permanent disqualification of a player and/or team.
Protest or Dispute: Team captains must contact the NCFGA
within 72 hours to lodge a protest, or to communicate any issue or
Injury Report: An injury report must be filed with the NCFGA
within 72 hours or sooner of the accident/injury.
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illegal Substances: Participants may
not bring any of these products or use any of these products during
competition. These products may not be consumed at any NCFGA event
location. Smokeless tobacco and E-cigarettes are also not permitted
as outlined in this rule.
Liability Waiver: All participants in the NCFGA must complete
required liability waiver documents and registration forms.
Participating teams may be required to provide a copy of their team
liability insurance. In addition, all participants willingly engage
in NCFGA events and individually accept the risk of bodily injury or
possible accidents that could occur as a result of their
participation in NCFGA events, and accept the potential risk
incurred traveling to NCFGA event locations.
Event Ė Tournament Rules
Team Lineup: Teams playing in an event or tournament may
have a maximum of five players, and must have a minimum of four
players to participate in the competition. No substitutions can be
made after a competition has started. For Coed play, teams may have
2 men and 3 women, or 3 men and 2 women.
Scoring: Teams will achieve a cumulative score total for
18-holes of play based on the lowest scores of four players.
Therefore, one playerís results will not be included in the team
score for the event. In coed play, the team score must be based on
two men and two women.
Event Schedule: Teams may choose to enter events at their
discretion. Events are scheduled throughout the season, generally
over a period of 6-8 weeks. Teams may only play a maximum of two
events per day. Events are scheduled on weekday and weekend dates.
Dates and times of events are subject to change and/or cancellation
for any reason. Additional event dates could be added to the
published schedule if there are sufficient teams able to play on an
alternate date. Events are scheduled for Menís, Womenís, and Coed
Event Registration: Teams must register for events using the
online registration system provided by the NCFGA. Registration
deadlines may be extended if necessary at the discretion of the
Event Format Shotgun Style: Participating teams and their five
team members will be assigned a starting hole. Each starting hole
will consist of a group of competitors with one player from 3 to 5
different club teams. Therefore, one team will be dispersed on 5
different starting holes, and will play the event with players
representing other club teams. Scoring will be confirmed by all
players and recorded on the score card after each hole of play.
Equipment: Cleats are not allowed. Participants must wear
sneakers or indoor soccer shoes. Each participant must use a
regulation size 5 soccer ball.
Kick Off: The ball must be placed in between the tee markers
for each hole.
Legal Kick: The side of the foot or the toe may only contact
the ball once. The bottom of the foot may not be used to push the
Kicking Order: The ball furthest from the hole kicks first.
Event - Tournament Rules
Putting Green: Any ball sitting on a putting green must be
moved off but moved no closer to the hole. There is no penalty
Unplayable ball: Any ball that is unplayable on the course, the
players may take up to 2 steps and place the ball and kick. The
ball may not be moved closer to the hole. The penalty stroke for an
unplayable ball is a 1 shot penalty stroke.
Moving the Ball: Your ball should only be moved if it is on a
putting green or unplayable. The only other time that it can be
moved is when the ball is obstructing another playerís kick. In
this case, the ball may be marked and lifted to eliminate the
Flag Stick: The flag stick may be left in the cup or removed at
the discretion of the players.
Kicking/Scoring: Each player continues to kick until their ball
goes in the hole. The number of kicks taken plus any penalty
strokes will be recorded on the score card. The lowest score kicks
off first on the next hole.
Riding Carts: Participants may rent a riding cart. Carts must
be kept at least 10 yards away from all putting greens, tee box
areas, and from the footgolf cup holes.
Each season, a championship event will be held for all divisions of
play: Men, Women, and Coed.
Championship Eligibility: A team must participate in a minimum
of five NCFGA events to become eligible for the championship event.
Each team will generate a season score average determined by the
team scores earned in the regular season events divided by the
number of events entered. All teams will be seeded based on their
teamís scoring average for the season.
Championship Field: The top 32 teams will qualify for the
championship event in both the Menís and Womenís divisions. The top
20 teams will qualify for the championship event in Coed play.
Event Format: The championship event will include a preliminary
1st round and a final 2nd round of
participants. For the Menís and Womenís Championship, the top 8
teams will move from the preliminary round to the final round. For
Coed play, the top 5 teams will move from the preliminary round to
the final round.
Top Seeds earn a Bye to Final Round: For the Menís and Womenís
championship event, the top 2 teams in each gender division will be
awarded an automatic bye and advance to the final round. The teams
earning byes will begin the final round with a team score equal to
the best score earned by any team in the first round. For the Coed
championship event, the top 5 teams will receive an automatic bye
and advance to the final round (team score to be handled just like
the Menís & Womenís bye teams).
Menís Championship: 30 teams will compete in the 1st
round with the top 8 advancing to the final round. Two menís teams
will automatically earn a trip to the final round. The final round
will be comprised of 10 menís teams.
Womenís Championship: 30 teams will compete in the 1st
round with the top 8 advancing to the final round. Two womenís
teams will automatically earn a trip to the final round. The final
round will be comprised of 10 womenís teams.
Coed Championship: 15 teams will compete in the 1st
round with the top 5 advancing to the final round. Five coed teams
will automatically earn a trip to the final round. The final round
will be comprised of 10 coed teams.
Scoring: Scores will carry over from the 1st round
to the final round. All bye teams are automatically assigned a
first round score that is equivalent to the top scoring team from
the 1st round in their division of play. The final round
team score will be added to the score achieved (assigned for bye
teams) in the 1st round. The team with the lowest score
wins the championship.
Championship Seeding and Tiebreakers:
Byes and ties: Any tie for a bye position, a tie for
championship event eligibility, or a tie among teams competing for
entry in the final championship round will be determined based on
the following sequential tie-breaker comparisons: #1 Most events
played, #2 Lowest event score, #3 Lowest high score, #4 Coin flip.
Final Round Tie: A sudden death playoff will occur in the
event of a tie at the conclusion of the final round of championship
play. All teams tied atop the leader board will continue play
starting at the 1st hole and proceed until one team is
left with the low score. Extra play will require only 1 hole or may
keep going until the tie has been resolved and a champion has been
Scoring: Championship play will be scored using the same
method as regular season events, see rule 3.2.
Player Substitutions: See rule 3.1. No substitutions are
allowed at any time during championship play.
Weather Ė Darkness Ė Other Safety Issues:
The NCFGA reserves the right to stop play, delay, suspend, or cancel
events at any time due to inclement weather, darkness, act of
nature, or under any circumstances that jeopardize the safety of
When possible, the NCFGA will make every reasonable attempt to
operate events from start to finish as they were intended. The
NCFGA reserves the right to change event format, modify elements of
the event, or utilize alternate plans of action, if necessary for
The NCFGA will not typically refund any team fees including NCFGA
membership, registration, or event fees. Fees are non-refundable.
The NCFGA will strive to make good decisions and may elect to
reimburse teams, in some cases.
The NCFGA will try to reschedule, re-play, and make-up events that
are postponed due to weather or any other reason.
Team Awards: Teams that have earned a championship title
will receive award to signify their accomplishment. The NCFGA may
elect to give various other awards to individuals and/or teams that
have displayed outstanding accomplishments for the season, or who
have earned special honors or achievement. No monetary awards will
be given to any individual or team.
Honor System and Final Thoughts:
The NCFGA program is based on the belief that participants will
always act and compete in a manner that is honest, fair, and with
the utmost integrity for the game and sports. Cheating of any kind
or any actions taken by individuals or teams to circumvent rules and
fair play will result in absolute banishment from the program.
The NCFGA believes that all participants should be able to enjoy
playing footgolf, enjoy the competition among peer institutions,
enjoy the camaraderie and opportunity for new friendships, be
healthy and safe, and to always play the game the right way.
The NCFGA encourages team representatives, captains, and
participants to be active and engaged in the program. Please help
to grow the game and program by telling other students. In
addition, we encourage you to submit your questions, ideas,
concerns, or input that could be a valuable component shaping the
development of the NCFGA program. We thank you for your support and
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