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From: The Risk National Federation of State High School Associations;
an effort to continue minimizing the risk of injury in high school
football, three additional rules will take effect in the 2013 season to
address helmets coming off players' heads during games.
three risk-minimization additions were among 10 rules changes approved
by the Risk National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
Football Rules Committee at its January meeting. All rules changes were
subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
a follow-up to last year's rules change that requires players to sit
out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live, the three
additional rules are extensions of last year's change.
illegal personal contact foul was added to Rule 9-4-3 to state that "no
player or non-player shall initiate contact with an opposing player
whose helmet has come completely off."
addition, a new listing in Rule 9-6-4 will state that it is illegal
participation "for a player whose helmet comes completely off during a
down to continue to participate beyond the immediate action in which the
player is engaged."
its continued focus on risk minimization, the committee determined that
a helmetless player shall not block, tackle or otherwise participate
beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged when the
helmet came completely off," said Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports
and sports medicine. "The penalty would be a live-ball, basic-spot
committee also added language to Rule 3-5-10 to clarify that if the
helmet comes completely off during the down or subsequent dead-ball
action related to the down – and is not directly attributable to a foul
by the opponent – the player must leave the game for at least one down,
with the exception of halftime or overtime intermission. When this
occurs, an official's time-out shall be called.
safety has been and will continue to be the top priority for members of
the NFHS Football Rules Committee," said Brad Garrett, chair of the
NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant executive director of the
Oregon School Activities Association. "These rules changes regarding
helmetless players are more examples of the group's commitment to
minimize risk within the game."
the most significant rules change next season will be one that reduces
the penalty for pass interference. While the 15-yard penalty will remain
for both offensive and defensive pass interference, the loss of down
has been removed for offensive pass interference and the automatic first
down has been eliminated for defensive pass interference.
and defensive pass interference and the penalty structure related to
these fouls has been debated many times in recent years," Garrett said.
"Proposals that either deleted the loss of down or the automatic first
down – but not both – failed to gain support among committee members.
The proposal to eliminate both components, thus not upsetting the
balance between offense and defense, was the key factor in the adoption
of the new rule."
change at high school football games next year will be the expanded use
of communication devices. In specific situations, coaches, players and
non-players will be allowed to use any form of communication technology.
expansion of the rule allows the use of communication devices during
authorized conferences outside the nine-yard marks, on the sidelines and
during the halftime intermission. Use of communication devices by
players, except conferences outside the nine-yard mark, continues to be
Rule 2-4-1, the committee clarified the rule approved last year
regarding the definition of a catch, which stated that a receiver is
required to establish possession of the ball and contact the ground
inbounds while maintaining possession – regardless of the opponent's
committee clarified the definition of a catch such that an airborne
player who has forward progress stopped inbounds and is carried out of
bounds by an opponent before contacting the ground is awarded a catch at
the spot of forward progress," Colgate said.
Rule 9-3-8, the committee added another provision to the rule enacted
last year regarding contact by the kicking team against members of the
receiving team. The new provision stipulates that the kicking team may
initiate contact once the receiving team has initiated a block within
the neutral zone.
committee also approved the addition of a 15-yard penalty to the
existing option of accepting an awarded fair catch for kick-catch
in Rule 8-3-3, the committee clarified that the touchdown scoring team
is the only team that can score on a try, and in Rule 1-5-3 the
committee modified the rule regarding the wearing of towels.
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