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2018 NFHS Rule Changes

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The press release for rule changes is out. There aren't many this year.

https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/football-rules-changes-2018/

In summary:

  • Sending a player out for at least one down if they are found with illegal equipment - we need some clarification on this one
  • Tack on option for live ball fouls by the kicking team during the kick - there aren't many of these anyway; ultimate goal will be to reduce the number of re-kicks
  • Clarification of when a passer is defenseless; as i read it, this would extend the time a little longer after he throws the ball but not significantly
  • Changed signal for most dead ball fouls on free kicks (i.e. not enough players on either side of the kicker or pop-up kick)

 

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18 hours ago, BisonUmpire said:

The press release for rule changes is out. There aren't many this year.

https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/football-rules-changes-2018/

In summary:

  • Sending a player out for at least one down if they are found with illegal equipment - we need some clarification on this one
  • Tack on option for live ball fouls by the kicking team during the kick - there aren't many of these anyway; ultimate goal will be to reduce the number of re-kicks
  • Clarification of when a passer is defenseless; as i read it, this would extend the time a little longer after he throws the ball but not significantly
  • Changed signal for most dead ball fouls on free kicks (i.e. not enough players on either side of the kicker or pop-up kick)

 

I read it as the player is defenseless the entire length of the play after the throw until the passer engages in the play again.  For example: if the passer would throw an interception, he would remain defenseless if he doesn't pursue making a tackle on the intercepting player.

I guess an interpretation needs to be made on when a pass ends.

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25 minutes ago, punttheball said:

I read it as the player is defenseless the entire length of the play after the throw until the passer engages in the play again.  For example: if the passer would throw an interception, he would remain defenseless if he doesn't pursue making a tackle on the intercepting player.

I guess an interpretation needs to be made on when a pass ends.

The definition of pass already exists. It ends when it is possessed or is incomplete. So it's a little longer than "just after throwing a pass" which is how the current rule reads. The "or the passer moves to participate in the play" part would only apply if he moved before the pass was completed. Those are some pretty short time frames. There must have been examples though where people argued the targeting took place later than "just after" but before the pass ended.

I got a little more information on the equipment one. The 5-yard penalty for equipment issues goes away. Stop the clock and send a player out for at least one play. After the next play he can come back in if the equipment issue is corrected. If he plays with an equipment issue then send him out for at least one play. If you discover after the play he's not legally equipped, send him him for one play. The 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct foul is for wearing illegal equipment (i.e. illegal spikes). I have another question about other illegal equipment like bicep bands. They can usually take care of that quickly on the field with no penalty. 

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1 hour ago, punttheball said:

I read it as the player is defenseless the entire length of the play after the throw until the passer engages in the play again.  For example: if the passer would throw an interception, he would remain defenseless if he doesn't pursue making a tackle on the intercepting player.

I guess an interpretation needs to be made on when a pass ends.

It says when the pass ends or the player moves to participate. The pass is over when it's caught or hits the ground. 

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21 hours ago, BisonUmpire said:

The press release for rule changes is out. There aren't many this year.

https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/football-rules-changes-2018/

In summary:

  • Sending a player out for at least one down if they are found with illegal equipment - we need some clarification on this one
  • Tack on option for live ball fouls by the kicking team during the kick - there aren't many of these anyway; ultimate goal will be to reduce the number of re-kicks
  • Clarification of when a passer is defenseless; as i read it, this would extend the time a little longer after he throws the ball but not significantly
  • Changed signal for most dead ball fouls on free kicks (i.e. not enough players on either side of the kicker or pop-up kick)

 

Why get one now? 

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