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Hurdling...Penalty or not!

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We called for hurdling a defender on Friday night.  I see highlights of kids doing this all the time.  The defender was on a knee...so not even on his feet, and our rb jumped clean over him.  We were told that the defender had to be totally prone on the ground for a legal hurdle to take place.  We have done this in the past and actually this year, and this is the first time it was called.  I think the rule was enforced wrong.

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28 minutes ago, Punttheball said:

We called for hurdling a defender on Friday night.  I see highlights of kids doing this all the time.  The defender was on a knee...so not even on his feet, and our rb jumped clean over him.  We were told that the defender had to be totally prone on the ground for a legal hurdle to take place.  We have done this in the past and actually this year, and this is the first time it was called.  I think the rule was enforced wrong.

Hurdling cannot be called if the defender is in contact with the ground with any part of his body other than one or both feet.

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It's only hurdling of the only thing touching the ground for the opponent is his feet. If his knee was on the ground it shouldn't have been hurdling. But it's a safety issue so if it was close or hard to tell the official would be correct to err on the side of safety. Hurdling is legal in NCAA and NFL so you could have seen it. Plus I see videos each year from around the country where it happens and the crew somehow misses it.

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1 hour ago, JustRules said:

It's only hurdling of the only thing touching the ground for the opponent is his feet. If his knee was on the ground it shouldn't have been hurdling. But it's a safety issue so if it was close or hard to tell the official would be correct to err on the side of safety. Hurdling is legal in NCAA and NFL so you could have seen it. Plus I see videos each year from around the country where it happens and the crew somehow misses it.

The only problem I have is that the crew told us the defender needed to be prone on the ground.  They agreed that he was on a knee.  This call cost us nothing in terms of the game outcome.  But this crew could cause someone a game. I just think it is a simple call that they totally missed and have a poor understanding of its interpretation.

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3 hours ago, Punttheball said:

The only problem I have is that the crew told us the defender needed to be prone on the ground.  They agreed that he was on a knee.  This call cost us nothing in terms of the game outcome.  But this crew could cause someone a game. I just think it is a simple call that they totally missed and have a poor understanding of its interpretation.

Agreed. It’s such a seldom called penalty that I’m sure many officials couldn’t give you the rule book definition. That’s not an excuse, just an explanation.

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3 hours ago, Punttheball said:

The only problem I have is that the crew told us the defender needed to be prone on the ground.  They agreed that he was on a knee.  This call cost us nothing in terms of the game outcome.  But this crew could cause someone a game. I just think it is a simple call that they totally missed and have a poor understanding of its interpretation.

Must still be in Softball mode, defensive player must be prone on the ground in order to jump over.

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