With the high school football season arriving this weekend (Deer Park is at Chewelah and Riverside travels to Timberlake, both at 7 p.m. on Friday) there are eight rules for high school football players this fall.
The rules, adopted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), includes requiring a player to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live.
In cases where the helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a foul by the opponent, the player will have to leave the game for at least one down.
Other rule changes include:
â€˘ A new interpretation of a legal catch. A receiver must establish possession of the ball and contact the ground inbounds while maintaining possession â€” regardless of the opponentâ€™s action.
â€˘ The rules committee will allow state associations and their member schools to place corporate advertising and/or commercial markings on the field. The markings, which were previously allowed only in the end zones and outside the field, cannot obscure yard lines or hash marks.
â€˘ A risk-minimization change for blocking below the waist.
â€˘ Prohibiting members of the kicking team from initiating contact (blocking) against members of the receiving team until the ball has broken the plane of the receiving teamâ€™s restraining line, or until the kicking team is eligible to recover the free kick.
â€˘ Play cards that are not worn on the wrist or arm will be deemed illegal equipment.
â€˘ Grasping the tooth and mouth protector, as well as the face mask, will now be considered a foul.