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New football rules in place this fall

August 28, 2012

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:
• A new interpretation of a legal catch. A receiver must establish possession of the ball and contact the ground inbounds while maintaining possession — regardless of the opponent’s action.
• 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.
• A risk-minimization change for blocking below the waist.
• 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 team’s restraining line, or until the kicking team is eligible to recover the free kick.
• Play cards that are not worn on the wrist or arm will be deemed illegal equipment.
• Grasping the tooth and mouth protector, as well as the face mask, will now be considered a foul.

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