New Football rules for this fallby Andy Morales on Jun. 21, 2013, under Sports
23.2.7 Contact Rule (Ex. Bd.4-15-13)
Pre-Season – During the preseason, no more than 1/2of the practice time may be contact practice.
Regular Season- During the regular season, no more than 1/3 of the practice time may be contact practice.
Definition of Contact – Padded athletes in contact with each other.
New NFHS Rules for Football:
…An illegal personal contact foul was added to Rule 9-4-3 to state that “no player or nonplayer shall initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off.”
…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. …a helmet-less player shall not block, tackle or otherwise participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged when the helmet came completely off…”
…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…
…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.
…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…
…15-yard penalty to the existing option of accepting an awarded fair catch for kick-catch interference.