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National Federation of StateHigh School Associations2015NFHSFootball Rules ChangesTake Part. Get Set For Life.

NFHS Football RulesEach state high school association adopting theseNFHS football rules is the sole and exclusive sourceof binding rules interpretations for contests involvingits member schools. Any person having questionsabout the interpretation of NFHS football rules shouldcontact the football rules interpreter designated by hisor her state high school association.The NFHS is the sole and exclusive source ofmodel interpretations of NFHS football rules. Staterules interpreters may contact the NFHS for modelfootball rules interpretations. No other model footballrules interpretations should be considered.

SpearingRule 2-20-1cSpearing is an act by any player who initiates contactagainst an opponent at the shoulders or below with thecrown (top portion) of their helmet. The shaded area is thecrown.

SpearingRule 2-20-1cNumber 61 is guilty of spearing because the crown(top portion) of their helmet was used to initiate contactagainst an opponent at the shoulders or below.

Correcting A DownRule 5-1-1b (NEW)In PlayPic A, the down should be second, but the down markerindicator shows third during the down. After the ball is dead, thedown marker indicator shows fourth and the other game officialspoint out the error to the referee (PlayPic B). The referee has theauthority to correct the number of the next down prior to the ballbecoming live after a new series of downs is awarded (PlayPic C).

Free-Kick FormationRule 6-1-4 (NEW)At the time the ball is kicked, at least four Kplayers must be on each side of the kicker. In theMechaniGram, K is guilty of encroachment, adead-ball foul.

Free-Kick FormationRules 6-1-3; 6-1-4 (NEW);6-1 PENALTYIn MechaniGram A, K has only three players on one sideof the kicker. If K4 shifts to the other side of the kicker bygoing more than five yards from the free kick line afterthe ready-for-play signal (MechaniGram B), it is a deadball foul for encroachment.

Free-Kick FormationRules 6-1-3; 6-1-4 (NEW);6-1 PENALTYThe formation in MechaniGram A is legal. In MechaniGram BK5 (who was not more than five yards behind his free-kick line,kicks the ball. That is a foul. When a player is more than fiveyards behind the kicking team’s free-kick line, that player is theonly player who may legally kick the ball.

Free-Kick FormationRules 6-1-3; 6-1-4 (NEW)The formation in MechaniGram A is legal. In MechaniGram B,when K5 kicks the ball, there are still at least four players oneither side of the kicker. There is no foul. K had no player morethan five yards behind the kicking team’s free-kick line and hadfour on either side of the kicker at the time of the kick.

Illegal Personal ContactRule 9-4-3gABNo player or nonplayer shall make any other contactwith an opponent, including a defenseless player,which is deemed unnecessary or excessive and whichincites roughness.

Roughing The PasserRule 9-4 PENALTYNumber 54 grasps but does not twist, pull or turn thepasser’s face mask. The foul is for an incidental face mask,and is not roughing the passer. The penalty is five yardsadministered under the all-but-one principle, and noautomatic first down.

Dead-BallPenalty EnforcementRule 10-2-5In PlayPic A, the A player false starts. In PlayPic B, theB player commits a dead-ball personal foul. Both foulsoccur before the next live ball. The penalties do notcancel and are enforced in the order of occurrence.

Dead-BallPenalty EnforcementRule 10-2-5In PlayPic A, a B player commits a dead-ball personal foul.In PlayPic B, A’s coach is flagged for unsportsmanlikeconduct. Both fouls occur before the next live ball. Thefouls offset and it will be third down.

Dead-BallPenalty EnforcementRule 10-2-5In PlayPic A, the B player hits the runner out-of-bounds, adead-ball foul. In PlayPic B, two A players commitunsportsmanlike fouls. All fouls occur before the next liveball. One A foul and the B foul offset. The penalty for theremaining A foul is enforced.

Dead-BallPenalty EnforcementRule 10-2-5In PlayPic A, a B player commits a dead-ball personal foul.After the Referee signals and the penalty is enforced, butbefore the next live ball, A’s coach is flagged forunsportsmanlike conduct (PlayPic B). The fouls do not offsetand the penalty for the coach’s foul is also enforced. It will befirst and 25.

National Federation of StateHigh School Associations2015FootballEditorial ChangesTake Part. Get Set For Life.

EditorialChangeTargetingRule 2-20-2Targeting is an act by any player who takes aim andinitiates contact against an opponent above theshoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow orshoulders.

2015 NFHS Football Editorial Changes 1-5-1b(2) NOTEFurther clarified and standardized the rulesand 1-5-1b(3) NOTE language on the American flag and the use ofcommemorative or memorial patches on theuniform. Table 1-7 (8)Added Rule 1-7 on accommodations to theTable of State Association Adoptions. 2-8Clarified that Encroachment also occurswhen a player violates the free kickrestrictions as in 6-1-4. 2-20-1a, bClarified the rules language on Butt Blockingand Face Tackling. 3-6, 7 PENALTYStandardized the PENALTY section. 5-1-1Changed the format to Rule 5-1-1.

2015 NFHS Football Editorial Changes 6-1, 2, 5 PENALTY Standardized the PENALTY section. 6-5-4cFurther clarified the rules language on theFair Catch. 7-1, 2, 3, 5PENALTYStandardized the PENALTY section. 9-3-1Added in rules references. 9-2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10 PENALTYStandardized the PENALTY section. 9-4-3hClarified by adding to the rule, incidentalgrasping of an opponent’s face mask, helmetopening, chin strap or a tooth and mouthprotector attached to the face mask. 9-4-3iRevised the rules language on Illegal HelmetContact to note that it may be judged by thegame official a flagrant act.

2015 NFHS Football Editorial Changes 9-8-1mDeleted. 9-9 (NEW)Added a new Section on “Failure to ProperlyWear Required Equipment.” 10-2-1Standardized the rules language on a DoubleFoul. Football Fund. IX-5Clarified nonplayer and unsportsmanlike fouls. Six-Player RulesDifferences (Rule 6)Clarification from a 2014 rules change on freekick formation. Penalty SummaryRevised the Penalty Summary to reflect the2015 NFHS football rules changes.

National Federation of StateHigh School Associations2015FootballPoints of EmphasisTake Part. Get Set For Life.

2015 NFHSFootball Points of Emphasis1. Risk Minimization2. Facilitating NFHS Football Rules

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National Federation of StateHigh School Associations2015FootballRules RemindersTake Part. Get Set For Life.

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)A new definition in 2014 for a defenseless player wasadded. A defenseless player is a player who, because of hisphysical position and focus of concentration, is especiallyvulnerable to injury. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)EXAMPLE: OUT OF THE PLAYB6 has chosen not to participate further and is obviously outof the play. He is considered to be defenseless. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)EXAMPLE: KICKERAfter a kick (PlayPic A), a kicker who has not had areasonable amount of time to regain his balance after thekick (PlayPic B) is a defenseless player. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)EXAMPLE: PASS RECEIVERA pass receiver attempting to catch a pass, or a passreceiver who has clearly relaxed when the player hasmissed the pass or feels he can no longer catch the pass, isconsidered defenseless. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)EXAMPLE: KICK RECEIVERA kick receiver attempting to catch or recover the ball isconsidered defenseless. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)EXAMPLE: PLAYER ON THE GROUNDA player who is on the ground is considered defenseless. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

Defenseless PlayerRules 2-32-16; 9-4-3i(3)EXAMPLE: FORWARD PROGRESSSTOPPEDA runner already in the grasp of an opponent and whoseforward progress has been stopped is defenseless. Contacton the runner could also be considered targeting. REFEREE ENTERPISES INC. 2012

National Federation of StateHigh School Associations2015-16NFHSFootball InformationTake Part. Get Set For Life.

2016 NFHS Football Rule ChangeProposal FormDue:November 1, 2015Must be submitted to yourstate association office forapproval.

Additional NFHS Information 2016 NFHS Football Rule Change Proposal Form Due November 1, 2015 2016 NFHS Football Rules Committee Meeting January 22-24, 2016 Indianapolis, IN 2016 NFHS Football Rules Online State InterpretersMeeting July 19, 2016 – 2:00 pm. (Eastern Standard Time) E-mail addresses: Bob Colgate - bcolgate@nfhs.org Kim Adams - kadams@nfhs.org

2015 NFHS Football Rules andCase Book as E-Books Electronic Versions of the 2015 NFHSFootball Rules and Case Book are nowavailable for purchase as e-books. Apple users can visit iTunes for availablebooks. Apple, Android and Kindle users can buy ebooks from Amazon.com and view themthrough the Kindle app. Price: 5.99 each Visit www.nfhs.org/ebooksfor more information.

Concussion in SportsCourse Objectives Understand what concussions are & their impact onplayers Recognize the complications associated withUnits Concussion Overview The Problem Your Responsibilityconcussions Recognize signs and symptoms of concussion Know when additional medical attention is needed Understand what your responsibilities are in concussionmanagement Understand the proper concussion managementMore Information at nfhslearn.com!

NFHS Suggested Guidelines forManagement of Concussion in SportsIn the Appendixin all of the2015-16 NFHSRules Book

Heat IllnessPreventionCourse Objectives Recognize that Exertional Heatstroke (EHS) is the leading preventable cause of death among athletes Know the importance of a formal pre-season heat acclimatization plan Know the importance of having and implementing a specific hydration plan, keeping your athletes well-hydrated, and providingample opportunities for, and encouraging, regular fluid replacement Know the importance of appropriately modifying activities in relation to the environmental heat stress and contributing riskfactors (e.g., illness, overweight) to keep your athletes safe and performing well Know the importance for all staff to closely monitor all athletes during practice and training in the heat, and recognize the signsand symptoms of developing heat illness Know the importance of, and resources for, establishing an Emergency Action Plan and promptly implementing it in case ofsuspected EHS or other medical emergencyUnits Fundamentals5. Recognize Signs Early1. Start Slow, Then Progress2. Allow for Individual Conditioning 6. Recognize More Serious Signs7. Have an Emergency Action Plan3. Adjust Intensity and Rest4. Start Sessions Adequately HydratedMore Information atnfhslearn.com!

SportsNutritionCourse Objectives Emphasize the importance of proper fueling for physical activity, pre- and post-workout Provide real-world effective advice for helping your students to make better food decisions Underscore male-and female-specific issues surrounding the topic of nutrition Clarify the warning signs for eating disorders and disordered eating To provide an overview about dietary supplements, how they are regulated and how to avoid use ofcontaminated dietary supplements To highlight the risks to athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolicandrogenic steroids Reinforce the no-drug policy of interscholastic athleticsUnits Nutrition SupplementsMore Information atnfhslearn.com!

CoachingFootballCourse Objectives Proper hand positioning for catching the ball Identify drills for teaching safe tackling techniques Teach fundamental Quarterback skills – proper stances, footwork, controlling the snap, securing theball, drop back and passing Teach fundamental Running Back skills – proper stances, taking the handoff, pass protection blocking,route running and receiving Teach fundamental Wide Receiver and Tight End skills – proper stances, routes, running and blocking Teach Tight End and Offensive Linemen blockings skills – drive block, combination block, double teamblock and pass rushing blocking Teach fundamental Special Teams skills – kickoff technique, cover team, return specialist, extra pointand puntingUnits All Player Skills Defensive Team Skills Offensive Team Skills Special TeamsMore Information atnfhslearn.com!

Inclusion of Students with DisabilitiesGuidelines for Schools and State Associations forConsideration of Accommodations

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