Source: The Washington Post
The National Federation of State High School Associations, the governing body of high school sports, put two new rules in place this offseason that will impact high school football games next season.
In order to make the game safer for players, the NFSA has eliminated blindside blocks and pop-up onside kicks from the rule book. Early responses from coaches seem to be mixed. Some coaches question whether these new rules will be able to be officiated fairly. After all, some onside kicks pop up after a few bounces — and the kicker has no intention of causing that bounce. And the blindside block is difficult to call because any time a player gets taken to the ground away from the ball, a coach can argue that the player was not looking at the blocker.
Here is the wording of the rule:
A hit on any player who is not carrying the ball and “does not see the blocker approaching,” is now punished with a 15-yard penalty. Such a hit, Rule 9-4-3n states, “involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury.” A blindside hit is legal if it is initiated with “open hands,” the rule says.
To read more about these rule changes, visit The Washington Post.
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