The National Federation of State High School Associations released its rule changes for the 2017 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations released its rule changes for the 2017 season.

The new rules include:

  • Commercial advertising is not permitted on the ball.
  • The jersey of the home team shall be a dark color contrasting to the road team’s white jersey.
  •  Game officials are permitted to accompany the referee during the pre-game meeting with the head coach.
  • A new definition for a blindside block.
  • Illegal participation fouls be returning team on a kickoff are now enforced under post-scrimmage kick fouls.
  • A new definition for a pop-up kick and the penalty that results from that play.
  • Added a new option to the offended team on an accepted penalty inside the last two minutes of either half.
  • Specifies that the ball is declared dead if a prosthetic limb comes completely off of the runner.

For explanations of each rule, visit the NFHS website.

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