June 26, 2019

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There are new rules again this year and as I know there may be some confusion I felt it was important to inform our readers and clarify these new rules to better understand the game and rulings on the field.


The league has changed the standard for a catch for a forward pass or interception in the field of play, at the sideline, or in the end zone, if a player who is inbounds secures control of the ball in his hands or arms, prior to the ball touching the ground and touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands then performs any football act (e.g. tuck the ball away, extend it toward or over the goal line or line to gain, take an additional step, turn up-field, or avoid or ward off an opponent), or he maintains control of the ball long enough to do so.

Movement of the ball does not automatically result in loss of control.

If a player contacts the ground and loses control of the ball, it is an incomplete pass if the ball hits the ground before he regains control, or if he regains control out of bounds.

A receiver is considered a player in a defenseless posture throughout the entire process of the catch and until the player is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent.

If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.

If a player, who is in possession of the ball, is held up and carried out of bounds by an opponent before both feet or any part of his body other than his hands touches the ground inbounds, it is a completed or intercepted pass.


Makes lowering the head and initiating contact with the helmet a foul.



Modifies rules for a free kick formation and for blocking on a free kick.


The playing rule that changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line is now permanent.


Makes the penalties for illegal batting and kicking the same (loss of 10 yards).


Authorizes the senior vice president of officiating to instruct on-field game officials to disqualify a player for a flagrant non-football act when a foul for that act is called on the field.


Eliminates the requirement that a team who scores a touchdown at the end of regulation of a game kick the extra point or go for a two-point conversion if it would not affect the outcome of the game.


Provides that in overtime, if the team that possesses the ball first scores a field goal in its initial possession and the second team loses possession by an interception or a fumble, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, including awarding the points scored by either team during the down.


Some of these rules were made for safety reasons and others with the idea of creating fairness in the game. At any rate there they are. Enjoy………..