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aloveforfootball12
#1 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:59:09 AM(UTC)
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The NCAA Football Rules Committee, which met Tuesday-Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., has recommended several rules proposals intended to enhance student-athlete safety for the 2012 season. Even though it is a non-rules change year as part of the two-year cycle process, these rule changes can be proposed for immediate implementation because they directly impact student-athlete safety.

“In all of our proposals, we are continuing the annual effort to find ways to make our game safer where we can,” said Scot Dapp, chair of the committee and athletics director at Moravian College. “Without question, these changes will enhance student-athlete safety and we feel very comfortable based on the data we collected that the impact will be significant.”

The proposed changes include:

Kickoff and Touchback Starting Lines Moved The committee voted to move the kickoff to the 35-yard line (currently set at the 30-yard line), and to require that kicking team players must be no further than five yards from the 35 at the kick, which is intended to limit the running start kicking teams have during the play.

The committee also voted to move the touchback distance on free kicks to the 25-yard line instead of the 20-yard line to encourage more touchbacks. NCAA data indicates injuries during kickoffs occur more often than in other phases of the game.

Loss of Helmet During Play If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, like a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play. Current injury timeout rules guard against using this rule to gain an advantage from stopping the clock. Additionally, if a player loses his helmet, he must not continue to participate in play to protect him from injury. Data collected during the 2011 season indicated that helmets came off of players more than two times per game.

Blocking Below the Waist The intent of the changes made last season were to only allow blocking below the waist when the opposing player is likely to be prepared for this contact, but the opposite impact was discovered in some cases. To clarify the intent, the committee approved wording that essentially allows offensive players in the tackle box at the snap that are not in motion to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions (e.g. straight ahead blocks).

Shield Blocking Scheme on Punting Plays The committee reviewed several examples of shield blocking, which has become a popular blocking scheme for punting teams. In several cases, a receiving team player attempts to jump over this type of scheme in the backfield to block a punt. In some cases, these players are contacted and end up flipping in the air and landing on their head or shoulders. The committee is extremely concerned about this type of action and proposed a rule similar to the leaping rule on place kicks that does not allow the receiving team to jump over blockers, unless the player jumps straight up or between two players.

Additional Protection to Kick Returner Through officiating interpretation, the committee approved a recommendation to provide a kick returner additional protection to complete a catch before allowing contact by the kicking team.

All rules change recommendations must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which meets via conference call Feb. 21. The proposals will first be sent to the NCAA membership for comment.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 2:20:28 PM(UTC)

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aloveforfootball11 wrote:
The committee also voted to move the touchback distance on free kicks to the 25-yard line instead of the 20-yard line to encourage more touchbacks. NCAA data indicates injuries during kickoffs occur more often than in other phases of the game.

I'm not understanding this.

How does giving the return team 5 extra yards encourage more touchbacks from the kicking team?
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#3 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 2:52:14 PM(UTC)

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Newmen wrote:
aloveforfootball11 wrote:
The committee also voted to move the touchback distance on free kicks to the 25-yard line instead of the 20-yard line to encourage more touchbacks. NCAA data indicates injuries during kickoffs occur more often than in other phases of the game.

I'm not understanding this.

How does giving the return team 5 extra yards encourage more touchbacks from the kicking team?


It doesn't.

It does (they hope) encourage returners catching the ball in the endzone to take a knee.
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#4 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 5:06:06 PM(UTC)

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Loss of Helmet During Play If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, like a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play. Current injury timeout rules guard against using this rule to gain an advantage from stopping the clock. Additionally, if a player loses his helmet, he must not continue to participate in play to protect him from injury. Data collected during the 2011 season indicated that helmets came off of players more than two times per game.



Silly, IMO. I understand calling the play dead if the ballcarrier loses his helmet.
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#5 Posted : Monday, February 13, 2012 7:17:40 AM(UTC)

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Loss of Helmet During Play If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, like a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play. Current injury timeout rules guard against using this rule to gain an advantage from stopping the clock. Additionally, if a player loses his helmet, he must not continue to participate in play to protect him from injury. Data collected during the 2011 season indicated that helmets came off of players more than two times per game.



Silly, IMO. I understand calling the play dead if the ballcarrier loses his helmet.



Hopefully it will encourage more players to wear their helmets correctly and/or get a hair cut so it fits properly. The reason so many helmets come off is because the helmets are not strapped up tightly or properly. In many other cases the player has big hair and at the start of the game the hair is one size, but by the end it is smaller. Thus leading to the helmet being loose and easily falling off. If guys would stop trying to look like Justin Beber, or the predator and strap up right we wouldnt have these problems.
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#6 Posted : Monday, February 13, 2012 4:06:17 PM(UTC)
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Ships94 wrote:
spike64 wrote:
Loss of Helmet During Play If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, like a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play. Current injury timeout rules guard against using this rule to gain an advantage from stopping the clock. Additionally, if a player loses his helmet, he must not continue to participate in play to protect him from injury. Data collected during the 2011 season indicated that helmets came off of players more than two times per game.



Silly, IMO. I understand calling the play dead if the ballcarrier loses his helmet.



Hopefully it will encourage more players to wear their helmets correctly and/or get a hair cut so it fits properly. The reason so many helmets come off is because the helmets are not strapped up tightly or properly. In many other cases the player has big hair and at the start of the game the hair is one size, but by the end it is smaller. Thus leading to the helmet being loose and easily falling off. If guys would stop trying to look like Justin Beber, or the predator and strap up right we wouldnt have these problems.


What happens when the officials miss a hands-to-the-face? It happens pretty often, and if that's the case, then the player has to be taken out for a play because the officials didn't see it. I don't like that rule at all. I know if I was an o-lineman, and I was going against a stud DT, I would be trying to push his helmet off all game.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:45:00 PM(UTC)
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the new rule change on kickoffs is to help avoid a problem they are seeing. teams are doing middle onside kicks where they have the kick off team get ahead of the ball and essentially become blockers so the kick is the only one who can recover the ball.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:15:04 PM(UTC)
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Coach W wrote:
the new rule change on kickoffs is to help avoid a problem they are seeing. teams are doing middle onside kicks where they have the kick off team get ahead of the ball and essentially become blockers so the kick is the only one who can recover the ball.


Yes, and that defeats the purpose/point of an onside kick.
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aloveforfootball11 wrote:
Coach W wrote:
the new rule change on kickoffs is to help avoid a problem they are seeing. teams are doing middle onside kicks where they have the kick off team get ahead of the ball and essentially become blockers so the kick is the only one who can recover the ball.


Yes, and that defeats the purpose/point of an onside kick.



I hear ya. it is going to move down to the high school level as soon. so no huddle and then turn around to quick onside it. The pros are actually talking about doing away with kickoff all together. Bill Belichick has proposed they just put the ball at the 20 after a td or successful field goal.

I would not mind if they did away with punting the ball. 4 downs to make 10 yds. think about how a defense and offense would have to think differently. no running 3 dive plays and punting the ball from your own 1 yd line.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, February 15, 2012 1:00:26 PM(UTC)
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Coach W wrote:
aloveforfootball11 wrote:
Coach W wrote:
the new rule change on kickoffs is to help avoid a problem they are seeing. teams are doing middle onside kicks where they have the kick off team get ahead of the ball and essentially become blockers so the kick is the only one who can recover the ball.


Yes, and that defeats the purpose/point of an onside kick.



I hear ya. it is going to move down to the high school level as soon. so no huddle and then turn around to quick onside it. The pros are actually talking about doing away with kickoff all together. Bill Belichick has proposed they just put the ball at the 20 after a td or successful field goal.

I would not mind if they did away with punting the ball. 4 downs to make 10 yds. think about how a defense and offense would have to think differently. no running 3 dive plays and punting the ball from your own 1 yd line.


If professional organizations had balls they would have stopped voluntarily punting on the vast majority of drives years ago. The punt is not an effective tool in most situations it is used in.
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