2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

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2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by Zebra » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:24 pm

40‐Second Play Clock, State Option for Postseason Instant Replay Among Changes in High School Football
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bob Colgate


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 11, 2019) — In an effort to establish a more consistent time period
between downs in high school football, the play clock will start at 40 seconds instead of 25 seconds in many cases beginning with the 2019 season. This change was one of seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 13‐15 meeting in Indianapolis, which were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The play clock will continue to start at 25 seconds (a) prior to a try following a score, (b) to start
a period or overtime series, (c) following administration of an inadvertent whistle, (d) following a charged time‐out, (e) following an official’s time‐out, with a few exceptions, and (f) following the stoppage of the play clock by the referee for any other reason. In all other cases, 40 seconds will be placed on the play clock and start when the ball is declared dead by a game official. Previously, the ball was marked ready‐for‐play when, after it had been placed for a down, the referee gave the ready‐for‐play signal and the 25‐second count began. Beginning next season, in addition to the above situations when the 25‐second count is used, the ball will also be ready for play when, starting immediately after the ball has been ruled dead by a game official after a down, the ball has been placed on the ground by the game official and the game official has stepped away to position.

Another significant change approved by the committee was the addition of a note to Rule 1‐3‐7
to permit state associations to create instant‐replay procedures for state postseason contests only. This revision would allow game or replay officials to use a replay monitor during state postseason contests to review decisions by the on‐field game officials. Use of a replay monitor would be on a state‐by‐state adoption basis, and the methodology for reviewing calls would be determined by the applicable state association. “The ultimate goal of each game official and each officiating crew is to get the call correct,” Tharp said. “Each state association, by individual adoption, can now use replay or video monitoring during its respective postseason contests to review decisions by the on‐field game officials. Each state association, if it adopts this rules revision, will also create the parameters and scope of the replay.”

With regard to uniforms, the NFHS Football Rules Committee clarified the size requirements for
numbers on jerseys through the 2023 season and added a new requirement effective with the 2024 season. Clarifications to Rule 1‐5‐1c (in bold) that are in effect through the 2023 state that the numbers, inclusive of any border, shall be centered horizontally at least 8 inches and 10 inches high on front and back, respectively. In addition, the entire body of the number (the continuous horizontal bars and vertical strokes) exclusive of any border(s) shall be approximately 1½‐inches wide. Finally, through the 2023 season, the body of the number (the continuous horizontal bars and vertical strokes) shall be either: (a) a continuous color(s) contrasting with the jersey color; or (b) the same color(s) as the jersey with a minimum of one border that is at least ¼‐inch in width of a single solid contrasting color. Effective with the 2024 season, the entire body of the number (the continuous horizontal bars and vertical strokes) of the number shall be a single solid color that clearly contrasts with the body color of the jersey.
“The purpose of numbers on jerseys is to provide clear identification of players,” said Bob
Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and staff liaison to the NFHS Football Rules Committee. “In order to enhance the ability to easily identify players, the committee has clarified the size requirements for jersey numbers through the 2023 season and added a new requirement for the 2024 season.”

Two changes were approved by the committee in an effort to reduce the risk of injury in high
school football.

First, tripping the runner is now prohibited. Beginning next season, it will be a foul to intentionally use the lower leg or foot to obstruct a runner below the knees. Previously, a runner was not included in the definition of tripping.
Second, in Rule 9‐4‐3k, the “horse‐collar” foul was expanded to include the name‐plate area, which is directly below the back collar. Colgate said grabbing the name‐plate area of the runner’s jersey, directly below the back collar, and pulling the runner to the ground is now an illegal personal contact foul.

A change in the definition of a legal scrimmage formation was approved. A legal scrimmage
formation now requires at least five offensive players on their line of scrimmage (instead of seven) with no more than four backs. The committee noted that this change will make it easier to identify legal and illegal offensive formations.

The final change approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee for the 2019 season was a
reduction in the penalty for illegally kicking or batting the ball from 15 yards to 10 yards.

A complete listing of the football rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at
http://www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Football.”

http://www.nfhs.org/articles/40-second- ... l-changes/
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Re: 2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by SK80 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:51 pm

most interesting is the quest for instant replay now down to the high school level. I guess the NFL exposed "bad" calls and non calls during it's prime time playoffs.

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Re: 2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by Zebra » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:31 pm

California won't be using it this year since it's an option. Bad calls happen ALL the time ... just sayin'
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Re: 2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by TomDrake » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:28 pm

Zebra wrote:
A change in the definition of a legal scrimmage formation was approved. A legal scrimmage
formation now requires at least five offensive players on their line of scrimmage (instead of seven) with no more than four backs. The committee noted that this change will make it easier to identify legal and illegal offensive formations.


I do not understand this. "No more than 4 backs"+"5 players on the mine of scrimmage"=9 players... wouldn't the other 2 have to be on the line of scrimmage if there can only be 4 backs? I don't understand the difference from the old rule.

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Re: 2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by Zebra » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:41 am

TomDrake wrote:I do not understand this. "No more than 4 backs"+"5 players on the mine of scrimmage"=9 players... wouldn't the other 2 have to be on the line of scrimmage if there can only be 4 backs? I don't understand the difference from the old rule.
I didn't quite get this either but it's more of a mechanics change for the line of scrimmage officials. They are tasked with legalizing the line. The U and R are responsible for counting offensive players. BJ counts defense and the LOS guys count their side (unless it's a 7 man game then SJ and FJ do the counting). When they give their signal that they have counted 11 players, the LOS officials count the backs now instead of the linemen. If it's 4 or less, no problem. More than 4, flag it. It's easier and faster. I myself am vertically challenged so I can't really see over the line to counted the other side. This helps me more but frankly, I've always done that. Plus, with the flex of tackles on passing plays, we can determine if that tackle is in fact in the backfield and causing an illegal formation. I think heads are still being scratched this morning on this one. Like most rules, it's lawyer talk and worded badly IMO. Hope that helps.
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Re: 2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by RedPillWonderland » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:52 am

Echo the confusion on the illegal formation “clarification,” and I hope the refs are focusing on consistently calling late hit cheap shots, foregoing bogus holding and PI calls and not blowing the play dead on accident this season ... as much or more than they focus on how many “horizontal bars and vertical strokes” are on the uniform numbers. Nobody is perfect but just saying.

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Re: 2019 NFHS Football Rule Changes

Post by Zebra » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:00 am

RedPillWonderland wrote:Echo the confusion on the illegal formation “clarification,” and I hope the refs are focusing on consistently calling late hit cheap shots, foregoing bogus holding and PI calls and not blowing the play dead on accident this season ... as much or more than they focus on how many “horizontal bars and vertical strokes” are on the uniform numbers. Nobody is perfect but just saying.
LOL all the number jazz has been going on for the last 10 years ... it's like the glove rules, we don't really pay attention, those are administrative things coaches are responsible for. Those things you hope officials are focusing on is already happening, it all comes with the job and yea, sometimes they'll get missed or you won't know why they were or weren't called. Come on out and give it a try .... :notworthy:
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