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NFHS Football

Rules Changes

Mark Dreibelbis Associate


Commissioner/Supervisor of Officials

Action Items

Officials Attendance Cards


Coaches Sign-In Sheets
Ejection/Disqualification Cards
New Protocol/Procedure

HUDL
No Exchange = no complaints, no mark-offs, and
no appeals. Either help the officiating program or
accept it as status quo.

Leadership

PerceptionsHow do you change?


1. By your actions
2. By your actions
3. By your actions

The perceptionYour officials


are not accountable!

Leadership

What you dont know _______ hurt you


NO!!! What you DONT know will hurt you!
IGNORANCE is _____
Ignorance is NOT blissdo you want to walk
around in life being happy and stupid?

Leadership

Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude.

Self-control precedes game control must


manage yourself to manage the contest.

Improvement starts with the belief that you need


to improve.

Dont get too experienced to learn new things


about officiating.

Leadership

Decision making separates the house painter from the artist.


But, in officiating there is room for both the Rembrandts and the
Joes. The artist has a smaller window of opportunity to make
decisionsthey get the play right and that is the difference.
Some are better than others and get to a higher altitude
because of decision making.
Dont be an officiating Cannibal in officiating we eat our own
from jealousy and worry about them taking our games.
Help/mentordont eat them up. Be a member of the officiating
family/fraternity and be a member of the officiating journey and
community.

Leadership

Trainers
Distribute info in a formal setting

Mentors

Make a connection with the individual(s)


Travel the journey with the official
Use personal skills and encouragement to
take them farther

Difference is do you truly want other officials


to succeed?

Leadership

Confidence comes from preparation


knowledge, decision making, management.

If you cant cover the play, your experience


and knowledge wont cut it.

If your window of opportunity (the factor of


making a decision/call) is too large, you cant
get over it with years of knowledge.

Leadership

People who feel they have the most to lose


will be the most resistant to change.
People who dont want to keep up with the
journey of success cannot get in the way of
people who do.

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Game Officials Authority


Rule 1-1-7

Game officials have authority if a state association has a


policy that game officials authority begins more than 30
minutes before the game.
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Game Officials Authority


Rule 1-1-7

Game officials have authority if a state association has a


policy that game officials authority begins more than 30
minutes before the game.
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Game Officials Authority


Rule 1-1-7

Game officials have authority if a state association has a


policy that game officials authority begins more than 30
minutes before the game.
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Targeting
Rules 2-20-2 (NEW); 9-4-3m (NEW)
EXAMPLE: SHOULDER TO THE HEAD

Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an


opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm,
hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. Targeting may be called for
contact against any opponent, including the runner.
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Targeting
Rules 2-20-2 (NEW); 9-4-3m (NEW)
EXAMPLE: FIST TO THE HEAD

Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an


opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm,
hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. Targeting may be called for
contact against any opponent, including the runner.
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Targeting
Rules 2-20-2 (NEW); 9-4-3m (NEW)
EXAMPLE: ELBOW TO THE HEAD

Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an


opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm,
hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. Targeting may be called for
contact against any opponent, including the runner.
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Targeting
Rules 2-20-2 (NEW); 9-4-3m (NEW)
EXAMPLE: FOREARM TO THE NECK

Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an


opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm,
hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. Targeting may be called for
contact against any opponent, including the runner.
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Targeting
Rules 2-20-2 (NEW); 9-4-3m (NEW)

A blow to the helmet by two linemen in the free blocking


zone is not necessarily a targeting foul.
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Targeting
Rule 9-4-3m (NEW)
Illegal Personal Contact

Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an


opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm,
hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. Targeting may be called for
contact against any opponent, including the runner. Note
that the passer in this play is also a defenseless player.
Targeting is a 15-yard penalty for illegal personal contact.
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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)

A new definition for a defenseless player has been added. A


defenseless player is a player who, because of his physical
position and focus of concentration, is especially vulnerable
to injury.
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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)
EXAMPLE: OUT OF THE PLAY

B6 has chosen not to participate further and is obviously out


of the play. He is considered to be defenseless.
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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)
EXAMPLE: KICKER

After a kick (PlayPic A), a kicker who has not had a


reasonable amount of time to regain his balance after the
kick (PlayPic B) is a defenseless player.
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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)
EXAMPLE: PASS RECEIVER

A pass receiver attempting to catch a pass, or a pass


receiver who has clearly relaxed when the player has
missed the pass or feels he can no longer catch the pass, is
considered defenseless.
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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)
EXAMPLE: KICK RECEIVER

A kick receiver attempting to catch or recover the ball is


considered defenseless.
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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)
EXAMPLE: PLAYER ON THE GROUND

A player who is on the ground is considered defenseless.


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Defenseless Player
Rules 2-32-16 (NEW); 9-4-3i(3)
EXAMPLE: FORWARD PROGRESS STOPPED

A runner already in the grasp of an opponent and whose


forward progress has been stopped is defenseless. Contact
on the runner could also be considered targeting.
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Illegal Kick Status


Rule 2-24-9

When the ball is illegally kicked, the ball retains its original
status. The player in PlayPic A fumbles and the player in
PlayPic B kicks the loose ball. The ball remains a fumble.

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Untimed Down
Rules 3-3-3; 3-3-4

Team A commits a live-ball foul and time for the period expires
during the down. As shown in the MechaniGram, if the penalty
is accepted, the period is extended for an untimed down.
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Untimed Down
Rules 3-3-3; 3-3-4

Team B commits a live-ball foul and time for the period


expires during the down. If the penalty is accepted, the
period is extended for an untimed down.
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Free-Kick Formation
Rules 6-1-3b (NEW); 6-1-3c (NEW)

After the ready-for-play has been signaled and until the ball
is kicked for a free kick, team K must have at least four
players on either side of the kicker. As shown in the
MechaniGram, K is guilty of a dead-ball foul.
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Free-Kick Formation
Rules 6-1-3b (NEW); 6-1-3c (NEW)

On a free kick, from the time the ready-for-play is signaled


until the ball is kicked, no K player other than the kicker may
be more than five yards from his free-kick line. The
formation in the MechaniGram becomes legal when the ball
has been declared ready-for-play.
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Free-Kick Formation
Rules 6-1-3b (NEW); 6-1-3c (NEW)

The formation in the MechaniGram becomes illegal when the ball has been declared ready-for-play. K3,
K4, K5 and K6 are all more than five yards from their free kick line. No K players, with the exception of
the kicker may be more than five yards behind the kicking teams free kick line. A player satisfies this rule
when no foot is on or beyond the line five yards behind Ks free kick. If one player is more than five yards
behind the restraining line and any other player kicks the ball, it is a foul.
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Force
Rule 8-5-1b (NEW)

K1 blocks R2 into the ball. The accidental touching of a


loose ball by a player who was blocked into the ball by an
opponent is ignored and does not constitute a new force.
The result of this play is a touchback.
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Roughing the Passer


Rule 9-4-4

No defensive player shall charge into, or commit any illegal


personal contact foul listed in Rule 9-4-3 against the passer who is
standing still or fading back, because he is considered out of the
play after the pass and has not moved to participate in the play.
Grasping of the face mask is considered roughing the passer.
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2014 NFHS
Football Points of Emphasis
1. High School Football State of the
Game
2. Risk Minimization

Risk Minimization

RULE CHANGE

Helmet Comes Off


Rule 3-5-10d

Runners forward
progress stopped

Runners helmet
comes off as part of
subsequent deadball action;
officials time-out

Player must leave for


one down if the helmet
came completely off
without being directly
attributable to a foul by
the opponent

Rules Reminders

RULE CHANGE

Illegal Participation
Rule 9-6-4g

If a player whose helmet comes completely off during a


down continues to participate beyond the immediate
action in which the player is engaged, it is a foul for
illegal participation.

RULE CHANGE

Illegal Personal Contact


Rule 9-4-3l

It is a personal foul if a player or nonplayer initiates


contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come
completely off.

NCHSAA Football
Information

Tra Waters Director of Sports &


Championship

Football Information

1st Day of Practice


August 1
Earliest Day of 1st Contact (6th)
August 7
Earliest Day of 1st Scrimmage (9th) August 11
1st Play Date
August 22
12th Play Date
November 7
1st Round of Playoffs
November 14

State Championships

December 12-13, 2014


1A, 1AA, 3A, 3AA Carter-Finley Stadium, NCSU
2A, 2AA, 4A, 4AA BB&T Field, Wake Forest Univ.
1 Game Friday, December 12
7:30 PM

3 Games Saturday, December 13


12:00 Noon, 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Conditioning
Requirements

First (5) days of practice are required to be


used for physical conditioning
Days 1 & 2: Headgear, non-padded shorts
and football shoes constitute acceptable
dress.
Days 3, 4, & 5: Shoulder pads may be added,
but ABSOLUTELY no body-to-body contact is
permitted (see Penalty Code for Violations).
Practice during the first five-day period shall
be limited to three (3) hours, INCLUDING
flex time (stretching) and breaks.

Conditioning
Requirements

Day 6: Full uniforms may be worn, and body-to-body


contact is allowed.
Late starting tryouts--5 days of physical conditioning
still required

Practice Options

Please refer to the calendar we passed out to


you.
This is posted on the website; football page
Combines 3-hour practices with walk-throughs
Note: cannot wear protective gear in
walkthroughs
Contains specific information about Double
Practices

Heat & Humidity

Have a plan for stopping, suspending, and or


cancelling practice
Consult and work with your athletic trainer or
1st Responder

Inclement/Hot Weather
Guidelines

The following should be considered when scheduling


practice:
- Time of day
- Intensity level of practice
- Equipment worn
- Environmental conditions
High Temperature and high humidity create a dangerous
situation for athletes. High humidity and low temperature
can also cause serious heat-related problems.
Water/fluid replacement breaks recommended each 20 or 30
minutes. (depending on practice conditions)
Check with your AD on your LEAs and schools policy
pertaining to practice on days of extreme heat.

Board Approved
Changes

Mercy Rule
Once the score reaches a 42 point differential,
or more, at halftime or any point thereafter, the
game will resort to a running clock or will be
terminated by mutual agreement.

8-Quarter Rule
Clarified the rule to state that the rule is
intended for 9th and 10th grade students only.

Board Approved
Changes

All-Star Contests
Eliminated rule limited student-athletes to two
all-star football contests during the school year

Rule was based on NCAA rule which is no longer


in force

Board Approved
Changes

Approved 2015-16 Football Calendar


Posted on NCHSAA website Information
Calendars

Approved clarification that:


Once seeding process is completed and the
brackets have been finalized, no other team or
individual will be substituted in or added to the
brackets as a result of a change in the reported
record (incorrect or adjusted).

Playoff Seeding

Dropped POD system for 1A seeding


Seeding process for ALL classifications will now be
as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.

64 Qualifiers are determined as in years past


Subdivide 64 qualifiers into A/AA by ADM
Divide 32 A/AA into East/West by Longitude
Seed East/West Regional Teams #1 - #16 by:
a.
b.
c.
d.

#1s by 10-game winning percentage


#2s by 10-game winning percentage
#3s by 10-game winning percentage
All other teams based on 10-game winning percentage

MaxPreps

Official Statistics Provider


Records and standings for post-season
qualifications

2014-15: MaxPreps Record = Official Record


Incorrect record subject to DQ from playoffs

All game results MUST be entered by Friday,


November 7th at 11:59 p.m.

Triple check your record!

Instructions can be found on the NCHSAA website

14-15 Dead Periods

WINTER

October 29th December 1st, 2014


Last 5 Student Days of Fall Semester

SPRING
February 16th March 15th, 2015
Last 5 Student Days of Spring Semester

SUMMER
June 29th July 5th, 2015
NCCA Clinic Week

Coaches Education

NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course


Currently, all non-faculty and newly hired
coaches must take the Fundamentals of
Coaching Course; certificate of completion must
be on file at the individual school
Complete prior to first contest; subject to a $500
fine; continuing to coach without completion =
another $500
All coaches must have satisfied the requirement
to take this course by August 1, 2015.

Coaches Education

Concussion Management Certification


Effective August 1, 2014, the NFHS
Concussion Course (free on-line course) or
an equivalent course must be completed by
all coaches
Prior to the first date of practice for
that sport; subsequently, the certificate of
completion must be on file at the individual
school; subject to $500 fine

Coaches Education

Education is a journey, not


a destination

Coaches Education

Accredited Interscholastic
Coach (AIC)
Requires completion of 4 courses:
Fundamentals of Coaching
1st Aid, Health & Safety for Coaches
Sport Specific Course or Teaching
Sports Skills
Concussion in Sports (Free)

Coaches Education

Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC)


Completion of AIC requirements
Plus:

Teaching & Modeling Behavior


Engaging Effectively with Parents
Sportsmanship
Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment
Strength & Conditioning
2 additional courses (User Choice0

Sportsmanship

Teaching & Modeling Behavior Course


Required for any coach ejected during a contest
Required for any coach who has player (s) ejected for
fighting

NFHS Sportsmanship Course


Replaces the Star Sportsmanship Course for any
ejected/disqualified player
Free, on-line course (nfhslearn.com)

All certificates must be sent to NCHSAA

Gfeller-Waller Concussion
Law

Requirements of the Law:


Concussion signs and symptoms
Given prior to participation
Parents/athletes sign indicating receipt of
Return to Play (RTP) form signed by a physician licensed to
practice medicine

When in doubt, sit them out


An up-to-date Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
Must be on-file
Must be posted
Must be updated annually