George Felt

For the Deseret News


High school football: Felt's Facts Week 1

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 5:12 p.m. MDT

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A couple of changes clarified issues about when a player’s helmet comes off.

1) “No player or nonplayer shall initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off.”

2) It is illegal participation “for a player whose helmet comes completely off during a down to continue to participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged.” It is, of course, up to the official to determine what “immediate action” is.

Also, the rule for receivers being forced out of bound before making contact with the ground has been clarified. An airborne player who has forward progress stopped inbounds and is then carried out of bounds by an opponent before contacting the ground is awarded a catch at the spot of forward progress.

Change of least consequence: Solid colored towels are allowed to be worn, as long as they’re not the same color as the football or penalty flags. Previously, only white ones were permitted.

(More on this year’s 10 rule changes can be found at Here where links to interpretations, comments, points-of-emphasis and more can be found. “Comments on the Rules” and “Interpretations” are especially helpful.)
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Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

This list format is a TERRIBLE format for presenting the wonderful information presented by Mr. Felt. PLEASE go back to the article format used in the past.

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