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Very good article on Paris Football. Here is a very good explanation concerning all football rule changes affecting Texas high schools. This information was put together by Rhett Fendley of Paris. There are a number of sports officials from the Paris area, and we would be glad to answer rules questions … not comment on plays.
NEW RULE CHANGES AND POINTS OF EMPHASIS FOR THE 2012 SEASON
Helmet coming off during and throughout play on the field: Any player who loses his helmet during a play must immediately stop and take himself out of playing action. If that player continues to engage or pursue the play, it will result in a personal foul against him. Any player of the opposing team who engages a player without a helmet will result in a personal foul against himself. Exception: If a player’s helmet comes off during the immediate action around the ball carrier, he will not be penalized for action on the play.
Helmet rule: Any player losing his helmet during and throughout play on the field must leave the game for one scrimmage play. There is no penalty and it is treated as an official’s timeout to replace said player. Exception: If the player’s helmet comes off directly due to a foul against him (i.e., facemask, illegal contact, hitting, hands to the head), he is not required to come out.
Illegal contact: This is a big point of emphasis put upon officiating for protection of player safety and the reduction of the number of concussions in football. Any targeting of defenseless players will result in a personal foul and possible ejection. Not all hits on a defenseless player are illegal. Targeting includes specific observation to the head, neck, or back area of a player, or specific observation on the head and neck area by the crown of the helmet, hands, forearm, or shoulder. These will be personal fouls, and depending on intent and severity could result in ejection. A player launching oneself or both feet leaving the ground in an obvious targeting hit to another player will result in a foul and ejection.
Free kicks: Kickoffs will originate at the 40 yard line. Other than the kicker, no player on the kicking team may be more than five yards back from the position of the ball.
Touchbacks: All touchbacks from kickoffs that go through the end zone or that are downed in the end zone will result in the ball being placed at the receiving team’s 25 yard line instead of the 20 yard line. Other touchbacks such as kicks from scrimmage, passes intercepted in the end zone, or opposing team’s fumbles recovered in one’s own end zone will be brought out to the 20, as in the past. Free kicks following safeties will continue to be from the 20.
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