Here are the 2014 NFHS rules changes verbatim, more information will follow when the NFHS release the 2014 rule book, stay tuned:
“Targeting” Defined in High School Football in Effort to Reduce Risk of Injury
In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders and lessen the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee developed a definition for “targeting,” which will be penalized as illegal personal contact.
The definition of targeting and its related penalty were two of 10 rules changes approved by the rules committee at its January 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Effective with the 2014 high school season, new Rule 2-43 will read as follows: “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.”
Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and liaison to the Football Rules Committee, said the committee determined – in its continued effort to minimize risk of injury in high school football – that it was important to separate and draw specific attention to this illegal act.
“Taking aim with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders to initiate contact above the shoulders, which goes beyond making a legal tackle, a legal block or playing the ball, will be prohibited,” Colgate said.
A new definition for a “defenseless player” was also added to Rule 2 for risk-minimization purposes. Rule 2-32-16 will read as follows: “A defenseless player is a player who, because of his physical position and focus of concentration, is especially vulnerable to injury.”
In an effort to reduce the risk of injury on kickoffs, the rules committee approved two new requirements in Rule 6-1-3 for the kicking team. First, at least four members of the kicking team must be on each side of the kicker, and, second, other than the kicker, no members of the kicking team may be more than five yards behind the kicking team’s free-kick line.
Rule 6-1-3 also notes that if one player is more than five yards behind the restraining line and any other player kicks the ball, it is a foul. In addition to balancing the kicking team’s formation, the change limits the maximum distance of the run-up for the kicking team.
“The Football Rules Committee’s actions this year reinforce a continued emphasis on minimizing risk within all phases of the game,” said Brad Garrett, assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association and chair of the Football Rules Committee.
In other changes, new language was added to Rule 8-5-1 and states that “the accidental touching of a loose ball by a player who was blocked into the ball is ignored and does not constitute a new force.” In addition, roughing the passer fouls now include all illegal personal contact fouls listed in Rule 9-4-3, which result in automatic first down in addition to a 15-yard penalty.
The remaining changes approved by the Football Rules Committee are as follows:
Rule 1-1-7: Provides state associations authority to require game officials to be on the field more than 30 minutes prior to game time.
Rule 2-24-9: The intent of an illegal kick was clarified. Now, when an illegal kick occurs, the loose ball retains the same status that it had prior to the illegal kick.
Rules 3-3-3 and 3-3-4: With this change, in order to extend or not extend a period with an untimed down, time must expire during the down.
The BCFOA executive is please to announce the following successful appointments for the 2014 season of play.
Canadian – Hieth Eddleston
High School – American – Len DeJulius
North – John Bundock
Interior – Al Milton/Gord Hoffman
Island – Mike Gatto
Metro Canadian -Larry Rohan
Metro High School - Mike Westman
Because of the size and complexity of the high school schedule, Al Sleightholme Director of Members Services as part of his member services responsibilities will assist and advise the Metro high school allocator.
Have a very successful season of play in 2014.
Vice – President High School American Tim Lederman
Secretary – Robert Kozak
Director of Member Services – Metro Al Sleightholme
Director of Member Services – Island Rich Mennie
Director of Member Services – North Dagan Ducharme
Director of Member Services – Interior Ross Thompson
Good luck to all members of the Executive.
Happy New Year
The BCFOA’s CFOA 2014 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the launching of the CFOA 2014 Website.
The organizers have created a great program for all levels of officials. In addition, we have obtained Bob Colgate, NFHS Director of Sports and Sports Medicine, to do a presentation at this conference, which will be of interest to ALL BCFOA members.
It is recommended that those officials wishing to take advantage of the accommodation package, that they should register early. It is recommended to do it before the AGM so you can use your game fees from this year to pay the cost of the clinic.
Hats off to Dennis Abbott and his committee for getting this so well organized. Stay tuned for the announcement of who the committee has obtained as the Banquet’s Key Note Speaker.
It is important that each member understand that there are three different computer systems with BCFOA and members should have accounts on each system. If you don’t please contact the secretary.
(1) Arbiter – this is our assignment system. This is where you get games assigned sent to you. Also, this is where the Association’s gets your latest contact information for your cheques. So keep your profile up to date.
(2) The NFHS Exams Website , this is where we have both the NFHS exams and the Canadian Exams for you to complete. If you have not done an exam on this site before you will have to “register”. We would recommend you read the Instructions. Please ensure that you select “British Columbia” as the Primary State Association and in the Local Affiliation field you enter “British Columbia Football Officials Association”
(3) And finally our BCFOA Website. This is where we communicate all our notifications to our members. You have the ability to login to the site and change your email address. As well, as a member, you can post comments about various postings. In addition, we have created a Discussion Forum for members to post questions, comments and concerns. We encourage you to use it.
NOTE: Your username and password may be different at all three sites. The Association does not have control of username formats on Arbiter or NFHS, so we have no ability to link them all together. However, all three sites gives you the ability to have your username and password sent to your email address that is on file.
I hope this helps to explain the three different systems used by BCFOA. We would encourage everyone to get to know all three of them.
Please find below the links to the Canadian Rule Changes and the new Canadian Rule Book.
At the March 2013 Exeuctive Meeting, the Executive adopted the use of a new logo. Initially the logo will be used on the website, letterhead and the 2014 CFOA Conference. It is intended that the Association will produce crests for the membership to attached to their uniform for the 2014 season.
Below is the final approved version of the logo.
Attached is an Larry R.’s electronic version fo the 2012-2014 CAFA Rule & Case Book. This still needs to be proof and confirmed, but it is available to the membership to look over for your exams.