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NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:33 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 12:39 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

The NCAA announced on Friday the approval of rules changes in college football, including moving the kick off from the 30-yard line to the 35.

While the ball will be kicked from the 35, players on the kicking team can't line up for the play behind the 30-yard line. According to the NCAA, this is intended to limit the running start kicking teams used to have during the play.

Also, touchbacks on free kicks (kickoffs and punts after a safety) will be moved to the 25-yard line instead of the 20. Touchbacks on all other plays will remain at the 20-yard line. According to the Football Rules Committee, this change is meant to encourage more touchbacks from the receiving team.

These changes are a result from examining NCAA data that showed injuries occur more often on kickoffs than in any other phase of the game. By encouraging touchbacks they will limit the amount of times the play is used, especially as higher scoring (see: Big 12) has resulted in more kickoffs.

Another rule change announced Friday could end up affecting games, possibly even more so than the kickoff rules. According to the NCAA, if a player loses his helmet on the play - facemasks and fouls don't count - he must sit out the next play.

Here is the wording from the NCAA release:

Another new rule that goes into effect next season is if a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, such as a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play.

Current injury timeout rules guard against using this rule to gain an advantage from stopping the clock. Additionally, if a player loses his helmet, he must not continue to participate in the play, in order to protect him from injury.

If a quarterback or running back loses his helmet late in the fourth quarter of a close game, you can bet coaches will be screaming for flags. Sometimes helmets just pop off, and there could be cases where there is no threat of injury. Regardless, that player must sit out the next play.

Two more adjustments announced on Friday:

The rules panel also approved new wording in the football rules book regarding blocking below the waist. Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions (for example, straight-ahead blocks).

There will also be a new rule prohibiting players from leaping over blockers in an attempt to block a punt. Receiving-team players trying to jump over a shield-blocking scheme has become popular for teams in punt formation. Receiving-team players try to defeat this scheme by rushing into the backfield to block a punt. In some cases, these players are contacted and end up flipping in the air and landing on their head or shoulders.
At the core, all of these changes are meant with the intent of improving player safety. As more medical research reveals dangerous aspects of the sport, changes such as these will be necessary to keep football thriving.

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Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:59 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

Nevermind, how about this. They want to reduce kickoff injuries. Why not just get rid of kickoffs? That's essentially what they did just like the nfl did.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:51 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

Stupid. Nothing else to say.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:26 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

I wouldn't be surprised that sometime in the future, that the NCAA will start having player weight restrictions. Yeah, couldn't you see it now, try lining up 85-90 players for weigh-ins before a game. That's the way the NCAA rolls.......wasting time and resources.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:42 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

Football is a rough sport, tough titties to those who want to calm it down with these stupid rules.  If you want safety don't allow 300 lb humanoids who can lift a truck one handed to play period, don't have a world class sprinter go full speed into another player, no contact from opposiing forces.
Football is a CONTACT sport and it is getting faster and bigger players running faster, jumping higher etc., etc..
The stupid rule to limit plays by kicing it into the end zone easier and prevent runbacks takes away the GAME.  Those plays are the most unscripted, fun to watch game changing plays, there should be more of them, not less.  No fair catches, but gets a 2 or 3 yard "catch" zone, then go for it.  So stupid to limit the action and limit the ability to advance the ball by the participants.
If you want to limit the run backs for that reason of safety, then just abolish them, or lets play ball!
No jumping on backs, bullshit!  Block that punt, field goal!  Do what ever it takes to prevent the opposing team from getting out of a bad situation(anything that makes them decide to punt or kick instead of running a "real" play.
This is a gladiator sport, people will and do get hurt, these are not human beings that play for the physicalness of the sport and we don't watch it because it is not YOUR FORCE against MY FORCE, who is better.  
If you want safe, then don't go where the bullets fly.  Like General MacAuther, don't tell me to go to war and then tell me not to win it with what I got.  If you don't want to play, quit.  As they say in every physical sport, even horse racing and steeplechase, injuries are PART of the game.
What is fun is the dangers of higher jumps, more difficult obsticles (even in golf), the challenges and skill to over come the forces against you.  That is competition and dynamics of winning.
As long as it's legal, go for it.
Make illegal hits much more serious infractions, especially obvious "flagrant fouls".  "On purpose" illegal actions cause more injuries that can be prevented than just having the game played the way it is.
Special Teams have finally gotten the respect that they deserve.  They used to be the scrub players only playing time.  Now the Specialty teams are a major factor in games, getting to be nearly a true 1/3 behing offense and defense.  The Middle ground, the changing of the guard, the game breaker, the turn overs, the massive change of field position, yeah, let the games begin.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:08 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

This may have the opposite effect.  I see more squib kicks.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:39 am

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

yes chuck young America hates violence that is why UFC is doing so poorly. And why action movies do so badly at the box office. As to Hockey when a fight breaks out I don't hear the crowd yelling stop the fight they yell fight fight, let them fight.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:01 am

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

These rules are partially to reduce player injuries, but mostly a revenue issue. Severe injuries bring bad publicity which leads to less popularity which leads to fewer viewers which leads to less revenue. The players are bigger, faster, and much stronger than ever before. No amount of restrictions can change the fact that the average offensive and defensive lineman in the last 40 years has grown from 6'2" and 225 lbs to 6'6" and 305 lbs and runs faster and is more explosive when he arrives. So, what to do. I guess the NCAA is trying to do both by these new rules. Less violence and injuries has certainly turned hockey from a very regional, limited viewership sport to one that is gaining in popularity all over America with every group. So, maybe this is a good thing all around. We shall see.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:53 pm
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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:46 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes


LOL.  Dude you nailed it!

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:50 pm

NCAA approves new kickoff rules, other changes

NFL lite

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