With the NFL season starting tomorrow here is a review of the rule changes as well as the football handling procedures.
- 3-34; 5-3-1 | Prohibits offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the offensive formation.
- 4-8-2; 14-4-9 | Allows for enforcement of an Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul at the end of a half to be applied to the ensuing kickoff.
- 5-1-2 | Permits clubs to assign additional jersey numbers (40-49) to linebackers.
- 9-1-3 | Prohibits Team B players from pushing teammates into the offensive formation when Team A presents a punt formation.
- 11-3-1-3 | Line of scrimmage for Try Kicks moved to defensive team’s 15-yard line, and defense can return any missed Try.
- 12-2-3 | Prohibits a back from blocking a defensive player below the waist when that player is engaged above the waist by another offensive player outside the area originally occupied by the tight end.
- 12-2-4 | Extends the prohibition for an illegal “peel back” block to all offensive players.
- 12-2-7 | Gives the intended receiver of a pass defenseless player protection in the immediate continuing action following an interception or potential interception.
- 15-2-4 | Adds review of the game clock on the final play of a half or overtime to the Instant Replay system.
Football Handling Procedure Changes
- Teams will be able to supply their own footballs, but the kicking game coordinator will take custody once they have been approved by officials.
- Before a game, two members of the officiating crew will inspect the footballs, number them and record PSI data. The footballs need to measure between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI; if they don’t, they’ll be adjusted to 13.0 PSI.
- Ten minutes before the game, the coordinator, a member of the officiating crew and a security person will bring 24 approved game balls (12 for each team) to the on-field replay station for distribution.
- At some games, footballs will be randomly checked at halftime and after the game, and PSI data will be recorded to determine how cold weather affects the footballs.