Elimination of Clipping in Free-Blocking Zone Continues Risk Minimization in High School Football

The elimination of clipping from high school football is the latest attempt to reduce the risk of injury made by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee.

The decision to eliminate clipping in the free-blocking zone (Rule 2-17-3) was the most significant of three rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

NJSIAA Sportsmanship Announcement Policy

As per directive of the NJSIAA beginning with the 2013-14 seasons, the following text is to be read to each head coach with their captains, prior to the beginning of any NJSIAA sanctioned game, on any level:

THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE FOR NEGATIVE STATEMENTS OR ACTIONS BETWEEN OPPOSING PLAYERS AND COACHES. THIS INCLUDES TAUNTING, BAITING, BERATING OPPONENTS, “TRASH-TALKING” OR ACTIONS WHICH RIDICULE OR CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT TO THEM.

ANY VERBAL, WRITTEN OR PHYSICAL CONDUCT RELATED TO RACE, GENDER, ETHNICITY, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR RELIGION SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED, COULD SUBJECT THE VIOLATOR TO EJECTION AND MAY RESULT IN PENALTIES BEING ASSESSED AGAINST YOUR TEAM.

IF SUCH COMMENTS ARE HEARD A PENALTY WILL BE ASSESSED IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED NOT TO ISSUE WARNINGS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REMIND YOUR TEAM OF THIS POLICY.

 

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