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Thursday, March 22, 2018

NEW CFL RULES RECOMMENDATIONS

WINNIPEG - The CFL's rules committee is recommending that coaches no longer be allowed to challenge illegal contact on a receiver this season.

It will also ask the league's board of governors to accept changes to blindside blocks, expand the definition of spearing and make it illegal for receivers to make low blocks. Darren Hackwood, the CFL's senior director of officiating, said the moves are all aimed at enhancing player safety and improving the flow of game.

"Our commissioner and board of governors have clearly mandated us to focus on promoting and protecting the health of our players,'' Hackwood said in a statement. "The rules committee has responded by recommending the board approve several measures that would broaden or clarify rules designed to improve safety for players.''

The committee is also asking that coaches can no longer challenge illegal contact on a receiver. It also wants the replay official to automatically review "potential touchdowns'' - plays where it seems a TD has been scored but were marked down short of the goal-line.

Here's a look at some of the rule changes the committee is asking the board of governors to approve in time for the 2018 season. They include:

- Making it illegal for players to forcibly block an opponent that's moving back towards his own goal-line. This is referred to as a `"blindside'' block.

- Outlawing low blocks that occur outside the tackle box, which is the area between the tight ends and from the quarterback or kicker to two yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

- Broadening the definition of spearing to include any time when a player delivers a blow with his helmet as the initial or primary point of contact. This wouldn't apply to a low-running ball carrier.

- Eliminating a loophole in the sleeper play rule by making it illegal for a player entering a game remaining outside the numbers to receive the ball in any manner, including a kick or lateral.

- Simplifying the rule on what constitutes a quarterback making a legal pass behind the line of scrimmage by defining it as the passer having at least one of his feet on or behind the line of scrimmage instead of requiring the release point of the ball be behind the line of scrimmage.

- Eliminating the force out rule by requiring a receiver catching a ball to have at least one foot inbounds regardless of mid-air contact.

- Increasing the penalty for pyramiding - a player using another to elevate himself to try and block a kick - from five to 10 yards.

The CFL’s 2018 season kicks off this year on Thursday, June 14 when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Edmonton Eskimos. Opening Weekend also features the defending Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts visiting the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday, June 15 and a double header on Saturday, June 16 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Calgary to play the Stampeders and the Montreal Alouettes in Vancouver to play the BC Lions.

(Canadian Press)

3 comments:

@mrt_man said...

WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT GO BACK TO COACHES GET AN ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE WHEN THEY ARE RIGHT WITH THEIR ONLY CHALLENGE... IF THE REFS REPEATEDLY SCREW UP, THERE SHOULD BE SOME KIND OF REMEDY.

WITH STILL KEEPING IT TO ONE, I THINK WE WOULD STILL AVOID THE GOOFY FISHING EXPEDITIONS.

Anonymous said...

ONE CHALLENGE IS TOO MANY - GET RID OF COACHE's CHALLENGES - LET ALL THE HUMANS BE HUMANS ON THE FIELD OF PLAY!!!

John said...

Get rid of the pass interference challenge for sure and keep the only having one challenge