Author Topic: Stiff Arm vs. Face Mask  (Read 9672 times)

MICHGUY

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Stiff Arm vs. Face Mask
« on: October 20, 2010, 10:53:50 AM »
Just want to make sure I did not mis-hear this...
Is there anything that says a runner with the ball cannot stiff arm a defender? When does it become "illegal contact" or face mask?

hoochycoochy

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Re: Stiff Arm vs. Face Mask
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 11:20:34 AM »
Just want to make sure I did not mis-hear this...
Is there anything that says a runner with the ball cannot stiff arm a defender? When does it become "illegal contact" or face mask?
A runner can stiff arm a defender.  It becomes a facemask when he grabs the cage or any other helmet opening, including the chin strap.  It would become a personal foul when you deem it to be a personal foul such as a punch or any other unnecessary roughness.  Otherwise he can use his hands/arms to ward off or push any player. 

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Re: Stiff Arm vs. Face Mask
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 11:51:13 AM »
Just want to make sure I did not mis-hear this...


Hooch pretty much hit it (could be a 5 or 15 yd face mask penalty based on severity); but, as another "Mich" guy, I'd like to know where you "heard" this?

LarryW60

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Re: Stiff Arm vs. Face Mask
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 01:51:15 PM »
Wish I had a dollar for everytime the runner stiff-arms the defender on the helmet and the defensive coach screams for a facemask.  If the runner doesn't curl the fingers, there's no possible way you could say he grabbed anything.