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Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« on: March 12, 2021, 05:12:23 PM »
From the CFO web site, today:

Football Rules Committee recommends tweak to overtime rules
Teams would be required to run two-point conversion plays in the second extra period
March 12, 2021 4:07pmGreg Johnson
The NCAA Football Rules Committee on Friday recommended a change to overtime rules for the 2021 season.

Under the proposal, teams would be required to run a two-point conversion play after a touchdown when a game reaches a second overtime period. If a game reaches a third overtime, teams will run alternating two-point plays, instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line. This rules proposal is being made to limit the number of plays from scrimmage and bring the game to a conclusion.

Teams can still choose whether to kick the point after touchdown or run a two-point conversion play in the first overtime.

All rules changes must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss football rules recommendations April 22.

The rationale for making the recommendation is to lessen the number of plays it takes for a winning team to be determined.

Currently, teams are required to run two-point conversion plays after a touchdown when a game reaches a third overtime. The alternating two-point conversions would start after a game reaches a fifth overtime.

Team area
Committee members supported the team area being permanently extended to the 20-yard lines, starting in 2021.

Currently, the rule says the team area extends to the 25-yard lines, but this area was expanded to the 15-yard lines last season to create more spacing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unsportsmanlike tactics
In an editorial change to the rules book, video board and lighting system operators cannot create any distraction that obstructs play.

Feigning injuries
This topic has been thoroughly debated in recent years by the committee. Most of the discussion centers around teams using the tactic to feign an injury to slow down the opposition’s momentum.

The rules committee is proposing a framework to allow a school or conference to request a postgame video review about questionable actions through the NCAA secretary-rules editor/national coordinator of officials for football.

Blocking below the waist
Committee members discussed the rules regarding blocking below the waist and strongly considered limiting blocking below the waist to inside the tackle box.

Before making changes, the committee is planning a thorough review of injury data for the 2021 season to determine its next steps.

Points of emphasis
For the 2021 season, it will be a point of emphasis for officials to penalize any taunting action directed toward an opponent. Committee members think these actions reflect poorly on the game and can lead to unnecessary confrontations.
Officials will be alert to players who are significantly in violation of the uniform rules, and when discovered will send the player out of the game to correct the issue. This will include specifically the pants, jerseys and T-shirts.
Coaches should not enter the field of play or leave the team area to debate officiating decisions. Those who do so will have committed an automatic unsportsmanlike conduct foul

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2021, 06:17:56 AM »
I have a feeling the extra period rules are driven by TV. Games are too long as it is- due to commercials - but TV is constantly trying to ‘change the game’ to suit their needs, rather than reduce commercial breaks.

Video board things are recent phenomena. Amazing how people are constantly trying to get an advantage, regardless of how far outside the bounds of sportsmanship.

I’ll be very interested to see how they address the fake injury issue. Thankfully, I think they are keeping officials out of that.

As much as I don’t really want to see blocking below the waist eliminated from the game, officiating it is so difficult that my feelings won’t be hurt if they get rid of it, or limit it to close line play only.

We can certainly address the taunting business. We must be good dead-ball officials.

Making uniform things a ‘point of emphasis’ will change nothing. NCAA Conferences and teams won’t take the risk of falling behind in competitiveness with others by insisting on enforcement of these rules, if they don’t see complete consistency across the nation. And that will never happen until there is a single entity in charge of fining teams for uniform violations. Never happen.

As for coaches coming onto the field to complain, there will be increased enforcement of that for a while in the NCAA, then it will relax over time, as always.

Easy season for changes. Yay!

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2021, 09:08:16 AM »
We can certainly address the taunting business. We must be good dead-ball officials.
As for coaches coming onto the field to complain, there will be increased enforcement of that for a while in the NCAA, then it will relax over time, as always.
Easy season for changes. Yay!

Apparently, our mothers were right all along, tolerating (excusing, ignoring, accommodating) unnecessary obnoxious behavior ONLY SERVES to promote and generate more of it.  "Trash talking", preening, calling attention to one's self (for doing what's expected) has, long ago, reached the ridiculous level and "feeds on itself" to create constant "one ups man-ship".

Allowing "Bad manners", by either players or coaches applies equally to the gradual and persistent degradation of the game.  The progress and frequency of the (encouraged) choreographed "staged group celebrations" (at the professional level) has rapidly reached the "ridiculous" level and will rapidly spread to both NCAA and NFHS levels, if not prohibited.

All this nonsense is the EXACT opposite of "Sportsmanship" and will continue eating away at the the very nature of athletic competition until it is REMOVED and SHUNED from honest competition, at EVERY level.

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2021, 05:12:57 PM »
I remember why the video board one came up - there was a field goal (I think at OSU) where the video board operator flashed a bunch of vertical lines to simulate the uprights when the opposing team kicked a field goal, to try to make him miss.  Not sure if we talked about it here (probably did).

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2021, 09:06:07 PM »
Making uniform things a ‘point of emphasis’ will change nothing. NCAA Conferences and teams won’t take the risk of falling behind in competitiveness with others by insisting on enforcement of these rules, if they don’t see complete consistency across the nation. And that will never happen until there is a single entity in charge of fining teams for uniform violations. Never happen.

It would be easier to police the uniforms if they went back to the old rule for knee pads covering the knees being recommended instead of mandatory.  Otherwise, we could easily police back pads hanging out and other things.  We took it too far with the knee pads and a crew let a player on Thursday night football prime time play with basically compression shorts and nothing else, so Rogers put the current rule in.

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2021, 09:26:10 PM »
It would be easier to police the uniforms if they went back to the old rule for knee pads covering the knees being recommended instead of mandatory.

Hmmm. I have NCAA Football rule books back to 1972, and knee pads covering the knees are mandatory in all of them. They’ve always been mandatory equipment.

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2021, 09:35:06 PM »
Hmmm. I have NCAA Football rule books back to 1972, and knee pads covering the knees are mandatory in all of them. They’ve always been mandatory equipment.


True, while the pads being present has always been mandatory, the covering of the knees was changed to recommended for a few years, ending around 2018.

Dug this up from the 2013 rulebook:

d. Knee Pads. Knee pads must be at least 1/2-inch thick and must be covered
by pants. It is strongly recommended that they cover the knees. No pads or
protective equipment may be worn outside the pants.

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2021, 10:43:44 PM »

True, while the pads being present has always been mandatory, the covering of the knees was changed to recommended for a few years, ending around 2018.

Dug this up from the 2013 rulebook:

d. Knee Pads. Knee pads must be at least 1/2-inch thick and must be covered
by pants. It is strongly recommended that they cover the knees. No pads or
protective equipment may be worn outside the pants.

Correct. They had to be present, but only recommended to actually cover the knees between 2011 and 2017 (inclusive).

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2021, 03:51:46 PM »
So we'll see a bunch of coaches get flagged in 2021.

Wonder how long that will last.

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2021, 11:21:35 AM »
Not sure how I feel about moving the 2 point conversion to the second overtime.   I always like that OT periods 1 and 2 were essentially the same.   It's not a huge deal, but it just bugs me a little bit.

BBW will be interesting - I have a feeling in 5-10 years there won't be any BBW at all, but we'll see.

The rest are pretty straightforward.  I did hear enough about "hurdling" that I though we might see it become a foul this year, especially after the Bijan Robinson attempt.  Looks like they passed on that.

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Re: Possible Rule Changes for 2021
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2021, 01:22:33 PM »
Not sure how I feel about moving the 2 point conversion to the second overtime.   I always like that OT periods 1 and 2 were essentially the same.   It's not a huge deal, but it just bugs me a little bit.
Sadly, our opinions don’t count, but advertising money does. TV will most likely get their way.

BBW will be interesting - I have a feeling in 5-10 years there won't be any BBW at all, but we'll see.
Folks have been saying that for over twenty years. DII and DIII schools continue to resist, because they run the ball so much more than FCS and FBS. Limiting it to close line play just might happen. We’ll see.

The rest are pretty straightforward.  I did hear enough about "hurdling" that I though we might see it become a foul this year, especially after the Bijan Robinson attempt.  Looks like they passed on that.
Hurdling is foul, except by a BC. Perhaps you haven’t been doing this long, but it was a foul by everybody for a very long time, then in relatively recent times, they allowed the BC to hurdle. Don’t see that changing.

They’ve been sa