The National Federation of State High School Associations Football Rules Committee has approved new blindside blocking rules to further minimize risks associated with the sport.
The definition of a blindside block established by the committee is "a block against an opponent other than the runner, who does not see the blocker approaching," and will result in a 15-yard penalty.
The rules committee expanded the rule regarding a defenseless player with specific examples.
A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass.
A receiver attempting to catch a pass who has not had time to clearly become a runner.
The intended receiver of a pass in action during and immediately following an interception or potential interception.
A runner already in the grasp of a tackler and whose forward progress has been stopped.
A kickoff or punt returner attempting to catch or recover a kick, or one who has completed a catch or recovery and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier.
A player on the ground, including a ball carrier, who has obviously given himself up and is sliding feet first.
A player obviously out of the play or not in the immediate vicinity of the runner.
A player who received a blindside block with forceful contact not initiated with open hands.
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