National Federation of State High School Associations

Football: New rules on blindside blocking are approved

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.