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Football rule changes continue to focus on player safety

Football rule changes continue to focus on player safety

Player safety is again at the top of the agenda for football officials this season as a new high school and youth season kicks off. With the number of players in youth and high school football dwindling every year due to injuries, especially concussions, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the governing body of most public school high school sports, has made it clear that the safety of the players is the top concern. Therefore, the rule changes that take effect for the 2015 season revolve mainly around risk minimization. Excessive contact has been added to the unnecessary roughness rule and the definition of spearing has been revised. Rounding out the six rule...

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