BAFRA BAFRA RULEBOOK

RULE CHANGES 2004

The rule book and its compilation was discussed and a decision was made to send out a rules changes list, rather than separate rules sheets that are added to the current rule book, as is done at present. It was also decided to write and issue the complete new rulebook for the 1st of March 2005.

Rule Change
3-2-5: Start the game clock on all kick-offs when the ball is legally touched in the field of play. (Current rule is the game clock starts when the ball is kicked, except in the last two minutes of each half, when it starts when the ball is legally touched in the field of play).
Rule 6-4-1-a &
Rule 6-4-1-d:
Delete the two-yard restricted area around a player located to catch a free or scrimmage kick.
Rule 6-5-1: When a valid fair catch signal is made, the unimpeded opportunity to catch a free or scrimmage kick is extended to a player who muffs a kick. This protection terminates when the kick touches the ground.
Rule 6-5-3: Delete all references to illegal fair catch signals.
Rule 8-3-6: Delete the option allowing a team that a touchdown is scored upon to kick.
Rule 8-4-2-a: Delete the option allowing a team that a field goal is scored upon to kick.
Rule 9-1-2-e-1-(a): Offensive linemen at the snap positioned more than seven yards in any direction from the middle lineman of the offensive formation are prohibited from blocking below the waist toward the original position of the ball in or behind the neutral zone and within 10 yards beyond the neutral zone.
Rule 9-1-2-e-1-(b): Backs at the snap positioned outside the normal tackle position in either direction toward a sideline, or in motion at the snap, are prohibited from blocking below the waist toward the original position of the ball in or behind the neutral zone and within 10 yards beyond the neutral zone.
Rule 10-2-2-g-3: Enforce all penalties for unsportsmanlike acts (as defined in Rule 9-2-1-a) occurring during or after a down that ends in a touchdown and before a try, either on the try or on the succeeding kickoff (Exception: During extra period[s]).
Rule 10-2-2-g-3: Enforce all penalties for personal fouls committed after a touchdown play and before a try, either on the try or on the succeeding kickoff (Exception: During extra period[s]).
British rule 8-3-4-a (fouls during a try after Team B possession) says that distance penalties for personal fouls by either team are enforced on the succeeding kickoff and other penalties are declined by rule. NCAA rule 8-3-4-a says that all penalties against either team are declined. NCAA changed their rule sometime between 1995 and 1998 and I suspect we missed it then. I propose we adopt the NCAA rule in this particular (and very rare) circumstance. This amendment was accepted, although rare, the rule needed to be consistent with others in those situations.
12-1-4-a (amendment to rule 2-28-1) Tripping is intentionally using the lower leg or foot to obstruct an opponent (including the runner) below the knees.
12-1-4-b (amendment to rule 9-1-2-c) There shall be no tripping (including against the runner).
12-1-9 If a player or an identified squad member in uniform commits two personal fouls in the same game, he shall be disqualified.
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