NFHS announces new changes to football rules | Sports

A special focus will be placed on this football season to target or strike a defenseless player. It’s part of some of the changes to the rules and focus points recently announced by the National Federation of Government High School Associations (NFHS), the national governing body for high school sports.

College football in recent years, in an effort to avoid serious injuries, has made a point to review plays where a player intentionally hits an opponent to cause an injury. Officials can take out the offending player, if, after reviewing the video, they think the hit is excessive (called targeting). This same emphasis on caution is brought up by the NFHS in the high school game. However, video replay review is not allowed in high school competitions, and therefore, officials can rule “targeting” by a player on an opponent and ejecting the offender for the rest of the game, according to NFHS officials.

In the rule changes announced for the 2022 season, teams can now have a player wear the number one zero. So far, no one has been allowed to have the unified number zero.
The NFHS also put into effect the 2024 Rules that specify how numbers should be printed on uniforms to make them more readable.

Other rule changes:

– Intentional grounding: Under previous NFHS rules, it is considered a fault if there is no qualified recipient in the pass area, regardless of the position of the bystander on the field. The NFHS will allow a midfielder outside the “box” to throw the ball away as long as the ball reaches or crosses the line of scrimmage. Otherwise, intentional grounding will be reported and this is a five yard penalty from the point of infraction and a down loss.

The cutting block has been redefined as an illegal assembly block where the connection is made above and below the waist.

– The NFHS has also clarified the rules for the operation of the game clock after a penalty kick within the two minutes remaining in a game or game. The affected team can decide whether the match clock should start immediately when the ball is placed in the line of scrimmage or when the ball is cut.

Running pear fair is on Sunday

Pear Fair Country Run is back from Courtland. They are five and 10 mile courses and very unique courses as well. It cycles 95 percent across the country, mostly free of sidewalks along vineyards, orchards, and gorges.

Shows begin Sunday, July 31, at 7:30 a.m. and are part of the Courtland Pear Fair Festival.
Organizers also have a free half-mile race for kids that starts at 8 a.m. This course wraps around the grounds of Pear Fair on the streets of Courtland.

The best thing will again be the unique pear prizes for the winners. Registration is done online at

Outdoor wrestling coming to the old town

The City of Elk Grove along with the Police Officers Association, K9 Association and Warriorz Health and Fitness Association are organizing an outdoor wrestling meet on Saturday, July 30th between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 9615 Railroad Street in Old Town.

The idea of ​​the event is to raise awareness of the issue of bullying and how it affects young people in society, using wrestling. The event will teach young people the benefits of wrestling as a physical activity and promote the development of self-confidence, self-defence, teamwork, sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Register for the event at and search for “Battle in Old Town”.

ESPY Larson

Elk Grove race car driver Kyle Larson won the 2022 ESPY award for being the best race car driver last year. The annual sports award ceremony is sponsored and broadcast on ESPN television.

Larson won 33 races in 2021 in both the NASCAR Cup Series and various sprint car tracks across the country. He was the cup series champion in 2021.

Larson and son-in-law Brad Sweet announced last week that they are supporting a new 12-car racing series starting in 2023 for sprint cars. The idea is to have big wallets and grow the fast car industry through a series of midweek races. They called it the “High Speed ​​Car Series”.

The pair promise a schedule of events to be released in the next few weeks and that their races will not interfere with World of Outlaws racetracks across the country.

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