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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Mar 26, 2024 3:29 am

The NFL owners are meeting in Florida this week, and one of the topics they will address is a radical change in the rules for kickoffs...

https://twitter.com/i/status/1771294742426350032
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Mar 27, 2024 4:52 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:The NFL owners are meeting in Florida this week, and one of the topics they will address is a radical change in the rules for kickoffs...
Approved...

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/nfl-owners-approve-revamp-of-kickoff-rules-inspired-by-xfl
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Post by up7587 Wed Mar 27, 2024 5:05 pm

Haha, I talked to a friend last night who refs small college and high school games.  His assignment was to explain the new rules at our meeting next month.  

Combine this with the new rule banning hip tackling, and the start of the season should be chaotic.

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Post by DoubleDipper Thu Mar 28, 2024 12:26 am

up7587 wrote:Combine this with the new rule banning hip tackling, and the start of the season should be chaotic.
So, what the heck is a hip drop tackle?

ARTICLE 18. HIP-DROP TACKLE. It is a foul if a player uses the following technique to bring a runner to the ground:

(a) grabs the runner with both hands or wraps the runner with both arms; AND

(b) unweights himself by swiveling and dropping his hips and/or lower body, landing on and trapping the runner’s leg(s) at or below the knee.

Penalty: For a Hip-Drop Tackle: Loss of 15 yards and an automatic first down.

League executive Jeff Miller said the hip-drop increases the risk of injury by about 25 times more than a standard tackle.

While the NFL says the rule change is in the interest of safety, not everyone is in favor of it. In a statement released via X on March 20, the NFL Players Association said they opposed a ban.

The best examples of the now banned hip drop tackle I could find came from the National Rugby League where the hip drop tackle was recently banned.

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