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Title: Post Scrimmage Kick Rule Change for NFHS


1
2003 Post-Scrimmage Kick
2
History of PSK Rule Change
  • On rules committee agenda 10 times since 1991
  • Original proposals were copies of NCAA rule,
    creating multiple exceptions in NFHS code
  • Modified proposal discussed in 2001, with
    experimentation approved based on rule that would
    create very few exceptions or changes in existing
    code.

3
Background of Post Scrimmage Kick Rule
  • Basic premise was constant desire for equitable
    penalty enforcement code
  • Team A/K has chosen to end its possession by
    kicking
  • Team K has kicked the ball
  • Seldom Occurs, but more fair application when it
    does

4
Background of Post Scrimmage Kick Rule
  • More than 11 years in passage
  • Necessarily different than collegiate rule in
    order to minimize and eliminate all exceptions to
    NFHS penalty code
  • May require further refinement in future, but for
    now, leaves unchanged most other related
    provisions

5
Basic Rule Change
  • Defines a PSK Spot (additional Basic Spot defined
    in rule 10-4-3 and definition included in 2-40-6)
  • PSK spot is where kick ends by rule when all
    conditions for PSK are met (2-40-6).
  • Altered in a minor way, other related definitions
    related to spots

6
Basic Rules Change
  • Must use the window to properly apply the rule.
  • The window is created and opened (maintained)
    when
  • K has kicked the ball and the ball has crossed
    the expanded neutral zone
  • R has yet to possess the ball and the kick has
    not ended by rule
  • A PSK foul occurs when R fouls in the window
    and with the window open, and
  • When R has the ball at the end of the down

7
Basic Rules Change
  • When a PSK foul occurs, the basic spot is the end
    of the kick (correctly marked by bean bag)
  • Penalties behind basic spot are enforced using
    all-but-one principle.
  • All other revisions and provisions are consistent
    with all-but-one as in place at this time.
  • PSK Never Applies on Try (by rule)

8
Rules Study Tips
  • PSK Never Applies on Made FG (R does not have
    ball)
  • PSK MAY apply on missed FG (must be aware of NFHS
    rule on missed FG compared to collegiate rule)
  • PSK MAY apply on a scrimmage kick (punt)
  • PSK MAY apply in Overtime (determined by state
    overtime procedure), but does not apply if using
    NFHS 10 yard procedure

9
Officiating Tips
  • BJ (LJ on 4 person Crew) may need to carry two
    bean bags. One for PSK spot, one in case of
    fumble.
  • Rule 2 Definitions will help sort out most any
    PSK foul that happens to occur. In addition, case
    books plays on substitution/participation fouls
    MUST be reviewed as spot of foul is critical.
  • Keep in mind, high school punters are happy with
    more than 3 seconds hang time. PSK fouls dont
    happen that often! And is even less likely in non
    varsity games.

10
Officiating Tips (in order)
  • Did R End up with the ball?
  • Did the window open (ball cross the ENZ)
  • Did the window close (kick end by rule)
  • Did foul occur with window open, past ENZ, and
    before window closed?
  • If all answers are YES, PSK enforcement applies.

11
PSK Mechanics Notes
  • Movement of LJ may need to be addressed. It may
    not be as easy for the LJ to break on the snap as
    many states now do in 5 person, but rather,
    he/she may have to release when the ball crosses
    ENZ. Primary coverage as to the ball crossing
    ENZ has to be L.
  • Covering official must bean bag PSK spot.
  • Initial experiment data 8-10 punts in typical
    NFHS game, 1 PSK foul per about 8-10 games

12
Dispelled Myths about PSK
  • This change creates an exception to the rule
  • This is not an exception. This is a new basic
    spot, which creates another more equitable
    enforcement. Enforcement procedures are
    consistent with all-but-one.
  • This somehow changes the things that can happen
    on a punt
  • This is not the case. The punt can still be
    muffed or fumbled, the covering team can still
    end up with the ball. You cannot have PSK without
    R ending up with the ball!

13
More Dispelled Myths about PSK
  • This allows the receiving team to get the ball
    without clean hands
  • This is the biggest myth. Rather than allowing
    them to get it without clean hands, it simply
    re-defines the point in time you make that
    judgment. If they do not foul until after the
    ball crosses the ENZ, they had clean hands before
    the change.

14
More Dispelled Myths about PSK
  • This is not able to be officiated by high school
    level officials
  • This has not been the case. It is very easy to
    understand. It was much more difficult to write
    than officiate. The high school officials in the
    experiment states had few if any problems. Most
    of the problems were caused by
  • College officials misapplying high school
    definitions, or
  • Trying to apply PSK principles to a K team foul

15
More Dispelled Myths about PSK
  • The high school end zone rule or inadvertent
    whistles makes PSK not work
  • The definitions in place at the NFHS level do not
    cause problems with PSK enforcement as once
    thought. The rule change is simple and short, and
    using other existing definitions, all situations
    can be enforced.

16
Conclusion
  • In theory, many have concluded that this
    complicated rule change is going to be a problem.
    In fact, the opposite is true. It happens
    infrequently, can be enforced using a quick
    checklist, and once spots are determined,
    enforcement is the same.
  • Though further refinements are likely (the
    college rule was amended six times during its
    first ten years), the principle is a much more
    fair application.
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