NFHS Football Rules Committee Approves Change in Blocking Zone Rules

Marshfield (OnFocus) –  The National Federation of High School Associations  Football Rules Committee has announced a significant rules change for the 2021 season.

The rule regarding blocking below the waist in the free-blocking zone in high school football has been revised for the upcoming 2021 season.  

The change to the 2021 NFHS Football Rules Book was discussed at the NFHS meeting, held virtually, and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Keys from the rule change:

  • Rule 2-17-2 – an additional condition must be met for a legal block below the waist in the free-blocking zone:

    the block must be an immediate, initial action following the snap.

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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]