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Sport NCAA Proposing Weird New Kickoff Rule Involving Fair Catches

20:11  04 march  2018
20:11  04 march  2018 Source:   12up.com

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NCAA Football Rules Committee proposes altering kickoff rules to allow the receiving team to fair catch the kick inside the 25-yard line and have it result in Most concussions on special teams occur in the trenches. #ClevPD: Urban Meyer's kickoff weapon is in danger with new NCAA rule change

Last month, the NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed a significant tweak to kickoffs , calling for any fair catch made between On Friday, the NCAA 's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved that suggestion -- along with other changes. The NCAA 's lone message in the rule change is player safety

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Football is a dangerous game, that is a well-known fact by now. ​The ​NFL and NCAA have taken steps to help ​make the game safer for their players in an attempt to help elongate careers and limit post-career brain damage.

Prior to the 2012 season, the NCAA moved the kickoff from the 30-yard line up to the 35-yard line to possibly result in more touchbacks leading to less hits on a kickoff.

That makes sense, but this new rule that the NCAA is proposing is just down-right weird.

There would rarely be a kick-return.

A fair catch on a kickoff could work, but the ball should be placed where it is caught, not at the 25-yard line. If you're willing to go that far, perhaps it makes sense to just get rid of kickoffs all together. This rule would help player safety as it pertains to the return man, sure.

But it does nothing to help the up-men and blockers, who would already engage helmet to helmet contact by the time any fair catch is called. Most concussions on special teams occur in the trenches.

This rule would seriously alter the way the game is played.

Speaking on the matter, the chairman of the NCAA Rules Committee said, “The committee discussed the kickoff play at great length and we will continue to work to find ways to improve the play. We believe making one change will allow us to study the effect of this change in terms of player safety.”

Any rule change proposal has to be approved by the  NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. They are set to meet and discuss the proposals on April 13.

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