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Who is deemed to be in a "defenseless" position when attempting to make a catch?
Here are the rules:
9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book reads, "No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder."
Rule 9-1-3 which states, ‘No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet.’”
Taken together I read this to mean that you must duck your shoulders enough that your helmet doesn't hit the opponent's helmet, but do so without leading with your helmet. Basically a shoulder pad to the torso is clean? Or apparently you can drop kick to the head since it says nothing about foot to head contact.
Seems like a very difficult calculation to make in an instant on a bang-bang play. Does anyone know how coaches are teaching DBs to tackle with this rule?
I don't think teaching has much to do with this one way or the other imho. Like you said most of these are bang-bang plays. & the instinct of any player moving full speed. Will almost always be knock the out of the guy trying to make the catch. I do see our guys make more ankle/leg wrap up tackles than most teams I watch though. So our guys are obviously getting schooled at proper ways of doing it.
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One of my favorite scenes from "The Waterboy."
"Character" is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
I believe you are supposed to grab the flag on the side closest to you and gently pull on it. I've heard if you rip it too hard, it can be uncomfortable and possibly leave a small scrape on the receiver.
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