2005 Football Rules Changes
mark 12 inches in length, 4 inches in width and 9 yards from each sideline
shall be located on each 10-yard line. These marks shall not be required if the
field is visibly numbered.
Beginning with the 2006 season, all helmets shall be secured with a four-snap
chin strap and a tooth protector shall be of any readily visible color, other
than white or clear.
Beginning with the 2008 season, hand pads must meet the same standard as gloves
concerning the level of tackiness. The hand pads shall bear the NF/NCAA label
indicating compliance with test specifications on file with the Sporting Goods
Manufacturers Association as of January
The manufacturer logo/trademark restriction now includes any company reference.
NEW: A period shall not be extended when a foul occurs that specifies a loss of
3-7; 3-5; 7-2-1;
9-6 & 9-8: Substitution and participation rules have been clarified.
Penalty: “Illegal procedure” terminology has been removed from the rules book
and Signal Chart.
7-5: Only one forward pass may be thrown during a down.
NEW: Hindering an opponent’s vision without making an attempt to catch,
intercept or bat the ball is pass interference, even though no contact was
Contact by a defender obviously away from the direction of the pass is not
considered pass interference.
8-5-2a Exception: All types of loose balls now included in
Non-players added to those who are covered under the Illegal Personal Contact
Six & Eight Players: At least five offensive players
shall be on their line of scrimmage at the snap and may have any legal jersey
Points of Emphasis
1. Heat and Hydration and Its Effect on Weight
2. Spearing, Butt Blocking, Face Tackling and Chop Blocks
3. Sideline Management
4. Game Management
Release Date: 1/26/2005