2018 NFHS Football Rules Changes

By NFHS on February 08, 2018

1-5-4, 1-5-5, 3-5-10e (NEW) 3-6-2, 9-9: Improperly equipped player shall be replaced for at least one down.

Rationale: Prior to the game, the head coach is responsible for verifying that the players are legally equipped and will not use illegal equipment. The penalty for a player who is not properly equipped has changed from a distance penalty against the team to removal of that player for at least one down. The penalty provisions for any use of illegal equipment remain unchanged and result in an unsportsmanlike conduct foul charged to the head coach.

2-32-16a: Defenseless player provisions for passer clarified.

Rationale: The committee clarified that defenseless player provisions do not apply to a passer until a legal forward pass is thrown. The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the pass ends or the passer moves to participate in the play.

6-1-3b PENALTY, 6-1-4 PENALTY: Signal change for free kick infractions.

Rationale: The signal for free kick infractions, other than encroachment of the neutral zone, has been changed from signal 18 to signal 19.

6-1-9b (NEW), 6-1-9b PENALTY (NEW), 10-4-2 NOTE (NEW), 10-5-1j (NEW): New penalty option adopted for fouls by kicking team.

Rationale: In an effort to reduce re-kicks, further minimize risk and ensure that appropriate penalties are in place for all fouls, the committee has added an option for fouls committed by the kicking team during free and scrimmage kicks. The change would allow the receiving team all of the previous options as well as accepting the distance penalty at the end of the down.

SIX-PLAYER FOOTBALL (RULE 3): Length of time between periods revised.

Rationale: The timing rule between periods and intermission for six player football has been standardized to match the current NFHS 8-, 9- and 11-player football rules.

2018 EDITORIAL CHANGES

1-3-7; 3-4-2c; 7-2-5b(1) EXCEPTION; 9-5-1h; 10-4-7; PENALTY SUMMARY; NFHS OFFICIAL FOOTBALL SIGNALS; INDEX.

2018 POINTS OF EMPHASIS

  1. Proper Wearing and Use of Required Equipment
  2. Blindside Blocks and Defenseless Player
  3. Application of Personal Fouls and Unsportsmanlike Conduct
  4. Time Management

2018 Corky Kell 7 on 7 Tournament

June 15, 2018 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Thirty of the top teams in the state will experience some of the best competition in Georgia in the Corky Kell 7 On 7 Invitational Tournament and fans are invited to join us for the action! The Corky Kell 7 On 7 Invitational is a prelude to the Corky Kell Classic. It will feature many of the teams already participating in the Classic with additional schools from the Metro Atlanta area. The event will be held in the City of Roswell at the Roswell Area Parks Football Complex located at 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075. The complex has three new football fields with ample parking and pavilion areas. Games will also be played at Blessed Trinity, Roswell High School and Fellowship Christian stadiums.

2018 Corky Kell Classic

The 2018 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic marks the third year of the event’s three-day, nine-game lineup. Barron Stadium in Rome will play host to its first-ever Corky Kell games, replacing Mercer University, which hosted contests the past two seasons. Two games on Thursday, Aug. 16 will take place at Barron Stadium. Georgia State Stadium will play host again to a pair of games on Friday, Aug. 17 while the Saturday games will be held for the first time at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

First-time participants have been added as well. Ridgeland (Rossville, Ga.) and Mays, the first Atlanta Public Schools team to play, have been added to the field. Northeast Georgia area schools Buford, North Gwinnett, and Mill Creek will once again take part in the annual high school event.

2018 MetroPCS Corky Kell Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 16 at ROME's BARRON STADIUM

5:30 p.m. Ridgeland vs. Calhoun
8:30 p.m. Rome vs. Marietta

 Friday, Aug. 17, at GEORGIA STATE STADIUM

5:30 p.m. Buford vs. Tucker
8:30 p.m. Archer vs. Milton<strong 

Saturday, Aug. 18, at MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

9 a.m. Kell vs. East Coweta
11:45 a.m. Brookwood vs. North Gwinnett
2:45 p.m. McEachern vs. Colquitt County
5:45 p.m. Mill Creek vs. Walton
8:45 p.m. Norcross vs. Mays

GOAA 6th Annual Cruise

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  WHEN: January 11th - January 15th, 2018

  WHERE: onboard the Carnival Triumph

  Please download the cruise sign-up form here ►GOAAcruise2018.pdf

Added Extras: group open-bar cocktail party.

RATES GOOD TILL 10/09/2017   - As low as $313.00 Per Person Double Occupancy.
Full payment due at time of booking.

Important: All passengers will be required to bring a valid passport or a certified Birth Certificate along with a picture ID (drivers license).
Failure to do so will result in denied boarding of the Carnival Sensation. In addition, names listed should match that on your passport or license.

2017 Corky Kell Classic

The 2017 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic marks the second year of the event’s three-day, nine-game lineup. The Corky Kell Classic will kick off the high school football season on Thursday, August 17 with a double-header at Mercer’s Five Star Stadium. Friday and Saturday’s games will likely make history as the first games ever played in the newly transformed Georgia State Stadium. The Classic kicks off the highly competitive high school football season in Georgia every August with partial proceeds benefiting the Kell Foundation to fund scholarships. Throughout the years the games have included top talent in both Georgia and across the nation. Marketed and operated by Score Atlanta and a group that includes former successful high school coaches Dave Hunter and Jim Dorsey, in the past four years the Classic has reached more than 3.25 million television and internet viewers with a total game attendance of more than 200,000 fans.

Thursday, Aug. 17 @ Mercer University – Macon
5:15 pm: Lee County vs. Mary Persons
8:15 pm: Houston County vs. Jones County

Friday,Aug. 18 @ Georgia State Stadium 

5:30 pm: South Forsyth vs. Roswell
8:30 pm: Buford vs. Hillgrove

Saturday, Aug. 19 @ Georgia State Stadium
9:00 am: Kell vs. Tucker
11:45 am: Archer vs. Brookwood
2:45 pm: Colquitt County vs. Norcross
5:45 pm: Mill Creek vs. McEachern
8:45 pm: North Gwinnett vs. Walton

2017 Corky Kell 7 on 7 Tournament

June 16, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Thirty of the top teams in the state will experience some of the best competition in Georgia in the Corky Kell 7 On 7 Invitational Tournament and fans are invited to join us for the action! The Corky Kell 7 On 7 Invitational is a prelude to the Corky Kell Classic. It will feature many of the teams already participating in the Classic with additional schools from the Metro Atlanta area. The event will be held in the City of Roswell at the Roswell Area Parks Football Complex located at 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075. The complex has three new football fields with ample parking and pavilion areas. Games will also be played at Blessed Trinity, Roswell High School and Fellowship Christian stadiums. The Corky Kell Corky Classic is proud to sponsor this event as teams will arrive Thursday and participate in a passing league that evening at Blessed Trinity and Roswell High School.

2017 GHSA Football Camps

Listed below are the GHSA sanctioned football camps for 2017. For information you may contact the Camp Director of the camp you wish to attend.

  • Registration Deadline: (14) days prior to the start of the camp you wish to attend.
  • Camp Fee: $80.00
  • Walk-up Fee: $110.00
  • Do NOT send payment to the GHSA Office
  • Liability Waiver: Every participant will be required to sign a "liability waiver" prior to participating in the camp.

2017 Football Camp Registration Form

Central Atlanta
June 24th
Westminster Middle School
Woodstock
July 8
River Ridge High School
Albany
July 15
Westover High School
Macon
July 21
GAOA - Macon Centreplex
Athens
Juy 29
Athens Academy
Savannah
August 5
Calvary Day
Cartersville
August 12
Georgia Highlands College
   

Camp Director: James Arnold
770-606-3282
james.arnold@anheuser-busch.com

Football Rules Changes - 2017

By NFHS on March 08, 2017

1-3-1h (NEW): Added that commercial advertising is not permitted on the ball.

Rationale: The ball cannot have commercial advertising added to the surface. The only permissible items on the ball are the ball manufacturer’s name and/or logo; school name, logo and/or mascot; conference name and/or logo; state association name and/or logos; and NFHS name and/or logos.

1-5-1b(3): Further clarifies that the jersey of the home team shall be a dark color clearly contrasting to the white jersey required for the visiting team. Rationale: Home game jersey specifications were further revised to provide schools and manufacturers additional clarification regarding the current trend of utilizing lighter gray shades. The implementation date of 2021 affords schools and manufacturers the opportunity to ensure that newer dark jerseys will clearly contrast with white. The requirement for contrasting colors to white is not a new rule, and this new clarification will allow changes to be made during normal replacement cycles.

1-5-1a(2) NOTE, 1-5-4: This change now permits any of the game officials to accompany the referee to meet with the head coachfor equipment verification. Rationale: Member state associations may determine the game official who is to accompany the referee during the required pre-game meeting with each head coach.

2-3-10 (NEW), 9-4-3n (NEW), 9-4 PENALTY: Added a new definition for a blindside block and specifies a penalty for an illegal blindside block.

Rationale: Continuing with the focus on risk minimization, the committee created a definition for a blindside block. This block involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury. Unless initiated with open hands, it is a foul for excessive and unnecessary contact when the block is forceful and outside of the free-blocking zone.

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