2016 Football Rule Changes

Monday, August 22, 2016

1-5-1d(5)a: Further clarified the required specifications for the tooth and mouth protector.

Rationale: Completely clear or completely white tooth and mouth protectors are no longer prohibited. Tooth and mouth protectors shall include an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces) portion and include a labial (protecting the teeth and supporting structures) portion.

1-5 NOTE; 1-5-2b: Added the new Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) football glove specification to the existing rule.

Rationale: Football gloves are now required to meet either the new SFIA specification or the existing NOCSAE test standard at the time of manufacture.

2-17; 9-3-6; 9-3 PENALTY: Clipping in the free-blocking is now illegal.

Rationale: In a continued effort to minimize risk, the Committee made clipping in the free-blocking zone illegal. Clipping is now illegal anywhere on the field at any time.



Diagram NOTE; 1-5-1b(1); 1-5-1b(2)a, (3)a; 1-5-3a(1)a; 2-38; 4-3-2; 5-1-1b; 7-5
PENALTY; 9-3-5; 9-4-3h; 9-5-1a; 9-8-1a; 10-2-5; 10-5-1a; PENALTY SUMMARY.


1. Risk Minimization
2. Legal and Illegal Blocks
3. Legal Jerseys, Pants and Pads
4. Unfair Acts

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GICAA State Championship

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GOAA is honored being selected to work the State Championship games for GICAA (Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association). 

  • State Championship - Creekside at Covenant Academy
    Friday 11/20 at 7:30 
  • State Championship - Johnson Ferry Christian at Horizon
    Saturday 11/21 at 7:30 
  • Semi-finals - Harvester at Central Christian (8 man)
    Friday 11/20 at 7:30

Football Rules Changes - 2015

By NFHS on February 14, 2015

SPEARING DEFINITION REVISED (2-20-1c): Continuing the focus of risk minimization, the definition for the illegal helmet contact act of spearing was revised. Spearing is an act by any player who initiates contact against an opponent at the shoulders or below with the crown (top portion) of his/her helmet.

CORRECTING A DOWN NUMBER ADDED (5-1-1b NEW): The referee is granted authorization to correct the number of the next down before a new series of downs is awarded.

2015 Football Rule Changes Announced

High School Football Rules Changes Continue Focus on Risk Minimization

By NFHS on February 13, 2015

In its ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee expanded the provisions of unnecessary roughness to include contact with a defenseless player.

Corky Kell Classic 2015

corky kell classic 2015

The 2015 Corky Kell Classic matchups have been released and it will be a shuffle of last year’s two-day, seven-game event. The first day (Friday, Aug. 21) will be held at McEachern High School and will feature a double-header that will kickoff at 5:45 pm between Sandy Creek and Creekview. The Friday nightcap will pin 2014 Class AAAAAA runner-up Archer and North Paulding.

Mike Samples named to SPSU Athletics Hall of Fame

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Thirty-four student-athletes named to Athletics Hall of Fame
SPSU -  Wed, Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

MARIETTA, Ga. – A total of 34 former Southern Polytechnic State University student-athletes have been named to the institution's Athletics Hall of Fame. In April, former athletic director Matt Griffin announced that Southern Polytechnic would establish its first-ever Athletics Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of its greatest student-athletes, coaches, special contributors and teams over the past six-plus decades of intercollegiate competition.

2014-2015 Football Dates

In answer to several inquiries, the following football dates have been set for the 2014-15 school year. The calendar will not be officially adopted until the April meeting of the State Executive Committee.
2014-15 Football Dates
July 25 - Conditioning Practice
Aug. 29 - First Contest
Nov. 8 - End of Regular Season
Nov. 14-15 - First Round/Sectionals of Playoffs (Bye week for Class A)
Nov. 21-22 - Second Round of Playoffs (First Round for Class A)
Nov. 28-29 - Quarterfinal Round of Playoffs


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