Just wondering what people have been hearing about what the new rules/enforcements will be this year.
the Ref at our scrimmage said "leading with the head in any way including the FACEMASK, would be a 15 yd penalty" !?!
there was also discussion w/o great clarity about a new rule that prevents the receiving team on kick-offs from blocking until they have possession of the ball. Later discussion leaned toward this possibly of this only applying to onside kicks.
the biggest take away for me was the ref saying they have been instructed to officiate based on safety and insinuated that any action THEY deem as a potential safety risk to a player or their opponent would be flagged. This mean personal fouls have become even more subjective and completely at the officials' disgresion.
they also mentioned players not being allowed to wear anything at all under their helmets