Proposed 2024 Rule Changes

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The NCAA Rules Committee met last week and proposed a few rule changes for the upcoming 2024 season. These proposed rule changes will be determined by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee whether they are approved or set aside for the time being. The Oversight Committee will meet on April 18th. Since the U.I.L. football follows NCAA governing rules, these possible rule changes could be implemented at all levels this season pending both NCAA and U.I.L. approval

Some of possible changes that could be seen at our level include:
1. Adding an automatic timeout with 2 minutes left at the end of 2nd and 4th Quarters.
2. Uniform Enforcement Structure (Specifically Pants)
3. Removal of Horse Collar Tackle inside Tackle box.

There other possible rule changes that will be kept at the collegiate level at least for a few more years.
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NCAA Rule Changes

Any thoughts on these proposed rule changes?
 
Rule 2: This possible rule change would carry 1 warning per team for first violation and then cost a timeout for each subsequent violation. If the team in violation does not have any remaining timeouts, they will be assessed a 5 yard penalty for delay of game.
 
It seems like the zebras have just chalked up the knee pads rule lately.
I was working chains on a JV game last season and kid from the opponent shows up without his pants. They wore black pants, so he just wears his black leggings. The refs notices it and tells him he has to have knee pads, so he found a back plate and cut it up to create knee pads and then rolled them up into his leggings. I think the ref just gave up on it bc he let him play after that, but it was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. :ROFLMAO:
 
Many may not like the uniform police, but it is in the interest of Player Safety. A safety agreement is signed before the game by each team's coach.
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I was working chains on a JV game last season and kid from the opponent shows up without his pants. They wore black pants, so he just wears his black leggings. The refs notices it and tells him he has to have knee pads, so he found a back plate and cut it up to create knee pads and then rolled them up into his leggings. I think the ref just gave up on it bc he let him play after that, but it was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. :ROFLMAO:
He didn't give up, the kid met the rule at that point. Nothing in the rulebook says it HAS to be a specific design or shape. Remember how kneepads used to have the rounded part, with essentially a square attached? Today they're about the size of a aerosol spray can... but it satisfies the rule.

As far as general observations on the proposals:

1) I think this is a good thing. It gives officials a set point for end-of-half timing rules to make sure we don't forget 10 second runoff rules. (I'd rather they adjust the 10 sec runoff to 2 min instead of 1, to make it even easier on officials.)

2) This will continue to go nowhere. The blame for this, IMO, lies with coaches and TASO, not officials... coaches, for tolerating/encouraging it, and TASO for having board members a few years ago in a championship game allowing a team to basically wear bicycle shorts/hotpants, instead of enforcing the rule. If TASO leadership won't enforce it on the biggest stage, the message is it's not important, and therefore I'm not enforcing it either - especially when coaches can and do scratch officials for enforcing a rule correctly. Even if it's a PoE (Point of Emphasis_ this coming year, it will not change. Coaches will lose their minds and blame officials if they enforce it correctly.

3) will likely be approved; as a safety rule, this never should have been an exception anyways.
 
I've had a couple of players try to roll their pants up on their thighs, exposing the knees. They don't make it out to pregame until it's fixed. That's just me though.
I recently saw a couple of baseball players do that. Their pants were mid thigh and they have leggings bridging the gap to their stirrups. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.
 
This will continue to go nowhere. The blame for this, IMO, lies with coaches and TASO, not officials... coaches, for tolerating/encouraging it, and TASO for having board members a few years ago in a championship game allowing a team to basically wear bicycle shorts/hotpants, instead of enforcing the rule. If TASO leadership won't enforce it on the biggest stage, the message is it's not important, and therefore I'm not enforcing it either - especially when coaches can and do scratch officials for enforcing a rule correctly. Even if it's a PoE (Point of Emphasis_ this coming year, it will not change. Coaches will lose their minds and blame officials if they enforce it correctly.
Very true
 
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