Rule to Protect Snappers Passes

Snapping Moves

The proposed rule that was announced recently to protect snappers has passed.  Beginning this season, teams defending a field goal or extra point attempt will no longer be allowed to use overload situations in an attempt to block a kick.  Instead, teams can only have six players on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper.  As a further safety measure, teams will not be permitted to push players on the line into the offensive formation.  Snappers will also be treated as a “defenseless player” during the kick.

The text of the new rule is below.

NEW LS RULE

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