2006 Football Rule Changes
The latest issue of Referee Magazine is out, and supposedly it contains a number of rule changes for NCAA football for the 2006 season. These changes are not on the NCAA website yet, but I assume they will be shortly. The rumored changes are:
- The game clock now starts on a change of possession at the same time the play clock does, instead of starting when the ball is snapped. Supposedly this will save 5 minutes per game.
- Player's visors will now have to be clear, no more black, reflective gold or smoke colored ones.
- Kicking tees will have a maximum height of only 1 inch above the ground to reduce kickoff length and increase the number of returns.
- "Firmly" has been added to several definitions regarding what is or is not a "catch". For example a player who leaves his feet to catch a ball must now have the ball "firmly" in his possession when he lands.
I'll try to get a copy of the magazine and confirm the exact details of each of these rule changes (this was passed on to me by a referee friend) - but I thought people would be interested to see what we will have to get used to next year.
Don't expect to see the entire defense in black visors again, unfortunately (thegooley.com)