Football Penalties & Referee Signals : How to Signal Various 15 Yard Penalties in Football

Football Penalties & Referee Signals : How to Signal Various 15 Yard Penalties in Football
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Hello, my name is Brian Currier and I’m here
on behalf of Expert Village. I’m here to talk about football penalties and the hand signals
that the officials give to indicate the penalties. A number of the penalties have different rules
associated with them depending on level of football you’re talking about, whether it’s
high school, college, or the NFL. As much as possible, we’ll indicate where those differences
are. During a punt, field goal, or point after touchdown attempt the defense is not permitted
to run into or make contact with the punter or kicker. Doing so flagrantly or intentionally
carries a 15 yard penalty and the signal is a personal foul (video demo, arms above head,
right hand hitting left wrist) followed by a roughing the kicker signal (video demo,
kicking the right leg front of body). Once the quarterback has thrown the ball the defense
has one step to hit the quarterback or to avoid contact with him. Running into the passer
is called roughing the passer and carries a 15 yard penalty. The signal is personal
foul (video demo) followed by roughing the passer (video demo, right arm moving up and
down at elbow). By rule, the player may not use his helmet as a weapon to intentionally
inflict injury on an opponent nor can he use his helmet as the primary point of contact
or the initial point of contact. Doing so is called spearing. The penalty for spearing
is 15 yards. The signal is a personal foul (video demo) followed by illegal contact by
the head (video demo, tapping the right side of the head with the right hand). Unnecessary
roughness occurs anytime a player uses tactics that the official considers to be beyond what
is necessary or sportsmanlike. Unnecessary roughness carries a penalty of 15 yards and
is signaled as a personal foul.
Once a play is whistled dead, any conduct by a player or coach that the officials consider
being unnecessary or abusive is called unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct
is 15 yards and potentially disqualification. The signal for unsportsmanlike conduct is
(video demo, lifting both arms to each side from body to shoulder).

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