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CoachSMc

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2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« on: July 25, 2016, 09:41:01 pm »
Bobby,

At the meeting Saturday I thought I heard you say Clipping will now be called in the Free Blocking zone.  The Rule Book says it is still allowed in the Free Blocking Zone?

Clipping is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:
A. By offensive linemen who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
B. Against defensive players who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
C. The Contact is in the zone.

Blocking in the back is permitted in the free blocking zone when the following conditions are met:
A. By offensive lineman who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
B. Against defensive players who are in the zone at the snap C. The contact is in the zone.


Did I misunderstand you or is the Rule Book incorrect?

Thanks in advance
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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 04:48:56 pm »
It is now illegal to clip anywhere on the field (except on the running back with the ball)
That is a mistake in the new rule book. It is a new rule change this year that you cannot clip in the free blocking zone any longer.   
I will send out a reminder with the first coaches email. 
We also need to make sure that any cut blocks by the offensive lineman are done immediately after the snap (new rules for safety purposes)
We just went over that in our GTOA meeting last night. 

You can still block in the back in the free blocking zone though with the same stipulations as last year (has to be quick) 

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2016, 10:27:29 pm »
Thanks!
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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2016, 04:29:40 pm »
Love to see modifications made to the cut block as well. I would almost argue that it should not be allowed until 3rd grade (11 man) at least because although they are supposed to end at thigh pad level I would guess that somewhere around 90% of them end at the knees or lower.

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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2016, 05:03:52 pm »
I agree with you.  To be clear, they did not change the rule on cut blocks, just that the officials are to flag it if it is not done in the initial charge. 
We saw some film where the OL stands up like they are going to block normal and then they drop down and cut.  They want that element eliminated. 
Cut at the snap or don't cut at all. 

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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2016, 12:29:01 pm »
disagree cut block is apart of the game just as form tackling, blocking and so on for MM it can be very helpful as a lot of kids are undersized scross the board as coaches we just have to teach proper techniques on cut blocking and avoiding the cut block... just chiming in getting ready for this fun 2016 season 
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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 02:01:36 pm »
I agree if taught properly it is a great equalizer - they just need to do it with the initial charge.  If they pause 2 seconds and then cut there would be a great chance that the ball would not be in the zone anymore.
Would have to see an actual play to confirm it but it needs to be quickly after the snap.   


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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2016, 01:05:12 pm »
Can you define what you consider a cut block?
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Re: 2016 Rule Book On Clipping
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2016, 09:46:58 pm »
Offensive Lineman going low at the snap.