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    Chris Chaplin
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    2016 FOOTBALL RULES CHANGES

    1-5-1d(5)a Completely clear or completely white tooth and mouth protectors are no longer prohibited. Tooth and mouth protectors shall include an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces) portion and include a labial (protecting the teeth and supporting structures) portion.

    1-5-2b Football gloves are now required to meet either the new SFIA specification or the existing NOCSAE test standard at the time of manufacture.

    2-17; 9-3-6; In a continued effort to minimize risk, the Committee made clipping in the free-blocking 9-3 PENALTY zone illegal. Clipping is now illegal anywhere on the field at any time.

    2016 MAJOR EDITORIAL CHANGES
    1-5-1b(1); 1-5-1b(2)a, (3)a; 5-1-1b.

    2016 POINTS OF EMPHASIS
    1. Risk Minimization
    2. Legal and Illegal Blocks
    3. Legal Jerseys, Pants and Pads
    4. Unfair Acts
    **As of February 18, 2016

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