An NFL instructional video on new rules and officiating points of emphasis has been played for players on all 32 teams, and the new “crown of the helmet” rule was prominently featured.
NFL owners approved the new rule during NFL Annual Meetings in Phoenix this offseason that will ban ball carriers from initiating contact with the crown of their helmets in the open field.
Under the new rule, a runner or a tackler would draw a 15-yard penalty if he initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players clearly are outside the tackle box (an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line). Incidental contact by the helmet of a runner or a tackler against an opponent would not be deemed a foul.
The new video emphasizes that this is a new rule which will be strictly enforced, while also making sure players understand exactly what goes into the rule.
It can be accessed by clicking on the link below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.