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Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact

Definition

It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The rule applies to all players on the field at all times, and contact does not have to be to an opponent's head or neck area; lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent's torso, hips or lower body is also a penalty.

Outcome

15 yards. If committed on defense; automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.

2020 Stats

Totals By Referee/Crew

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 TotalPer Game
NameGamesCountYardsDismissedHomeAwayCountYardsDismissedHomeAway
Adrian Hill162300110.131.880.000.060.06
Alex Kemp173451120.182.650.060.060.12
Bill Vinovich153450030.203.000.000.000.20
Brad Allen16190010.060.560.000.000.06
Brad Rogers143391300.212.790.070.210.00
Carl Cheffers161151100.060.940.060.060.00
Clay Martin131152100.081.150.150.080.00
Clete Blakeman154600220.274.000.000.130.13
Craig Wrolstad161150100.060.940.000.060.00
Jerome Boger162270020.131.690.000.000.13
John Hussey16110100.060.060.000.060.00
Land Clark152301110.132.000.070.070.07
Ron Torbert16000000.000.000.000.000.00
Scott Novak162300200.131.880.000.130.00
Shawn Hochuli152240110.131.600.000.070.07
Shawn Smith173450120.182.650.000.060.12
Tony Corrente151150010.071.000.000.000.07
Totals26432445616162.0828.790.411.051.03