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Offline Bob Goodman

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How avoid blows to the head?
« on: September 07, 2018, 09:19:31 AM »
I'm looking at this from the perspective of both coaches and rules-makers, informed by Play #2 whose video is shown in this thread at

First of all, is my perception of this play wrong?  To me it looked like #14 was trying to avoid contact, while to others it looked like he deliberately used his shoulder on the opponent's head.  I'm in the discussion by my usual name.

I'm wondering both what to coach players to do to avoid fouling, or to avoid fouling severely, and whether the rules makers and/or the administration of the rules are reducing the danger of or from head & neck hits.

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Re: How avoid blows to the head?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2018, 10:14:10 AM »
I thought he was deliberately targeting the head. My perception. I also thought the hit was totally unnecessary. Ball was caught and there's no way the receiver wasn't going to be down.
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Re: How avoid blows to the head?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2018, 11:06:11 AM »
Okay, in the NCAA rule book, the way I interpret it, Targeting is a penalty of intent, which means it is a subjective call, the official has to determine if the contact is deliberate, which as none are mind readers, makes it subjective.
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