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NFHS Rule Books

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by newinthefield, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. newinthefield

    newinthefield Member

    Does anyone order the rule books from the NFHS? If so, are they actually helpful or do you barely open the cover? Also, how often do you buy new ones?

  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Rules change every year. I would imagine it would be a good reference point for writers (and coaches, frankly) who think the rules they see on TV on Saturday and Sunday apply to games on Friday nights when they don't.
  3. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    If it's something confusing or controversial that's worth writing about, I'll just ask the officials and coaches involved to explain their thoughts after the game. Not all, but most officials, are happy to clarify.

    And yes, plenty of fans and coaches think college rules apply on Friday nights, especially the loud assistants, who will scream bloody murder over something completely legal.
  4. CYowSMR

    CYowSMR Member

    My dad has officiated a state title game in Alabama. (6A - no less) So, I just call him. I generally have a question every Friday night.
  5. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    I had one ref tell me that NFHS rules are more similar to the NFL than the NFHS to College. I won't pretend to know.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    You'd also need to know your state's exceptions to the rules. And they all have 'em.
  7. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    honestly, the one I use the most is the case book. The rules are fine, but you need to see situations and how to apply the rules.

    and yes, coaches are sometimes clueless on the differences between college and high school. Though, when we explain it to them, they're usually ok.
  8. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Of course, in Massachusetts and Texas, football is played with NCAA rules and in Mass. based is played with the MLB (The Sporting News) rules, with modifications.
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