SECTION 7 (d) — LATERAL PASSES — Addition (in bold)
(d) Incomplete lateral passes are scored as fumbles and yards lost are charged against the player who, in the statistician’s opinion, was responsible for the failure of the pass, subject to the provision of Section 5. This includes a player who laterals a ball Out of Bounds.
SECTION 9 — KICKOFFS — Clarification To Match Playing Rules
(a) Kickoffs are measured from the kickoff line to the point of recovery. If kicked over the deadline or Out of Bounds in the Goal Area without being touched by any player, the yardage will be recorded in the same manner as a punt into the End Zone. If kicked Out of Bounds in the field of play, the receiving team has the option of taking the ball at that point, taking the ball 30 yards in advance of where the ball was kicked or having the kickoff repeated. If the receiving team elects to take the ball at the point it went Out of Bounds, the kickoff shall be recorded to that point and the kicking team charged with a penalty declined. If the ball is awarded to the receiving team 30 yards in advance of where the ball was kicked, the yardage difference between that line and the point where the kickoff went Out of Bounds will be recorded as a penalty against the kicking team. If the kickoff has to be repeated, the kicking team will be charged with a penalty of five yards.
(b) The same rules for statistics purposes apply to kickoffs that apply to punts.
SECTION 11 (d) — FUMBLES — Addition (in bold)
(d) The player who fumbles a ball Out of Bounds is to be charged with a fumble and an own team fumble recovery. This includes a player who laterals a ball Out of Bounds.
SECTION 18 — TACKLES — Revised To Read As Follows
(a) When a ball carrier is stopped, credit a Tackle to the player solely or primarily responsible for making the stop. Tackles are credited on all plays that end with a ball carrier being stopped by contact, including Quarterback Sacks. A player who forces a ball carrier out of bounds (with or without contact) shall be credited with a Tackle.
(b) A Tackle after a punt, missed field goal or kickoff shall be recorded as a Special Teams Tackle. All other tackles are recorded as Defensive Tackles.
(c) If a ball carrier is tackled behind the line of scrimmage on a Rushing, Passing or Team Loss play (other than a Quarterback Sack), the yards lost shall be credited to the player making the Defensive Tackle, and will be identified as a Tackle for Loss.
SECTION 19 — RATINGS — Change (in bold)
Leaders for CFL statistical categories are determined by the following guidelines:
SECTION 20 — NET PUNTING AVERAGE — Change In Definition
Net Punting Average (NPA) shall be calculated by dividing the total number of punt attempts into the total number of punting yards, minus the punt return yards allowed and minus the number of punt singles multiplied by 35. The above definition is reflected in the following equation:
NPA = Punt Yards - (Punt Returns + (Punt Singles * 35)) ------------------------------------------------- Punt Attempts
SECTION 25 — SCORING DRIVES — Definition Added
A Scoring Drive starts at the Line of Scrimmage of Team A’s first play of a series, and ends at the Goal Line if a Touchdown is scored or at the Line of Scrimmage of the last play of the series. The yardage of a successful Field Goal is not included in a Scoring Drive. Penalty plays and kicks are both counted when determining the number of plays in a drive. However, a Convert attempt is not counted in the number of plays in a drive.
All CFL Stats Crews will record Scoring Drives and include this information in the statistical play‐by-play reports at the end of each drive. The drive Information must include the number of plays, the yardage gained, a description of the scoring play and the total time of the drive.
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