2009 CFL RULE CHANGES

  1. Rule 1 Conduct of the Game – Helmets – sentence added: Any player’s chinstrap must be completely fastened prior to the snap. (Page 20)
  2. Rule 3 Scoring – Field Goal - After a field goal there are only two options to the team scored upon, kickoff from their own 35-yard line or receive a kickoff from the opponents 35-yard line. (Page 27)
  3. Rule 3 Scoring – Safety Touch - After a Safety Touch, there are still three options to the scoring team: kickoff from their 35-yard line, scrimmage at their 35-yard line or receive a kickoff from the opponent’s 25-yard line. (Page 27 & 28)
  4. Rule 4 Scrimmage – Designated QB’s - Designated QB is not required to line up in a position to receive the snap (Page 35)
  5. Rule 5 Kicking – Illegal Interference - Illegal Interference by the kicking team while the ball is in the air will be applied at the point possession is gained by the receiving team. (Page 38)
  6. Rule 7 Fouls and Penalties – Crackback Blocks - The rule regarding Crackback Blocks has been amended to penalize any outside-in block below the waist. (Page 53 & 54)
  7. Instant Replay – Type of Reviewable Play added - Simultaneous catch has been added to the list of reviewable plays. (Page 71)
  8. Instant Replay Overview – Number of Challenges - If a team is successful on their first two replay challenges they will be granted a third challenge. (Page 16 & 68)

Note: All 2009 rule changes have been printed in bold.

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