STATISTICAL SCORING RULES

SECTION 13 — PENALTIES

  1. Five items are recorded with regard to penalties:
    1. Times Penalized,
    2. Yards Penalized,
    3. First Downs Gained by Penalties,
    4. Penalties Declined By,
    5. Gains Forfeited on Penalties.
  2. Times Penalized include those penalties declined by the opposition, double penalties against both teams that are often cancelled out against each other and multiple penalties called against one team on a single play.
  3. Yards Penalized are measured from the point of penalty to the point where the ball is next put into play.
  4. Refer to Section 1 for treatment of first downs gained by penalties.
  5. Gains Forfeited by Penalty are the yardage gains that would normally be recorded by the offence on offensive plays from scrimmage and have been nullified by application of a penalty. Gains Forfeited by Penalty do not occur on special teams plays, nor do they occur on defensive return plays (i.e. fumble returns, interception returns).

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