On a play from scrimmage in which the ball is kicked across the line of scrimmage, a player of Team A may only interfere with an opponent up to one yard in advance of the line of scrimmage until they legally recover the ball across the line of scrimmage and then Team A may interfere with an opponent but only above the waist.
On any play from scrimmage, a Team B player may use his hands and arms to reach the ball carrier, but shall not hold or encircle any Team A player, other than the ball carrier.
After the pass is thrown, a Team B player shall not be permitted to interfere with a Team A receiver in an attempt to catch the ball.
The kicker or an onside player of Team A may not be contacted until reaching the line of scrimmage or until the ball has been touched by Team B.
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