RULE 9 — INTERFERENCE

SECTION 2 — INTERFERENCE ON SCRIMMAGE PLAYS

  1. On any play from scrimmage, except one in which a forward pass is thrown across the line of scrimmage or the ball is kicked across the line of scrimmage, a player of Team A may interfere with an opponent from Dead Line to Dead Line, commencing from the instant the ball is snapped. (See Rule 6, Section 4 Articles 8,9,10 and 11 for further clarification on Illegal Contact and Pass Interference)
  2. 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.

    PENALTY: L15 or PBD

  1. 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.

    PENALTY: L10

  2. 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.

    PENALTY: AFD at PF, or AFD 10 yards in advance of PLS, see Rule 6, Section 4, Article 10.

  3. On a play from scrimmage in which the ball is kicked across the line of scrimmage, a Team B player shall be permitted to interfere with any Team A player who has crossed the line of scrimmage, provided that contact is made only above the waist of the Team A player.

    PENALTY: L10 PBH or PPG

  4. 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.

    PENALTY: L10 PLS

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