The Targeting Rule in College Football Essays

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The targeting rule in college football could be the “most significant rule” change ever made in the game (Matter). According to Greg Johnson of the NCAA, the rule was passed by the Football Rules Committee of the NCAA in February of 2013 to be implemented with the 2013 fall football season and is consistent with the committees’ continued attempt to address player safety. The new rule now places a tougher penalty on the defensive player for dangerous contact with the offensive player, notably direct helmet-to-helmet hits, or hits aimed above the shoulders of the offensive player. This direct, helmet-to-helmet contact is known as targeting. Although the implementation of the new targeting rule is controversial, it will help to …show more content…
Additionally, this new rule will require the defensive players to be more cautious with their hits to ensure they do not get called for targeting an offensive player, which could lead to the defensive player’s ejection from the game. The player ejection is new for this fall and is in addition to a fifteen yard penalty imposed for targeting (Johnson). The NCAA committee is serious about addressing unsafe play and considers the ejection penalty a severe punishment for such behavior (Staples). Greg Bishop, from The New York Times, in his article about the targeting rule, discusses that the defensive players now have a limited contact area, and many coaches are holding training sessions to practice the limited contact area with the defensive players. Andy Bitter, from the Roanoke Times, in his article that addresses the new rule, discusses that the defensive players usually do not purposely go for the area above the shoulders, but now with such severe penalties to consider, coaches want to emphasize and practice making legal hits. Losing star players due to ejection could have serious implications to the future of a football team, especially during playoffs, so the defensive players must have an understanding of what is considered a legal hit (Bishop). This part of the rule will help make the game safer by making the defending player accountable for their actions, and will help to reduce the number of intentional targeting
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