This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains the difference between high school and college/pro rules in regards to the football tackle box and intentional grounding.
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Below is this week's segment - No Tackle Box - Listen
Today we are going to
talk about the rules that govern the quarterback, specifically when the
quarterback is being rushed and is looking to throw the ball away and avoid the
Under both pro and
college rules, they have what’s called the tackle box. When the quarterback
gets outside of the original position of the offensive tackles and throws the
ball and it reaches the line of scrimmage, there is never a foul for
However, under high
school rules there is no such thing as a tackle box. If the quarterback is
either in pocket or scrambles outside of the pocket and now is trying to throw
that ball away to avoid the sack, there always must be a receiver in the
vicinity of the pass to avoid an intentional grounding foul.
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