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Blind Side Blocks 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

There may be no hit in football that generates more oohs and aahs than the blind side hit. It’s also one of the most dangerous hits in the game.

A defensive player in pursuit of the runner, who does not have a reasonable opportunity to see the oncoming blocker, is considered defenseless. In keeping with putting player safety first, national high school rules, now allow blocking form the blind side only when contact is initiated with the hands – achieving the same effect without all the contact.

That big blind side hit will now result in a 15-yard penalty and possible ejection form the game.

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

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