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SEC Spring Meetings: Day 3 Notebook

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Photo: Jim Burgess

SANDESTIN, Fla. (May 31, 2018)-----The 2018 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings continued Thursday at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort. The annual event includes meetings of the SEC's Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives, Head Football Coaches and Head Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches.

Following the day's meetings, SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw discussed new rules changes. Shaw noted that 2018 is an on year for rules changes, so player health and safety and overall playing rules relating to football strategy are considered.

Other topics discussed by Shaw included:

**Earlier this spring, the third annual developmental clinic was held in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference. One aim of the clinic is to develop minorities within the officiating program. A total of 48 officials participated in the clinic, which consisted of two days of video clinic and classroom work.

"This clinic has been terrific for us in the development of officials," Shaw said. "Giving folks an opportunity that haven't had an opportunity is important."

**Knee pads must be covered by pants in 2018. If the player does not cover his knee, he will be sent out of the game and he must sit out of the game for one play.

**A total of 20 communications devices will be allowed - 15 for countable coaches and graduate assistants, four for squad members and one on field for non-coaching activity. Only countable coaches and graduate assistants are allowed in the coaches booth. There is an allowance for one communications technician on the field and one in the booth.

**Continuing the effort to keep the game moving, the two changes have been approved concerning pace of play. After a touchdown, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds in order to expedite the try. Following a kickoff, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds in order to restart play more quickly.

**If a Team B player makes a fair catch, the ball becomes dead where caught and belongs to Team B at that spot. The exception is if a free kick is caught behind Team B's 25-yard line, the ball belongs to Team B at its own 25-yard line. The ball will be put in play midway between the hash marks unless relocated before the play clock is at 25 seconds. After the play clock is at 25 seconds or before any subsequent ready for play signal, the ball may be relocated only after a charged team timeout, unless preceded by a Team A foul or offsetting fouls.

**If a touchdown is scored during a down in which the time in the fourth period expires, the try shall not be attempted unless the point(s) would affect the outcome of the game. An exception is if the scoring team is ahead by one or two points, they have the option to forego the try.

**There is no change to linemen with initial position completely inside the tackle box. Al other Team A players are allowed to block below the waist only if the force of the initial contact is from the front. There are three exceptions: players must not block below the waist when the block occurs five yards or more beyond the neutral zone. Players outside the tackle box at any time after the snap or in motion at the snap may not block below the waist toward the initial position of the all at the snap. Once the ball as left the tackle box a player may not block below the waist toward his own end line.

**It is a foul if a defensive player moves forward and tries to block a field goal or a try by leaving his feet and leaping into the plane directly above the frame of the body of an opponent.

**There has been no change to the targeting rule.