IHSAA approves football mercy rule, other proposals

From Herald Staff Reports

The IHSAA officially announced the implementation of a mandatory mercy rule in football as well as several other proposals at Monday’s annual Board of Directors meeting in Indianapolis.

The mercy rule, which goes into effect this fall, will go into effect when the point differential reaches 35 points in the second half. The game clock will convert to a running clock with the exception of timeouts, scores and/or injuries. Once implemented, the clock may not revert back to standard timing regardless of the score and coaches will not have the ability to override the implementation of the mercy rule.

Several other notable rule propoals were approved including fan conduct following the same sportsmanship guidelines applicable to the conduct of contestants, coaches, etc. When a fan is ejected from a contest, they will be suspended — in their case from attending the school’s next home contest. A second ejection will result in suspension from the next two home contests.

Other approved proposals included the addition of Unified Flag Football as a sponsored sport. However, a proposal submitted by the Pocket Athletic Conference which would eliminate the 600 mile round trip limitation with regard to the out-of-state contest rule was tabled for a later date.

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