Rule changes approved: Scoring plays to be reviewed | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League Board of Governors has unanimously approved the rule changes as proposed by the Rules Committee, including that all scoring plays be subject to review by the replay official in the Command Centre. This would include all touchdowns, field goals, converts, singles and safety touches.

The Board of Governors also approved two rules that specifically address the safety concern of players helmets coming off during play:

•    If a ball carrier’s helmet comes off, the play shall be blown dead immediately. The line of scrimmage for the next play will be where the player’s helmet came off.

•    If a non ball carrier’s helmet comes off, that player can no longer participate in the play. If he does, the player will be penalized 10 yards for illegal participation. If a player hits an opposing player who isn’t participating because he lost his helmet, he will be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

The Rules Committee is made up of head coaches, general managers, team presidents, league officials and a representative of the CFL Players’ Association.

Fan Comments
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April 20, 2012 - 10:01am
Dekkoy - If the play is blown dead when a helmet comes off, there likely won't be enough time for a player to get the helmet back on and continue to participate in the play. Glad to see safety of the players being addressed - there were to many loose "lids" last season! Also like the idea of scoring plays being reviewed. Don't think it will slow down the game for most plays which are usually straightforward and should eliminate any doubt on close plays.
April 18, 2012 - 7:48pm
Huh, this coming after last year. I remember a lineman lost his helmet and was still blocking down the field. Looked pretty dangerous to me, but from what the replay vids on here were showing is how tough and valiant this guy was.

No more of that I guess. I can see it being dangerous if you have to block or hit someone without all the gear on. Makes you not want to go full out on them. Good call.

I wonder if you can put your helmet back on and still be eligible during play? Probably not.
April 18, 2012 - 7:16pm