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Football Penalties & Referee Signals : How to Signal Defensive Holding in Football

Football Penalties & Referee Signals : How to Signal Defensive Holding in Football


Hello, my name is Brian Currier and I am here
on behalf of Expert Village. I’m here to talk about football penalties and the hand signals
the officials give to indicate the penalties. A number of the penalties have different rules
associated with them depending on the level of football you’re talking about, whether
it’s high school, college, or even the NFL. If it’s possible, we will indicate where those
differences are. Defensive holding or illegal use of hands is a five yard penalty. At the
NFL level defenses allow the hit, jam, or otherwise obstruct the receiver for the first
five yards beyond the line of scrimmage. After that no contact is allowed. At the high school
level, any contact is permissable unless the ball is in the air. The signal for illegal,
defensive holding or illegal use of hands is. Penalties can be assessed on the offense,
the defense and on special teams. Penalties involve five yard, ten yard, and fifteen yard
markoffs, sometimes they have a loss of down associated with the penalty.

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