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26 CFOA Philosophies

Personal Fouls and UNC Fouls Philosophies

Chapter 26. CFOA Philosophies
Pg. 110

Personal Fouls
If action is deemed to be “fighting,”
the player must be disqualified. When in
question if an act is a flagrant personal
foul or fighting, the player is not fighting.
Players committing flagrant personal
fouls must be disqualified.
Spitting on an opponent requires
When in question:
• Regarding hits away from the ball near
the end of the play, consider it a deadball
foul rather than live-ball foul.
• It is twisting, turning or pulling the
• It is touching the facemask rather than
grasping it.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Do not be overly technical in applying
Rule 9-5-1 (unsportsmanlike acts).
Allow for brief, spontaneous, emotional
reactions at the end of a play.
Beyond the brief, spontaneous bursts
of energy, officials should flag those
acts that are clearly prolonged, selfcongratulatory,
and that make a mockery
of the game.
A list of specifically prohibited acts
is in Rule 9-5-1 a thru h. That list is
intended to be illustrative and not
exhaustive. All agree that when those
acts are clearly intended to taunt or
demean, they should be penalized.

{New} Specific acts of unsportsmanlike conduct and legal acts which are not unsportsmanlike conduct are provided: The following is an expanded list of the fouls listed in the Rules Book:

Using profanity, abusive, insulting, or vulgar language or gestures

Taunting such as: racial slurs or innuendo, name-calling, demeaning words, threats of bodily harm, slang references to sexual organs, sexual practices, or body elimination

Derogatory remarks directed at the officials (not necessarily the officiating)

Signaling to an official that he needs to throw his flag or indicating “over your head”

Back or forward flips

Stomping on the home team’s logo

Dancing in the end zone or any orchestrated routine with teammates

Using the football as a prop

Spiking the ball

Dunking the ball over the cross bar (or attempting to do so)

Hand or throw the ball to an opponent

Kick, throw or spin the ball

The Heisman pose or any other pose intended to taunt

Hand gestures such as choking, throat slashing, pounding one’s chest, pointing to a bicep, saluting or shooting a gun

An exaggerated first down signal or such a signal in the face of an opponent

A sack dance or prolonged standing over a downed opponent

Simulating a phone call or taking a picture

Taking a bow

Pointing back or waving at an opponent

Changing the stride near the goal line including running backward or a prolonged slow down

Belly flops, pirouettes or any other dive into the ends zone not judged to be a sincere effort to evade a tackler Going into or near the stands to interact with spectators

Punching the goal post pad

Encouraging the crowd to boo the officials

The following acts are generally considered to be legal especially when they are brief and the result of sincere jubilation:

Simulating a cross on a player’s own chest

Pointing to the sky

Outstretched arms – “hallelujah” (with or without the ball)

Kneeling and praying  High fives with teammates

Chest bumps

Hugging and raising a teammate into the air

Raising the ball as the goal line is crossed

Spontaneously forming a pile on the runner in the end zone

Slowing down before crossing the goal line without gesturing

Self-critical remarks, with or without vulgarity

Exuberant exclamations devoid of derogatory verbiage after making a play

Signaling a touchdown in a non-taunting manner

Any celebration in the team box

Merely removing the helmet before reaching the team box.