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Football 101: The Penalties

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Defensive holding…………………………………………………………………5 yards and first down

Defensive pass interference in the end zone………ball is awarded to offense at defense’s 1-yard line

Defensive pass ingterference in field of play………………ball is awarded to offense at spot of foul

Delay of game………………………………………………………………………………5 yards

Disqualified player returning to game………………15 yards

Encroachment…………………………………………………………………………………5 yards

Extra injury time-out…………………………………………………………5 yards

Falling or piling on……………………………………………………………15 yards

False start……………………………………………………………………………………5 yards

Forward pass from beyond line of scrimmage……………5 yards and loss of down

Head slap………………………………………………………………………………………15 yards

Illegal advance after a fair catch……………………5 yards

Illegal blocking below the waist………………………15 yards

Illegal chop block……………………………………………………………15 yards

Illegal contact to the face or head………………15 yards

Illegal crack back block……………………………………………15 yards

Illegal formation…………………………………………………………………5 yards

Illegal kicking of loose ball………………………………10 yards

Illegal motion………………………………………………………………………5 yards

Illegal substitution………………………………………………………5 yards

Illegal touching of free kick………………………………5 yards

Illegally assisting runner………………………………………10 yards

Illegal batting or punching of ball………………10 yards

Incidental grasp of face mask………………………………5 yards

Ineligible receiver downfield on pass or kick…………………5 yards

Ineligible receiver touching pass………………………10 yards

Interfering with fair catch………………………………………15 yards

Invalid fair catch signal………………………………………………5 yards

Making second forward pass…………………………………………loss of down

Offensive holding……………………………………………………………………10 yards

Offensive pass interference…………………………………………10 yards

Offside at snap…………………………………………………………………………5 yards

Prolonged, excessive, premeditated celebration…………5 yards

Removing of helmet after a play while on the field………………15 yards

Roughing the kicker………………………………………………………………15 yards

Roughing the passer………………………………………………………………15 yards

Running into the kicker………………………………………………………5 yards

Striking, kneeing, or kicking an opponent………………15 yards

Striking or purposely shoving a game official……15 yards and disqualification

Taunting……………………………………………………………………………………15 yards

Too many men on the field…………………………………………5 yards

Twisting, turning, or pulling an opponent by the facemask……………15 yards

Unnecessary roughness…………………………………………………15 yards

Unsportsman-like conduct…………………………………………15 yards

Using helmet to butt, spear, or ram an opponent…………………15 yards

Using a helmet (not worn) as a weapon……………………15 yards and disqualification

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