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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 29, 2019 11:50 pm

IHSAA approves football mercy rule

VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette

On Monday, the IHSAA and Indiana Football Coaches Association approved a mercy rule that will allow a running clock in high school football games if one team takes a lead of 35 points or more during the second half. The clock will still stop for timeouts, injuries and scores, but will not revert back to usual timing even if the score becomes closer. 

The group also approved a new rule that would make it so that schools playing at a higher classification due to success factor can stay at the higher classification if they win a regional title or sectional titles in back-to-back seasons. Currently, teams have had to win a regional title and back-to-back sectional titles to remain at the higher classification. Also, unified flag football was approved as a sponsored sport and punishments for fans ejected from contests were strengthened.