What is a Leaping Penalty in Football?
A leaping penalty in Football is a penalty that is called on the defensive team when a player begins a running start and jumps over the line of scrimmage and offensive line in an attempt to tackle a player or block a kick. This penalty is in place to prevent injury as the likelihood of the defensive player possibly landing on an offensive player is very high and warrants a risk of injury. A leaping penalty is a form of unsportsmanlike conduct and results in a 15 yard penalty and automatic first down in favor of the offense. If the field goal or extra point attempt was successful and the leaping penalty was assessed, the penalty yards will be added to the kickoff in favor of the kicking team.