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Football Low Block

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What is a Low Block Penalty in Football?

In football, a low block is a block that is below the knees, both from the front and the back. A low block is an illegal block due to the extreme risk of injury the block provides. The low block is very similar to that of the cut block, wherein a lower body block is performed. Cut blocks and low blocks are often considered dirty plays due to the nature of the blocks. Performing a low block will result in a 15 yard penalty against the offending team.

If a player makes contact with a player above the waist and then moves below the waist, this does not count as a low block. A low block is only if contact is made below the waist first. The legality of the block depends on the player and where it is on the field. Sometimes, referees can miss a low block depending on their perspective on the field.

Dangers of the Low Block

The low block can completely flip a player upside down and cause head injuries. It is an illegal block because of the dangers to the head, neck and shoulders.

See Also

baitingchop blocksclippingdelay of gameholdingoffsidepass interferencetoo many mendelay of gamekickoff delaydisqualificationdouble foulencroachmentfacemasksfair catch interferencefalse starthorse collarillegal batsillegal blindside blocksillegal block above the waistillegal contactillegal crackbackillegal cutillegal formationillegal foward handoffillegal forward passillegal kick kicking loose ballillegal motionillegal peel backillegal shiftillegal substitutionillegal touch kickillegal touch passillegal use of handsillegal wedgeincomplete forward passineligibile downfield kickineligible downfield passineligible receiver downfieldintentional groundinginterferenceinvalid fair catch signalkick catch interferencekickoff out of boundsleapingleverageneutral zone infractionoffensive holdingoffensive offsideoffensive pass interferenceoffensive too many men on fieldoffsideoffsides on free kickpenalties chartpersonal foulplayer out of bounds on kickroughing the holderroughing the kickerroughing the passerrunning into the kickertauntingtrippingunnecessary roughnessunsportsmanlike conductuse of helmet


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