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The NFL Competition Committee receives and considers input from coaches, general managers, owners, players and the media, and conducts hours of discussion and film study before recommending changes to any rule.
During this process, the Committee asks several questions about each rule change it considers:
The Committee spoke with current players and NFL Legends and included many of their suggestions in its recommendations.
Many players voiced their desire for greater freedom to express themselves. The league listened and changed its guidelines to allow more spontaneous celebrations, while maintaining standards of sportsmanship and respect.
Players can now use the ball as a prop when celebrating scoring plays or changes of possession, participate in group celebrations with teammates and have celebrations on the ground.
However, acts directed at an opponent, deemed offensive or violent in nature, or celebrations using any object other than the football as a prop are still violations.
Players also voiced their concern over:
This feedback led to many of the recommendations ultimately presented to the Committee. All 32 club owners vote on the Committee’s recommendations. The proposed changes that earn the support of 75 percent of the owners (24 “yes” votes out of 32 clubs) are approved.
The league reviews the changes with players, coaches and officials during training camp, the Rookie Transition Program and the NFL Officiating Clinic to help everyone adapt to the rules changes and points of emphasis. The Officiating Department also provides training videos for players and coaches with specific examples.
In the interest of protecting players from unnecessary risk, NFL owners voted to:
Club owners voted to extend two rules changes that were implemented for one year in 2016. The owners:
Learn more about how the NFL's rules have evolved.
The owners also voted to:
The Competition Committee continues to emphasize the importance of sportsmanship and of taking improper techniques out of the game. In addition to enforcing unnecessary hits away from the play, game officials will strictly enforce existing rules, including: