Be the Referee: Intentional Grounding Change

By Sam Davis
MHSAA Officials Coordinator

August 23, 2022

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Intentional Grounding Change - Listen

New this year in football is a change to intentional grounding.

What’s staying the same? A quarterback in the free block zone – who throws a pass to an area with no receiver nearby – will continue to be flagged for intentional grounding. That’s a five-yard penalty and loss of down.

So what’s different? Now … a quarterback outside of the free blocking zone can legally throw the ball away as long as the pass lands past the original line of scrimmage. This used to be flagged for grounding, but is now legal.

In fact, this rule doesn’t just pertain to the quarterback. Any passer, outside of the free blocking zone, can throw the ball away as long as it lands past the line of scrimmage.

STATE CHAMPS! Michigan: Extra Point Week 7

October 6, 2022

This week on STATE CHAMPS! Extra Point: Lorne Plant, Sydney Cariel and Devin Gardner recap the notable games from Week 6 and preview the marquee games going into Week 7.

1:46 - Davison vs. Walled Lake Western Recap
3:21 - Dexter vs. Ann Arbor Huron Recap
5:30 - South Christian vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central Recap
9:05 - Devin on the Rankings
10:37 - Livonia Franklin #17 in Rankings, Who to watch: Forest Hills Central
13:14 - De La Salle #3 in Rankings, Macomb Dakota #6 in Rankings
16:56 - Mr. Football Award
20:47 - DMC Gamechangers
22:05 - Anvil Award 
25:51 - Week 7 Preview
28:28 - Romeo vs. Chippewa Valley - Game of the Week Preview