High school football practice began earlier this week in Michigan. The start of the season is just around the corner.

Watch for a few changes this season.

Michigan student athletes are getting ready for another great season of high school sports. Football practice began on Monday and all other sports began today.

Let's get ready for football season by taking a look at the new rules for 2013. Here's a review of all of the rule changes for 2013 from MHSAA:

  • —Pass interference no longer is an automatic first down if against the defense, or does it result in a loss of down if against the offense.  Both are a 15-yard mark off from the previous spot, and the down is replayed except when the penalty against the defense results in a first down.
  • —If a player’s helmet comes off during a play, it is illegal participation and a 15-yard penalty if that player continues to participate in a play; and a personal foul and a 15-yard penalty if a player from the opposing team initiates contact with a player whose helmet has come off.
  • —On a catch, an airborne receiver whose forward progress is stopped and is carried out of bounds by a defender will be ruled a legal catch.  If the airborne receiver is contacted and driven out of bounds, the result of the play is an incomplete pass.
  • Following a penalty on the kicking team for kick catch interference on a fair catch play, the receiving team can opt to take a free kick after the 15-yard penalty has been enforced.
What do you think of the new rules?

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