Sports Word of the Week! TARGETING

Targeting (American Football) – A player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with an apparent intent that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are not limited to:

  • Launch – a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area
  • A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground
  • Leading with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area
  • Lowering the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown (top) of the helmet
  • Contact above the shoulders on a defenseless player

The call requires a video review. The penalty is ejection from the game and the next half of a game.

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He was ejected for targeting in the third quarter, so he will not play the first half of next week’s game.

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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