By Ned Bekavac
It sounds like the art of the kick-off is getting all but kicked out of District 10 high school football.
Rules have been changed and, by doing the math, it looks like there might not be many kick-offs in a typical game this season. Player safety is said to be a reason for the changes, as the play that follows a kick-off can be frantic and dangerous.
Many of the folks we heard from involved in District 10 football aren’t pleased with the changes.
We contacted District 10 headquarters on Tuesday, but didn’t hear back.
The new rules are below.
Options after a score:
1) The ball shall be kicked off by a place kick from any point between the hash marks on Team A’s 45-yard line at the start of the first and third quarter.
2) After any touchdown, the scoring team may elect to kick off from their 30-yard line or allow the team scored against to scrimmage from its own 35-yard line.
3) After a field goal, the team scored against will scrimmage from their 35- yard line.
4) After a safety touch, the scoring team will scrimmage at their 35-yard line.
Note: Any penalty distance to be applied on the kick-off, from a penalty called on the previous scrimmage play, will be applied at the above points.
The season starts today with Centennial hosting Orangeville at 3 p.m.
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The 2013 Guelph Gryphons golf team includes two local players.
On the squad this season are David Fell and Katarina Solomon, both graduates of St. James high school.
Fell is a first-year student and player at the U of G while Solomon is a fourth-year student playing her first year of Gryphons OUA golf.
During her first two years at the university, Solomon played on the Gryphons women’s soccer team.
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University of Guelph women’s volleyball assistant coach Haiqi Liu has landed a head coaching gig in Europe.
Liu has signed a two-year contract to be head coach for the defending champion Katrineholm Volley team in Sweden.
In addition to coaching the Elitserien team, he will also be handling training for both the second division and third division teams at the club.
He was assistant coach of the Gryphons for five seasons.
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Gryphons quarterback Jazz Lindsey has been named the OUA’s male athlete of the week.
The Markham native was 21-for-34 in passing, for 297 yards, in Guelph’s 38-12 road win over Toronto on the weekend.
He was also named the University of Guelph’s male athlete of the week.
The 3-0 Gryphons host 2-2 McMaster Saturday for their Homecoming game.
Kick-off is at 1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.