The Top Ten Penalties in the NFL
What Not To Do on the Field

There are many rules and regulations in the game of football, and many ways to get a penalty.  There are, however, ten top penalties that you should not do.

1. Blocking below the waist

This penalty may take your team 15 yards back from where the ball was spotted by any defensive player or by an offensive player. the way of doing this is by hitting a player below the waist but above the knee to defend his player.

2. Block in the Back

this penalty may take  your team back  10 yards from where the ball was spotted.

when a blocker contacts a non-ball carrying player of the opposing team from behind and above the waist.

3.chop block

This penalty may take your team back 15 yards from where the ball was spotted.

chop block is an attempt by an offensive player to cut block a defensive player who is being blocked above the waist by another offensive player.


regardless of how many yards the offense gained if you clip your team will loss 15 yards.

clipping is when a player throwing the body across the back of the leg of an eligible receiver.

.5 delay of game

Failing to snap the ball before the play clock reaches zero. It may also be called when a player spikes the ball on non touchdown plays. you will loss 5 yards on that play

6. encroachment

a defensive player illegally crosses the line of scrimmage and makes contact with an opponent will give the offense 5 yards forward.  

7. face mask  

by grabbing the face mask is illegal due to the risk of injury, and the penalty is drawing 15 yards, and also a first down if committed by the defense

8. false start

the offensive team must come to  stop for at least one second with no movement of hands, feet, head, or swaying of body. this penalty may be 5 yards.


While in the field of play, offensive holding results in a 10-yard penalty.

holding is the illegal restraining of another player who is not in possession of the ball.

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