The changes were adopted by the referees’ association earlier this year and take effect this fall.
Since Clemens’ time was limited due to the duration of the club’s luncheon meeting, he chose to zero in on “targeting.”
This includes aiming toward the head or neck of a “defenseless player,” he said.
Penalties for targeting will be stricter this year. The penalty in high school games will include 15 yards and the offending player being taken out of that game.
In college, a player will be taken out for the second half of that game and the first half of the next game.
Indications of targeting include launching, crouching, leading with helmet, forearm, fist or hand to attack the other player’s head or neck.
A defenseless player includes someone on the ground, out of play, or who received a blind-sided block.
Clemens also gave a detailed presentation on attacking and other new rules to the Buckeyes. That presentation, he estimated, would take two to three hours.