Sometimes, things that are okay in the NFL (that’s like the big leagues of football) are not okay in high school football. So, why can’t you do hurdles in high school football?

Hurdles are not allowed in high school football because they can cause injuries. You might think that high school players might not be very good at going over other players without getting hurt. But in college and pro football, it’s okay to do hurdles.

As a referee for high school football, I make sure players don’t do hurdles. Some people might say it’s okay, but there are good reasons why it’s not allowed. It could still be allowed in college and pro football, but not in high school.

Why Can’t You Do Hurdles in High School Football?

In high school football, you’re not allowed to jump over other players, and that’s to keep everyone safe. Jumping over can sometimes make players get really hurt, and the people who make the rules wanted to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Jumping over another player is called hurdling. In college and pro football, it’s a cool way to avoid getting caught by the other team. But in high school football, you can’t do it, and if you try, your team can get in trouble and have to face penalties.

What is Hurdling in Football?

Hurdling in football is when the player with the ball jumps over another player who is standing up and touching the ground only with their feet. That’s called a hurdle. But if the player on the other team is on the ground, touching it with their knees or arms, that’s not a hurdle. It’s okay to jump over a player who is on the ground.

Why Do Players Hurdles in football?

When a player with the ball is going to be tackled by someone from the other team, they might decide to jump over them to avoid being caught. If the player with the ball can’t move left or right to get around the player trying to tackle them, they might jump to not bump into them. This jumping can be risky, and some people don’t agree if it should be allowed.

Jumping over is something players just do naturally, even in high school football. Imagine if you’re going to crash into someone, and you can’t go around them. Jumping is like a quick idea your brain has to avoid getting hurt.

The Player Doing Hurdles Might Get Hurt

When accidents happen, it’s not only the player being hurdled over who could get hurt. Sometimes, the player doing the hurdle might also get injured.

When you hurdle over another player, you could fall in a way that causes an injury. You might use your arm to try to stop the fall and hurt it. You might even bump into other players after you do the hurdle.

Should Hurdling Be Allowed in High School Football?

One of the reasons why jumping over players is not allowed in high school football is because the players might not be super skilled yet. It’s not easy to jump over someone who’s only touching the ground with their feet – you need to be really strong and good at moving. And there’s a difference between a pro player jumping over someone and a high school player trying it.

It’s also not fair to make the other player do something against the rules. If you jump over them, you could make them tackle you in a way that’s not allowed.

But here’s the thing: jumping over someone is probably riskier for the player doing the jump. They might get hurt more than the other player. This is different from when someone hits another player really hard (spearing), where both players could get hurt.

High School Football Is Pretty Safe

Maybe, letting players do hurdles could be okay, but only if it doesn’t make a lot more injuries happen. If many more people get hurt, then maybe they’ll say no to hurdles in high school football again.

High school football can be risky, but it’s not as risky as pro football. Lots of people get hurt, but not as many as in the NFL. It’s not as dangerous compared to other sports as some people think.

Hurdling Could Stop Injuries Sometimes

The main reason people might want to let players hurdle in high school football is that it can actually stop injuries from happening. Imagine if a player with the ball is about to crash into someone from the other team. Hurdling can help them avoid a bad crash and keep everyone safe.

Sometimes, a player from the other team might try to grab the legs of the one with the ball. Leaping over them can be a smart way to play and might make sure no one gets hurt.

Hurdling in College Football

In the past, if you hurdled (remember, that’s when you go over another player) in college football, you could get in trouble and get a penalty. But about twenty years ago, the NCAA (that’s like the big boss of college sports) changed the rules. Now, hurdling is allowed. There are only a few times when you can’t do it.

Hurdling in the Big Football Leagues

In the big leagues of football (that’s the professional one), hurdling is okay and people really like it when players who are strong and fast do it well. If you time it just right, you can make a really cool move and make a great play. But if you do it at the wrong time, you might lose the ball.

But here’s the thing: jumping over a bunch of players to try and block a kick is not allowed anymore. That might sound disappointing because it used to take a lot of skill to do that. But the problem was that it could lead to really bad injuries, so they stopped allowing it

What Happens If You Hurdle in High School Football?

In high school football, hurdling is not allowed, and if you do it, you’ll get a penalty of five yards. Also, the other team automatically gets a first down. If you’re caught hurdling, the referee will show that your opponents will kick off from farther away.

If you try to hurdle and still get tackled, you’ll be in trouble with a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. It’s important to know about penalties for other wrong moves in high school football so you don’t end up with penalties yourself.

Knowing the rules of the game can help you stay safe on the field and avoid getting penalties.

Can You Do Hurdles Over Opponents Without Getting in Trouble?

In high school football, doing hurdles over opponents is not against the rules. Hurdling can be a way to dodge or protect yourself from the other team’s players. If you jump over someone and they get penalized, it’s not seen as a bad move.

However, if you use your body too much while hurdling and the other person falls down, that might lead to a “roughing the passer” penalty. Hurdling can also be part of tricky plays like fake punts or kickoff returns in high school football games.

If you manage to hurdle over an opponent successfully, just make sure you touch them before you leap – this makes the move okay and won’t get you in trouble. When you play high school football, always keep an eye on what’s happening on the field. Penalties for goaltending and roughing the passer can come up fast.

Remember the rules of high school football so you can stay safe and avoid penalties or injuries during the game! Play safely and take care while enjoying this exciting sport. Rules are there to follow. Also, remember that spiking the ball is not allowed in this game.

What Should You Do If You’re Accused of Hurdling?

In high school football, hurdling is something players sometimes do. It’s like when a player goes up in the air and tackles another player, hoping to make them lose balance and fall down.

If someone says you hurdled, the best thing to do is talk to a lawyer. They can help you understand what you can do and what your rights are. They might also help you find ways to defend yourself.

You’re Accused of Hurdling, Learn About Your Rights

If someone says you did hurdling, it’s good to know what your rights are. The law says hurdling is when you use your body to block an opponent on the ground. This can mean hitting or pushing them to the ground really hard.

Talk to a Lawyer

If you’re in trouble for hurdling, talk to a lawyer. They can help you understand what you’re allowed to do and figure out how to protect yourself.

Stay Calm

If you’re accused of hurdling, stay calm and don’t let the situation overwhelm you. Remember, you have rights, and it’s okay to ask a lawyer for help if you don’t understand what’s going on.

Defend Yourself in Court

To defend yourself in court, know what evidence the people against you have. You might also need to tell your side of the story if it’s necessary.

Think About Your Future

Don’t give up on your future just because of this. Make sure you’re ready for the trial by talking to a lawyer and getting ready for it. Your future matters.

To  Recap

Doing hurdles isn’t against the rules in high school football right now, but it might become a problem later on. There are a bunch of things to worry about, like safety and getting hurt.

If this thing becomes against the rules, it’s probably because of the injuries that can happen when people do hurdles.


Even if you’re not a big fan of High School Football, rules are there to keep players safe. Hurdling can lead to bad injuries like hitting your head hard or breaking bones. To stop these bad things from happening, we need to teach young players the right way to do things and make sure they know how to stay safe when they’re on the field.


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