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Old Mon Sep 14, 2009, 10:14am
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Tight Ends and the FBZ

Are tight ends included in the Free Blocking Zone?? Can they cut block?
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Old Mon Sep 14, 2009, 10:17am
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There's not a yes or no answer to that question.

The FBZ extends 4 yards to either side of the ball. IF any part of the player's body is in the zone, then he can block below the waist in the zone. IF not, he can't.
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Old Mon Sep 14, 2009, 12:14pm
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Are tight ends included in the Free Blocking Zone?? Can they cut block?
I would allow it.
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Old Mon Sep 14, 2009, 12:17pm
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Are tight ends included in the Free Blocking Zone?? Can they cut block?

Also remember that the blocker and blockee both have to have part of their body in the FBZ, if the TE is at the edge of the FBZ it is quite possible that the OLB or DE is NOT in the FBZ. In this case, the TE cannot block that player in the back, below the waist, or clip.
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While 4 yards is a bit of distance, keep in mind that if you have the offense lined up in an unbalanced formation, the TE may not be in the FBZ. That's why you can't go by positions, but by the guideline of 4 yards from each side of the ball.
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Old Tue Sep 15, 2009, 09:19am
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The easiest way to visualize this is to lay out an area that is the size of the free blocking zone and line people up in a formation. Ask your association if doing this exercise is possible.

What I've seen is that what I consider normal splits between lineman normally puts the TE (3rd man from the ball) in the FBZ. Wide splits will normally put him out of the FBZ.
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Old Tue Sep 15, 2009, 01:04pm
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While 4 yards is a bit of distance, keep in mind that if you have the offense lined up in an unbalanced formation, the TE may not be in the FBZ. That's why you can't go by positions, but by the guideline of 4 yards from each side of the ball.
Fair point.

This is where a lot of communication between the wings and the umpire and white hat is very important.
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Old Tue Sep 15, 2009, 01:33pm
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Also remember that the blocker and blockee both have to have part of their body in the FBZ, if the TE is at the edge of the FBZ it is quite possible that the OLB or DE is NOT in the FBZ. In this case, the TE cannot block that player in the back, below the waist, or clip.
Regardless if the TE is in the FBZ, the OLB cannot be blocked below the waist unless he is on the line at the snap. If he is off the line at the snap, he cannot be blocked below the waist.
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