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NFL issues new rules involving Use of the Helmet




The Rule: As approved by NFL clubs in March, it is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area – lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body, is also a foul. Violations of the rule will be easier to see and officiate when they occur in open space – as opposed to close line play – but this rule applies anywhere on the field at any time.​

Penalties for Violation: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may also be ejected. Ejection standards:

  1. Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet
  2. Unobstructed path to his opponent
  3. Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options


NFL Way to Play is an educational series about proper use of the helmet to protect players from unnecessary risk and to foster culture change across all levels of football.

  • Emphasis on Stance, Posture, and Technique
    • Knees Bent
    • Pads Down
    • Hands First
    • Head Up and Out of the Way
  • Coaches/Players/Legends speak to technique and fundamentals
    • Head Coach Videos: Todd Bowles, Anthony Lynn, Doug Marrone, Dan Quinn, and Mike Vrabel volunteered to create position-specific videos to assist in educating coaches and players on position-based applications of the new rule. The videos provide coaching points of emphasis to execute proper technique:
  • Former Player Videos: Additionally, several former players have also created videos on the new rule:

Educational sessions were held with coaches May 1-2 in New York. Webinars and conference calls with all 32 coaching staffs were held May 16-17. Officiating sessions with players are occurring during training camps.


A comprehensive review of data and video demonstrated the increased risk associated with lowering the head to align the neck and spine before initiating contact. This behavior puts both the player making the contact and the player being struck at greater risk of injury.

Why the Rule?

  • Conforms to modern coaching methods and reflects the most up-to-date science and medical knowledge
  • Protects players from unnecessary risk and reduces injuries
    • Proper use of helmets has long been a part of NFL rules
  • Intent is for the helmet to be used strictly as a protective piece of equipment
    • Works hand-in-hand with efforts to improve the protective quality of helmets
  • Promotes culture change across all levels of football to remove the head from the game

How – Our Process


Dayton Dragons announce special event for August 18: Jersey auction and Post-game Fireworks





DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons announced details today for Hometown Heroes American Celebration Night, presented by Dayton Development Coalition, Leidos, and the Dragons, on Saturday, August 18 at Fifth Third Field.  The Dragons host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m.


Hometown Heroes American Celebration Night will include many special events:


  • All Dragons players and coaches will wear special Stars & Stripes jerseys.  A jersey auction will begin after the game.  Proceeds will benefit the First Sergeant’s Council.
  • A post-game fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the final pitch of the game.
  • The National Anthem and God Bless America will be performed by the United States Air Force Band of Flight.  Colors will be presented by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard.
  • Pre-game activities will also include sky-divers and a Dove Release.
  • In-game activities will include an Air Force Swearing-In ceremony on the field; recognition of Airmen of the Year; a special Hometown Heroes video; a presentation by the Northmont NJROTC Rifle Team; and performances by the Mini-Dugout Dancers.
  • Children of military families will take the field with the Dragons players in a special version of the Kroger Baseball Buddies.
  • Several special areas will be set up on the plaza including a booth for the American Red Cross, a military Humvee, an Air Force Recruiting Office Raptor Vehicle, an Aeromedical display, information on the Air Force Marathon, and thank you cards for deployed military personnel.


For ticket information, go to or call (937) 228-2287.


Dayton Dragons on road at West Michigan Whitecaps tonight, 7:05



Dragons GameDay

Saturday, August 4, 2018 Game # 42 (110)

Fifth Third Ballpark l Grand Rapids, Mich.l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (19-22, 50-59) at West Michigan Whitecaps (20-20, 56-54)

RH Patrick McGuff (1-2, 2.66) vs. RH Tom de Blok (1-2, 3.46)


Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the West Michigan Whitecaps (affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) in the first game of a three-game series.  This is game four of a 13-game, 14-day road trip for the Dragons.  Dragons Record to Date on the Trip:  1-2.

Season Series:  West Michigan 4, Dayton 2.  At West Michigan:  Whitecaps 3, Dragons 0.  Current Series:  First meeting.


Last GameFriday: Fort Wayne 5, Dayton 2.  TinCaps starting pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and Fort Wayne withstood a Dragons comeback effort to win the series.  The Dragons trailed 3-0 before scoring two runs in the seventh to pull within one, but they had just one hit the rest of the night.  The Dragons finished with four hits including two by Alejo Lopez.


Playoff Chase:  The Dragons must finish in the top two among eligible teams in the East Division in the Second Half (six teams competing; Bowling Green and Lansing ineligible).  The Dragons currently are third in the Second Half race, one-half game behind #2 seed Fort Wayne.  The top five teams in the Second Half race are separated by just three games.


2018 Team Notes

  • Despite going 4 for 31 last night, the Dragons are batting .312 (68 for 218) as a team over their last six games, averaging 5.2 runs per game.  They batted .324 in the four-game series with Lansing ending Tuesday, their highest average in a series in 2018.  The Dragons had not hit .300 or higher in any series since May 18-20 vs. Great Lakes, when they hit .320.  They hit .278 in the series at Fort Wayne that ended last night.
  • The Dragons are batting .343 with men in scoring position over the last six games, going 23 for 67.
  • The Dragons have recorded exactly 16 hits in two of their last six games.  Previously, they had collected more than 14 hits in only one game since May 20.  They had at least 10 hits in five straight games prior to last night.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Alejo Lopez over his last 18 games:  25 for 64, .391, to raise his average from .247 to .312.  He has a seven-game hitting streak, going 13 for 30 (.433).
  • Hendrik Clementina over his last seven games:  10 for 27 (.370) with three home runs, three doubles, and seven RBI.
  • Jose Garcia over his last seven games:  11 for 30, .367, to raise his average from .221 to .232.  He is batting .272 in the second half after hitting .202 in the first half.
  • J.D. Williams has a five-game hitting streak, going 9 for 18, .500, to raise his average from .203 to .261.
  • Patrick McGuff in his four starts with the Dragons:  20.1 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 16 SO, 2.66 ERA (4 of the 6 earned runs were inherited runners).

Transactions: Starting pitcher Hunter Greene will be placed on this disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.  He will not pitch for Dayton again in 2018.  Starting pitcher Jared Solomon will be promoted to Dayton from Billings to replace Greene in the rotation.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and

Sunday, August 5 (2:00 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jared Solomon (no record) at West Michigan RH Wilkel Hernandez (1-4, 5.66)

Monday, August 6 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton LH Packy Naughton 5-9, 4.66) at West Michigan RH Dane Myers (3-3, 3.48)




Urban Meyer, with heavy heart, issues Statement to the Public about Zach Smith situation

Urban Meyer talking to media ( file photo)

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