Defenders Can’t Trip Ball Carriers (Rule 9-1-2c)
There had been an explicit exception in the rules that read: “Tripping the runner is not a foul” Well, now that’s gone completely.
Starting game one of the 2016 season, no player can trip any opponent at all. Period. But note, this pertains to tripping with the leg or foot, and does not take into account for low tackling.
Just wait till this next rule. It will make those that think the game is soft now cringe in their desk chairs.
Next: Continue to soften the game