NJCAA Application of Article XVIII Relative to Targeting in Football

Based upon the wording contained within the  2014 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations, the NJCAA will treat an ejection for targeting as a sport rule violation and therefore a non-violent ejection as per Article XVIII of the NJCAA bylaws.  All reporting requirements and game suspensions will be enforced in compliance with that rule. Example:  Student-Athlete A is ejected for targeting during the first half of Game 1 of the 2014 football season.  Based upon the schedule in place at the time of the ejection, Student-Athlete A must leave the game and playing venue immediately (not be within sight or sound of the competition) and is also suspended (may not be within sight and sound of the competition) from Game 2 of the 2014 season.  If Game 2 is an away game, Student-athlete A may not travel with the team while serving his suspension.

For the second non-violent ejection of the sport season (for any reason), a two game suspension shall be served.  Each subsequent ejection will result in a doubling of the suspension previously served.

Penalties for failure to properly report an ejection can be found on page 194-195 of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Handbook and Casebook.

In the case of any penalty and subsequent ejection termed flagrant* by the game official (targeting or otherwise), the NJCAA will rule that violation a violent ejection and an immediate two game suspension must be enforced.  A second violent ejection of the season will result in that individual being prohibited from participating in that institutions athletic contests for the remainder of the academic year, including post-season play.

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