9-3-2 Diagram

9-3-2 The block is legal, even though contact is below the waist. The restriction on blocking below the waist does not apply unless the opponent had one or both feet on the ground. No. 75 has caused the contact to be below the waist when he jumped in an attempt to block the kick.

2-3-7, 2-17-1, 2-17-2, 9-3-2 While in the free-blocking zone, the initial contact in PlayPic A is with the hands below the waist. When the blocker finishes the block below the waist as in PlayPic B, it is not a foul. A block below the waist is legal if it occurs in the free-blocking zone, provided both players were on their lines of scrimmage and within the zone at the time of the snap and the block is an immediate, initial action following the snap.

2-3-7, 2-17-1, 2-17-2, 9-3-2 The initial contact in PlayPic A is above the waist. In PlayPic B, the blocker then loses contact and the blocker starts a new block below the waist, this is a foul. A block below the waist is legal if it occurs in the free-blocking zone, provided both players were on their lines of scrimmage and within the zone at the time of the snap and the block is an immediate, initial action following the snap.

2-17-2, 9-3-2 Blocking below the waist is permitted in the free-blocking zone when all players involved are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap, and the contact is in the zone. The PlayPic depicts a situation in which team B tries to take out the lead blocker on a sweep. The block shown would be a foul if it were outside the zone.