CFL RELAXES OFFICIATING STANDARD FOR TOUCHDOWN CELEBRATIONS

CFL RELAXES OFFICIATING STANDARD FOR TOUCHDOWN CELEBRATIONS

Limited use of props now allowed

Thursday, August 23, 2018 — TORONTO (August 23, 2018) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) is relaxing its standard for touchdown celebrations by removing the blanket prohibition on the use of props.

“The stakes in our league are very high and the intensity level is second to none,” said Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

“But at the end of the day, football is a game and it should be fun for players and fun for fans.”

Effective immediately, props can be used in a touchdown celebration provided they are not hidden in a player’s uniform or the goal post assembly, they are not demeaning or discriminatory in any way, they do not simulate the firing of a weapon and they do not unduly delay the game.

Under this revised standard, some touchdown celebrations seen in the league recently, including the use of a TSN camera and A-frame signage during last weekend’s games, would not be subject to an objectionable conduct penalty.

“This change came after discussions held by the Commissioner, presidents from the league’s member clubs and on-field officials and supervisors,” said Darren Hackwood, Senior Director of Officiating for the CFL.

“Everyone involved wants to reach the right balance between giving players an opportunity to express their joy and creativity and maintaining the pace and sportsmanship of our game.”

The standard for touchdown celebrations falls within the league’s broader standards and rules for objectionable conduct. Those will continue to apply and include a prohibition on such things as unnecessary physical contact with an official, throat slashes or any action with a sexual connotation.

As well, players who choose to use a prop such as a hand-held television camera or other private property assume liability should that property be damaged.

The CFL Football Operations team has produced a video about the change in standard. To view the video click here.

This week in the CFL, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Edmonton Eskimos tonight, the Toronto Argonauts travel to Montreal to face the Alouettes on Friday Night Football and Saturday features two games: the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the Calgary Stampeders in an afternoon tilt and the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the B.C. Lions that evening.

Lucas Barrett Manager, Communications & Public Affairs at Canadian Football League