I'm trying to avoid having to read through the CFL Rule book so if anyone can provide the correct answer I'd appreciate it and it would save me a lot of time.
I know the normal penalty for a major foul is 15 yards. Here's my question:
I was watching the Montreal/Edmonton game the other day. The ball was punted and went out of bounds at around the opposing team's 12 yard line. A player on the receiving team committed a major foul. The ball was taken half the distance to the goal line. That put the ball on the 6 yard line. [these figures may not be exact but you will understand what I'm getting at].
Since the ball ended up on the 6 yard line the team that committed the infraction was only penalized 6 yards for a major foul. If a 15 yard penalty cannot be meted out because the team was on the 12 yard why not move the back to the 1 yard line thus maximizing the penalty? An 11 yard loss is worse than a 6 yard loss and more fair to the team that was violated.
I'm not up to speed on the half the distance to the goal line rule. Are there occasions when half the distance for a 15 yard penalty could result in the ball being moved back more than 15 yards? If there is such an instance then the rule balances out and I'm okay with it.