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Signaling – General

Chapter 14. Signaling Pg. 52 General Signals look better when given from a stationary position, especially the incomplete pass and touchdown signals. A few signals can be given by a moving official such as starting the clock on a kickoff. Stopping the Clock There are four signals in addition to “stop the clock” which also […]

Enforcing Penalties

Chapter 13. Flags and Penalties Pg. 50 Enforcing the Penalty The Umpire must not leave the Referee until he is 100 percent certain of the enforcement. If the foul occurred in a side zone, the ball is returned to the nearest hash mark before the penalty is walked off. The Umpire does not set the […]

Fouls – Crew Communication

Chapter 13. Flags and Penalties Pg. 49 Getting the Explanation Take whatever time is necessary to get penalty enforcement right. Make sure you have all the necessary information. Ask questions if necessary. Errors in penalty enforcement are a crew responsibility. It is preferable to tell the Referee what the reporting official saw, “No. 49 cut […]

Foul Communication

Chapter 13. Flags and Penalties Pg. 49 Notification Fouls and the number of the fouling player must be reported to the press box and both coaches. Additionally, all fouls must be communicated to all members of the officiating crew as each official has a role in penalty enforcement. Your signals and sequence speak a language. […]

Use of Flag

Chapter 13. Flags and Penalties Pg. 48 Use of the Flag Correct penalty enforcement can be facilitated if the flag is thrown properly. There are two ways to throw the flag: into the air or carefully to a spot. The latter is used when a spot foul occurs (PlayPic A). Since the spot of the […]

Beanbag – When Not to Use

Chapter 12. Use of Beanbag Pg. 47 Situations Not for Use of the Bean Bag Interceptions Do not drop a beanbag at the spot a player intercepts a pass. Unlike the spot of a fumble, that spot has no bearing on penalty enforcement. The same applies to any other change of possession other than a […]

Beanbag – When to Use

Chapter 12. Use of Beanbag Pg. 46 Situations for Use of the Bean Bag Fumbles The spot of the fumble must be marked in the event a penalty occurs and that spot is needed to determine where the run ended. Technically, the spot is required only for fumbles beyond the neutral zone, but it is […]

Use of Beanbag

Chapter 12. Use of Beanbag Pg. 46 The beanbag is used to mark spots, other than the spot of a foul, which may later be needed as a reference point. Most often, only the correct yard line is needed and not an exact spot. Under no circumstances should the beanbag be used as a substitute […]

Whistle Mechanics

Chapter 11. Whistle Mechanics Pg. 44 There is nothing wrong with having a few plays where no one blows their whistle. If no official can see the ball when the play ends, there should not be a whistle blown. A couple of good habits to develop are waiting one second after seeing the ball and […]

Ball Boys

Chapter 10. Ball Handling Pg. 42 Ball Persons It is imperative that the ball persons are properly instructed and that they understand the importance of their role. Ball persons must stay off the field to lessen the chance they’ll run on at an inappropriate time. The number of ball persons and their attentiveness and ability […]