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Ball Handling – General

Chapter 10. Ball Handling Pg. 41 Between the Numbers When the play ends between the tops of the numbers, the Umpire will almost always be the first official to get to the ball. An astute Umpire can discern which wing official had the best view of the play and will take the spot from that […]

Ball Handling – Kicks

Chapter 10. Ball Handling Pg. 41 Kicks A kicking play, be it a kickoff or punt, usually means a change of possession. That dictates the old ball comes out and a new ball comes in. Spotting the old ball and waiting for the new ball before removing the old ball is unnecessary and not only […]

Ball Spotting

Chapter 10. Ball Handling Pg. 40 Ball Spotting After a touchback, the ball shall be placed on the 20 yard line with the downfield point of the football at the edge of the 20 yard line nearest Team A. After change of possession, long run/ pass play, or after assessment of a spot foul that […]

Ball Mechanics

Chapter 10. Ball Handling Pg. 40 Ball Mechanics The proper and effective use of ball mechanics — retrieving and spotting the ball — is critical to the flow of the game and the effectiveness of the crew. In an ideal situation there are at least four footballs available and four ball boys, two on each […]

Coin Toss – 2nd Half/Overtime

Chapter 9. Coin Toss Pg. 38 Second Half The captains no longer meet at midfield to determine second half options. Those choices are obtained by the Referee (in the presence of the sideline official) from the head coaches. It is best to utilize the scoreboard as reference when referring to the direction choice. On rare […]

Coin Toss – Procedures

Chapter 9. Coin Toss Pg. 38 There is no requirement or expectation to say anything at the coin toss other than what is necessary to conduct the business at hand. If the Referee feels he has to say something, it’s okay to remind captains that they are in charge of their teams and that officials […]

Coin Toss Ceremony

Chapter 9. Coin Toss Pg. 36 The coin toss ceremony begins with the officials escorting the team captains (maximum of four) to midfield five minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff. It is necessary to clear the field of all other team personnel as stated in the rule book. See Game Management chapter when complications with […]

Game Timing – Procedures

Chapter 8. Game Timing Pg. 34 Game Procedures CFOA 40-second Play Clock Experimental Rule The following guide is intended to help officials and coaches become familiar with the 40-second Play Clock Experimental rule. The play clock is used to ensure that each team be given a consistent interval between plays and from game to game. […]

Game Timing

Chapter 8. Game Timing Pg. 34 Correct timing of the game is the responsibility of every official. Each official has responsibilities for stopping the clock as well as keeping it running. These responsibilities must remain consistent. All officials must know the clock status. The Line Judge must know the time remaining in the game on […]

Measurements in Side Zone

Chapter 7. Measurements Pg. 28 Short of a First Down The Referee uses his hands (or thumb and index finger if the ball is inches short of the front stake) to inform both benches how short the play ended of a first down Short of the First Down in the Side Zone If the measurement […]