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Bands and Field Ceremonies

Chapter 24. Game Management Pg. 101 Bands and Field Ceremonies Officials must understand the band’s role and be prepared to deal with the challenges they may present. Band members/leaders have a role and they must be treated with respect. There can be many pitfalls and if the officials take the attitude that it’s a football […]

End of Game

Chapter 23. Intermissions Pg. 100 End of Game When the game is over, the Referee holds the ball over his head and the official’s jurisdiction typically ends. If he does that without knowing there was a foul on the last play, the game cannot end until the penalty is addressed. If he fails to do […]

After a Score and Overtime

Chapter 23. Intermissions Pg. 100 After a Score After a score other than a touchdown (try, field goal or safety), there is also a one-minute intermission during which regular timeout privileges are allowed. These should be timed so that the game is not delayed. Wing officials need to stand in close proximity to the team […]

Halftime

Chapter 23. Intermissions Pg. 99 Halftime When the clock expires at the end of the first half, the Referee should first ensure there are no flags lying on the ground. He then confirms with the Back Judge that there are no timing issues and holds the ball above his head with one hand to indicate […]

Between Quarters

Chapter 23. Intermissions Pg. 99 Between Quarters When the clock expires at the end of the quarter, the Referee should first ensure there are no flags lying on the ground. He then confirms with the Back Judge that there are no timing issues and holds the ball above his head with one hand to indicate […]

Ejections

Chapter 22. Dead-Ball Officiating Pg. 98 Disqualification/Ejections No one is to be disqualified from the game prior to consultation with the Referee. The matter should be discussed among all officials who observed the incident. If the incident involved a fight, officials must be certain they have the correct number of all culprits. Coaches disqualified from […]

Fights

Chapter 22. Dead-Ball Officiating Pg. 97 Fights When a fight breaks out, the official’s first priority should be safety. In many cases, nothing can be done immediately with regard to the safety of the combatants; however, officials must move swiftly to prevent the fight from expanding. The wing officials should try to prevent additional participants […]

Dead-Ball Officiating

Chapter 22. Dead-Ball Officiating Pg. 97 It is sometimes difficult for officials to accept the fact that officiating “while nothing is going on” is more important than observing live action. Missing a holding infraction is not as devastating as missing a shot to the head after the ball is dead. Thus, the first step to […]

Between Downs – Wings

Chapter 21. Between Downs Pg. 95 Linesman and Line Judge As dead-ball officiating is being conducted, the wings must mark the forward progress spot for the Umpire. The spot belongs to the wing that had the best view of the ball; the other wing should come up and match the spot. The Line Judge is […]

Between Downs – Back Judge

Chapter 21. Between Downs Pg. 95 Back Judge As dead-ball officiating is being conducted, the Back Judge should gently pinch-in keeping all 22 players in view. If necessary, he may assist with runners who go out of bounds. Retrieving the ball is the last priority and players should be encouraged to assist. On the first […]

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