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21 Between Downs

Between Downs – General

Chapter 21. Between Downs
Pg. 94

The time interval between plays is
crucial to officials because that is when
the groundwork is laid for officiating
the next play. Each official has specific
duties and priorities while the ball is
dead. The first priority for all officials
when the previous play ends is deadball
officiating. Dead-ball fouls almost
always occur within five seconds after
the whistle and all officials must observe
their area.
Before the Referee gives the readyfor-
play signal, all officials must change
their down indicator to the correct down
and confirm the number with at least
one other official. Always know the
down and yardage needed for a first
down. Pay special attention to double
stakes. The final task before the snap is
for all officials to identify their key.