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13 Flags and Penalties

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 ball
down at the new spot until he confirms
correctness with the Linesman. The
Linesman walks off the yardage with
Umpire. The Line Judge holds the
enforcement spot while the penalty is
walked off and checks the correctness
of the succeeding spot. The Line Judge
does not release his spot until the
Umpire has placed the ball at the new
Umpire: Before the next play remind
Referee as to the status of the clock and
the correct down. Verify correct down
to wing officials. Stay over ball until
Referee gives the ready-for-play, then
back out to your position.
Linesman: Make sure the box man
and chain crew hold their positions.
Check the position of the down box as
it relates to the five-yard tape on the
chain. If the penalty is five yards, signal
the Referee if the enforcement will leave
the ball short or beyond the line-to-gain.
Line Judge: The Line Judge should
give the Referee a signal regarding clock
status before the Referee moves back
into position.
Back Judge: If the flag is not yours:
If the calling official has the deadball
spot in a side zone, take that spot
from him so he can report his foul to the
If the calling official has a spot foul,
you may be required to cover his flag to
ensure it is not moved.
Pay attention to the enforcement
proceedings so you can confirm that
they have been conducted accurately. If
you are in disagreement, alert the crew