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26 CFOA Philosophies

Line of Scrimmage Philosophies

Chapter 26. CFOA Philosophies
Pg. 106

Line of Scrimmage
Officials will work to keep offensive
linemen legal and will call a foul only
when obvious or when a warning to the
player and a subsequent warning to the
coach are ignored. Don’t wait until the
fourth quarter to enforce the rule.
If the offensive player is lined up with
his head clearly behind the rear end of
the snapper, a foul will be called without
a warning.
Don’t be technical on an offensive
player who is a wide receiver or slot
back in determining if he is off the line
of scrimmage. When in question, it is
not a foul.
Wide receivers or slot backs lined up
outside a tight end will be ruled on the
line of scrimmage and covering the tight
end if there is no stagger between their
alignments. If in question, the tight end
is not covered up.
Any time a defensive player jumps
toward the neutral zone and there is a
question whether he was in the neutral
zone and the responding offensive
player(s) moves, shut the play down and
penalize the defense.
Formations during the execution of
a trick or unusual play have the highest
degree of scrutiny and should be
completely legal.
If the quarterback bends over while
a man is in motion and does not take
a step, it should be judged that he
has not moved to a new position and
it is not an illegal shift as long as the
quarterback pauses for one second
before the snap.
When in question:
• A quick or abrupt movement by the
linemen or quarterback is a false start.
• The one-second pause has not been
• Offensive players are legally on the line.
• Offensive players are legally in the
• Players are legally moving rather than in
illegal motion.
• A Team A player has been within 15
yards of the ball.
• A departing player has left the field
prior to the snap.
• Defensive signals are legal.
When in question:
• The runner was down and did not
fumble the ball.
• Regarding whether the quarterback
passed or fumbled, it will be ruled a