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14 Signaling

Signaling – General

Chapter 14. Signaling
Pg. 52

Signals look better when given
from a stationary position, especially
the incomplete pass and touchdown
signals. A few signals can be given by
a moving official such as starting the
clock on a kickoff.
Stopping the Clock
There are four signals in addition to
“stop the clock” which also mean stop
the clock: incomplete pass, touchdown,
touchback and safety. These signals
are “stand alones” and stop the clock
signal should not be subsequently used.
The timer should be reminded of this in
his pregame briefing.
Field Goals and Kick Tries
Officials must look sharp on scoring
kicks. The two officials who are under
the goal posts should rehearse their
routine. Both officials should say
“yes-yes” or “no-no.” That serves as a
cue for both officials to take two steps
forward, straight out from directly under
the goal post counting “one,” “two,”
and then signaling. Both officials shall
hold the signal until the Referee reflects
the signal to the press box. If the kick
is not successful, there should be only
one “kick failed” signal will be given by
each official. The two officials should try
to end their signal simultaneously.
When signaling a touchdown, make
sure you see the ball break the plane of
the goal line. Signal a touchdown only
when you see the entire act and when
the goal line is your responsibility. Do
not mirror another official’s touchdown
signal. Once you know that all the
requirements for a touchdown have
been met, withhold your touchdown
signal a moment, then make your signal
without regard to other officials. If you
know a foul will cancel the touchdown,
do not signal it. Be assertive. Signaling
a touchdown is not a theatrical act; just
a clean, crisp, professional act done
from a stationary position.