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11 Whistle Mechanics

Whistle Mechanics

Chapter 11. Whistle Mechanics
Pg. 44

There is nothing wrong with having
a few plays where no one blows their
whistle. If no official can see the ball
when the play ends, there should not
be a whistle blown. A couple of good
habits to develop are waiting one
second after seeing the ball and letting
an incomplete pass bounce twice
before sounding the whistle.
One whistle on a play is enough. Two
are okay in most circumstances. More
than that is an indication that someone
on the crew is ball watching instead of
watching their responsibilities.
Echoing a whistle is usually
unnecessary. Repeating a whistle
may be appropriate on occasion. If a
crewmate’s whistle is weak and some
players don’t stop, a repeated blast may
be helpful. When a runner is stopped
upright, repeated blasts on the whistle
may prevent the runner from being
unnecessarily thrown to the ground.
All officials should strongly consider
having the whistle in their mouths prior
to the snap in case a dead-ball foul
occurs or a team’s timeout request is
granted. Once the snap occurs, no
official should have a whistle in the
mouth until the ball becomes dead.
Remember that, by rule, the whistle
rarely causes the ball to become dead.
Blowing the whistle only confirms that
something has happened to cause the
ball to become dead.
If an official blows an inadvertent
whistle, do not attempt to conceal it.
Someone will have heard it, and you will
lose respect and credibility if you deny
blowing one.
Only the covering official should
blow the whistle. Getting the attention
of another official is the only exception.
Use your voice, not your whistle, to
prevent or break up extracurricular
activity.
When, at the end of a play, any
official sees that a flag has been thrown,
he should alert the crew by giving multiple
short blasts of the whistle. That helps
ensure the box is not moved or the
chains moved until the penalty is sorted
out.

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