Week 8 – 2019

1-      A defensive player yelled “go” causing a false start. The defense was properly charged with a USC for inducing a false start. Because the player could not be identified, the head coach was charged. There is no rules basis for doing that. If the perpetrator is unknown, the penalty should be enforced and not “charged” it to anyone.

2-      A coach complained a foul was called against his team and he was told “Illegal blocking technique.” He was unable to get any further explanation. That sounds vague and evasive. The wing official should explain to the coach exactly what his player did. Our video review revealed it was a hands-to-the-face foul.

3-      On a punt, a K player downed the ball on the R-1 with his legs in the EZ and a touchback was ruled. That is an NFL rule only. Under NFHS rules, it is only the position of the ball that matters.

4-      Defenders who rush the passer are allowed to swat at the ball, but they are responsible if their arm hits the passer’s head on the follow through. It is RTP if there is head contact even if the blow doesn’t knock the passer down.

5-      If each team commits a live-ball foul on the last play of the quarter, the period is automatically extended.

6-      A departing player who is attempting to leave the field while the snap is imminent is required to be off the field at the snap. The prevailing philosophy is to not call a foul if his next step would take him off the field. A five-yard illegal substitution foul is to be called if the player is still on the field at the snap.

Thanks,

George

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