2014 Week 2

Week 2:  Loose ball Plays / Running Plays: Some of our officials are having difficulties with penalty administration and the types of play in question.  For loose ball plays the ball must be loose behind the line of scrimmage and prior to a change of possession, from a snap, fumble, muff, legal pass, backward pass or legal kick, and a foul committed during this interval makes the basic spot the previous spot for penalty administration.  There may be any number of runs preceding these instances.  Use the all-but-one for penalty enforcement except for roughing the passer with the play ending beyond the LOS (those may be “tack-ons”). If a running play develops and the foul occurs during the run and no further loose balls occur behind the line then we just have a running play.  A running play is just that (including illegal forward passes) and theend of the run is the basic spot for penalty administration and we use the all-but-one for penalty enforcement.Play 1:  1st and 10 for Team A on B’s 33-yard line.  The Team A passer completes a pass to his teammate, A81 who is tackled on B’s 38-yard line.  The passer is roughed.  This is a loose ball play and the foul must  be penalized from the previous spot, not the end of A81’s run.Question:  A 73 has a broken chin strap buckle.  He is sent out by an official.  Can he come back in for thenext play if Team A calls a timeout?  Answer:  Yes.  This is not an injury and the player could have come back in immediately if he had a way to repair the buckle without assistance and did not delay the ready.Situation:  Sub A84 comes toward the huddle and the wing on that side notes the A84’s pants do not cover the knees.  Result:  A84 shall not be permitted to participate.  If the coach says he is the only sub for his tight end – tough. “Coach get another player in or take a timeout to get A84 properly dressed.”