- The ball is LIVE at the snap of the ball and remains LIVE until the official whistles the ball DEAD.
- The official will indicate the neutral zone and the line of scrimmage. In regards to a neutral zone infraction, the official may give both teams a “courtesy” to allow their players to move back beyond the line.
- The play is still live when a “neutral zone” infraction occurs. After the play, the team without the infraction will make a decision on whether to accept the penalty.
- A player who gains possession in the air is considered in bounds as long as (1) foot comes down in the field of play.
- The defense may not mimic the offensive team while the QB is calling out signals to start the play.
- Substitutions may be made on ANY dead ball.
- Any official can whistle the play dead.
- Play is ruled DEAD when:
– the ball hits the ground
– the ball carrier’s flag is pulled
– the ball carrier steps out of bounds
– a touchdown, PAT or safety is scored
– the ball carrier’s knee or arm hits the ground
– the ball carrier’s flag falls out
– the receiver catches the ball while in possession of one flag
– an inadvertent whistle is performed (at the spot where the ball was whistled dead)
- In the case of an inadvertent whistle, the offense has two options:
- – take the ball where the whistle blew
– replay the down from the original line of scrimmage
- Note: there are NO fumbles. The ball is spotted where the ball hits the ground.
- A team is allowed to use a time out to question an official’s rule interpretation.
– If the rule is interpreted incorrectly, the time out will not be charged and the proper ruling will be enforced.
– Officials should all agree upon any controversial call in order to give each team the full benefit of each call.
– If the ruling is correct then the team will be charged a time out.