Great football officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good sportsmanship. You must have the positive characteristics of a police officer, lawyer, judge, accountant, reporter, athlete and diplomat. Are you ready for the challenge?
Training classes were held in July and there is continued training at our general membership meetings throughout the year.
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Under the old rule, an offensive lineman can delay and then block below the waist if the ball is still in the zone. In the NFHS's ongoing quest to minimize risk in high school football, the change was approved to require the block to be immediate.
In an effort to eliminate a potential timing advantage gained by the defensive team, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds when an official’s time-out is taken for an injury or equipment issue to a defensive player.
The exception in Rule 7-5-2 regarding an illegal forward pass being a foul was expanded. The rule is now expanded to allow the exception to permit a player positioned directly behind the center in shotgun formation to also be allowed to intentionally ground the ball.
Rule 7-1-9 is new and states that no defensive player shall use disconcerting acts or words prior to the snap in an attempt to interfere with an offensive player’s signals or movements. This was actually moved from Rule 9-5-1 and has been reclassified from a 15-yard unsportsmanlike foul is now a 5-yard foul.
Several rules will be affected by the new ruling that the head coach, prior to the game, should notify the referee as to the team’s designated representative (coach or player) who will make decisions regarding penalty acceptance or declination.
If the game is interrupted due to weather during the last three minutes of the second period, and the delay is at least 30 minutes, the opposing coaches can mutually agree to shorten halftime intermission, provided there is at least a one-minute intermission (not including the three-minute warm-up period).
We are looking for men AND women to work as football officials and/or clock operators at area high schools. Minimum age is 16. Pay ranges from $50 to $111 per game. Games are usually on Thursday and Friday nights in the fall.
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1. You learn how to better express yourself so others understand exactly what you mean.
2. You will make lifelong friends.
3. You learn how to defuse anger in others.
4. You figure out how to build a strong team.
5. You will feel great when you get the "big call" correct!