BAFRA Rules Exam Questions 2002

Answer the questions as True or False. Unless otherwise stated, everything is normal.
See the Rubric for a full set of assumptions/instructions.

  1. All field dimension lines can be up to 4 inches in width and in any material.
  2. If there is insufficient room in the team area for a kicking net, the kicker may place the net outside of the team area.
  3. The referee has the 25-second clock even when a field clock is in operation and there is a seven-man crew.
  4. The linesman should call “ok” for the umpire to pull the chain taut when carrying out a measurement.
  5. It is the sole responsibility of the head linesman to ensure that the chain crew is adequately briefed before the game starts.
  6. Any official may stop the clock for a measurement.
  7. Only the umpire has responsibility to spot checking players equipment before the game commences.
  8. Team A mark their ball (kicking only) and bring it on to the field and use. This is a dead ball foul 15 yds from the previous spot.
  9. The star running back for Team A notices that he has a broken lace and asks for a referee’s time out to repair the lace. Team A have no time outs. The time out is not granted by the referee.
  10. The team kicker enters the field and asks the referee to use the game ball he is carrying for this play. The request is granted.
  11. On a basic scrimmage down, if you are a wing official it is your duty to identify your key players(s). If the formation is new or unusual then verbally or visually confirm this with other officials.
  12. On any change of possession, the umpire should be particularly vigilant for illegal blocks below the waist.2nd & goal at the Team B 7-yard line. A26 runs up the middle of the field with the ball and emerges the other side of the scrimmage at the B 4-yard line – still with the ball but without his helmet.
  13. As A26 would be able to run into the End Zone without being touched there is no need to stop the play.
  14. The umpire blows his whistle and stops the clock as soon as he realises A26 has no helmet. Ruling: The clock will start on the snap.
  15. Instead of having come completely off, the helmet’s straps had come adrift and it had been pushed back. A26’s face is now completely exposed and the helmet may come off at any moment. Ruling: The play should be allowed to continue by the officials.
  16. If A26 had only been simulating possession of the ball, it would not be necessary to stop the play.3rd and 1 at the B 3-yard line. Team A runs a sweep play to the right and the runner, A26, turns up field just inside the sideline. He is tackled by B22 at the Team B 1-yard line by the legs, and falls forward with the ball held out in front of him.
  17. The wing official’s first movement following the snap should be to the 2-yard line.
  18. The covering official is not sure that the ball broke the plane of the goal line before A26’s knee touched the ground as they happened almost simultaneously. Ruling: He should rule 1st down just short of the goal line.
  19. The ball hits the inside edge of the pylon before any part of A26’s body touches the floor. Ruling: Touchback, as the pylon is out of bounds behind the goal line.
  20. A26 falls on prone B22 and no part of A26’s body touches the ground. After a very brief pause, A26 reaches out again and puts the ball down over the goal line. Ruling: No score as this was a double movement.
  21. A26 fumbles the ball as he is tackled. The ball rolls into the End Zone and comes to rest near but not touching the end line. All players assume that it has gone out of bounds and return to their huddles for the next play. Ruling: Touchdown as the ball still belongs to Team A.
  22. A26 fumbles the ball and B22 catches the fumble in flight at his own 1-yard line with his momentum carrying him into the end zone where he is downed still in possession of the ball. Ruling: 1st & 10 for team B at their 1-yard line.
  23. As A26 starts to fall forwards he makes contact with the covering official who is standing with his feet on the sideline at the 1-yard line. Ruling: The ball becomes dead at the moment of contact.Early in the first quarter, Team A have 4th and 6 on the Team B 10-yard line. A69 lines up as the fullback without first reporting to the referee. Quarterback A11 hands him the ball and he carries it into the end zone.
  24. The play by A69 is legal – there is no requirement to report in to the officials.
  25. During the run, A70 clips in the Team B end zone. Ruling: Following the penalty enforcement, it will be 4th & 11 from the B 15-yard line.
  26. If the Touchdown stands, the captain of Team B will designate which team is to kick off following the try.
  27. Instead of getting to the end zone, A69 is tackled before the line to gain and B22 was offside at the snap. Team A’s ball. Ruling: 4th & 1 from B-5. The clock starts on the snap.
  28. A36, lead blocks for A69 and instead of blocking B63 in the chest with his hands A69 uses his shoulder. Ruling: Legal block.
  29. Seeing that his colleague is likely to fail to get into the end zone, A70 gives him a push at the B 1-yard line, which definitely helps A69 into the end zone. Ruling: Following the penalty it will be 4th & 7 from the Team B 11-yard line.4th and 5 on the B 20-yard line. Runner A36 fumbles the ball at the B 16-yard line, and the ball rolls to a stop at the B 10-yard line where both B22 and A86 head for the ball.
  30. To stop A86 getting the ball, B22 bats it backwards out of bounds at the B 5-yard line. Ruling: Team A’s ball, 1st and goal at the B 5-yard line.
  31. Both players obtain possession simultaneously – Ruling: The ball belongs to Team A.
  32. A86 picks up the ball and runs with it into the Team B end zone. Ruling: Touchdown.
  33. A86 falls on the ball first and has possession, but A69 held B70 on the B 15-yard line while the ball was loose. Ruling: If the penalty is accepted it will be Team A’s ball, 4th & 10 from B’s 25-yard line.
  34. A86 falls on the ball first and has possession. He gets up and points the ball towards but does not touch B22’s face, who then punches him. Ruling: Eject both players for fighting.2nd and 7 at the B 30-yard line. A26 runs to the B 25-yard line where he fumbles the ball. It is recovered by B22 who runs the ball all the way into A’s end zone.
  35. A36 was illegally in motion at the snap, and B55 face-masked A26 causing him to fumble the ball. Ruling: The fouls offset.
  36. A36 was illegally in motion at the snap, B55 face-masked A26, and A69 held B55 – all before the fumble. Ruling: The Team B captain may chose one of the Team A fouls to offset his team’s foul and the remaining foul will be administered.
  37. A36 was illegally in motion at the snap, and during B22’s run B63 clipped A69 at the A 45-yard line. Ruling: Team B may decline Team A’s penalty and have the ball after the assessment of their penalty.
  38. During B22’s run, B63 held A69 at the A 45-yard line and A26 loudly questioned both the eyesight and parentage of the umpire. Ruling: Fouls offset.
  39. If any of the above fouls warranted an ejection, the foul may still be declined, but an ejected player must still be ejected.Team A’s ball on Team B’s 3-yard line, 4th down, the line to gain is the ½ yard line. Team A gains two yards.
  40. B22 was offside at the snap. Ruling: If the penalty was accepted, the next play would be 4th down for Team A on the 1½-yard line.
  41. B22 was offside at the snap. Ruling: If the penalty was accepted then the clock would start on the snap.
  42. At the end of the play, all officials should give Signal 3.
  43. The ball is fumbled into the end zone and out of bounds. Ruling: 1st & 10 for Team B at their own 1-yard line – the spot of the fumble.
  44. The ball is fumbled into the end zone where B26 recovers the ball and then further fumbles the ball, which rolls out of the end zone and out of bounds at the B 2-yard line. Ruling: 1st & 10 for Team B at their own 2-yard line.It is 3rd and 17 from Team A’s 27-yard line. The quarterback takes the snap in shotgun formation standing at his own 20-yard line and without moving pitches the ball to A36 who is on Team A’s 23-yard line. A36 advances two yards with the ball then passes it to A86 who catches it at Team A’s 40 yard line where his forward progress is stopped in bounds.
  45. The pass by A36 is illegal. If the penalty is accepted, it will be 3rd and 24.
  46. On a passing play, all fouls committed behind the neutral zone that do not result in a safety are enforced from the previous spot.
  47. If A36 had received the ball at his own 20-yard line there would have been no foul on the above play.
  48. If a defensive back had interfered with A86 as the latter was attempting to catch the ball the penalties would offset and the down be replayed.
  49. The clock will start on the ready for play.It is 1st and 10 from Team A’s 30-yard line. A11 throws a forward pass that strikes the umpire on his/her head and rebounds towards the line of scrimmage where it is caught by offensive guard A69 who advances to his 36-yard line before being tackled by B59 and his forward progress stopped at that point. During the tackle B55 grasps A69’s facemask without twisting, turning or pulling it and releases it as soon as he realises what he has done. The covering official rules this as incidental grasping.
  50. The catching of the ball by A69 and the grasping of the facemask by B55 are both illegal. The fouls will offset.
  51. If an originally ineligible player of Team A first touches a legal forward pass inbounds, the ball continues in play, but the foul is subject to penalty when the ball becomes dead.
  52. On reading a forward pass play, the umpire should move quickly towards the line of scrimmage. Except on quick pass plays or when obstructed by players, he/she should be on the line of scrimmage before the pass is thrown.It is 2nd and 7 from Team B’s 49-yard line. A11’s forward pass is intercepted by B26 and returned to Team A’s 30-yard line where he is forced out of bounds. As he is throwing the ball A11 is tackled by B63. The Team A coach believes, erroneously, that the tackle on A11 was a late hit and, after the interception but whilst the ball is still live, informs the referee of this in a personally abusive and offensive manner. During B26’s return, B55 blocks A70 below the waist at Team A’s 44 yard-line.
  53. The block by B55 is illegal. If this were the only foul on the above play, the penalty would be 15 yards from the spot of the foul.
  54. The fouls by B55 and the Team A coach offset. As they both occurred after the change of possession the ball will next be put into play by Team B, 1st and 10 at Team A’s 30-yard line.
  55. If all penalties are accepted, the ball will next be put into play by Team B, 1st and 10 from Team A’s 44-yard line.
  56. If the block by B55 had occurred before the interception by B26, a 1st down would be awarded to Team A.
  57. Blocking below the waist is always illegal in Youth Kitted Football except against the runner.It is 4th and 11 from Team B’s 30-yard line. A11’s forward pass is caught by A89 at Team B’s 22-yard line where he is tackled round his ankles from behind by B55. As A89 is falling forward but before any part of his body other than his feet have touched the ground, he fumbles the ball, which rolls forward and is recovered, inbounds, by A81 at Team B’s 14-yard line. After the covering official has blown his/her whistle, B63 comes across and kicks the still prone A89.
  58. The foul by B63 is a dead ball foul. Penalise Team B half the distance to the goal line. The ball will next be put into play by Team A, 1st and goal from Team B’s 7-yard line.
  59. Had time expired at the end of the third quarter during the above play, the period shall be extended until a down free from fouls has been played.
  60. Should the covering official deem the foul by B63 flagrant, he/she will still disqualify B63 whether or not Team A accept the penalty.
  61. Had A11 been at Team B’s 29-yard line when he threw the pass, acceptance of the resulting penalty would have given Team B the ball, 1st and 10 from their own 19-yead line.Team A score a touchdown which leaves the score 21-19 to Team B. Time expires in the fourth quarter during the play. Team A attempt a successful two-point conversion with A89 catching A11’s forward pass in the end zone. B63 throws A11 to the ground after it is obvious that the ball has been thrown. After the ball becomes dead, A70 retaliates by aiming a punch at B63, although he fails to connect. The rules of the league permit one period of sudden-death overtime if scores are tied at the end of normal time.
  62. The action of B63 constitutes roughing the passer.
  63. Team A must decline the penalty by B63 to keep the two points scored.
  64. The action of A70 constitutes fighting. By rule, A70 must be ejected.
  65. The dead ball foul by A70 will carry over to the succeeding kick-off that starts the overtime period.
  66. Had the score prior to the try been 21-20 to Team B in the above scenario, the covering official would not have been permitted to eject A70 since the game, and therefore the official’s jurisdiction would have ended. Instead, the referee would report A70 for “bringing the game into disrepute”.
  67. The same procedures are used for the coin toss prior to the commencement of overtime as are used for the coin toss prior to the commencement of the game with the exception that only one captain from each team shall participate. The options of the captain winning the toss are the same as those offered prior to the commencement of the game.Late in the fourth quarter and trailing by 4 points after scoring a touchdown, Team A kick off from their own 35-yard line. The kicker kicks the ball into the ground, producing a high bounce. The ball hits the ground again at A’s 41 and bounces sideways. At A’s 42 yard line the ball hits B36, who has been blocked into the path of the ball by A81, and it goes out of bounds at A’s 37 yard line with no further contact.
  68. In this situation the referee should have directed the crew to use onside kick mechanics.
  69. Because the ball has not travelled 10 yards, Team A must rekick after a five yard penalty.
  70. This is a free kick out of bounds and Team B could elect to take the ball at their own 35 yard line.
  71. The block by A81 is illegal. If Team B accept this penalty it will be enforced from the previous spot and Team A will rekick from their 25-yard line.Team A’s punt from their own 45 yard line is tipped by B31 at B’s 22. The ball flies in the air towards B36 who is contacted by A89 while attempting to catch the ball. The ball falls to the ground and is recovered, at B’s 20 yard line, by A86. He advances to B’s 8-yard line where he is forced out of bounds and then thrown to the ground by B38.
  72. A89’s contact with B36 is legal.
  73. A86’s recovery of the ball is legal.
  74. The ball is dead when recovered by A86.
  75. The personal foul by B38 must be declined for Team A to retain possession.
  76. The penalty for B38’s personal foul will give Team A the ball at B’s 4 yard line after half-distance enforcement.
  77. A89’s contact with B36 would be illegal if B36 had signalled for a fair catch.Team A, in scrimmage kick formation, punt from their own 36-yard line on 4th and 17. A89 is the center and only four of the other players on the offensive line are wearing numbers between 50 and 79. B31 catches the ball at B’s 26 yard line and advances to B’s 48 before being tackled. While the ball is in the air B36 blocks A86 below the waist at B’s 47 yard line. A86 was in motion towards the line of scrimmage at the snap.
  78. If B36’s illegal block was the only foul, it would be enforced from the spot of the foul.
  79. If B36’s illegal block was the only foul, the penalty would give Team A an automatic 1st down on B’s 49.
  80. The fouls offset and the down must be replayed.
  81. Team B may decline Team A’s foul and keep the ball.
  82. A pass thrown from this formation would be illegal as there are only four players wearing numbers 50-79.The ball is snapped from Team B’s 18-yard line on 4th and 10 as Team A attempt a field goal. The snap is high and the holder has to jump for the ball. He successfully brings it down and spots it on B’s 25-yard line. The kick fails, landing in the end zone one yard from the end line where it is recovered by B31. During the kick, B36 ran towards the line of scrimmage and jumped in an attempt to block the kick but did not make contact with the ball
  83. The ball is dead when the holder puts his knee on the ground after jumping for the bad snap.
  84. The ball is dead when it touches ground in the end zone.
  85. B31 carries the ball across the end line. This action results in a safety.
  86. B36 partially blocked the kick at B’s 16-yard line. As a result the ball remains live after touching ground in the end zone.
  87. The ball will next be put into play by Team B at B’s 25-yard line, the spot of the kick.
  88. In the attempt to block the kick, B36 jumped on the back of B69. This is unsportsmanlike conduct.Team A are about to kick off, to start the second half, from their own 35 yard line and the kicker is approaching the ball when it falls from the tee.
  89. If kicked, the ball remains dead and Team A is penalised 5 yards.
  90. The ball may be held on the tee by a kicking team player. This does not exempt the kicking team from the requirement to have 4 players on each side of the ball when it is kicked.
  91. After the ball falls from the tee, Team A may elect to use a drop kick instead of having another player hold the ball on the tee.
  92. As the kicker is approaching the ball, Team B have only 10 players on the field. An eleventh player runs on to the field but is not inside the hash marks when the ball is kicked. Team B is penalised 5 yards for illegal substitution.
  93. After the ball is kicked, B31 is blocked out of bounds and does not attempt to return immediately. Team A may kick off again from their own 40-yard line.During the down in which time expires in the 4th quarter, Team A score a touchdown.
  94. The try attempt is permitted.
  95. If Team A are so far behind in the score that the try will make no difference to the result, they may leave the field and the game is over.
  96. Team A chose to attempt a kicked try. The ball is placed midway between the hash marks and declared ready for play. The ball may be relocated to the left hash mark at Team A’s request.
  97. In Adult football a successful kicked try attempt will score 1 point for Team A.
  98. The kick is blocked. A26 picks up the ball at B’s 6-yard line and advances into B’s end zone. Ruling: The ball is dead when recovered by A26.
  99. The kick is blocked. B31 picks up the ball at B’s 6-yard line and advances into A’s end zone. Ruling: Team B scores 1 point.
  100. The kick is blocked. B31 picks up the ball at B’s 6-yard line and advances into A’s end zone. During the advance B36 blocks below the waist. Ruling: Team A may attempt the try again after a half distance penalty.