We are underway. Remember the point of emphasis on uniforms and pants covering the knees. Don't let it slide and make it harder on the next crew that is enforcing it. We must all be enforcing it at all levels. On to the different plays from week 1...
1. Play: 4/8, K-13. K punts from an illegal formation and R40 returns it for a touchdown, but R22 is flagged for a blindside block at the 50 (correct call).
Ruling: R may choose to have the fouls offset or they may decline the IF penalty and get the ball 1/10 @ R-35.
What happened: R’s coach chose to replay the down, but the umpire walked off five yards against K and the down was replayed from the K-8.
2. A holding foul was called on the last play of 1Q and accepted. However, the period was not extended. The Referee didn’t think of it. The BJ thought so, but U talked him out of it saying only fouls by the defense extend the period. No one asked the wings nor did they intercede.
3. The BJ threw his flag for a delay foul, but a timeout had been called. That is understandable, but the referee didn’t think to wave off the flag and explain it to the opposing coach (who apparently figured it out).
4. A team used #20 as a tackle in a swinging gate formation that was not a legal scrimmage kick formation. That resulted in an illegal formation.
5. A receiver accidently (meaning voluntarily) crosses the sideline (without contact) and is out of bounds when he is clearly interfered with by B96 and the pass falls to the ground. When the interference occurs, both players are out of bounds. LJ throws a flag for DPI. 7-5-7 says “Pass interference restrictions apply only beyond the neutral zone.” Inbounds is implied there because “beyond the neutral zone” does not exist OOB. There are no fouls on the play.
6. The RFP signal for a kickoff is the standard signal. A few referees have been observed using the NFL “C’mon” signal or creating their own.
7. It didn’t take long for the first down error. Fortunately the impacted team made a first down on the next play. The crew apparently lost track of the down due to fouls by the offense on successive downs. Each team has a statistician and it is advisable to check with either one or both when there is a question.