Recent content by Stripes

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    Referee shortage

    If you haven't yet, get in contact with your local TASO (Texas Association of Sports Officials) chapter. The Secretary is the assigning officer, so that's the individual with whom you'll need to communicate.
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    Crowded football question

    JasonTX is right that he can legally serve as the snapper. What he can't do, however, is go downfield on a play where there is a forward pass that crosses the neutral zone. He isn't illegal to serve as an interior lineman, but he is ineligible as a receiver.
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    Dead ball penalty

    Should NOT have been 1st and 30. Until the referee blows the ready for the next play, we're still in transition between possession and it should be a 15-yard penalty but still 1st and 15. Ran into a similar situation a few weeks ago where a receiver dropped a pass on 4th down and then the...
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    Horse Collar

    You're right that the interpretation of this rule is something that varies too much, far more than it should from official to official, crew to crew, and chapter to chapter. This is purely a safety rule -- a horse-collar tackle is an action very likely to cause serious injury to the ball carrier...
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    Cut Block

    Point of clarification on "it also doesn't allow running backs, to tun outside the box, and then come back in to cut." Once the ball crosses the neutral zone, there is no prohibition on a player cutting "back toward the original position of the ball" or "inside" or anything like that as long as...
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    Horse Collar

    Here's the exact wording of the rule from 9-1-15: Horse Collar Tackle ARTICLE 15. All players are prohibited from grabbing the inside back collar of the shoulder pads or jersey, or the inside collar of the side of the shoulder pads or jersey, and immediately pulling the ball carrier down. This...
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    Cut Block

    Old thread, but worth revisiting this issue as the rule has changed yet again. The "low blocking zone" has been thrown out, everything now referencing the tackle box. Here's the skinny: Lineman inside the tacklebox at the snap, as well as stationary backs at least partially in the tackle box at...
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    Questions for coaches

    HUDL has been a great resource for our chapter as well, but we aren't getting any video from the six-man schools. I know there are a few six-man schools who have the program, but the fact of the matter is that it is pretty expensive and the schools have many more important things to spend their...
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    after the center touches the ball

    I've seen a lot of that in the last few years in the six-man ranks -- coaches who have taught their kids to slap at the ball or otherwise try to disrupt the snap when they think that the center has done something illegal. As fencewire stated, however, any illegal action by the center regarding...
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    Tips on Keeping Stats for 6 man football

    Josh, The terminology is largely the same, you just have to adjust for some of the things that otherwise may come naturally to your tongue when it comes to 11-man football, such as saying "1st and 15" rather than "1st and 10." Learning the actual names of the 6-man formations, such as the...
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    On side kick question

    No flags on a varsity coach here, either, only a few in youth league. Any time that I've had an assistant starting to get out of hand in a varsity game, I just calmly tell the head coach the following. "Coach, your assistant is about to cost you fifteen if he keeps it up." Speaking of young...
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    On side kick question

    Okay. Let's take a step back from this because I think there's a little too much emotion and not enough reason. First of all, I don't let how any coach, player or fan speaks to me effect how I call the game. My officiating is based on my experience, study of the rules and mechanics, training...
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    On side kick question

    I can tell you the calmer you are in your approach to talking with me, especially when you believe that my enforcement is wrong, the more likely I am to take what you have to say and consider it. I've been asked to confer with another official before and was able to put my pride aside to check...
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    Kickoff Formation

    As long as they are all between the 30- and 25-yard lines, you can have them line up any way you want when it comes to which side of the kicker/ball. There is no requirement like we have in 11-man ball.
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    What is a horse-collar tackle?

    If you can get a copy of the film showing what you allege -- blatant one-sided calling and major issues -- please submit it to the officiating chapter to which those officials belonged and let the chapter leadership deal with the issue. Thanks!