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Five Officials Linesman Position - Kickoff. Before Kick: Take charge of ball Position: K’s free-kick line in side zone to monitor bench area and assist kicking team in getting into position.

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five officials linesman position kickoff
Five OfficialsLinesman Position - Kickoff
  • Before Kick:
    • Take charge of ball
    • Position: K’s free-kick line in side zone to monitor bench area and assist kicking team in getting into position.
    • Move on field to kicker and after checking legality of kicking tee, hand kicker ball, point out referee and instruct kicker to wait for referee’s signal before kicking.
    • Count K players.
    • Obtain captain’s ready sign.
    • Move to position just outside the sideline on K’s free-kick line on the line-to-gain equipment side.
    • Be certain coaches, players, substitutes and other individuals are in proper locations.
    • Hold arm above head to indicate you are ready.
    • Watch for any infractions involving K,s free-kick line.
    • If there is a dead-ball foul administer penalty and place ball ready.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman Position - Kickoff
  • After Kick:
    • Be alert for first touching by K - Mark spot with bean bag.
    • Be alert for kick which does not cross R’s free-kick line.
    • If there is a penalty for a foul before kick ends requiring rekick, administer penalty and place ball ready.
    • Mark out-of-bounds spot if kick goes out of bounds in your area:
      • Bean bag spot if last touched inbounds by R.
      • Drop penalty marker if untouched inbounds by R.
    • Watch initial blocks by players near R’s free-kick line and action against kicker and holder. Cover to opposite 45-yard line.
    • After ball has gone downfield, move deliberately in that direction while watching for fouls away from ball.
    • Maintain position enabling coverage of sidelines at all times.
    • Be in position to take over coverage of runner in your area on long return.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLine Judge Position - Kickoff
  • Before Kick:
    • Be certain coaches, players, substitutes and other individuals are in proper locations.
    • Position: R’s free-kick line, outside sideline opposite linesman.
    • Count R players and identify the free-kick line for the receiving team.
    • Hold arm above head to indicate you are ready.
    • Watch for any infractions involving R’s free-kick line.
    • If short free kick is anticipated:
      • Position on R’s free-kick line.
      • Be alert for first touching by K or kick which does not cross R’s freekick line. Hold bean bag to mark spot of first touching by K.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLine Judge Position - Kickoff
  • After Kick:
    • Be alert for first touching by K - Mark spot with bean bag.
    • Watch initial blocks in your area.
    • If ball becomes dead in your area, including prior to crossing R’s free-kick line, sound whistle and give time-out signal.
    • Mark spot where kick goes out of bounds on your side of field:
    • Bean bag if touched inbounds by R.
    • Penalty marker if untouched inbounds by R.
    • After ball has gone downfield, move deliberately in that direction while watching for fouls away from ball. Cover 15 yards down sideline.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Running Play
  • After ball is spotted:
    • Position: Straddle line ball is on, no closer than 9 yards outside widest offensive player. On sideline if necessary.
    • Check down-marker number. Signal number of down.
    • Use extended-arm signal and hold until snap to indicate closest A player is off line of scrimmage.
    • Count B players and identify eligible receivers on your side. Be alert for illegal substitutions.
    • Check following:
      • Wingback, flankers, split ends and slot backs.
      • First two players in from your end of offensive line, including backs, as eligible pass receivers.
      • Player in motion away from you and maintain responsibility for him if he reveres direction.
      • Minimum of seven offensive players on line-of-scrimmage.
      • Encroachment or false start.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Running Play
  • After snap:
    • Areas of Responsibility:
      • Key end and wide receiver if defende is covering him tightly. If end uncovered, look through to tackle to read run or pass.
      • Be alert for quick plays into line and assist in marking forward progress with downfield foot.
      • Watch initial charge of linemen.
      • On an end run to opposite side, observe blocking near neutral zone to tackle.
      • Check block on eligible receiver.
      • When ball comes to your side of field:
        • Cover sideline and check for crackback block.
        • Sound whistle when ball becomes dead and move to spot of ball.
        • If ball becomes dead in side zone, toss to referee or umpire for spotting
      • When ball goes to opposite side:
        • Move cautiously into general area until certain there will be no reverse or counter.
        • Observe action on linebackers and backside pursuit.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Running Play
  • After snap: Continued
      • On down-the-line option plays toward you, observe pitchman, loose ball, and pitchman as he becomes runner.
      • Observe late blocks and fouls away from runner.
      • Responsible for entire sideline. If ball goes out of bounds
        • Signal time-out immediately.
        • Hold out-of-boinds spot while another official retrieves ball.
      • If obvious first down, signal clock to stop.
    • While moving downfield with runner, watch for illegal forward pass or fumble.
    • If play continues following illegal forward pass, drop penalty marker at spot of pass to indicate where run ended and at spot of any subsequent foul.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman - Running Play( Working with line-to-gain equipment and crew )
  • Echo referee’s signal verbally and with proper hand signal.
  • Repeat referee’s time-out signal.
  • Do not turn back on field of play when having equipment moved.
  • Authorize down-box operator to be moved only after referee’s signal
  • When necessary to move yardage chain:
    • Spot foremost point of ball with downfield foot.
    • Have down-box operator mark spot, informing referee that yardage chain is ready.
    • Have line-to-gain crew set the two rods.
  • When line-to-gain is goal line:
    • Fasten clip to chain at intersection of goal line.
    • Remove line-to-gain equipment from sideline.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge - Forward Pass
  • After ball is spotted:
    • Linesman:
      • Check down-box number.
      • Signal referee number of down.
      • Position: Same as for running play. End of line on side of line-to-gain equipment - assist with line-up.
    • Line Judge:
      • Position: Same as for running play. End of line opposite linesman.Assist with line-up.
      • Be alert for illegal substitution.
    • Count B players.
    • Identify eligible receivers.
    • Use extended-arm signal and hold until snap to indicate closest A player is off line of scrimmage; stacked receivers - closest player is the end.
    • Be alert for player in motion away from you and maintain responsibility for him if he reverses direction.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Forward Pass
  • After snap:
    • Key through end to read initial block of tackle.
    • Move to position to check blocking and contact of eligible receivers and linebackers.
    • Be ready to rule on the direction of a quick quarterback pass.
    • Move downfield cautiously 5 to 7 yards to cover short pass on your side of field.
      • Watch for interference by either team.
      • Be ready to rule on fumble or illegal pass after completion.
    • If pass is incomplete in your area:
      • Sound whistle
      • Give incomplete-pass signal.
      • Retrieve ball and relay to official nearest previous spot.
    • Be ready to adjust coverage if potential passer decides to run.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Forward Pass
  • After snap:Continued
    • Be alert for sideline action.
    • Be alert for forward progress of runner.
    • Responsible for entire sideline.
    • Always be prepared to come back to rule on play near neutral zone in addition to sideline action.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Scrimmage Kick
  • After ball is spotted:
    • Position: Same as for run or pass.
    • Check down number and count R players

Four Officials :

Linesman: Same as Five man plus responsible for neutral zone after “Ready” whistle.

Line Judge:

    • Position: 7-10 yards wider than and in front of the deepest receiver, in position to cover sideline as well as kick.
    • Count R players
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Scrimmage Kick
  • After snap:
    • Linesman: Hold momentarily after snap. Know if ball crossed neutral zone, then move slowly downfield covering your side between neutral zone and deep receiver(s).
    • Line Judge: Release on snap, move downfield covering your side between neutral zone and deep receiver(s).
    • Cover all kicks to your side.
    • Ball out-of-bounds in flight:
      • Sound whistle and give time-out signal.
      • Move farther downfield than where it went out.
      • Walk upfield until referee spots you on sideline.
    • Ball rolls out of bounds:
      • Sound shistle and give time-out signal.
      • Hold spot and continue to observe action.
      • Drop bean bag at spot if ball must be retrieved.
    • Assist referee in covering ball on short or blocked kick:
      • Note if kick is touched beyond neutral zone.
      • Note if recovered in or behind neutral zone.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Scrimmage Kick
  • After snap: Continued
    • Routine Kick:
      • Unless kick comes close to your side delay move to sideline, cover clipping and other fouls in secondary.
      • Move with runner if he comes to your side.
      • Follow to goal line if run is broken.
      • When ball becomes dead:
        • Sound whistle, give time-out signal and mark spot.
        • Make sure of possession on fair catch.
    • Line Judge: Observe action of signaler when no fair catch is made.
    • If there is a foul, have a free official cover ball while official who had foul reports information to referee.
    • Linesman: Watch referee for signal to move line-to-gain equipment.

Four Officials:

Linesman: Same as Five man plus :

If fair-catch signal is made, observe if signaler blocks.

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Scrimmage Kick
  • After snap: Continued

Four Officials:

Line Judge:

    • Carry bean bag in hand during down to mark first touching or fumble.
    • Responsible for initial action on or by the end on you side.
    • Cover all kick down the middle and to your side.
    • Ball rolls out of bounds:
      • Sound shistle and give time-out signal.
      • Hold spot and continue to observe action.
      • Drop bean bag at spot if ball must be retrieved.
    • Ball out-of-bounds in flight:
      • Sound whistle and give time-out signal.
      • Move farther downfield than where it went out.
      • Walk upfield until referee spots you on sideline.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Scrimmage Kick
  • After snap: Continued

Four Officials:

Line Judge:

    • Ball stays inbounds:
      • Be ready to rule on whether kick is touched by either team.
      • If ball is muffed, be prepared to rule on possession.
      • Be alert for hand-off and reverse.
      • If K is first to touch a kick which is moving, mark spot of first touching with bean bag and continue to cover play.
      • If K is first to touch kick at rest beyond the neutral zone, sound whistle, give time-out signal and mark spot.
    • Following fair catch:
      • Sound whistle, give time-out signal and mark spot.
      • Observe action of signaler when no fair catch is made.
      • Be prepared to rule on touchback or safety, or whether receiver’s momentum took him into end zone.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Scrimmage Kick
  • After snap: Continued

Four Officials:

Line Judge:

    • When kick is returned:
      • Move with runner if he runs up the middle or to your side until another official picks him up.
      • When this is done, delay and observe action behind ball.
    • When kick becomes dead:
      • Sound whistle immediately and give time-out signal.
      • Inform referee of ball status before placing it for next play.
    • If kick is caught inside 5-yard line and player is downed in his end zone or ball goes out of bounds there, be prepared to rule on whether his momentum took hime into end zone.
    • Mark spot of catch inside 5-yard line with bean bag.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge - PositionField-Goal Attempt or Try
  • After ball is spotted: Linesman
    • Position: 5 to 7 yards outside offensive end.
    • Observe neutral zone.
    • Observe kicker, holder and opposite side tackle.

Line Judge

    • Position: Beyond end zone and behind your upright where you feel most comfortable and have best coverage of upright.
    • Count R players.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionField-Goal Attempt or Try
  • After snap:

Linesman

    • If pass or run, move with play as on any other goal-line play.
    • Quickly move to goal line if run develops to line-judge side of field.

Line Judge

    • Assume responsibility for end line and for determining if kick goes over or under crossbar and inside upright:
      • Back judge rules on crossbar and upright.
      • Line judge rules on upright
    • Sound whistle when successful kick passes upright or when it is apparently unsuccessful after breaking goal-line plane.
    • Signal score or no score.
    • Be prepared to move if kick is blocked, obviously short, or a fake:
      • Key tight end on your side.
      • If run develops to your vacated side, quickly move along end line to back pylon to rule on sideline
      • Next move is toward goal line to assist.
      • Primary sideline responsibility when run develops to LJ side
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge - PositionField-Goal Attempt or Try

Four Officials:

Linesman: Same as five man

Line Judge:

  • Position: 5 yards behind and directly between uprights.
  • Rule whether kick is successful or unsuccessful.
  • If unsuccessful, rule on a possible touchback.
  • Give appropriate signal.
  • Responsible for your sideline and end line on runs and passes.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position - Goal-Line Play
  • Position and cover same as scrimmage play.
  • On snap between 10 and 5-yard line, release slowly downfield and stay ahead of runner to goal line.
  • On snap inside 5-yard line, release to goal line and officiate back to ball.
  • Note farthest point to which ball is advanced.
    • If short of goal line, move in quickly and help by marking point with downfield foot or by actually placing ball.
    • If you see ball in possession of runner touch or cross goal-line plane, instantly give touchdown signal.
    • If ball does not break goal-line plane, do not give any signal.
  • Linesman:
    • Place clip on chain at intersection with goal line prior to removing chain.
    • Remove line-to-gain equipment from sideline when line-to-gain is goal line.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionAfter a Touchback, Safety, Try or Field Goal

Linesman

  • Take ball to center of field on proper yard line and place it with foremost point on center of line.
  • Count proper team players. Be alert for substitutions.
  • Hand ball to kicker if it is put in play by free kick:
    • Instruct kicker to wait for referee’s signal.
    • Move to sideline where line-to-gain equipment is located.

Line Judge

  • Retrieve any kicked ball - if kickoff is to follow, the down-box operator should retrieve ball and relay to you.
  • Relay ball to lineman.
  • Count proper team players. Be alert for illegal substitutions.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionAdministering Penalties

Linesman

  • Be ready to have line-to-gain equipment moved after penalty administration.
  • Be certain of down number.
  • Give final signal for foul to be enforced on kickoff to press-box side of filed.

Line Judge

  • Return time-out signal to referee.
  • Hold enforcement spot.

Linesman & Line Judge

  • Check Enforcement
  • Do not permit trainers, attendants, or coaches to come onto field.
  • Relay penalty information to appropriate coach and to other officials if necessary.
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionMeasuring for First Down using Traditional Rods and Chain

Linesman

  • When a measurement is signaled by referee:
    • Grasp chain and clip at back edge of back-yard line (don’t just grasp clip since clip could detach)
    • Instruct down-box operator to mark front rod spot and keep same down number
    • Bring chain behind ball and place clipped part of chain at back edge of back-yard line.
    • Hold firmly and call “ready” to umpire to stretch chain tight.
    • Wait for referee’s decision and signal.
    • If not first down:
      • While holding chain, accompany crew to sideline, reset in original position.
      • Have down-box operator move indicator to next down.
    • If new series, set inside edge of rear rod at foremost point of ball after spotted by referee. First down on marker
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionMeasuring for First Down using Traditional Rods and Chain

Linesman continued

  • Mark foremost point of ball for down-marker operator on all first downs.

Line Judge

  • Position: Behind yard line from which measurement will be made.
  • Align linesman with ball so measurement is accurate.
  • Do not permit team attendants to enter field

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge Position Time-Out Procedure
  • Move to position halfway between ball and your sideline
  • Be alert for signal from referee (pointing directly toward you) to give your team 15-second warning; go to team huddle and say: “Coach, ball will be marked ready-for-play in 15 seconds.”
  • Be alert for substitutions by your sideline or attempts to use substitutes for purpose of deception, and maintain proper number of players/attendants in huddle.
  • Inform captain and coach of time-outs remaining.

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionBetween-Periods Procedure

Linesman

  • Record down, distance, yard line nearest foremost point of ball.
  • Confirm information with referee.
  • Clip chain at back edge of back-yard line.
  • Call down and distance to assistants.
  • Reverse ends of yardage chain and two chainmen.
  • Set yardage chain after referee has spotted ball.
  • Check number of down and distance to gain.
  • Indicate to referee you are ready by signaling number of down with finger(s) or fist for fourth down.
  • Assume responsibilities outlined for time-out including giving your team 15-second warning when directed
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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionBetween-Periods Procedure

Line Judge

  • Observe teams while moving to corresponding spot on other end of field.
  • Assume responsibilities as for time-out.
  • Check team box and huddle areas for appropriate conference procedure as during charged time-out
  • Give your team the 15-second warning when directed by referee

Four Officials: Same

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Five OfficialsLinesman & Line Judge PositionBetween-Halves Procedure

Linesman

  • During intermission, discuss with line-to-gain crew aspects of their duties which may be improved to aid in game administration.
  • Preparing for second half:
    • Station line-to-gain crew near team box and on receiver’s end of field.
    • Secure game ball, hand it to kicker, instruct him to wait for referee’s signal before he kicks.
    • Move to sideline on K’s free-kick line

Line Judge

  • Position: Near sideline of R’s free-kick line.
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