CFOA Mechanics Exam: Quiz!

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CFOA Mechanics Exam: Quiz!

Do you know anything about CFOA mechanics? The CFOA mechanics manual contains the mechanics and philosophies for officiating football in Colorado and provides the foundational information required to officiate a four-person game. The mechanics in this supplement are intended to assist with the transition from five people to four people. This fantastic quiz is a touch-down for those interested in CFOA mechanics.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The coin toss occurs:
    • A. 

      Ten minutes before the scheduled starting time.

    • B. 

      Five minutes before the scheduled starting time.

    • C. 

      Three minutes before the scheduled starting time.

  • 2. 
    It is not acceptable for the umpire to rule on a loose ball in the end zone that is recovered by either team provided he first checks with the wing officials prior to giving any signal.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 3. 
    The back judge throws his flag for a live-ball foul. The line judge, who had shared coverage responsibility on the play, did not see a foul. The line judge:
    • A. 

      Should throw his flag anyway; two flags lends credibility to the call.

    • B. 

      Should wait until the play is over, find out what the back judge saw, then throw his flag.

    • C. 

      Should not throw his flag.

  • 4. 
    After a free-kick from team K’s 40 yard line, the linesman should:
    • A. 

      Maintain his position on team K’s free kick line.

    • B. 

      Move no farther downfield than team R’s 40 yardline.

    • C. 

      Move no farther downfield than team R’s 30 yardline.

    • D. 

      Move immediately toward team K’s goalline in case the runner breaks off a long return.

  • 5. 
    In a trips formation, the back judge’s key(s) are (is): 
    • A. 

      All three receivers.

    • B. 

      The two widest receivers.

    • C. 

      The two inside receivers.

    • D. 

      Only the inside-most receiver.

    • E. 

      Only the widest receiver.

  • 6. 
    A balanced formation means there are the same number of eligible receivers outside of the tackles on both sides of the formation.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 7. 
    B1 intercepts a pass at his own 30-yard line. The covering official should drop his beanbag at the spot of the interception.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 8. 
    An official tries to throw his flag at the spot of a foul but the flag falls several feet short. After the ball is dead, the official should:
    • A. 

      Leave the flag where it is.

    • B. 

      Pick up the flag and move it to the proper spot.

    • C. 

      As unobtrusively as possible, use a foot to move it to the proper spot.

  • 9. 
    Reverse goalline mechanics: 
    • A. 

      Are used when the ball is snapped at or inside team A’s 10 yardline.

    • B. 

      Are used when the ball is snapped at or inside team A’s five yardline.

    • C. 

      Are used when the ball is snapped at or inside team A’s three yardline.

    • D. 

      Are not used.

  • 10. 
    Responsibility for stopping the clock for a potential first down rests with the: 
    • A. 

      Referee.

    • B. 

      Umpire.

    • C. 

      Linesman.

    • D. 

      Line judge.

    • E. 

      Back judge.

  • 11. 
    An official should have the whistle in his mouth from the snap until the ball is declared dead.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 12. 
    When using coffin corner mechanics, the back judge and line judge:
    • A. 

      Are positioned at or near the goalline.

    • B. 

      Are positioned one yard deep in team R’s end zone.

    • C. 

      Are positioned behind the pylon to see if the ball goes over, inside or outside it.

    • D. 

      Use the same mechanics as for a normal punt.

  • 13. 
    To indicate double stakes, the officials should:
    • A. 

      Cross their wrists at chest level.

    • B. 

      Alternately move their index fingers back and forth at chest level

    • C. 

      Verbalize but not signal.

    • D. 

      Place their hands on their hips.

  • 14. 
    An onside kick is anticipated. Assuming the spot for the kick has not been moved by penalty, the umpire’s position is:
    • A. 

      On team K’s free kick line.

    • B. 

      On team R’s free kick line.

    • C. 

      On team R’s 45 yardline.

    • D. 

      On team R’s 40 yardline.

  • 15. 
    When conducting the coin toss, the referee should: 
    • A. 

      Face the scoreboard.

    • B. 

      Have his back to the scoreboard.

    • C. 

      Always have the home team’s captains on his left.

    • D. 

      Always have the home team’s captains on his right.

  • 16. 
    First and 10 from Team A’s 20-yard line. A1’s run ends on team A’s 24-yard line on the linesman’s side of the field between the numbers and the hash marks (first down not an issue). To mark progress the linesman should:
    • A. 

      Square up at the progress spot and move about five to six yards from the dead-ball spot.

    • B. 

      Square up at the progress spot and move up to the pile of the players that includes the runner.

    • C. 

      Square up at the progress spot and move about 10 yards from the dead ball spot.

    • D. 

      Square up at the progress spot and remain on the sideline.

  • 17. 
    An official’s penalty flag should be placed in a pocket or in the belt so it is conspicuous; that lets the teams know the officials intend to maintain control of the game.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 18. 
    When should the linesman and line judge immediately move toward team B’s goal line at the snap? 
    • A. 

      When the ball is snapped at or inside team B’s five yardline.

    • B. 

      When the ball is snapped at or inside team B’s eight yardline.

    • C. 

      When the ball is snapped at or inside team B’s 10 yardline.

  • 19. 
    The officials should change the down on their wristband indicators:
    • A. 

      As soon as the ball is dead for a down.

    • B. 

      When the ball is snapped.

    • C. 

      When the referee gives the ready for play signal.

    • D. 

      When the box man changes the number.

  • 20. 
    Team A is in the huddle. The umpire notices team B’s ball has been spotted for use on the play. The umpire should:
    • A. 

      Do nothing; team B’s ball must be used until the series ends or a change of possession occurs.

    • B. 

      Do nothing; team B’s ball must be used for that down.

    • C. 

      Tell the referee, who decides the course of action.

    • D. 

      Have the wing official on team A’s sideline obtain a team A ball that can be used.

  • 21. 
    The linesman issues a sideline warning to team A. The line judge should:
    • A. 

      Inform team B’s head coach that the warning applies to his sideline as well.

    • B. 

      Make team B’s head coach aware of the sideline warning and either thank him for his compliance or remind him of the need to keep the area clear.

    • C. 

      Ask team B’s head coach if he wants to accept the penalty.

    • D. 

      Do nothing.

  • 22. 
    The box man will hold the previous spot with previous down showing until:
    • A. 

      The linesman instructs him to move.

    • B. 

      The referee instructs him to move.

    • C. 

      The ball is spotted by the umpire.

    • D. 

      When the referee gives the ready for play.

  • 23. 
    The spot where the runner’s knee touches the ground is seldom if ever the forward progress spot.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 24. 
    Forward progress is indicated by using: 
    • A. 

      Both feet close together.

    • B. 

      The downfield foot.

    • C. 

      The upfield foot.

  • 25. 
    Team A runs a sweep to the linesman’s side of the field. To properly cover the play, the linesman should: ​​​​​​​
    • A. 

      Come a step or two onto the field and run backwards to stay as far ahead of the play as possible.

    • B. 

      Come a step or two onto the field and trail the runner slightly.

    • C. 

      Trail the runner slightly and stay on or outside the sideline.

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