Football 101 - Football Officials And Their Duties (Bryan's Crew)

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Football officials. . . The men on the field we all love to hate and complain about. But without these keepers of the rules, a football game could not progress with any sort of structure or sanity. Officials play a very important role in the game, from keeping the game rolling along and calling penalties when a rule is broken, to making sure the athletes don't unnecessarily hurt each other. Officials are responsible for monitoring the game clock and play clock, enforcing the rules of the game, and recording all rule infractions. This quiz is designedf to test your knowledge of footbal officiating facts.   ; &nbs p; &nbs


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Because the referee is responsible for the general supervision of the game, the position is sometimes referred to as:
    • A. 

      Umpire

    • B. 

      Scorer

    • C. 

      Head Referee

    • D. 

      None of the Above

  • 2. 
    In college football, the NFL and other professional leagues, and in some high school games, the referee announces penalties and the numbers of the players committing them (college and professional), and clarifies complex and/or unusual rulings over a wireless microphone to both fans and the media.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The ___________stands behind the defensive line and linebackers observing the blocks by the offensive line and defenders trying to ward off those blocks — looking for holding or illegal blocks. Prior to the snap, he counts all offensive players.
    • A. 

      Referee

    • B. 

      Umpire

    • C. 

      Head linesman

    • D. 

      Line judge

    • E. 

      Field judge

  • 4. 
    A three-official system uses only the referee, head linesman, and scorekeeper.  It is common in junior high and youth football.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    _________ is used to mark various spots that are not fouls. For example, it is used to mark the spot of a fumble or where a player caught a punt. It is typically colored white, blue, or orange, depending on the official's league, college conference, level of play, or weather conditions.[4]
    • A. 

      Whistle

    • B. 

      Penalty Marker or flag

    • C. 

      Bean Bag

    • D. 

      Down indicator

    • E. 

      Game data card and pencil

  • 6. 
    A four-official system uses the referee, the umpire, the head linesman, and the line judge. It is primary used at lower levels of football, including junior varsity and some high school varsity.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    The _____________ stands at one end of the line of scrimmage (usually the side opposite the press box), looking for possible offsides, encroachment and other fouls before the snap.
    • A. 

      Head linesman

    • B. 

      Umpire

    • C. 

      Line judge

    • D. 

      Field judge

    • E. 

      Side judge

  • 8. 
    The ____________ is used to signal that the play has ended.
    • A. 

      Stop Watch

    • B. 

      Game Data Card

    • C. 

      Down Indicator

    • D. 

      Whistle

    • E. 

      Penalty Marker or flag

  • 9. 
    Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, an American flag was added to the shirts of NFL officials.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Officials' hats are also occasionally used as additional equipment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The ____________  works downfield behind the defensive secondary on the same sideline as the line judge. 
    • A. 

      Side Judge

    • B. 

      Umpire

    • C. 

      Referee

    • D. 

      Back Judge

    • E. 

      Field Judge

  • 12. 
    • A six-official system uses the seven-official system, with the back judge. It is used in some high school and small-college games.
  • A. 

    True

  • B. 

    False

  • 13. 
    The referee wears a ______ hat (which now includes the NFL logo, first added for Super Bowl XXXIX), and the other officials wear _____ hats.
    • A. 

      Referee: white hat; Other Officials: black hats with white stripes.

    • B. 

      Refereree: Black hat with white stripes; Other officials: white hats

    • C. 

      All officials wear white hats

    • D. 

      It doesn't matter what hat you wear, as long as youn make the right call.

  • 14. 
  • A five-official system is used in arena football, most high school varsity football, and in most semi-pro games. It adds the back judge to the four-official system.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The Down Indicator is a specially designed wristband that is used to remind officials of the current time.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    During each play from scrimmage, the _______ positions himself behind the offensive team, favoring the right side (if the quarterback is a right-handed passer). He also counts offensive players.
    • A. 

      Line Judge

    • B. 

      Umpire

    • C. 

      Side Judge

    • D. 

      Back Judge

    • E. 

      Referee

  • 17. 
    Officials write down important administrative information, such as the winner of the pregame coin toss, team timeouts, and fouls called on this item:
    • A. 

      Scratch pad

    • B. 

      Blackberry

    • C. 

      Game Data Card

    • D. 

      Note cards

    • E. 

      None of the Above

  • 18. 
    In response to scrambling quarterbacks, namely Fran Tarkenton, the line judge was added in 1965 to watch the other side of the line of scrimmage.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    What is the total number of football officials that may be utilized in a given NFL game?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      7

    • D. 

      None of the Above

    • E. 

      All of the Above

  • 20. 
    What is the total number of football officials that may be utilized in a given footbal game?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      7

    • D. 

      All of the Above

    • E. 

      None of the Above

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