2018 Football Practice Test

Welcome to your LHSAA 2018 Football Practice Test

The final test will come from these questions. LHSAA test questions come from the NFHS Rules Book, including rule changes, Points of Emphasis and Fundamentals, as well as the Louisiana Mechanics Manual and NFHS Case Book.

NOTE: In the following questions, “A” refers to the team which puts the ball in play (Offense), and “B” refers to their opponents (Defense). “K” refers to the kicking team and “R” refers to the receiving team. “A1”, “A2”...etc., “B1”...“K1”...and “R1” are players of these teams. If team possession changes during a down, each team retains its identity. In a kicking situation, it is not during a try and no fair catch signal has been given unless so specified. Unless otherwise stated, acts occur while the ball is inbounds; a forward pass is legal; any out-of-bounds is between the goal lines; “line” means scrimmage line; reference to a foul is to a player foul which is not unsportsmanlike; there is no foul or change of possession unless so stated; penalties are considered accepted. Important: Answers to these questions should be selected based solely on the information stated therein.

1) An inadvertent whistle ends the down. [4-2-3]
2) QB A12 is scrambling and runs just beyond the neutral zone where he throws a forward pass to A43 for an apparent touchdown. Time expired during the play at the end of the 2ND quarter. RULING: The score is canceled and the half is over.
[3-3-4b3; 10-5-3; Case Book 3.3.4 A]

3) If a free kick, untouched by R or K, subsequently goes out of bounds at Team R’s 30 yardline, R will have an option to penalize K 5 yards from the succeeding spot and play 1st and 10 at their 35 yardline. [6-1-9b; Case Book 6.1.9 B(c)]
4) If a loose ball touches any player or game official who is out of bounds, the touching is ignored. [2-29-3; Case Book 2.29.3(c)]
5) The Head Linesman has the responsibility for the conduct of the line-to-gain and down- marker crew, and the primary responsibility for counting downs.
[La. Mechanics Manual: VI – Play Responsibilities]

6) Post-scrimmage kick (PSK) fouls and penalty enforcements can only be committed by Team R during scrimmage-kick downs. [2-16-2h]
7) During a Try, it is possible for either team to score points. [8-3-3]
8) A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen. RULING: Play should be suspended and recommended precautions taken.
[Rules Book Pg. 104: NFHS GUIDELINES (Lightning - 3)]

9) It is possible that some Team K fouls which occur during a scrimmage kick can be enforced from either the previous spot or the succeeding spot.
[2-16-2h; 2-33-1a; 10-3-1a; 10-4-2b EXCEPTION]

10) The only defensive penalties which automatically grant a first down are roughing the passer, kicker, holder or the deep snapper in a scrimmage-kick formation.
[9-4-4, 5, 6, Penalty; 10-1-7]

11) Only 1 receiver may give a signal for a fair catch while any legal kick is in flight. [6-5-1]
12) Team A is driving the ball with the score A-20 – B-23 and 00:15 left in the 4TH quarter. The clock is running after A23 is tackled inbounds. Team A is out of timeouts when the QB runs to the Referee and requests a timeout. RULING: The request is granted but Team A will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. [3-5-5]
13) Defensive players are restricted from contacting the ball or the snapper’s hand(s) or arm(s) until the snapper has released the ball. [7-1-6]
14) Initial force results from a carry, fumble, kick, pass or snap. [2-13-1, 3; 8-5-1]
15) When a penalty is accepted with less than 2 minutes remaining in either half, the offended team will have the option to start the game clock on the snap. [3-4-7]
16) Artificial limbs may not be worn by any players. [1-7]
17) First touching of a kick by K is ignored if the penalty for a foul during the down is accepted. [5-1-6]
18) 3rd and 10 from team A’s 20-yard line. As time expires in the 2ND quarter, QB A8 scrambles to team A’s 23-yard line and throws a forward pass intended for eligible A44. B27 interferes with A44 and the pass falls incomplete. RULING: This situation creates a double foul, the penalties offset and the period will be extended to play an untimed down. [3-3-4b3; 7-5-2b Penalty; 7-5-7; 10-2-1]
19) Team A is attempting to set up a screen pass. QB A15 takes the snap and fades deep. A15 throws a forward pass to A40 who is still 5 yards behind the neutral zone. B32 tackles A40 before the pass arrives. B32 was making no attempt to play the ball. RULING: Foul for pass interference. Penalize Team B 15 yards from the previous spot and award Team A a first down. [5-2-2; 7-5-7; 9-2-3c, Penalty; 10-4-2b]
20) The rules require that helmets & face masks, tooth protectors, shoulder pads, hip pads, thigh guards, knee pads and shoes be worn by all players. [1-5-1a,d,f]
21) B14 intercepts a pass deep in Team B’s end zone. B14 then attempts to run the ball out of the end zone but is downed 2 yards deep in the end zone. RULING: Safety.
[2-13-2; 8-5-1, 2b, 3d]

22) Team K is in punt formation on 4th down at Team R’s 40-yard line, using the numbering exception (not having 5 players on the line numbered 50-79). K players assume their initial positions with K25 to the left at tight end and K23 at left tackle. After the snapper touches the ball, K25 shifts back off the line uncovering K23. At the snap, K23 pauses, then goes downfield and catches a touchdown pass. RULING: Foul for illegal touching. Cancel the score. Penalize Team K 5 yards and loss of down from the previous spot. Team R will play 1st down and 10 from their 45 yardline.
[7-2-5b Exception 2; 7-5-13 Penalty; 10-4-2b; 10-5-3; Case Book 7.2.5 D]

23) A shift which is designed to cause Team B to encroach is a false start. [7-1-7b]
24) With 04:35 remaining in the 2ND quarter the coach of Team B informs the Referee that his wireless headset is not functioning and he has no communication with his coaches in the press box. RULING: The Referee correctly rules that this situation does not come under the jurisdiction of the officials. [1-6-2; Case Book 1.6.1 B(b)]
25) The Referee is responsible for determining the legality of the kicking team’s formation on kick-offs. [La. Mechanics Manual: V – Free-Kick Responsibilities]
26) Team A scores a touchdown on the first series in overtime. After the successful 2-point Try, B5 is flagged for a dead-ball personal foul. RULING: Team B will start their series at the 25 yardline. [4-2-2h; 8-3-5b; 10-4-3; Rules Book Pg. 85: OT 5-3-1]
27) 2nd down and 10 from Team A’s 30 yardline. Under heavy rush, QB A10 dumps a pass to A35 and is then roughed by B77. A35 is downed at A’s 28 yardline.
RULING: Penalize Team B from the previous spot and award Team A an automatic 1st down. [5-2-2; 9-4-4 Penalty; 10-5-5; Case Book 9.4.4 B(b)]

28) There is 00:07 on the clock in the 4TH period. Team A has goal to go and no time-outs when they snap the ball at Team B’s 10-yard line. B55 commits a face-mask foul when he tackles A22 inbounds as the clock shows 00:02 remaining. RULING: Penalize B and replay the down. Because of the accepted penalty, Team A has the option to start the clock on the snap. [3-4-7; 5-2-2; 9-4-3h]
29) Illegal helmet contact is always deemed to be flagrant which mandates that the offender be ejected from the game. [2-16-2c; 9-4-3i NOTE; Penalty]
30) A defenseless player is:
[2-32-16a, d, g]

31) Post-scrimmage kick (PSK) fouls and penalty enforcements do not apply to kick tries, successful field goals or in overtime. [2-16-2h1; Rules Book Pg. 85: OT 10-4-3]
32) Illegal participation fouls by the receiving team occurring during the kick are now enforced under post-scrimmage kick (PSK) rules. [2-16-2h; 9-6-4a]
33) The ball becomes dead and the down is ended when a prosthetic limb comes completely off the runner. [4-2-2l]
34) A fumble is the touching of a loose ball in an unsuccessful attempt to secure possession.
[2-18; 2-27]

35) 2nd down and 20 for Team A from its 10 yardline. A8’s pass is intercepted at A’s 35 yardline. B52 is flagged for roughing the passer and the penalty is accepted. RULING:
[2-32-11; 5-2-2; 9-4-4, Penalty; 10-1-7b; 10-5-5]

36) False starts, encroachment and snap infractions are always dead-ball fouls. [2-8; 2-16-2a; 4-1-6; 7-1, Penalty]
37) B21 intercepts a pass and begins a return. B21 is pursued by A32, who cannot see B53 approach. B53 contacts A32 in the side with open hands below the neck and shoulders, above the waist. RULING: Legal contact by B53. [2-3-10; 9-4-3n]
38) Prior to the start of any down, free-kick or scrimmage, each Team A or K player must momentarily be within the 9-yard marks before the ball is marked ready for play. [7-2-1]
39) 1st and goal from Team B’s 6 yardline. The pylon is properly placed at the goal line. A33’s fumble deflects off the pylon and bounces back to Team B’s 2 yardline where A77 falls on the ball. RULING:

[1-2-4; 8-5-3c]

40) During close line play following the snap, legal contact by guard A65 causes defensive tackle B70’s helmet to come completely off his head. B70 disengages with A65 and pursues the runner several yards downfield. Offensive tackle A77 blocks B70 above the waist from the front. RULING:
[9-4-3l; 9-6-4g; 10-2-1]

41) A ball without any stripes is illegal even if both coaches agree to use it. [1-3-1c]
42) 3rd down and 10 from Team A’s 5 yardline. QB A19 throws a pass intended for A26 beyond the neutral zone. While the pass is in flight, B41 is flagged for grasping and pulling A26’s facemask. The pass is complete and A26 is downed at A’s 25 yardline. RULING: If Team A accepts the penalty, it will be enforced from A’s 25 yardline. [9-4-3h; 10-3-1b; 10-4-2b]
43) 2nd down and 10 from Team A’s 30 yardline. A8’s forward pass is grabbed near the sideline at Team A’s 40 yardline by airborne eligible A28 who jumps straight into the air. B36 then shoves A28 so he lands out of bounds beyond Team A’s 42 yardline. RULING:
[2-4-1; 7-5-5; Case Book 3.4.3 C]

44) In order for a snap to be legal, the ball must immediately leave the hand(s) of the snapper and touch a back or the ground before it touches an A lineman. [7-2-4]
45) A live-ball foul occurs during the down or the continuing action immediately after the down ends. [2-16-2a, d]
46) A free kick may be made after a fair catch or an awarded fair catch. It can score a field goal. [2-24-3; 6-4; 8-4-1a; Casebook 8-4-1 B(a,b)]
47) Game officials may use replay or television monitoring equipment as well as other supplementary equipment to aid in game administration.
48) Charged time-outs shall be reduced in length only if both teams are ready to play prior to the Referee’s ready-for-play signal. [3-5-3]
49) The Referee decides whether the game ball meets rule specifications and judges its fitness for play. [1-3-3; Case Book 1.3.2 D]
50) Unless Team A is in a scrimmage-kick formation, failure of Team A to have at least 5 players on the line numbered 50-79 is a foul at the snap. [7-2-5b; Exceptions]
51) Team A scores a touchdown on the first possession of an extra period. On the try, Team B is flagged for roughing the kicker. The kick is successful. RULING: The penalty is automatically declined by rule. Team B now gets their series from the 10-yard line. [8-3-5; Rules Book Pg. 86: 3.1.1 O]
52) A player with a legal, clear untinted eye shield properly attached to his helmet is detected wearing tinted eyeglasses (sunglasses). RULING: Legal equipment. [1-5-3c4 NOTE]
53) Team A is trailing by 7 points. During a down in which time expires for the 4TH quarter, Team A scores a touchdown. B52 committed a face-mask foul during the TD play. RULING: Team A has the option of taking this penalty in overtime.
[2-16-2d; 8-2-2; Case Book 8.2.2 C(a)]

54) A12 throws a legal forward pass into B’s end zone complete to A33. A69 held B72 behind the neutral zone during the play. Time expired during the play. RULING: B must accept the penalty in order to cancel the score. Team A will then play an untimed down after the penalty is enforced. [3-3-3a; 9-2-1c; 10-5-3]
55) 2nd down and 10 for Team A. During the down, A76 held and B24 committed pass interference after which B38 intercepted and was immediately downed. RULING: This is a double foul. No options . . . Team A will replay 2nd down and 10 from the previous spot. [10-2-1b; 10-4-2b; Case Book 10.2.1 A]
56) A player may be withdrawn and re-entered legally during the same dead-ball interval if the period ends during the dead-ball interval. [3-7-3]
57) 4th down and 10 from Team K’s 10 yardline. R30 is flagged for running into the kicker. R45 makes a valid fair catch. After the ball is dead, R45 taunts K27. RULING: Team K can have both penalties enforced and play 1st down and 10.
[2-16-2a; 5-2-2; 9-4-4; 9-5-1a; 10-2-5a; 10-4-2b]

58) Scrimmage-play formations require a minimum of 7 A players to be legally on their line at the snap except in scrimmage-kick formations. [2-14-1]
59) The down is ended and the ball becomes dead when:

60) 2 teammates who may legally block below the waist in the free-blocking zone against a particular opponent do so by charging at that opponent for a simultaneous block at or below the opponent’s knees. RULING: Illegal chop block.
[2-3-8; 9-3-6 & Table (Combination Blocks); Case Bk. 9.3.2 B(d)]

61) During a running play, A31 breaks into the secondary. Safety B24 comes up quickly and drives his face mask into the chest of A31 while simultaneously wrapping his arms around A31 bringing him to the ground. RULING: Face-tackling foul by B24.
[2-20-1b; 9-4-3i; Case Book 9.4.3 L]

62) 4th down and 10 on Team R’s 40-yard line. K34’s punt is in flight when R21 blocks K43 below the waist at Team R’s 30-yard line. The untouched kick hits the ground in R’s end zone. RULING: Post-scrimmage kick enforcement applies. R will play 1st and 10 from its own 10-yard line. [2-16-2h; 2-41-6; 5-2-1; 10-4-3,5d; Case Book 10.4.3 C]
63) 4th down and 10 from Team R’s 38 yardline. K45’s unsuccessful field-goal attempt lands untouched at Team R’s 4 yardline, bounces again in the end zone and is grabbed on one bounce by R22 who is 2 yards deep in his end zone. RULING: The ball is dead as soon as it breaks the goal line plane and results in a touchback. Team A will play 1st down and 10 at its 20 yardline. [4-2-2d1; 5-1-1; 6-3-1a; 8-5-4]
64) The clock will always start on the ready-for-play signal, if it was stopped because of an inadvertent whistle during the down. [3-4-2c; Case Book 3.4.2 C]
65) When the ball is loose following an illegal kick, it will always be treated the same as a fumble. [2-24-9]
66) If a Try, free kick, any play after a fair catch is awarded, after a touchback, or on the first play of an overtime series, Team A may put the ball in play anywhere between the inbound lines (hash marks) even if after their own penalty. [4-3-6,7]
67) The snap ends when: [2-40-3]
68) A defensive player is considered to be on the line of scrimmage when he is within 1 or 2 yards of the line of scrimmage at the snap. [2-25-3]
69) During 2nd down in the 1ST period, the field clock goes directly from 01:45 to 00:45 and is not detected. Following 3rd down, time for the period expires. The error is discovered after the Referee declares the period officially ended. RULING: The timing error can be corrected until the ball becomes live in the subsequent period.
[3-3-5; Case Book 3.4.8(b)]

70) A handed ball beyond the neutral zone is considered to be a pass. [2-19-1; 2-31-1; Fundamental VII – 3]

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