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) Only 1 receiver may give a signal for a fair catch while any legal kick is in flight. [6-5-1]
2) B26 intercepts a pass at his own 4 yardline. After running a few steps, he is hit and fumbles. The ball rolls back and hits the goal-line pylon which is properly placed. RULING:
[1-2-4; 7-4-4; 8-5-2B]

3) Initial force results from a carry, fumble, kick, pass or snap. [2-13-1, 3; 8-5-1]
4) 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]

5) The game officials’ shall assume authority for the game 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game time or as soon thereafter as they are able to be present. This authority extends through the Referee’s declaration of the end of the 4TH period or overtime.
[1-1-7, 8; Case Book 1.1.7]

6) A scrimmage kick recovered in or behind the neutral zone may not be advanced by K or R. [6-2-2, 3; Fundamental VI – 2]
7) A kick ends when any player secures possession or the ball becomes dead while not in player possession. [2-24-2; Fundamental IV – 1]
8) It is legal for players to use completely clear or completely white tooth and mouth protectors. [1-5-1d5(a); Case Book 1.5.1 C(a)]
9) 3rd down and 18 from Team K’s 12 yardline. K9’s punt is blocked and does not cross the neutral zone. K9 recovers the ball by falling to the ground on top of it. RULING: Do not stop the clock. Team K will play 4th down at the dead-ball spot. [3-4-4; 3-5-9; 5-1-4]
10) A blindside block against an opponent other than the runner is legal if it is initiated within the free-blocking zone. [9-4-3n; Case Book 9.4.3 W, X]
11) 1st down and 10 for Team A at their 5 yardline. A7’s legal forward pass is caught by A27 at Team A’s 23 yardline. B71 roughed the passer. A27 advances to Team A’s 30 yardline and fumbles, but prone A44 recovers at his own 35 yardline. RULING:
[9-4-4, Penalty; Case Book9.4.4 C]

12) Regardless of the outcome of any penalties incurred, no series can ever start on other than first down. [5-1-1a; Fundamental II – 6]
13) During the course of the game, players, coaches and nonplayers may use any available communications technology during authorized conferences held outside the 9-yard marks. [1-6-1]
14) K51 attempts an onside kick from his 40 yardline by kicking the ball toward the sideline. As R22 goes to recover the ball at K’s 47-yard line, he is blocked by K30 and K44 recovers the ball. RULING: K30 is guilty of an illegal block. K44’s recovery is negated and the 10-yard penalty, if accepted, is assessed from the previous spot with a re-kick. [6-1-6; 9-3-8, Penalty; Case Book 9.3.8 A]
15) 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]
16) If a loose ball goes into the end zone, the last player who touches the ball in the field of play is the one deemed responsible for forcing it across the goal line. [2-13-2]
17) R23 returns a punt but fumbles during his return. K66 dives to the ground and recovers the fumble. RULING: 1st and 10 for Team K, and the clock starts on the snap.
[3-4-3c; 5-1-3f]

18) 4th down and 10 from Team K’s 5 yardline. At the snap, Team K is flagged for illegal formation. K1’s punt is blocked and the ball rolls out of the back of Team K’s end zone. RULING: Team R can keep the 2 points for the safety and have the penalty enforced on the succeeding kickoff. [2-16-2i; 8-5-2b; 10-4-2a]
19) 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]

20) A punt is in flight or rolling along the ground when an official inadvertently sounds his whistle. RULING: The ball becomes dead immediately and is returned to the previous spot. Replay the down. [4-2-2j; 4-2-3a; 10-4-2c; Case Book 4.2.3 A]
21) 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]
22) Possession of a live ball in the opponent’s end zone is always a touchdown. [8-2-1; FUNDAMENTAL I – 8]
23) Penalties for dead-ball fouls are enforced separately and in the order in which they occurred. [10-2-5b]
24) An inadvertent whistle ends the down. [4-2-3]
25) The official signal for free-kick infractions, other than neutral-zone encroachment, will be #19 . . . “free kick infraction”. [6-1-3b Penalty; 6-1-4 Penalty; NF Official FB Signals]
26) 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]
27) The free-blocking zone (FBZ) disintegrates when the ball has left the zone. [2-17-4]
28) An offensive player may push, pull or lift the runner to assist his forward progress only if that action occurs behind the line of scrimmage. [9-1]
29) If snapper A57 makes an illegal snap which A10 muffs and B70 recovers, Team B may keep the ball if B declines the penalty. [2-34-1; 4-1-6; 7-1-4]
30) Kickoff returner R26 stops at his own 30 yardline where he throws forward pass in the direction of R30 at Team R’s 40 yardline. The ball hits R30’s hands and falls to the ground. RULING:
[4-2-2c; 7-5-2a, Penalty]

31) 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]
32) If during a down in which time expires, K75 holds during a successful field-goal attempt, the period is automatically ended and the score is canceled. [3-3-3a]
33) 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]
34) 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]
35) A fumble is the touching of a loose ball in an unsuccessful attempt to secure possession.
[2-18; 2-27]

36) In certain situations, the kicking team may legally catch or recover, and retain possession of a kick; but they may never advance a free kick or scrimmage kick which is beyond the neutral zone. [6-1-6; 6-2-4; 6-5-6 Exception; Case Book 6.1.6 A, 6.2.3 A]
37) It is a flagrant personal foul for a team captain to slug the Referee just prior to the pregame coin toss. [9-4-2]
38) False starts, encroachment and snap infractions are always dead-ball fouls. [2-8; 2-16-2a; 4-1-6; 7-1, Penalty]
39) All game-clock operators are required to have a count-down stopwatch in their possession for all games in the event of a scoreboard clock malfunction.
[La. Officials Manual: III – B “Clock Operators”]

40) When the ball is loose following an illegal kick, it will always be treated the same as a fumble. [2-24-9]
41) The Umpire shall resolve any questions regarding the legality of a player’s equipment. [1-5-4]
42) An attempt by B players to interfere with A’s offensive signals prior to the snap is a live-ball foul. [9-5-1d; 9-5 Penalty]
43) Team A scores a touchdown on the first possession of overtime. On the try, Team B is flagged for roughing the kicker. The kick is successful. RULING: The penalty is declined by rule. Team B will now start their series at the 10 yardline. [8-3-5; Casebook 8.3.5 A]
44) The field of play is that area of the field bounded by the sidelines and goal lines. [2-10-2]
45) 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]
46) 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]

47) 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]
48) Upon returning to the field at the conclusion of the halftime intermission for the mandatory 3-minute warm-up period, the teams must actively participate by running or exercising. [Table 3-1; Case Book 3.1.1 C(b)]
49) 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]

50) R29 catches a free kick at his own 7 yardline and returns it for a touchdown. As he nears the goal line, R29 turns and taunts the nearest pursuer. R29 scores, but before he crosses the goal line, he is flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. RULING:
[8-2-4; 9-5-1a; 10-4-5a]

51) The Referee is responsible for determining the legality of the kicking team’s formation on kick-offs. [La. Mechanics Manual: V – Free-Kick Responsibilities]
52) K15’s field-goal attempt has a low trajectory and hits the back of K51 who is 1 yard behind the neutral zone. The ball caroms off K51 and subsequently goes between the uprights above the crossbar. RULING: The kick is good . . . count the score.
[4-2-2d2; 8-4-1b]

53) The distance penalties for an equal number of 15-yard unsportsmanlike, nonplayer or dead-ball personal fouls committed by both teams will offset.
[10-2-5b; Case Book 10.2.5 A]

54) The pylon, when properly placed on the goal line, is out of bounds at the intersection of the sideline and goal line extended. [1-2-4]
55) 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]
56) At the snap, offensive linemen A63 and A55 immediately charge out and simultaneously contact nose tackle B76 below the knees. All players were in the free-blocking zone at the snap and the block occurred in the FBZ. RULING: Legal Block.
[2-3-8; Case Book 9.3.2 B(d)]

57) 3rd down and goal for Team K from Team R’s 7 yardline. K5 is in position to kick a field goal and K12 is on one knee at R’s 14 yardline in position to hold. K12 takes the snap and, without rising, throws a forward pass to eligible K30, who drops it. RULING: It will be Team K’s ball, 4th and goal from R’s 14-yard line.
[4-2-2a Exception; Case Book 4.2.2 A(c)]

58) The basic spot of enforcement may, at the option of the offended team, be the succeeding spot for fouls by K during a free-kick or scrimmage-kick down (other than kick-catch interference) when K will not be next to put the ball in play. [10-4-2 Exception]
59) 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]
60) 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]

61) All offensive players positioned on the line between the ends are ineligible receivers regardless of number. [7-5-6a]
62) 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]
63) 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]
64) During Team K’s successful field goal attempt from the 25 yardline, Team R illegally blocks K34 at the 1 yardline. RULING: If Team K accepts the penalty, it may be enforced either at the previous spot and replay the down, or from the succeeding spot.
[2-16-2h1; 8-4-3]

65) No player or nonplayer shall:
[9-4-3d, f, i]

66) 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]
67) 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]
68) Team K is attempting a Try. During the unsuccessful kick, K45 is flagged for blocking below the waist. RULING: Team R must decline the penalty to avoid a replay of the down. [5-2-1]
69) The punter becomes a kicker when his knee, lower leg or foot makes contact with the ball. He continues to be a kicker until he has had reasonable opportunity to regain his balance. [2-32-8; Case Book 9.4.5 G]
70) Receiver A32 goes deep downfield on a passing play. Cornerback B20, beat on the play, turns his attention toward the receiver and waves his hands and arms in A32’s face without making any contact with him. This action causes A32 to drop the pass.
RULING: Defensive pass interference. [7-5-10; Case Book 7.5.10 C]

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