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) Though they may be modified, football gloves are required to meet either the SFIA specification or the NOCSAE test standard at the time of manufacture.
[1-5 NOTE; 1-5-2b; Case Book 1.5.2 A]

2) It is a flagrant personal foul for a team captain to slug the Referee just prior to the pregame coin toss. [9-4-2]
3) A player in the backfield may not wear a jersey numbered 50-79. [1-4-2; 7-2-5b]
4) 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)]
5) If an obviously short field-goal attempt does not break the plane of R’s goal line, the ball becomes dead and Team R will play 1st and 10 from the previous spot. [2-10-2; 6-2-2]
6) Blocking below the waist and blocking in the back are legal actions sometimes depending on when and where they occur but chop blocks and clipping are always illegal.
[9-3-2, 5; 9-3-6]

7) 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]
8) A fumble is the touching of a loose ball in an unsuccessful attempt to secure possession.
[2-18; 2-27]

9) 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)]

10) Artificial limbs may not be worn by any players. [1-7]
11) At the snap, all A players numbered 50-79 are ineligible. [7-5-6a]
12) False starts, encroachment and snap infractions are always dead-ball fouls. [2-8; 2-16-2a; 4-1-6; 7-1, Penalty]
13) 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]
14) Pass eligibility rules apply to all forward passes. [7-5-6]
15) 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]
16) 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]
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) 2nd down and 10 at A’s 5 yardline. A12 takes the snap and fades back 5 yards deep in A’s end zone. A12 throws a pass which is caught by A33 who is 3 yards deep in A’s end zone. From there, A33 throws a pass to A42 at A’s 20 yardline. A42 muffs the pass and B29 intercepts and returns for an apparent touchdown. RULING: Team B can choose a safety or a touchdown. [2-31-2; 7-5-2c; 8-2-1; 8-5-2c; 10-1-1; 10-5-4]
19) K15’s free kick is at rest at Team R’s 1 yardline when R20 muffs the ball trying to recover it. The ball then hits the goal-line pylon. RULING: Touchback. Team A’s ball at its own 20 yardline. [1-2-4; 8-5-3a1; 8-5-4]
20) 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]
21) The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the pass ends or the passer moves to participate in the play. [2-32-16a]
22) During a Try, it is possible for either team to score points. [8-3-3]
23) On 2nd down and 7 from Team A’s 33 yardline, wide receiver A46 voluntarily goes out of bounds and immediately returns inbounds at A’s 38 yardline. RULING: Illegal participation foul on A46 at A’s 38 yardline. [9-6-1; Casebook 9.6.1 A: Comment]
24) 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]
25) 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]
26) Team A is in scrimmage-kick formation for a punt. During the snap, B3 charges immediately and directly into the snapper. RULING: Automatic 1st down for Team A if accepted. [2-14-2b; 5-2-2; 9-4-6 Penalty; 10-1-7c]
27) 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]

28) Team A is illegally in motion at the snap. B41 intercepts and returns for a touchdown. RULING: Team B may elect to Try from A’s 11⁄2-yard line. [2-16-2i; 2-41-7; 10-4-2a]
29) 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]
30) 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]
31) 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)]

32) 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]

33) On 1st, 2nd, or 3rd down, only the snapper is exempt from the numbering rule in scrimmage-kick formation and he must be between the ends. At least 4 other linemen must be numbered 50-79 under such circumstances.
[2-14-2; 7-2-5b Exception 1; Case Book 7.2.5 A(a)]

34) If a double foul occurs during a down in which time expires, the down will be re-played untimed. [3-3-3b]
35) 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]
36) If runner A21, who is beyond the neutral zone, tosses the ball forward, he has thrown an illegal forward pass. [7-5-2b]
37) A shift which is designed to cause Team B to encroach is a false start. [7-1-7b]
38) 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]

39) 3rd down at B’s 48-yard line. Roughing the passer is called on B71. During the play, A14's pass was complete to A28 who is tackled at B’s 40-yard line. RULING: Penalize 15 yards from the end of A28's run and award Team A an automatic first down.
[9-4-4 Penalty; 10-1-7b; 10-3-3a; 10-5-5; Case Book 9.4.4 B(a)]

40) An inadvertent whistle ends the down. [4-2-3]
41) 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]

42) 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]
43) Only 1 receiver may give a signal for a fair catch while any legal kick is in flight. [6-5-1]
44) 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)]

45) 4th and 10 with the nose of the ball touching Team B’s 20 yardline. A10’s pass is incomplete. The officials should: [5-3-3b]
46) The period shall not be extended if, during a down in which time expires, B1 commits an unsportsmanlike foul and the penalty is accepted. [3-3-4b]
47) Electronic communication devices, including electronic signage to signal plays or information from the sideline, may be used to communicate with players anywhere on the
field. [1-5-3c2; 1-6-1; Case Book 1.6.1 E]

48) 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]
49) 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]
50) Each team must begin the game with 11 players but may continue with fewer if no substitutes are available to replace injured or disqualified players.
51) Following A’s incomplete pass, B25 deliberately pushes receiver A40 to the ground. RULING: B25 is charged with unsportsmanlike conduct. [2-16-2f; 9-4-3b, Penalty]
52) 1st down and 10 for Team A at their 40 yardline. Runner A31 is tackled by B52 at Team A’s 44 yardline. In trying to fend off the tackle, A31 grabs but does not pull or twist B52’s face mask. RULING: Face mask foul. Team A will be penalized 5 yards from the end of the run. [9-4-3h, Penalty; 10-4-4]
53) During the months of August and September, there shall be a mandatory heat time-out at the 6-minute mark of every quarter. These time-outs shall be official time-outs and will allow the players to rest briefly and hydrate their bodies.
[LHSAA Handbook: Football 14.3.9; 3-5-7g]

54) 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]

55) A foul which occurs simultaneously with the snap is an act which becomes a foul only if and when the ball is snapped. [2-16-2i]
56) 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]

57) The ball becomes dead and the down is ended when a prosthetic limb comes completely off the runner. [4-2-2l]
58) 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]
59) 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]
60) A defenseless player is:
[2-32-16a, d, g]

61) 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]
62) 3rd down and 10 on Team A’s 10 yardline. A11 pitches the ball backward to A22, who muffs the ball on Team A’s 3 yardline. The ball is lying motionless on the 2 yardline when B33 legally blocks A11 into the ball, causing it to go into the end zone then out of bounds. RULING: Touchback . . . A’s ball 1st down and 10. [2-13-1; 5-1-1; 8-5-3c, 4]
63) A kick ends when any player secures possession or the ball becomes dead while not in player possession. [2-24-2; Fundamental IV – 1]
64) The down is ended and the ball becomes dead when:
[4-2-2a]

65) 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]
66) K18’s punt is partially blocked in the neutral zone by R56. The kick goes beyond the neutral zone where R24 muffs it back behind the neutral zone. K44 recovers the ball there and advances across R’s goal line. RULING: Touchdown for Team K. [6-2-3,6; 8-2-1a; Case Book 6.2.3 A]
67) A ball without any stripes is illegal even if both coaches agree to use it. [1-3-1c]
68) 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]

69) Following any 4th down play, the clock shall be stopped. [3-4-4b; 3-5-9]
70) 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]

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