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

3) 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]
4) The free-blocking zone (FBZ) disintegrates when the ball has left the zone. [2-17-4]
5) 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]
6) Artificial limbs may not be worn by any players. [1-7]
7) 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]
8) 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]

9) A player who is attempting to pass is a runner until he/she gives up possession of the ball by passing. [2-32-11,13]
10) False starts, encroachment and snap infractions are always dead-ball fouls. [2-8; 2-16-2a; 4-1-6; 7-1, Penalty]
11) 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]
12) 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]
13) 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]
14) 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]
15) 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]
16) The ball becomes dead and the down is ended when a prosthetic limb comes completely off the runner. [4-2-2l]
17) When the Referee calls for a measurement, the ball shall be placed with its long axis parallel with the sideline before the measurement and the inside edge of the foremost rod will mark the line to gain. [5-3-2; Case Book 5.3.2 A]
18) 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]
19) 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]

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) After the ball is dead, the umpire notices A10 is not wearing thigh guards or knee pads. RULING:
[1-5-4, 5; 3-5-10e]

22) 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)]
23) 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]
24) 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]
25) First touching of a kick by K is ignored if the penalty for a foul during the down is accepted. [5-1-6]
26) 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]
27) During a Try, it is possible for either team to score points. [8-3-3]
28) 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]
29) 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.
30) 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]
31) Possession of a live ball in the opponent’s end zone is always a touchdown. [8-2-1; FUNDAMENTAL I – 8]
32) A defenseless player is:
[2-32-16a, d, g]

33) A kick ends when any player secures possession or the ball becomes dead while not in player possession. [2-24-2; Fundamental IV – 1]
34) 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]
35) With 00:55 remaining in the game, Team A has the ball and a 2-point lead. A67 holds during a run off tackle which ends inbounds. RULING: After penalty enforcement, Team B can choose to have the clock started on the snap. [3-4-7]
36) 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]
37) 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]
38) 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]
39) If a double foul occurs during a down in which time expires, the down will be re-played untimed. [3-3-3b]
40) 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]

41) It is a flagrant personal foul for a team captain to slug the Referee just prior to the pregame coin toss. [9-4-2]
42) The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the pass ends or the passer moves to participate in the play. [2-32-16a]
43) 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]

44) 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)]

45) 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]

46) 1st down and 10 for Team A at their 20 yardline. Quarterback A10 drops straight back to pass under defensive pressure. B70 grabs the inside back of A10’s jersey and pulls backward bringing A10 to the ground at the 15 yardline. RULING: Illegal horse-collar tackle. The 15-yard penalty will be enforced from the end of the run. Team A will play 1st down and 10 at their 30 yardline. [2-33-2; 5-2-2; 9-4-3k, Penalty; 10-4-4]
47) If the kickers catch or recover a free or scrimmage kick after it has been touched by R, the ball remains live. [2-24-2; 4-2-2f; 6-1-6; 6-2-3, 4]
48) 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]
49) 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]
50) 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)]

51) Penalties for dead-ball fouls are enforced separately and in the order in which they occurred. [10-2-5b]
52) 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]
53) The snap ends when: [2-40-3]
54) 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]

55) The initial direction determines whether a pass is forward or backward. [2-31-2, 5]
56) 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]
57) Following any kick return, Team R may request that the ball be placed anywhere between the inbounds lines (hash marks). [4-3-4, 5, 6]
58) No player or nonplayer shall:
[9-4-3d, f, i]

59) When non-scoring kicks enter R’s end zone, the determination of force dictates whether the result is a touchback or a safety. [2-13-4a; 6-3-1; Case Book 8.5.3 B]
60) 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]
61) 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]
62) 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]
63) 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]
64) 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]

65) All offensive players positioned on the line between the ends are ineligible receivers regardless of number. [7-5-6a]
66) 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]
67) 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]
68) 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]
69) 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]

70) 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]

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