2019 Football Practice Test

Welcome to your LHSAA 2019 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. Unless Team A is in a scrimmage-kick formation, the 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]
2. A field goal is scored even if part of the ball passes through the line of the upright extended. [8-4-1c; Case Book 8.4.1 A(a)]
3. Ready for play signifies that the ball may be put in play by a snap or a free kick with 25 seconds or 40 seconds on the play clock. [2-35]
4. 4th and 5 yards to go at Team R’s 20-yard line. Holder K15 muffs the snap and the ball is loose on the ground at Team R’s 27-yard line. K44 kicks the rolling ball, which goes through the uprights. RULING: [2-24-4; 8-4-1b; 9-7-1, Pen.; 10-6; Case Book 9.7.1 A]
5. 4th and 10 with the nose of the ball touching Team B’s 20-yard line. A10’s pass is incomplete. RULING: The officials should move the chains, not the ball, so that the tail of the ball is touching B’s 20-yard line. [5-3-3b]
6. 1st and 10 for Team A at their own 20-yard line. Team B intercepts A10’s pass at A’s 40-yard line and advances to A’s 20-yard line. During the return, B52 clips A60 at A’s 30-yard line and A26 commits a 5-yard face mask foul at A’s 35-yard line. B subsequently fumbles and A recovers the ball at A’s 35-yard line. RULING: Double foul. Replay the down. [9-3-6; 9-4-3h; 10-2-1b; Case Book 10.2.1b]
7. 1st and 10 for Team A at Team B’s 12-yard line. Substitute B12 comes onto the field and replaced player B32 leaves the field via the back of the end zone prior to the snap. RULING: Dead-ball foul for illegal substitution. Penalize Team B to the 7-yard line. It’s 1st down and 7 now. [3-7-2, Penalty; 5-2-2b]
8. If K22’s field-goal attempt deflects off K50’s shoulder while he is in the expanded neutral zone, the attempt will be ruled unsuccessful even if the ball subsequently passes between the uprights above the crossbar. [8-4-1b]
9. 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]
10. The kicking tee may not elevate the ball more than 2 inches above the ground. [1-3-4]
11. 4th and 10 on Team K’s 20-yard line. Punter K19 takes the snap and starts to run. He pulls up at his 25-yard line and kicks the ball. R28 catches the kick at his 45-yard line and is tackled immediately. RULING: [2-24-9; 2-33-1d; 6-2-1, Penalty; 9-7-1; 10-4-2 Exception; Case Book 9.7.1 B(a)]
12. The penalty for illegally kicking or batting the ball is has been reduced to 5 yards. [9-7-1, 2; Penalty]
13. The down is ended and the ball becomes dead when any forward pass is incomplete or simultaneously caught by opposing players. [4-2-2c]
14. 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]
15. 4th down and 15 on Team K’s 30-yard line. R28 enters the game as the 12th player while K’s punt is in flight and blocks during the return. R15 catches the punt at R’s 35-yard line and returns to his 42-yard line before being tackled. RULING: Illegal participation foul on R28. The penalty is enforced from the post-scrimmage kick spot (R 35-yard line). Team R will put the ball in play 1st down 10 after enforcement. [2-30; 5-2-2a1; 9-6-4a; 10-4-3; Case Book 9.6.1 D]
16. When the 40-second play clock is in use at the end of a non-scoring down, the covering official shall start it by: [LHSAA Attachment A - 3 FAQs]
17. For scrimmage downs, Team B is required to have at least 5 players on their line of scrimmage. [7-2-5d]
18. If during a down in which time expires, K76 holds during a successful field-goal attempt, the period is automatically ended and the score is canceled. [3-3-3a; 9-2-1c; 10-5-3]
19. K25’s short kickoff is in flight 14 yards beyond Team K’s free-kick line when K30 catches it with no R players around. RULING: [6-5-6a]
20. During a try, it is possible for either team to score points. [8-3-3]
21. 25 seconds will be put on the play clock and start on the ready-for-play signal: [3-6-1a1(a, b, d)]
22. If ineligible A66 catches a forward pass (untouched by B) beyond the neutral zone, the ball becomes dead immediately when caught. [4-2-2c; 7-5-13; Case Book 7.5.13 A(c)]
23. During a 2nd down play in the 3RD period, the game clock goes directly from 02:45 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)]
24. 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]
25. Team A scores a touchdown on the first possession of an extra period. During the try, Team R is flagged for roughing the kicker. The kick is successful. RULING: [8-3-5]
26. 1st down and 10 for Team A at their 5-yard line. A9’s legal forward pass is caught by A35 at Team A’s 24-yard line. B70 roughed the passer. A35 advances to Team A’s 30-yard line and fumbles, but prone A46 recovers at his own 35-yard line. RULING: [9-4-4, Penalty; Case Book 9.4.4 C]
27. 4th down and 10 on Team R’s 45-yard line. K44’s punt is in flight when R50 blocks K62 below the waist at Team R’s 35-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; 5-2-2a1; 10-4-3, 5d; Case Book 10.4.3 C]
28. Team A runs the ball in to score a touchdown. RULING: The play clock will be set to 40 seconds and start when the covering official signals the score. [LHSAA Attachment A - 2b FAQs]
29. 4th down and 10 on Team K’s 30-yard line. K16’s short punt is muffed by R48 at Team K’s 40-yard line. The loose ball rolls behind the neutral zone and is recovered by K32 at Team K’s 25-yard line. From there, K32 throws a forward pass intended for eligible K21 which falls incomplete. RULING: [5-1-3f; 7-5-1, 2; 7-5-5; Case Book 5.1.3 D]
30. There is 00:15 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. B58 commits a face-mask foul when he tackles A24 inbounds as the clock shows 00:09 remaining. RULING: Penalize B and replay the down. Because the accepted penalty occurred with less than 2 minutes remaining in the half, Team A has the option to start the clock on the snap. [3-4-7; 5-2-2b; 9-4-3h]
31. At the snap, offensive linemen A66 and A55 immediately charge out and simultaneously contact nose tackle B78 below the knees. All players were in the free-blocking zone at the snap and the block occurred in the FBZ. RULING: Legal Block. [2-3-7, 8; 9-3-2a; Case Book 9.3.2 B(d)]
32. 3rd down and 8 for Team A from their own 40-yard line. Quarterback A18 is forcefully contacted by B52 with a slap to the helmet just after he completes a pass to A86 who is downed on A’s 47-yard line. RULING: Roughing the passer foul on B52. Penalize B 15 yards from the 47-yard line. A will play 1st and 10 at B’s 38-yard line. [5-2-2b; 9-4-4, Penalty; 10-6-1g; Case Book 9.4.4 B(a)]
33. If runner A21, who is beyond the neutral zone, tosses the ball forward, he has thrown an illegal forward pass. [7-5-1; 7-5-2b]
34. An inadvertent whistle ends the down. [4-2-3]

During a down midway through the 4TH period, runner A28 is legally tackled and loses his helmet as a result of the contact. Hoping to keep his player in the game at a crucial point, Team A’s coach immediately requests and is granted a charged time-out. RULING: A28 must be replaced for one down as a charged team time-out does not exempt a player from having to leave the game. [3-5-10d; Case Book 3.5.10 E]

36. Pass eligibility rules apply to all forward passes. [7-5-6]
37. 1st and goal from Team B’s 7-yard line. The pylon is properly placed at the goal line when runner A39’s fumble deflects off the pylon and bounces back to Team B’s 3-yard line where A74 recovers the ball and carries it into the end zone. RULING: [1-2-4; 4-2-2b; 4-3-2; 8-5-3c, 4]
38. 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]
39. In order for a scrimmage formation to be legal at the snap, at least 5 Team A players must be on their line of scrimmage and no more than 4 Team A players may be backs. [2-14-1; 7-2-5a; Case Book 7.2.5 C]
40. Regardless of the outcome of any penalties incurred, no series can ever start on other than first down. [5-1-1a; Fundamental II – 6]
41. Ineligible receivers may legally go beyond the expanded neutral zone on a pass play when the ball, which crosses the neutral zone, is in flight. [7-5-12]
42. A33’s fumble rolls forward and out of bounds at Team A’s 25-yard line. The game clock will start: [3-4-3a; 3-4-4e]
43. No foul causes a live ball to become dead. [2-16-4; Fundamental III – 2]
44. It is illegal to intentionally throw a backward pass out of bounds to stop the clock. [7-4-1]
45. It shall be an “administrative stoppage” of play when time-out for an injury is granted. The play clock shall be set to 25 seconds and started on the ready-for-play signal. [3-6-1a1(e); LHSAA Attachment A – 2c FAQs]
46. Face guarding, in and of itself, which does not include contact, is not considered to be pass interference. [7-5-10, 11]
47. Team A fumbles and opposing players dive on the ball, attempting recovery. The covering official stops the game clock after which, Team A is determined to have recovered the ball beyond the line to gain. RULING: The Referee shall signal the first down and the 40-second play clock shall start immediately. [3-5-7b; 3-6-1a2; 5-1-3a; Case Book 3.6.1 F]
48. Following the snap on a kick try or field-goal attempt, the offensive linemen “step down” and interlock their feet while blocking. RULING: Foul for illegal blocking . . . 10-yard penalty. [7-2-2, Penalty; Case Book 7.2.2]
49. After the ball is ready for play, each player of A who participated in the previous down and each substitute for A must have been, momentarily, between the 9-yard marks, before the snap. [7-2-1; Case Book 7.2.1 C]
50. The distance penalties for any dead-ball fouls committed by both teams will offset. [10-2-5b; Case Book 10.2.5 A]
51. A pass from A10 is possessed by A25 while he is in the air above B’s end zone. A25 loses control when he is hit by B36 while in the air. The loose ball is subsequently caught by eligible A41 in B’s end zone. RULING: Touchdown. [2-4-1; 8-2-1b; Case Book 7.5.4 B(b)]
52. Chop blocks, clipping and tripping an opponent are illegal whenever and wherever they occur on the field. [2-3-8; 2-5-1; 2-45; 9-3-6; 9-4-3o]
53. The succeeding spot is where the ball was last snapped or free kicked. [2-41-10]
54. Any forward pass caught by any player of A or B in the field of play may be advanced. [2-10-2; 7-5-4]
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; 10-2-2; 10-4-2b; Case Book 10.2.1 A]
56. 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. [1-1-3; Case Book 1.1.3]
57. When a field-goal attempt is blocked behind the neutral zone, the ball becomes dead immediately. [6-2-2, 3]
58. As the Line Judge is retrieving the ball from tackled runner A24, he notices A24 is wearing corrective eyeglasses with tinted lenses. RULING: Legal [1-5-3c-4 NOTE]
59. 2nd down and 10 at Team A’s 20-yard line. B55 fouls passer A11 by grasping but not pulling A11’s facemask. The pass is incomplete. RULING: Team A will play 2nd down and 5 at their 25-yard line. The play clock will be set to 25 seconds and start on the ready-for-play signal. [2-33-1b; 5-2-2b; 9-4-3h, Penalty; 10-4-2b; LHSAA Attachment A - 2b FAQs]
60. Team K’s deep kickoff bounces at R’s 10-yard line and is in the air above the end zone when R30, standing on his 1-yard line, reaches in and grabs it and begins a return. RULING: Since the kick did not touch the ground or any player in the end zone, R30’s return is allowed to continue. [4-2-2d1; 6-3-1a; Case Book 4.2.2 D]
61. Center A51 is just beginning his snapping motion when nose tackle B70 slaps the ball out of A51’s hands. RULING: Since A51 has begun the snapping motion, the official should throw the flag and allow the play to continue. A will have options after the down. [4-1-6; 4-2-1; 7-1-6b; Case Book 7.1.6 E(a)]
62. Quarterback A10, under a heavy defensive rush in his own end zone, intentionally grounds a forward pass. RULING: Illegal forward pass. Safety whether or not Team B accepts the penalty. [7-5-2e, 3; 8-5-2c]
63. 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. 87: OT 10-4-3]
64. A television time-out is an official’s time-out and is not charged to either team. [3-5-7k]
65. When the 40-second play clock is running, the ball becomes ready for play, and Team A may snap it, when an official places the ball at the appropriate spot between the hash marks and steps toward his position. [3-6-1b2; Case Book 3.6.1 Comment 1]
66. During the play, the Umpire notices that a player does not have the usual protrusions indicating that hip pads and tailbone protector are being worn. It is found that the player is wearing a manufactured girdle with closed cell “bubble type” protective padding that conforms and covers the hips and tailbone. RULING: There is no padding criteria listed for hip pads and tailbone protector. Therefore, the pads are legal. [1-5-1d1; Case Book 1.5.1 E(b)]
67. A defensive pass-interference foul can occur only beyond the neutral zone and only in the direction of the pass. [7-5-10; 7-5-11c; Fundamental VII – 5]
68. A foul which occurs simultaneously with the snap is an act which becomes a foul only if and when the ball is snapped or free kicked. [2-16-2i]
69. 1st down and 10 at Team A’s 30-yard line. B70 is flagged for roughing the passer. B29 intercepts the pass, and fumbles on the return. A43 recovers and is tackled at his own 35-yard line. RULING: [3-4-2; 5-1-3d; 9-4-4, Penalty; 10-1-7b]
70. A blindside block is a block against any opponent who does not see the blocker approaching and is legal if executed in the free-blocking zone or with open hands. [2-3-10; 9-4-3n; Case Book 9.4.3 W]

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