2020 Football Practice Test

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

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. A team’s end zone is the one it is defending. 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.


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1. The Referee is responsible for determining the legality of the kicking team’s formation on kick-offs. [La. Mechanics Manual – Free-Kick Responsibilities]
2. If ineligible A76 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)]
3. With 15 seconds and no time-outs remaining in the 2ND period, A14 muffs the snap in “shotgun” position.  He recovers and immediately spikes the ball to stop the clock.  RULING: Foul.  Once the ball touches the ground, it cannot be legally grounded.  [7-5-2e Exception]
4. During the months of August and September, there shall be a mandatory heat time-out at the halfway point of every quarter. These time-outs shall be official time-outs and will allow the players to rest briefly and hydrate their bodies.
[3-5-7g; LHSAA Handbook: Football 14.3.10]
5. B26 intercepts a pass at his own 3-yard line. His momentum takes him into his own end zone, where he fumbles.  B52 and A84 simultaneously recover the loose ball, which never leaves the end zone.  RULING:   [7-4-3c; 8-5-2a Exception]
6. During a try, it is possible for Team B to score 2 points if they intercept a pass or recover a fumble and return either for what would normally be a touchdown. [8-3-3]
7. 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]
8. 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-yard line.  [7-2-5b Exception 2; 7-5-13 Penalty; 10-4-2b; 10-5-3; Case Book 7.2.5 E]
9. During a field-goal attempt, the ball becomes dead if the kick is blocked behind the neutral zone. [6-2-2, 3]
10. A foul can cause loss of the ball. [Fundamental I – 6]