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. A31 breaks into the secondary and heading up the sideline to a touchdown. Trailing defensive back B26 lunges forward and grabs the back of A31’s jersey in the nameplate area and forcefully pulls it backward causing A31 to stumble a bit but he continues on for the score.  RULING: No horse-collar foul.  Play on.   [9-4-3k; Case Book 9.4.3 N(a)]

2. The enforcement spot for any foul by the defense is the previous spot when the run ends in the end zone and would result in a safety. [10-5-2]

3. Even if the action concludes after the ball becomes dead, a horse-collar foul is enforced as a live-ball foul. [9-4-3k]

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. It is legal for A23 to immediately return to the field and make a block or touch a pass after being blocked or pushed out of bounds by B29. [9-6-1]

6. An inadvertent whistle ends the down. [4-2-3

7. Following Team A’s touchdown run, the play clock will be set to 25 seconds and start on the Referee’s ready-for-play signal. [LHSAA Attachment A - 2b FAQs]

8. On the 2nd play of the 4TH period Team A scores to make the score A-7; B-56. Team B’s captain tells the Referee his team wishes to kick off.  RULING: Legal option; the request is granted.   [8-3-9]

9. 3rd down and goal at Team B’s 8-yard line. A10’s pass is caught by eligible A46, who is at the 4-yard line when his facemask is twisted by B29.  This causes A46 to fumble after which the ball rolls into the end zone where B48 recovers it.  RULING: The penalty is enforced from Team B’s 4-yard line; Team A retains possession.   [10-4-4]

10. If the Team K catches or recovers a free kick after it has been touched by R, the ball remains live. [2-24-2; 4-2-2f; 6-1-6]