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Offline prab

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Re: 40 Second Play Clock
« Reply #75 on: August 10, 2016, 04:53:26 PM »
One member of our crew has a pressure gauge and a hand pump and before the game checks as many balls as each coach wants to be able to use.  Underinflated balls are pumped up to the correct pressure and marked.  Only once in all of our years doing this did we have a team let air out of a ball and get into a game after we had checked it.  We did catch it and toss it out but weren't able to prove that it was intentional until later in the game when one of our side officials heard an assistant coach say something to the effect that "they caught us". 

We do not switch out balls after every play and do not allow a team to bring a "kicking ball" in, unless we were going to change the ball out any way.

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Re: 40 Second Play Clock
« Reply #76 on: August 10, 2016, 07:36:42 PM »
Much to my chagrin, yes.  And in 17 years, ONE crew has rejected them.  We get ten times more questions about the properly inflated ball than the underinflated ones.
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Re: 40 Second Play Clock
« Reply #77 on: August 11, 2016, 07:40:57 AM »
BALLS : We have an air gauge handy, but only use it in case of a tie. A squeeze of the ball usually is enough, but if the coach disagrees with the ball being too soft, out comes the gauge. On a dry day we rarely change the balls until change of possession. This  seems to eliminate the arrival of the kicking ball.

BALL BOYS : We usually only see them on rainy nights with muddy fields and not on every play. The ump sNiCkErS will stand over the ball until the RFP and with his girth or black towel (black towels don't look as dirty when they get dirty)keep the ball dry. If we need to change the ball and the clock is running, I'll usually kill it (3-5-7f) until we get a dry one in.

Thus the saga of balls and ball boys in dear ole' Maine. Without deep wings (except in our state championships) it seem to work smoothly enough.


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