Also...why not split hairs over the captain-consulting. 10-1-1 says the captains are consulted, but doesn't specifically say said captain MUST make the decision. Only that if he does, he can't change his mind...
For what other reason would 10-1-1
direct the Referee to consult a captain for after a foul occurred? Do you really think it is just to ask the captain "Hey Cap' which coach makes the penalty decisions around here?"
In additional to the applicable definition ALF pointed out which is found in 2-32-5b
A captain of a team is a player designated to represent his team during Penalty decisions following a foul.
Have you read 3-5-2a
When a decision on a penalty is pending, a time out shall not be granted to either team until the captain makes his choice.
Have you had a chance to look at 10-1-2
The captain may accept or decline the penalty.
How about 10-2-4
The offended captain may choose
which one shall be administered, or the captain may decline all penalties
I'm not seeing alot of Grey area or wiggle room in any of those four rules?
I have yet to find anywhere where it directs us to consult with the coach on any penalty decisions.
Again, I don't necessarily agree with everything in the NFHS Rules Book. (This would be yet another example)
But they don't hire us to AGREE with the rules, and they don't hire us to WRITE the rules, rather,
they simply hire us to ENFORCE the rules as the NFHS has written them!!!
Additionally, YOU would NEVER
be placing a coaches job on the line by following the NFHS Rules Book.
YOU could however, in given situations, be placing your job on the line by choosing not to follow the NFHS Rules Book...."and that's about all I have to say about that!"
That's my message! Let the shootings begin!