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Offline Patrick E.

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2019 Redding Study Guide
« on: June 12, 2019, 01:26:13 PM »
The following is found on page 78 (2nd column) in the 2019 NFHS Redding Study Guide:

If the 40-second count is interrupted for reasons beyond the control of the officials or the play-clock operator (e.g., clock malfunction), the referee shall stop the game clock and signal that the play clock should be re-set at 25 seconds and started immediately (3-2-4b2).

If the 40-second clock is running and the ball is not properly positioned to be snapped after 15 seconds into the count, the referee shall stop the game clock and signal for the play clock to be set at 25 seconds (3-2-4b3).

Neither rule reference is applicable to the play clock.  Looking for guidance on how each of these situations are handled and the applicable rule reference(s). I don't have my new book yet - appreciate your feedback.

Offline Magician

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Re: 2019 Redding Study Guide
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 01:51:07 PM »
The first one is an extreme situation and the only way to handle it. As of now you'll never set the play clock to 40 if you are having to deal with any administrative issue outside of moving the chains. But if the clock fails or a dog runs on the field or the chains break or any other thing you have to deal with as a crew, stop both clocks and reset to 25.

As for the second one, don't worry about getting too technical with the 25 second cutoff. If you place the ball at 23 and the team is coming to the line, don't slow down the game to stop and reset the clock. They still have plenty of time and the game keeps moving. You'll know when there was some kind of delay in getting the ball spotted that will affect the ability of the offense to get the ball snapped before it hits zero. In those instances reset the play clock. Those instances are rare.