On this play, Left Tackle 77 commits a clear takedown holding foul that is called by the umpire. It is 2nd and goal from the B-21. The foul occurs at the B-28. Under the All But One Principle previously, the foul would be enforced from the spot of the foul as it is behind the basic spot and would be enforced from the B-28, and if accepted would result in 2nd and goal from the B-38. In 2023 this foul is now enforced from the basic spot, the B-21 and would result in 2nd and goal from B-31 if accepted or 3rd and goal from B-21 if declined. Disregard where the flag lands (added bonus with the new rule, we don't have to adjust wayward flag throws on these type fouls).
1. Helping the Runner
A teammate may not help or assist the runner in gaining forward progress. The rule reference is 9-1: "an offensive player shall not push, pull or lift the runner to assist his forward progress". This is a 5 yard foul. It is rarely called. See an example of this foul and its explanation on our "2 Minute Drill" training page.
2. Communication between Coaches and Game Officials
When Head Coaches are polled as to what makes a good officiating crew, proper communication is almost always at the top of their list. Good communication starts with the Referee at the pre-game conference with the HC. During the game, the wing official(s) are the primary communicator with the HC. Keep your demeanor professional at all times. Listen more than you speak, and always show the coach the respect he deserves. If he asks a question and you don't know the answer, politely tell him you will get him the info he seeks as soon as is practical, then make sure you do so. If he is simply frustrated and wants to vent, let him. In the same way, coaches should keep their communication with officials professional as well. Personal attacks and continued verbal abuse should be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. However these unwelcome behaviors are often the result of poor communication earlier in the game.
3. Game Management
While this is primarily the responsibility of the Referee, excellent game management is a function of crew dynamics. When the crew communicates with each other well, the game is usually well managed. Proper game management starts well before the game by reviewing video of the teams playing that week, learning tendencies, who problem players might be, who the star players are and other things. A good pre-game conference in the locker room is essential. Once the crew steps onto the field, we are being evaluated by coaching staff, players, and fans. Does your crew stand around and chit chat or is it involved? A crew that is active in pre-game on field warmups by getting physically and mentally ready, taking snaps, dealing with equipment issues, formation issues, etc. will likely have a well managed game. It also includes game awareness of critical or not critical situations and officiating accordingly.