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Rule – 4 Ball in Play, Dead Ball, Out of Bounds
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Rule 11 – The Officials: Jurisdiction and Duties
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Appendix A Game-Official Guidelines for Serious On-Field Player Injuries
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Appendix B Lightning Policy
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Appendix C Concussions
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Appendix D Field Diagrams
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Appendix E Equipment: Additional Details
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Appendix F – Official Football Signals
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Appendix G Summary of Penalties
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Appendix H Accommodations for Student-Athletes with Disabilities
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Part II: Interpretations
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Table of Contents for Approved Rulings
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List of New and Modified Approved Rulings
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NCAA Rules
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When To Award Series

ARTICLE 1. a. A series (Rule 2-24-1) of up to four consecutive scrimmage downs shall be awarded to the team that is next to put the ball in play by a snap after a free kick, touchback, fair catch, or change in team possession, or to the offensive team in overtime.

  1. A new series shall be awarded to Team A if it is in legal possession of the ball on or beyond its line to gain when the ball is declared dead.
  2. A new series shall be awarded to Team B if, after fourth down, Team A has failed to earn a first down (A.R. 10-1-5-I).
  3. A new series shall be awarded to Team B if Team A’s scrimmage kick goes out of bounds or comes to rest and no player attempts to secure it (Exception: Rule 8-5-1-a).
  4. A new series shall be awarded to the team in legal possession when the ball is declared dead:
    1. If a change of team possession occurs during the
    2. If a scrimmage kick crosses the neutral zone (Exceptions: (1) When the down is repeated; (2) Rule 6-3-7).
    3. If an accepted penalty awards the ball to the offended
    4. If an accepted penalty mandates a first
  5. A new series shall be awarded to Team B whenever Team B, after a scrimmage kick, elects to take the ball at a spot of illegal touching (Exception: When the down is repeated) (Rules 6-3-2-a and b).

Line to Gain

ARTICLE 2. a. The line to gain for a series shall be established 10 yards in advance of the most forward point of the ball; but if this line is in the opponent’s end zone, the goal line becomes the line to gain.

  1. The line to gain is established when the ball is made ready for play before the first down of the new series.

Forward Progress

ARTICLE 3. a. The most forward point of the ball when declared dead between the end lines shall be the determining point in measuring distance gained or lost by either team during any down (Exceptions: 1. Rule 8-5-1, A.R.

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8-5-1-I. 2. When an airborne pass receiver of either team completes a catch

gained and maintained firm control of the ball.) The ball always shall be placed with its length axis parallel to the sideline before measuring. (Rule 4-1-3-p) (A.R. 5-1-3-I, III, IV and VI, and A.R. 7-3-6-V).

  1. Questionable distance for a first down should be measured without Unnecessary measurements to determine first downs shall not be granted.
  2. No request for a measurement shall be granted after the ball is ready for

Continuity of Downs Broken

ARTICLE 4. The continuity of a series of scrimmage downs is broken when:

  1. Team possession of the ball changes during a
  2. A scrimmage kick crosses the neutral
  3. A kick goes out of
  4. A kick comes to rest and no player attempts to secure
  5. At the end of a down, Team A has earned a first
  6. After fourth down, Team A has failed to earn a first
  7. An accepted penalty mandates a first
  8. There is a
  9. A touchback is awarded to either
  10. The second period
  11. The fourth period
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