Options during coin toss
Concerning the coin toss, several crews are giving different options:
- HT wins toss and defers, VT which direction do you wish to go.
- HT wins toss and defers, VT do want the ball, then ask the HT which goal do they want to defend.
What is the proper procedure?
*I always ask the team that wins the toss if they want to defer (since most do). I they say yes, I tap the captain on the shoulder & signal the Press Box “defer”. If they say no, I ask them if they want to receive (they all do). Then I ask the team that is not receiving to “put their back at the goal they wish to defend the 1st quarter”. That way I can memorize the direction I must run for the KO when I turn them, hopefully, the correct direction.
One time a Big 10 Referee asked the team which goal they wished to defend & the captain said “the North Goal” – the R did not know which goal was the “North Goal”. And this was on National TV.*