2015 Quiz 1 - Your Call

This week’s Rules Geek is prepared by Dave Ramsey in association with Beau Rugg and Dr. Bruce Maurer. Click here to view a PDF of the quiz along with the answers.


  1. A K1 attempt to down a punt beyond the neutral zone, but his touching slows it down. The bouncing ball is subsequently recovered by R1, who advances 25 yards, but then fumbles and K2 recovers. K2 is immediately tackled. Where, if anywhere, can the RT get the football?

  2. K2, running toward RT’s end zone, leaps in the air to catch K1’s punt which is in flight. K2 has the ball in his grasp over the 1 YL, but first touches the ground in RT’s end zone. No player of the RT is in position to catch the punt.

  3. A scrimmage kick by K1 is partially blocked in the neutral zone by R1. The kick goes beyond the neutral zone where R2 muffs it back behind the neutral zone. K2 recovers behind the neutral zone and advances across R’s goal line.

  4. With third and 10 on K’s 10­yard line, K1’s punt is blocked and recovered on K’s 4­yard line simultaneously by K2 and R1.Will it be forth down for K or first down for R?

  5. K1’s punt beyond the neutral zone hits the ground. The ball bounces high into the air. R3 gives a fair catch signal. K3 slightly bumps R2 before R2 completes the catch. Did K commit Kick catching interference (KCI)?

  6. R1 is in position to catch a punt. K2 runs downfield to a point about a foot in front of R1 as the ball descends. R1 catches the punt with having to adjust his position due to K2’s location. K2 immediately tackles R1. Has K committed KCI?

  7. What choices does the RT have if the KT commits KCI?

OHSAA Mechanics

  1. Late in the football game A leads by a score of 28 – 20. A’s HC notifies the Wing, who immediately notifies the R of A’s plans to “take a knee”. Both officials note that B has no remaining time outs. The R and wing immediately notify A players and HC to “protect themselves” as the Victory Formation is not in effect should they continue.

  2. An eligible pass receiver runs downfield close to the sideline where the wing moves in extremely close in order to better see the catch.

OHSAA Regulations

  1. During the first scrimmage of the season a player is ejected for fighting. The official asks the coach for information in order to complete the OHSAA ejection form online. The coach mentions that this player wasn’t expected to play in the next scrimmage anyway. The official informs the head coach that this player will be ineligible to play week 1 of the season.