Five Official Field Positions For High School Football Kickoffs

I am often asked to explain the field positions for a five official high school football game.  For your reference, here are the five official field positions for kickoffs.

Referee

 

  • Positioned adjacent to the receiving team’s goal line
  • On the linesman’s side line
  • Near the inbounds line
  • Counts all receiving team players
  • Awaits the ready signal from all other officials (this is typically an arm held straight up)
  • Blows whistle  to signal the ball is ready for play and that the kickoff can proceed
  • Gives clock start signal upon touching of the ball by the receiving team if observed
  • Ready to signal on a touchback
  • Ready to throw flag if kick goes out of bounds and untouched by the receivers
  • Bean bag location of catch (may be needed if player’s momentum takes them into the end zone)

Umpire

 

 

  • Positioned on the receiving team’s 20 yard line
  • On the line judge’s sideline (typically the home team side)
  • Out of bounds
  • Counts all receiving team players
  • Responsible for making certain that coaches, players and others are in their proper locations on their sideline
  • Hold arm above head when ready to signal to the Referee – ready for the kickoff whistle
  • Bean bag in hand ready for spot if last touched inbounds by the receivers
  • Ready to throw flag if kick goes out of bounds and untouched by the receivers
  • Watches players – not the flight of the ball
  • If touching by the receivers is in the area then gives clock start signal
  • Provides player coverage, watching action and providing cleanup around and behind the runner
  • Picks up action of the runner and follows as neededแทงบอลมือถือ

Linesman

 

 

  • Positioned on the receiving team’s 30 yard line
  • On their  sideline (typically the visiting team side)- with the chain crew
  • Out of bounds
  • Counts all receiving team players
  • Responsible for making certain that coaches, players and others are in their proper locations on their sideline
  • Hold arm above head when ready to signal to the Referee – ready for the kickoff whistle
  • Bean bag in hand ready for spot if last touched inbounds by the receivers
  • Ready to throw flag if kick goes out of bounds and untouched by the receivers
  • Watches players not the flight of the ball
  • If touching by the receivers is in the area then gives clock start signal
  • Provides player coverage, watching action and providing cleanup around and behind the runner
  • Picks up action of the runner and follows as needed

Line Judge

 

 

  • Positioned on the receivers’ free kick line – 50 yard line
  • Opposite the linesman
  • Out of bounds
  • Counts all receiving team players
  • Responsible for making certain that coaches, players and others are in their proper locations on their sideline
  • Hold arm above head when ready to signal to the Referee – ready for the kickoff whistle
  • Bean bag in hand ready for spot if last touched inbounds by the receivers
  • Ready to throw flag if kick goes out of bounds and untouched by the receivers
  • Observe infractions involving receivers free-kick line
  • Watch for first touching by the kicking team
  • Watch players not the flight of the ball
  • Watch for illegal blocks
  • If touching by the receivers is in the area then gives clock start signal
  • Provides player coverage and watches action
  • Picks up action of the runner and follows as needed
  • If ball action becomes dead in area, blow whistle and kill clock

Back Judge

 

 

  • Initially controls the ball
  • Hands the ball to the kicker
  • Communicates to the kicker each time for potential onsides kicks
  • Counts all kicking team players
  • Gives predefined signal to crew if onsides
  • Moves to position on the kickers’ free kick line – 40 yard line
  • Same side as the linesman
  • Out of bounds
  • Responsible for making certain that coaches, players and others are in their proper locations on their sideline
  • Observes kicking line for infractions
  • Hold arm above head when ready to signal to the Referee – ready for the kickoff whistle
  • Bean bag in hand ready for spot if last touched inbounds by the receivers
  • Ready to throw flag if kick goes out of bounds and untouched by the receivers
  • Watch for first touching by the kicking team
  • Watch players and  the flight of the ball – until ball is out of zone
  • Watch for illegal blocks
  • If touching by the receivers is in the area- gives clock start signal
  • Provides player coverage and watches action
  • Picks up action of the runner and follows as needed if on a long return
  • If ball action becomes dead in area, sees the ball and then blows whistle and kills the clock

 

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