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In the 4th Q, when the diff betw the teams exceed 35 points, that seems to mandate a running clock for the remainder of the game. But it causes a lot of confusion for the timekeeper (me).
IE: What if team A is ahead 36-0 at the start of the 4Q, then team B scores on the 1st play of the final qtr. What then? Back to conventional rules?

Also: Often, instinctively Im sure, one of the other 4 reffs will signal time out, on an inc pass, runner goes OB, penalty, interception or fumble recovery (turnover) etc. Then the Wht hat signals, no, dont stop it, keep it going. So, what are the reasons for stopping the clock in a "running" sitch? Im thinking TO called by one of the teams, injury on the field, or TD/FG. Are there any other instances? And, after a TD, I stp it. When should Wht Hat start it again?

Reason being, I have been involved in perhaps 4-5 35 pt games so far, some JV and some V. Often, they like to speed up the JV games, so the Wht Hat often winds after a chg of possession or an inc pass.

Posted on 10/30 5:26 PM | IP: Logged

The 35 point option varies from state to state. But I believe in most states, the clock continues to run unless the trailing team can cut the lead to under 20 points. Otherwise, the clock runs except for timeouts (team or official).

Yes, officials usually continue to signal as normal out of habit.

Posted on 10/30 10:07 PM | IP: Logged

In Washington once the 35 point differential has been reached the clock will run except for the 3 exceptions. Time out, score, or injury. It will not return back to the regular timing rules. Many Officials will still use the same mechanics and give the normal signals. The reason is it becomes habit, and it is easier/better to keep doing it. In our Assoc, we ask the timer to come to the locker room during the pre game. That way we can let him know how we handle this, and answer any questions he might have. Many do it every game, some do it the first couple. I would suggest you do that at least a couple games each year to let you know how the Assoc will handle certain situations. It also talks about it in the manuals. Hope this clears it up for you. If not let me know and I will try to answer anyohter questions.

Posted on 10/30 10:16 PM | IP: Logged

Plaindriver lives in California, so the Washington rules may or may not be the same as California rules.

Posted on 10/31 8:29 PM | IP: Logged

OK Sorry, I know they play NFHS and NCAA depending on where they live in Cali. I would still recommend meeting with the crew before the games, they can answer those questions.

FBRef do you guys have timers that come and ask you questions?

Posted on 10/31 8:51 PM | IP: Logged

Sometimes the ECO comes to the dressing room. Most times, the BJ goes up to the press box.

Posted on 11/1 2:29 PM | IP: Logged

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