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Officials - The Zebras

There are seven officials on the field during a game. By rule the officials are like part of the field, so if your receiver runs into one, too bad for you. The seven officials are:

The Referee. Responsible for general oversight and control of game. This is the guy who signals and talks to the TV crowd. He's the final authority for rule interpretations. He takes a position in the backfield 10 to 12 yards behind line of scrimmage and focuses mostly on the quarterback or kicker.

The Umpire. He lines up approximately four to five yards downfield. He watches the linemen for false starts and illegal blocks.

The Linesman. He lines up on the ball and watches for offsides and encroachment, and rules on sideline plays on his side such as pass receiver or runner in or out of bounds. He also watches receivers on his side for at least the first seven yards checking for holding and illegal blocks.

The Line Judge. He lines up on the ball opposite the Linesman. Along with the Linesman he is responsible for offsides and encroachment, and rules on sideline plays on his side such as pass receiver or runner in or out of bounds. He also watches receivers on his side for at least the first seven yards checking for holding and illegal blocks. The Line Judge rules whether the passer is behind the line of scrimmage when pass is made. The Line Judge maintains a clock in case the stadium clock fails.

The Field Judge. He operates on same side of the field as the Line Judge, 20 yards deep. He watches the end or back, checking for blocks, holding, and illegal use of hands. He also watches the pass receiver or runner for out of bounds, legal catch and pass interference. He's one of the two refs who rules on field goal attempts.

The Side Judge. He operates on same side of the field as the Linesman, 20 yards deep. He watches the end or back, checking for blocks, holding, and illegal use of hands. He also watches the pass receiver or runner for out of bounds, legal catch and pass interference. He's one of the two refs who rules on field goal attempts.

The Back Judge. He takes a position 25 yards downfield on the tight end’s side of field. He watches the tight end, checking for blocks, holding, and illegal use of hands. He also calls pass interference, fair catch infractions, and clipping on kick returns. He stays with ball on punts. Together with the Field Judge he rules whether or not field goals and conversions are successful.

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