Weekly Bull 1/25/21 

Good Morning SDCFOA!
No news regarding the football season but the San Diego data continues to improve, and vaccinations are begining for the 65 and older group. Tom Ables, Bob Duggan and I have a meeting this Thursday with our CIF Commissioner, Joe Heinz, and will forward any new information.  As we predicted, the CIF did announce the cancelation of SD CIF playoffs for football thus giving conferences a chance for a 6-game season ending on April 17th.  If our first game is on March 12th then schools will have a 6-game league schedule and a chance to compete for a League Chamionship.

In the meanitime, here is a restatement of the All-But One Principle with language adopted from the NFHS Redding Study Guide.  Another simple, but accurate, description of how to handle live-ball penalty enforcement at the high school level.  Next Weekly Bull will include examples of plays in each category so you can further practice the basics of Live-Ball Foul Penalty Enforcement! - Steve

All-But-One Principle - The majority of live-ball fouls are enforced under the all-but-one principle. 
Every live-ball foul can be classified as:

  • Foul by the team in possession.

    Foul by the team not in possession

  • Foul behind the basic spot

    Foul beyond the basic spot

Two teams and two possible locations equal four (4) categories of fouls.  Here they are:
 These 3 make up the “ALL” which are enforced from the basic spot

  1. Foul by the team not in possession behind the basic spot.

    Foul by the team not in possession beyond the basic spot.

    Foul by the team in possession beyond the basic spot.

This is the “ONE”.which is enforced from the spot of the foul

  1. Foul by the team in possession behind the basic spot.

NOTE: “All” penalties are enforced from the basic spot with the exception of the “one”, a live-ball foul by the team in possession behind the basic spot which is enforced from the spot of the foul.
And where is the Basic Spot?

  1. Running Play = End of the run

    Loose Ball Play (including runs which precede the pass or kick) = Previous Spot

That is why an official, when reporting a foul, must provide the referee with:

  1. Type of play

    Status of the ball (live ball or dead ball) remember all-but-one is for live ball fouls!




    Spot of the foul

    Result of the play – the best option may be to decline the penalty!

Jan 25 2021
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