This is part 7 of a multi-part series that will discuss the rule and case references used to arrive at the correct answers on the multiple choice IHSA Football Exam (PI). The series will run through the final testing day (September 5, 2011) and be comprised of 10 separate articles that will ultimately address all 50 questions in the IHSA test bank. The 5 questions appearing in each individual post will be selected at random. While many of the questions will have a single rule or case reference that can be used to discern the correct answer, some will require the ability to combine and apply multiple rules to arrive at the correct answer.
When page numbers are given after rule references, you can refer to the corresponding pages in the 2011 NFHS Football Rule Book. When page numbers are given after case plays, please refer to the corresponding pages in the 2011 NFHS Football Case Book. When unsure if a rule or case play is being referenced, please keep in mind that rules are referenced with dashes (e.g. 1-5-1) and case plays are referenced with dots (e.g. 10.1.2).
Without further ado, let’s get started on the exam questions:
A complete pass is a pass
A. caught by an ineligible receiver
B. which touches the ground
C. which goes out of bounds
D. possessed by a player in the air who first lands out of bounds
Rule 7-5-4 is used to determine whether or not a pass is complete. The rule states that “a forward pass, legal or illegal, is complete and the ball may be advanced when caught by any player of A or B”.
Answer A. caught by an ineligible receiver
Touching refers to:
A. stepping on a sideline
B. catching the ball
C. any contact with the ball
D. none of the above
Rule 2-44 defines touching. It is defined as:
Touching refers to any contact with the ball, i.e., either by touching or being touched by it. Touching by an official in the field of play or end zone is ignored.
Answer C. any contact with the ball
Quarterback A1 drops back to pass, but is unable to find a receiver. It is legal for A1 to:
A. throw the ball to the ground at the feet of an oncoming defensive lineman
B. throw a backward pass out-of-bounds
C. throw a forward pass over the head of onrushing defensive lineman with no eligible receivers nearby
D. throw the ball away as long as he is outside either offensive tackle
There are no restrictions on a backward pass. All of the others are specifically prohibited in Rule 7-5-2 (p. 59).
Answer B. throw a backward pass out-of-bounds
The tooth and mouth protector shall be any readily visible color except:
C. completely white or clear
Rule 1-5-1 (p. 17-20) discusses mandatory player equipment. According to rule 1-5-1 (c)  (c) [1,2] the tooth and mouth protector shall not be completely white or completely clear.
Answer C. completely white or clear
Team A is leading late in the game with the game clock running. While they are attempting to snap the ball, a delay of game foul is called. After the accepted penalty, the clock should start on the:
A. ready for play signal, since the clock was running before the foul
B. ready for play signal, with no exception
C. snap, only if the officials believe that Team A was trying to run time off the clock
D. snap, with no exception
Rule 3-4-3 (p. 42) discusses when the clock should be started with the snap. 3-4-3 (i) states that the clock should be started with the snap if the penalty for a delay of game foul is accepted. Since the penalty was accepted in play in question, the clock should start with the snap with no exception.
Answer D. snap, with no exception
This takes us through 35 of the 50 questions in the IHSA sample bank. As always if you have any comments or questions regarding the questions covered or simply think I’ve go something wrong, please let me know either via comment or email.