Be the Referee: 40-Second Play Clock
Be the Referee: 40-Second Play Clock
Officials
Posted Thursday, August 30, 2018

In this week's edition, assistant director Brent Rice explains how Michigan is continuing to experiment with a 40-second play clock in football.

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – 40-Second Play Clock - Listen

There’s an experiment taking place on a number of high school football fields across the state again this year. Michigan is experimenting with a 40-second play clock in football.

This is designed to provide more consistency from play to play as the ball must be snapped 40 seconds after the end of the previous play and is not dependent on the referee’s subjective signal.

When play is continuing without a stoppage, the 40-second play clock will be used. If play has been stopped for a time out or penalty, the play clock will be set at 25 seconds.

After two seasons, the feedback received from coaches and officials has been very positive, and there’s a possibility the Michigan experiment may become a new national playing rule soon.

Past editions

August 23: Football Rules Changes - Listen


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