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Old Fri Oct 23, 2009, 07:50pm
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Sideline Infraction

Explain the sideline infraction to me. I'm listening to a high school game and a team scored on a 90 yard screen pass. However, the announcers said that a sideline infraction was called on the team that scored and the TD was taken off the board.

I'm not complaining since my team came out on the good side.

Is there a warning first?

How is it enforced? From the LOS?

Is it unusual to call more than once in a game? Two have been called so far on the same team.
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Old Fri Oct 23, 2009, 10:03pm
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Are they playing NFHS or NCAA rules?
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Old Sat Oct 24, 2009, 08:42am
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Originally Posted by hlin nc View Post
are they playing nfhs or ncaa rules?
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Old Sat Oct 24, 2009, 09:00am
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What if the official running down the sideline runs over a cameraman and trips? Infraction?

The coach in the game I referenced said that after watching films it wasn't a coach or player but , rather, a cameraman.
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Old Sat Oct 24, 2009, 09:30am
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A cameraman is not specifically addressed under the rules but classified as a "person not subject to the rules" under Rule 9.9.1.

This potentially falls under the rule for Unfair Acts. The cameraman being outside the restricted zone is the responsibility of game management (home team administration). If the referee deems the act was intentional, then a penalty can be assessed based on his best judgement. Since the play on the field was not affected, and if this was not deemed to be intentional, then I would penalize the home team with an unsportsmanlike penalty enforced as a dead ball foul which would be enforced after the score.
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Old Sat Oct 24, 2009, 10:45am
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A sideline infraction should not take the score off the board. If that's what happened, then the rule was misapplied.
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Old Sun Oct 25, 2009, 01:31pm
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Sideline infractions are succeeding spot fouls. Should have been enforced on the try.

Not sure if I would penalize a team for actions of the media. One thing for sure, this camerman will be taking his pics or video from the stands for the rest of the game.
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