Okay, round two went like this: Team A uses a hurry-up offense as it quickly moves to its LOS.
WR A1, who is still in the game after running a pass pattern in the middle of the
field on the previous play, did not enter his team’s huddle and goes to a position
about a yard inside the sideline before the ready signal. At the snap, A1 goes
downfield and catches a pass. The covering official rules A1’s act was not an
attempt to deceive.
a. No problem.
b. A1 should be flagged for illegal formation. - correct answer.
c. A1 should be flagged for illegal substitution.
A few of you cited NCAA games and I'm not sure what the NCAA rule is, not doing it this season. It may be different than NFHS Rules, I'm trying to verify that with a colleague. There are alot of misconceptions on what rule sets apply to HS games. Saturday (NCAA) and Sunday (NFL) have some subtle and some galring differences in the same rule. Those rules regarding this situation are described in the NFHS Rule Book in Rule 7 - Snapping, Handing and Passing the Ball.
Rule 7 Section 2 - FORMATION/POSITION, NUMBERING AND ACTION AT THE SNAP
Art. 1 ... After the ball is marked ready for play, each player of A who participated in the previous down and each substitute for A must have been momentarily, between the 9-yard marks, before the snap.
ILLEGAL FORMATION is a live ball foul which is penailzed by a 5 yard penalty. All members of the offense must be within the large yard line numbers of which the tops of the numbers are 9 yards from the sideline. If there are no numbers on the field, there is a hash mark at the 9 yard mark on each 5 yard line. It isn't an act to deceive but it is an illegal formation.
Coach, you can call me a S.O.B. all you want. Just don't call me a little S.O.B.