pshaw wrote:Zebra, I was wondering what your take is on what not4u13 said here:
I would think you come across these kind of situations a lot.
... you do not have to call all holding. For example, if the right tackle is hooking a defensive end on a pitch to the opposite side, we aree not going to call it ... unless the ballcarrier changes his direction back to the other side. That technaically is holding but it doesn't affect the play. In that situation, if we threw a flag for that, we'd be there all day.
In the situation above, on a pass, if the ball goes the other way, I'm going to let it go and warn the DB that grabbing the guy is going to draw a flag, IF the ball comes his way for defensive holding. If the ball is overthrown, it doesn't matter in HS football, if there was holding on the WR by a DB before the ball was thrown to him, it is defensive holding. Our philosophy for defensive and offensive holding is: If it's not at the point of attack, it shouldn't be called. The rules should be enforced. Some of them aren't fair or equitable, that's why there are changes in the rules from time to time. The bigger point is advantage/disadvantage. If the foul puts a player at a disadvantage, you must call it. If the fouls screams at you, what we call YaGEE (You and God, Everyone Else saw the foul), you have to call it. The higher the level of football one officiates, the more the fouls stick out.