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A running clock will be used for varsity regular-season games, play-off games and State Championship games for six, eight and eleven-man football whenever a 35-point score differential is reached after the first half of play. The clock will run continuously except for the following times:

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    During called timeouts. (Restart on the snap)

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    During the break between the 3rd and 4th quarters. (Restart on the snap)

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    Following a score. (Restart on the kick-off, 1st touching or ensuing snap, kick out of bounds or touchback)

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    During penalty enforcement. (Restart on “ready for play”)

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    Extended injury, if coach comes on the field. (Restart on “ready for play”

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    Anytime the officials deem it necessary for safety reasons. (Restart on “ready for play”)

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    NOTE: NFHS RULE 3.1.3 A period or periods may be shortened in any emergency by agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee. By mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee, any remaining period may be shortened at any time or the game terminated.

Normal clock operating and timing procedures will resume if the point differential is reduced to fewer than 35 points.


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    The participation of bands at a school football contest is an exciting aspect of the event. The band contributes to the event by increasing the level of excitement and adding a “touch of class” to the festivities. In order to maintain a proper perspective and to insure equity in competition for the participating teams, a few guidelines must be followed.

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    Band instruments, including drums, are not to be played at any time other than when the entire band is playing.

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    The use of artificial noisemakers is prohibited. (Examples: air horns, whistles, bells, etc.) Megaphones are to be used by cheerleaders only.

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    During the contest, bands are to play only during pregame, halftime, postgame, the time between quarters, time-outs (except injury time-outs) and between plays (stopping prior to the referee’s whistle for “ready for play”).

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    Bands seated near the end zone should not play if the line of scrimmage is inside the 10- yard line on the end close to the band. After a touchdown, field goal, extra point, or safety, the band may play the school fight song, etc.; however, the director must be sure to stop playing when the official blows the ready for play whistle to start the next play.


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