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  • 6.

    When bands want to warm-up prior to halftime, directors should arrange this so that it is done in an area that is not a distraction to the contest. Note: No whistles may be used while the game is in progress.

  • 7.

    Because the band acts as a spirit group, members should always act in a positive manner and must not do anything to distract or negatively affect the opposing team. It is the director’s responsibility to prevent his/her band from playing at inappropriate times, playing inappropriate music, or taunting the opposing team.

  • 8.

    The band must display courtesy and respect toward the players, cheerleaders, and fans. To do anything else is not only a distraction from the contest but also reflects negatively on the band, the director, and the school. Support your school and team in a positive manner! Please be sure your band instructors understand these guidelines for all football games.

  • 9.

    Please let the officials and the opposing team know when they arrive at the game site, if the intermission is going to be increased to a maximum of 20 minutes, if you’re having special ceremonies or an extended band performance.


Activities Directors, coaches and officials need to make sure that the public address announcers at all football games are not doing live play-by-play announcing during the game. The announcers should be done announcing when the teams break the huddle and come to the line of scrimmage, and should not announce again until the play is concluded. There is to be no announcing while a play is in progress.


If a school has a video scoreboard, the time remaining must be visible at all times during pregame, the game itself and at halftime.


It is the policy of the Nebraska School Activities Association to defer to the member school whether a physician and/or ambulances need to be in attendance at football games. This is a local school board decision. The NSAA recognizes the importance of having medical personnel/ambulance on site, but is not in the position to make it required.

If the local district has a policy stating an ambulance must be on site then the game will be held up until an ambulance arrives. If this is the policy for the local district the game officials need to be informed prior to the beginning of the game.


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