THE ZEBRA ANTICS

OFFENSE
Referee
Down Judge
Umpire
Line Judge

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DEFENSE
Back Judge
Side Judge
Field Judge

 

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GOOD CALL

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BAD CALL

There's a team of men who make sure that the rules of the game are followed with black and white striped shirts on just like a Zebra.  They can either give a "GOOD" signal or "BAD" one.  These can often change the game so mistakes made aren't helpful to your team.  A penalty can either make your offense move backward or make them move forward. 
 

THE BAD CALLS 

If they throw a yellow flag on the ground it's because they caught somebody doing something!  Each penalty has a yard value (below).  

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OFFENSIVE BAD CALLS:

OFFENSIVE HOLDING: 
When a guy on the offensive line is caught holding a guy on another team (grabbing the guy with his hands) 


Penalty: Move back 10 yards


FALSE START:
When a guy on the offensive line moves any part of his body prior to the snap of the ball.


Penalty: Move back 5 yards



DELAY OF GAME:
If the quarterback doesn't snap the ball within the 40 seconds allowed between each play it is considered a delay to the game.


Penalty: Move back 5 yards


PERSONAL FOUL:
If anyone on the team does any illegal movements basically to harm another player on the field it's one of the worst penalties you can get.  The NFL does everything they can to protect the health of the players.


Penalty: Move back 15 yards or gain15 yards



DEFENSIVE BAD CALLS

ENCROACHMENT:
If a guy on the defensive line moves across the line of scrimmage prior to the ball being snapped.


Penalty: Offense moves 5 yards forward

DEFENSIVE HOLDING:
When a defender holds or tackles someone on the offense other than the guy carrying the ball.


Penalty: Offensive moves 5 yards and an automatic first down is awarded

PASS INTERFERENCE:
When someone on the offense is ready to catch the ball and the defender holds, grabs, tackles him so he can't catch it, the referees will move the ball to the spot of the penalty. Assuming the receiver could have caught the ball.


Penalty: The offense gets the ball spotted at the spot of the penalty and advances the ball forward.

HELMET TO HELMET:
This is NOT good.  You are endangering someone's health.  If you are seen doing this, you risk being thrown out of the game.


Penalty: Whichever team commits the infraction the ball moves 15 yards forward or backward.