Be The Referee: Play Clock

By Sam Davis
MHSAA Officials Coordinator

August 30, 2022

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Play Clock - Listen

There’s a new rule in football this year that provides the offense more time to draw up a play and prepare matchups when the defense commits a foul. 

In the past, if the defense committed a foul, the play clock would be set to 25 seconds, potentially changing the approach by the offense entirely. 

Under the change, when the defense or receiving team commits a foul, the play clock will start at 40 seconds, giving the offense an extra 15 seconds to prepare their scheme for the next play. 

For all other administrative stoppages, including fouls against the offense or kicking team, the play clock will be set to 25 seconds when play resumes.

Previous Editions:

Aug. 23: Intentional Grounding Change - Listen

STATE CHAMPS! Michigan: Extra Point Week 7

October 6, 2022

This week on STATE CHAMPS! Extra Point: Lorne Plant, Sydney Cariel and Devin Gardner recap the notable games from Week 6 and preview the marquee games going into Week 7.

1:46 - Davison vs. Walled Lake Western Recap
3:21 - Dexter vs. Ann Arbor Huron Recap
5:30 - South Christian vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central Recap
9:05 - Devin on the Rankings
10:37 - Livonia Franklin #17 in Rankings, Who to watch: Forest Hills Central
13:14 - De La Salle #3 in Rankings, Macomb Dakota #6 in Rankings
16:56 - Mr. Football Award
20:47 - DMC Gamechangers
22:05 - Anvil Award 
25:51 - Week 7 Preview
28:28 - Romeo vs. Chippewa Valley - Game of the Week Preview