I think that this is a good explanation
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 02:38PM
Last Saturday evening in the B.C. at Saskatchewan game, we had an unusual call.
The Saskatchewan centre was penalized for Procedure for moving the ball forward on a second down and short yardage play.
The ball had been placed about 2 inches short of the 49 yard line. The centre picked up the ball and moved it forward by about 8 to 10 inches resulting in three BC players being lined up Offside. The Saskatchewan offensive line lined up on the advanced placement of the ball.
The Head Linesman who had observed the centre moving the ball threw his flag and reported his call to the Referee, and subsequently Saskatchewan was penalized.
I would have preferred that the Head Linesman had blown his whistle, thrown his flag and penalized as a pre snap foul, but he let the play go.
Regardless, it was a correct Procedure penalty. It would have been very unfair to have penalized B.C. for Offside when the centre's actions caused them to be Offside.
George R. Black
Director of Officiating
Canadian Football League