Rule when a pass hits an official?

My understanding is that officials are considered a part of the playing field in Canadian football as well as in most/all other similar team sports. Therefore there’s no protesting interference if an official gets in a player’s way.

But what if a pass hits an official? Is it a dead ball because the official is considered a part of the field like the goal posts or the ground? Or is it considered a live ball because the ball didn’t touch the turf?


So far, I’ve found this in the 2019 CFL Rule Book.

[b]RULE 1 – CONDUCT OF THE GAME SECTION 4 – DEAD BALL NOTE:[/b] A ball lying on the ground and not in possession of a player is not dead. A ball striking an official is not dead except on a forward pass.
And further...
[b]RULE 6 - PASSING SECTION 4 – FORWARD PASS Article 1 – Definition & Possession [/b] A legal forward pass is thrown by any Team A player from a point behind the scrimmage line, towards the opponent’s Dead Line, to any eligible receiver or receivers. [u]The ball shall not touch[/u] the ground, any part of the goal post assembly, [u]an official[/u] or any other object.

They should make one official the Joker on the field for every play .

Switch them up every play so you never know which one it is .

He should be a wild card and once he catches or intercepts a pass he can run in any

direction . :wink:

This one the ref is sexually harassing one of the players before the field goal .

We need more entertainment for the folks at home and the officials can provide that .

Agreed. And when a pass hits an official, the first player to touch the ball on the ground gets a “free throw” for instant dodgeball. If the official gets to the ball first, the player forfeits his free shot.

Or have a ref bump like in wrestling. Just knocks him down for a new minutes and anything goes…holding…pass interference…re-entering from out of bounds…it’s all good.

Less flags too ;D

Oh yah I like that a 2 minute purge .

Have a big siren go off and it’s two minutes of smash ball .

I think if a pass hits an official, the QB should get a time out

I’ve read some good ideas again here but not this one.

I think rather the QB or backup QB should get, in lieu of dodgeball or some of these other ideas, 30 seconds of free punches anywhere above the waist but below the neck.

The referee of course shall have the right to defend himself but cannot punch or strike.

oh sure, blame the victim :slight_smile:

You get 10 points if it hits his head, 20 if it gets em in the groin

Indeed get out of the way next time you fat zebra! ;D

50 pts if u hit 'im in the groin …

i’m reminded of the original ‘the longest yard’
wasnt a ref that got hit but sure was funny …

Think some of you guys who think this threadis funny should watch this.