In American football, you will find some individuals wearing white and black stripe pattern shirts employed as officials. They are the ones who are seen as directly responsible for making sure that the rules of the game are followed, and that players do not hurt themselves. These officials take note of penalties, check the clock and ensure the game goes on smoothly. If these officials weren’t on the field, the game would probably be chaotic.
Every official has their whistle and a bright yellow flag which they use to indicate when a penalty has been committed.
The referee has complete control of the game, and is the final authority in scoring, especially when there is a disagreement. The referee is the only official known to put on a white hat, while the others are seen in a black hat.
Here are some of the roles of the referee:
- The referee announces penalties and will confer with the team’s captain to explain the penalty.
- Monitors the quarterback while in play, to ensure that hits are legal and also the blocks.
- Requests for the yardage chains to be brought by the head linesman and his assistants on the field.
- Inform the coach when a player is removed for reason of unsportsmanlike attitude.