The “Blarge” – Block/Charge

The potential for having this happen in a game is relatively high, especially if working with younger officials, who tend hurry through their call process.  Recognizing a double whistle is an important step in officiating development.  However, I have seen it happen with veteran officials as well.  It is good to know how to manage the call.

The number one thing you can not do is withdraw your call.  Once you have given the preliminary signal, your call stands.  Think of the reaction from the coach that your call supports if you withdraw.  At this point, neither official can “release” their call and let the other call prevail.  It is important to come together and discuss the situation.

The “blarge” call is basically a double foul.   Here are the 3 situations and how to deal with them.  In each situation, each player is charged with a personal foul.

1.  Before a release for a try, there is team control.  Report both fouls and Team A retains possession.
2.  After a release for try – Report both fouls
     a.  try is successful – no team control – score the goal; B in-bounds ball on end line.
     b.  try is unsuccessful – no team control – play resumes by AP arrow.
 
4.19.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2

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