Exception: Rule 8 – Section 3 – Article 2 – Opportunity to Score
A try is an opportunity for either team to score one or two points while the game clock is stopped after a touchdown. It is a special interval in the game which, for purposes of penalty enforcement only, includes both a down and the ‘‘ready’’ period that precedes it.
a. The ball shall be put in play by the team that scored a six-point touchdown. If a touchdown is scored during a down in which time in the fourth period expires, the try shall not be attempted unless the point(s) would affect the outcome of the game.
- If the scoring team is ahead by one or two points, they have the option to forego the try.
- The try shall not be attempted if the fourth period ends due to a running clock before the ball is snapped.