CrazyassBlueDevil wrote: I was wondering what the penalty is for calling a timeout, either by a player or the coach, when your team has none remaining.
There should be no penalty. The official should know that a team has no time outs remaining and should not grant the request for time out. Just because a coach requests a time out it doesn't mean that it is automatically given. It must be acknowledged by the covering official who then signals for the time out. The official should tell the coach that the time out will not be honored. The only exception is when the coach calls for a time for a conference with the referee concerning the misapplication of a rule. If after the conference it was determined that there was no misapplication of a rule, the team will be charged with a 5 yard delay of game penalty.
In high school, any official worth his salt constantly keeps his coach advised of how many timeouts he has left. Also this year, the coach must designate before the game starts who his designated "time out" coach is -- himself or someone else on the sideline. That person is the only one other than players on the field authorized to call timeouts.
Usually, if a team is out of timeouts ("dry", as I refer to it) and a coach or players are trying to call time out, I become deaf, trying to save them. However, if they make a big scene out of it, yelling loudly or signaling time out over and over, I kill the clock .... then I throw a little yellow flag up in the air, because it is a penalty under NFHS rules -- 5 yards for delay of game.
And before anyone asks, after administering the penalty, we re-start the clock.
In basketball, you would issue a technical foul and grant them a timeout. In football, the officials, I believe, keep track of timeouts. At least, I figured thats what was going on when the white hat pulls out his little notepad. Of course, I would imagine that's not required and it might be just because it's at the college or nfl level. However, in basketball, each team is granted 6 timeouts per game so we shouldnt have to keep track of the timeouts each team has called.