At all times, each team must have on the field a player designated as captain, and so identified to the Referee.
The captain shall be the sole communicator between the team and the officials (through the Referee) and may appeal to the Referee only on questions of interpretation and application of rules. Such consultations should be held apart from other players on the field.
A captain is entitled to an explanation of any decision but no prolonged argument is to be allowed. When the yardsticks are called in from the Sidelines to determine whether a first down has been gained, the on-field captain for each team shall be the only players permitted in the vicinity of the measurement.
In case of a foul, the captain or Head Coach of the non-offending team shall be given the choice of the penalty or the option provided.
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