Monday, September 26, 2011

2.6.2 To take a timeout, the Captain or Designated Alternate will signal the officials and make a T signal with her/his hands, to indicate that she/he is requesting a timeout. Referees will signal for the clock to stop. If the Designated Alternate is a manager, she/he is permitted to call a timeout.

Contrary to what some believe, or do in practice, the head ref is not the only one authorized to call a timeout. Today's rule explains how a timeout is called but not who can call them. If a team is calling a timeout and it is being signaled by the Captain or Designated Alternate, and the team has at least one timeout left, then it is appropriate for any referee to signal the timeout to the period clock operator rather than time pass on the clock while the head referee is notified.