So it is incredibly important to someone on the sidelines who can deliver these new footballs when the field judge calls for one. Inefficiency in this duty can cost valuable seconds and can really get the goat of the official if not handled properly.
The duty can fall upon anyone's shoulders, sometimes this person is a kid, sometimes an adult, sometimes a girl, sometimes a boy.
The ball needs to efficiently be back in place in the middle of the field ready for the next snap. The ball person must be alert and ready with a good toss to the ref.
Titusville has entrusted this task to a four-foot something mini-version of head coach Mike Reynolds. Minus the salt and pepper beard and headset, Noah Reynolds, the coach's son, takes his job seriously.
“My duties as a ball boy is to stay on the sideline, in the ref’s pocket the whole game, so when he turns around I can toss the ball to him immediately,” the eleven-year old said.
“My favorite part of being a ball boy is I get to run around catching balls from the refs and on field goals,” Noah, affectionately nicknamed Fuzzball, said.
Maybe it’s because young Noah isn’t a youth football player, but a swimmer on the YMCA swim team?
Either way, the coach’s son is fully into the game and he predicts the Rockets will finish at 7-3 this season. If he is correct this will be a monumental improvement for the team that has struggled in recent years.
He expects to be on the sideline for most of the games rooting for his team and doing his duty.
He is a football fan and his favorite player is TJ Watt. He is, of course, a Steelers fan.
He is also paying attention to the Rocket players listing Ben Finley, Nate Stearns and J.J. Miller as player's he really admires.
And though he almost looks like a mini-me version of coach Reynolds, his dad, Noah didn’t hesitate to mention that his favorite coach is long-time – with-a-story-for-every-situation, jolly, but hold-no-punches, fun loving, legendary coach, John Wiley.
A sentiment his dad also shares having him on his staff.
You can see Noah and the Rocket’s again next Friday as they host their home opener at Carter Field at 7 p.m. against Fort LeBoeuf.