From: "Rich Kollen" - email@example.com
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007 6:19:29 AM
Overall, not a bad first week of football. I received plenty of compliments on the work of the officials. That said, we did have some issues arise, and I point them out to help everyone learn.
Last Saturday, we had some confusion with the chains, equipment time outs, and extra points.
Situation 1: R called for a measurement. The chains were brought out, only to find that HL did not clip the yard mark! The correct call was finally made, but not without plenty of embarrassment.
Situation 2: A five-yard penalty was close to resulting in a first down, so R went to the sideline to check the tape on the 5-yard mark of the chains. No tape was found on a new set of chains. HLs, bring tape with you onto the field, and check those chains! 45 minutes should be plenty of time.
Situation 3: Wide receiver asked HL for an equipment time out for a broken chinstrap. HL incorrectly granted the free equipment time out. This would be correct on Friday nights; however, NCAA rules do not provide for free equipment time outs. It should have been a charged time out, or the player should have been replaced, without resetting the 25-second clock.
Situation 4: B blocked an extra point, which was picked up by A behind the neutral zone and advanced into the end zone. Seven officials awarded A with only one point. These are things that could possibly happen on Thursday afternoon in a high school JV game, but they should not happen at this level on Saturday! Luckily, the game was not decided by one point!
During games on Saturday, two inadvertent whistles were reported (hopefully only two occurred). Both of the IWs were by Rs. Could concentration and focus have helped prevent these embarrassing situations?
Note on towels: They must be purely white (no numbers or logos). They are allowed on one offensive lineman (which may be any size, and located anywhere), one offensive back (must be 4" x 12" and worn on the front of side of the belt), and two defensive players (same size and location restrictions as the offensive back). On free kicks, there are two allowed for each team (must be 4" x 12" and worn on the front or side of the belt). I am aware that we have bigger concerns than towels in football officiating; however, clean it up when possible.
With the new timing rules in 2007, games will be longer. Rs need to pick up the pace in enforcing penalties, starting clock after first downs, etc. We had games going 3:45. That is way too long. My game last week (with TV timeouts, etc.) went 2:51.
You should have received information on the duties required on the field during the 45 minutes you are out there for warm-ups. Remember the most important reason you are out there so early is to enforce the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) decorum rules. DO NOT permit punters or kickers to kick into the other team's side of the field.
It seems like some officials are confused as to when to use a beanbag.
Use your beanbag when: By Judson Howard:
1. The scrimmage kick ends - this is the spot where B catches OR recovers a scrimmage kick. This spot is called the Post Scrimmage Kick (PSK) spot. This could be a penalty enforcement spot if a PSK foul against the receiving team is called.
2. A kicking team player is FIRST to touch a scrimmage kick downfield. This is the spot of illegal touching and is a violation (not a foul). This could be the spot where team B takes possession of the ball. (If the kicking team picks up a ball at rest, simply hold the spot; no beanbag is necessary). Also, remember, a ball touched, but not controlled, by the kicking team is still a live ball. Beanbag, but do not kill the play until the ball is dead by rule. B could still pick up the ball, despite A's illegal touching.
3. A kicking team player is first to touch a free kick that has not gone 10 yards. Again, this is the spot of illegal touching and is a violation (not a foul). Remember, it is still a live ball until dead by rule. Beanbag, but do not whistle.
4. Where a fumble occurs. This is the end of the run and could be a penalty enforcement spot if a foul calls for "end of the run" enforcement.
There seems to be a misunderstanding by the coaches regarding blocks below the waist on scrimmage kicks. Some understood it to mean that their defense could block low up until the time the ball is kicked. Rule 9-1-2-e-4 on page FR-118 states "During a down in which there is a free kick or scrimmage kick from a scrimmage kick formation, all players are prohibited from blocking below the waist, except against the runner." Therefore, ANY low blocks in scrimmage kick formation, no matter when they occur, are fouls, provided that the foot actually does touch the ball during the down.
We do these emails in hopes officials will learn from each other. Remember we will all make mistakes. It is our hope that we can all learn from them. Thank your for your continued dedication to becoming a better football official.