Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@me.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Tuesday, September 01, 2015



The SCFA football season will be starting this weekend. Thirty-seven community colleges from San Diego to Santa Maria have made the commitment to over three thousand student-athletes to continue their football careers. Again this year, our coaches have committed to maintain the highest level of sportsmanship during practice as well as during the weekly games. We have five new head coaches this year, and we welcome them.

The State of California community college athletic programs are governed by a board composed mainly of twelve college presidents, the CEO, and two all-sports conference commissioners. The board recently imposed a zero tolerance policy on profanity, displays of unsportsmanlike conduct, and expressions of vulgarity. All coaches, players, and officials have been made aware of the new policy and each has agreed to respect the rule. The football field is an extension of the classroom. Vulgarity is not acceptable in the classroom, and it will not be tolerated during athletics practices or games. Athletic directors, trainers, and others involved in the supervision of intercollegiate athletics must be proactive in raising expectations. I commend the athletic director of a major university program who recently publicly criticized his head football coach for vulgarity. It will not be tolerated.

In 2014, Mt. San Antonio College won the California State Football Championship, defeating the College of San Francisco. Chapman University won the Div III SCIAC with an impressive 7-0 conference record. Congratulations to these two fine programs. Kudos also to the following officials who officiated the Community College State Championship: R-Shane Smith, U-Danny Vargas, H-Ryan Bressler, L-Steve Heyman, FJ Hector Arias, S-David Hartage, and B-Robin Hall.

We will play under full NCAA rules this year. There were very few changes made in the offseason that affect our level of play. The most significant change for SCFA is that we will use the 40-second play clock. This has been used in other levels of NCAA football for many years. This will be a work-in-progress for game timers, players, and officials. The Back Judge for each game will instruct the play clock operator. AD's, please make them available 30 minutes before game time. Another important safety item that will be addressed by officials is the sideline. Remember the first two yards between the 25 yard lines (which should be designated by a solid white line) is for officials. The next two yards are for coaches and the remaining area is for players. We have done a good job with this but coaches and players must stay aware of this safety rule. Officials must make sure you are knowledgeable about Rule 9-2-5. A coach, sub or attendant in the white or on the field during live ball and the continuing action after the ball is dead is a foul. The first foul is a warning for sideline interference. No flag is needed. Simply stop the clock after the play, and the Referee should announce the formal warning. Second and third infractions are five-yard penalties. Fourth and subsequent fouls are 15-yard penalties for sideline inference. If there is any physical interference (an official runs into someone on the sideline or has to run around someone), it is an automatic 15-yard penalty. Officials, don't get too technical about "running around someone." Make it significant before a 15-yard penalty. If you make contact, however, it should automatically be a 15-yard penalty. That penalty also counts as the team's official warning for sideline interference. No more warnings.

Our officiating program in the last five years has developed over 40 officials who have moved up to higher levels of college football, and three SCFA officials have been afforded the opportunity to officiate in the NFL. This year we have encouraged 40 highly rated high school officials to commit to college football officiating. Not every play will be called correctly, but with video training, game evaluation, and continued rules study, improvement should be noticeable.

During the first month of the season, officials must concern themselves with heat and dehydration. Many of our facilities have artificial turf. These surfaces have a tendency to increase the on field temperature by 20 degrees or more. Officials are faced with two choices, hydrate or dehydrate. Doctors have told us that hydrating starts two days before the game. In order to consume the proper amount of water, calculate your body weight divided by two and that is that the number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day leading up to the the Sept 5 game. Athletic directors, we ask you to please instruct the athletic trainers and other attendants to ensure that our officials get plenty of water during games, especially during intermissions and time outs. In extreme heat conditions, we encourage the crew chiefs to call as many official time outs as needed for the safety of players and officials.

I hope my weekly emails will be a tool for everyone to better understand the rules and game management. By sharing questions and concerns, we will go a long way to better officiating. We all need to learn from our own, and others', mistakes and successes. If you have never made a mistake on the football field, feel free to criticize others. (Hint: there should be no criticism.)

In the next ten weeks, 37 community college football teams will play 185 games. Since there are no ties under NCAA rules, we will have 185 winning teams and 185 losing teams. Jim Tunney writes a weekly article, "The TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS," which takes issues from the world of sports and transforms them into positive messages for a more productive life! Recently he addressed losing this way: "There is nothing wrong with losing! Life is a 'trial and error' endeavor. Losing is not 'failing' (that word sounds too final); losing is a setback, not an ending. If a player doesn't earn a trophy given to others whose will and excellence were better that day, it's not 'crushing a dream.' Further experience and helpful guidance are called for, and can help make up the shortfall. In any game, as in real-life situations, losing can strengthen one's resolve. It's called 'resilience!'" If you are interested in reading his weekly message email him at jim@jimtunney.com.

Have a Great Season! Please send me any questions or situations that may help others learn.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

2015 SCCFOA - Southern California Collegiate Football Officials Association