Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Tuesday, September 02, 2009



I would like welcome athletic administrators, coaches and officials to my weekly bulletins on community college football in Southern California.

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These weekly emails are intended bring together officials, coaches and administers working as a cohesive unit with the sole purpose of making the SCFA a good experience for our student-athletes. I have a number of discussion items as we kickoff the season:

Many colleges have switched to RefPay as their preferred tool in paying officials. Officials, please go to www.ArbiterSports.com and sign up for RefPay. All the information is found on Arbiter. Please do not call me about the process and please do not complain about the method of pay. The administrators like this program, and it is here to stay.

Assignments were difficult this season. I would still like to see more officials committed to the Referee position. In keeping with the stateís cost containment program for college athletics, geographic assignments were made where possible to save in mileage. Along those lines, we have a real need to recruit new officials from the Bakersfield and Santa Maria areas.

I have asked officials to post their picture on Arbiter. If you have not yet done so, please do so ASAP. We will be printing a directory for the coaches.

Coaches and administrators: please check Arbiter to ensure that all five home games are listed and that the game times are correct. As Iím sure you are aware, the first month of the season contain the hottest days of the year. Most trainers are suggesting that all participants (including officials) begin hydrating at least 24 hours prior to kickoff.

Our observation program will continue this year under the direction of Dean Crowley and Steve Coover. This program is invaluable in assisting the SCFA with game management and officiating issues. Colleges: please note that the $50.00 observerís fee you might see on Arbiter is paid by the Southern California Collegiate Football Officials Association.

This year we have added a video training element to our already excellent training program. Bob Wucetich and Pat Turner have produced an excellent first video that will be available at www.sccfoa.org starting Wednesday, August 26th. All plays contained in the video are from last seasonís community college football games. These videos will be invaluable for the officials; provided that coaches and officials send me plays to be placed in the videos.

Another new training aid for the 2009 season will be a required Post Game Crew Review after every game. After the game, Referees are responsible to ensure that the entire crew participates in a discussion of two or three plays that occurred during the game. Officials: please be honest on judgment, mechanics and ideas to better handle each play. Please be open to constructive criticism in a never-ending effort to improve. I will discuss this in detail during the next Referee conference call.

Early Season Football Issues

After reviewing video, it is obvious that we need to focus on our mechanics, especially early in the season. The colleges have voted to allow us to officiate with seven officials, and yet we continue to be out of position on too many plays. In particular, deeps cannot get beat to the goal line and should work hard to maintain the cushion between them and the players. Remember, proper mechanics put us in the best position to see the play, increasing the likelihood of us ruling correctly.

I have received my first call from a coach who is concerned about his defense having enough time to match up after an offensive substitution. At the clinic, I attended the flanks and Referee breakout sessions where all were reminded of the rule allowing the defense three seconds to match up after an offensive substitution. Because many officials are not sure of the mechanic in enforcing the rule, all Referees should address this issue in the first pre-game conference. In short, when the officials on the offensive side of the field notice any substitution that confuses the defense, raise both arms parallel to your shoulders. This will alert the Referee who will mirror the signal and alert the Umpire to cover the ball. The Referee and Umpire will work together to ensure that the defense is not put at a competitive disadvantage due to a late substitution.

During 2009, community college games will not utilize a 40-second play clock. We will continue to use a 25-second play clock.

In addition, we will continue to use the 2008 rule by winding the clock when the ball is spotted after a runner or receiver goes out of bounds, except inside the last two minutes of each half.

Please know that we can never communicate too much with the head coach. This is uniformly my most received complaint from coaches. Head coachesí questions should be answered. As you will see in the training video, after an error on the spot of the ball between quarters, we compounded our problem by not properly communicating with the coach.

Please be aware of two new rules for 2009:
1) Offensive linemen are now allowed to go three yards downfield without being an ďineligible downfield.Ē Letís keep it simple. Make it big with an impact on the play. Linemen can commit offensive pass interference downfield, but make sure it is big.

2) Kickers who run outside of the tackle box lose protection from roughing or running into the kicker. However, donít ignore the normal personal fouls committed against these players.

With coaches, administrators and officials all working together, I am confident that we will have a great 2009 football season. Good luck to all teams and all officials.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

Football officials are custodians of the game: ďAs the officials, you are neither inside the game, as the players are, nor outside it among the fans, but ... the game passes through you, like rainwater through a filter, and ... your job is to influence it for the better"

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