From: "Rich Kollen" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 06 Sept 2006
The first week of games went well, and we are off to good start in 2006. Keep up the good work. Although the games were well-officiated overall, here are my thoughts from last week's games in an effort to make us all better officials:
· There was a problem with reporting personal fouls and unsporting fouls. They are not the same thing. Remember two unsporting fouls and you are ejected from the game. (See Rule 9-2-1) In one game, an official reported a dead ball personal foul as an unsporting foul which happened to be this player's second unsporting foul. Luckily, the crew took the time to get it correct and the player stayed in the game. If you have an unsporting foul, write down the player's number AND REPORT IT TO THE HEAD COACH AND ALL OTHER OFFICIALS. Remember, at the Community College level, any ejection from the game includes a one-game suspension. Call all unsporting fouls and all personal fouls, but don't confuse the two.
· Teams must warm-up in the area from their 45-yard line through their end zone. The area between the 45-yard lines should not be used by ether team during the warm-up time. Don't be too lenient, especially early in the season.
· Discuss false starts at the next pre-game. We must shut a play down when we have any movement by the offense lineman or back that situates the start of a play. (See Rule 7-1-3-a-4) If we let it go, what happens next is always harder to explain.
· We need to have our BJs get more involved in plays going into the sidelines. We need all the help we can get cleaning up and being good dead ball officials
· It is legal for the kick receiver to shade his eyes from the sun by holding his hand above his helmet. (See Rule 2-7-1-d) In one game, we had a return called back for this action. BJs, instruct the receivers what is legal for them to do during these situations.
· If you are calling holding on a receiver opposite of the direction of the play, make sure it a BIG hold. Most of the QBs you will see usually throw to a receiver in the direction in which they are running. If the QB is running away from the receiver, the hold has to be egregious.
· Notes from Referees' Reports: There were a lot of pass Interference calls, both offensive and defense. To be interference, the ball must be catchable. I'm not sure if our deep officials understand the college rule and are helping each other by communicating if a pass is catchable or not . . . Terrible job of ball mechanics on HL/SJ side. They blamed the ball boy - I felt SJ did not communicate well or properly instruct the ball boy . . . SJ had to be called in many times to provide information on fouls so the information could be communicated to the head coach (lazy).
o These are issues we must resolve quickly. Review mechanics and the philosophy of catchable forward passes at the next pre-game (but remember, these young men are fantastic athletes, so when in doubt, the ball was catchable) . . . Don't blame the ball boys if they have not received proper training . . . SJ/FJ you MUST report all fouls to your head coaches. The only way to get the information is by hustling in to get it and then hustling to relay it to your coach.
· Remember that, this year, before the second half, the captains must meet with the R and U in the center of the field to discuss second half options.
· We had a play last week in which the offense had 12 men throughout the play. R, U, LJ and HL, we must recognize this prior to the snap. We need the shut the play down for the 5-yard illegal substitution penalty. (See Rule 3-5-2 versus Rule 9-1-4(b)) We don't want to give a team a 15-yard illegal participation penalty because we weren't good enough to count to 12 prior to the snap.
· We had a kick run out of the end zone after it touched the ground behind the goal line. If a free kick is untouched by B, the ball is dead and belongs to B when it touches the ground on or behind B's goal line. (Rule 6-1-7)
· A block in the back is a big call with a big penalty. In your next pregame, discuss the elements needed for the correct call. (See Rule 9-3-3-c (Exceptions)) Many legal side blocks were called blocks in the back. Make sure you see the whole block before making the call. If you THINK there's a foul, there is no foul. If you're sure, then there's a foul.
· Some of you may not know, but most colleges are using computer programs to keep game statistics. Therefore, any inaccurate penalty enforcement causes a problem. The computer always knows where the ball was last snapped. If a U walks off the incorrect distance, the computer must be reset. Therefore, U, take your time and HL and LJ, help get the correct distance on penalties.