From: "Rich Kollen" - email@example.com
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 23:53:38
Thank you to all of you who attended the clinic a few weeks ago. I
received a note from Dick Honig, who attends many clinics across the
country, in which he commented on how professional he felt the clinic was.
This is a compliment to all of you who attended.
After the first week of the season here are a few ideas we need to
cover with the intent of making us better football officials:
Referees-You must cover the QB from sideline to sideline. Stay with
the QB when he passes the ball and let the other six officials cover
the rest of the play.
Coaches are not allowed on the field with their team during a time
We must dress professionally both on the field and before and after
the games. Shorts, t-shirts and flip flops are not acceptable. (I hate
having to mention this every year.)
Report the unsportsmanlike and personal fouls correctly to the
referee. Remember if a player receives two unsportsmanlike fouls in a game
he is ejected from the game and suspended from the next game.
Covering officials do not have to give the incomplete forward pass
signal and the stop the clock signal. Only give the incomplete signal and
ALL other officials should signal to stop the clock.
Flanks-If a player's progress is stopped, and is being pushed back
toward his own goal line, than stop the play with your whistle and move
to the progress spot. If you deem progress to have stopped, and the
player subsequently goes out of bounds, the play ended in the field of
play and the game clock should continue to run.
Flanks-If the play is clearly moving away from you, you are
responsible for any action between your position and the referee/umpire. When
the down ends, MOVE OFF the sideline and close toward the action in the
field of play. If no players are in your area, feel free to close to a
spot at or above the numbers. Make your presence known!
If you concentrate and stay focused during the game you have a
greater chance of getting each play correct. Remember if you only have to
concentrate for seven seconds 150 times per game to have a good game.
This is the only email situation I received this week:
During a scrimmage kick, the ball goes about 20 yards to the second
wave of blockers. Two players get in position to catch the ball. One
player raises his hand to signal a fair catch. The other player, who was
watching the ball in flight, never saw or expected his teammate to
signal fair catch. He catches the ball, in front of his teammate and begins
to run. The SJ who was on the flank blows his whistle and shuts the
play down immediately selling the heck out of the call. The player and
coach are upset as they think an IW has occurred. There could have been
a delay of game penalty for running after a fair catch signal was made.
But, the player only ran about 10 yards and the official deemed it
unnecessary to penalize. Great call by Jeff Roberts! Please share if
I agree that this was a crew saving call and that no penalty had