From: "Rich Kollen" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
2014 WEEKLY BULLETIN #2
Officials use a term "officiate until colors separate," meaning the play is not over with a whistle. Dead-ball officiating is so important at this level. During the dead-ball periods, good officials sense the small problems and address them before they become big problems.
If you were watching the first NFL game last Thursday night, when each player says his name and school, the outstanding quarterback for the Green Bay Packers proudly announced "Aaron Rodgers, Butte College." Aaron is one of many California Community College success stories.
After reviewing a few calls on video from last week's games, I would like to remind our officials that our philosophy on calling a foul is that it must be BIG. Replay officials at the Div. I level use the term "indisputable video evidence" to confirm or change a call on the field. Officials, if you are not 100% certain that you have a foul, you do not have "indisputable evidence," and should not call a foul.
All officials need to be on the same page when the 12th player is leaving the field. If there are 12 players in formation (offense or defense) when the snap is imminent, shut the play down. It is a dead-ball foul, with a five-yard penalty. If the player is attempting to get off the field, and is outside the numbers, it is a live-ball foul, previous spot, with a five-yard penalty. Remember, if the player is attempting to get off and with the next step he would be off, there is NO foul. Remember that there is no more illegal participation.
Let's remember the rule for ineligible players downfield. (Rule 7-3-10) An ineligible receiver must be more than three yards beyond the neutral zone when a forward pass that crosses the neutral zone has been released. The player's entire body must be more than three yards beyond the neutral zone. Remember that this restriction ends as soon as the ball leaves the passer's hand, not when it actually crosses the line of scrimmage. Don't nitpick this. When in doubt, the player was not downfield.
Last week, I reported that three student-athletes were killed before the first game. Sadly, a Los Angeles Southwest player has also been killed by senseless gun violence.
The old USC "Bush Push" in legal. An offensive player shall not "grasp, pull, or lift" the runner to assist him in forward progress. The restriction on "pushing" a player was removed in 2013. See Rule 9-3-2-b.
Athletic Directors, please assign someone on your staff to check Arbiter weekly. Time changes might have been agreed upon between the two colleges, but I may not have been notified. If I am not notified, you may be without officials. If you check Arbiter, and the time is wrong, please let me know, so I can let the officials know. If your staff needs access to Arbiter, please send me an email.
Game announcers are very important to the enjoyment of the game. "It's another Bronco...1st Down!" is exciting. "This penalty against our Broncos will kills us" needs to be addressed by game management. Announcers should not show any favoritism when it comes to rulings.
Some of our colleges now have big flags with the college logo. That is fine, and cheerleaders running around with it is part of college football. However, the flag should never be used to taunt an opponent. Running it through the opponent's practice area or sticking in the ground over the home team's logo is not appropriate or acceptable.
I appreciate the coaches' understanding related to the mechanics of sideline control. Coaches, before the game, the Referee should ask you for the identity of your "get back" coach. This coach should be available to the sideline officials throughout the game to keep the players four yards off the field, and coaches two yards off the field. The only time a coach can be in the white is after the previous play is clearly over and before the snap is imminent for the next play. During all other times, coaches must stay out of the white. This is a safety issue for our officials.
Athletic Directors need to identify the four people who make up the chain crew 45 minutes prior to the start of a game. At that time, the two sideline officials will give them instructions on their duties during the game. Make sure they are on time, or it gets very frustrating for officials.
Coaches, please remind whoever is working with your HUDL video, to be sure to share it with Southern California Football Officials Association. The first week, not all of the videos were available to the commissioner or to me. If you share the videos on HUDL, we will get them.
In a heated game, the officials eventually made a correct call late in the game when a ball carrier fumbled the ball at the one-yard line on an apparent TD run. The ball was fumbled at the one-yard line, and then rolled out of the end zone. It might be one of the most unfair rules in football; but we don't write the rules, we merely enforce them. It is a touchback, giving the ball to the other team at the 20-yard line. The confusion with the correct enforcement took too long, which caused a lack of confidence in the officiating crew.
Speaking of penalty enforcements, unfortunately not everyone is marking them off correctly. Although this may seem like a minor problem, on every play, a sports information staff member inputs the data into a computer program. If the enforcement is incorrect, it causes this staff member to have to reset the program to make up for the mistake. Referees, please discuss this at your pre-game
conferences this week.
If your guess was John Featherstone, El Camino College, as the second longest tenured head coach, you were correct. Coach Featherstone has been the head football coach at ECC for 30 years. His record is 222-136-1. Coach Featherstone has helped several student-athletes move to the next level of football. This week, I would also like to highlight Gary Kinney for his 33 years as the athletic trainer at Santa Ana College. Gary is well liked by officials, as he always assigns a student trainer to take care of the officials. Sometimes, he even has an opinion or two on a call. Gary, along with his three children, graduated from BYU. Athletic trainers are so important to our game. Thank you to Gary and to all athletic trainers for your dedication to the athletes and to football. If anyone knows of an interesting individual in a SCFA college that you believe I should highlight, please email me.
A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don't change it, you'll never get anywhere.
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association