Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013



The first week's games went well. All the summer concerns about targeting has helped officials, coaches, and players understand the rule. There were four called last weekend, and of the four, officials correctly got together and changed two to personal fouls, but removed the targeting aspect. Good job by all. Coaches, continue to coach your players to keep the head up and to the side, and their target lower. Officials, continue to work together to get the play right.

"Always understand that there will be numerous situations where 'incidental' helmet to helmet contact is made or a forearm is used. That could be a common and legal occurrence. TARGETING SHOULD BE CALLED ONLY WHEN IT IS A DELIBERATE, OBVIOUS, AND AVOIDABLE HIT THAT DOESN'T BELONG IN THE GAME OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Please do not be 'over-zealous' and go looking for these fouls. They should jump out at you as simply wrong for the game."Tony Corrente, Coordinator of Football Officiating, PAC 12 Conference

Let's try to stop the "trash-talking" before it results in any unsportsmanlike acts. We need to work hard on our dead-ball mechanics. Making our presence felt will clean up much of the "trash-talk" and other dead-ball problems. Remember, in 2013, trash-talking and chicken-fighting after the play that rises to the level of a foul is an unsportsmanlike act and not a personal foul. The difference is if a player is called for two UNS fouls they are disqualified from the game and must sit out the next game.

A coach sent in a play that I would like to discuss. QB drops back to pass, a rushing defensive lineman extends his arms to block the pass, tips the uncompleted pass, but the momentum of his arms causes marginal contact with the QB's helmet. Roughing the passer was called. Referees need to develop a philosophy on making this call. It is strictly a judgment call. For the sake of discussion, if the defensive player is legally trying to block the pass, incidental contact with no intent to punish can be a no call. Any forceful hit to the head should be roughing the passer.

Coaches, remember if a player's helmet comes off, except by a foul, he must sit out the next play. However, NEW this year, you can use a time-out to keep him in the game. If a runner's helmet comes off during a play, the ball immediately becomes dead. If any other player's helmet comes off, they must not continue to participate in the play. This is a personal foul! Please use common sense giving the player time to realize he has no helmet. In the immediate action making a tackle or blocking would not be a foul. This is not a UNS foul and does not count toward disqualification.

Officials, ADs, and game management, please continue to keep the first two yards in front of the team area (25-25 yard line) free of players and coaches. Officials need this area to officiate safely. Remember the first two yards are for officials, the next two yards are for coaches and the players must stay four yards off the field.

We had a crew lose focus by allowing a kickoff from the 30-yard line. I can understand the BJ making a mistake, but how could the other three officials setting up for the kickoff not catch the error? To make matters worse, one of our veteran, legendary coaches recognized the error a few plays later. We have worked to hard to get credibility with coaches, and this should never have happened. Stay focused.

We need to develop better coordination between LJ/FJ and HL/SJ on scoring plays. I have seen on video the SJ or FJ calling a TD only to have the HL or LJ have the runner stepping out of bounds. When this occurs, the crew loses credibility with coaches and fans, even if the call is eventually ruled correctly. The deep official needs to take the time to establish eye contact with the LOS officials to see if the runner stepped out before making the call.

Tip to officials ruling on the tough call of catch/no catch at the sidelines: these are bang-bang calls, and I would suggest you always watch the feet first to see if they get one down and then go to the ball. If you determine that one foot is inbounds, then be sure the receiver completes the catch process by watching the ball and receiver all the way to the ground. Easy way to remember this: The game is "football," not "ballfoot."

By rule, only the head coach can call time-out. However, if in the heat of battle an assistant coach is requesting a time-out, grant the time-out. If the head coach has an issue, let him take it up with the assistant coach.

There are many tough decisions required during a game. On p. 114-115 in the NCAA Football rulebook under "When in Question Rules," use these as philosophies to help in the decision-making process. I strongly suggest you commit these philosophies to memory and use them in your decision-making process.

Switching officials at halftime from each side of the field was narrowly voted down as a new mechanic for the 2013 season. As we did last year, if a crew wants to switch at halftime you may do so. Do not be concerned about the letters on your uniform since they have no effect on the game. Chains will always stay opposite the press box except for Saddleback and Orange Coast Colleges.

Speaking for all the officials who refereed last Saturday, I would like to thank the trainers and ADs who went the extra mile to get water to the officials. Many games were played in temperatures over 105 degrees on the field. Look for the same weather this weekend. Hydrate the day before, as well as the morning of the game.

The key to calling plays right is being able to get in position to see them, if you are not fit enough to get in position to see them, more than likely you're out of position and guessing.

"What's the biggest room in the World? THE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT!" That is where we all live. Good luck this week.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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