From: "Rich Kollen" - email@example.com
Date: Friday, September 13, 2012
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
2012 WEEKLY BULLETIN #3
The SCFA's new Compete with Respect, Sportsmanship and Integrity is still a work in progress. I encourage everyone to again view the video on this issue at:
Athletic Directors and administrators, please monitor your football programs during games to assure that all players and coaches are living up to the basic principles of the agreement signed by all of them.
A few tips on handling coaches:
Deal with the coach's behavior before answering any questions.
Always be in control and speak in calm tones (keep your composure).
Maintain positive and confident body language.
Make direct eye contact with the coach when the situation allows.
Only get into discussion with HEAD coaches.
Only answer coaches' questions, not statements (let them rant, if they want).
In keeping with the conference mission of sportsmanship and respect, coaches and officials have to manage the victory formation at the end of the game. When the team on offense is ahead and the defense is out of time outs, running out the clock is very important. Coaches need to develop a game plan, which should usually include taking a knee. QBs need to be trained to immediately go down on one knee after the snap. Referees need to remind the QB of this, and Umpires should instruct the defense of appropriate action. If we all work together, the game can end with respect for both teams.
Last weekend, late in the game, the team behind in the score was lined up for an onside kick. The receiving team requested and was granted a timeout, despite the fact that they didn't have any timeouts remaining. This mistake is on the officials who need to know how many timeouts the team has remaining. Earlier in the game, one of the officials informed the coach that he had a timeout remaining, which caused the confusion. This cannot happen. We have game cards for a reason! Write down each timeout, and the time it is called. If we mistakenly grant a coach an extra timeout, get the teams back on the field as quickly as possible. There is no penalty for this. This is the officials' fault, not the coach's. For the rest of the season, I would like the wing officials to inform both coaches how many timeouts each team has remaining, each time a timeout is called. Most of the time, the coach won't pay attention to you, but get in this habit, so this doesn't happen again. I can't defend this to a coach. If they request a timeout after they have exhausted their allotment, simply ignore the request.
An eligible receiver was blocked out of bounds and attempted to return immediately when he was blocked again, still out of bounds. The foul was correctly called, and I commend the official for calling it. This is a personal foul for blocking a player out of bounds. Basic spot is the place the defender crossed out of bounds to block the opponent. Also remember, if the receiver is blocked out of bounds and immediately attempts to return to the field, he remains an eligible receiver. If he does not make an effort to return immediately, he may not be the first to touch the pass. (Rule 7-3-4)
Remember the new kickoff rules. All members of the kicking team (other than the kicker) must have one FOOT on or beyond the yard line five yards behind the ball (normally the 30 yard line). As long as the foot is on or beyond the line, the player may be in a three-point stance. (Rule 6-1-2-b)
A coach sent in a play in which the ball carrier dove for the goal line, and blew up the pylon. The official spotted the ball on the 6-inch line. I cannot tell on the video if the call is correct; however, if there is any doubt on this type of play, rule a touchdown. Refer to the SCCFOA philosophies. We do not have replay, and this is probably too close for many of us to rule properly. When in question on this type of play, touchdown.
The back pads that many players are now wearing have a tendency to get caught on the jersey, which causes the pad to be exposed. By rule, this is illegal. (Rule 1-4-7-i) HOWEVER, don't be a rules official. Be a common sense official. Work with the players and equipment people to correct the problem. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that the jerseys are tucked in, which is also required. (Rule 1-4-4-c-1) No flags for this type of thing. Just get it fixed.
Notes from the game observers' reports:
During the 45 minutes before the game, they are seeing all officials within the neutral zone 45-45 (the "DMZ"). Although this is important, there are times when 2-3 officials can supervise the DMZ and others can do things like watching receivers make catches, watching blocking, etc. Have enough awareness to anticipate a problem and move to that area when necessary. That said, there should always be at least one official in the DMZ.
Referees: on kickoffs in which the receiver has taken a knee in the end zone, move to a position in front of the receiver to prevent any possible problems. The same mechanic should be used with QBs who have been sacked while attempting to pass.
Penalty enforcements are taking too long. There is no need to huddle after every flag. Most enforcements are easy to administer, and should be done efficiently.
We need to get to the goal line as the ball carrier crosses the line.
Shut down false starts!! We cannot defend this mistake.
This is not the NFL. They have different signals. Remind yourselves of our touchback signal by reviewing Signal 7 in the rulebook. It is not the same as the NFL.
As Oprah says, "When we know better, we do better." The problem is we don't always have access to the tools and resources to do better in our lives. SCCFOA Officials have ALL the tools and resources to continue to improve. Use them!
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association