From: "Rich Kollen" - email@example.com
Date: Thurs, 14 Sept 2006
This is the third week of the season, and conference games start this week. Intensity by the players and coaches will increase, and so should your focus and level of concentration. Keep up the professional level of officiating that you have shown the first two weeks.
· We have had officials arriving late to games (less than the time requested by the referee). Traffic is not an excuse. You live in Southern California. You must plan for bad traffic.
· If the runner dives into the end zone in an obvious attempt to draw attention to himself, this is an unsportsmanlike foul and MUST be called. If the potential for an opponent to tackle the runner is not imminent, then any dive by the runner into the end zone is suspect. After the touchdown, the BJ should stay with the scoring player to prevent any celebration fouls.
· R, when marking the ball ready for play, use the traditional ready signal, or wind the clock signal (depending on the status of the ball). Do not give both signals at the same time.
· R, when there is a live ball foul, give a preliminary signal immediately after the reporting official informs you of the foul. By giving the early preliminary signal, other officials will know the situation as well as the coaches. This is especially critical for the coaches who may be pondering the possible choices based on the foul.
· All officials should get into the habit of writing down the number of the player you called for a foul. Coaches tend to be very suspicious of a foul called on their team by an official who doesn't remember the violator's number. Remembering the number will help keep coaches off your back. On major penalties, you MUST know the number.
· We discuss this every year, but please make sure to give a runner all the forward progress that he deserves. Don't cheat a runner. Statistics show that officials inevitably shortchange runners rather than give too much.
· We had a couple of inadvertent whistles last weekend. Never say that it can't happen to you. Although your whistles should be used to signal that the ball is dead (use of the whistle can help us avoid penalties and injuries from late hits), make sure you see leather before you blow. Inadvertent whistles happen when you are not focused and lose concentration on a play. Don't be afraid to blow your whistle to signal to the players that the play is over, but be certain that the ball is dead before you do.
· When a 12th player leaves the huddle and the huddle breaks less than 3 seconds later, we have an illegal substitution. Although this is primarily the R's call, flanks should not be afraid to step up if the R forgets.
· Sideline headphones are not covered by our rules. If one side's headphones go out, tell the other side that their opponent's headphones are not working, so they should be professional and remove their headphones. Leave it at that. If they do not remove their headphones, there isn't anything that we can do by rule.
· FJ and SJ, you must get to the pylon on long runs and passes. Too many of you are signaling TD from the 10-15 yard line. There are seven officials out there. We shouldn't find it hard to get to the goal line.
· Umpires need to get up to the LOS on pass plays. When you read pass, move up quickly. If you don't, you run the risk of being part of the play.
Flanks need to make sure that the sidelines are clear. Unlike high school, the coaches are not supposed to be within 2 yards of the sideline. This is your area to work. Keep it clear. If you don't get control early, you'll never get control in the fourth quarter.