Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 19:39:37

Good job so far in this young season. A few comments: All: Note that Golden West and Saddleback College have been authorized to have the chains work on the press box side of the field during home games. R: In seven-person mechanics, R should always be positioned on the side of the field (1) of the QB's throwing arm, (2) of the punter's kicking foot, and (3) that the holder is facing (try and FG attempt). R/HL/LJ/FJ/SJ: Any time there is a fumble forward and out of bounds, return the ball where fumbled (where your bean bag should be) and start the clock on the ready. FJ/SJ: During a free/scrimmage kick nearing the goal line, ALWAYS stand on or behind the pylon. If the kick hits the pylon before touching anything else out of bounds, it is a touchback. When in question, it is always a touchback. BJ/FJ/SJ: On scrimmage kicks, if the ball strikes the ground or another player, and THEN a fair catch signal is given before a catch or recovery (an invalid fair catch signal), the ball is dead when recovered without any penalty. If the invalid signal is given AFTER the ball is caught or recovered, the ball is dead when the signal is given and placed at the spot of the signal (if behind where the ball was caught or recovered). U: You MUST assist on passes over the middle. This is IMPERATIVE. No one is better positioned to rule on this type of play than U. However, there is no need to rule on a pass play on the sidelines, unless asked for help. We should have two other officials in better position to rule. Defensive Holding: Holding on an eligible receiver when the pass crosses the line of scrimmage is a 10-yard penalty and an automatic first-down. Warm-ups: Pursuant to the new Decorum Policy, make sure to keep the players between their end zone and their 45-yard line. We must always have a few officials stationed near the 50-yard line during warm-ups to enforce the policy. Whistles: I am well aware that officials do not want to use their whistles out of fear of the dreaded inadvertent whistle. However, there are times a whistle is needed to help keep control. If you see the runner down and the ball in his possession, blow your whistle. There are three types of football officials. Which one do you want to be? (1) Officials that WONDER what happened (never saw anything); (2) Officials that WATCH what happened (saw something, but couldn't pull the trigger); or (3) Officials that MAKE things happen (saw something and properly reacted). Observed Situation: K "pooched" a free kick into the air about twenty yards and the ball was caught by K. The crew ruled kick catch interference and gave the ball to R at the spot of the foul. Remember: (1) it is not kick catch interference if there was no R in a position to catch the kick (ball is dead and belongs to K); and (2) if it IS kick catch interference (K contacts R or alters R's course to the catch), a 15-yard penalty applies from the spot of the foul. Submitted Situation from an official (should be included in this week's pre-game conferences): A-20 runs ball up the middle for a five-yard gain when he is hit and turned slightly. Ball pops loose backward concurrent with a second hit and is recovered by B-30. U drops his bean bag. HL closes and holds forward-progress spot but does not blow his whistle because he was blocked from seeing the ball. Obviously, when-in-question, the runner fumbled. But as to forward progress, "When-in-question, the ball is dead." Rule 4-1-3(a). When R solicits my input as HL, I say that forward progress was stopped, but because the runner's back was to me I couldn't see whether ball was loose before or after progress stopped. R asks LJ and U, but both are in doubt. The crew ruled that the ball was dead before the fumble, much to the loud disapproval of the defensive sideline. As I rethink this call over and over, it seems to me that the forward-progress when-in-question rule should take precedence over the fumbled-ball when-in-question rule in this situation. But am I wrong?

-Rich Kollen

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