Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013



The governing body of athletics for California Community Colleges is the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The CCCAA board is made up of college presidents/CEOs. They receive input from the management council, which consists of representatives from each sport, athletic trainers, sports information directors, and academic counselors. Seventy-two colleges play football in the state. There are two conferences, North and South, divided into divisions based on their level of competition. Over 26,000 student-athletes participated in 23 Men’s and Women’s sports in 2012/13. The #1 concern of the CCCAA is the student-athlete and academics. The CCCAA student-athletes have a much higher transfer rate than the average student body. They are required to be enrolled in, and attending, 12 units of classes, checked weekly, and complete 24 units with a 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible to complete a second year. Additionally, they must develop an academic plan with a counselor by October 15 of their first year of competition. Just wanted you to have some background.

Targeting has not been an issue the first two weeks of the season. Players, coaches, and officials need to be congratulated on changing their thinking on these dangerous non-football hits. The concern about the safety of our student-athletes with the new rules has not taken the excitement out of this great game. While on the subject, officials correctly pulled off another official’s targeting call (good crew officiating). The question then is: since it is not targeting, is there a foul? A coach was told that, because the contact was not above the head, it was not targeting, but they enforced an unnecessary roughness (UNR) penalty. Correct call? Or could it have been just a good football play? My point is that it could certainly be a UNR, but because the targeting is taken off, consider no foul and just a good football play.

Hints for players to prevent risking being disqualified for targeting: Don’t lead with your head. Lower your target zone. Don’t go for the head or neck area.

I am hearing about officials discussing calls with coaches long after the play has been adjudicated. A few tips: talk only to the head coach; tell him what you saw and why the call was made. The military has an adage, “develop scar tissue on your tongue.” The simple meaning in dealing with senior officers is to “bite your tongue.” Any further discussion will not be helpful. It is the same with a head coach getting in the last word. It is not that important.

Delay of Game Fouls: For punt plays – we need to shut the play down ASAP. If a player has been warned, and they continue to make the mistake and run with the ball after a valid or invalid signal, then a foul must be called. But for the most part, let’s try to stay away from having to make this call. BJ needs to communicate with receivers on every punt play on legal signals and advancing the ball after giving the signal. Remember, the receiver can raise his arm and hand above his head, shade the sun, but waving of the hands or arms will kill the play.

Delay of game defense – these fouls are to be called if a defensive player is coming up to the line and making an abrupt movement to draw the offense offside. If an adjacent offensive player reacts, it’s against the defense. If a non-adjacent player false starts, i.e., receiver, etc., then it could be a false start on the offense. The DOG call, in this case, needs to be made by the umpire (primary), or LOS officials (secondary), not deep officials.

Athletic Directors, please check your five home games on Arbiter to see if the game time is correct. The commissioner has approved numerous time changes to accommodate colleges. Since the officials and I go by Arbiter, I might have made a mistake in not changing Arbiter when given the change. In addition, PLEASE do a better job training your clock operator. Our officials are also reminded to instruct them. This is an important function of game management, where we have seen some problems lately.

Recently, we had intentional grounding called as the QB was scrambling to the HL side and threw a pass. By rule, if the QB is outside the tackle, all he needs to do is to get the ball over the line of scrimmage within the field of play or out of bounds (Rule 7-3-2-h Exception). The ball is clearly beyond the LOS and the HL informs the referee to call intentional grounding. Learning point, HL and LJ need to work together to get it correct and the intent is that even if the ball is inches short of the line, it is a no call.

Don't be too technical on ineligibles downfield. Please make sure that the lineman is 6-8 yards downfield before throwing the flag (I know the rule, but let's use some common sense and remember advantage/disadvantage). Also, remember that if the pass is thrown behind the line of scrimmage, there is NO foul for ineligibles downfield. The same philosophy needs to be applied to the QB beyond the LOS. Do not nit-pick; make it BIG! To call an illegal forward pass for the passer being beyond the LOS, the passer’s WHOLE body must clearly be beyond the LOS. (Rule 7-3-2-a)

We need to do a better job getting all officials on the same page recognizing their keys. Simply, a key refers to the player on offense that each official is assigned to watch. These keys change, depending on formation and motion. When officials do not stay with their keys, they are missing holding, receivers going out of bounds, pass interference, and other important calls. This needs to be discussed at every pre-game. I know you eventually may switch keys during a play, but in general, let’s stay with our keys a little longer.

After watching some games on video, I am not seeing every crew signaling when substitutes enter the game. Many of our colleges are running hurry up offenses, putting pressure on officials to spot the ball quickly and recognize substitutions. To administer the rule correctly, it is necessary for flank and deep to signal the referee on substitutions on every play. It is the referee’s decision whether or not to communicate with the umpire and hold the play until the substitution process is completed. Referees, please discuss this at your pre-game this week.

Thanks for all your hard work. Good luck this week!

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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