Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012



I recently participated in a golf tournament for pancreatic cancer. The tournament was conducted by friends of Greg Willard, who is currently battling this disease. Greg refereed in the NBA for 24 years, but for many of those years he also officiated community college football and baseball in Southern California. Please keep Greg in your thoughts as he goes through this battle.

I am aware that 98% of our officials work Friday night high school. With that said, one of the biggest rule changes is shutting down a play for defensive off sides both on scrimmage and kicking downs. I suggest putting a reminder somewhere on your person; i.e. taping a finger or marking the bottom of your cap to remind you of this important NCAA rule.

I have asked all officials to study the SCCFOA officiating philosophies. Each week I will be highlighting one. Philosophy: If there is a potential offensive holding but the action occurs clearly away from the point of attack and has no (or could have no) effect on the play, offensive holding should not be called.

One of the hardest calls in football officiating is catch/no catch of a forward pass. At the level of football where replay is used, this is also one of the toughest decisions, both by the on field and replay officials. At the bottom of p.109 in the NCAA rulebook is our officials' philosophy on making this difficult call. When in question, a catch or recovery is NOT complete! If we all buy into this philosophy, we can be more consistent in making this tough call.

Remember an offensive tackle can move or shift if they are not in a three point stance. The movement or shift must be done in a way not to simulate the snap. I have seen the tackle with his hands on or below the knee abruptly jerk up look to the sidelines or move. If there is any reaction from the defense or doubt, call the false start early in the game and it will avoid problems later.

Our coaches are doing a much better job allowing officials the first two yards of sideline to officiate. Many coaches have assigned a coach (let's call him a get back coach) to help officials clear that area tp work. Officials: before this week's game, ask the head coach if he has assigned a coach to this important task.

I understand there has been some discussion about our observers telling you different things each week. Our observers are working for little or nothing. They all have many years of experience on the field. Take all the information in a constructive way. Little details can be asked at your local association meeting. Football officiating is a very subjective thing. Take everything from our observers that will help you be better.

Notes from observers and game reports: umpires need to turn on passes over the middle of the field to help rule on catches. BJ should be 25 yds off the ball; SJ/FJ start at 20 yds. If you need more of a head start, we need to find new deep officials. In order to have an automatic 1st down for defensive holding, we MUST have a pass that crossed the line of scrimmage. Watch what you tell players. A coach called to ask why the official told his defense NO leaping. The coach and player took it to mean they could not jump up to block scrimmage kicks.

Last week I discussed the pre-game hand shake. That will be the process in the American Pacific Conference. Antelope Valley, Glendale, LA Pierce, West LA, LA Valley, LA Southwest, San Barbara, San Monica.

On scrimmage kicks from the punt formation, someone has to see a touching the receivers down field. We had a play where the rolling ball hits the heel of a receiver. That created an opportunity for B to recover and get a new series of downs. Four officials had the chance to step up and make the tough call. Sadly no one saw what happened!!!

Discuss the reporting of personal fouls vs unsportsmanlike conduct fouls at you next pre game. This happens a lot during dead ball time. We call pushing and other acts personal fouls when they should be unsportsmanlike. If the call is unsportsmanlike, the referee needs to tell the coach and remind him the next unsportsmanlike call is an ejection.

To be ruled an illegal forward pass, the passer's entire body must be beyond the line of scrimmage.

A receiver may raise his hand and arm above this head to shade his eyes from the sun or lights. Any waving signal anywhere will cause the receiver no advance. This was called incorrectly last week.

From the common sense file: A is in position for a extra point (PAT); the kicking team, realizing they have on 10 players on the field, runs a lineman in with the 25 sec clock running down. Crew treats it as a substitution, moves umpire over ball and time expirers. My thinking is that the defense was not put at any disadvantage and most linemen can not get from midfield to the 3 yd line in 3 seconds.

Refereeing is not about perfection it is about the pursuit of perfection.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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