Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2011



A local paper highlighted a feel-good story yesterday about a Santa Ana Community College football player. In 2006, this athlete (then a high school student) became ill during practice. Within days, he was fighting for his life after being diagnosed with cancer. Earlier this year, he was pronounced cancer-free, and was able to return to the game he loves. Playing 20-30 pounds under his high school weight, he has been given a second lease on life as a Don to play football. It helps put into perspective that this great game is just that, a game. There are people out there every day fighting life and death issues. Even those people love the game of football!
A few learning experiences from last weekend's games:

     -Head Linesman and Line Judge both punch back for a backward pass. Referee rules the pass forward and incomplete. This should not be happening at this level. Referees, you have a pretty poor look at that pass. Trust your crew members with the best look.

     -Coaches and equipment personnel need to address uniform issues such as shoulder pads not covered and clear mouthpieces. Remember, by NCAA rule, mouthpieces cannot be all white or transparent. They must be of any readily visible color. (Rule 1-4-4-e) (A clear mouthpiece with a solid red line running through it is a readily visible color.) Officials, when policing equipment problems, get help from coaches, trainers and equipment managers. Another issue we've run into is players having towels less than four inches wide looking more like flags or streamers. These are not "towels" pursuant to the rules. Crews need to be constant week to week in this enforcement, include it on your game report.

     -Two inadvertent whistles were reported last weekend. These usually result from a lack of focus and concentration. These types of mistakes are hard to defend. In one case, the IW took away a fumble recovery by the defense. Let's work hard to fix this.

     -A crew did not properly enforce a ten-second runoff. This mistake allowed the penalized team to get off a field goal attempt. Remember, intentional grounding in the last minute of either half causes a run-off. (See Rule 3-4-4-a-2)

     -On a kickoff, it is the responsibility of the Umpire and Back Judge to know whether the ball was pooch-kicked or driven into the ground. It makes a big difference. Why? Review Rule 6-1. B cannot fair catch a ball that has already been grounded. In addition, B must be given an unimpeded opportunity to catch a kick. If the ball is grounded, B has no such protection. After determining if the ball was kicked into the ground or pooched, the Umpire and Back Judge should assist with illegal blocks and possible illegal touching by A.

     -QB is in shotgun formation and takes a clear step forward (with a lot of body movement), which caused the defense to jump offside and make contact. The crew incorrectly penalized the defense. Referee, this is your call. If a player simulates the start of the play, it is a false start. If this movement causes the defense to jump, it is a foul on the offense.

     -If you throw a flag and are also responsible for forward progress, stay at the spot of forward progress until another official comes to hold the spot. (Other officials, quickly get someone to hold that spot.) The progress spot is more important than immediately giving the Referee the foul information. Take your time in that situation.

     -Understand the rules related to defensive holding. (Rule 9-3-4). Defensive holding against an eligible receiver beyond the LOS on a play in which a legal forward pass crosses the LOS results in an automatic first down. On a running play or a play in which a forward pass does not cross the LOS, there is no automatic first down. It is simply a 10-yard foul.

     -In a close game, A had the ball 3rd and 3. B is assessed a sideline penalty. Two problems here. The penalty was thrown on a coach for being in the restricted area during a dead ball period. Read Rule 9-2-5. The penalty only applies "while the ball is in play." Second, letÕs use some common sense. This is a safety rule. It isn't to be used to show a coach "who is in charge."

DPI Philosophy:
We have not changed our philosophy on bang-bang contact by defenders. In order to have defensive pass interference, there are two important components. 1. There must be an obvious restriction. 2. There must be a visible material affect. On a "bang-bang" play, where the defender, receiver, and ball arrive at approximately the same time, we do not want pass interference (offense or defense) called. Let's be consistent. There must be early contact, and it must be clear. Don't guess.

Post-Game Discussion:
We have discussed the importance of a post-game discussion. Asking an official what he saw on that play with about 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter should be a learning experience, not a negative comment. We can all learn from a 5-10 minute discussion prior to jumping in the showers. The high-fives and congratulations on the "great" call should be saved until youÕve had time to review the video. You may be surprised.

Referees' Keys to Protecting the Kicker:
Roughing Š Must have a hit on the kickerÕs plant foot or go though the kicker's body.
Running into the Kicker Š Not giving him a place to put the kicking leg down.
When in question, it is roughing. (See Rule 9-1-16-a-8)

The National League West baseball race has tightened over the past week and Arizona Diamondbacks Manager, Kirk Gibson, said he is watching closely to see how his team responds to the pressure. "In my career, I just loved the feeling," he said. "It's hard to explain, but I think it's one of the ways that, in the end, you measure yourself on how you react and contribute in those situations." Our coaches and officials experience many of the same pressures each weekend.

Thanks again for all of your hard work. Good luck this weekend!

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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