From: "Rich Kollen" - email@example.com
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 07:59:57
Hope everyone had a good week and is looking forward to another weekend
of well-officiated football. From all reports, the games went well
last weekend. Please continue to work hard and help each other on the
field. Remember the most important thing is to get the play correct on
Pre-game-Athletic directors have complimented our officials for the
control we are exhibiting before the game during warm-ups. Keep up the
Pre-game-During pre-game coaches' conferences, officials should not be
tipping off any coaches on "mental sets," such as "we are looking for
offsides by the kicking team tonight." Avoid these types of discussions
with coaches before the game. We should catch everything and not be
overly focused on one play over another.
Correction from last week-If a runner's helmet comes completely off,
whistle the play dead and stop the clock. Wind it on the ready. This is
an official's time-out (Rule 3-3-2-a-19).
Many of you are emailing me with concerns about evaluators' comments.
I apologize for not being able to respond to each of you individually
about your performance. Rest assured that if there is a problem, I will
call you. The evaluations are simply used by the instructional staff
to improve our overall program.
Referees-When ruling on a fumble or forward pass, if the passer is hit
from behind, rule it a fumble and you will be correct a high percentage
of the time.
Referees-If a punter runs sideways in any direction, he loses
protection if he kicks on the run. If he is able to run, then stop and
establish himself again as a punter, he is again entitled to protection (very
Flanks-When there is a close play with a runner diving for the pylon,
if you see the ball, arms and elbows, call it a touchdown. Chances are
you are not good enough to mark the ball at the one-foot line.
If B holds during a running play, the enforcement spot is the end of
the run. We recently had a team decline a defensive holding penalty in
order to keep their 22-yard run.
Common Sense Play of the Week-Last week we had a referee stop the clock
with time running out (less than 25 seconds) to put the correct team's
ball into the game. This gave the team another play, in which they
scored to win the game. Although it is an official's responsibility to
get the correct ball into the game, we must use common sense when time is
Thought for the pre-game conferences-"If they are beat they cheat." Is
this something you can use in evaluating a potential call?