Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
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 the field. Pre-game-Athletic directors have complimented our officials for the control we are exhibiting before the game during warm-ups. Keep up the good work. 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 rare). 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 an issue. Thought for the pre-game conferences-"If they are beat they cheat." Is this something you can use in evaluating a potential call?

-Rich Kollen

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