From: "Rich Kollen" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Friday, October 03, 2014
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
2014 WEEKLY BULLETIN #5
The following is a challenge to coaches and athletic directors: young officials are needed who have a passion for the game. The NFL started a grassroots program in the Los Angeles area to identify young (18-23) former athletes who might want to get involved in football officiating. They provide the training, uniforms, and guidelines for these young people to get started. Judson Howard, a member of our association, is heading up the program. Coaches and ADs, if you have such an individual who you think might be interested in becoming a football official, please email me the name and contact information, and I will help him or her get started.
In a recent game, on 4th down there was an intentional grounding foul committed in team A's end zone. The crew should have given Team B the option of accepting the penalty resulting in a safety, or declining the penalty and taking the ball at the previous spot. Remember, it was fourth down. The score was 7-7, the penalty put them up by 2. Someone on the crew needed to step up and remind the Referee to give the coach the option. BIG miss in this game. Remember, if you can't remember the difference between high school rules and college rules, don't officiate both.
Please remember, under NCAA rules, defensive players may enter the neutral zone without a foul as long as there is no reaction from the offensive player. I have seen plays shut down by our officials using this high school rule. See above.
I find it hard to believe I need to remind officials the following: if a field goal is missed outside the 20-yard line, the ball is next put in play at that spot! If missed inside the 20-yard line, it would next be put in play at the 20-yard line. Rule 8-4-2-b.
Back Judges must bean bag the end of a kick. Two observers' reports said this was not happening. It is a good idea for the Back Judge to carry two bean bags in the event of long returns. Someone will retrieve your bag later.
When we have a targeting call, we need to take time and discuss the ruling with other officials. There is always the possibility that only one official saw the hit, but that is rare. The process is for the Referee to seek other input before making the announcement. Any official with any information should make sure to get in on the conversation.
I know I already discussed this in a prior bulletin, but it still floors me. I cannot defend to a coach how we allowed a touchdown to be scored with 12 players on offense. So we need to fix the mechanics of counting players. The Umpire and Referee are primary for counting offense. Head Linesman and Line Judge, you should be backup. If you have any question about whether there are 12 players in formation, shut the play down immediately. If it turns out there are only 11 players, the Referee may simply waive off the flag. Better to waive off the flag than miss a big call.
The only person that needs to signal touchdown are the covering officials. There is no need for back up touchdown signals at this level of football.
Remember that a ball carrier is permitted to hurdle a defensive player. I understand that it may be dangerous, but we don't write the rules, we merely enforce them. An old school official flagged this last weekend. I am happy to say that a younger official stepped up and the penalty was waved off. Good job by the whole crew in getting this right!
The foul for ineligible receivers downfield has been discussed in these bulletins before. I have never been big on the call; however, with the new offenses, linemen and or ineligible receivers (covered up) now must be addressed. If ineligible receivers are more than three yards downfield when a pass is thrown beyond the line of scrimmage, it is a foul. As with every foul, some common sense is important and warning the coach on a close call is a good idea. Preventive officiating is more important than officiating by the letter of the law.
After every change of possession (with one exception), the ball should be placed on a yard line to begin the new series. For example, if a punt is returned with the ball between team B's 33 and 34 yard lines, move the ball forward to team B's 34 yard line. The only exception would be after a fourth down play, when it should be returned to the actual spot of the new first down. After 1st-3rd down plays, the ball should be placed where it became dead.
I have witnessed several changes of possession in which teams are huddling by the numbers, and then sending out the 11 players. Remind coaches that these gatherings need to be near the sidelines. Also remember, when the team breaks the huddle at the sideline, substitution mechanics should be used.
Academic success of all California's community college athletes is trusted to the academic advisors. There are many dedicated, hard-working individuals at each campus tracking athletes to ensure they remain eligible, and helping to develop their educational plan for success off the field. One of the leaders in this field is also on the football staff at Mt. SAC. Evans Roderick, Associate Head Coach, is in charge of special teams. He spent 35 years at Mt. SAC in various capacities, including 21 years as Academic Counselor for the Mt. SAC Student-Athletes. Roderick is credited for setting up the Model Academic Support Program for California Community College Student-Athletes. Roderick also serves as the Assistant Meet Director of the world famous Mt. SAC Relays. Evans and his wife, Anita, have two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren. He is just one of the many dedicated professionals giving their all to make our student-athletes better. We applaud all they do.
SUCCESS COMES TO THOSE WHO ARE TOO BUSY TO LOOK FOR IT
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association