From: "Rich Kollen" - email@example.com
Date: Thursday, October 06, 2011
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
2011 WEEKLY BULLETIN #6
This is a "bye" week for many of our colleges. Webster's Dictionary defines "bye" as "in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round." Does anyone know why we call an off-week a "bye-week"? I can't figure it out. You can tell I had some free time last weekend.
We had an official arrive at half-time for a game last weekend. The reason? He went to the wrong college, which was 150 miles away. Always double-check your schedule, and then check it one more time before you leave.
- I am now able to watch more video than ever before with the new Hudl video exchange program. That is a blessing and a curse for all of us. With better video, there are a few things I've noticed.
- Positioning is getting better on long passes, runs and scrimmage kicks. Of course, there are issues with older officials being physically unable to keep up with the players. That can be helped by good positioning.
- The new uniforms coupled with much clearer video are combining to make those few extra lbs. on officials much more noticeable. If you appear in shape, you have better credibility.
- Back Judges are getting too close to the receivers. In a few cases, our Back Judges are interfering with pass receivers. Know your own abilities and work hard to get into proper position to both see the play and not be in danger of becoming part of the play.
- Our crews need to work on quicker penalty enforcements. I acknowledge that tougher enforcements will take some extra time. However, most penalties are routine, and the enforcements should be done faster.
- Referees, there is no need to run away from all players to report a penalty. The camera will find you. Simply step away and give your signals.
- We had an Umpire call a late hit out of bounds. I'm OK with the call, to the extent it is there. If you see it, call it. My concern: where were the wings and deep flank officials? If the Umpire saw it, how did these officials not see it?
- We are continuing to be too technical on pass interference fouls. Remember our philosophy. Get the BIG ones. Let the 50/50 ones go. If I have to slow down the video to super slow motion to see the contact prior to the ball getting there, it is too close.
- The majority of coaches understand the sideline restrictions. That said, I have witnessed assistant coaches entering the field and some even throwing their hats over calls. I once heard a great phrase: "what you permit, you promote." Don't permit this to continue. Our commissioner has also addressed this issue. His stance is: Our officials are there to give every student-athlete a fair chance to perform at their highest level, while enforcing proper decorum and sportsmanship. I believe it is incumbent on our coaches to emphasize the respect that is due to our officials to their athletes and to be good examples by how they talk to and treat our game officials.
A few points to consider for this week's games:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. If the athletes want to wear pink apparel, please let them do so. That includes pink gloves, pink shoes, pink socks, pink towels, etc. In general, let them wear it. In addition, if any officiating crew wants to wear pink whistles or pink lanyards, feel free.
-"Continue to officiate until the colors separate." This is the time of year that we all must be great dead-ball officials. Along those same lines, make sure that we are getting to players out of bounds. If a player goes into the opposing bench, we should have an official in that player's back pocket escorting him back out. Generally, this should be the deep flanks (or Referee if it is the QB). However, if the wings need to get out there, do it. Don't be too concerned with the spot if we have a dangerous situation like this. Note the spot and get out there. We'll get the spot close enough.
- Remember the rules on face paint. "Adhesive material, paint, grease or any other slippery substance applied to equipment or a player's person, clothing or attachment" is illegal. Eye shade is an express exception, but must be a single swipe under a player's eyes and must be solid black with no words, numbers, logos or other symbols. (Rule 1-4-7-g) Don't let players play with their faces painted.
- Sideline interference is NOT a warning. (This isn't high school.) Preventive officiating should be used by reminding coaches that the restricted area needs to be clear to allow us to properly do our job. First and second infractions: delay of game for sideline interference, five yards from the succeeding spot. Third and subsequent infractions, unsportsmanlike conduct for sideline interference, 15 yards from the succeeding spot and automatic first down for fouls on B. (Rule 9-2-5) If there is contact, throw a 15-yard penalty.
- Roughing the passer on a scoring play by A is enforced on the try or on the succeeding kickoff, at the option of A. (Rule 10-2-5-a-1) We had a crew make A decline the penalty to keep the score. Remember, this is a personal foul and carries over.
- Our commissioner, Jim Sartoris, has a blog on the SCFA web site. I encourage you to read it at www.scfafootball.com. Go to "connect," and then go to "blog."
I am getting less and less information from officials each week. Please email me anything that happens during your games, during other games, on TV, etc., that you feel would be helpful to the association. I want to make everyone aware of plays that actually happen. This is all an educational endeavor to make us better officials.
Have a great "bye" week!
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association