Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 13:07:13

Two conferences have byes this weekend. If you are off, please enjoy the time with your family. I have noticed that many of the problems that we are experiencing on the field are the result of a loss of concentration, communication, common sense and focus. Work every play like it will decide the game. It just might. Flanks-Make sure that you cover cross-field mechanics in your next pregame. This past week, a flank official who trailed the play and missed the correct spot by three yards. The opposite flank official had the correct spot, but when the referee questioned the covering official, that official insisted on staying with the incorrect spot. This is a situation in which we must leave our egos in the locker room. Don't be embarrassed, just be correct. Communication continues to be an issue. Last week, there was a game that turned ugly due to a miscommunication of the correct number of timeouts remaining in the first half. B was told that A was out of timeouts (due to an incorrect timeout signal). When the next play ended at the two yard line, the officials granted A another timeout with two seconds on the clock. Of course, A scored on the next play. Although the timeout situation was ultimately correct, the lack of communication made things look bad. All officials must know the correct number of timeouts remaining for each team and the deep flanks must communicate this with the coaches. In the same game, due to a lack of concentration, the officials missed "12 on the field" for B during a punt. If we have three officials counting the defense, we must be able to count to 12. Every official must count their team on every play. This is especially true on fourth down. This is impossible to defend to coaches and there is no excuse, especially with 7 officials. Flanks-Make sure to keep your sidelines clear. Remember, in college, before the down begins, the coaches and team personnel MUST be out of the six foot area between the sideline and team box. This is for the officials' use only. Don't be afraid to use sideline warnings to manage the sidelines. Use the following procedure: 1. Try to choose a point in the game where the flow of the game is not significantly altered. 2. The deep official on the offending team's sideline throws a flag high in the air while the ball is dead. Note, do not throw a flag for sideline warning while the ball is live. 3. The deep official informs the coach that he is being assessed a sideline warning. 4. The flank official informs the referee, who faces the press box and gives the signal. 5. The flank official on the offending team's side of the field records the warning on his foul card. 6. The deep official on the other sideline makes sure to communicate to the opposing coach that the opponent is being assessed a sideline warning. Finally, but possibly most important, too many penalties have been enforced incorrectly. This is not just a referee task, but a crew task. The downgrade is assessed against the entire crew. If you believe an enforcement is incorrect, STEP UP and save the crew. To help the crew, do what you can to make the enforcement simple. For example, this past weekend there was a scrimmage kick play in which R was awaiting for the ball to come to rest. K committed a personal foul for unnecessary roughness on R when the ball was nearly dead. The officials determined that because the ball was not yet at rest, it was a live ball foul and had to be enforced from the previous spot. Use common sense and keep it simple. Make that foul a dead ball foul assessed from the succeeding spot. R should keep the ball.

-Rich Kollen

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