Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@me.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, October 08, 2015



This past year, the PGA provided a positive example of sportsmanship. During a major championship, thumbs-up gestures from Jordan Spieth, and similar examples from Jason Day and Rory McElroy, showed respect for their opponents. Sure, they all want to win, but they are also mindful to treat their rivals the way they want to be treated. I understand that the golf culture is different than football, but the NCAA rulebook on pages 9 through 11 addresses sportsmanship in a similar manner. I encourage each of you to read it this week before your games.

If the quarterback is outside the tackle box and throws the ball away, there is no foul, as long as it crosses the line of scrimmage extended. Rule 7-3-2-h (Exception). The Referee must make the decision if the quarterback is in or out of the tackle box; no other official can-or should have to-help. Also, on this type of play, there is no foul for ineligible players downfield. Mechanics Manual, Page 28, Other Passing Situations, #8.

Catch/no catch and fumble/down by rule continue to be the toughest calls with which we are confronted each week. Consistency among crews is a never-ending work in progress. The rulebook gives us a philosophy: when in question principles on page FR 114 for catch/fumble, "catch or recovery not completed." On fumble/down by rule, statistics tell us that a very high percentage of the time, the ball is fumbled; the runner is not down by rule. See Mechanics Manual, Page 27, Fumbles Philosophies, #1: "When in question, the runner fumbled the ball and was not down." Those philosophies are there to help us all. Let's use them.

A charged team time out should not exceed 1 minute, 30 seconds. The Referee needs to alert the teams at one-minute mark, and start the 25 second play clock 5 seconds later. All officials need to help get the teams back on the field and ready to play. Make sure that the defense is on the field and in position. We aren't as worried about the offense, as they'll hurry once the play clock starts. That said, please do your best to keep from having a delay of game after coming out of a time out. Speaking of time outs, when signaling which team has taken a time out, Referees should simply face the press box, give the time out signal, and give a strong one-arm extension pointing to the team calling the time out (similar to your signal for which team has committed a foul). We no longer face the team and signal with two arms.

Recently, I have noticed crews reviewing video of the teams they will be officiating that week. Although preparation is good, I sometimes question the value of knowing the stats of key players, formations they will be running, the #'s of players, etc. If you have that much time available, I suggest you watch video of catch/fumble plays, ball carrier down or fumble, the various types of defensive pass interference, correct penalty enforcement, substitution mechanics, illegal formations, etc. I appreciate your focus and preparation, but I'd rather you focus on these things than come into a game with a premonition of the outcome or players.

If a player's helmet comes off during play, the player cannot continue to participate in the play. He is also deemed a "player out of the play" and cannot be blocked by another player. Both situations carry a 15-yard personal foul penalty. Remember, the player can continue in the immediate action following the loss of the helmet, but cannot start a new action and cannot pursue the play. It is a spot foul (3 and 1) where he begins to participate (starts pursuing). Rule 9-1-17.

On a kickoff, the restraining line plane changes depending on the kick. Typically, for the kickers or receivers, if it is a deep free kick, the restraining line is a soft plane and the player must have a foot down, breaking the plane prior to the kick to be a foul we want called. If the kick is a short pooch kick or an onside kick, the plane is a hard plane and ANY body part beyond the plane is a foul that needs to be called, as it may give the fouling team an advantage.

In NCAA rules, there is no provision for a receiver being blocked out of bounds during a catch who would have returned inbounds without the contact (the "force-out" rule). By rule, however, if the receiver is CARRIED OUT by the defender, and in your judgment, would have returned inbounds, you can award a catch. Rule 4-1-3-p. I have never seen this happen. When in doubt, the player is out of bounds.

The SCFA is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the ability of our programs and student-athletes to honor the memories of afflicted friends and loved ones by displaying the color pink. As a reminder, however, please ensure that all such items are both approved by the head coach and are approved football equipment (e.g. no pink towels, pink ribbons, pink shaded visors, etc.). We are bound by NCAA rules. The NCAA requires all towels to be white. However, pink wristbands, shoelaces, socks (if all team members wear the same color and design) are permitted. SCFA officials may wear pink wristbands or whistles to honor Breast Cancer Awareness. Those two items are approved.

When Cerritos College and El Camino College face each other in football this Saturday, there's more at stake than just bragging rights and a recruiting advantage. They started playing each other in 1962. The schools also play for possession of the Milk Can Trophy. This Saturday, the two will square off for the 39th time, with El Camino holding a 24-12-2 advantage in the series. Head coach John Featherstone has been at El Camino for 29 years, and Frank Mazzotta, Cerritos Head Coach, has been at Cerritos for 39 years, so they have been a part of the series for many years. Good luck to both teams, and thank you for being a part of this great tradition in California community college football.

As always, thank you for your dedication to the student-athletes and the schools. Travel safe, and please contact me with questions or concerns, as well as any information for future bulletins.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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