Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Friday, October 11, 2013



Let me share with you a comment that officials have told me is being verbalized in the pre-game conferences: "I hope we don't end up in the weekly bulletin." I hope you don't either, but remember that the only purpose of the weekly bulletin is to share what is happening on the community college football field. These bulletins are only intended to raise the awareness of coaches and officials so that everyone better understands this great game of football. Please continue to send me plays and situations from which all officials (and coaches) can benefit. If you ever work a game in which you think you officiated perfectly, you should probably quit, as it will never happen again. We all make mistakes; let's learn from them.

In a recent TV game, defensive pass interference (DPI) was called. There was a question if the pass was touched by a defensive player, which by rule eliminates the DPI. This went to the replay booth where the replay official correctly ruled that the ball was touched by the defense while in contact with the passer's hand. The takeaway from this is that a forward pass starts when the passer's arm starts forward, not when it leaves his hand. (See Rule 2-19-2-b "When a Team A player is holding the ball to pass it forward toward the neutral zone, any intentional forward movement of his hand or arm with the ball firmly in his control starts the forward pass.") The replay official was Fred Gallagher, a long time SCCFOA observer and instructor.

This season we have a few high school officials who have accepted the challenge to study college football rules, mechanics, and philosophies. A few have been given opportunities to be on the field officiating. They have told me the biggest differences between high school and community college officiating are the players' size and speed, being accountable for what they call, and the intensity of our coaches. These officials are our future. In order to build an officiating program, newer officials need opportunities. I am always asked if we need officials, and my answer is always yes...good ones.

In a recent bulletin, I discussed the need for the officials to use their whistles to end plays. Officials must being reading the bulletins, because in the last two weeks, we have had five inadvertent whistles (IW). This will be a learning process. Stay focused, and I know this will improve. When an IW occurs, Referees go to the coach of the team in possession and give him the options. Then, make a short announcement so the other team and fans also know. Do not try to fake your way out of it. The film won't lie. Owning up to the mistake will go a lot farther with the coaches.

Last week, we missed a double throat-slash after a long TD run. Back Judges, you need to focus all your attention on the player scoring the TD. Murphy's law then takes over; the TD was for the win, the scoring team is given a 15-yard penalty on the try and then they are offsides on the kickoff. You do the math. All the coach thinks is that he could have scored if the call was made. We can't miss these. (See Rule 9-2-1-a-1(a), specifically outlawing slashing of the throat.)

I have a few tips for you to discuss at this week's pre-game. When a defensive lineman jumps into the offensive side of the field, when in question about whether there was contact, rule contact and shut the play down for defense offsides with contact. Call the BIG FOULS that can be supported on video. If you just think it was a foul, leave it alone. Let's not start looking for things to penalize, but rather let the game come to you. There might be some confusion of goal line mechanics. The SCCFOA will go into goal line mechanics at the five-yard line. Forward progress, give them all they deserve. Complaints are always that officials do not give enough yardage. Leave the locker room cleaner than when you arrived.

We expect that at this level you learn the NCAA rules of the game. During the summer, many of you have started study sessions. The Internet has more sites than anyone in this lifetime can visit can to help in you study. Once the season starts, we switch to mechanics, since your performance is being evaluated each week on video. The colleges we serve have supported seven officials. Using correct mechanics will put you is the best possible position to get the call correct. Seven officials allow for every eligible receiver to be covered during the play. Your appearance and signals go a long way to improve your professional approach to officiating. As far as appearrances, we are so fortunate to wear the black pants as opposed to the tight white knickers. But sometimes these pants aren't fitted correctly and look sloppy. Please take notice and if custom tailoring is needed please do so. I cannot stress how important it is to look professional on the field.

When players get into scuffles, break it up. Use language like "knock that stuff off! Your actions during these times separates good from not so good officiating. Many times strong actions better serve the situation than a flag. Last week we flagged a retaliation to a push. The instigator, who initiated the problem, got a free pass. If there is to be a flag, get the perpetrator.

Unbalanced lines. If a team decides to cover the TE with an end, that's legal as long as there are no more than four off the LOS. The TE cannot be a receiver if covered. If the TE is in a three point stance and moves, this is a false start. Be strict on alignment. When they show unbalanced or anything that might be construed as being deceptive. Otherwise, in regular alignments please do not be technical.

Good luck this week!

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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