Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006

As we head into week seven, I assume the season is going as quickly for each of you as it is for me.  Most of the reports from the Athletic Directors and the coaches continue to be positive.  Keep up the good work.  However, we must continue to focus and concentrate on every play.  Also, please continue to improve in your communication with coaches.  If you are an experienced official, I expect you to step up when you see an official not properly communicating to a coach.  

I have been impressed with the low number of cancellations among the officials.  You should know that much time is put into assigning games based on level of experience.  If you cancel, it often changes the composition and quality of the entire crew.  Thank you for sticking to your schedules.

That said, I have been continuously receiving reports of officials arriving late.  You must be present when the Referee wants to start the pre-game meeting.  If you are unable to get to games on time, please give back your games so we can reassign them to officials who are committed to the SCCFOA.

Here are the items from the past two weeks:

* I received a call from an AD during a game.  The issue was the procedure to be followed if the headsets for one team malfunction.  I explained to him (as I outlined in the bulletin a few weeks ago) that headsets are not covered by our rules.  Therefore, I remind you that, should the Referee be notified that one team's headsets are not working, the Referee should take the time to notify the opponents and suggest that they remove their headsets until the problem is fixed.  That's as far as we can go.

* It remains aggravating when a crew is reminded during the pre-game meeting to keep track of all penalties that they call, and yet it doesn't happen.  We still have many officials that have not gotten into the habit of writing down their fouls.  Some veteran LOS officials assume that the other is writing down LOS fouls, so there is no need for him to record such fouls.  In post-game conferences, we often hear responses such as, "Oh yeah, I think I threw that one too," despite the fact that the official has not recorded such a foul.  All officials must consistently record fouls.  Just remember, if you throw a flag, record the foul.  Don't worry about duplicates, as those can be fixed in post-game.  If you record the foul and the time of the foul, the post-game runs very smoothly.  I know it is a pain, but it is important to record all fouls.

* In pre-game meetings this week, please review the procedure for illegal passes.  Referees: Note that there is a big difference between a pass thrown to save yardage and a pass thrown away to stop the clock.  Also communicate who will call passes thrown by a passer beyond the LOS.  I assume it will almost always be the flank officials, as they have the best look on the LOS.  However, make sure to bring it up in pre-game.  Also, remind all the officials to come to you with any information regarding a possible grounding call.  All officials should know by now that, if your Referee has a flag, and you saw an eligible receiver in the area with an opportunity to catch the pass, or the ball was thrown beyond the LOS with the passer out of the box, you should report such knowledge.  The opposite is also true.  Although the flanks should never throw a flag for intentional grounding, step up and give the Referee all the information he needs to make the proper call.

* Also in pre-game meetings, discuss who will rule on forward or backward passes.  The LOS official in who's direction the ball is thrown should be the primary official to rule on forward or backward pass.  The other LOS official has secondary responsibility to step up and rule if he has absolute knowledge that the pass was forward or backward.  If the Referee knows, he can back up the LOS officials (i.e., if the passer has taken a seven-step drop or scrambles).  Simply be aware that you may be called on to rule in close situations.

* We have seen a rise in the number of pooch kicks by teams on kickoffs.  When this occurs, all eyes should go to the receiver.  Many things can happen during these plays, and please review them before your next game:  (1) first touching by K prior to the ball reaching R's restraining line or touching an R player (Rule 6-1-3, pg. FR-86);  (2) blocking by K prior to the ball reaching R's restraining line or touching an R player (Rule 6-1-2-h, pg. FR-86);  (3) interference with the opportunity to catch a free kick (I have seen this one not called a few times in the past few weeks) (Rule 6-4-1, pg. FR-90);  (4) fair catch signal (Rule 6-5, pg. FR-91);  (5) free kick out of bounds untouched by R (Rule 6-2-1, pg. FR-87).  
With regard to interference, make sure you know the rule.  K cannot interfere with an R player in position to catch a free kick.  This restriction ends if the ball hits the ground (such as the kicker pounding the ball into the ground, rather than a pooch kick.rely on the Umpire to let you know if it was kicked into the ground.but throw a flag if you are unsure and you see interference).  It does not matter if R has given a fair-catch signal.  However, be aware that it is perfectly legal for K to catch a free kick beyond R's restraining line if there are no receivers in the area.  The ball is dead where caught and belongs to K.  (High school rules are different.know the difference)

* We have had some complaints of unsportsmanlike acts.  Be aware that any taunting or other acts specifically designed to (1) bring direct attention to an individual player, or (2) to provoke ill will or demean an opponent, game official or the image of the game, must be penalized.  (Rule 9-2-1, pg. FR-121)  Review the list of specifically prohibited acts in Rule 9-2-1.  However, never forget that a spontaneous celebration of teammates is not considered an unsportsmanlike act, so long as the celebration is not "delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed."  Please use common sense before flagging a team for a spontaneous celebration after an interception or a touchdown.  Make sure it qualifies as an unsportsmanlike act.

* I have been shown various video clips of late hits both near a dead ball spot and away from it.  Becoming a good dead-ball official will elevate all of our games.  When a ball becomes dead, continue officiating.  Any late hits must be called before they escalate.

Overall, keep up the good work.  Good luck this week!

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