From: "Rich Kollen" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 22:49:53 -0400
The season is half over. Jack, Dean, Bill and I would like to
compliment each of you for dedication to improving your football officiating
skills. Your preparation, pre-game discussions and on-field work have
made SCCFOA football officials much more consistent. We must continue to
provide our colleges the best-trained and professional football
officials. Here are a few ideas to help make us better:
We know it is difficult to watch all receivers with five or six
officials; however, coaches are reporting that tight ends are being molested.
Please discuss this situation: Tight ends must have the opportunity to
get off the line without being held. The book says, "continuous contact
[of an eligible receiver] is illegal." Good, common sense is necessary
in officiating this situation.
Referees - if the game clock will start on the ready only, give the
wind-the-clock signal. Covering officials are the only ones that should
give the incomplete pass signal. All other officials must give the time
We have had a few "illegal participation" calls on the defense. Work
hard to count the players and shut down the play before, or at the snap,
for "illegal substitution."
A pass that hits the back, legs etc. of a player numbered 50-79 is not
a foul unless the player tries to catch the ball. There could be
intentional grounding on this play.
Call the BIG fouls. No phantom calls. Get all the calls everyone
sees. Remember, foul calls must show up on the game tape. Sometimes a
"no-call" is the best call.
On a free kick, if a player (receiver) would somehow catch a kick in
the air and then go out-of-bounds the following is correct; the ball
would next be put in play where the receiver went out-of-bounds. It is not
a free kick out-of-bounds.
On PSK fouls where the kick ends in the end zone, the enforcement spot
will be the 20yd line unless the foul (psk) occurs between the goal
line and the twenty-yard line. If the runner takes the ball out to, let's
say, the 8yd line; the enforcement spot is still the 20yd line. Kicking
team "A" can always decline the penalty and have the ball put in play
at the 8yd line.
Last season we had some problems with forward progress. We have had
nothing reported this season; however it is a very important part of
officiating football. Again, I will plagiarize from COA with this
well-written piece on forward progress.
Forward progress is defined on page FR-41 as the "end of advancement by
the runner or airborne receiver." (Advancement in this situation can
be described as progress toward the opponent's goal line) FR-71 states
that "a live ball is dead and the official shall blow his whistle.when
a runner is so held that his forward progress is stopped."
We have had consistent errors in judgment in relation to a runner being
controlled, restricted and being driven 4,5,8 yards backward by
multiple opponents and there is no attempt by the covering official(s) to
declare the ball dead. The key criteria to apply to this situation is when
the player is "obviously controlled ", or the "reasonable opportunity"
to progress toward the opponent's goal line or continue the play in a
positive manner" has ended.
When the covering official delays in declaring the ball dead under this
situation, you increase the chance of a "phantom" fumble occurring, or
increasing the possibility of an injury to the players involved as
other player(s) plow into the group.