Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009



Last week, the legendary coach John Wooden celebrated his 99th birthday. Over the years, his writing, wisdom and leadership have become far more important than his 10 NCAA National Championships or his 88-game win streak. His famous Pyramid of Success is widely used in leadership and team building workshops everywhere. Coach Wooden truly is an Educator / Coach. Whether you are an athletic administer, coach or official, we can all learn from his life, competitive greatness, quotes and writing. Three of his great quotes:

· A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
· Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
· You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

Once again, a big TV audience watched as Notre Dame perfectly executed a hide-out play for a touchdown. The announcers and the Fighting Irish fans all loved it. The problem is: the play was ILLEGAL, and a penalty should have been called! I have had three coaches email me to inquire as to whether it was a legal play. I responded no to all three of them. However, that leaves 34 coaches. So, be prepared for similar plays this weekend. I know what the rules say, but in the SCFA let’s shut the play down for illegal substitution, dead-ball five yard penalty.

We all love the excitement that a band brings to the game of college football. I am all for doing anything to encourage fans to attend our games. With this said, bands cannot play when a snap is imminent. Game administers, please instruct your band directors of this rule.

Talking to officials about late hits and DPI, I often hear the phrase “I stayed with my key and he was not my key!” Please learn from what Bank Williams, CUSA, said: “Let’s talk about keys for a moment. Everyone is always talking about keys and how important they are. And keys ARE important. But you are here to referee a football game. Don’t forget that! You are paid to referee a football game, not just to watch your keys. Watch your keys, but you’ve got to know what’s happening on the field at all times.”

We had four (that’s right, FOUR!!!) inadvertent whistles last week. One was very costly during a muffed punt that was recovered by the kickers. The following is from veteran Division I and Arena Referee, Bill McCabe: “DO NOT have the whistle in your mouth except to blow it. Do not even place it in your mouth in anticipation of making the call. It is amazing how you much you can decide in the time between raising the whistle from your chest and placing it in your mouth.” And, have a patient whistle on plays that have the potential for issues, i.e., the receiver catching a punt!

Some miscellaneous things: (1) Umpires, there is no reason to have a big white towel wrapped around your waist when the weather is good. It looks bad. (2) It is legal for a team to call two or even three timeouts in a row. (3) Offense breaks the huddle with 12 players. The Referee loses focus and neglects to throw the flag. HL tells the upset coach that “wasn’t his call.” Please don’t let this happen. Leave your egos in the locker room. Step up and make the easy calls. (4) We have had a few shovel passes ruled fumbles. Referees, this is your call. If you anticipate this call, you’ll have a much better chance of getting it right. (5) We had a forward handing on a kickoff that went uncalled. Make sure you anticipate the play and not the call. (6) Last week, we discussed that the Referee would not rule on backward passes. Within 36 hours of the release of the bulletin, we had a Referee rule on a difficult backward pass. These bulletins take a lot of time and thought. If you aren’t going to read them, let me know, and I won’t do them anymore.

Always know the game situation before every play. Anticipate what play may come up. When you are processing the data to determine whether to call a foul or pass, consider TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES and the impact on the game. Always try to determine what that call will do to the game.

Remember that the rules state that there can never be any blocking below the waist during a kicking play. I have seen a few videos in which, in scrimmage kick formation, linemen are blocking below the waist at the snap. If there is a kick, this is illegal. The offense obviously knows that it is a kicking play. Any blocks below the waist by during the play are illegal. This restriction starts with the snap.

Good tip on calling a block in the back from Gerald Austin, CUSA supervisor. “If the blocker is in the chase mode the entire block must be from the side to be legal. At other times, if one hand is on the side and the other is on the back, it is how the defender falls. On his nose it is a foul. On his side it is not a foul.

There will be no email bulletin next week as I will be out of town attending Community College meetings in the Bay area. Good luck this week. Thanks again for your hard work.

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” - Lou Holtz

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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