Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008

Southern California Collegiate Football Officials Association

Week 8 Bulletin

I was able to watch some games last past weekend. Overall, I thought the crews did a good job with great dead-ball mechanics and good judgment. We need to focus and concentrate on every play, as well as continue to communicate with coaches. In addition to my observations, our observers have been attending games as well. Their reports reflect that we are continuing to improve. FYI: we will be assigning officials for 11 playoff and bowl games, including the state championship game, on December 13, 2008.

Penalty Enforcement
As A was scoring a TD, they were flagged for an unsporting foul. The crew did not give the offended team the option to enforce on the kickoff. The Referee simply admitted to me that he blew it. It happens to all of us, and I can accept that once in a while. I cannot accept, however, that none of the other six officials stepped up to save the crew. Be a crew-saver! I thank the coach for knowing the rule, and informing me of the mistake. For those of you working Friday nights, know the differences in the rules.

On a passing play, a beaten defensive back waved his hands in front of a receiver's face to keep him from catching the pass. The defender was penalized for pass interference. In our rules, there must be contact to be a foul for pass interference. This is one difference from NFHS rules that everyone should know. It's obviously a big one!

On the last kickoff of the game, the coach questioned the Back Judge on the size of the kicking tee. The Back Judge found the tee to be elevating the ball two inches off the ground (instead of the proper one inch). The coach wanted a forfeit. The officials called an unsporting foul after the kick. The Back Judge needs to check the tees on all free kicks. If you find one that is more than one inch, my suggestion is to tell the coach and get a one-inch tee. Let's try to refrain from calling a foul here. No one should be surprised that the coaches often (1) don't know the rule or (2) don't pay attention to what their kickers are doing. Let's try to inform them before throwing a flag.

Referees, you need to remember the fouls that can be tacked on after the end of a free or scrimmage kick. One observer discussed it with the crew after a game, and the crew seemed unaware of any such fouls.

Forward Pass or Fumble
The is one of the toughest and biggest calls facing Referees. This was discussed on the Referee's conference call, and it was brought to my attention that we were having some Umpires, Head Linesman and Line Judges ruling on these plays. This is the Referee's call, and the Referee must live or die with the call. Please make sure to discuss this during your next pre-game conference. Referees, develop a philosophy. A tip: if a QB is hit from behind, probably a fumble.

Scrimmage Kicks
Many colleges have begun to kick on-the-run; making it difficult for Referees to rule on roughing. Remember, even if a kicker runs, if he reestablishes himself as a kicker, he is afforded protection. A kicker does not have to stop, however, and establish his status as a kicker to be afforded protection. He may kick it on the run. Referees, develop a philosophy on how you are going to determine if a defender could have stopped his charge.

Notes from Coach Evaluations
On a play toward the Line Judge, a coach wanted DPI. The Line Judge told the coach that he was watching "his receiver", who was now downfield. (1) Let's not tell coaches that we didn't see it because we were too focused on "our key." Coaches don't understand that, in most cases. (2) Flanks need to release their receivers sooner, and begin zone coverage. All officials should be glancing back at the QB, even while covering "their receiver." If the ball is released away from your key, there is no reason to watch your key anymore. A pass right in front of an official should be seen by that official. We have worked hard to get seven officials. A comment that a receiver was "not mine" gives coaches a reason to go back to five officials.

Here is a comment I received from a coach: "Just wanted to send a quick note to tell you about the performance of our crew on 10/18. I thought they did a flawless job that night. They were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. All your guys should be commended and if you could pass that on to the rest of the crew I would really appreciate it." I have received more of these emails this year than ever before. It is a great testament to your hard work, and the instructional process. Great job to this crew.

Miscellaneous Observations
Referees and Back Judges need to do a better job cleaning up on running plays near the sidelines. When players go out-of-bound near a team bench, we must have four officials there to protect the players. Along those same lines: flanks, just because you are getting a spot does not mean you should turn your back on the players out-of-bounds. You can hold your spot AND be facing the bench to watch players.

Referees, use the standard signals when reporting fouls. Too many of you are demonstrating what happened on the foul. Let's keep it simple.

When time is a factor, Referees and Umpires need to control the tempo. Umpires, stay over the ball until the Referee gives you the signal to move away and let the ball be snapped.

After A scored on the last play of the game to make the score 22-20, the officials and teams began walking off the field. After the field was nearly cleared, one of the officials finally spoke up upon realizing that the score is within two points. The officials simply made the decision that the game was final. Although it appeared that the losing team wasn't demanding that the game be finished with a try, we must know the rules. A better approach would have been to ask the losing coach if he would like to have A attempt the try. The best approach is to know the rules and allow the try.

Remember your responsibilities. On an interception or punt return, the Side Judge and Field Judge have progress and the Head Linesman and Line Judge must give ground and cover the goal line, if threatened.

Crews still need to help the Referee upon a ball going out-of-bounds. Remind the Referee to wind the clock with a small signal, until the last two minutes of each half, when we should use the traditional cross arms signal.

In the "I never thought this would come up" pile: I find no rule prohibiting court-ordered ankle bracelets. Let's use some common sense. If there is no safety issue, allow them to be worn.

Officiate in a manner that no one will ask who the officials were.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
California Community College Athletic Association

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