From: "Rich Kollen" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2007 8:26:00 AM
Just a few things as we wind down the 2007 season. We are working hard to get better on the field and our instructional program is excellent. Our games continue to be the toughest level to work. Players are getting bigger and faster, making game management and judgment calls difficult. During the off-season, Dean, Bill, Jack and I will be going over the evaluations and will recommend to Jack Wood the issues needing to be addressed in our instructional program next year.
Just when you think you have heard it all as a college assignor, we get this reason for a returned college game, "My Pop Warner assignor can't find anyone to replace me." When you tell us this, it shows your priorities. Don't expect many more assignments if that is the case. Your Pop Warner assignors, as well as your high school assignors, all understand that you should be working college, when possible.
Please continue to focus on your contribution to speeding up the games. A good game pace will keep the teams focused on the next play, substitutions, calling plays, etc., and will minimize dead time used by coaches to vent frustrations and emotions.
I had a coach call about a missed call on a sideline catch. I called the officials to ask about the play, and one told me he missed the play because the coaches and players were outside the team and coaching boxes and were in his way where he could not see the whole play. This is an excellent time for a sideline warning. The coach can't complain about a missed call if he and his team are to blame.
The "call of the year" came from referee Bob Osborn in a recent game. Team A, in a scrimmage kick formation using the numbering exception rule, quickly moved an up-back to take a hand-to-hand snap. Bob correctly called a penalty for illegal formation. The coach said he has been running this play for years! Good job, Bob! I wonder if the umpires in SCCFOA discuss the numbering exception rule with the special teams coach and write down the numbers before the game. If we are not doing this, we must start this weekend. (By the way, for those of you wondering why it is an illegal formation, a team loses the numbering exception rule when they shift out of a scrimmage kick formation. If someone is prepared to receive a hand-to-hand snap, no scrimmage kick formation exists.)
We had a FMM (15-yard face mask) on the QB 9 yards behind the LOS. The penalty was improperly enforced from the spot of the foul. Someone on the crew must have known the rule but did not step up. (See Rule 9-1-2-s Penalty Exception)
It is not a penalty in NCAA rules for a defender to wave his hands in the face of a receiver. There must be contact that prevents a receiver from catching the ball to have DPI at this level.
Please continue to focus this weekend. Playoffs and bowl game are on the line for many colleges. Issues this weekend will not be related to judgment calls, but rather administrative items such as incorrect penalty enforcement, mechanics coverage and communication with coaches.
The playoffs and bowl game assignments will be out Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I hope these weekly emails helped you during the year. They are fun to write and it allows me to see how the SCCFOA officiating program is progressing. Thanks for all your dedication to improving your officiating this season. Have a great Holiday Season and see all of you next year at the clinic.