From: "Rich Kollen" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 23:00:06 -0400
There has been some misunderstanding about the use of the whistle by
the umpire. SCCFOA by no way advocates the umpire not using his whistle.
There have been reports that some umpires do not carry a whistle on the
field. In our game, the whistle is needed at times to clean up action
at the end of a play. Bottom line - umpires: carry and use your
We have had reports from the observers that flank officials are not
pinching in at the end of the play. This is especially important on close
plays at the goal line and when 1st down is an issue. There is no
better way to "sell" a close spot than moving into the field.
We have had a lot of unsportsmanlike fouls called during our games.
While sometime this is necessary to control the game, many times there
are other ways to diffuse the situation. Trash talking must be stopped;
however, use all of your officiating skills to control the players. Ask
yourself before throwing the flag "what will this do to the game and /
or help the management of the game".
We are taking too much verbal abuse from assistant coaches and others
on the sideline. If the head coach will not help control the sidelines
and a flag is needed, be sure to inform the head coach which asst.
coach or sideline personnel gets the foul.
By NCAA rules, officials throw a flag when giving a sideline warning.
Referees please discuss the mechanics this weekend. Speaking of
mechanics, discuss the signal the covering official gives when the pass is
uncatchable and there is DPI. If the flag is thrown and the crew decides
the ball was uncatchable the referee only will wave off the flag.
Referees - when an official is reporting a foul to you, make sure you
have the official slows down, then repeat the foul back to them so both
of you understand the enforcement. We have had referees walking the
penalty off in the wrong direction and against the wrong team. The
enforcements were corrected, however, the creditability of the crew is lost
when this happens. Slow Down.
When there is a penalty on both teams and the result is an off-set do
not walk off the yardage in one direction and back in the other
direction. Give both signals and then the off-set signal. When in question the
fouls occurred at the same time. Back Judges make sure you give the
signal when you are enforcing penalties on the kick off.
From Bill Athan SCCFOA Inland group instructor: "Continue to officiate
until the colors separate". This is the time of the season we all need
to be good "Dead Ball" officials.