Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@me.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016



I mentioned last week that Golden West College was hosting their first ever game on campus. I attended the game, and the staff is to be commended. Over 1,500 people showed up for the 50th anniversary celebration and game. The school created a press box and rented stands and a scoreboard. It was a very nice setting, and enjoyed by all. Great job!

Quarterback goes beyond the LOS, comes back behind the LOS and throws a pass. This is an illegal forward pass (Rule 7-3-2-e). As the pass is in the air, there is a flag thrown for DPI. The crew ruled the two penalties offset. DPI is not possible unless the pass is a legal forward pass. (Rule 7-3-9-d). The correct ruling would be to penalize the illegal forward pass only: five yards from the spot of the pass, and loss of down.

We need to mention this every year. Your actions during the 45 minutes you're on the field before the game starts are being scrutinized by somebody. Be careful of the time and interaction with each head coach, your interaction with players, and others on and around the field. Fans, coaches and players can misinterpret your actions.

Make sure you know that there is a difference between unsportsmanlike conduct fouls and personal fouls. Two unsportsmanlike fouls result in a disqualification of the student-athlete. Make sure you report to the Referee the proper foul: personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct. Any UNS foul should be recorded by every member of the crew, to ensure that we are aware of any required disqualification.

I don't like to have to discuss rules this late in the season. A field goal was attempted from the B-38. The attempt was unsuccessful. The crew incorrectly put the ball at the B-20. That is a high school rule. The next snap should have occurred at the B-38. We needed an official to step up and save the crew. This should be an easy one!

"Coach, if you want to discuss the call with the Referee, you will need to call a time-out!" This is NOT a correct statement to make to a coach. Use common sense. Try: "Coach, when we have an opportunity, I will make sure the Referee comes over to talk to you." If he doesn't want to wait, he can call time-out. Referees will always talk to a head coach when time permits (but will not delay a game).

Watching video, I am seeing tackles inching off the line drawn through the waistline of the snapper. (Rule 2-27-4-a-2) This might not seem important, but it creates a competitive advantage, especially on passing and kicking plays. If the crown of the lineman's helmet is clearly behind the rear end of the snapper, that should be called immediately, without warning. If he isn't that far back, make sure to give him a warning. However, do not continuously warn linemen. Warn them once, and inform the head coach of the warning. After that, flag this formation if it creates five in the backfield.

Rugby-style punters, the ones who run out of the tackle box before kicking the ball, are not afforded the same protection as a conventional kicker. If the kicker is outside the tackle box, and a foul is called, it must be late or a personnel foul. There is no roughing the kicker outside of the tackle box. (Rule 9-1-16-a-4(b))

There still seems to be confusion on the blocking rules. Make it as simple as possible. Once the ball has left the tackle box, it is only legal to block low when in front of the defender, and not back toward A's end line. We call it 10-2. If coaches teach players to block high, we have no issues.

By rule, the defense can cross the line of scrimmage as long as the player is back before the offense snaps the ball. If there is any doubt that the entire body, feet, and arms are not back, let's make this a live-ball foul for defense offside.

In order to make the correct ruling, an official must see the start of the play, not just the result. Recently, there's been more video indicating that some of our officials are only seeing the result of the play, and using that to make a judgment. If you don't see the whole foul, don't call a foul. This should be discussed at this week's pregame.

No rule decision may be changed after the ball has been legally snapped for the next play, legally free-kicked, or the second or fourth quarters have ended. The exception is that the number of a down may be corrected at any time within the same series of downs or before the ball is legally next put in play after that series. (Rule 5-2-9)

When we went to seven officials, we stressed the importance of getting officials to the pylon on scoring plays. Over the years, it is becoming evident that we cannot keep up with the speed of the student-athletes. Video shows several deep flank officials turning away from the players to sprint and get to the pylon. In doing so, these officials are not able to properly officiate the play. Let's immediately stop the practice of turning to run for the goal line. Officiate the play to get in the best possible position to get the call correct. On passes, make sure to settle in as a pass is arriving at the receiver. Hopefully, this will put us in a better position to officiate. We understand that you may get beat to the goal line. Hopefully the back judge will never get beat. Don't stop officiating.

When players get into scuffles, do your best to break it up without flags. Don't just use your whistles. Use language like "play's over, knock that stuff off!" Your actions during these times separate good from average officiating. Many times, strong actions better serve the situation than a flag. Last week we flagged a retaliation to a push. The instigator, who initiated the problem, got a free pass. If there has to be a flag, let's make sure we get the initial perpetrator.

There will be no email bulletin next week, as I will be out of town attending Community College meetings. Good luck this week. Thanks again for your hard work. Safe travels!

Don't be AFRAID to CHANGE...You may lose something good, BUT you may gain something BETTER.

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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