Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@aol.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2011



Last Saturday morning, we lost one of the great Southern California football coaches, Gene Murphy. Gene passed away of heart failure in a hospital while recovering from surgery. Knowing Gene, I am sure he was excited about watching a full day of college football on television. Many of you may remember Gene roaming the sideline at Fullerton on his electric cart. Gene was the head coach at Cal State Fullerton until they dropped the program in 1992. He then coached at Fullerton Community College. Gene was a big supporter of officials. He was a main force behind community college moving to seven officials and he strongly defended it last spring, when budget cuts were discussed. Community college football for me will not be the same without Gene's presence. The funeral will be on Monday, Nov. 7, at 11:00 am, at St. Juliana Catholic Church, 1320 N. Acacia Avenue, Fullerton CA 92831

As you all probably know, we are getting into the time of the season in which players and coaches are sometimes tired and frustrated. This could result in trash-talking, late-hits and other problems. Each one of us must take the lead in attempting to prevent an excellent season from turning sour. The administrators and coaches have been very supportive of our officiating program, and we must continue to improve down the home stretch. We must be vigilant in our enforcement of unsportsmanlike acts, such as taunting or use of any type of baiting language to cause a physical reaction. Remember, an unsportsmanlike act that causes an opponent to retaliate by fighting is, itself, a fighting act. Both players are to be disqualified. (Rule 2-32-1-b)

If a receiver signals for a fair catch and then makes the catch and runs with the ball, shut the play down. NO FOUL.

Umpires, we need to do a better job on spotting the ball after a touchback, free kick out of bounds, and tries. On a touchback, the ball goes to the 20-yard line, anywhere between the hash marks (ask center). On a free kick out of bounds, the ball is placed at the nearest hash mark (after the penalty enforcement). On a try, the ball goes to the 3-yard line, anywhere between the hash marks (ask center).

Umpires, when we are in goal line mechanics with the passer scrambling, you must be in position and be able to rule on whether a pass is thrown behind or beyond the line of scrimmage. Remember, the wings will be on the goal line, so you're the only one who can see this.

The correct mechanic on tries and field goals is that the Side Judge moves into the defensive formation as the second umpire. The Side Judge should move to the strong side of the formation, if any. The Umpire adjusts his position to the weak side to get a good view of the snap and the action on the center. I have seen video this week in which the Umpire is directly in front of the center, not the best position to get a good look at action on the center.

Remember your responsibilities. On an interception or punt return, both the Side Judge and Field Judge have forward progress to the two-yard line and the Head Linesman and Line Judge must give ground and cover the goal line, if threatened. Head Linesman and Line Judge, on a change of possession, make sure to give ground and get to the goal line, if necessary. Do not get the spot.

I reviewed a play from a coach in which a receiver clearly goes out of bounds and returns inbound to catch a pass. Someone must see a receiver going out of bounds during the play. If the receiver is forced out and returns immediately - no problem. If he goes out on his own (or doesn't attempt to return inbounds after being blocked out) and is the first to touch the pass, that is a penalty. Throw the flag. Penalty is loss of down at the previous spot. Remember, if you witness an eligible receiver going out of bounds, regardless of whether he is blocked out or goes out on his own, throw your hat down to signal that he was out-of-bounds. It is only a penalty if he went out on his own (or failed to return inbounds immediately) and is the first to touch a pass. (Rule 7-3-4)

When reporting a foul to the Referee, take your time and give him all the information necessary: team committing the foul, type of foul, status of the ball when the foul was committed, and result of the play. The Referee needs all the information to make a correct enforcement. Referees, slow the reporting official down and do not let him leave until you get all of the information. Always have another official overhear the discussion (normally the Umpire).

Interesting facts about the football penalty flag: Made of bright yellow fabric measuring 12x12 inches, wrapped around a weight such as sand. The type of weight was changed after a 1999 incident in which an NFL official's flag was weighted with lead and struck a player in the eye, causing severe damage. Flags were red in high school and college until the 1970's, white in the NFL until 1965. Orange flags are used in the Canadian Football League. Officials used to carry the flags in their back pockets. Now, most tuck them in the front or side of their belt, or carry it in the front pocket.

Have a great weekend. Coach Murphy will be watching every play from high above!

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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