Kollen Bulletin

From: "Rich Kollen" - dayofgame@me.com
Subject: SCCFOA
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016



This Saturday, Pasadena City College will be celebrating their 1966 football team that competed in the Junior Rose Bowl. PCC played Henderson, CO Junior College in front of 40,045 fans. The Junior Rose Bowl operated from 1946 to 1966 and again in 1976 and 1977. The game matched up a California Community College team and National Junior College representative and was played in the historic Rose Bowl. The following SoCal colleges played in these games, where attendance occasionally exceeded 57,000: Compton College (4), Bakersfield (4), Long Beach (3), Pasadena (3), Orange Coast, Fullerton, EL Camino, Cerritos, Santa Ana Chaffey, and Santa Monica. There has been discussion about bringing this game back.

Back Judges, we need to be more aware of when time expires and we shut the play down on delay of game violations. I would suggest that when the play clock gets to 5 seconds, put the whistle in your month. This will eliminate the need to take your eyes off the clock when it hits 00. At 00, look immediately to the center. If there is no movement, shut the play down quickly. This will avoid an unnecessary contact between players. If the snap is starting, let it go. If you shut it down, blow the whistle hard, and we need all members of the crew sprinting to the players to avoid any action.

I would like to compliment the ADs who take game management seriously and the use of Referee microphones. Knowing the ruling on the field and how it will be handled by the officials makes for a better, and more informed, fan experience.

Speaking of announcements under NCAA rules, the offense cannot be called for offside. If any member of the offense (other than the snapper) is beyond the neutral zone (don't be too technical), such player is guilty of encroachment. It is a dead-ball foul. (Rule 7-1-3-c) Before killing the play, make sure you allow them to get back behind the neutral zone. Common sense will tell you to wait until the snap, and then kill it immediately if the offense is clearly encroaching. Remember, defense offside; offense encroachment.

CLEAN HANDS CONCEPT: If both teams commit live-ball fouls during a down in which there is a change of team possession, the team last gaining possession may retain the ball, provided they got the ball "with clean hands." In other words if such team's foul occurred after it got possession, it can keep the ball, but it must decline the opponent's foul to do so. If the last team gaining possession fouled before it gained possession, that would be "dirty hands." The fouls would offset and the down would be repeated. (Rule 10-1-4)

Getting all officials on the same page on forward progress remains a challenge. If a ball carrier is engaged with only one defender, allow him time to break loose. If there are two or more defenders stopping his progression forward, consider forward progress to be stopped. In addition, remember that studies have shown that we repeatedly short runners their gained yardage. Make sure we give them the yardage they have earned.

This is the last week of the regular season with playoff games and bowl games coming up. Let's really work hard on game management skills. Avoid unnecessary 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalties, and try to get between players to defuse situations without flags. We will continue to have zero tolerance for certain language, safety issues, and any taunting action.

Each week, coaches send me plays to evaluate. I rate the call as correct, incorrect, or marginal. We have an average of sixteen games each Saturday, and games are averaging 175 plays. As a result, roughly 2,800 plays need to be officiated and reviewed each week. Realistically, 2,400 of them can be officiated without a problem. The remaining 400 plays divided by 16 games leaves about 25 decision-making challenges for officials. After a coach sends me a play, I usually contact the officials on the game to ask them about the call/no call. Some of those plays make it into these weekly bulletins. This is all done only to improve the training, skills, and experience of all officials. This, and video review, is the best way we have to improve performance. We are very proud of the number of officials who have used this training to advance to a higher level of college football officiating.

This late in the season, I should not have to be discussing the following two things. (1) Coaches expect to be presented with a list of officials before the game. Many of you create a computer-generated professional-looking card. That's great. If nothing else, however, a 3 x 5 card with the names and positions will be OK. (2) There is no excuse for any Umpire not to have the NCAA equipment card available for the coaches to sign off. The official form is available on the SCCFOA web site. This is required by the rules. (Rule 1-4-9) Prior to games, the officials should be concentrating on the players as they warm-up. We cannot allow players from opposite teams to taunt each other. In addition, do not allow teams to trash talk coaches from the opposite team. Stop this before it starts. In addition, make sure that we police the DMZ between the 45 yard lines starting at 40:00. Don't let any players in this area.

I will be selecting the officials for our playoff games (3) and bowl games (5) next week. This year the state championship game will be played in Southern California on the campus of our SoCal champs on December 10. The officials will be selected from Southern California Football Officials Association. I have a number of very good officials from which to select. Please do not be disappointed if you are not chosen. It is just a reflection of the outstanding officials we have.

Best of luck to our teams and officials who will be advancing to post-season play. I'm looking forward to September 2, 2017 and a new season. Please calendar Sunday, April 23 for a special off-season clinic conducted by top NFL and Div I officials. More information will be sent later.

I would like to thank all who have commented positively on my weekly information bulletins. My goal has always been to help readers better understand the challenges of officiating and interject interesting events in California community college football. Thank you to all of you. You make Southern California Community College football what it is. Your dedication to our student-athletes is appreciated. This will be the last bulletin for 2016. Safe travels this weekend, and have a great "offseason."

Rich Kollen Director of Football Operations

Rich Kollen
Director of Football Operations
Southern California Football Association

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