Banquet – The banquet is tomorrow Wednesday, November 8th starting at at 6:00 pm at the Anchors Catering Center – 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, CA 92136. I’ve included the map again to help you find this exciting new venue! Remember, your dues paid for your dinner so don’t miss out on what you’ve already paid for! Raffle prizes galore!
Entry to CIF Playoff Games – Please note that our SDCFOA Association Pass is not good for any playoff games. If you are assisting a crew, then you must enter the facility/field with the crew. Do not go to the gate and ask for entrance because you are an official. This will not work and is an embarrassment to our Association.
Changes in the CIF Pass – The $5 playoff passes will be on sale at the banquet along with all of the credentials for the crews, chain crews and timers. Please note, this year the $5.00 pass is only good for one night of Finals Games (either Friday 12/1 or Saturday 12/2) If you’d like to go to both it will be $10. The general public pays $15 per game! I also have a limited number of passes for the lead up rounds for those who purchase tickets for the finals (those will be free!) All will be available tomorrow night.
Credentials for Finals – Each crew chief will be provided 11 passes tomorrow night. Please hand them out to your officials, chain crew and timer.
Running the Clock – We all know the approved CIF Mercy Rule, but what if both coaches ask for a running clock without a 35 point differential? And they want it to start the second half? Please comply with the request of the two head coaches if they are in agreement. We will not see this at any point in the playoffs, but I just wanted to cover this “loop hole” in the Mercy Rule for the 2018 season!
It’s Playoff Time – We begin the most intense portion of the season! Huge games as one team will advance and the other team’s season ends. We must respect that. Prepare extensively for this game. Be cohesive as a crew. Trust your crewmate. Remember, you earned this assignment; our assignor has faith in you and your work. Don’t let him or the Association down. More importantly, don’t let the players, teams or the game down! Be professional, demonstrate presence. And have fun!!!!
Spalding Football – The requirement is back in effect! Spalding is the official football for the 2017 CIF-San Diego Section Football Playoffs. Each team will receive (1) Spalding football and a Spalding football is required for all playoff rounds. Any Spalding football will do (not necessarily the one provided to the school). But a Spalding football must be used on all plays, not just the kick off.
It’s Veteran’s Day Weekend – Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday, some schools might be playing on Thursday night. Please double check your schedule on Tuesday or Wednesday to confirm your date, location and time of kick off. And for those wanting to go out to watch a game, you might have two chances….Thursday and Friday!
Reports on Ejections – There were 23 ejections at the varsity level during the 2017 season. That is double the number from 2016 and 18 more than 2015 where we only had 8. This obvious increase in punches being thrown (most common reason for ejections) is unacceptable to the great game of football, so we will work to inform coaches of this sad fact, and make it a point of emphasis next season.
Uniform and Adornment Updates – Just because we’re in the playoffs, don’t let up on the knee pads, back pads, shoulder pads, face paint, ski masks that have a skull on them, bandanna tails sticking out of the back of helmets, different color towels, streamers…did I miss anything???
Unsportsmanlike Celebrations – We continue to get reports of unsportsmanlike celebrations by players following exceptional plays. Remember celebrating with your teammates, as long as it is not taunting, prolonged or choreographed, is totally permissible. Actions that warrant immediate penalty include:
(a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
(b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
(c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.
(d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).
(e) An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone.
(f) Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest (posing) especially if standing over a prone player.
(g) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist, or dramatically signaling first down after a good play.
(h) Intentionally removing the helmet during a celebration.
Signs of respect for God and Country will always be acceptable acts such as a military salute or kneeling/bowing in prayer or pointing to the heavens or making the sign of the cross…etc.
Weekly Instructional Video – I will continue to send a Weekly Instructional Video for the next few weeks. It is a quick way to share ideas and officiating concepts and principles…and I hope fun to watch. I hope you will continue to watch games live during the playoffs if you’re not assigned. Come out and support your fellow officials as they work these extremely important games! You will always learn something new and useful. See you at the games!
7-Man Mechanics Workshop Tuesday November 21nd at 7:00 pm at the Qualcomm Offices – Not Qualcomm Stadium – This is a mandatory meeting for all officials who are assigned a 7-man semifinal or 7-man final (excluding members of the chain crew and timers). We’ve selected this date so we’re not asking you to meet on the night before Thanksgiving! The presenters will be Mike Carey, Marlow Fitzgerald, Steve Hoslett, Mike Weseloh, Andy Castagnola and Don Carey. Our 7-Man Mechanics Manual is posted on our website and a handout by position will be sent to all those working. The Qualcomm Offices are located at 10185 McKellar Ct, San Diego, California. https://goo.gl/maps/7idJRGxk4ku
The building is on the north side of McKellar Ct and parking is to the west of the building. When you enter the parking lot, please take an immediate left, drive past the building, and then veer to your right to find the parking. We will be meeting in the courtyard in the Northwest corner of the building at 6:45. Once assembled, Scott Carroll will escort us into the building and into our classrooms. Please do all that you can to be on time for this important meeting. It is important that you bring your ID with you. Although it is not expected to be needed, there is a possibility that you will be asked to present it.