Weekly Bull 7/21/21
SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION - THE WEEKLY BULL - JULY 21, 2021
Review of the Weekly Bull
New Rules and New Mechanics
Questions from the 2021 Mechanics Summer Study Exam?
Classroom Assignments – It is common for schools to be deep cleaning classrooms over the summer break. I want to thank you for being patient as we change classrooms…sometimes weekly. We will end up in assigned classrooms soon. Please stay alert for an email from me with this week’s classrooms. Thank you for your flexibility! I’ve attached a map for your convenience.
Crew Chief – Instructors Meeting 6:00 – Room 903
1st Year Class – Room 902 (same as last week)
2nd Year Class – Room 903 (same as last week)
Zapolski – Room 804
Haws – Room 803
Starr – Room 802
Sibbet – Room 910
Garza – Room 908
Bortness – Room 907
Thank you Clay Reynard Jr. and Zack Marble – Thanks to these to hard-working individuals we’re off to a great start. Clay shared his passion for staying in the game that he loves, and embracing his competitive nature in challenging himself to be the better official on the field! Zack’s line of scrimmage zoom was watched by over 100 of our officials and, if you missed it, Dave Garza is posting it on our website (www.sdcfoa.org). Look under the Video Library tab.
Clinic for Back Judges - The next clinic will be Wednesday July 28th at 7:00pm on zoom. Our guest presenter will be John Downing from the GNAC conference. Here is the invitation to join:
SDCFOA Back Judge Clinic – Wednesday, July 28th - 7:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 5266 3699
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Pre-snap and Dead Ball Routines – Our pre-snap and dead ball routine must be as complex and thorough as the coaches’ and players’ play-calling and pre-snap adjustments. Are we as prepared for the snap as they are? A good way to develop your pre-snap and dead ball routines is to consider each play in three separate parts:
- Live Ball
- Dead Ball (dead ball culminates with the movement of the down indicator – once you move that, you now begin pre-snap routine!)
Base your routine on the SDCFOA Pre-Snap Routine for each position which is located in the mechanics manual starting on Page 72. The list provided is just that, a list. Re-order according to your own style and crew. Write it out!!!…Memorize it…use it every play! Remember, it changes slightly for kicks, hurry-up offense, short yardage, end of half, end of game, etc.
From the Assignor – Make sure you accept your scrimmage assignment. All 2nd year, transfers and certified members have received a scrimmage assignment. Tom sent out a list of delinquent officials. Don’t be That Guy!
Blocks in Arbiter – Assignments will be coming out soon! Don’t forget to block the dates you cannot work. If a game comes up on a Thursday and you’re not blocked, Tom will assign assuming you are available. A phone call or email saying you’re not available doesn’t do well for you the next time a game comes up and it’s your turn. Conversely, if you block a Saturday and a big game comes up, you will not show up as available for that “big assignment”. So keep your blocks honest and up-to-date!
Do you have any conflicts of interest? Here are some possible conflicts of interest which may cause you to block yourself from working a particular school:
Your alma mater – Don’t work games at your high school if you’ve graduated within the last five years. If you still have ties to the school, were a noted athlete, or still good friends with members of the coaching staff, 10 years or longer would apply.
Family connections – Don’t work games at a school if you have a family connection.
Business ties – If you are employed by a school, don’t officiate that school. Also be careful of bosses whose kids play for a particular school.