Weekly Bull 8/25/21
SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION - THE WEEKLY BULL – August 25, 2021
No Meeting This Week – No meetings of any kind. Week off, but that doesn’t eliminate the need to study! Have you completed your rules exam? If so, maybe review your test and see where you may have misread or got confused! Watch this week’s instructional video and , if you’re on a crew, you have the opportunity to review your film and the crew’s cut ups!
Improvement Week #1 To Week #2 – The improvement from week #1 to week #2 is the most dramatic all season for all three teams, players, coaches, and officials. Work hard and get involved with your crew. Phone members of your crew to discuss opportunities to improve based upon your crew’s evaluation and the review of your film.
Keep Your Calendar Current – I know this is the hundredth time we’ve reminded you but two more officials turned back games that were assigned because the calendar showed that they were available.
Adopt a Crew or a School Site – If you’re not on the field, there is no better way to improve your mechanics than to watch a veteran crew demonstrate them. I highly advise all newer officials to either adopt a crew on Friday nights, or go to your neighborhood high school and observe the different crews come through each week. You can even get involved by keeping the foul report for the crew! Introduce yourself to the crew beforehand in the locker room and offer your services.
Visitors at Games – If you are visiting a game and observing a crew do not follow the chain crew and head linesman through the team box. Stay out of any team box area and do not communicate with coaches or game administrators. Please observe the game from the stands, or if allowed on the field, from the sideline outside the team box and outside of the white restricted area or dashed restraining line. If you want to change ends of the field, walk around the team box.
Lightening - From the NFHS Rule Book – From the back of the Rule Book – Include game administration in any decision making:
When thunder is heard, or a cloud-to-ground lightning strike is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning. Suspend play and take shelter immediately.
Thirty-minute rule. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash of lightning is witnessed prior to resuming play.
Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30-minute count, reset the clock and another 30 minute count should begin.