SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION
A Federal Non Profit Tax Exempt Corporation
THE WEEKLY BULL - JULY 5, 2006
- Introduction of Board Members & Special Guests
- Executive Secretary
- Updates to Constitution
- Assignment Secretaries
- Instructional Chair
- Ratings Chair
- Banquet Chair
- Awarding of patches to new regulars
- Adjourn to Classrooms
- New Rules
- New Mechanics & Points of Emphasis
New Rules 2006:
- Advertising and/or commercial markings may be permitted in the end zones.
- The official line-to-gain and down indicators shall be operated approximately 6 feet outside the sideline, where facilities permit.
- Beginning in 2010, the visiting team shall wear white jerseys. Also, the home team has additional limitations as to how much white may be on its jerseys.
- At least a four-snap chin strap shall be required to secure the helmet.
- Mouth guards shall be of any readily visible color, other than white or clear.
- Beginning in 2008, when measuring the length of a non-removable cleat, the measurement shall be from the tip of the cleat to the sole of the shoe.
- Phones and headsets are permitted for use by anyone during a authorized sideline time-out.
- An authorized sideline time-out shall be held directly in front of the team box and within the 9-yard mark.
- The language and definition of participation and substitution have been revised.
- A definition has been added to define when a runner becomes a kicker.
- The word “intentional” has been removed from the spearing rule.
- A holder may now recover a snap and retain the same options of going back to a knee for the kick, advance, pass or running the ball.
- The option to use a “planned loose ball” has been removed.
- The act of illegally touching the ball by an ineligible player carries the same penalty whether the act occurs behind, in or beyond the line of scrimmage.
- Six-, Eight-, and Nine-Player: The 9-yard mark required in 11 player has been modified to 7-yard mark.
Mechanics & Points of Emphasis:
Goal Line and End Zone Calls
Officials Professionalism p.79
Overtime Procedure for league games
- It is not part of the SDCFOA mechanics that flank officials “punch backwards” on backward passes.
- That umpires must insure that offensive players on the line of scrimmage wear the correct and legal numbers.
- That the current mechanics on pass plays be utilized by flank officials, i.e. they do not stay on the line of scrimmage until the ball is thrown.
- That the approved sun glasses be the only ones that are worn.
- That flank officials help on blocks below the waist by the offside tackle.
- That the Head Linesman, at the end of a play, does not turn his head to look at the forward stake, i.e. he/she gets help from the Line Judge.
- That flank officials help wide receivers line up correctly.
- That the head Linesman and the chain crew set the chains, attach the clip, and then move the chains away from the sideline.
The following items will be communicated to game management and the coaches as areas of emphasis through the coaches clinics:
- Timely arrival of timers and chain crews.
- Access to locker rooms, especially after games.
- Coaches off the field.
- Back pads covered
- Helmets do not have to be the same color.
- There are no rules governing the types of hip, tail, or thigh pads worn unless made of hard substance.
The Board formally approved the SDCFOA 7 Man Mechanics Manual.
- That a point of emphasis be added to the responsibilities of the Back Judge as follows: “blocks below the waist.”
- That on kickoffs on a four man crew that the Umpire be in ready position before signaling ready to the Referee.
- That on kickoffs on a five man crew that the Back Judge on a five man crew be in ready position before signaling ready to the Referee.
- That on four man crews on anticipated short free kicks, that the Umpire stay with the ball and that the Line Judger remain on K’s restraining line on his/her sideline.
- That on four man crews only the Referee and the Umpire meet with the captains at the center of the field and that the Head Linesman and Line Judge escort the captains only to the hash marks on their side of the field and that the Referee no longer introduce the other officials to the captains.
- That on five man crews only the Referee and the Umpire meet with the captains at the center of the field and that the Head Linesman, Line Judge and Back Judge escort the captains only to the hash marks on their side of the field and that the Referee no longer introduce the other officials to the captains.
- That the black pullover SDCFOA embroidered wind breaker be approved as part of the uniform with the restriction that all members of a crew wear either the pullover or the jacket and that all members of a crew wear the same type of garment.