SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION, INC.

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THE WEEKLY BULL - JULY 6, 2011

2011 North-South San Diego

County All-Star Game

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kick-off at 7:30 pm

Mesa College

Referee – Greg Covington

Umpire – Marlow Fitzgerald

Head Linesman – Craig Gustafson

Line Judge – Zack Marble

Field Judge – Nick Williams

Side Judge – Mike Duggan

Back Judge – David Arvizu

 

Tonight’s Agenda

  1. Introduction of Special Guests
  2. Introduction of Board members
  3. Introduction of new Crew Chiefs
  4. Announcements:
    • Executive Secretary
    • Assignment Secretaries
    • Treasurer
    • Instructional Chair
    • Banquet Chair
    • Recruiting Committee - Intro of New 1st Year Members
  5. Awarding of patches to new regulars
  6. Adjourn to Classrooms
    • Registration and Packet Contents
    • New Rules, New Mechanics & Program Highlights

 

2011- New Rules:

See inside cover of 2011 Rule Book

 

2011- New Mechanics: – (Manuals are available for download on-line at www.sdcfoa.org)

  1. For the 2011 season, by consensus of the crew, a high school crew may choose to wear black pants (w/black athletic socks) at the varsity or junior varsity level.

 

  1. It is the referee’s responsibility, as the leader of the assigned crew, to communicate with the crew on any important information regarding the assigned game including, but not limited to, whether shorts will be worn for a Pop Warner or AYF assignment.

 

  1. The Mechanics Manual has been edited to indicate that officials will line up behind the goal post and will step up as the ball arrives at the goalpost so they can look straight up the post when needing to determine if the ball was kicked between the uprights, not directly over the goal post.

 

  1. The Umpire will blow the whistle on all PATs and field goals in 4-man mechanics.

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  1. When using 4-man mechanics on punt plays, the LJ will take an initial position no further than ½ way between the near sideline and the receiver. This will insure that the LJ will still be able to cover the out-of-bounds at the near sideline on returns to the near side of the field.

 

  1. In five man mechanics the BJ will keep an unofficial halftime clock for the crew. The LJ will do the same in 4-man mechanics.

 

 Conflicts of Interest

As you know, our assignor does not officiate games, thus avoiding conflicts of interest in assigning himself to games.  The instructional chair does not assign, thus avoiding any conflict of interest between his job of instructing and responding to feedback and concerns of coaches.  Do you have any conflicts of interest?  Here are some possible conflicts of interest to consider when deciding if you might have one and need to block yourself from working a particular school:

 

  1. 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.
  2. Family connections – Don’t work games at a school if you have a family connection to it.
  3. Business ties – If you are employed by a school, don’t officiate the school’s games. Also be careful of bosses whose kids play for a particular school.

 

Pregame Speech – Start on a positive and professional note….. (overly serious might be interpreted as you’re angry or unapproachable and too happy may be interpreted as you don’t care)

  • Home team first
  • Referee and Umpire
  • Introductions – My name is (your name) and I’ll be your referee tonight. (Coach’s Card)
  • Everyone legally equipped?
  • Any unusual plays or formations?
  • My watch/the game clock has the correct time; we will come for the captains in 15 minutes.
  • Is this a homecoming?
  • Will you be going in before kickoff?
  • Where will you go at halftime?
  • As you know we will expect good sportsmanship tonight.
  • Can we see your game ball, please?
  • Good luck, coach

 

Coach’s Cards

  1. Coach’s Cards can be filled out and downloaded at sdcfoa.org under Educational Resources and Football Mechanics.

 

  1. These cards are to be presented to the head coach at the Pregame Meeting or at the sideline meeting between the flank official and his head coach.

 

  1. Coach’s Cards are to be provided at EVERY high school VARSITY game.
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