Weekly Bull 10/18/10
San Diego County Football Officials Association Memo
To: Crew Chiefs, Head Coaches, and Athletic Directors
CC: SDCFOA Instructors & Staff
From: Steve Coover, Instructional Chair SDCFOA
Re: Weekly Bulletin #8
Four SDCFOA Officials Selected to Work the State Championships!
Congratulations to Mike Parga, Greg Covington, Marlow Fitzgerald, and Earl Totty who have received word from the State CIF offices that they have been selected to work the State of California Championship Bowl Games in December. Let’s all get up to the Home Depot Center and watch them work! The San Diego County Football Officials Association has now had 16 officials selected to work the games in five years.
Free Blocking Zone
I knew we couldn’t get through a season without discussing the Free Blocking Zone!! The definition of the FBZ is tackle to tackle when splits are normal. The TE is in the FBZ when a team is in ultra tight (goal line or double wing tight formations – foot-to-foot). Blocking below the waist is allowed when all players involved in the blocking are in the FBZ and on the LOS at the snap AND the contact is in the zone AND the ball is in the FBZ. By the way – Chop Blocking is never allowed….in any case in or out of the FBZ.
Anatomy of a Mess
With a first down for Team A and a seven point lead, and just 1:08 remaining in the 4th quarter, the game appeared about over. Team B was down to just one timeout. Team A takes a knee and B immediately uses their last timeout with 1:06 left. One false start and one illegal formation later, it's still second down and the clock is now stopped with :59. Team A kneels again and it's now third down, but at least the clock is running….UNTIL the Team B coach is granted a timeout that he doesn't have by the official on his sideline. The referee immediately restarts the clock and hacks the ready with about :40 seconds left. Both sidelines are now in chaos, one because they have been unsuccessful in running the "Victory Offense" and one because they couldn't stop the clock. A comes to the line and waits and sets and finally snaps the ball as the game clock reads: 00. The LJ simultaneously throws a flag for delay. The R holds the ball overhead. Game over.
Retain your mental focus even when the contest appears no longer in doubt. Bad things can happen even when A is trying to run the Victory Offense.
All officials should confirm timeout status during every timeout.
All officials should be aware of clock status (running/stopped) and approximate time left. Make a habit of checking the clock frequently.
The play clock should be closely monitored by the LJ or BJ, particularly in situations such as the one described. Remember, coaches, fans, and players can do the ":25 second" math using the game clock.