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THE WEEKLY BULL - August 26, 2015
- Weekly Bulletin
- Finish Rules Review
- Video Study
- It’s game week! Are you ready for Friday Night Lights! It’s warming up again. Don’t forget to hydrate.
- Thank You From the First Year Instructors – Every year our first year officials work their very first scrimmages with the outstanding guidance of some of our best crew members. This year was no different! Our regular crew members did another amazing job of educating, supporting, and helping to develop the 1st year officials’ skills this past week. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Association and its membership! – Andy Casagnola, Jeff Phillips, and Dick Brockett.
- Uniform Left Behind at Last Meeting – I have a pair of shorts, a belt, and a wrist band down indicator. See me – I’ll try to be in room WL3
- Tom Ables and Steve Coover – If you need us we will try to be in room WL3. Jake Minger can be found in room WL6.
- Umpire Bonus Clinic– The date of the final Bonus Meeting with Garth DeFelice, umpire from the NFL, must be changed due to a conflict with his schedule. The new date will be Tuesday September 8th at 7:00 pm at West Hills Room S8. I’m sorry to back this meeting up to the regular Wednesday meeting on the 9th but we had no other options with his regular season schedule. Good news is if you’re north county we’ll be taking the test the next night and you can attend the regular Wed. meeting at Cathedral on the 9th. Again, new date for Garth’s discussion of the latest in working the umpire position including zone progressions and 2nd level blocks. See you all TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH!!!!
- Extra Rule Books and Case Books $4 each – We have extras for sale in Room S8 before class and in Room WL3 during and after class. I find it valuable to have 2 sets - a set at home or work, and a set with me at all times.
Food for Thought
- George Schutte – George Schutte was the designer of our instructional program and always taught us to be respectful of all we encounter in and around the schools we serve. I had the pleasure of working on a crew with him and there was no doubt that he had what Mike Weseloh was talking about during his bonus meeting on communication – PRESENCE! From the time George arrived on campus until the time he left, he was kind, engaging and personable to all he encountered. The custodian or the school principal, George greeted them with a smile and a formal, confident handshake. This carried over to the field where his presence was felt and respected by the chain crew, the training staff, coaches and players. Let’s all strive to create a warm, friendly, yet business-like commanding presence. One where the fans, coaches and players all feel like they can trust you! Trust you to be fair because you have earned their trust through your PRESENCE!
- Problems with Your Coach – If you have a problem with your coach let your referee know. One of the biggest complaints I get from coaches is that the flanks do not communicate their concerns to the referee. This builds frustration and adds to the original issue. By the time the referee does get to the sideline he now has to deal with an upset and frustrated coach. There shall be two officials present for all meetings between the referee and the head coach, but only one speaks – the referee!
- Free Kick Reminder – After the ball is marked ready for play and until the ball is kicked, no K players, with the exception of the kicker, may be more than five yards behind the kicking team’s free-kick line. No foot can be on or beyond the line 5 yards behind K’s free kick. If one player is more than 5 yards behind the retraining line, he must kick the ball.
- Targeting, Late Hits & Unnecessary Roughness – Let’s not forget to refer to late contact or unnecessary contact fouls with exact and accurate terminology. Many fouls are simply Personal Foul - Late Hit or Personal Foul – Blocking a Player Who is Clearly Out of the Play. Targeting is taking aim, initiating contact, with the helmet, shoulder, arm, wrist or hand, above the shoulders. And a hit or block against a defenseless player that is judged excessive and unnecessary is a Personal Foul – Excessive and Unnecessary Contact. Be accurate in your report to the referee and the coach.
- Helmet Come Off Player – Remember, a player must go out for one play (unless half time or the interval between regulation time and overtime) if his helmet come completely off during the down or subsequent dead-ball action related to the down without being directly attributed to a foul by an opponent. Play cannot continue until player is replaced.
- Week #1 and Player Equipment – Let’s work with teams starting week #1 to see that all player equipment is legal during pre-game warm ups. Work with players, assistant coaches and head coach to adjust equipment. The players are used to wearing pre-season modified pants, jerseys, back pads. Again, we work with the teams to keep the equipment legal.
- Free Blocking Zone – Tackle to tackle and 3 yards on either side of LOS. Tight end is out of the zone on normal splits. Tight end is in the zone if zero splits (foot to foot). BBW legal if block is in the zone, ball in zone, and block is by player who was on LOS and in the zone at the snap. This goes for offense and defense!
- Enforcement? - A12 scrambles into his own EZ and is hit, forcing a fumble. The ball is recovered by B in the end zone. On the tackle and before the fumble, B grasps and pulls A12's face mask. Hint: Fumble by A in or behind the neutral zone.
- 2015 Ejection/Disqualification Procedure
Steve Coover will coordinate ejections for all high school football games (all levels).
- These procedures apply to all levels of San Diego Section, CIF Sanctioned high school games.
- Please refer to your applicable youth assigner for ejection procedures for youth games.
- Actions that require ejection are found in Rule 9, Sections 4, 5, and 8. Make sure that your ejection call can be supported by rule. Flagrant fouls are defined in Rule 2, 16-2-c.
- In addition to the above rule book ejections, the CIF has indicated other actions that require ejection:
- If in the opinion of the officials, a player leaves the bench area and enters the field to begin or participate in a confrontation, he is ejected, and a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty is assessed. If in the opinion of the officials, a player leaves the bench area and does not begin or participate in a confrontation, he is not subject to ejection.
- If two players from the same team leave the bench area and enter the field for the same reason, they are both ejected and a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty is assessed.
- If three or more players from the same team leave the bench area and enter the field for the same reason, all the players that left the bench are ejected and the game is forfeited. (Try to get the numbers of all the players that began to or participated in a confrontation.) If three or more players leave the bench from both teams, it is a double forfeit with both teams recording a loss.
- Calling an ejection.
- Flag the play.
- Do not immediately eject the player.
- Discuss the foul with the crew-chief/referee and any other officials that saw the action.
- If the general consensus is that the foul should result in an ejection, the crew-chief and the official that called the foul should notify the offenders head coach that the player has been ejected and the reason for the ejection. If the official that made the call is the crew-chief, he should be accompanied by the flank official on the side of the offending team.
- Do not discuss the consequences of the ejection or the amount of suspended games. The amount of games the ejected player has to sit out and other consequences are totally within the jurisdiction of the CIF and may vary from player to player.
- Do not prolong the explanation for the ejection and do not argue with offender or the offender’s coach. Don’t get into an argument you can’t win.
- The referee then returns to the field, makes the appropriate signal for the penalty followed by the disqualification signal, (#47) and the umpire steps off the applicable yardage.
- If a member of the coaching staff is ejected, including the head coach, he “shall be removed from the stadium area…” per 9-8 Penalty.
- Although permitted by rule, do not eject a fan, parent, administrator or others that are not in the team box. Refer this ejection to the site administrator, or in the absence of a site administrator, to the home team head coach for removal of this individual.
- Reporting ejections:
- Call Steve Coover the next day, with the ejection. The ejections are reported to the CIF office on first thing Monday morning.
- Do not write a report of any kind. Do not use the ejection form on the CIF website. Written accounts are often misinterpreted.
- The crew-chief, (or the referee in a non-varsity crew game), should call in the ejection.
- The verbal report should include:
- The name of the official(s) who made the call.
- The name and/or number of the ejected individual.
- Team of the ejected individual.
- Date and time of the game.
- Level of the game: Varsity, JV or Freshmen.
- The home team and the visitors.
- The site of the game.
- Time of the ejection, e.g., 4th quarter with 3:05
- The specifics of the ejection.