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The Weekly Bull – 9/8/10

Tonight:

  1. Attendance/Announcements/Food For Thought: 7:00 – 7:35
  2. Presentations by Positions 7:45 – 8:30

          Referees – Steve Coover (301)

          Umpires – Marlow Fitzgerald (306)

          Head Linesman – Mike Duggan (402)

          Line Judge – Dave Hardage & Sean Ciemiewicz (401)

          Back Judge – John Isham (304)

          Adjourn 8:30

 

Announcements:

  1. Instructors should notify officials if they are lagging in attendance or have to make up tests not passed or taken.
  2. Make up exams tonight from 7:00-7:45 in room 301
  3. Attendance and passing rates have been the highest ever this year. Congratulations!  Unfortunately, someone will have some need to be excused from the attendance or test requirements due to personal reasons.  You are reminded that you must make a written application to the board via the Executive Secretary no later than the February board meeting so the board can vote on the request.
  4. “I would like to thank the outstanding crews and officials that officiated and instructed at our First Year Clinics.  I know Tom sent our very best crews and our Association's future is in good hands! Thank you!” Andy Castagnola
  5. Seeing that we are unable to sell merchandise on the campus at SDCOE Bob Hood will be “taking orders” for SDCFOA equipment in room 402 before each meeting. 

Food For Thought:

  1. We’ve had multiple players with all white mouth pieces.  In this case, the team can replaced  or “Sharpie-stripe” them prior to game start. Mouth pieces must not be completely white or completely clear.
  2. Towels – We’re seeing a lot of different colors.  Please clean this up. Towels must be solid white and unmarked.
  3. Sideline interference – had 2 sideline interference calls on the same team (not from SD).  One was for contacting a coach during a free kick and the second for contacting a player during a punt.  The head coach is to be ejected in this case (he wasn’t)
  4. Defense calling offense signals – Offense had 4th and 1 and used “Go” for their snap signal all game.  Defensive end yelled “Go” which caused the back to jump.  The referee had the false start but the umpire had the unsportsmanlike.  Ruling – 15 yards for unsportsmanlike.
  5. Head varsity coach is ejected during the 3rd quarter of last Friday night's game.  The rule states that the coach is ejected from the stadium but the coach returned to the stands during the 4th quarter.  Then the flank official observes the assistant coaches going over to the stands to get advice from the head coach.  In this case, it is best to get the support of the site administrator before confronting the head coach about the rule violation. The head coach must leave the stadium area.
  6. When a team fouls after a TD but before ready for play on extra point, you have the option of enforcing on the try or on the succeeding kick. If a team fouls after the ready for play on the try, no options, it must be enforced on the try.  If the foul happens after the try is over, obviously the enforcement must be on the kick off.
  7. Also remember, on PATs and Field goals there must be a foul on the defense PLUS a successful attempt/score for the option of the penalty being assessed at the succeeding spot. If the foul is on the offense and the kick is good, the defense will most likely accept the penalty to negate the score. If the foul is by either team and the kick is no good, we do not have a foul during a scoring play and so we have no carryover options.
  8. Reminder – The following fees are in effect and are posted on the CIF Website:

Varsity Referee - $70

Other Varsity Officials - $68

JV and FROSH - $58

  1. What's the ruling on a receiver maintaining possession out of bounds? The receiver must complete the catch; he needs to maintain possession all the way to the ground?  If the player catches the ball cleanly with at least one foot inbounds, he must complete the catch as he falls out of bounds and strikes the ground.  If the ball bobbles during this action, the player is now either contacting the ground out-of-bounds, or is in the air and will next strike the ground out-of-bounds.  If there is a bobble, no catch.
  2. In addition to monitoring teams exiting and re-entering the field at half time, we must also check on the teams as they enter the stadium at the beginning of the game. We have a report of a visiting team using the home team’s sideline as they enter the field.
  3. QB is horse-collared 5 yds deep in the backfield but releases the pass towards an eligible receiver as the horse collar tackle is being completed. Ruling: Horse-collar (not roughing the passer). We are using the same logic as the horse-collar tackle that ends up out-of-bounds. We will penalize as if the QB is a runner.
  4. What do you do when a player takes his helmet off 30 yards away from the ball while the play is still going on? What if he takes it off at the end of the play? In both cases the player does not verbally attack or make contact with the opposing team but does start walking toward an opponent in an aggressive manner and needs to be stopped by an official.  Ruling: Totally a judgment call. If the official is having difficulty with the player, then an unsportsmanlike foul is justified.  Could be for failure to wear required equipment while the ball is live, or a true unsportsmanlike foul for unsportsmanlike behavior.  If the player regains composure, and no difficulties arise, no foul may be warranted.
  5. Carlsbad's new scoreboard has a feature that when a time out is called it removes the game time and counts down 1 minute for the time out (like basketball). I think we should shut this feature off because coaches might need to see the actual game time and there is a buzzer that goes off when the time out countdown reaches 00.
  6. No concussion-like symptoms reported from any of the games so far.
  7. Stay Hydrated! We had an official suffer heat exhaustion last Saturday. Hydrate well before game time, even several days before game time if it’s really hot.
  8. TD scoring plays – Officials should remember to dead ball officiate the players while signaling TD. Turn your head as you signal to keep the players in your sight. Don’t just stand there like a statue.
  9. Who determines if the QB has thrown a pass from beyond the neutral zone? Ruling: Referee has primary responsibility…always! Umpire can be there for support if confirmation is needed.
  10. Remember, dead ball fouls do not extend periods. Only an accepted live ball foul extends the period…as far as fouls go.
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