Make Up Meeting or Take a Test – If you need to make up a meeting or take a test I will be conducting the make up meeting this Wednesday 11/1 at Mira Mesa High School starting at 6:30.
Game Check Weekend for SD Youth Football Fund – . Last chance to turn in all funds and get credit as we calculate the winning crew!! We can’t let Bob Hood’s crew win again! Go to sdyouthfootballfund.org to make you last minute contribution or turn in all of your funds to Jake Minger or Mike Downing!! Thanks to everyone who has helped out, please close out this effort with a contribution.
SD Youth Football Fund Golf Tourney – Just a few slots left so contact Jake Minger or go to http://www.sdyouthfootballfund.org/
Banquet Stories – Our Banquet is next week, November 8th, and we need stories. See Bob Hood or email him your video or story of our fun-loving mistakes from the 2017 season. We need a few more!!
New Banquet Location – The banquet has moved to a new location. On Wednesday, November 8th we start the day with the golf tournament to raise funds for our Youth Fund and then move on to the banquet at 6:00 pm at the Anchors Catering Center – 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, CA 92136. I’ve included the map again to help you find this exciting new venue! Mike Peirera, former Supervisor of Officials for the NFL and head of the Battlefields to Ballfields Program, is still scheduled to attend and speak to us! Remember, your dues paid for your dinner and the evening entertainment (Bob Hood) so don’t miss out on what you’ve already paid for!
Frank Alfano Update – Frank’s doctor has declared that his body is free of Leukemia cancer cells. He is working on recovering his strength and hopes to join us all at the banquet if all goes well. I’ve included a picture from the World Series Baseball Game telecast which featured Houston pitching coach Brett Strom (SD High School & USC) holding a sign wishing Frank Alfano a speedy recovery. What a great tribute to our own Frank Alfano!
SD Youth Football Fund Golf Tourney – Just four (4) slots left so contact Jake Minger or Ed Blick or go to http://www.sdyouthfootballfund.org/
Final Weekend of the Regular Season – We will all be ending our season soon and I sincerely hope that the season has brought you some rewarding experiences, a few laughs, and some lasting memories. Maybe you’ve even made a few new friends along the way. The 2018 season will be here soon and we can do it all again! Don’t forget to go out and support our fellow officials as they work playoff games. Always a fun evening of learning and critiquing.
Semi Final and Finals Crews – 7_Man Mechanics Workshop – If you have been selected, first of all – Congratulations! Second of all – You have another meeting to attend! All crew members who have been selected to work a semifinal and/or final must attend the mandatory 7-Mechanics Workshop on Tuesday November 21st at the Qualcomm Offices – 10185 McKellar Ct, San Diego, CA 92121- Building R. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Timers and chain crew members will not attend.
Pregame Warm-ups – To prevent teams from exhibiting excessive enthusiasm which might turn into unsportsmanlike conduct, please be on the field 30 minutes before game time and enforce the no player zone (45-45 yardline). If a team is going to do the Haka – the CIFSDS has ruled that if the act is done on the field before the game, it must be done between the 45 yard line and the end line, and it may not be directed toward the opposing team or their fans. Teams violating this policy should be given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Similarly, teams may not direct their enthusiasm at the opposing team by standing at mid-field shouting, pointing, jumping on the home school’s logo, etc. That also goes for individuals. All carry a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty which will be enforced on the kickoff. To insure that the pre-game goes well I am directing all crews to be on the field 45-minutes before kickoff during the playoffs – 6:15 – adjust your pregame accordingly. Please have at least one crew member on the 50 yard line at all times.
Grading Fouls – Now that we’re recording and grading fouls we should all be using the same grading scale. Fouls are either: Correct Calls (CC), Marginal Call (MC), Missed Calls (Miss), or Incorrect Calls (IC). That is also the correct order from good to bad. The obvious best is CC and the absolute worst is IC. Missing a call is not as bad as an IC which underscores our philosophy – don’t guess at a call and make it BIG! A Marginal Call is a call that is technically correct but should not be called according to philosophy – no advantage gained or not big enough!
From the Observers – On behalf of Don Carey, Gene Beck, Andy Castagnola, Brad Yosick, John Downing, John Isham and myself we want to thank each and every crew for welcoming us each Friday. We had a great year and the crews were professional and genuinely interested in constructive feedback. Without that professional attitude, our work would be meaningless. Thank you, and as Don always says, “Good job, Get Better!”
No More Pink – No More Shorts! – Thank you all for being consistent during the month of October as it relates to promoting “cancer awareness”. We will cease our use of pink, saving it for next year! And we will no longer wear shorts at youth games. I’m just reminding everyone of the Board Policy. Thanks!
Great Effort and Great Dead Ball Officiating – We talked last week about the outstanding effort we’re seeing from all of our crews so I’d like to expand on an important, yet related topic, dead ball officiating. When we accordion in, or close in on the pile, each play, we do it to show a presence and to prevent extra activity. We close in so we can be ready to “run in” and hopefully stop things before they mushroom into a penalty. We use our voice and our presence in this effort. We close in so we are going in the right direction and already moving in the direction of the activity. So, keep hustling and keep closing in on the action. Be preventative: Be a great dead ball official: Keep hustling!
Streamers, Towels and Back Pads – Towels must be of the same color when more than one is worn by any team. Towels can be no less than 4” X 12” and no greater than 18” X 36”. Back pads must be covered. Thank you!!
Scrimmage Kicks (Be Prepared for Anything and Everything!) – First touching = “when any K player touches a scrimmage kick beyond the expanded neutral zone to R’s goal line before it is touched beyond the neutral zone by R and before the ball has come to rest. Such touching is ignored if it is caused by R pushing or blocking K into contact with the ball. K may catch or recover a scrimmage kick while it is beyond the neutral zone or the expanded neutral zone, provided such kick has been touched by a receiver who was clearly beyond the neutral zone at the time of touching. Such touching is ignored if it is caused by K pushing or blocking R into contact with the ball or it is caused by K legally batting or muffing the ball into R.”
Headlinesman (Down Judge?) and Referee – Head Linesman must communicate the next down with the referee each play…especially after a penalty enforcement. Referees must insist on this mechanic and insist that the chains don’t move without your signaling the HL to do so. Stray from this mechanic and you are gambling that you won’t lose a down somewhere! Don’t take the chance!
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