THE WEEKLY BULL – October 11, 2017
Meeting This Week – We will all be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 10/11 at Mira Mesa HS – Crew Chiefs and Instructors will meet at 6:15 in portable B-2 where we will continue with announcements, sharing, and calibrations. 1st and 2nd year officials will meet at 7:00 in their regular classrooms. All certified officials will meet at 7:00 in the Basketball Gym. We will be introduced to the candidates for the 4 openings on next year’s board. We will then vote as a preliminary vote before we have the final vote at our 10/26 meeting. Again, all 1st year, 2nd year and transfers will stay in their classrooms. They do not vote.
Attendance and Tests – Check your attendance this week to make sure you’re meeting the 9 required meetings (including your position Clinic and the banquet!) Also – Retests and make ups of mechanics and rules tests will also be offered at this week’s meeting… and the 10/25 regular meeting… plus the 11/1 make up meeting!
Uniforms – We continue to work with just a few schools each week on uniform issues. I am following up on each situation with officials, coaches and schools if necessary. Let’s keep up the great work on this as the vast majority of schools are perfectly uniformed when they hit the field! Some new issues include tinted eye shields (never legal – even with Dr.’s note); pink wrist bands worn on biceps (illegal adornment); Pink home jerseys (legal); and towels (must be one. solid color for all players on the same team – no less than 4” wide or longer than 12”) Thank you!
Spotting the Ball – Umpires are working hard these days! Not only are they enforcing penalties with speed and accuracy, they are also getting the ball spotted quickly on all other runs and passes so the game tempo is consistently high. Working well with the flanks to get the ball spotted after an incomplete pass is a team effort that is driven by the hustle and leadership of the umpire! Great job, gentlemen. Keep up the great work!
Use of the Radios – Reminder, please continue to use your traditional signals to communicate foul information. Do not rely on the radios to “call in” a foul. Use of preliminary signals is the best way to communicate the foul to the referee and for the referee to communicate with the announcer and crowd. THEN, you can get on the radios to communicate the number of the player who fouled and get other details of the foul to the head coach.
A New Use for the IPads – During the pre-game conference with the head coach, the coaches are now using IPads to show unusual plays and formations that they plan to use. It sure makes the play easier to understand and see exactly what the coach has planned and give our preliminary approval or denial. Much better than the coaches quick sketches that can be difficult to understand and rule on.
Progress Spots – It is my understanding that one of the all-time greats at determining accurate forward progress spots was Walt Anderson, NFL referee. He made it a personal goal to get the best, most accurate progress spots each and every play. It is his philosophy on generous spots “progress plus” that has helped us improve our overall accuracy as an association. His study of film led him to believe that when we get spots we tend to short the runner…thus we encourage our flanks to be slightly generous with spots as it will generally help us get more accurate and consistent spots. The opposite is true with sacks and loss of yardage plays as we tend to go too far back in our initial spot. Learn to be generous the other way – forward – on loss of yardage plays and sacks. I believe you’ll find the spots more accurate if you do. And as always, check your spots when you get your game film. Film don’t lie!!!!
Collaboration and Focus – Collaboration is defined as “a powerful relationship in which parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.” So a strong crew uses the power of collaboration to maintain consistency and focus. We strategically choose to “work together” as a unit which means we’re individually empowered to “step up” and help remind the crew to “keep focused!” Concentration is the single most critical mental challenge to officiating nearly 200 plays per game. Let’s use each other to remind us of the need to focus each and every pre-snap, snap, and dead ball. Be a team!
Game Check Weekend for SD Youth Football Fund – October 20-21. We have set a fund raising goal for this weekend of $5000, hoping that at least 20 of our 37 crews participate. We’d love it if 150 total members were to be a part of our efforts. While $5,000 sounds like a lot, if 200 members donated $25 each, not even half of a Pop Warner game, we would get there. Crew Chiefs, please get involved. Work with your crew to achieve a minimum $25 contribution per man. If we can get the crews to do that, we are at our goal.
Donations for Game Check weekend can be made by cash, checks payable to SDYFF or by visiting the San Diego Youth Football Fund website (linked to at SDCFOA.org). Once on the SDYFF site payment can be made via PayPal on the Donations page. Checks and cash can be given to your crew chief, Mike Downing or Jake Minger. Any questions, contact Jake at 760-402-2661 email@example.com.
SDYFF Golf Tournament – This majestic fundraising event will be held on 11/8/17 at Riverwalk. We only have 12 spots open so hurry up and register! Players should check with Ed Blick, Mike Downing or Jake Minger. Payment can be made by cash, check payable to SDYFF or by visiting the San Diego Youth Football Fund website (Golf page).