Banquet Wrap Up – Thank you to everyone who helped organize and produce this year’s banquet. The new facility was a good fit and the organizers are already working on the upgrades for next year. It’s always tough fitting into a new facility, but this was a great start! Thank you Bob Hood (and his many helpers) for your tireless effort to make this event special, and thank you Rick Christensen for a great year as president and a wonderful job at the banquet. Word back from Mike Pereira is that San Diego has a great “esprit-de-corps” and it’s obvious how well the organization is operating. Thank you Rick for your leadership and congratulations to new board members Kevin Haws, Scott Carroll, Mike Duggan, and Matt Starr. Now we’ll dig into the Association Surveys and see how we can get even better!
Golf Tourney and the Youth Fund – What a great event this year! If you haven’t played in this event, put it on your to-do list for next year. Great time, great golf course, great friends, and a great cause! Thank you to Jake Minger and Mike Downing for putting on a great tournament.
2nd Round Games – Quarterfinals This Week – Good luck to all of the teams and officiating crews this week. All divisions are playing and advancement to the semifinals is on-the-line! Big games require Big Preparation. Remember your basics, and the philosophies that have gotten you to the playoffs. Participate with the crew and “add something” to the preparation efforts. Prepare for the obvious and prepare for the unexpected! Re-read a rule this week…review the mechanics for your position, prepare a list of what you need from your fellow officials, prepare your pre-snap routine so you are ready to communicate with teams, players, and officials as needed, prepare your equipment, and prepare your travel considering traffic on a Friday night.
Playoff Crews Please Accept Your Assignments – Assignments for this week are out. Make sure you’ve accepted your assignments! That includes chain crews and timers. Thank you.
Observe a Game This Week – One way to wrap up the season is to go out and observe a playoff crew. Watch their preparation and their communication up close. Join them in their pre-game (ask for permission to attend) and follow them on the sideline (please stay out of the team box). Take note of their effort! I watched two playoff crews last week and was extremely impressed with their concentration and effort! Thank you SDCFOA for your commitment to excellence. It takes each one of us making a huge effort in preparation and work on the field to continue our excellence. Thank you!
Faking an Injury to Get an Official’s Time Out – As you know, when an apparently injured player is discovered by a game official while the ball is dead or for whom the ready-for-play signal is delayed, the referee will signal Official’s Time Out (not charged to either team). If it is obvious that the player is NOT injured but that the coach is attempting to use an injury time out to stop the clock because they want to save a time out, the referee will not signal for an Official’s Time Out and will keep the clock moving. Remember, it must be apparent (clearly visible or understood; obvious – Oxford dictionary). If it is clearly visible or obvious that the player is faking it, or is being directed to fake it, no time out.
Officials Observing Signs, Symptoms or Behaviors consistent with a concussion (dizziness, confusion, balance problems, and in some instances – loss of consciousness) – Reminder, we are not medical examiners or trained medical staff. We are only there to observe, not inspect. So if a player goes to the ground and an injury time out is called, we have no responsibility to go over and inspect the player. If we, during the course of our regular duties, observe any of the aforementioned signs, symptoms, or behaviors we act upon those observations. We do not go over to athletes that are on the ground and evaluate their condition, or search for signs, symptoms or behaviors. We are not detectives we are observers. Remember, if we do observe those behaviors in a player, they may not continue in the game. They’re done. CIF State Rule.