SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION – THE WEEKLY BULL – August 14, 2019
1st and 2nd Year Classes – You are doing very well in your preparation. Your meeting attendance is exemplary. Keep it up. You will be learning how to work with the chains this week. It’s a fun and important meeting! This week 1st and 2nd Year classes will be meeting in rooms 101 and 102. Sorry about the switching back and forth but we’ll settle down soon.
Back Judge Clinic! – This week we feature the work of our Back Judges. Ted Schiess and Joe Magnuson (SCIAC Conference Back Judges) will be discussing their trade secrets (not really secrets – more like things they’ve stolen from other great back judges) so you won’t want to miss their presentation. Join them in the Auditorium at 7:00 and don’t forget to print your name on the sign in sheet. Thanks!
Battlefields to Ballfields – Thank you Tyler Lindsay and Joe Magnuson for their leadership and dedication to the B2B program which has greatly benefited the SDCFOA and our military veterans in San Diego. We currently have 18 B2B members who are paired up with 15 B2B mentors. This is a significant portion of our new membership!
Our current Mentors include:
Ron Gillenberg; Joe Magnuson; Mike Allen; Dave Hardage; Richard Sage; Bill Hammett; Eric Stoffers; Gary Gittelson; Ed Delos Reyes; Kevin Haws; Nick Williams; Joe St. Onge; Michael Lay; Gerry Burgos; and Terrance Green. Thank you for your support of our newest officials!
Calibration Results from 7/24 and 8/7 – If you look to the bottom of the Coover – 2019 Master Set of Calibration plays in Hudl, you will see these results in the data underneath with the list of play numbers. If you don’t see them, you should place your mouse over Change Columns and select Coover Calibration. The data should appear. If not, here are the result anyway!
8/7 Results of Crew Chiefs:
1: 33 for DPI, 6 No foul
2: 38 for Fumble, 4 for Progress Stopped
3: 26 for Holding, 16 No Foul
4: 38 No Foul, 1 Foul
5: 29 Blind side, 10 Block In Back
6: 26 for the 26, 14 for the 31
Hydrate – It continues to be warm. Don’t forget to hydrate. Does your crew have a person responsible for water and maybe energy bars? Stay healthy!
Game Fees 2019 –
Varsity Referee = $81
Varsity Others = $79
JV/Frosh Referee = $69
JV/Frosh Others = $68
Video from Scrimmage – Most everyone should receive video from their scrimmage. Please let me know if your scrimmage didn’t show up. I’m sure it’s my fault somehow!
Clean Up Locker Rooms – Please remember to clean up after you finish using the locker room. We are guests of the school and always want to leave a good impression of our professionalism!
George Schutte – George Schutte was the designer of our instructional program and always taught us that the instructional program does not begin nor end in the classroom. You must study outside the classroom each week. Have you opened your rule book or case book this week? You need to read a small section each week! Then you continue your learning during the halftime and post-game meetings on Friday nights! Post games are critical! Then you continue your learning and teaching on Saturdays as you work with other officials including our new ones. Finally, we attend our classes and participate in the sessions with questions and note taking. This was George’s design and it works, if you engage with discipline!
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 coach’s 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!
Legal Equipment – The scrimmages are a perfect opportunity to help players know about legal equipment issues. Clean them up in scrimmages. Inform the player of the adjustments that will need to be made when the games start in 2 weeks. Remember, no T-shirts hanging out under jerseys unless they stop at the waist or are tucked in. Please let me know where I can assist with a problem team.
My Annual Drop Kick Reminder – Legal when used for scrimmage kicks (which includes Punts, PATs and Field Goals), and all free kicks (which include Kick Offs, Free Kicks following a Safety, and “God fobid” a Free Kick following a fair catch! If it’s used for a kick off, the kicker may have the ball on the tee and pick it up to drop kick it, or he may pick it up and move around before drop kicking it as long as he ultimately drop kicks it from within one yard of the original designated spot. He can’t pick it up and run to the other hash and drop kick it. The kicker does not have to remain standing within one yard of the designated spot….he can move back and move forward to drop kick it. All other free kick rules apply- 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.
Dead Ball Exceptions for Holders – Please review the dead ball exceptions for holders on page 46 Rule 4-2-2 EXCEPTION. Remember, the holder can have his knee on the ground and then rise to advance, hand, kick or pass. The holder cannot have his knee on the ground and hand, kick or pass from that position, he must rise.
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. Spearing is taking aim, and initiating contact at the shoulders or below with the crown of the helmet. And a Personal Foul – Excessive and Unnecessary Contact is a hit or block against a defenseless player (blind-side block, defenseless receiver, punt returner) that is judged excessive and unnecessary.
2018 Ejection/Disqualification Procedure
- Steve Coover will coordinate ejections for all levels of high school football games (but NOT Youth Football).
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.
Make sure that your ejection call can be supported by rule.
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.
- Call Steve Coover the next day, (619-921-3006), with the ejection.
Go to the San Diego CIF website at www.cifsds.org
Hover your curser over OFFICIALS and select EJECTION MANAGER
On the next screen select CLICK HERE.
On the next screen select FOOTBALL from the drop down menu, then enter the password 123.
Complete the form. When finished, select Steve Coover as the Liaison. Then press SAVE. You’re done.