THE WEEKLY BULL – JULY 19, 2017
Regular Meeting Agenda – for All Officials – This Wednesday 7/19 7:00 pm at Mira Mesa High School
Review the Weekly Bull
Review of New Rules And New Mechanics
Review Mechanics Summer Study Exam (Test during Aug. 2nd Meeting)
Coover Instructional Video July 19
Classroom Technology – Thank you for your patience with changing schools and trying to figure out the new technology set ups at Mira Mesa HS. Do not panic if it takes us a few meetings to figure it out and get it fully functioning.
Thank you Kevin Rathbun and Jacob Wittler – for meeting with our HLs, LJs and BJs for their position clinic last Wednesday. 106 officials attended and were reminded of key philosophies and provided detailed suggestions for improving mechanics and vision. Feedback was very positive and I’ve attached the handouts and the PowerPoint to this Bull for all to review and possess in their own files! I was also impressed with the many umpires and referees who attended to learn and apply that information to their own positions and better understand what other crew members are learning. The next clinic will be the Crew Chief Clinic on July 26th which will be led by Mindy Bortness, consultant with Communications Works Incorporated as we work to improve our listening and communication skills. Crew chiefs please bring the assessment report that you received when you completed the on-line assessment. If you haven’t completed yours please do it asap…I will be checking this Friday 7/21.
Recruiting News – We now have over 40 new paid officials but now is the time to give the one last effort to recruit your friends, relatives, or co-workers. Thank you Tyler Lindsay and committee for successfully implementing the Battlefields to Ballfields program and for appearing on radio last week with Mike Pereira! And special thank you to Darrin Bronk for all of the coverage provided by the Union Tribune in their effort to support our recruiting effort. Come on guys, one more official may get us to the magic number of 60 new officials!
Traffic – As much as we’ve obtained a more central location for our meetings, there is still traffic on the freeways and Mira Mesa Blvd. to contend with. Last week Mira Mesa Blvd. was jammed, yet Mira Mar Rd. wasn’t. Always check the traffic app on your phone as you leave for the meeting and adjust your route accordingly.
Pre-snap and Dead Ball Routines – Our pre-snap and dead ball routine must be as complex and thorough as the coaches’ and players’ play-calling and pre-snap adjustments. Are we as prepared for the snap as they are? A good way to develop your pre-snap and dead ball routines in three separate sequences:
At the Snap
Base your routine on the SDCFOA Pre-Snap Routine – Scrimmage Plays which is covered in the Mechanics Summer Study handout in your kit which we will review tonight PLUS located in the SDCFOA 5-Man Mechanics Manual for your position located on our website at www.sdcfoa.org. Write it out…Memorized it…use it every play!
Major Calls – There are four and only four reasons to throw a flag:
Administration (LOS fouls, procedure, delay of game, etc.)
Effect on the play (at point of attack with material restriction and advantage gained)
Accuracy in judgement comes from strong, consistent mechanics, mastery of the rules, and a deep understanding and appreciation for the SDCFOA Philosophies and Common Sense documents located in the mechanics section of our website. Accuracy comes from a strong foundation – it is the rock of our association!
Do you have any conflicts of interest? Here are some possible conflicts of interest which may cause you to block yourself from working a particular school:
Your alma mater – Don’t work games at your high school if you’ve graduated within the last five years. If you still have ties to the school, were a noted athlete, or still good friends with members of the coaching staff, 10 years or longer would apply.
Family connections – Don’t work games at a school if you have a family connection.
Business ties – If you are employed by a school, don’t officiate that school. Also be careful of bosses whose kids play for a particular school.
Blocks in Arbiter –Don’t forget to block the dates you cannot work. If a game comes up on a Thursday and you’re not blocked, Tom will assign assuming you are available. A phone call or email saying you’re not available doesn’t do well for you the next time a game comes up and it’s your turn. Conversely, if you block a Saturday and a big game comes up, you will not show up as available for that “big assignment” if you’re blocked. So keep your blocks honest and up-to-date!
Gently Used Equipment and Uniforms – Every year we get a chance to update our equipment and uniform. If you have some extra equipment or uniform pieces that are still in good shape our 1st year officials would LOVE it if you’d donate to Room B-2.
New Uniforms & Equipment – We are working to get some company reps to attend our meetings but most companies are strictly on-line now. We are scheduled for an August 2nd visit by Honig’s but don’t wait to go on-line and order your needed stuff. New officials, please check with Andy and your 1st year instructors first to make sure you get the proper uniform and equipment and don’t buy unnecessary items. A full listing of vendors is located on our website at www.sdcfoa.org under General Information – Uniforms (at the bottom of the page).
Coach’s Cards – Coach’s Cards can be filled out and downloaded at www.sdcfoa.org under Educational Resources and Football Mechanics. These cards are to be presented to the head coach at the Pregame Meeting or at the sideline meeting between the flank official and his head coach at EVERY high school VARSITY game.
Referee and Umpire Pregame Conference – Confer with coaches and check game balls. Be businesslike and cordial but not overly friendly with the coaches. During the Pre-Game meeting with the coaches, the REFEREE shall confirm (but not be limited to) the following information starting with the HOME TEAM:
Introductions – My name is (your name) and I’ll be your referee tonight. (Coach’s Card)
Everyone legally equipped?
Any unusual plays or formations?
Will you be going in before kickoff?
Where will you go at halftime?
As you know we will expect good sportsmanship tonight.
Let’s agree on how we’re going to communicate tonight….
Who is your “Get Back Coach”? In order to hear and see a signal from the sideline for a Time Out, you may enter the field so as to alert any/all officials to stop the clock.
Can we see your game ball, please?
My watch/the game clock has the correct time; we will come for the captains in 15minutes.
Good luck, coach
Next Regular Meeting Wednesday August 2nd – Two Locations – All certified officials will take the Mechanics Qualification Test August 2nd but certified officials can choose to meet either at Mira Mesa or Cathedral HS. The agenda will be identical at both sites: The Bull, Video Study, and the Mechanics Qualification Test. All 1st and 2nd year officials will continue to meet at Mira Mesa HS in their regular classrooms and will not take this exam.