THE WEEKLY BULL – August 2, 2017
Sign in and Attendance
Crew Chief/Instructors Meeting – Even though regular/certified officials can meet at Cathedral HS or at Mira Mesa HS this week, we will be having an Instructor’s and Crew Chief Meeting from 6:15 to 6:45 at Mira Mesa HS Room B2. We will continue our conversation about communication styles!
All 1st year and 2nd year officials must meet in their regular classrooms at Mira Mesa HS every meeting.
Umpire Clinic – Next week 8/9 will be our Crew Chief Clinic at Mira Mesa High School in the THEATER. The presenter will be Jay Drewry who will discuss pre-season and weekly preparation for umpires during the season. Game mechanics for the umpire will be reviewed with special emphasis on the Run Zone and Pass Zone coverage responsibilities. All officials are invited to this interactive session on best practices! Remember: In the Theater!
Equipment/Uniform Supplier – Honigs representatives will be at Mira Mesa HS in the center of the portable classroom area. Go early if you want to buy officiating equipment. Orders can be placed and some uniform products will be available for direct sale. 1st year officials will be provided class time to purchase/order uniform and equipment. A complete starter kit will be available for $170. Now is the time to check the condition of your equipment and uniform! The SDCFOA does not endorse any single supplier as an official supplier but allows all interested vendors to be present for sales to our interested officials. Don’t forget to donate gently used equipment and uniforms to the 1st year class!
Fitness – Scrimmages are a little more than two weeks away! You want to look good out there so keep up your fitness routine. Don’t forget your stretching routine to prevent injury, and monitor your calorie intake to keep you weight under control.
Keep your availability current! The number of “turnbacks” reflects on your professionalism! Update your availability, NOW! Don’t forget to block conflicts: family connections, professional connections, alma mater for recent graduates!
San Diego CIF Tie Breaker is mandatory for all varsity games in San Diego County CIF (varsity level only!). There are no options. Any varsity game for any sized division (D1 – D5) must use the 25-yardline tiebreaker when the game ends in a tie score at the end of regulation. The result will be a win or a loss. The Tie Breaker procedures can be found on the SDCFOA website.
Food For Thought:
Mike Carey presented to the NCAA officials last Tuesday night and the following are from my notes on his thoughts on some different tipics:
Preseason – Use your time wisely and stay disciplined to you daily routine for study. We must know the rules of the game.
Rules – Use your own words to master the most difficult rules; put them into your own words for mastery. Some rules just don’t make sense the way the authors state them so sometimes you have to master the rule by memorizing them once they are in your own words.
Replay in your brain – Report the foul in the proper category with a clear idea of what the elements of the foul were. If you are replaying the foul in your brain and deciding what to do (report the foul, pick up the flag, enforce the penalty) keep walking or moving because while you’re moving you still look like you’re in control. When you stop and process, you look like a “deer in the headlights”
Video Study – This is huge, especially the close ones where the action is not big enough to be a glaring foul. Don’t just go to the one play, view the game from beginning to end and that way the critical play will be viewed in the proper context of the entire game. Learn to see “small” actions accurately by watching the play in real speed as well as slow motion.
Communicating with coaches – Many times a coach is communicating from a place of fear; fear your call is going to cause them to lose the game! Spend the proper amount of time to listen to the coach and his view of the play and then provide him with the ruling on the field, and the enforcement. You can then offer that you may have missed it, but here’s what I saw and here’s how were proceeding.
Most of the time we should be reading not focusing. Viewing the action with soft focus (reading the larger action) gives us a chance to see all action in the context of – legal action vs advantage. Sharp focus limits our view of the action and should be used only when absolutely necessary (goal line, foot inbounds, etc.)
Emotional control on key plays comes from working every play as if it were a Super Bowl call. If you have the attitude that your working a crappy game, and a crappy play, with crappy players, then you might very well get beat. If you work every play as if it’s the Super Bowl, then working a close game with a big play at the end of the game is just the same as every other play you’ve worked that game!
Remember that a coach’s job depends on many factors and you doing your best as an official is one of them. He prepares hard for many hours, so you should work hard in being consistent and fair. He is now transferring power to manage the game to you…understand this and work to earn his trust! Listen to him, answer his questions honestly, and provide him the respect that he deserves, within the spirit and intent of the rules, and you will reduce his anxieties about one aspect of the game that he cannot control and should not be focused on—officiating. Refereeing a game is not brain surgery, but managing people in a highly emotional environment takes constant awareness and skills. The most successful officials have these skills. Quick Tips for Communicating with Head Coaches:
Make eye contact. A coach wants to be assured that he has you attention.
Avoid “squaring off with the coach” rather, turn your body slightly at an angle.
Refer to the coach as “Coach” or “Coach Jones”
Keep your communication brief and formal.
Avoid joking and sarcasm
Adopt a neutral tone and avoiding any personal remarks.
Stick to the issue at hand in a straightforward way.
Never, never, never ignore a coach’s request. You may have to inform the coach that you will have to wait a play or two to get the information to the other officials, but never ignore!
Ask them to help with problem players. Be sure to identify the problem in explicit terms, without making the player to be an evil person. Sometimes it’s hard to do, but it can be accomplished with a careful
choice of language.
Remember: get used to the coach having the last say. This will most likely end the conversation.
Remain calm under all circumstances. Let coaches have their say. When a coach approaches to protest or argue, adopt an instant “listening mode” and let the aggrieved individual finish his remarks.
Use non-confrontational body language. To be aware of body posture, facial expression, head tilt and arm position, one must say, “I am going to appear receptive and contemplative. I can think best and measure my words that way. I am determined to not escalate the problem.”
If you make a mistake, admit it. A simple apology is sufficient; do not elaborate or rationalize (i.e. make excuses)
When a coach raises their voice, lower yours. A soft voice has a way of triggering a reciprocal soft reply.
Support fellow officials. Never betray partners by showing that you doubt their judgment. Instead indicate faith in someone else’s decision by saying the partner had a better view of a more favorable angle than the responding official or partner.
Give praises when proper, promote sportsmanship. When a coach makes a gesture of consideration for the opponents or towards the official, be sure to acknowledge it. Sometimes a smile and nod of the head are enough.
Keep your ego under control. Often a mere glance will carry a significant message, whether it’s negative or positive, whether it is meant to curtail dialogue or to encourage it. A quizzical expression can signal a desire for additional input, whereas a frown may denote closure.
Don’t use your hands when talking to a coach. Your gestures will reveal more than you’ll want to convey.
“Our primary job is to be the integrity of the game. It is a player’s game, it is a coach’s game, it is a fan’s game and we are there to support the sense of fair play!” Tony Corrente
Take this responsibility seriously and prepare each day in some small way. “Work hard! Work smart! Be passionate about the work! And love and respect your crewmates!” – George Allen