THE WEEKLY BULL – Sept. 20, 2017
Make Up Meeting – If you need to make up a test, please join me this Wednesday night 9/20 at Mira Mesa High School in Portable B-2. I will be there from 6:30 – 8:00 pm so take advantage of this opportunity to make up or re-take the mechanics and/or rules tests. If you do take the test you will get credit for attendance at a meeting!
Thank You Mike Downing – Thanks to Mike and Cathedral Catholic, we have two meetings per year in the north county thus saving approximately 80 officials the extra drive. We all appreciate your organizing this meeting and the extra work it takes. All remaining meetings will be at Mira Mesa HS!
Next Regular Meeting – 10/4 – We are not meeting as a full group until October 4th. Adjust your calendars. The Sept. 27th meeting has been moved back to 10/4 as Mira Mesa is having its Open House.
Interested in Running for the Board of Directors? – Elections are coming upon us next month. The nominating committee is hard at work building a slate of candidates. If you wish to run for the SDCFOA Board of Directors for the 2018,19 and 20 terms please contact Greg Covington or Robin House to submit your name not later than October 4, 2017.
Weeks 6 & 7 Assignments are Out – Please check Arbiter and accept your assignments, please!
Uniform Adornment – This seems to be the year of the bandana sticking out of the back of the helmet. A friendly reminder to the athletes in warm ups to have nothing sticking out from the back of the helmet is helpful.
Kicking Tee – I received a report of us not allowing a frosh kicker to use a 2” kicking tee/pad for a PAT. Tees, not to exceed 2” in thickness, are allowable in high school football.
Chain Crews and Timers – We need them for every game and it can cause a huge distraction for the crew if they are not in place 30 minutes before the game. Crews should start immediately with locating the timer and the chain crew when they arrive on the field. Schools are asked to make these valuable volunteers available 30 minutes prior.
Golf Tournament – This year’s golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, November 8th at Riverwalk GC in Mission Valley. Shotgun start at 10:30am. $110 covers golf, cart, and lunch. $130 gets you all that plus drink tickets and a chance to win lots of great prizes at the raffle. You can play as a crew, foursome, or play as an individual. Golfers of all abilities and guests are welcome. Contact Ed Blick, Mike Downing, or Jake Minger with questions or go on-line to check out the details and register at www.sandiegoyouthfootballfund.org
Quick Sub on Punt Play – A team lines up in a regular formation on 4th down. At the last second, the offense runs off the field and the punt team runs on to the field. This is a legal substitution. The 25 second play clock will not be reset, but, the referee may hold up the snap (using the umpire) if the crew (LJ & BJ) are not yet in position. A delay of game penalty may result but we cannot let the snap go off with our officials not in position and we cannot give one team an advantage by resetting the play clock. Other ideas on how to best legally handle this situation are welcome.
Half Time – In Rule 3 it states that a 15 minute halftime for a varsity game is “normal”. If you are using 12 minutes as a “normal” halftime then you are in violation of the rule book and subject to possible litigation. I don’t know how else to state this fact. Half time may be shortened by mutual agreement of the opposing coaches. I suggest shortening the half is as serious as lengthening the half and should be approached with the same tact, openness and consideration. Also remember, the 3 minute warm up is in addition to the 15 minute half time. As the Instructional Chair I must protect the Association and direct you to follow the rule book at all times in this matter. And remember, shortening the half also shortens the amount of time you have as a crew to discuss the first half and go through the check list of topics suggested to every crew chief.
What is Your Weekly Routine? –Some things you can have in your weekly routine are:
Study of a particular rule including case book examples
Read the Weekly Bull and view the Instructional Video
Make a phone call to a crew member or your crew chief
Review your dead ball and pre-snap routine
Help evaluate last week’s game video
Scout the next week’s teams and/or call the crew chief who had your team last week
Review our philosophies and axioms
Work on your fitness and flexibility
Center Tilting the Ball 90 Degrees – Rule 7-1-2 allows the ball to be tilted 90 degrees by the center. The ball may be snapped from that position.
Early Arrival at Schools – Some schools do not end their day until 3:30. If you are meeting early, and you confirm the school is still in session, meet off campus at a restaurant, and then drive over after school. I like that you’re meeting early but some schools cannot accommodate. Check ahead with the AD.
Referees and Preliminary Signals – Please continue to give quick preliminary signals so all in stadium can see what the foul is – especially coaches. DON’T WALK AROUND LOOKING FOR AN OPEN AREA! Waste of time and you don’t look competent. Just a step away from anyone who’s directly next to you will suffice. Once you’ve given preliminary THEN go to umpire with enforcement information. THEN go to your new spot!
Silence Can’t be Quoted – Please continue to be careful not to make comments to innocent spectators who might turn out to be the coaches wife or a school administrator. These innocent spectators are quick to report your comments to administration, the CIF or to the medial. Keep all comments to yourself and save them for the locker room.
Keeping the Restricted Area Clear – We seem to be doing a good job with this thankless task. Our focus is on the field, but for safety reasons, the restricted area needs to be clear at the start of the play. So far so good! One thing to keep in mind is that it is the same for both sides. We are on the same crew, so do your crewmates a favor and do the same work for both teams.
Evaluations – September 23rd marks Week 5 of the high school season. Per Board direction, all crews are to be evaluated after week five and again at the end of the regular season. Each association crew chief is to rate the crew shortly after this weekend’s game. If you are not working with your entire crew, make sure you rate that official(s) on another game. All completed sub varsity games and AYF/Pop Warner games should already be completed. Youth game evaluations must be up to date. First and second year officials in particular need the feedback. For those of you who have requested to be youth referees, failure to complete evaluations in a timely manner will affect future assignments.
Game Check Weekend for SD Youth Football Fund – October 20-21, or October 27-28 (TBA). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.