THE WEEKLY BULL – Sept. 27, 2017
No Meeting This Week – Due to Open House Night at Mira Mesa HS, we will not be meeting this week. We will meet next Wednesday 10/4 at Mira Mesa. Don’t forget to check your attendance next week to make sure you’re meeting the 9 required meetings (including your position Clinic and the banquet!) Also – Retests and make ups of mechanics and rules tests will also be offered at next week’s meeting!
Golf Tournament – The 15th annual SDCFOA Golf Classic benefitting the San Diego Youth Football Fund will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at the beautiful Riverwalk Golf Course in Mission Valley. Tee time is 11:00 a.m. and it will be a shotgun start. For a $125 entry fee you get golf, cart, and range balls. For an additional $20 golfers can sign up for mulligans, a sleeve of golf balls, raffle ticket, lunch, two drink tickets, and entry into the hole-in-one contest. And, like last year, the top three foursomes will receive an entry into the Randy Jones Invitational. Please pay your entry fees ASAP. Entry fees can be paid in the following manner:
Via the SDYFF web site (www.sdyouthfootballfund.org) and click on the link under “Upcoming Events”.
Mail to Jake Minger at his address in Arbiter.
Hand-deliver to Jake Minger, Mike Downing, or myself.
Ball Boys/Girls Can Help the Crew and the Umpire! – We are doing a great job of getting the ball to the umpire so he can spot the ball on every snap. We’re observing our flanks back into the relay process as we’ve always done in the past – Great job flank officials!!! Referees are staying back and observing both teams, both sidelines and no longer spotting the ball and running back to their position before whistling the play ready. This is actually speeding up our tempo thanks to all – especially our umpires who are hustling their butts off!!! Now, we’ve begun to revisit the importance of Ball Boys/Girls. If you recruit or carefully instruct those who are available to you, they can help get balls spotted even more efficiently. Rather than waiting for the BJ and flanks to relay that ball back down the field on long incompletions, we now have ball persons who can immediately bring in the new ball through the flank official on the offensive’s side of the field. Another old technique that is resurrecting itself!!!
8-Man Football Rules – If you are assigned one of these games, please check the supplemental rules for 8-Man starting on page 87 of the rule book. For example, there are no numbering requirements for eligibility in 8-man. Backs and ends can be numbered 50-79 and still be eligible receivers. You must know the eligible at the snap by position! In San Diego, the coaches of 8-man football have requested all games be played on a 100X40 yard field. There are now two exceptions to this rule, Warner HS will play on 80 yard field as will Horizon Christian. These two are exempted by the CIF.
Using a College Field for a HS Game – Speaking of fields, in San Diego, when we use a college field for a high school game (Mesa, Palomar, Southwestern) we will estimate the HS hash marks when spotting the ball. The high school hash marks are approximately 4 yards outside the college hash marks. One way to establish these lines is to move the pylons at the end lines of the end zone approximately 4 yards outside the college hash marks. This way the umpire can always reference them as the spot the ball.
Blocking Below the Waist Made Simple – In most cases, if the QB is under center, the low block will be found to be legal (ball will most likely be in the zone). If the QB is in shotgun, the low block will be found to be illegal (ball most likely out of the zone). **Assuming both players were on the LOS at the snap and the block is in the zone.
The Regular Season Begins – Teams are now playing conference opponents and league championships are at stake. We need to “up our game” in response to this unique part of the schedule. Teams are more familiar with each other and that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Be aware of rivalries.
Crowds Outside the Team Box – This is a good problem! Some of our feature games are attracting huge crowds which can also mean a lot of extra fans standing on the sideline. Remember, these fans are not a part of the team and cannot be penalized, but should any or some of them interfere with the game and our officiating, then they can be removed by the home school administration. Administration is there for a reason, so don’t bother the head coach, elicit help from the site admin.
Signals and Clock Awareness – Everyone on the crew should be relaying signals. If one person signals time out, we all signal time out The clock operator is dependent on good signals from all officials. Let’s make this a crew goal for this week!
Bands – The following is taken from the CIF Green Book: “Bands are not allowed to play during the course of the actual contest. In the sport of football, bands may play during timeouts, halftime or in between plays. Bands must stop playing when a team breaks the huddle or in the case of a no huddle offense, when the quarterback lines up in position to take a snap.” Any violation of this CIF policy can be directed to the game administration for immediate correction. Continued violations would be considered an ‘unfair act’ under NFHS Football Rule 9-10-1 and could result in a 15-yard penalty being assessed to the head football coach of the offending school for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Thank You Coaches – Without your support and generous sharing of your game video our association would not be able to benefit from the weekly instructional videos and each crew’s self-analysis. Sometimes we hate what we see, but it provides us with an opportunity to fix it! Again, thank you for making this happen. If you haven’t shared you can do so by exchanging with San Diego County Football Officials. We are listed as if we were a team in the HUDL system. Just exchange without requiring something in return. Thank you!