Yes – Meeting This Week – Regular meeting for all officials this Wednesday! We will share plays from our last three week’s games (lessons to learn from), discuss some topics from the Bull, and watch our instructional video! You can make up rules or mechanics tests at this meeting. Check your attendance!
Crew Chiefs and Our Crew Concept – One very strong positive for the SDCFOA continues to be the work of our crew members during the week. I’ve seen crews with weekly goals (individual and crew) as they focus on getting even better each and every week. Scouting, talking to other crews, bringing drinks and snacks, plus extensive video work! I’ve never seen it this comprehensive. Every crew member, who can be, is involved! We look and act more like an NCAA crew than a high school crew! We should be so proud of our professionalism and our commitment to our fellow crew members. Week #7!
Recruiting – The last few years we’ve worked really hard to bring in about 60 new officials each year. Let’s continue to work with these new officials in a positive and constructive manner. Remember, they may not be 100% sold on the idea of a career in officiating so let’s make sure we offer our constructive criticism and advice in a positive manner. What did they do well? Dwell on it and credit their hard work.
Game Clock – Reminder, at the beginning of our dead ball routine we must all check the game clock for accuracy. When we are questioned about game time (maybe the clock continued to run when it wasn’t supposed to) and we don’t have an answer we lose our credibility with fans, players and coaches. Much of this happens inside of 5 minutes in the half or the game, but you can’t just turn on and off this responsibility. You have to do it each and every snap. Finish observing the action of the players at the end of each play, then a quick look at the clock to check its status. Have a plan each week on how you will communicate with the clock operator so we can quickly reset the game clock if necessary. Resetting the game clock can demonstrate our thoroughness and our professionalism.
The Use of the Whistle – It is our local, state and national mechanic to not blow our whistles unless we see the ball in possession, and progress stopped or the player down by rule. We do not want inadvertent whistles, but when you see the player is down and you see the ball in his possession, please blow your whistles – loud – and not staccato!
Locker Rooms – We are visitors, so please leave the PE area neat and clean, even better than when we arrived. Thank you.
Communication with Players and Coaches – Communicating with players is like communicating with the coaching staffs. What you say to players is going to be repeated to the coaches. So comments like, “you’re not getting held, you’re getting beat” or “it was a 5 yard loss anyway we’re not going to call holding” or “I’m not calling that unless my grandma can see the foul” does nothing for the game and makes us look quite bad. I have no defense for these types of comments to players or even coaches. Please respond with facts, or the rule, or “I saw the block and it was close but legal.” “I was focused on other action on that play, I’ll watch for that foul.” “Coach we just saw the play differently.” “I hear you, I understand.” “What did you see?” Remember, positive and proper communication starts as we arrive at the school. If we get to a difficult situation and then want to establish strong, positive responses, it’s too late. Be professional from the time you park your car – through the entire JV game – pregame of the varsity contest – at all times during the game – and post-game. Be a superstar when it comes to communication!!!
Major Fouls – Feedback from the observers has been very complimentary in this area. Not only are we seeing and processing the major fouls slowly, and considering the effect on the play (advantage/disadvantage) and or safety, but we’re staying away from the 50/50 or phantom calls. We’ve stressed this throughout our season preparation and it’s paying off. Congratulations for properly applying our officiating philosophies each play, each game! Thank you crew chiefs for your leadership in this area!
Breast Cancer Awareness – Our SDCFOA mechanics state that crews may choose to wear and use their pink whistles and lanyards during October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our mechanics state that, if used, the pink whistle and lanyard must be worn by every member of the crew. Thank you!
Fake Punt and DPI – On a fake punt, the assumed kicker throws a high deep pass to the gunner and there is early contact by the defender. There is no exception for this play in high school and by rule we must judge DPI or not based upon the merits of our usual category of DPI – ie. Not playing ball and early contact. We must be in proper position and judge advantage/disadvantage just as we do on all passes where interference is in question.
Chain Crew Attire – Remember, most chain crews are volunteers so we don’t have them dressed in officiating uniform, in fact, we don’t scrutinize their dress at all. Maybe if they are injured players who are wearing uniforms we have them turn the jerseys inside out so they don’t look like players. But chain crew members wearing their school’s gear or hats is OK.
The 15th annual SDCFOA Golf Classic – The funnnnraiser 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” or Mail to Jake Minger at his address in Arbiter. Or Hand-deliver to Jake Minger, Mike Downing, or Ed Blick.