The Weekly Bull August 9, 2017
Mechanics Exam – The mechanics exam results were outstanding, in spite my screw up on several questions! Everyone was awarded a correct answers if they understood the concept I was attempting to test. Please review any questions in class tonight just to confirm we’re all on the same page.
2nd Year Officials – You will be taking your Mechanics Exam this week in your regular classroom after some film study and other instruction. Good Luck! First year officials do not take any examinations.
Umpire Clinic – Jay Drewry will be presenting on “Weekly Routines, Pre-Games, and General Mechanics for the umpire position” starting at 7:00 pm in the Theater at Mira Mesa HS. Jay and I will also be sharing the very latest from Garth DeFelice (NFL- San Diego) on Zone Coverages for runs and passes! There are just a couple enhancements to what we’ve been working on for 2 years now, and I believe you’ll find the enhancements extremely helpful! The Theater is where we met the first night 7/5 for the General Meeting. I will attach a list of the Zone Coverage Enhancements to this Bull.
Scrimmage Uniform – The high school scrimmage uniform will be the same as for warm weather youth football including black socks! Scrimmages are next week (don’t forget to hydrate well before the scrimmage). Before the scrimmage, all crews are to have held their preseason meeting to get to know each other, conduct their comprehensive mechanics review, and to establish the crew’s goals and expectations for the season.
Out-of-Town Teams – When a team from out-of-town comes to San Diego to play, they are playing by the CIDSDS rules. That includes mandatory overtime. If a team were to refuse to play overtime it would simply be reported to me and I would inform CIF. Teams from out of CA may also be surprised that we have a Mercy Rule in CA and that a player who exhibits signs or symptoms consistent with a concussion is disqualified for the remainder of the game. Those are the 1- SD and 2 – CA possible differences. They may be included into your pre-game meeting with the coach.
Video is Our Tool – In the “good old days” we’d leave the field and feel we worked a perfect game. Very little accountability and no tools to help us re-visit our calls to see if what we thought we saw really what happened! Now, we have HUDL. We have the amazing opportunity to view ourselves and to determine if what I saw as “big” was really “big”? If it is not as big as you remember, then you have a chance to re-calibrate your judgement. You have a “tool” at your disposal. Don’t take it lightly. And don’t feel the need to be perfect. We strive for perfection knowing that the best we’re going to get is excellence. I’ll take excellence!!!
Sideline Communication – As a flank official, it is a real plus for you if you can provide information to your head coach that will help him and his team. Obviously time outs remaining, but what about time outs remaining for the opponents at the end of the game? Do you have enforcement info for him as he’s deciding whether to take the penalty? Info on players that are on the edge or a formation that is on the edge? ALSO – Offensive Coordinators and Defensive Coordinators may step to the sideline on each play so they are more easily seen by their players as they call or signal plays. They must then step back into the restricted area at the snap. Work with them to get agreement on this before the game and be consistent on both sides of the field. Coaches cannot come out onto the field to coach their teams or meet their QB as he comes to the sideline each play and walk back onto the field with him. WORK WITH YOUR COACHES AND BE CONSISTENT. Use your sideline warning!
CONSISTENCY – How do we get it and keep it?” Preparation, Knowledge, and Concentration” – From Mike Weseloh PAC 12
Communication With Head Coaches – I’ve had the best round of Coaches Clinics, ever! I meet with every conference and go over new rules and our points of emphasis. The coaches are asking excellent questions and seem to have a solid grasp of the blindside block and excessive contact personal fouls. Now it is our job to enforce the rules in a consistent manner. PLUS – we must be ready and willing to communicate with our head coaches…from start to finish! When there is a problem “in their opinion” we must make the effort to communicate…including going to the sideline to help prevent the coach from coming on the field when they are visibly concerned. They have been told if they visibly demonstrate their displeasure, in an exaggerated and demonstrative manner, on the field, the rules require a penalty. They have been told that if they stay at the sideline, then we will come over to them. Don’t make me a liar…please communicate and problem-solve.
BJ’s Restaurant Fund Raiser – We (Bob Hood) have again secured a donation arrangement with BJ’s restaurants. Last year with our frequent dining experiences our Charity Fund earned over $500 for the second year in a row. I’ve attached the fundraising flyer which can also be download to your cell phone if you’d like.
Spalding Football – Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of Spalding footballs this season. They will be required to be used throughout the playoffs this year so I expect they will be in use during the season…only required to be used during the playoffs.
Final Registration Numbers – 228 certified members (-42 from projection), 49 first year (+9 over projection!), 32 second year + transfers (+2 over projection!), 35 associate members (+15 over projection – reason for fewer certified members returning?). Overall we are -16 total members. Still taking in 1st year members so it’s not too late for a friend or work associate to join!
Budget Projection – We took a $4,000 hit to our income from dues but will show a solid balance if our projected expenses continue to come in under budget as they are now. Our $5 increase in dues has also helped keep our balance in the black. In short, we are financially solvent and running smoothly. Thank you Jake Minger!
Battlefields to Ballfields – B2B officials get their dues reimbursed for three years, get a free starter kit from Honig’s, and is mentored for three years. Thank you mentors: Jay Drewry, Ron Gillenberg, Joe Magnuson (Mentor Coordinator), Mike Allen, Ed Delos Reyes, Kevin Haws, Nick Williams, Joe St. Onge, Bill Schmitt, and Michael Lay. Thank you for your service, men!
Broken Car Window Reported – Brian Mills reported that his car window was broken out during last week’s meeting. Nothing was stolen from his car so we suspect just vandalism, not car theft. He was parked on pavement in the spaces adjeacent to the dirt lot in the front. FYI. Let me know if any activity like this happens again.
Use Only 1 Arbiter Account Please – If you work more than one sport, or more than one level (like college), please use only one Arbiter account and share access with our assignors. To use a single email account in Arbiter you need to set the Sharing settings so all assignors can view the official’s assignments. Here are the directions from Bob Duggan on how to properly set the switches:
Click Profile on your Home Page (in the blue tool bar near top of page – on the right side).
Click Sharing in the grey tool bar near the top of the page.
Click all boxes in all three areas (Share This Game Info; From These Groups; and With Assignors from)
If you have any questions please contact Bob Duggan. – Thanks
O2O Radio Protocol – I’ve attached a sample radio protocol used by a college conference that can be helpful as you’re crew develops their protocol for using the system. Remember, we continue to use our regular signals along with the radios. Radios do not replace signaling! Feedback from coaches is that they LOVE the enhanced communication we’re providing them due to our using this system. They asked me if we were expanding their use and were very glad to hear that we were. I told them “most crews” were using them this year.
Dropbox file: Zone Coverage – Garth Update.docx
Dropbox file: Radio Protocol.pdf
Dropbox file: BJs Flyer – Fundraiser 2017.pdf