Here are a few lessons learned from the first full week of the season. On a couple of issues, it seems like we have picked up where we left off last year. We probably have made some progress, but we still have a few officials to reach.
- The definition is very clear that fighting is an engagement in a combative manner unrelated to football. While it is possible to have a fight while the ball is live, that is the exception. Blocking is a football act, so when players start flailing during a block, it is more likely to be a personal foul for hands to the face or unnecessary roughness than fighting. Also keep in mind the guy on the bottom of the pile is entitled to protect himself so what may look like kicking or punching is probably an effort to remove an assailant from the same geographical location.
- Our other carry over issue is we still have PF’s being called USC’s. The Referee has a responsibility to make sure fouls are properly labeled. Here is one quote from an inquiry to a referee regarding his report: “I was at least 50 yards away, and when I got there it was just reported unsportsmanlike with numbers Home 33, Visitor 88.
- When a player is sent off because his helmet came off, the clock must be stopped and the coach informed so he can send in a sub. A team ran a play with 10 on defense because the coaching staff did not know the player was sent out.
- When there is a bench clearing brawl (yes, we’ve already had one), the priority is to identify the main perpetrators. If you can note subs coming onto the field, that’s fine, but do not worry about it.
- IAW of the week: Fake up the middle and then hand off and run to the left. LJ thought the first guy had the ball and did not notice the guy with the ball coming in front of him. DON’T BLOW THE WHISTLE UNLESS YOU CAN SEE THE BALL.
- A try was replayed after two forward passes were thrown. The referee forgot about the loss of down and didn’t listen to his crewmates. He did remember that was on this year’s test