PreGame Conference

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Pre-Game Timeline

  1. Synchronize watches
  2. R/U meet with coaches
  3. Officials on field - 30 minutes before kickoff, inspect field
  4. Coin Toss
  5. All officials at center of field (after coin toss)

  1. PRE-GAME
    1. R/U meet with coaches - ball, captains, equipment, tape, pads, unusual plays
    2. HL meet with chain crew - inspect equipment
    3. LJ/BJ meet with/instruct ball persons
       
  2. TOSS
    1. Officials designated to get captains
    2. Time and procedure for toss
    3. Options marked on cards, signals by R
    4. Hustle to kick-off positions
    5. Review 2nd half procedure and options
       
  3. FREE KICKS (SAFETY)
    1. Review basic positioning - short kick adjustments Blocked kicks
    2. Instructions to teams
    3. Count players
    4. Clear sideline and end lines
    5. Legality of tee, restraining lines, type of kick
    6. Ready signals - officials
    7. Starting the clock
    8. Watch for short kick legally or illegally touched - coverage
    9. Out-of-bounds kick - touching - foul signals
    10. Blocking below the waist
    11. Fair catch, interference, signals, dead ball
    12. Forward hand-off, reverses
    13. Coverage on returns
    14. Onside kick - illegal touching
    15. Free kick after safety - review basic positioning
       
  4. SCRIMMAGE PLAYS
    1. Positions
    2. Communication between crew
    3. Substitutions - count players - signal Tick Mark (9-yard mark)
    4. Legality of offensive line - wing officials signals
    5. Shifts - one second pause
    6. Man in motion
    7. False starts
    8. Coverage on plays up the middle
    9. Coverage on sweeps and reverses - clean up behind (R/U - late hit on QB)
    10. Unusual formations - coverage
    11. Forward progress
    12. Coverage out-of-bounds action
    13. Goal line and short yardage coverage - signals
    14. Retrieving and spotting ball on sweeps
    15. Movement of chains
    16. Fumbles
       
  5. PASS PLAYS
    1. Initial responsibility - lineman, ends, flankers
    2. Eligibility - rules governing
    3. Legality of pass - where thrown passer/pass behind/beyond line of scrimmage forward/backward pass/fumble
    4. Coverage deep pass, flat pass, behind line
    5. Simultaneous catch
    6. Interference rules - contact
    7. Intentional grounding - jurisdiction
    8. Ineligibles downfield
    9. Coverage on interception and runbacks
       
  6. SCRIMMAGE KICKS
    1. Officials positions, coverage
    2. Legality of lineup - lineman used as backs, ends
    3. Coverage of kicker - running into/roughing
    4. Kicks out-of-bounds - mark spot
    5. Returns, reverses, hand-offs
    6. Illegal touching
    7. Kick catch interference
    8. Fair catch
    9. Blocked kicks
       
  7. GOAL LINE PLAYS
    1. Initial positions
    2. TD signals
    3. Prepare for try
    4. Penalties - during, deadball
       
  8. TRY - FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
    1. Initial positions of officials - swinging gate
    2. Coverage of kicker/holder - running into/roughing
    3. Signals
    4. Fakes
    5. Coverage when defense gains possession
    6. Retrieving the ball
    7. Fouls after TD, during, or after try
    8. Spot of ball after miss FG
       
  9. FOULS - PENALTY ENFORCEMENT
    1. Reporting - who, what, where, when, status of ball
    2. Recording fouls
    3. Cover - discussion, foul spot, dead-ball spot
    4. Get number of player - report to coaches
    5. Options
    6. Signals
    7. Position of chains and box
    8. Down and distance after penalty
       
  10. TIMEOUTS
    1. Position of officials, ball
    2. Substitutions, sideline conference
    3. Timing
    4. Notice to captains to resume play
       
  11. MEASUREMENTS
    1. Signals
    2. U has forward stake, LJ has spot on line
    3. Movement of ball and chains if in side zone
    4. Review procedure for starting clock
       
  12. PROGRESS
    1. Square it off
    2. Pinch in hard for any close or goal line plays
    3. Hustle - show your presence
    4. LJ kill clock on any apparent 1st down
       
  13. COMMUNICATION WITH COACHES AND SIDELINE CONTROL
    1. Report all fouls to head coach
    2. Communicate any coaches' concerns to R and U (R will stop clock for conference if warranted)
    3. Give sideline warning signal - record warning
    4. Wings - toss flag for sideline warning
       
  14. REVIEW MECHANICS IF CREWMEMBER IS INJURED DURING GAME

  15. FINAL THOUGHTS
    1. Each official must first take care of his business, concentrating thoroughly on his primary area(s)
      or basic responsibility.
    2. The Four C’s
      1. Concentration
      2. Erase everything from your mind, but the task at hand
      3. Take no mental breaks at all during game
      4. Know the situation, anticipate the play
    3. Consistency
    4. Common Sense
      1. Rules understanding; not rules knowledge
    5. Communication
      1. Continually and effectively with players, coaches, each other
      2. Be the best team on the field today
      3. Get it right; no matter how ugly it may look
      4. Concentrate on every play
      5. Enjoy the game--HAVE SOME FUN!