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Game Presentation. Fundamental change: Why?. Games are too long TV audience vs. in-stadium audience Decisiveness Game flow Professionalism. The Process. Calling Official Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Everyone else. Calling Official. Preliminary signal

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Game presentation

Game Presentation

Fundamental change why

Fundamental change: Why?

  • Games are too long

  • TV audience vs. in-stadium audience

  • Decisiveness

  • Game flow

  • Professionalism

The process

The Process

  • Calling Official

  • Referee

  • Umpire

  • Head Linesman

  • Line Judge

  • Everyone else

Calling official

Calling Official

  • Preliminary signal

  • If there are multiple flags for the same foul, they talk quickly, then one gives a signal

  • Accurate number

  • Result of the play



  • Make decision for the team if obvious

  • Preliminary signal only if option from team or crew discussion necessary

  • Rarely more than 3 steps to “clear”

  • Stop, then talk



  • Speak to the guy sitting on his couch in front of the TV

  • Don’t say more than necessary, an incorrect description lowers credibility (say as much as possible using as few words as possible)

  • Speak in a normal tone of voice, don’t raise your voice if the crowd is loud

  • Finish speaking before turning away from the camera



  • Must be able to enforce most fouls with minimal referee input!

  • Specific yard line should be quickly discussed on half-the-distance penalties

  • Communicate/signal distance with wing officials

Head linesman

Head Linesman

  • Walks at about the same time as the umpire


Line judge

Line Judge

  • Holds spot, then steps it off

  • Confirmation #2

Everyone else

Everyone Else


(confirmation #3)



  • Do not wait for confirmations to give ready

  • Do not rush the ready for play if the QB is communicating with the coach

  • Don’t delay ready too much either



  • The goal is *efficiency*, not having the fastest game

  • Minimize the time two or more officials are on TV having a discussion

  • Ideal situation is when the umpire is putting the ball down as referee completes his announcement

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  • If TV break is coming after foul, go to commercial, THEN deal with any enforcement issues

  • Most pre-snap fouls will require no discussion at all. Referee should easily pick up obvious numbers

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  • Referee fouls: announce as soon as possible after the play is over. If an option will be needed from the team, give preliminary as soon as possible

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This is truly a crew effort and will require every official to understand his role



  • This process can cut 30 seconds or more from the dead ball period

  • For an average 15 foul game, that is about 7 ½ minutes

  • All this is done without eliminating a single play from the game

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