FCOCP. Level II Clinic. Level II – Football Canada Officials Certification Program (FCOCP). Purpose To prepare Sideline Officials for assignments to the Umpire position 3 and 4 Official Systems Minor and High School Leagues To improve/upgrade understanding of Sideline positions
Level II Clinic
Level II – Football Canada Officials Certification Program (FCOCP)
“Be The Best That You Can BE”
Watch the Tommy Bell video
“Be the Best that You can Be”
Complete worksheet “Requirements of a Quality Official”
A Philosophy of Officiating
Control of Timer
Who can wave time out?
All Officials and the Time Keeper must know?
Control of Ball Boys
Change Ball on every play –
Keep them in the game.
3. Where should the ball boys stand?
10 yards in advance of Line of Scrimmage
4.When should the ball bring the ball in?
After whistle, bring in new Ball, retrieve old ball
Bench Relationships(Control and Communications)
With Players (click for answer)
Bench Relationships(Control and Communications)
Bench Relationships(Control and Communications)(3)
2. Crowd Control, who is responsible?
Duties and PositioningSide Line Officials
Operation of Chain and Downs Box
1.When should the Head linesman review the Chain Crew procedures ?
30 minutes pre-game
2.On first down, where should the downs box and rear picket be placed?
The rear picket and Downs box together at the forward point of the ball, with the Downs box in front–
3.Where is the downs box placed for second and third downs and when should the down on the downs box be changed?
DB – FWD PT – change on HL’ s Signal after signal from Referee
4.How should the chain be kept?
Operation of Chain and Downsbox(2)
5.Where is the clip placed?
On the back of the back line
6.a)What should the yard stick crew do if the play comes toward them?
7.Does the chain move on 2 D & 3D
No it does not move
Operation of Chain and Downsbox(3)
- 1 Stickman retrieve convert
Duties and Positioning Pre-game Field Duties-Head linesman
1.Where is the clip placed?
Back of back line
2.Who picks up the clip and carries it in?
The rear picket
3.What does the Downs Box do during a measurement?
The Downs box holds PLS
4.Where should the Head Linesman position himself?
Place foot at the location of the front picket
Yard Stick Locations
1. Where are the yard sticks located if the
a) benches are on the same side of the field ?
Opposite team benches
b) benches are on opposite sides of the field?
Alternate – Home Team 1st half, Visiting team 2nd half
2.Change of Quarter –
Kick off chart
“Held” and “Free” – Signals and Positioning
Prior to Snap
Running plays side line officials duties
Click to start
Start of play watch for possible crack-back blocking
If not covering ball carrier, after ball crosses line of scrimmage, angle in towards play
Watch for fouls behind Referee if ball goes to opposite side.
Chart 4 man running
Sideline coverage to end zone
Watch for out of bounds. Sound whistle. Signal Time Out. Mark spot. Watch Players
Hold out-of-bounds spot until
ball is retrieved and spotted.
Place ball on side line if measurement is required
illegal use of hands
4 man chart passing
COVERAGE ON PUNTS
Read and answer questions. Click or press n to see movements
1.a) The HL is the free or held official?
b) Where does HL position prior to punt?
c) What does the HL watch for when the receiver gets the ball?
3.a)The LJ is the free or held official?
b) When does the LJ leave the LS?
c) What does the LJ watch for?
2.a)What side does the Umpire favor?
b) When and where does the U move?
Punt 4 man
Outside 10 yard line
“FREE” – Under goal posts
“HELD” – Same as kick from scrimmage
Inside 10 yard line
“FREE” – Same as kick from scrimmaged. Cover dead line and sideline in
“HELD” – Same as kick form scrimmage.
- Watch for contacting kicker or holder.
“FREE” – Same as a scrimmage if 2-point try, otherwise same as kick from scrimmage. Referee’s signal.
“HELD” – Same as scrimmage play.
Watch for contacting kicker or holder.
Duties and Responsibilities
Developing Zone Coverage,
Box in Play, Looking through the Play
Looking through the play
Use your eyes to cover a play, not always your feet.
Be willing to give way to other Officials.
Look for help (who has the best view?)
Key situations; fumbles, competed catch, forward progress, Q.B. Lateral pass
Continue watching the action of the player as the ball carrier runs out of bounds
Mark spot in your mind and with your feet not your eyes
Is the ball carrier in or out of bounds? Explain
Player Action after the Play is Dead
Use of Whistle
Throwing of Flag
Use of Signals
3. Control of the clock
Spotting, Retrieving and Relaying the Ball
Count of Players
H.L. Home team
down made before foul, foul after change of possessions, point where ball held at time of foul (PBH), point of possession (PP), etc.
Penalty Card information (as per Local Associations)
UmpireSpecial Communication Factors
Before the Game
During Penalty Options
The Referee and Umpire will meet with the coaches 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.
Meet with each coach for the same amount of time.
Generally meet with visiting coach first.
- - Introduce yourself and the Umpire
- Allow the Umpire to request the coach sign the coach’s certification form
A-Ask the coach to identify captains, punter, kicker and holder and any other players the officials should know about( eg. 3rd down centre )
A-Ask if there are any concerns or special plays the officials should be aware of.
-Advise the coach of any special pre game happening, field conditions etc.
- Serve as the “eyes” and “ears” of the Referee after being introduced.
- Request that the coach’s certification be signed.
- Record the numbers of the captains, punter , kicker holder and any
other player officials should know about
- Listen to the coach’s concerns/plays and be able to relay this
information to the rest of the officials.
- Accompany the referee back to the timer’s bench to meet with the rest of
records captains place kicker holder and punter given by the coach
gets the coach to sign the Coaches Declaration
If the team with the choice at the start of the game chooses to defer mark a D by first half
The Umpire and All members of the crew should record time outs
STANDS WITH BACK TO PRESS BOX SO WHEN HE TURNS THE ANNOUNCER CAN SEE HIS SIGNALS
How high did he flip it?
Referee will allow the visiting team first choice at start of the game
To make choice in first half or defer their choice to the second half
Can be decided by a coin toss.
How else can the choice be decided?
Waiting for captains
Introducing the crew and making the choices
Captains greeting each other
Switching sides after choice
Umpire recording choices
Umpire - Advise referee whose choice it is
Referee - Ask the captain of the team who has a
-Ask the other team for their choice.
-Signal choice of the team that had the first selection
After the Meeting with the Coaches
-Go over numbers captains punter, kicker ,holder
-Review any special plays that the coaches have stated
-Review any problems with numbering of players
-Review how you will interact with other officials
Done before Meetings with the Coaches
-4man crew- review when you will give Free and Held signal and the response required.
-Review how kicks from scrimmage will be covered
-Review coverage when ball goes out of bounds
-review the relay of the ball after it becomes dead
-Be sure that the clock is stopped
-Obtain a ball from the Head Linesman/Line Judge /ball boy
-Direct the captains to the Referee
-Know as much as possible about the circumstances of the play and foul as you can( e g. Where was the exact PLS on left or right hash or centre of field
-Stay by the Referee
-Remind the Referee to give a pre signal
-Know what the options should be , to assist the referee IF he needs help
-Once an option has been chosen, mark off the distance and put the ball down
-Confirm with the Head Linesman that the correct distance penalty has been assessed
Remind the Referee when time will start on the next play
The head coach or designated coach may call a time out from the sideline
Players on the field may call time outs
Create a positive relationship with players
Will reduce disputes
Enhance respect for officials
Make players aware that you care
Facilitate administration of the game
Use comments like:
* “ Let him up easily”* “ Good work”
* “ Watch your hands”* “ Blue, you’ve got two players coming in”
* “ Keep your hands in” * “ Hard running”
* “ Ball, please, followed by “thank you”
COMMUNICATION WITH THE REFEREE
WITH BALL UNTIL REFEREE IS READY
CONTINUE NORMAL RESPONSIBILITIES
PLAYER MANAGEMENT AFTER PLAY
DURING THE GAME
-STOP CLOCK WHEN NESCESSARY
-ASSIST REFEREE IN CONTROLLOING THE CLOCK
-KEEP THE REFEREE INFORMED
BE AWARE OF TIMING AND CLOCK CONTROL
FOR 4 AND 3 OFFICIAL CREWS THE UMPIRE WILL:
COUNT PLAYERS IN GROUPS
COUNT THE DEFENSE
WARNING RE: SUBSTITUTIONS
“TOO MANY MEN”-SECOND COUNT
KICKOFF –COUNT DEFENCE
PUNTS- CHECK TEAM ALIGNMENT
- 10 –12 YARDS BACK , TURN AS PLAYERS PASS YOU
- FAVOUR SHORT SIDE (COVER THAT SIDE)
HURRY UP OFFENCE- COUNT WHILE GETTING READY
TAKE POSITION WHEN PLAYERS HUDDLE
4 MAN CREW
DETERMINE FREE AND HELD
- FREE OFFICIAL IS ON THE SHORT SIDE OF FIELD
- MAY WANT TO HOLD FREE OFFICIAL ON LS BECAUSE OF FROMATION THAT THE OFFENCE TAKES
- WHEN REFEREE BLOWS BALL READY, INDICATE WHO WILL IS
FREE AND HELD BY EXTENDING ARM AND POINTING TO HELD
- CHECK FOR RESPONSE SIGNAL (HELD –POINTING TO GROUND;FREE OFFICIAL
POINTING DOWN FIELD
THREE MAN CREW
THE UMPIRE ASSUMES THE DUTIES OF THE FREE OFFICIAL OF A 4 Official CREW
SO HE NEEDS THE HEAD LINESMAN’S HELP,PARTICULARLY ON PASS
AND PUNT PLAYS
The importance of positioning and mechanics
3 Official Crew
4 Official crew
UTILIZE PRE GAME INFORMATION
PRIOR TO PLAY
-KEY PLAY FACTORS
DURING THE PLAY
NOTE PLAYER ACTION
-GO WITH THE FLOW
-WATCH PLAYER PATTERNS
-LOOK THROUGH THE PLAY
-NOTE DEFENSIVE FORMATIONS
SHORT YARDAGE PLAYS
How could have the Umpire avoided this?
UMPIRE Starting Position
Position behind the defensive team (10-12) yards. Vary initial position. Do not be static (The offense will use the umpire as an extra blocker when staying in the same position.
Observe blocking and use of hand and arms of both teams on L of S from tackle to tackle, and on line backers in that area.
Should not be concerned with the ball until it enters your coverage area
Do not block the view of the defensive backs or impede their movement
Count the Defensive team and be aware of eligible receiver’s numbers and watch for illegal procedure.
Know the number of the down (check downs box correct) and yards to be gained.
Designate and signal the “HELD” Official
Assist side men on crack -back infractions
Avoid getting caught up in traffic
(do not become a blocker).
Make certain you see the ball before blowing your whistle
COVERAGE ON KICKOFFS
What is the LJ ‘s duty?
What signal should the U give the LJ?
What is the U’s duty?
Watch U and LJ
(R and HL also move)
Click (or press n) to start (to see again touch p and then click or touch n)
Answer the three questions
Watch Linemen for illegal procedure and 1 full second pause
Split the line with the Referee
Watch defensive line charge: holding, illegal use of hands, butt tactics etc.
Then watch the game behind the L of S as defense penetrates, to cover behind the Referee .
Look through the action to cover behind the Referee.
Pick up ball carrier on short plays through the line
When a man is coming at you step aside and forward and let the play pass you.
Do not back up you may get caught between a ball carrier and a tackler.
When a play has passed you ,or gone around the end, drift with the play, continuing to watch the line play and the linemen as they proceed downfield watching for late block, roughness, etc. after the whistle.
Do not be too anxious to spot the ball( you have two side men to help with that).
Move to hash mark, or to point when a ball is dead to spot for the next play
Take a position for next play-assist Referee re :timing if necessary
Umpire first step (s) is forward toward L Of S
Don’t cross the L of S
Move with the Line
Following the pass turn and provide support for catch or not
Click for motion
Umpire turns on pass plays
Provide support to back officials .Watch if the ball skips or is dropped. Do not worry about Pass Interference –must see the whole play
Note the Umpire stays near the hash to insure the boxing in of the play
The first step should be forward
Click for motion
Side line official
ENSURE THE BALL IS NOT MOVED
CONTROL FORWARD STICK
CHECK CHAINS AND DOWNS BOX
Umpire will get forward picket
Back official holds back picket
WHERE, WHAT, WHO
READY TO CHANGE ENDS
CHECK FOR CORRECT BALL PLACEMENT
ON BALL UNTILL REFEREE SIGNAL
STAND OVER THE BALL UNTIL THE REFEREE IS READY AND FOR HURRY UP OFFENSES
COORDINATE WITH REFEREE
WET DAY PROCEDURES
TOWEL FOR WET DAYS
PROPER POSITIONING KNOWLEDGE
- PLAY ORIGIN
- PLAY COMPLETION
- POINT OF NEXT DOWN
USE OF “SHOVEL PASS”
Umpire – Penalty Administration
The placement of the ball on penalty situations is a primary responsibility of the Umpire.
When a penalty is being reported the Umpire must be with the Referee, and remain with the Referee while the penalty options are being given and until the umpire has been instructed to apply the penalty.
The Umpire should be aware of the infraction being called to ensure that the Referee has given the correct penalty options.
In effect the Umpire must assist the Referee in administering all penalties
1)JOIN THE REFEREE
2) OBTAIN BALL
3) INFO TO THE REFEREE
4) BE PREPARED TO ASSIST REFEREE
5) ENSURE PROPER PENALTY APPLICATION
APPLICATION OF PENALTIES
POINT OF PLACEMENT
15 YARD PENALY
POINT OF PLACEMENT
CROSS THREE LINES
10 YARD PENALTY
CROSS TWO LINES
PONT OF APPLICATION
Note distance to the next field line
POINT OF APPLICATION
POINT OF PLACEMENT
FIVE YARD PENALTY
CROSS ONE LINE
POINT OF APPLICATION
Note distance to the next field line
Points of Application of Penalties
See SUPPORT MATERIAL-Signals or
RULE BOOK-summary of Penalties
25 Yards + Disqualification – R.P.
The opportunity is presented here to identify the sections of the Rule Book that should be read and reviewed carefully in terms of how they are implemented by the Umpire
Rule book: Introduction page v to viii
Primary Focus – Officials
Success – Coaches, Players
Rule 1 section 3 article 6
Rule 1 section 5 article 1
Ready for scrimmage
Rule 1 section 5 article 2
End of Quarter
Rule 1 section 6
Rule 1 section 7 article 1
Rule 1 section 8 article 1
Rule 1 section10 articles 1 to 8
Rule3 section 2 articles 1 to 5
Rule 4 section 1 article 1 to 3
Rule 4 section 3
Rule 4 section 1 article 4
Rule 4 section 5
Rule 5 section 1
Rule 5 section 2 articles 1 to 5
Rule 5 section 3 articles 1 to 5
Rule 5 section 4 and section 5
Goal Post Assembly
Rule 1 section 10
Rule 1 section 6
Rule 6 section 1 to 3
Rule 6 section 4
(b) disagreement is eliminated or minimized
4 OFFICIAL CREWS
3 OFFICIAL CREWS
3 Official System Kick Off
3 Official System Scrimmage Play
3 Official System Goal Line
3 Official System Punt
3 Official System Field Goal Outside 10 Yard Line
Convert 3 Official System Convert and Field Goal inside 10 yard line
To return to umpire positioning
4 Official System Kick Off
Scrimmage Play Running - 4 Officials
Scrimmage Play Passing - 4 Officials
Goal Line Stand - 4 Officials
Punt - 4 Officials
Field Goal Outside 10 Yard Line 4 Officials
Field Goal Inside 10 Yard Line 4 Officials
Convert 4 Officials
Return to Umpire positioning
Return to sideline official
First Second Third
Arms at right angles.
Touch Down Field Goal Convert
6 points 3 points 1 or 2 points
Safety Touch Rouge
2 points1 point
START CLOCK STOP CLOCK PENALTY DECLINED
INCOMPLETE PASS NO MOUTH GUARD WARNING MEASUREMENT
ILLEGAL PROCEDURE OFFSIDE ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT
Time count prior to 3min No yards (bounce back)
HOLDING ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTION ILLEGAL BLOCK OBJECTIONABLE CONDUCT
TIME COUNT AFTER 3MIN 3RD D BLOCK BELOW THE WAIST CONTACTING THE KICKER
INELLEGIBLE RECEIVER ILLEGAL CONTACT ILLEGAL FORWARD TRIPPING
DOWNFIELD ON A RECEIVER PASS CROSSING ONE FOOT OVER THE OTHER
UNNECESSARY ILLEGAL PASS BLOCKING FROM UR + SPEARING
ROUGHNESS INTERFERENCE THE REAR
UR + PILING ON UR+ FACE MASK UR + CRACKBACK
LESS THAN 15 YARDSGROUNDINGPASS
Team A penalty on own 1 yard line
Applicable penalty signal
Time Count 1st and 2nd Down last 3 minutes of a half
Illegal interference on a loose ball
No mouth Guard Warning
at one time was one hand behind the head signal removed from rule book
Player (s) sent off until properly registered with the scorer
Restraining Zone Foul-short kick falling )into a group of players
No signal as play whistled dead no foul has occurred
The majority of penalties are applied from this point.
The PLS is the point of application used for penalties occurring
Prior to the 1st down distance being gained
This is the point where the ball is held at the time of the foul
It is the point of application for penalties that occur after distance gained and/or after a change of possession
This is the point where the foul occurred
It is the point of application on loose ball fouls affecting the possession
It is the point of application for pass interference less than 15 yards from the line of scrimmage
This is the point where possession is gained
It is the point of application for fouls occurring while the ball is in flight
This point is used on dead ball fouls, in some UR and RP situations, and for Objectionable Conduct
After counting your Team and checking the your zone , the Official raises his arm vertically in the air and holds it up until acknowledged by the Referee
The kick off should not take place until both teams have twelve players on the field
What is the official watching ?
1. What foul is shown?
2. a) Are both A and B fouls?
b) Explain your answer
What would the Referee act and talk to the player he is holding back?
When either team is guilty of illegal interference on a forward pass.
By Team A -- 1,2,3,4,D – L15 DR
By Team B – Behind the L.S. – 1D PLS
Across the L.S.
1D at point of Foul, if less than 15 yards from PLS
1D plus 15 PLS, if PF is more than 15 from PLS
Once ball in the air, neither receivernor defender can interfere with each others attempt to catch the ball
What penalties can be applied to Team B?
What penalty is applied to Team A?
3.What if Team A was charged with illegal pass interference.
What is the penalty for this Team A foul?
What is the official indicating with all his new found officiating friends
Same or different fouls?
What is (ARE) THE
If an unauthorized person enters the field while play is in progress and interferes with a player of Team A, Team A shall be awarded half the distance to the goal line from PBD or PLS, whichever is to their greater advantage. If the foul is pass interference in the end zone, Team A is awarded the ball at the B 1, or Team B is awarded the ball at the B 10. Team A shall also be awarded three additional downs, regardless of time remaining in the half.
Where it is obvious to the Referee that a touchdown would have been scored, he shall award such a touchdown.
If the unauthorized person is a player, coach, trainer, equipment man. Or any other person permitted a place on the team bench, an automatic touchdown shall be awarded and that person is disqualified.
If an unauthorized person enters the field while the play is in progress and interferes with a player of Team B, Team A shall be penalized for illegal interference from PBH when the foul occurred.(1-13)