Pre Game Evaluation Criteria
Arrival: At least 30 minutes prior to game. Field safety walk. Instruct clock operator about responsibilities; Back judge observes team on head linemen’s side while head linesman completes instruction to line to gain crew. Perform duties in a business-like manner.
Back Judge, remain at hash marks and observe team; bring approved game ball. Record which team has 1st choice 2nd half. Hustle to kickoff position
Appearance: Uniform neat and clean;
Physical Condition: Excellent, Average, Poor
Field safety check: Ensure game management corrects hazards.
Coin Toss: Back Judge remains at hash marks observe team; bring approved game ball. Record which team has 1st choice 2nd half. Hustle to kickoff position.
Safety & Equipment Evaluation Criteria
Players legally equipped by rule. Players legally equipped by rule. Kneepads, play cards on wrists, back pads covered.
During live action: ; Keeps play safe: Calls personal fouls, illegal helmet contact/targeting; spearing/late hits, blind side blocks;Sideline Control: Consistently administers enforcement so that all game officials have enough room to work. Safety and Equipment rules not enforced are crew deductions
Dead Ball Officiating
Stays vigilant for action after a play has ended penalize late hits and unsportsmanlike fouls. Use good ball mechanics and signals.
Prior to the kick:
Position: K’s free kick restraining line outside sideline monitor bench area. Come to kicker assist kicking team into positionCheck legality of kicking tee, hand kicker ball, proceed to the sideline; Count K; position just outside the sideline on K’s restraining line on HL side; Sideline clear of personnel; only the kicker may be more than 5 yards behind the kicking team’s restraining line; indicate to Referee you are ready by raising hand; If there is a foul to be administered on the free kick, give signal and administer penalty.; Time 25 second count
After Kick: Be alert for first touching by K mark spot with bean bag; kick which does not cross R’s restraining line
Mark out of bounds spot with penalty marker if untouched by R between the free kick restraining lines.After ball has gone down field, move to the center of the field. Move downfield, no more than 10-15 yards while maintaining inside out coverage Take responsibility for K’s goal line. Be in position to take over coverage of runner in your area on long returnObserve legality of blocks and action away from ballIf there is a penalty for a foul before kick ends requiring re-kick, administer penalty and place ball ready.
After ball is spotted: Position: Approximately 20 yards beyond LOS always deeper than deepest defensive back; When ball is on hash mark position no wider than near upright; On single and/or double spread formation, adjust position to provide best coverageAreas of responsibility; Time 25 second, count providing a visible count last 5 seconds; Count defensive players indicate to the wing officialsAfter snap; Read keys; On runs to either side of field, move so runner is between you and either Head Linesman or Line Judge while observing blocks in front of runner; Retreat to be in position behind deepest receiver stay far enough away to keep play boxed in; Maintain inside out coverage wild staying between the hash marks; Cover players who are deeper than Head Linesman or Line Judge; When runner breaks free, cover action around him/her; Cover goal line; On out of bounds runs, especially in team areas, move into area of dead ball and assist game officials in maintaining order; Assist with relay of ball inside zone from wing official to Umpire
After ball is spotted: same position as in running playAfter snap:Read keys. Retreat in order to be in position behind deepest receivers; Cover deep receivers down middle and to each sideWhen pass is thrown, move towards ball, but maintaining a cushion: Watch for interference by either team; rule on possible fumble or illegal pass after completion; rule on all passes near goal line and end lineIf pass is incomplete in your area: Give incomplete pass signal; Retrieve ball and relay to nearby game officialIf pass is complete in your area of responsibility; ball becomes dead Move to spot of forward progress; When line to gain has been reached give time out signal twice
After ball is spotted: Position: 10-12 yards wider than and 2-3* yards behind the deepest receiver on Head Linesman’s side of field*Acceptable alternative: 7-10 yards back is a lot more comfortable position to be in than 2-3 yard back.Count R players indicate to wing officialsAfter Snap: Carry bean bag(s) in hand during down to mark first touching, fumble, momentum or end of kickShort kicks to either sideline: Observe action of players around ballCover long or deep kick out of bounds on Head Linesman’s side; kicked ball goes out in flight, sound whistle; time out signal; referee spot you on sideline and hold spot until ball is spottedCover all kicks down middle; rule on whether kick is touched by either team: ball is muffed; rule on possession; Be alert for hand off and reverseWhen K is first to touch scrimmage kick which is moving: Mark spot of first touching with bean bag; Continue to cover playK is first to touch motionless kick beyond neutral zone, sound whistle, give time out signal; mark spotFollowing fair catch; whistle, time out signal; mark spot; Inform referee knows it was a fair catch.When fair catch is not made: Stay with ball; Move with runner who catches kick and advances; Other officials will pick up runner near line of scrimmage; When this is done, delay and observe action behind ball; When kick becomes dead; Sound whistle; time out signal; rule on touch back and give signalIf kick is caught inside 5-yard line and player is downed in the end zone or ball goes out of bounds there, rule if momentum took player into the end zone; Mark spot of catch inside 5-yard line with bean bag
PAT, Field Goal
After ball is spotted: Position beyond the end zone and behind your upright
After snap: Rule on your upright. Move with the HL/LJ (at the same time) one yard into the end zone and signal score or no score.Be prepared to move if kick is blocked on FG or bad snap on PAT.
Be prepared to move if kick is blocked, obviously short or a fake: Key tight end on your side, Head Linesman or Line Judge: if run or pass develops to your vacated side, quickly move along end line to back pylon to rule on sideline. Next move is toward goal line to assist; Mark first touching, fumble, momentum or end of kick.
Procedures – Ready for play is consistent and timed well. Game has a consistent tempo, not rushed and not sluggish, clear signals, good clock management
Position: Do not permit team attendants/ball persons to enter field; Help clear players from measurement area; Observe all players, Tend ball at all times during measurement
Help obtain ball; Assist in holding spot of foul or recovering penalty marker; Assist in relaying foul information to appropriate sideline; Give final signal for foul to be enforced on kickoff to press boxA penalty enforcement error is a CREW error
Ball mechanics- relaying ball; effective/proper crew signals; communication on unusual plays penalties, half time/overtime.
How well did this official perform in the game; including but not limited to good judgment, decisiveness, game control, hustle, safety guidelines, mechanics and overall appearance. New rules were adhered to and enforced