Pre Game Evaluation Criteria
Arrival: On field at least 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
Appearance: Uniform neat and clean;
Physical Condition: Excellent, Average, Poor
Field safety check: Ensure game management corrects hazards.
Coin Toss: Lines Captains up on 50-yard line; Escorts captains out on time. Gives proper signals (and announcement if mic’d) for team choices
Safety & Equipment Evaluation Criteria
Players legally equipped by rule. Kneepads, play cards on wrists, back pads covered, no adornments.
During live action: Keep players safe by calling personal fouls, illegal helmet contact, targeting, spearing, late hits, blind side blocks
Sideline Control: Support wing officials with sideline control; provide proper enforcement for initial sideline
Dead Ball Officiating
Remains vigilant for action after the play has ended. Watch for dead ball personal fouls and unsportsmanlike acts. Be aware of coaches coming onto the field to protest a call. This is an immediate unsportsmanlike foul.
Prior to the kick: Position on R’s goal line on the Head Linesman’s side of the field, outside the hash marks. If a short free (onside) kick is anticipated, position 5-8 yards behind the receivers.
After the kick: If the kick ends in the field of play, wind the clock when the ball is legally touched by R other than first touching by K. Follow runner watching for illegal blocks during the run.
Deep Kick: Coordinate goal line coverage with Umpire. While on the goal line be ready to rule on touchback and if the ball is caught inside the 5-yard line, momentum. If ball is caught outside of the far hash mark, watch for fouls around runner.
After ball is spotted: Move to a position approximately 12-15 yards from the line-of-scrimmage 5-7 yards wide. On passing arm side of quarterback/Able to view tackle on far side and backs/declare ball ready-for-play by using established procedure.Count number of offensive players and signal to umpire; call snap infractions, false starts, and illegal shifts.After snap: Read block of offensive tackle on opposite side; Rule on possible illegal acts that affect the play or involve player safety. If run, trail runner and call illegal acts affecting the play. Once runner passes the line of scrimmage, cover backside action.
After ball is spotted: same position as in running playAfter snap: Read block of offensive tackle on opposite side; Rule on possible illegal acts that affect the play or involve player safety.As passer retreats, remain wide and deeper than passer; call fouls against the passer; Be alert to rule on legality of pass and intentional grounding, use bean bag as needed.
After ball is spottedPosition 10 yards deep keeping snap in view; instruct Defense about snapperStand upright, Count K players, Check numbering exceptionsAfter SnapStep toward neutral zone, be alert for roughing snapper; be alert for run or pass; assist referee to cover short or blocked kick; determine if ball crosses neutral zone. Following kick Pivot to view line judge side of field; observe blocks in side zone; move toward return area observing action upfield from ball.
PAT, Field Goal
After ball is spotted: Position: 2-3 yards to rear and 3-5 yards to side of potential kicker, facing holder and able to see holder receive ball. ; Signal to crew scrimmage-kick formation; Count K players and signal to umpireAfter snap: Rule on roughing kicker or holder; If try is blocked, immediately sound whistle and give the no-score signal (S #1O) twice; If field goal is blocked, ball remains live, be prepared for broken play; cover as usual if run or pass; assist in sideline coverage.Signal score (S #5) or no score (S #10) after receiving signal from game officials ruling on 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
Give time-out signal (S #3) and indicate that it is an official’s timeout. Control process so that it goes smoothly and efficiently. In side zone, measure before ball is moved.When measurement is completed, signal to press box if short; Signal number of next down; Spot ball at proper place; Wait for chain crew and officials to return to positions before ready for play. Wind clock if appropriate.
Obtain penalty information from crew and give preliminary signal to press-box side of field if appropriateDetermine if the penalty is accepted and ensure the correct enforcement spot and yardage with crew and then give signals to press-box side of field including the correct down. Complete the ready for play after all officials are set and wind the clock if appropriate. A penalty enforcement error is a CREW error
Effective/proper crew signals; communications on unusual plays and penalties, use effective ball mechanics, run half time and overtime intermissions properly
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