Pre Game Evaluation Criteria
Arrival: Arrive on field at least 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Check Field safety walk; Give chain crew instructions; Speak with his ball person. Meet “get back coach”
Appearance: Uniform neat and clean;
Physical Condition: Excellent, Average, Poor
Field safety check: Ensure game management corrects hazards.
Coin Toss: Head linesman remain 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 per rule.
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 on R's 30 yard. Count R Players. Hold arm above head to indicate you are ready. If short free kick is anticipated take position near R's free kick line. Have bean bag ready for 1st touching
After the kick to umpire’s side; Kick to your side signal clock to start if ball if ball is even or up field from you. Appropriate use of flag on out of bounds kicks. When ball becomes dead sounds whistle and gives time out signal
After ball is spotted: Position: straddle LOS somewhere between toes on the sideline to 1 yard beyond sideline; number next down on chains. Use signal to indicate closest A player is off LOS; Count B players signal back judge; Identify eligible receivers; Be alert for illegal substitutions
After snap: Observe keys. Stays on LOS until ball carrier crosses. Square off towards progress. If ball becomes dead give time out signal.
Know down and distance without looking back at chains. Appropriately move chains.
After ball is spotted: same position as in running playAfter snap: Observe keys read tackle determine run or pass. Stay on LOS until ball carrier crosses LOS or until receiver(s) your side have gone 10-12 yards down field Rule on the direction (forward or backward) of a quick pass. Move down sideline as required toGive incomplete pass signal; Retrieve ball and relay to game officials
Be aware of the runner; Responsible for entire sideline Square off towards spot of forward progress. If ball becomes dead because of incomplete pass or ball going out of bounds, give time out signal. Know down and distance without looking back at chains. Move chains and down box as appropriate.
After ball is spotted: Position: 3-5 yards outside the tight end and 3-5 yards behind the kicker, on kicking-leg side; Signal K is in scrimmage-kick formation. Count K players and signal to umpire; After snap: Head linesman: If you are looking at the back of the Referee. Release on snap, move downfield covering your side between neutral zone and deep receiver(s). Cover all kicks to your side.Ball out of bounds in flight; a sound whistle time out signal; move farther downfield than where it went out; walk up field until Referee spots you on sideline. If ball rolls/bounces out of bounds it is your spot; a sound whistle time out signal hold spot and continue to observe action; Assist Referee on short or blocked kicks.Note if kick is touched beyond neutral zone; recovered in or behind neutral zone; Be prepared to mark first touching, fumble or end of kick Routine kick: Unless kick comes close to your sideline delay moving down sideline, cover blocks and other fouls in secondary; Move with runner if he/she comes to your side and follow to the goal line.When ball becomes dead: a sound whistle and give time out signal and mark spot; make sure of possession of fair catch; If a foul is called, the free game official covers the ball, calling official reports information to RefereeAfter snap: Head linesman: If you are facing the Referee hold momentarily after snap. Watch for hold on widest K player. If Referee is on opposite side. Read good/bad snap. On bad snap, move to backfield to assist Referee. Once the ball has crossed neutral zone, then move slowly down field covering your side between neutral zone and deep receiver(s).; observing blocks and other action in the secondary; Move with runner if he/she comes to your side and follow to goal line if necessary.Ball out of bounds in flight on HL side. HL should move farther downfield than where the ball went out; walk up until Referee spots you on sideline. When ball becomes dead: a sound whistle and give time out signal mark spotMove line to gain equipment when play is clear of foul.
PAT, Field Goal
PositionIf facing Referee on LOS, If on same side as Referee, beyond end zone behind upright with Back JudgeHL should not be under upright if K in swinging gate formation.After snap if on LOS: If pass or run move with the play as with any other goal-line playQuickly move to goal line if run develops on Referee’s sideAfter snap: Under uprightRule on your upright. Move with the BJ (at the same time) one yard into the end zone and signal score or no score.
Procedures – spot ball accurately and efficiently, chains moved efficiently, Proper whistle usage, clear signals, clock management
Ensure the clip is properly placed and grasp the clip that is at the back edge of back yard line. Instruct down marker operator to move to the forward stake spot and keep OLD down number; Bring the chains onto the field maintaining control of the clip and place the chains behind ball and place the clip at back edge of back yard line; Hold firmly and call “ready” to Umpire to extend the forward stake to tighten the chain; Wait for Referee’s decision and signalIf not first down: while holding the clip, accompany chain crew to sideline, reset in original position, 2-yards off of the sidle line. Instruct the down marker operator to show the next down.
Be certain of down number; Confirm yardage to be marked off with Umpire. Proceed from the enforcement spot to succeeding spot. Confirm correct yardage with Umpire.Have line-to-gain equipment move only on your direction and only after penalty administrationRelay penalty information to the appropriate coach and to other game officials if necessaryA 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