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: Line 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 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 free-kick line Temporarily move to the 9-yad mark, then count K players & identify the free kick line for the receiving team Hold arm above head to indicate you are ready. If short free kick is anticipated take position near K's free-kick line. Have bean bag ready for 1st touching by K
After the kick to umpire’s side; Be alert for 1st touching by K, mark spot with bean bag. Watch initial blocks in your area. If ball becomes dead in your area, sound whistle and give time-out signal. Mark spot where kick goes out of bounds on your side of the field with penalty marker if untouched inbounds by R. Cover 15 yards down sideline.
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 out of bounds,dead give time out signal.
If obvious 1st down, signal clock to stop.
After ball is spotted: same position as in running playAfter snap:Observe keys, read tackle to 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; only signal if backward) of a quick pass. Move down sideline as required to cover the play.Give appropriate signals necessary; Be alert for of runner; responsible for entire sideline Square off towards spot of forward progress.
If ball becomes dead out of bounds give time out signal.
Retrieve ball and relay to the appropriate official.
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: If 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 in boxing the ball in. Once ball has crossed neutral zone, then move deliberately down field covering your side between neutral zone and deep receiver(s).; cover players and potential fouls in the secondary; Move with runner if he/she comes to your side; Follow to the goal line.After snap: If looking at the Referee’s back, 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 you believe it went out; walk up until referee spots you. If the ball is grounded and then goes out of bounds, it is your spot all the way.; Sound whistle and signal time out. Hold spot and continue to observe action; Assist Referee on short or blocked kick”If the kick is touched beyond neutral zone; recovered in or behind neutral zone; Be prepared to mark first touch, fumble or end of kick Routine kick: Unless kick comes close to your side delay move to sideline, cover players and potential fouls in secondary; Move with runner if he/she comes to your side; Follow to goal line.When ball becomes dead: sound whistle and give time out signal; mark dead ball spot; make sure of possession of a fair catch; If a foul is called, free game official will cover the ball. Report foul information to Referee
PAT, Field Goal
If looking into the back of the holderPosition on LOS. Count R Observe neutral Zone.After ball is spotted: If you are not looking into the back of the holderPosition beyond the end zone (with Back Judge) and behind your upright
After snap: If you are looking into the back of the holder: If pass or run move with the play as with any other goal-line playQuickly move to goal line if run develops to Referee’s side
After snap: If you are not looking into the back of the holderRule on your upright. Move with the BJ (at the same time) one yard into the end zone and signal score or no score.Be prepared to move if kick is blocked.
Procedures – spot ball accurately and efficiently. Proper whistle usage, clear signals, clock management
Between periods make note of the yard line on your game card and proceed to the corresponding spot opposite side of the 50- yard line. Face and hold that spot unobtrusively until the ball is spotted.
Start of the 2nd half: Inform the coach on your sideline as to the start time of the second half.Visit your team’s respective locker room to ensure the team’s timely arrival on the field for the 2nd half kickoff. Five minutes before the end of the half time you must personally bring the team out in time for the mandatory three-minute warm up period.
Position: Place foot just behind yard line where clip is to be placed to align Head Linesman so that the chains are parallel to the sidelines.
Be certain of down number; Hold enforcement spot.Relay penalty information to the appropriate coach and to other game officials as necessaryA penalty enforcement error is a crew error.A 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