Seems like we were just getting ready for the 2015 season, and just like that it’s over. Section championships are this week and the state tournament is right around the corner. Best of luck to everyone assigned this week and beyond.
We had a few defenseless player situations in our game this week.
The 2015 Aloha Clinic videos are focusing on targeting and defenseless players interpretation. They are releasing new videos every week and I’ve found them to be very helpful. Take some time and watch a few before heading to your next game.
Our crew is always trying to find ways to make a good impression with coaches. This year we decided to put a little effort into the lineup cards we give them (and the press box). Take a look!
The helmet artwork is from Eric Lichtenberg’s Minnesota High School Helmet Project website. If you haven’t been to it, check it out.
Today I had the great opportunity to lead a conversation with my association’s backjudges via a breakout session during our annual meeting. Thanks to everyone who joined & added to the discussion.
Here are a few training documents on backjudge mechanics and best practices.
Reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions.
I suggested subscribing to Matthew Sumstine’s great YouTube channel featuring training videos from the Aloha Clinic. I highly recommend these training videos for all football officials:
Aloha Clinic YouTube Channel
If you’re a backjudge, watch these:
The league is recommending all Minnesota football officials watch this video out of Oregon regarding helmet to helmet hits and defenseless players.
Here are the 2015 NFHS rule changes, as posted by the MSHSL:
SPEARING DEFINITION REVISED (2-20-1c): Continuing the focus of risk minimization, the definition for the illegal helmet contact act of spearing was revised. Spearing is an act by any player who initiates contact against an opponent at the shoulders or below with the crown (top portion) of his/her helmet.
CORRECTING A DOWN NUMBER ADDED (5-1-1b NEW): The referee is granted authorization to correct the number of the next down before a new series of downs is awarded.
FREE-KICK FORMATIONS REVISED (6-1-3; 6-1-4 NEW; 6-1 PENALTY): In a revision of the 2014 rule change regarding free-kick formations, the timing of the foul for not having at least four players on each side of the kicker now occurs when the ball is kicked.
EXCESSIVE CONTACT ADDED TO UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS (9-4-3g): With an emphasis on risk minimization, the unnecessary roughness provisions were expanded. No player or nonplayer shall make any other contact with an opponent, including a defenseless player, which is deemed unnecessary or excessive and which incites roughness.
ROUGHING THE PASSER PENALTY CLARIFIED (9-4 PENALTY): An automatic first down is not awarded for a 5-yard incidental face mask penalty against the passer.
DEAD-BALL PENALTY ENFORCEMENT MODIFIED (10-2-5): The distance penalty for unsportsmanlike, nonplayer or dead-ball personal fouls committed by teams can offset. Equal numbers of 15-yard penalties by both teams will cancel and remaining penalties may be enforced.
Having these available digitally is a huge win over the old paper books. The ability to search the content of the books by topic, situation (or the text of a test question) is a slick way to get into the rule book and gain insight more quickly.
It’s that time of year again… soon the dog days of summer will give way to cool autumn nights on the gridiron.
It’s time to get into the rule book and start getting into ‘football mode’. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting updates from the league, some excellent training videos, and documentation I review for my preseason prep.