- Quote of the week – from an actual game report “Linesman had an excellent crack back blindside block.” You know what to do.
- Some referees are waiting for the chains after a first down inbounds before starting the clock with the silent wind. The clock needs to start when the ball is spotted as the offense can snap at that point. The offense has the right to set the pace of the game and support personnel should not dictate. Also, all officials must make a priority effort to be in place when the umpire spots the ball. The umpire should not wait for officials to get in perfect position.
- The receiver caught the ball and was heading to the EZ when a defender punched the ball out, the BJ was in position to make the call at the GL and signaled touchdown a split second too early. Possession was lost at the B-1. The defense recovered the fumble in the end zone for a TB. Signaling s TD is one of the many moments in the game that cause fans to crane their necks and slide to the edge of their seat is when the runner approaches the goal line. If it is your goal line, you are the signaling official, take advantage of this dramatic moment prior to signaling. Signaling official should plant his/her feet, confirm the ball crossed the GL, PAUSE, then signal with a controlled confident touchdown signal. Not only will this help you to get it right, but it will show the coaches, fans and players that you are seasoned official worthy of working the big game.
- Players cannot play with a tinted visor and doctor’s note. Sun glasses under a clear visor are legal.
- On a try, a defender encroached and proceeded to rough the holder. Both fouls are dead-ball fouls after the ready and before the try, so they could only be enforced on the try. Please check 8-2-5.
- A receiver catches a pass at the B-37. His motion carries him back towards the line of scrimmage where at the B-40 he is contacted and driven back to the B-34 where he is downed. Where is the ball spotted? The forward progress spot is the B-40 – where he was first contacted.
- Please ignore animal teeth mouthpieces; a long term decision on those will be made by the Rules Committee for 2017.
- The first ‘fight’ of the season turned out to mostly be a big shoving match. Four ejections were reported, all of which were proven by the video to be incorrect numbers. Please ask your referees to review fight procedures as part of the pregame.
(EDITED SUBJECT TO WEEK 2 TO MATCH "WEEKLY BULLETIN" NUMBERING)