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Dead Ball Officiating and Communication with players
Definitions Rule 2-1-1: A Dead Ball is a ball not in play. The ball is DEAD during the interval between downs. “ Avoid the tendency to relax… this is when disaster can strike.” Jon Bible, Big 12, Referee of the 2008 BCS national championship game
Dead Ball Fundamentals An official's whistle seldom kills the ball. It is already dead by rule. No Live ball foul causes the ball to become DEAD. A DEAD ball may become LIVE only by a legal snap or free kick. Catching is ALWAYS preceded by touching of the ball; thus, if touching causes the ball to become DEAD, securing of the ball has no significance.
Dead Ball Fundamentals A live ball foul followed by a foul by the opponents after the ball becomes dead IS Not paired as a double foul. Penalty enforcement for any DEAD BALL, non-player, or unsportsmanlike foul is from the succeeding spot.
Primary Dead Ball Intervals Before/After scrimmage plays After scores Timeouts During Penalty administration During measurements During Injuries Between periods Review Rule 4-2-2 (a-k) for examples of when the ball becomes dead and the down has ended…
Communication → Sidelines → Crew → Players “ If we can’t communicate, we can’t officiate.” Red Cashion, retired NFL Referee
Sideline Communications Good personal skills Communicate unusual rulings or problems w/players Maintain poise at all times. “Silence can never be misquoted”
Crew Communications Communicate down and distance every play Understand who you are responsible to count and signal count before every down begins. Alert official of “who has responsibility for the game clock.” Alert official(s) of “who has responsibility for the goal line.” Repeated whistle blasts to alert crew of penalty marker.
Player Communications Talk to players as they un- pile Compliment players… “good tackle”, “good run”, “good sportsmanship” The Umpire relationship with players is critical for crew success during a game!
Penalty Administration Rule 10-2-5: DEAD BALL fouls are administered separately and in order of their occurrence. Not coupled with live ball fouls or another DB foul to create double or multiple foul. Rule 10-4-5-b: The basic (enforcement) spot is the SUCCEEDING spot for a DEAD- BALL foul.
Officiating the “HALO” Covering official responsible for first ring. Rings expand outward toward “off” officials. Accordion effect- creates a presence of officials. Each play has 3- “HALO’s” of Officiating Responsibility
Tips to improving your DEAD BALL officiating Spotting the ball… Hustle but don’t hurry to the spot Good ball rotation Off-ball officiating Players going out of bounds… Continue to watch players Use the bean bag Digging for fumbles… Only the closet official become the digger Actively locate the ball and determine who has possession Use good verbal techniques while digging, announce yourself to players