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1 Dead Ball Officiating and Communication with players

2 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

3 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.

4 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.

5 Primary Dead Ball Intervals  Before/After scrimmage plays  After scores  Timeouts  During Penalty administration  During measurements  During Injuries  Between periods Review Rule (a-k) for examples of when the ball becomes dead and the down has ended…

6 Communication → Sidelines → Crew → Players “ If we can’t communicate, we can’t officiate.” Red Cashion, retired NFL Referee

7 Sideline Communications  Good personal skills  Communicate unusual rulings or problems w/players  Maintain poise at all times. “Silence can never be misquoted”

8 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.

9 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!

10 Penalty Administration Rule : 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 b: The basic (enforcement) spot is the SUCCEEDING spot for a DEAD- BALL foul.

11 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

12 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


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