From the Interpreter on two scenarios: Offside Pass in EZ and Loose Ball Interference
Q: Team A convert attempt. The ball is snapped over holder A2’s head as he is about to pick up the ball at the 15 yd line B1 pushes him out of the way and B44 jumps on the ball. The referee calls B1 for LBI. What options should the referee give to the team A captain.
A: Illegal Interference on a loose ball is PF application. On this play, Team A’s option would be:
- Accept the penalty and try the convert again from the 15-yard line
- Let the play stand – convert is no good, next play would be kick-off.
Q: Offside pass – A eligible receiver tips a pass in B EZ in an offside direction and caught by A ineligible. No one knows how the A ineligible got downfield. Is that a TD?
A: Since no one knows how A ineligible is down field you would have to assume he is there legally. By Rule 6-4-6 e) which tells us the pass would be ruled complete at the point where it was tipped. Since that point is in the EZ, Team A has scored a TD.
From the Interpreter: application of 5-yard No Yards penalty…
Q: A punted ball bounces and A is called for no yards. B returns ball for TD. What is the application for the No Yards foul?
A: Normally in the field of play, L5 can be applied at PBT or PBD.
In this case, Team B has the option of taking the play (TD) or the penalty (5 yds at PBT), though the latter option is unlikely.
By taking the TD, the 5-yd penalty does not carry over.
Football is growing in Ontario
On Saturday, June 2 the Quinte Skyhawks JV team kicked off their inaugural season home schedule against the Scarborough Thunder. The Skyhawks are a member of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) and have plans to field a Varsity team in the future.
The crew for the game was: (L to R) Brian Mortimer, Sean Low, Kevin Horton, Andrew Murray, Blair Mitchell, Frank Pryal
(Story and photo provided by Frank Pryal, Kingston FOA)
Presentations from the 2018 CFOA Conference:
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE RULES EDITOR – Walter Berry
Well it is that time of year, the 2018 rule changes are out. The changes this year are mostly minor adjustments with the exception of the new targeting rule:
- Added the definition of a play.
- Clarification when time starts / when stopped as part of the mercy rule.
- Provided for easier management of inappropriately numbered players.
- Redefined line movement to align with what is happening in today’s game.
- Added a new point of application for a kick off being illegally touched.
- Changed the definition of a completed pass so that it is more concise.
- Added targeting towards eliminating hits to the head.
Since targeting is a new rule let us review the key elements required:
- “TARGETING” (taking aim) indicates the hit could have been avoided.
- FORCIBLE contact to the head or neck area, with the helmet, forearm, hand fist, elbow or shoulder.
There will still be times when players may have helmet to helmet contact. The ones we need to focus on are the forcible contacts that go beyond making a legal tackle, a legal block or playing the ball.
If you still have questions on new or old rules do not be hesitate to contact me since this is how we all improve and stay consistent.
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2018 Rule changes and Safety changes
Tom Cheney Award Nomination
As officials, we all know someone who has gone above and beyond in giving back to the officiating. The nomination form for the biennial Tom Cheney award is now available from your provincial rep. Please take some time to nominate someone worthy.
The award will be presented during the CFOA Conference, at the gala dinner on Saturday, May 5.
For additional information, please contact CFOA Execs Barry Debaie
email@example.com or Chad Doran firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s never too early to get back into it…
Partnering with U Sports, the CFL officiating department has been organizing passing game clinics across the country for U Sports officials and prospects.
Leveraging on the 7-on-7 tournaments among university teams in each region, the clinic comprises a classroom component and on-field reps. As officials go through their rotation, current and former CFL officials provide instant feedback and encouragement. Those who participated have found this a valuable exercise as they get ready for the 2018 season.
Clinics were held in Halifax and Toronto recently. Several more are scheduled for western Canada in the coming weeks.
(Photo credit: Dave Hutton, Rob Hand, Henry Chiu)
Notification of CFOA 2018 AGM
Please be advised that the CFOA 2018 AGM will be held on Sunday May 6th (10:30am) at the Cairn Croft Hotel, Niagara Falls (6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario). All members are welcome to attend but only the provincial representative is allowed to vote at the meeting. For provincial representatives not able to attend, but who wish to have a voice; a proxy form is attached in this email. If submitting a proxy form, it must be returned to email@example.com at least twenty four hours prior to the AGM.
There will be two Executive Board positions open for candidate nominations
1) President – Henry Chiu
2) VP – Nigel Bushe
Both of the members are re-offering for their positions but nominations will also be accepted.
CFOA Executive Nomination Form has been distributed to your provincial rep.
Minutes of the 2016 AGM held in Saskatoon will be circulated at a later time prior to the meeting.
Football Canada Games 2018
Some exciting news about the 3 Football Canada games this summer.
In an effort to provide more opportunities for our officials, each participating province in this year’s Football Canada Cup and the two U16 Challenge has been asked to provide 2 officials. By doubling the out-of-town participation, more officials can now benefit from the high-intensity game experience and learn from your peers and evaluators. The nomination criteria have also been updated to ensure clarity and transparency.
At the same time, those who wish to contribute as an out-of-town RIC, be sure to get the Expression of Interest form from your provincial rep. Return the completed form to Chad Doran (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than March 31st.
On a related note, the provinces that host these games, their PSO are expected to work with the provincial (or local) FOA to appoint a qualified local RIC.
We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Football Canada’s support and their willingness to work closely with CFOA in all officials-related matter.
His job took him across the country but his love for the game has never wavered
Born in Meaford, Ontario, Terry Kennedy was every active in sport and played everything that his school had to offer – hockey, baseball, basketball and mostly football. Like most young kids during that era, Terry was an avid Toronto Maple Leaf fan and loved the Canadian brand of football.
Terry served on the Royal Canadian Navy and during his posting in Halifax, the flag football game on the Garrison Grounds below Citadel Hill became a weekly ritual. Each year, the enlisted men would play a ‘championship game’ against the officers for the base trophy and bragging rights.
Terry also got into coaching boys, between the ages of 6 and 10, for several seasons. As long as they made an effort and attended practice, they were going to play. These young kids learned about commitment and work ethic from Terry. It was never about wins and losses.
When Terry was posted to Ottawa, he became involved in officiating. He loved happy about staying involved with the sport that captured his heart. When he returned to Halifax, Terry continued officiating with NSFOA and the minor football leagues in the area. With his booming voice, and knowledge of the rules, he quickly rose to the level of “White Hat”.
On the field, Terry was well respected by all. He was quick to help his crews with determining finer points of the rules. He was also a big believer in not calling every minor foul on the field. “The parents didn’t come to see me throw flags. They came to see little Robbie play”. He called all the players “sir” and showed them respect when they were on and off the field.
Due to health issues Terry was forced to give up officiating in 2014 but that didn’t stop him from attending games to see the coaches, the players or supporting the officials.
Terry passed away on September 17th, 2017 after a very brief but acute illness.
Job Posting: OUA Referee-In-Chief
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A new football season will soon be upon us. In anticipation of a busy year, the CFOA is launching this site along with a Facebook page. We have a simple objective – to engage more officials across the country quicker. Equally important, we want to create a platform where we can centralize questions and responses regarding rule interpretations.
A number of key events will take place:
- The Biennial conference will be held in Ontario from May 4-6 at the picturesque Niagara Falls. Hosted by Lakeshore FOA, the conference’s theme is ‘Game Changer’- a holistic look at official’s role in football. There is a great lineup of presenters who will share best practices on the technical side as well as other aspects of the game. For details, including discounted flights, please visit: https://cfoa2018.com/. More details will be posted as they become available.
- Announcement will be made at the conference regarding an important recognition in honour of the late CFOA President, Mike Groleau.
- An event schedule for the three marquee games where officials from across the country get to work together: (Nominations for officials and out-of-town RIC will be distributed shortly)
- Football Canada Cup – Calgary, July 15-22
- U16 West – Edmonton, July 6-14
- U16 East – Ontario, July (TBC)
This 2018 season promises to be an eventful year. Let’s have a healthy and productive season.
Determining Catch/No-Catch with smaller Officiating Crews:
Not all officials are awarded the opportunity to work 7 man crews. More do have a favourable combination of circumstances to work 6 man crews. However, the vast majority of amateur football games across the country are officiated by 3 or 4 individuals – the bread and butter of local Associations. Fewer officials mean that they will have to be on the move as plays develop.
Let us assume that a receiver near the sideline or dead ball line jumps for a pass, secures the ball with one foot (or another part of the body) down in bounds before falling out of bounds.
It can be extremely difficult for the official to look at both parts of the catch process at once – the hands to see if the receiver firmly possessed the ball; and feet to see if there was a foot or body part down inbounds with possession.
In smaller crews you may be on an island for the call. Do not look at the hands and then the feet. Try to sense the ball coming in, look at the feet to see if the receiver is inbounds and then look at the hands to decide if there is complete control of the ball. If you focus from hands and then to feet the receiver may already be out of bounds and you missed that the receiver may have actually got a foot down inbounds with possession.
Another mechanic to assist with catch/no-catch is to be as stationary as possible as the ball arrives. As wing officials in smaller crews you are most certainly trailing receivers going away from you. If you make the call while on the run there is a better chance of incorrectly processing the action as your eyes are jiggling – bobble head. With smaller crews, officials will be on the move as the play develops. If possible try to stop as the ball is in the area of the receiver. You do need to be able to stop without sacrificing your ability to officiate the entire play. The actions of the receiver should assist you as to when the ball is coming in.
If you have the opportunity, practice these mechanics at team practices and scrimmages.
A GOLDEN MOMENT TO REMEMBER
Taylor Mickleboro, Hamilton Football Officials’ Association
This past June, I was selected to represent Canada as an official at the Women’s World Championship in Langley, British Columbia. Teams from six countries competed in a total of nine games over the course of seven days, with three matches per game day. The games were fast, high caliber, and hard hitting; these women could play football and they could play it well. I was selected to officiate in four of these games; the most notable being the Gold Medal game between Canada and the United States. I was joined by 16 officials from Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Finland. These officials came prepared and willing to learn from each other to be better officials both on and off the field.
The best way to describe my time in Langley was that I went to an 8-day mechanic/rules camp for officials. Even though the rules and mechanics were not Canadian, I was able to apply what I knew to the experience and adapt my mechanics to meet the requirements of working these games (NCAA rules/IFAF mechanics). I personally felt that I was on equal footing with the international officials, even though they were more familiar and had a better understanding of the specific rules. This opportunity provided me with skills and knowledge that are transferable to the Canadian game, such as moving with a purpose and knowing where I am on the field.
An important part of our game day preparation was our three classroom sessions. We spent approximately 4-6 hours each session watching game film and discussing what mechanics needed to be corrected for upcoming games. In our first classroom session prior to the start of the tournament, we mainly focussed on situational clips and discussed mechanics and rule interpretations since each country had minor adaptations of the mechanics. It was comforting to know that the Canadian officials were not the only ones who had to adapt their mechanics to successfully officiate the games.
My time in Langley was fantastic and the big takeaway was that football is football and the desire to improve as officials are universal, whether you are male or female.
No yards foul 5 yard variety ball in the Team B end zone
Team A committing a 5-yard no-yards foul in Team B’s goal, with Team B subsequently running the ball out of the end zone (but short of the B 20 yard line)
The approved ruling from the Football Canada Rules Interpreter:
1. Accept the no-yards penalty and apply the 5-yards from the B 10 yard line
(since the foul occurred in goal (PBT) ).
Team B – 1st and 10 from the Team B 15 yard line.
2. Accept the no-yards penalty and apply the 5-yards from the actual PBD.
Team B – 1st and 10 from the resulting point.
3. Decline the no-yards.
Team B – 1st and 10 from the B 20 yard line (since they legally carried the ball out of the end zone).
[Rule 5-4-1-b, and 5-4-2-g]