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Dealing with Difficult Sidelines

Created for the 2015 GNAC/NIFOA Clinic. Content by Gary Reed. Design by Darren Winkley.

Darren Winkley

on 7 July 2015

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Transcript of Dealing with Difficult Sidelines

Dealing With Difficult Sidelines

Gary Reed
Darren Winkley
Always be professional
Maintain a calm demeanor
Be approachable
Be a good listener
Know the rules and philosophies
Strong communication
Communicate early and often
Introduce yourself to the Head Coach
Find the "Get Back Coach"
Know the name of the "Get Back Coach"
Address any problems with crowding

"Head Coach Only"
Address as "Coach or Sir"
Don't try to be buddies
Make eye contact
Don't ignore their questions!
Report all fouls, player numbers and options, if necessary
Get information from calling official at first available opportunity and relay it to the coach
Tell coaches about player warnings
Be able to explain a tough call
Listen before you speak
Let the coaches vent
Draw the line when comments become personal
Make sure you can see your sideline official
Chain crew should be able to move freely
Keep the teams back
CCA Collegiate Commissioners Association
2015 Football Officiating Manual
For a Crew of 7

Mechanics Points of Emphasis
2.1 Coaches' Sideline Management and Control

"Since 2011, keeping the working area (six-foot white border) clear of coaches and players while the ball is in play has been a Point of Emphasis. Although some teams have made some have made some progress, that area continues to be a Point of Emphasis for 2015. Officials will be instructed to aggressively enforce the rule, especially during live-ball action.

Coaches will be allowed to only step to the sideline to call offensive and defensive signals after all action has ceased."

CFO College Football Officiating, LLC
"2015 New Approved Rulings"
Sideline Interference

On the opening kickoff, B22 catches the kick at his goal line and returns the ball down the sideline on Team B’s side of the field. As he moves down the sideline officiating the play, the side judge either runs into or must run around a Team B coach or squad member in the restricted area ("the white"). B22 is driven out of bounds at the A-20.

RULING: Either situation is physical interference with an official during the play. No warning. Team B foul for unsportsmanlike conduct administered as a dead-ball foul. After the 15-yard penalty, Team B will have first and 10 at the A-35.
Game Administration and Sideline Interference

ARTICLE 5. While the ball is alive and during the continuing action after the ball has been declared dead:

(a) coaches, substitutes and authorized attendants in the team area may not be between the sideline and coaching line or on the field of play.

PENALTY—Administer as a dead-ball foul. First infraction: Warning for sideline interference. No yardage penalty. Second and third infractions: Delay of game for sideline interference, five yards from the succeeding spot. Fourth and subsequent infractions: Team unsportsmanlike conduct for sideline interference, 15 yards from the succeeding
spot. Automatic first down for fouls by Team B if not in conflict with other rules.

(b) physical interference with an official is a foul charged to the team for unsportsmanlike conduct. (A.R. 9-2-5-I)
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