Organizing member of iCanReferee & Head Offiicial of Friday Night Lights flag football league. Over 12 years experience with youth flag & tackle football. Major responsibilities are education, on-field training, game assignments, rules interpretation & expanding the organization.
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Week In Review
CHECK IN POLICY INSTITUTED
Due to multiple coaches violating or bending the rules of the league, we will be implementing a Check-In policy. Please make sure that the coaches and players are available at the time of check in. Check-In will commence at least 5 mins before the start of the game and it will be the referee's responsibility to check in both teams, coaches and players.
Check-In is as follows:
1. Have the players line up in a straight line and check each player to make sure they have the proper equipment such as mouth pieces, cleats(no metal spikes), flags are on properly(with VELCRO facing outward), no shorts with pockets are allowed and hoodies must be tucked under jersey. Any discrepancies must be fixed immediately and if they cannot be fixed prior to start of the game,(such as player is wearing shorts with pockets), then the player will be disqualified from playing in the game.
2. Ask the coach if all his players are present and let him know that any player that shows up after check-in is completed, will be disqualified from playing in the game. We cannot allow players to show up late or not at all and affect the outcome of a game. Especially in regards to the 8 vs 7 advantage rule. If you are unsure of the rules please download rule manual from the website on the 2018 Fall Season page the link is at the bottom. Read the rule and how to implement it, as this rule is one many coaches are intentionally violating.
3. Ask the coach if he has any questions in regards to the rules or situations that he needs clarification on and do your best to answer the question as it pertains to rules. Also you must explain to the coach that no communication devices are allowed to be used on the field at any time, for example walkie-talkies, headphones or earbuds, mega phones or any other amplification devices are not allowed. These devices present an unfair advantage to the game and any use of them by coaches or players will result in an unsportsmanlike penalty and ejection. If you are unsure of any rule please contact me and I will explain the rule and it's interpretation to you. As always please read the rules every week so that you are well versed and won't be confused by coaches trying to bend the rule to their favor.
4. Once you have checked in both teams call for captains at the center of the field for the coin toss and proceed with the start of the game.
Thanks and keep up the good work.