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
Guys & Gals we are coming down to the last couple weeks. I believe playoffs start week 10, then championships the following week and lastly All Star games. Remember let's not have a let down just because of the season is coming to an end. We have been doing an awesome job this season at both Temecula & Murrieta so let's end it on a positive note. With that said please don't forget to review the rules, especially the OverTIme rules as you will need them for your playoff and championship games.
It is everyone's responsibility to let me know your availability as soon as possible. I put the schedule out early to give everyone time to view it, so please don't call me the day of your games and tell me you can't work them. I have had a few people think that it is acceptable to show up late consistently for games and get paid for them, which is unacceptable. I have also had people miss entire games and collect their check at the end of the night for games they never worked, which is unacceptable. I don't care what your excuse is for consistent offenders, if you do not want to officiate for this league please let me know and I won't assign you games, but to not show up for games without a call, text or to show up late or after your game is over and expect to be paid is unacceptable. For most of you this isn't an issue, but to those of you who have been taking advantage of my and the league kindness, it will stop now. Going forward I will suspending people, what this means is you will not be assigned games the following week and once assigned games again you will be on probation, so any repeat violations will result in being removed for the remainder of the season. If it is a problem for anyone to show up for their assigned games, please feel free to contact me or the league.
We need to be aware that the games are going to become more intense, which means play may become physical. This is not a tackle ball league so players are not allowed to grab, tackle, hold, reroute, push off or in any way contact another player whether they are offense or defense. Also remember that coaches and fans will become more animated as they are supporting their players, so let's be aware of that and not let a sidelines get out of control. If anyone needs assistance with a coach both Bill Thomas and myself are available to help resolve any conflicts that arise, so please use us.
We need to be reviewing the rules before we go out to officiate. Even if you have been doing this for a long time don't take it for granted that you know the rules as each season we have changes that happen, which result in modifying our interpretation of the rules. If you have any questions as to interpreting the rules please read the KNOW THE RULES? blog post as I have written them each week about complaints or questions people have placed about those particular rules. This week's rules question will be about sub rules in regards to teams with 9 players, so please read it to familiarize yourself as it has changed from how it was implemented in seasons past.