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Forum: Football Today, 10:26am
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Posted By bisonlj
She was hired by the MVFC though so she's...

She was hired by the MVFC though so she's traveling back to the Midwest most weeks
Forum: Football Yesterday, 01:43am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
I would say 1 second is REALLY quick. The NCAA...

I would say 1 second is REALLY quick. The NCAA guideline is 4-5 seconds on first downs and out of bounds (the latter obviously doesn't apply to us) and that's pretty quick. The umpire doesn't even...
Forum: Football Thu Sep 12, 2019, 01:40pm
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
I am in complete agreement with you here. I'm now...

I am in complete agreement with you here. I'm now an umpire (was an LJ when I created this profile) and I'm sure there are games where I never blow my whistle. Most common instance would be a false...
Forum: Football Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:05am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
If I had to venture a guess I would say the...

If I had to venture a guess I would say the assumption was we were generally being consistent if we blew the RFP in 12-15 seconds that was good enough. Then several years ago someone in the NFL came...
Forum: Football Tue Sep 10, 2019, 11:13pm
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
The distraction explanation is very valid. I've...

The distraction explanation is very valid. I've heard that many times and the couple times I've sat in a press box helping to run a clock it was easy to get distracted. And the press box wasn't very...
Forum: Football Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:05am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
This has been reported as an issue but I put that...

This has been reported as an issue but I put that blame mostly on the referee who doesn't know the rule. He's probably getting a lot of other rules wrong too if he doesn't understand this one. I've...
Forum: Football Tue Sep 10, 2019, 09:59am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
I don't understand why clock operators are having...

I don't understand why clock operators are having issues. It's pretty easy. Play ends, reset the play clock and start. There isn't any more to it than that. if the crew has an administrative stop for...
Forum: Football Tue Sep 10, 2019, 09:51am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
If the play clock is set to 25 after a change of...

If the play clock is set to 25 after a change of possession/adminisitrative stop, etc. then you do blow your whistle with the RFP. The only time you don't is when you are winding the game clock after...
Forum: Football Mon Sep 09, 2019, 11:23pm
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
Because it resulted in too much variation in the...

Because it resulted in too much variation in the time from dead ball to delay of game play to play and game to game. This was especially critical at the end of a half when a team is trying to burn as...
Forum: Football Mon Sep 09, 2019, 01:38am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
The game clock operator likely wasn't paying...

The game clock operator likely wasn't paying attention and he was used to a whistle starting the game clock after a first down in bounds. We are instructed to not blow a whistle in this case so the R...
Forum: Football Sun Aug 25, 2019, 08:58pm
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
You'll have those hiccups occasionally but once...

You'll have those hiccups occasionally but once they get used to it, it will be fine. The more common issue we had was the game clock operator starting the clock after a first down in bounds and the...
Forum: Football Sun Aug 25, 2019, 03:12pm
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
Correct. By local I meant the state of Illinois....

Correct. By local I meant the state of Illinois. That is 1 of 45 states doing this for the first time this year. That is very local. Based on what you have shared your state has a major issue...
Forum: Football Sun Aug 25, 2019, 09:58am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
It was extremely thought out. Indiana tried to do...

It was extremely thought out. Indiana tried to do an experiment 4 years ago but didn't go through the proper channels so we had to wait a year. In the past 3 years I believe at least 3 or 4 states...
Forum: Football Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:34am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
That's how our college games go as well although...

That's how our college games go as well although each ball person will have balls for the same team. That way the wing can turn to the right official and reduce the likelihood of getting the wrong...
Forum: Football Tue Aug 20, 2019, 09:18am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
It was never a requirement but it was an option...

It was never a requirement but it was an option given. In the 3 years of the experiment we've maybe had 1 or 2 games each season where the coaches did not want balls on both sides for both teams. We...
Forum: Football Tue Aug 06, 2019, 10:37am
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By bisonlj
If you aren't a HS official you may not realize...

If you aren't a HS official you may not realize holding penalties are often enforced from the spot of the foul. If the hold happened 5 yards behind the LOS it may appear to be a 15-yard penalty when...
Forum: Football Mon Aug 05, 2019, 01:41pm
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
I am anxious to hear about your implementation. I...

I am anxious to hear about your implementation. I have several officiating friends in your area so I'll see if their experiences are similar to yours. I would imagine they will be.

I guarantee...
Forum: Football Mon Aug 05, 2019, 09:33am
Replies: 88
Views: 1,978
Posted By bisonlj
It does surprise me a little how some places only...

It does surprise me a little how some places only use one ball and chase it all over the field. Every team has multiple balls and finding the 14-year old son of a coach doesn't seem to be too big of...
Forum: Football Sun Jun 09, 2019, 10:20pm
Replies: 69
Views: 3,241
Posted By bisonlj
This is definitely a positive impact of the rule...

This is definitely a positive impact of the rule change. We saw it in NCAA when we implemented it and in our NFHS experiment. The other factor is plays where the run ended near the umpire and he...
Forum: Football Fri Jun 07, 2019, 04:05pm
Replies: 69
Views: 3,241
Posted By bisonlj
Also interesting because those are the same...

Also interesting because those are the same people serving as ball boys in our HS games (usually the 10-14 year old son of a coach and his buddies) and they don't have major issues doing it. They are...
Forum: Football Fri Jun 07, 2019, 09:39am
Replies: 69
Views: 3,241
Posted By bisonlj
I know several people who work in the D3 league...

I know several people who work in the D3 league where you work so I asked them about this. They have a vastly different experience on having to reset the play clock. Like our D3 conference it happens...
Forum: Football Wed May 08, 2019, 11:50am
Replies: 69
Views: 3,241
Posted By bisonlj
This rule change exposes a major issue you have...

This rule change exposes a major issue you have in your area with ball mechanics. The state should address that. The teams have multiple footballs so the only reason they aren't providing more is...
Forum: Football Mon Mar 04, 2019, 05:40pm
Replies: 10
Views: 455
Posted By bisonlj
Definitely unusual but based on your description...

Definitely unusual but based on your description entirely possible.
Forum: Football Tue Feb 26, 2019, 10:02am
Replies: 10
Views: 455
Posted By bisonlj
Almost every chop block by linemen is...

Almost every chop block by linemen is miscommunication. 95% of the chop blocks I call don't result in complaints by either linemen. They result in the two of them arguing who was supposed to block...
Forum: Football Tue Feb 19, 2019, 12:40pm
Replies: 69
Views: 3,241
Posted By bisonlj
That's the way I believe all of the experimental...

That's the way I believe all of the experimental states dealt with it. In 3 years I think I think we reset the play clock maybe 3 or 4 times total. And it was usually some egregious issue or...
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