Penalty Administration • Crew should aim to be efficient, without rushing • Avoid conferences for obvious enforcements • All 7 officials are responsible for proper enforcement!
Calling Official • Pause, read, react! • Give preliminary signal unless discussion needed Examples of when to discuss: • Multiple flags • Discussion required with other officials • Change of possession • Unsportsmanlike conduct or dead ball fouls • Allow other officials to help in case they’ve seen it differently • Know foul, player, enforcement • Be able to describe what you saw • Confirm spot of the foul, if needed • Report foul to R as if announcing on mic.
Referee • Announce immediately if choice is obvious • If not done, give prelim. signal if choice is needed • Avoid taking many steps before giving announcement • Be concise; limit wordsduring announcement • Use microphone for the benefit of the crew
Umpire • Primary responsibility of enforcing penalties • Mark penalty as soon as decisions are known • Aim to minimize referee involvement • Work with H and L to ensure accuracy
Remainder of Crew • Head Linesman • Marks off penalty with umpire • Confirms accuracy of enforcement • Line Judge • Holds enforcement spot • Help referee give announcement (call numbers, etc.) • Confirms accuracy of enforcement • Other Officials • Confirm accuracy of enforcement • Avoid prolonged conferences and involving several officials • All of the crew is responsible!
Example: Offensive Hold During Run B Team B’s decision obvious; R makes announcement R L holds spot of the end of the run B holds the spot of the flag #A36 runs for 30 yards… …But F throws a flag for holding on #A17 F gives preliminary signal L F
Example: Marking Off Penalty H H & U mark off penalty together We’re ready for the next play U R L verifies correct spot L holds enforcement spot L