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  1. A Question for Bobref

    This is what was predicted when the rule was first changed. I have yet to see it. I think the prevailing result is if a defender is close enough to grab the defender he's close enough to defend the pass itself. That is not always true, but it's probably true more often than not. I think I can also count on one hand the number of times we've had a DPI not result in a first down.
  2. Tricky Penalty Enforcement

    And technically all but one does apply. Fouls by the defense are part of the "all" portion. The "but-one" is a foul by the offense behind the basic spot. Another critical definition: offense is not defined as the team that snaps the ball. Offense is the team currently in team possession of the football at the time of the foul.
  3. Contact by DB on Potential Receiver

    That is possible if the pass has already gone the other direction or the QB has scrambled the other way is already across the LOS. The contact would also have to be considered excessive and unnecessary.
  4. Scrimmage kick formation

    If A6 has his knee on the ground this is a legal formation. You can still execute this play legally if A6 stands up before pitching the ball forward. Then you also have roughing the snapper enforced on the try or succeeding kickoff.
  5. Scrimmage kick formation

    Irishman was so close with his first guess! I'll give up the holder is the key here, but he went the wrong direction with it.
  6. Cole Maguire from North Central - 2nd place 4X400 relay and 7th place 300m hurdles Madison Norris from HSE - 2nd place 4X100 relay and 1st place 110m hurdles
  7. 6A Football

    I went back and looked at last year and the MIC was 7-1 in the regular season against the HCC and 4-2 in the playoffs. And that includes the bottom 2 teams (LN and North Central) in the MIC going 4-0. Both of those teams lost every game in the MIC other than when they played each other. And 2 of the teams they beat finished #2/#3 in the HCC. Pike had 2 of the losses. One was by 1 point to Zionsville and the other was in the playoffs to a Fishers team they had beat 43-0 early in the season. The HCC is still really really good and can compete and beat MIC teams but overall the MIC is still a step above top to bottom.
  8. Indy Kicking Camps

    It definitely can win games. This is a story featuring a coaching friend of mine (yes, officials have coaches as friends). http://www.scoreatl.com/stories/kicker-u-moniker-fits-westminster-to-a-t/
  9. My kids have been involved in swimming and tennis. Most high school swim programs are associated with local club teams. Many times they use the same facilities and coaches. There is a definite cost to being a part of the team in addition to paying for your child to swim in the meets and for parents to attend them. Some high schools swimmers do club and some don't either because they are in another sport or they just prefer to only swim during the high school season. Many tennis coaches also run private lessons in the offseason or serve as pros at local racquet clubs. Those of you saying CG and other schools should offer weight programs like this, are you also saying the swim and tennis coaches shouldn't be able to do what they do? I'm pretty sure the tennis and swim coaches I know doing this stuff in the offseason aren't getting rich. They are just getting some compensation for their time and to help cover whatever expenses they are incurring for their events.
  10. What is a "catch?"

    I think this will make it harder for the NFL guys. The previous rule was fairly clear and took away a lot of judgment. If you are going to the ground, maintain control and don't let the ball hit the ground. Now there is a lot of judgment about whether there is an additional act. They took away black and white and added some gray. I think you'll see a lot more inconsistency (or at least perceived inconsistency) and previous incomplete passes turn into catch/fumble. It may be better or it may be worse. Time will tell.
  11. It was announced today that Matt Edwards from the Big Ten was hired by the NFL officiating staff. Matt is originally from Michigan, but had some of his early high school and college officiating experience in Indiana, and he now lives in Fishers. Last year Steve Woods (Franklin) and Brian Bolinger (Leo) were hired by the NFL. Both worked HS football in Indiana earlier in their careers. That is an amazing representation from one state. It builds on the 3 active and 1 retired official that live in Central Indiana: Dana McKenzie, Greg Bradley, Bryan Neale, and Mark Baltz (retired). All but Dana worked high school football in Indiana before ascending through the collegiate ranks. You never know when that official you are berating on the field on Friday night (or Monday night for that matter) may one day be officiating in the NFL. Please applaud these members of our officiating fraternity for achieving the pinnacle of our career. In addition to these fine men, Indiana is also home to 17 Division I football officials. Most of them are still actively involved with the IFOA and help give back to their local associations. Not bad for a basketball official!
  12. Summer Rules Info:

    There is one exception to the competition days and that is the IFOA scrimmages held in June at our clinic. It doesn't count as one of the 5. I will see Coach Nowlin there. I think we have enough teams scheduled to be there, but if anyone else wants to participate, please send me a private message. We do sometimes have cancellations. This year's clinic is Saturday, June 23, at North Central HS in Indy.
  13. 2018 NFHS Rule Changes

    The definition of pass already exists. It ends when it is possessed or is incomplete. So it's a little longer than "just after throwing a pass" which is how the current rule reads. The "or the passer moves to participate in the play" part would only apply if he moved before the pass was completed. Those are some pretty short time frames. There must have been examples though where people argued the targeting took place later than "just after" but before the pass ended. I got a little more information on the equipment one. The 5-yard penalty for equipment issues goes away. Stop the clock and send a player out for at least one play. After the next play he can come back in if the equipment issue is corrected. If he plays with an equipment issue then send him out for at least one play. If you discover after the play he's not legally equipped, send him him for one play. The 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct foul is for wearing illegal equipment (i.e. illegal spikes). I have another question about other illegal equipment like bicep bands. They can usually take care of that quickly on the field with no penalty.
  14. He should go to school where he wants to go to school and get his officiating license while he's in school. He can work 5-6 hours on Saturday while his buddies are still in bed and make $300 per week. If he really likes it he could pick up some middle school or JV/freshmen games during the week. If that starts to work out he could also get on to a varsity crew. He'll be the envy of all his friends working fast food or retail and making half the money and working twice as much. Once he graduates, and he wants to stay involved with football he can get into coaching and become one of the most knowledgeable coaches when it comes to the rules. Or if he still wants a life outside of work, he could continue with his officiating and maybe think about working at the collegiate level. He's already got 4-5 years of experience so he's ahead of most guys that start this well into their 20s or 30s. He would start at D3/NAIA and then work his way up to D2, D1, and possibly the NFL. It's not easy to advance like that, but starting at a young age gives him a much better chance. Thanks for teeing that up for me. Good luck to all the guys going through that decision process.
  15. The press release for rule changes is out. There aren't many this year. https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/football-rules-changes-2018/ In summary: Sending a player out for at least one down if they are found with illegal equipment - we need some clarification on this one Tack on option for live ball fouls by the kicking team during the kick - there aren't many of these anyway; ultimate goal will be to reduce the number of re-kicks Clarification of when a passer is defenseless; as i read it, this would extend the time a little longer after he throws the ball but not significantly Changed signal for most dead ball fouls on free kicks (i.e. not enough players on either side of the kicker or pop-up kick)