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mikemaz1

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  1. This also happened a few years ago, and also involved West Side, but the opponent was Lowell at the time. They moved the game to East Chicago for the same reasons. That game turned out to be the first playoff win in West Side's history.
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    A Primer on Holding

    Agreed 100%.I once officiated a contest in which the entire O-Line was overmatched by a Blue-chip Defensive End. He went through them like a VERY hot knife through butter. He had a knockdown on nearly every pass play and if memory serves, had 11 sacks that evening. I only called holding 3 times - because each time I called it, he was either knocked down, or severely restricted (nearly tackled). Every other time the O-Line unsuccessfully tried to hold him, they could not restrain him. It was almost as if he went he faster to his target. The only time the tackles and gaurds were called for it was when they actually knocked him down, or held him so badly that he appread to be in a straight jacket. You know what - he never griped once - at least that I could hear.
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    Saturday Playoff Games

    The refs get their games assignments from the IHSAA - not the local school. The school just schedules the game and hands them the checks. I can see that some refs wouldn't want to work a Saturday afternoon, but how many guys are still doing college during the playoffs? Travel would be much easier on Saturday for the really long distances. It really isn't a matter of "finding" officials. These guys work all year - just like the football teams - to earn these assignments. Unless there is a family crisis or health issue, I find it hard to believe that the officials would turn down a semi-state assignment.
  4. Tough kid. He'll somebody you can count on for the rest of his life. Good luck son!
  5. Yes. Your post last week was great. There was also a dad who was very interested in becoming an official. This clinic provides everything needed to start, and it is FREE. Comes with books and instructions on how to use 'em!
  6. You may have noticed we have a shortage of officials in Indiana. Not only were there games in the Region rescheduled for Thursday and Saturday, but some games were covered with 4-man crews. There are several initiatives to recruit new officials for all sports, but there is one coming soon, and we need your help. The Indiana Sports Corporation in conjunction with the Indiana Football Officials Association and the IHSAA will be holding an officiating clinic for high school and college students who may be interested in officiating. The clinic will be held the night before the Big Ten Championship game, Friday, December 1, from 5pm-9pm. It will be held at the Indiana Convention Center. Officials who attend will be paired with an experienced official and prepared to officiate flag football and youth games. College students may have an opportunity to take the license exam at the event. It's free to attend and each person in attendance will receive rule books and an officiating shirt plus a ticket to the Big Ten Fan Experience in the convention center. This is open to players and non-players, boys and girls. Please share this with schools in your area, your kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews, and anyone else you may know. Registration is limited to the first 100 people so register now to guarantee a spot. The link to register is blow. We have also added a page on the IFOA site you can forward. 2017 Big Ten Football Youth Officials Clinic power by Indiana Sports Corp Big Ten Football Youth Officials Clinic (IFOA Site) Regards, Tim Magure IFOA President a2045@yahoo.com
  7. You may have noticed we have a shortage of officials in Indiana. Not only were there games in the Region rescheduled for Thursday and Saturday, but some games were covered with 4-man crews. There are several initiatives to recruit new officials for all sports, but there is one coming soon, and we need your help. The Indiana Sports Corporation in conjunction with the Indiana Football Officials Association and the IHSAA will be holding an officiating clinic for high school and college students who may be interested in officiating. The clinic will be held the night before the Big Ten Championship game, Friday, December 1, from 5pm-9pm. It will be held at the Indiana Convention Center. Officials who attend will be paired with an experienced official and prepared to officiate flag football and youth games. College students may have an opportunity to take the license exam at the event. It's free to attend and each person in attendance will receive rule books and an officiating shirt plus a ticket to the Big Ten Fan Experience in the convention center. This is open to players and non-players, boys and girls. Please share this with schools in your area, your kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews, and anyone else you may know. Registration is limited to the first 100 people so register now to guarantee a spot. The link to register is blow. We have also added a page on the IFOA site you can forward. 2017 Big Ten Football Youth Officials Clinic power by Indiana Sports Corp Big Ten Football Youth Officials Clinic (IFOA Site) Regards, Tim Magure IFOA President a2045@yahoo.com
  8. OK - I have to call BS. Isn't BNI a privately funded Catholic school? Which taxpayer funds are being used for the BNI football program?
  9. I'm curious to now why coaches want a mercy rule tied to the seeding concept. Believe me, I think this association needs a formal mercy rule. But why is that needed before the sectionals are seeded? What am I missing?
  10. I agrre with All-In. For all of the reasons you mention. It's done in other sports and in other states successfully. What I object to is the lack of a seeding system that makes success during the regular season mean something. Now the tough part is figuring out a seeding format that would satisfy coaches and administration alike. It's a great thing and awfully fun to debate this topic, but aren't we all wasting our breath if the coaches around the state have NO interest in changing anything?
  11. ...along with every other news outlet these days!
  12. You only answered one of my questions
  13. These are two excellent articles that show the problems football programs face today. They both document changes in demographics, attitudes towards the sport and the usual physical injury concerns. It isn't any one thing - but while we see that those numbers are down in those regions, it doesn't reflect the attitude in Indiana, Illinois and the surrounding states - except for Michigan. It also means that we have never had to work for our sport. We need to recruit athletes - who become coaches and officials. The video above illustrates the need to attract more officials. Coaches around the football playing states will need to create simliar techniques to attract student-athletes to their teams too! The other scholastic sports have to do that - now football has to do the same. They are competing with a myriad of choices and changes perception. Football survived this once before and will adapt to survive once again.
  14. Exactly what media are you a member of? Isn't a media member supposed to provide the 5 W's in everything they report - or are you not considering yourself a real journalist?
  15. Isn't it a bit much to use language like "call-out" to describe an article that was simply reporting the news? The shortage of officials has been discussed extensively here. It's not really a secret. There isn't any cover-up that the Times would need to "call" anyone out. BTW - It was a really great thing to see Clark and Gavit both adjust their schedules to accomodate the officials and their assignor. Not enough has been said about the flexibility they have shown to make these games happen with full 5-man crews. Also - check out this link. A local official in Ohio put this together to aid the recruiting of new officials: Check this out!
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