What's Not in the Rulebook
  1. If anything unusual happens on the field, the referee should take time to explain it to the coaches.  If coaches understand what is going on, they are not only more satisfied but appreciate it.
  2. Treat players as gentlemen, and they usually react accordingly.
  3. Compliment players when they make an effort from doing something wrong.
  4. Communication among officials and the replaying of signals is most important.
  5. These are some essential ingredients of a successful official: courage, knowledge of rules, and mechanics, good judgment, hustle, common sense, sense of humor, pleasant disposition, being able to ignore the pressure, and knowing how to communicate with people.
  6. Football sense must supersede the application of the rules.
  7. Two things that get an official into trouble are hesitating and not being at the right place at the right time.
  8. Always address coaches as Coach________.  This creates a more professional atmosphere.
  9. Be loyal to fellow officials.  In the proper place and time, correct any error a fellow official makes with the rules, but back him 100% on judgment calls.
  10. Hustle, but don't hurry.  Hustle is essential: hurry is a hazard.
  11. Never hurry an injured player off of the field.
  12. Have poise but not indifference.
  13. Staying loose is an asset in officiating.  A relaxed appearance is a great help when it gives the impression of confidence.  The poised official can remain inconspicuous as he moves to the right place at the right time.
  14. All officials must (a) know down and yard to gain each snap, (b) assume instantly the duties of any official who is temporarily out of position, (c) retrieve the ball quickly and be able to handle and pass properly, (d) be alert to what is happening away from the ball when the play has left the immediate area, (e) know signals and when and how they are used.
  15. Smart officiating requires keeping the players "boxed in"
  16. Verbal communication among all officials during the game is essential.
  17. Watch for fouls, being sure to know (a) spot where the run ended, (b)spot of the foul and the number of the offending player, (c) whether the ball was loose, in possession, or dead when the foul occurred, (d) clock is stopped when the play ends, (e) give the coach the number of the offending player.
  18. Call the game the same all over the field and the same in the last minute as the first.
  19. Being able to handle the players and coaches; professionally and with respect at all times is essential for the official.
  20. Refer to players as Mr._________ or Gentlemen.  "Yes sir" and "NO Sir" will tend to gain the same response.
  21. All officials should use some device to aid in keeping up with downs.
  22. Listen to advice from other officials.  Use the good and throw away the bad.
  23. Know when to officiate around the ball carrier.
  24. The mere presence of an official is a key to preventive officiating.
  25. Don't be overly friendly with coaches or players while conducting game business.
  26. When you identify a potential problem player, establish a rapport with him and get him on your side.
  27. One of the most essential things in officiating is consistency.
  28. Know when to leave the flag in your pocket.
  29. High school football is predominately right-handed.
  30. When counting players, count with your eyes; don't point.
                        Remember, YOU CAN'T QUOTE SILENCE.
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