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NSAA Football Officials Evaluation Form:
Date of Observation:
Game Location:
Crew Chief:
Referee:
Umpire:
Linesman:
Line Judge:
Back Judge:

Home Team:

    Score
Visiting Team:    Score

Weather Conditions:

Hot Warm Chilly Cold  
Windy Breezy Calm Rain Drizzle Snow

Comments:

Field Conditions:

Field Turf Grass Field marked correctly

Comments:

Quality of Game/Unusual Circumstances:

Physical Appearance of Crew:

Clean matching uniforms Black shoes(Minimal White) No flags showing
Stand tall, professional demeanor

Comments:

Pre-Game Responsibilities:

On field at least 30 minutes prior to kick-off 1st - Meet home coach then visitor coach
Check line to gain equipment and meet crew Meet with clock operator (In locker room or on field)
R & LJ on 40s (Press box side) U on 50, L& BJ on 40s (Chain Side) Inspect playing field & pylons
Move about field to observe warmups and report uniform violations

Comments:

Coin Toss:

20 minutes prior to kick-off Press box side of field (Near sideline) Captains' backs to their sideline
Crew stand behind Umpire Introduce the entire crew R - Face the press box to signal

Comments:

Kick-Off

   Referee:
R's GL - L's side - Just inside of hash Observe action not ball Follow runner - release to covering official
   Umpire:
R's 20 yd line - opposite side of linesman Observe action not ball Maintain sideline coverage at all times
   Linesman:
R's 30 yd line - same side as chains Observe action not ball Maintain sideline coverage at all times
   Line Judge:
R's free kick line - opposite side of linesman Observe action not ball Cover down field as kick requires
   Back Judge:
K's free kick line - same side as chains Observe action not ball Move to center of field/inside-out coverage

One minute after PAT and successful field goal. Back Judge & Line Judge - Move up own sideline to clear for play.
Only covering official(s) start/stop clock. Back Judge - responsible for K goal line
All officials have bag in hand. All officials hand over head to signal ready.
Back Judge - Give kicker instructions on the field. Line Judge - Temporarily move to 9 yd marks/identify free-kick line.

Comments:

Pre-Snap Alignment (Scrimmage Plays)

Referee: Step out to signal RFP, back out 7 yds/7 yds from deepest back Passing arm side of QB
Umpire: Stay on ball until RFP, back out 1 yd deeper than linebackers Vary position between tackles
Linesman: Start out of bounds Move in based on formation Establish LOS with foot nearest offense
Line Judge: Start out of bounds Move in based on formation Establish LOS with foot nearest offense
Back Judge: Approximately 20 yds off LOS Position to formation strength Don't step back on snap

Comments:

Scrimmage Plays

   Referee:
Run Play
Clean up behind play Cover wide plays to the sideline Help Umpire on short plays
Comments:
Pass Play
Stay with passer Observe blocks behind neutral zone Communicate "Balls Away"
Comments:
   Umpire:
Run Play
Slide/pivot to avoid contact Follow play inside out Move with play (Hash to hash)
Comments:
Pass Play
Step aggressively to neutral zone Stay with blockers after pass Cover short passes over middle
Comments:
   Linesman:
Run Play
Pause until ball crosses LOS Squeeze & clean up backside (To hash)
Slide parallel to sideline Move in for spot (Square off)
Comments:
Pass Play
Pause until WR is 10/12 yd downfield Squeeze & clean up backside (To hash)
Slide parallel to sideline Move in for spot (Square off)
Comments:
   Line Judge:
Run Play
Pause until ball crosses LOS Squeeze & clean up backside (To hash)
Slide parallel to sideline Move in for spot (Square off)
Comments:
Pass Play
Pause until WR is 10/12 yd downfield Squeeze & clean up backside (To hash)
Slide parallel to sideline Move in for spot (Square off)
Comments:
   Back Judge:
Run Play
Inside out Coverage Sideline to sideline coverage Assist with ball relay
Comments:
Pass Play
Stay deeper than all receivers Move quickly to ball Assist with ball relay
Comments:

Measuring for First Down:

Referee: Signal Linesman to bring the chains. Rotate ball so long axis is parallel to the sideline.
Umpire: Take forward indicator from crewman at spot. Pull tight when Linesman says "Ready."
Linesman: Bring line-to-gain indicator to spot. Hold firmly, communicate to Umpire when "Ready."
Line Judge: Place foot behind clip to align Linesman and keep chains parallel.
Back Judge: Clear players from measurement area. Tend ball at time of measurement.

Comments:

Punt

   Referee:
3-5 yds outside TE, 2-3 yds behind kicker, kicking leg side      Signal to protect snapper      Protect kicker
   Umpire:
10 yards deep on LJ side      Step to neutral zone, protect snapper      Pivot to view LJ side then cover downfield
   Linesman:
Align on LOS      Hold until ball crosses neutral zone; then move slowly downfield      Move chains after R signals
   Line Judge:
Align on LOS      Release aggressively downfield on the snap      Help BJ with fair catch signal
   Back Judge:
10-12 yds wide, 2-3 yds deeper than returner, L side      Communicate with returner      Bag all punts
Comments:

PAT/FG

Scrimmage play alignment vs Swinging Gate.

Proper rotation for PAT/FG.

Officials under goal posts step out and signal simultaneously.

Referee whistle immediately on PAT kicks.

Umpire widen over TE to open side (4 to 7 yds deep).


Comments:

Goal-Line Play

Ball placed between 10 & 5 yd line - LJ and L release slowly, stay ahead of runner / BJ start on endline.

Ball placed inside 5 yd line - LJ and L release to goal line officiate back.

Only officials who actually see touchdown give touchdown signal.

Comments:

GAME MANAGEMENT/COMMUNICATION

Administering Penalties

Referee

Give preliminary signal & final signal. [Dead ball penalty (encroachment, false start, delay of game) - 1 signal]

Umpire

Secure ball, briskly step off penalty yards.

Linesman

Proceed to succeeding spot

Line Judge

Hold enforcement spot

Back Judge

Assist in holding spot of foul or recovering penalty marker

Comments:

Time-Out Procedure

Referee

Take position away from other officials, observe team B.

Umpire

Maintain position over ball, observe team A.

Linesman

Position halfway between ball and sideline, observe team on your sideline.

Line Judge

Position halfway between ball and sideline, observe team on your sideline.

Back Judge

Take position away from other officials, keep time and notify at 45 and 60 seconds.

Comments:

Between-Periods Procedure

Referee

Meet with Umpire and Linesman on Field. (Record down, distance, yard line)

Umpire

Meet with R and L then quickly take ball to corresponding point on other half of field and reverse directions.

Linesman

Meet with R and U then reset chain crew, then observe team on your sideline.

Line Judge

Observe team on your sideline.

Back Judge

Observe team for Linesman until he returns, resume position away from officials. Notify officials of time.

Comments:

Between-Halves Procedure

Referee signal to start clock  Leave field together
Return to field together - 5 minutes Determine 2nd Half Choices Resume pregame alignments
Comments:

Controlling the Sideline and Team Box

3 coaches in box between plays Clear box prior to snap
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Game Tempo:

Recommendations for Improvement:

Comments for NSAA only:

Recommendations for Post Season Assignments:   Yes     No
If YES, at what level?   A  B  C  D