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SEC FOOTBALL OFFICIATING WEEKLY PROCESS


SATURDAY

  • From the SEC Football Command Center, monitor games as well as internet and social media and note issues for follow-up
  • Immediately following each game, debrief by phone with each on-site observer
  • Hold postgame meeting with officials and observer to review game video
  • Speak with each referee following their on-site postgame meeting to debrief about outstanding issues
  • Interact with SEC Communications staff to address media issues that may require attention
  • Following last game, communicate with the commissioner to review the day
  • Capture, edit and intercut video from each game in preparation for weekly evaluation and training

SUNDAY

  • Follow up with the commissioner as necessary on outstanding issues
  • Communicate with head coaches as necessary
  • Complete and then post intercut video of each game in HUDL for officials to review and for film graders
  • Hold conference call with all referees to cover game data and specific plays of note

MONDAY

  • Receive play questions from schools and prepare voice-over video responses to head coaches (usually same-day response but always within 24 hours)
  • Obtain feedback and input from SEC representatives who attended games
  • Prepare videos of plays requiring commissioner’s input or response
  • Assigned film coach begins grading process for all officials
  • Review crew schedule, release and modify as appropriate; release crews for upcoming weekend games via Spotfoul
  • Release current week’s Rules/Mechanics/Philosophies Quiz as well as answers to the previous week’s quiz to officials

TUESDAY

  • Complete voice-over responses to head coaches
  • Interact one-on-one with officials on any play situation that warrants further understanding, evaluation and coaching
  • Evaluate and categorize each instant replay stop for accuracy of outcome
  • Identify plays that required further review from the replay booth but were not stopped
  • Begin preparing plays for weekly training tape
  • Hold conference call with all instant replay officials, utilizing HUDL video to review every stop from the previous weekend for accuracy and to build consistency

WEDNESDAY

  • Film graders complete weekly grading of each official (every play, every game) with play comments, including correct calls and downgrades when appropriate
  • Add position-specialist feedback and coaching to overall official evaluation and then return a final grade via Spotfoul for each official and crew for each game
  • Prepare and finalize plays for training tape, complete the voice-over feedback of each play and record weekly intro and challenge message
  • Receive, evaluate and respond to video/questions from schools for the upcoming week’s games
  • Categorize all foul data in the video library for identification of trends, evaluation, future education and film review

THURSDAY

  • Post weekly training video to HUDL
  • Evaluate future schedule based on current performance
  • Complete any remaining video/questions from schools for the upcoming week’s games
  • Address any game management issues that have been identified
  • Interact with other conference coordinators and the national coordinator on assignments, rule interpretations and other issues

FRIDAY

  • Conduct individual conversations with each referee as necessary to close issues from the previous or current week
  • On-site game officials review their previous week’s game films, which include individual film coaching, position specialist comments and coordinator input
  • Officials review weekly training tapes as part of pregame conference activities

IN-SEASON WEEKLY ACCOUNTABILITY

An official’s overall game performance affects their weekly evaluation and film grade. This grade directly impacts the official’s in-season and postseason assignments.


FOOTBALL OFFICIATING ANNUAL PROCESS

ANNUAL ACCOUNTABILITY

Each Official is evaluated annually in five categories:

  • Composite of weekly film grades is averaged for an annual film grade and a position ranking is determined
  • Each observer completes a peer ranking on each official at each position, and then a median score is computed and a position ranking is determined
  • Clinic rules test is scored, and officials are ranked by position
  • Performance in the 1½-mile conditioning evaluation/ranked by position
  • Coordinator evaluation of every official by position

ANNUAL ACCOUNTABILITY IMPACTS FOR OFFICIALS

The five accountability categories are combined to determine:

  • Qualification for any postseason assignment
  • Tier/Level ranking
  • If official met standards (if not, the official will not return the following year as an active official)
  • If official met or exceeded standards (determines the official’s new crew assignment and quality of next season’s assignments)
  • Overall performance, opportunities for improvement and expectations for the spring/fall (discussed with coordinator during one-on-one winter evaluation)

OFFSEASON ACTIVITIES

  • January – End-of-season observer sessions to discuss each official’s performance and standing within their position and with the conference
  • February – One-on-one meetings between officials and coordinator
  • March – Start of biweekly rules quiz for each official with crew accountability
  • April – Completion of two spring clinics (for East and West schools) focused on officiating fundamentals
  • May – Referee Leadership Meeting
  • June – Position specialist video and weekly rules quiz with crew accountability
  • July – Fall clinic that includes rules test, physical fitness test, and mechanics and philosophies focus
  • August – Beginning of fall scrimmages

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