ON PREPERATION TO BE
A SUCCESSFUL FOOTBALL OFFICIAL
Weekly Rule Quizzes Will Go Out Starting In July
To All Registered SICOA Officials and Posted On
The Secure Site Of The SICOA website.
Why do we prepare? To gain confidence and be successful!
Can we be over-prepared? It’s easier to be under-prepared!
What do we prepare for? 150 plays per game, 4-5 money calls. Sounds easy!
How do we prepare? That’s the test!
1. Year round conditioning program - stay in shape.
2. Try to maintain set weight goals. Have an annual physical examination.
3. If you are cosmetically overweight, obese and can't hustle, perhaps you
should consider another avenue to occupy your time besides being an
amateur athletic official.
3. Perception is reality in officiating.
1. Yogi Berra said baseball is 90% mental and the other half physical. The
math is off, but you get the point. Know the game!
2. Attend study groups in the off season.
3. Watch film - preferably games you have worked. Learn from your mistakes.
Everyone else does!
4. Visualize situations that pose problems - know how you would handle them.
1. Most of us can’t control who we work with on a crew. But we can control how
we work within that crew. Leave the ego / attitude in the parking lot.
2. Don’t complain about your schedule. Each game gives you the opportunity to
become a better official. It's all about snaps.
3. Put a game bag together with your uniform (2 sets suggested in case of inclement
weather). Pack it during the week and use a check-list from head to toe. Don't arrive at
your venue to find out you forgot something. That's an easy reason to appear before
1. Always be early. If you are on time - you are late!
2. Be ready to work.
3. Remember first impression is key - both off the field and on!
4. Be prepared to participate in pre-game discussion.
5. Know your position inside and out as well as all other positions to interject
in pre-game meetings and to help newer officials by mentoring.
6. Be observant in both team’s pre-game warm-ups.
7. If one of your top concerns is how much you are being paid or when you will be paid,
perhaps you have chosen officiating for the wrong reasons. Have you ever heard of a
college official running to the concession at a stadium at halftime to cash his game check?
THE THREE C’s
1. CONCENTRATION - expect the unexpected every down. Stay focused. Have
a pre-snap concentration routine. Some things to tell yourself.
- Every running play will result in a fumble.
- Every passing play will be incomplete or catch / fumble.
- Every kicking down will have something weird happen.
- Every TD will be at my pylon.
2. CONSISTENCY - Know what is a foul and what isn’t. Don’t guess!
- False starts
- Pass interference
- Personal and unsportsmanlike fouls
- Always be a good dead ball official
- Your philosophy should remain constant throughout the game.
3. COMMON SENSE - Manage the game - be efficient!
- Time outs, quarter changes and half times should be timed and enforced.
- Always answer questions professionally for the head coach - time permitting.
- Always use cross field mechanics.
- You will be criticized for giving less forward progress rather than more.
- Thank the chain crew, ball boys - everyone that makes your job easier.
REMEMBER - IF IT WAS EASY - YOU WOULDN’T BE DOING IT!