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National Federation Discussion / Re: Clinic Topics
« Last post by Etref on Today at 12:46:37 PM »
Rules changes (be sure to include last years also) are always good
Position breakouts
Pregame activities/ conference
Kicking game
Passing game
Points of emphasis

All of these should be led by an experienced official and participation by attendees should be sought
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National Federation Discussion / Re: Clinic Topics
« Last post by FLAHL on Today at 10:44:47 AM »
There aren’t many responses (yet) which leads me to think most of us come away from our clinics feeling a little bit underwhelmed. We can “check the box” for having attended, but what did we really get out of it?

One thing that I always like is the presentation and Q&A with a representative from the FHSAA. They are always willing to speak at clinics, and it’s great to get their perspective on officiating.

Another thing I like is film, rather than just PowerPoint or words. If you use Hudl, get some examples of good calls, good no-calls and bad calls to discuss with attendees. If you don’t want to showcase your own officials, you can get great examples from the Aloha Clinic. Just google that, and you’ll find them. If you have some money to contribute to our friends in Hawaii, I’m pretty sure they would appreciate that.

Another thing we usually do is have a couple of college officials address the group. IMO, this can be hit or miss. Most people learn a lot from the officiating philosophies at the higher level, but a lot of guys are turned off if the college officials preface too many statements with “I’m not sure about the Fed rules, but...”

We’ve also had Q&A with a panel of coaches in the past. Their perspective is usually interesting and the setting is pretty relaxed since it’s off season.  You’ll want a strong facilitator to make sure it doesn’t turn into a gripe session though.

Hope this helps.
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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by sir55 on Today at 07:55:10 AM »
I don't know how helpful this will be, but Mississippi (MHSAA) issued this to all of the school districts for dealing with drones:
MHSAA policy on drones (unmanned aircraft systems)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for regulating the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as specified under Public Law (PL) 112‐95, FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012; Chapter 447 of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.); 49 U.S.C. & 40102; and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 1 & 1.1
Understanding that airborne UAS/drones poses a safety hazard, the ____________________ School District forbids anyone from flying a drone or any remote‐controlled aircraft in the skies over any of its school campuses or school properties, including, but not limited to individual schools within the district, football stadiums, and athletic fields without authorization for the FAA.
The FAA has serious concerns about the safety of operating UAS near people or stadiums. Therefore, any school personnel and/or students operating UAS/drones shall familiarize themselves with the FAA website: http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/. (The site provides links at the left side and bottom of the home page to the three different types of UAS Operations.)
Additionally, the following three links are beneficial as a reference by illustrating the Do’s and Don’ts of UAS flying pictorially and also the various types of No Drone Zone signage examples for designated prohibited areas, and should be reviewed by any staff and/or students operating or considering operating UAS/drones.
http://www.faa.gov/uas
http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/media/27231_FAA_KBYF_lores.pdf
http://www.faa.gov/uas/no_drone_zone/
The superintendent or his/her designee shall report any unauthorized operation of UAS/drones
over school property to law enforcement authorities and/or the FAA.
Any person violating this policy could be subject to immediate removal from school property and could be banishment from school property. Violators will also be reported to appropriate law enforcement to include the FAA.
Any student violating this policy shall be dealt with according to the district’s “student code of conduct.” Any school district employee violating this policy shall be subject to formal disciplinary action.
Sample Policy Disclaimer: This policy is provided solely as a sample. Any board of education adopting such a policy should use this sample as a framework or starting point and, after carefully reviewing the applicable laws, regulations and state rules, modify the policy as appropriate to meet the needs of the local school system. Any policy should be carefully reviewed by the board of education’s legal counsel.
This is one of the topics that the school AD's and association assigners cover in their annual meetings. Enforcement is left up to the school superintendent and/or game administrator.

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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by SouthGARef on Yesterday at 08:25:53 PM »
Yes, they have forbidden it, but how do you enforce it, if the operator is outside the event grounds and refuses to fly the drone away? Do you stop the game until the drone goes away (this creates an easy way to get an additional long timeout, if needed)?

In Finland enforcement is easy - it is illegal to fly a drone over a crowd (obvious safety issue), so the police can force the operator to stop.

I think as in all things a little common sense comes into play. If the game manager says he's not aware of a drone being operated on the property and can't figure out where the operator is, the Referee has a decision to make. If the Referee and/or the game manager feels player or spectator safety is impacted the game should be paused until the issue is corrected. If not, continue the game and file a report. Obviously the game manager will probably be already be in touch with the local authorities.

We're never going to write a rule or a policy to deal with every scenario. Sometimes the boots on the ground just have to make the best decision they can.
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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by AlUpstateNY on Yesterday at 06:45:03 PM »
There will INEVITABLY be a serious problem involving drones and large public gatherings, the only question will be whether that incident is attempted despite prudent, reasonable, well thought out rules and protections, already in place to prevent such tragedy, or will it serve as the reason for considering creation, and subsequent implementation of such prudent, reasonable and well thought out rules and protections.

Steadily advancing technology is demonstrating this negative capability daily at multiple locations across the globe.
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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by prab on Yesterday at 04:53:34 PM »

In Finland enforcement is easy - it is illegal to fly a drone over a crowd (obvious safety issue), so the police can force the operator to stop.

Many of the smaller schools in our area are unlikely to be able to afford moving their games to Finland. 

Some schools in our area may not know where/what Finland is.

There was a recent internet video showing a hawk attacking, and taking out, a drone.  Maybe requiring each school to have at least one trained hawk at each game would work.
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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by Kalle on Yesterday at 01:51:00 PM »
As GA Umpire reports, it sounds like GHSA has that covered, and is wisely not willing to consider exceptions.

Yes, they have forbidden it, but how do you enforce it, if the operator is outside the event grounds and refuses to fly the drone away? Do you stop the game until the drone goes away (this creates an easy way to get an additional long timeout, if needed)?

In Finland enforcement is easy - it is illegal to fly a drone over a crowd (obvious safety issue), so the police can force the operator to stop.
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National Federation Discussion / Clinic Topics
« Last post by the clown on Yesterday at 12:52:41 PM »
Looking for ideas for our All Day Officiating Clinic... We typically spend 2 hours on the field and 4 hours in the classroom.  What have you guys done in the past that keeps the members engaged and informed.
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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by ElvisLives on Yesterday at 12:23:25 PM »
if you can’t get folks to act on this issue for the safety and security reasons (the only real and important reasons), let the coaches know the potential for an opponent to use drones for spying and they’ll get that stopped really quickly.  Sad, but true.

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National Federation Discussion / Re: Drones
« Last post by AlUpstateNY on Yesterday at 10:34:32 AM »
Although it may not be a "direct" route, the question of "Drones" is likely to extend to the level of "Youth Football", which (often, but subject to modification) is regulated by NFHS Rules and procedure, and serviced by NFHS certified game officials. 

A practical, rational, stated position by NFHS regarding the potential dangers created by the presence of drones and recommendations for dealing with such threats, could serve as a recommended "bench mark" that would serve as general guidance for addressing this issue at  Youth Football levels.
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