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Offline ilyazhito

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7-man mechanics in High School
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:46:17 AM »
I know that 5-man officiating crews are the norm almost everywhere for high school football during the regular season (with some exceptions, such as RI (4), MD (6), GA (6), and some states using 7), but some states use 7-man mechanics as well, whether for the playoffs only, or for the playoffs and certain regular season games. If your state uses 7-man mechanics in any capacity, what sort of mechanics do you use? Is it straight CCA mechanics, homemade mechanics, or a combination of the two?

Thank you for the input! For the record, I personally would support 7-man crews for all varsity games, as well as 5-man crews for JV, but I understand that money could make this an issue, hence why 7-man is used most often for the playoffs at the high school level.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2018, 02:41:02 PM »
South Carolina has its own mechanics for 4, 5, and 7 man mechanics.  These can be found on the website SCFOA.net under Policies and Procedures.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 08:33:05 PM »
PA uses 6-man for regular season and most of the way through district playoffs.  Some more sparsely populated districts still use 5 man.

For the district championship and all of the state playoffs, we use 7 man.

PA has their own 7 man and 6 man manual, but it's very close to the CCA manual that you really don't even notice a difference.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 05:18:36 AM »
South Carolina has its own mechanics for 4, 5, and 7 man mechanics.  These can be found on the website SCFOA.net under Policies and Procedures.
OK. Any specific differences from CCA, other than not switching sidelines for the 2nd half, and having only a 25-second play clock? This might be helpful to know for officials who work both high school and college.

 In Washington, D.C., there are several different football officials associations, WDFOA (of which I was formerly a member), which covers D.C. private schools and public school games for the MD suburbs (Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Howard County, Southern Maryland Athletic Conference), EBO (my current football association), which covers D.C. public schools and some charter schools, and JUSO, which covers charter schools only. WDFOA uses 6-man mechanics for all its varsity games, including playoffs (except for a few schools that only pay for 5-man crews). EBO uses 5-man crews in the regular season, and straight CCA 7-man mechanics for the playoffs (except for not switching sidelines and only a 25-second play clock). JUSO uses 5-man crews for the regular season, but I am not sure of what they do for the playoffs.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 11:21:40 AM »
Here in Utah we use 4 man for Sophomore games, and 5 man for JV and Varsity.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2018, 12:20:38 PM »
NC uses 7 man for late playoff rounds (semi finals and finals). There are documents/presentations on the state website with the mechanics, but I don't know the CCA rules well enough to know if they are the same/different/similar/whatnot.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2018, 09:43:07 AM »
CCA refers to the Collegiate Commissioners Association, a group that writes officiating mechanics manuals for various college sports, so that NCAA and NAIA officials have standard practices nationwide. For instance, there is the CCA Football Manual for a Crew of 5/6, CCA Football Manual for a Crew of 7/8, CCA Men's Basketball Manual, CCA Women's Basketball Manual, etc. The rules for college football are different, and are written by the NCAA Football Rules Committee (You can download the college football rulebook for free, as a PDF, from the NCAA website, but you must buy the CCA Football Manual from the Referee website, or another source). The reason why I asked was because NFHS has no mechanics resources for 7-man crews (the assumption is that states will use 4 and 5-man crews), so states either have to develop their own, or borrow from the college manuals.

To my knowledge, Florida also uses the CCA football manual for its playoff games that use 7-man crews (everything from the 2nd round of the playoffs all the way to the state finals).

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 11:02:24 AM »
Colorado uses 5 man for all varsity contests, including playoffs and championship games. We use 3 man mechanics for Freshman and JV games. However last year some high schools started using 4 man mechanics for Freshman & JV games. If it's all about the safety of the players, I feel all sub varsity games should have 4 man mechanics. However I know $ is always the issue.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2018, 11:21:16 AM »
FL uses 5 man for both JV and Varsity, although there are a couple of schools who are willing to pay for 7 in the regular season.  We use 7 for all rounds of playoffs.  The FHSAA provides detailed mechanics for 7 man on their website.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2018, 12:22:29 PM »
FL uses 5 man for both JV and Varsity, although there are a couple of schools who are willing to pay for 7 in the regular season.  We use 7 for all rounds of playoffs.  The FHSAA provides detailed mechanics for 7 man on their website.
what he said, but if I'm not mistaken the state has a few different mechanics than CCA 'by the book'.  not talking about B/F & H/L changing sidelines, but a few small ones. (but I may be wrong)

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2018, 12:34:26 PM »
I would add too that the majority of the 7-man mechanics taught at the state has the primary focus on mechanics/keys - which is good.
But a topic not covered here in FL and I reviewed NC just now is keys on kickoffs where each guy has 2-3 guys they stay with for much of the play.
On that, it's certainly worth it for a local assn to download a copy of the CCA manual and take a look at that.

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2018, 08:31:07 AM »
FWIW, in our association, we have enough officials to do 7-man crews for the larger (AAA/Division 5 and 6) schools we cover.  Our VP of mechanics at the time - an observer for the CAA - drew up our 7 man mechanics manual, borrowing heavily from CCA mechanics, but tweaking a few things. 

To my knowledge, we're the only association in VA with enough officials to regularly provide 7-man crews during the regular season, though I may be incorrect. 

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Re: 7-man mechanics in High School
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2018, 11:13:57 AM »
Georgia has approved the use of 7-man this year and mandated its use in the playoffs. We are essentially using the CCA manual.