Brent Rice addresses officials at the 2020 SVL Football Officials Workshop 

SVL Football Officials Workshop February 8th 2020

Sponsored by:

 Bay Metro Officials Association, Saginaw Athletic Officials Association and Greater Mid Michigan Officials Association

An MHSAA Recognized Clinic



8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration


Jennifer Thunberg/Athletic Directer, Assistant Principal  BCC


Phil Long

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM  Philosophy of officiating ( communication skills, subjective and objective officiating, Respectful and not confrontational…(scenarios for discussion)

Joel Barnes

9:45 AM – 10:45  Timing Factors ( the play clock, the 40 second clock, when to start and when to stop…other information from rules 1,2 and 3 are included with scenarios for discussion.

10:45 AM _ 11:00 AM BREAK


Facilitators - Phil Long, Tom Rau JR and others.

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM  5 man and 7 man mechanics.  Emphasis on both dead ball and live ball positioning and coverage…techniques, signals and movements

Demonstrating holding and illegal blocks at various locations … proper signaling and administration.

Brent Rice/MHSAA

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Ratings, tournament selection,  5 man vs 7 man officiating,concerns about the officiating pool( are we losing, gaining or holding our own) and what is the MHSAA focusing on in regards to high school football.

LUNCH  (ON SITE) 12:30 to 1:00 (provided by the sponsoring associations)


Jerry Haines

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM  The Kicking and Passing game. A basic review of rules 6 and 7 with scenarios for discussion.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM  Scoring plays and touchbacks.  A basic review of rules 8 and 9 with scenarios for discussion.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM BREAK

Andy Wolf

2:45 PM  – 3:45 PM  Penalty Adminstration…” The  Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” A basic review of rule 10 with scenarios for discussion.  Included are situations which, without a solid understanding, will “open the door” for faulty administration.


Phil Long



Joel Barnes




Football Assigners for : The Flint Metro league, The Mid-Michigan Athletic Conference, The Genesee Area Conference(GAC) and The Saginaw Valley League                                                                                





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