Deadlines and Reminders

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Jared Butson — Assignor


Tim Nicometo— Vice President

Royce Ruter — Charter Clinician

Recent and Upcoming Events

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MSHSL Items of Interest

Crew:  I have mentioned that we should start a series on a big line, except when we are inside the five yard line.  In this case, we should be more “exact.”  If we put it on a big line, I am talking about putting the nose of the ball on the 42 or 43 versus the 42.3 yard line.  This does not mean move it to the nearest solid line such as the 35, 40, 45, etc.

Crew:  Stay the course on masking and distancing.  Not just for this football season, but we need you back next year in full health.
Crew: Communicate.  If a coach has a question and it is respectful, answer the question.  I realize that as we get deeper into the season, everyone’s wick is shorter, coaches and officials included.  Resist the urge to fight fire with fire.  Soothe, don’t incite.
Crew: Review the rule adjustments for this year, particularly the overtime rules prior to your games.


HL/LJ:  Continue your work on crossfield mechanics, especially on pass plays at the sideline where the receiver is driven back.

Crew: I have borrowed this one from the CCA before. I think it fits perfectly for the HS level as well and I will leave you with this:
Remember that the game is one of high emotion, played by gifted teenagers who are affirmed by playing a game at which they are talented.  Allow for brief spontaneous, emotional reactions at the end of the play.


The key words are teenagers and emotion.  Keep that in mind when you are working with players on the football field.  Don’t penalize emotion.  Use a sense of humor and use the coaches to help when you can.  It has been a tough year for many and let’s finish the season with as much compassion and understanding that we can muster.

Rules/Plays of Interest

Rule Book
Page 70-71,  9-4  Illegal Personal Contact
Page 78, 10-4 Basic Spots
Case Book 
Page 100, 10.2.2 Fouls- Change of Possession Downs, Situation A & B
Page 109, 10.5.4 Special Enforcements, Situation A & B

Camps and Clinics

POSTPONED - 2020 Upper Midwest Football Officials’ Clinic – April 17-18 at the University of Minnesota.  There will be classroom training on Friday followed by the opportunity to get on the field on Saturday (TBD) and work games with observers.  Contact is Rick Kruger at  Here is a link to the application form.