Youth Football and Cheerleader Programs in Wilton, CT
 
 
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Flag Football Referee Information

 

2021 Fall Season Schedule - 5/15 & 5/16 = Week 5
Field Location Start Time End Time Home Team Away Team Referee Set Up & Breakdown
Middlebrook Upper  6:00p  6:30p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   Woodring/Bailey 5:30pm Set Up
Fri 05/14/2021  6:30p  7:00p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   Woodring/Bailey 7pm Breakdown
Lyons Field  3:00p  4:00p  Coach Cain (3rd Giants)  Coach Rudnicki (3rd Seahawks)  Krawitz/1 Ref Needed 2:30pm Set Up
Sat 05/15/2021  4:00p  5:00p  Coach Hall (3rd Cowboys)  Coach Cosentino (3rd Chargers)  Krawitz/1 Ref Needed  
  5:00p  6:00p  Coach Carrington (3rd Broncos)  Coach Manberg (3rd Cardinals)  Krawitz/1 Ref Needed 6pm Breakdown
Middlebrook Lower A 10:00a  12:00p  7th/8th Grade Wilton 7/8 New Canaan & New Milford Meltzer/Duncan 9:30am Set Up
  12:30p  2:30p  5th/6th Grade Wilton 5/6 New Canaan & New Milford Meltzer/Duncan  
  3:00p  3:30p  2nd Grade Playoff Game   Meltzer/Duncan  
  3:30p  4:00p  2nd Grade Playoff Game   Meltzer/Duncan  
  4:00p  4:30p  2nd Grade Playoff Game   Meltzer/Duncan  
  5:00p  5:30p  4th Grade Playoff Game   Meltzer/Duncan  
  5:30p  6:00p  4th Grade Playoff Game   Meltzer/Duncan 6pm Breakdown
Middlebrook Side field 10:00a  12:00p  7th/8th Grade Wilton 7/8 New Canaan & New Milford 3 Refs Needed 9:30am Cone Set Up
Middlebrook Upper  12:30p  2:30p  5th/6th Grade Wilton 5/6 New Canaan & New Milford 3 Refs Needed 12pm Set Up
Middlebrook Upper  3:00p  3:30p  2nd Grade Playoff Game   Dempster/B. Morris/1 Ref Needed  
  3:30p  4:00p  2nd Grade Playoff Game   Dempster/B. Morris/1 Ref Needed  
  4:00p  4:30p  4th Grade Playoff Game   Dempster/B. Morris/1 Ref Needed  
  5:00p  5:30p  4th Grade Playoff Game   Dempster/B. Morris/1 Ref Needed  
  5:30p  6:00p  4th Grade Playoff Game   Dempster/B. Morris/1 Ref Needed 6pm Breakdown
Montessori School  3:00p  4:00p  Coach Major (K-1 Dolphins)  Coach Consiglio (K-1 Chargers)  Bailey/Kuechenmeister 2:30pm Set Up
  4:00p  5:00p  Coach Flory (K-1 Giants)  Coach Salvatore (K-1 Rams)  Bailey/Kuechenmeister  
  5:00p  6:00p  Coach Erickson (K-1 Patriots)  Coach Cramer's (K-1 Chiefs)  Bailey/Kuechenmeister 6pm Breakdown
Middlebrook Lower  12:00p  12:30p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   S. Morris/Kuechenmeister/1 Ref Needed 11:30am Set Up
Sun 05/16/2021  12:30p  1:00p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   S. Morris/Kuechenmeister/1 Ref Needed  
  1:00p  1:30p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   S. Morris/Kuechenmeister/1 Ref Needed  
  1:30p  3:00p  12U Travel Allstar Team  11U Travel Allstar Team  S. Morris/Kuechenmeister/1 Ref Needed  
  3:00p  5:00p  4th Travel Allstar Team 3/4 New Canaan & New Milford 3 Refs Needed 5pm Breakdown
Middlebrook Upper  12:00p  12:30p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   Krawitz/Duncan/Goldman 11:30am Set Up
  12:30p  1:00p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   Krawitz/Duncan/Goldman  
  1:00p  1:30p  5th/6th Grade Playoffs   Krawitz/Duncan/Goldman  
  1:30p  3:00p  12U Travel Allstar Team  Lacrosse/Flag Team Krawitz/Duncan/Goldman  
  3:00p  5:00p  4th Travel Allstar Team 3/4 New Canaan & New Milford Duncan/Goldman/1 Ref Needed 5pm Breakdown

 

 

 

  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and the Virtual Scoreboard app is downloaded and ready to go for your first game.
    • Input team names (Example: 3rd Giants), set game clock (12 minute halves) play clock (30 seconds) and QB clock (7 seconds)
    • Give each Head Coach the code to access the Virtual Scoreboard and they will pass it on to their parents.
    • Establish who will work game clock, play clock and QB clock during the game. 
    • After each game record game score with a screen shot
  • Host a "Faceoff" at midfield 5 minutes before the game with all players on both teams and all coaches​. 
    • Discuss the importance of sportsmanship
    • Stress no contact during the game
    • Do a equipment check by asking each player to pull their flags, make sure each belt is tight, make sure each flag is on the side of players hips.  Make sure the excess belt is tucked away, rolled up and taped is the prefered method.
    • Check for illegal colored shorts and that each jerseys is tucked in.  If a coach requests that a player be allowed to wear their jersey untucked, the flag must be up a little higher around the waist and easy to pull by a defender.  This exception can be made only if a jersey is to short to remain tucked in during plays of the game. 
    • Explain that you are there manage the Flag Football game by spotting the ball, keeping score, Running the clock and to notify the Head Coach when a player or coach breaks a rule.
    • Explain how the out of bounds lines will be called, any player that touches the white out of bounds line will be called out of bounds.  The referee will line up on the opposite side of the coaches on the sideline, the referee will be in charge of calling out of bounds on his side while the coaches on the sideline will be in charge of calling out of bounds on their sideline.  
    • Explain how you are there to spot the ball and then running to the 7 yard mark off the line of scrimmage to make sure that all rushers are lined up at 7 yards or more.  Ask that one asst coach on the other side of the field should be standing at the line of scrimmage for you to help you make sure the ball is marked in the correct spot after each play.
    • Manage the coin flip, make sure the away team is in white jerseys and they get to call heads or tails.  Use a coin or siri to flip a coin for you.  Winner of the coin toss gets to choose offense or defense first.  Loser of the coin toss gets to choose what side of the field they want to defend.  Make sure to flip sides for the 2nd half and whoever was on defense at the start of the game is on offense for the start of the 2nd half.
    • It is very important that our referees blow the whistle load and quick everytime a flag is pulled.  It is very important that our referees do not blow the whistle unless they are 100% that confident that a player stepped out of bounds or their flag was pulled.  If you do accidentally blow a whistle and a players flag was not pulled, they play will still have to stop where the ball was when you blew the whistle.  This is something that has happened in a couple of our games and has upset the coaches very very much.  Please do your best not to make a mistake and blow your whistle early.
  • Establish who enforces the penalties
    • Explain that the Head coaches will be the ones calling/enforcing the penalties and you are there to assist with penalty warnings and walk off the penalty yardage.
    • If a coach believes a penalty should be called, then the head coaches will discuss and decide if it should be a warning or an official penalty to be walked off by the referee. 
  • Delay of Game Penalty’s
    • Each Offense is required to snap the ball within 30 seconds which will start once a referee establishes the 7 yard rush line.  After approximately 20 seconds the referee should be alerting the offense of the time if they are still in the huddle.  We want to make sure every team takes no longer than 30 seconds to call a play so we can make sure each team gets as many offensive plays as possible.   A delay of game penalty is -5 yards and a loss of down.
  • Offensive Charging & Defensive Unnecessary Roughness Penalty’s.
    • Our Flag Football Rules allow a defensive player to break down in front of the ball carrier and try to force the runner to change directions.  If the running back runs into the defensive player that would be considered a charging penalty as long as the defensive player is stationary and its clear the runner has initiated the contact. 
    • If the defensive player is moving while trying to draw a charging penalty and it looks like the defensive player initiated the contact that is considered an Unnecessary Roughness penalty against the defensive player. 
    • Both penalties are -10 yards and loss of down or automatic first down.  This will be a penalty that our referees will be responsible for interpreting and calling as they see it.  When deciding who initiated the contact if it is unclear, the penalty will be called on the defensive player.  It has to be 100% clear that the runner initiated the contact for it to be called on the offense.
  • ​Halftime Rules​
    • Halftime is 5 minutes long​
    • Teams switch sides at the start of the 2nd half.
  • Clock Management
    • Each half is 12 minutes long with a running clock.  Make sure you give the coaches a 10 minute and five minute announcement as the clock winds down. 
    • Each team gets 3 timeouts per game
  • Report Game Score
    • Keep track of the exact score of your game and announce it after every score in the game so the Head Coaches are aware.  Email the score to the Flag Football Commissioner by the end of day.  Also in your game score report, please add a few comments about the way the coaches and players treated you and how the coaches managed the game.  We want to make sure everyone respects each other on the field, if you see any coach, parent or player act inappropriately add that in your comments as well.
  • Referee Pay
    • Referees will receive $20 per game.  Flag Referee's will be expected to show up 15 minutes before each game starts to set up the field or confirm the field is set up properly.  Each Game should take less than 1 hour if the game is started on time.
  • Referee Ratings
    • All referees will be graded after each game by both Head Coaches.  
    • Referees will receive detailed coaching if there are any complaints about the way the game was managed by the referee.
    • The top rated referee's will be selected for the NFL Flag Playoffs.