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Snapping and Passing; OPI and DPI; BBW- September 5, 2017

Chris Smith, an ANEFO and college official; Martine Jones, an ANEFO and college official; Kurt Sinclair, an ANEFO and college official, and Tommy Brow, ANEFO rules interpreter, were the featured guest speakers at the ANEFO meeting on September 5, 2017. The topics of the evening included: Rule 7: Snapping and Passing the Ball; Defensive Pass Interference; Offensive Pass Interference; and Blocking Below the Waist. Their handouts, summary of their presentations, and/or resources are located at the bottom of this article.

First, Tommy continued his discussion from the previous week about the various aspects of blocking below the waist including: observing both the initial contact of the BBW and the direction from which the blocker and the defender were moving prior to the BBW, the offensive tackle box, the crack-back block, the peel-back block and restricted and unrestricted BBW. He used to two, yellow Stanley 10 foot tape measures to illustrate the “10 to 2” principle and four video clips of illegal and legal BBW. He presented a “You Make the Call!” scenario involving BBW during a punt; the officials in the audience had an opportunity to turn and talk to each other as they discussed their thoughts on the call. Next, Chris discussed what it takes to be a successful football official; starting a play with a snap; shifts; false starts; offensive and defensive team requirements prior to the snap; legal and illegal forward passes; and the importance of continued concentration and officiating the next play. Later, Martine and Kurt discussed offensive and defensive pass interference; the elements of a foul (suspect, material effect, status of the ball); early contact, playing through, grabbing and restricting, arm bars, cutting off, hooking and restricting; and the indicators of OPI (creating separation, driving through, blocking downfield, and picks). In addition to demonstrating the DPI and OPI using each other as models of a competing receiver and defender, they showed two video clips on DPI and OPI. For more information, please see posted handouts below.

Brow.BBW.Revisited.9.5.17 <– (Brow’s Handout)

Smith.Rule 7.ANEFO.95.17  <— (Smith’s Handout)

Jones.and.Sinclair.DPI.and.OPI.9.5.17 <– (Jones and Sinclair’s Handout)