Friday Night Stripes

44 EpisodesProduced by Don VanDemarkWebsite

A podcast for, by, and about high school football officials

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FNS Pregame - Passing

September 20th, 2019


The Passing Game document - produced by Kevin Haws of SDFOA

A kick is a kick is a kick

September 17th, 2019

Force - 2-13
Art. 1:
... After a fumble, kick or backward pass has been grounded, a new force may result from a bat, an illegal kick or a muff.
Art. 4:

FNS Pregame - Inside the head of a wing official

September 5th, 2019


For this pregame episode, step into the thought process of a head linesman and a line judge during two plays.

Phantom fair catches and penalty enforcements - 2019 Review week 2

August 27th, 2019


Review of play scenarios including post-game recovery, horse-collar tackles (or not), fair catches that aren't, false starts that might be, and …

Goal line crashes and disagreement on spots - 2019 review week 1

August 20th, 2019


Kicking off the start of football season with the first of many review episodes. Topics include players making themselves legal by going between the numbers between downs, goal line crashing by the wings, wings …

Getting excited for the season with Ron Wright

August 7th, 2019


Ron Wright joins from North Dakota to talk about rationale in when to throw a flag, safety fouls, and patience.

40/25-second play clock rule change

July 23rd, 2019

Image for quick reference 40/25-second play clock

Article 3-6-1 - 
Play clock and ready-for-play:a. Play clock:

1. 25 seconds will be on the play clock …

Recap of Sioux Empire Clinic

July 17th, 2019


Lessons learned from the Sioux Empire Football Officials Clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Summer preparation for season

June 19th, 2019


Prior to heading to Sioux Empire Football Officials Clinic, I share some thoughts on how I'm preparing for the season and what some goals might be.

Game clock handling

June 12th, 2019

Untimed down

Art. 3-3-3: 
A period shall be extended by an untimed down if one of the following occurred during a down in which time expires:

a. There …


June 5th, 2019

Article 7-2-5: 

Player formation and numbering requirements include:

a. At the snap, at least five A players shall be on their line of scrimmage and no more than four A players may be backs.

b. At the snap, at least five A …

2019 Rule Changes (not involving play clocks)

May 29th, 2019

Formation requirements

2-14-1: A scrimmage formation requires a minimum of five (was seven) A players legally on their line at the snap.
7-2-5: Player formation and numbering requirements include:

a. At the snap, at least

Tackling scenarios

May 9th, 2019

Horse-collar tackle (9-4-3-k):
No player or nonplayer shall... Grab the inside back or side collar of either the shoulder pads or the jersey of the …

Free Kicks with Tyler Spear

April 24th, 2019

Front Range Football Officials Camp

Momentum Exception
8-5-2-2: It is a safety when:
a. A runner carries the ball from the field of play to or across …

Punts with Mark Bradley

April 17th, 2019

How to Become a Sports Official by Mark Bradley

Referee Magazine

Post-scrimmage kick enforcement

Article 2-16-2-h: Post-scrimmage kick – a foul by R …

Referee-specific calls with Dan Johnson

April 10th, 2019

Intentional grounding
Article 7-5-2:  An illegal forward pass is a foul. Illegal forward passes include:d. A pass intentionally thrown into an area …

Emphasizing more technical content

April 3rd, 2019


This is a short episode transitioning to a slightly new format where we'll focus more on breaking down play scenarios packaged together.

Importance of Rule 2 with Jeff Carnes

March 20th, 2019


Jeff Carnes from Gadsden, AL discusses importance of the definitions in Rule 2 and how they impact the rest of the rulebook.

Playoff prep with Jason Carroll

March 13th, 2019


Jason Carroll returns to talk about how he approached playoffs as a referee for a crew that went to a state championship game.

Pregames with Josh Canales

February 27th, 2019


Josh Canales from Bakersfield, CA talks about the pregames he's been in and those he's run, what is important to cover, and whether having pop …

Training throughout the early stages with Mike Bezner

January 30th, 2019

Portland Football Officials Association
Big Sky Conference
Pass interference - Art 7-5-10:
It is forward-pass interference if any player of A or B who is beyond the neutral zone interferes with an eligible …

End of season reflections

December 12th, 2018


Time to look back across the season and gather thoughts about how the year went and various situations that arose

Ways to improve as an official

November 28th, 2018

Rule 11 Officials - podcast about college officiating
NFHS - Football Officials Facebook group - group where officials discuss situations, rules, etc

In-season recap

October 24th, 2018

Article 5-3-1:
The line to gain is 10 yards in advance of the ball's foremost point when a new series of downs is awarded. When a new series of downs …

Respect Without Flags with Kevin Bowersox

August 26th, 2018


Kevin Bowersox comes on to talk about gaining respect through communication, not through throwing flags, starting his officiating career while in …

Changes, changes with Andy Patterson

August 14th, 2018


Rules references:

  • Discussion around helmet-to-helmet contact:

    • 2-20-1: Illegal helmet contact is an act of initiating contact with the helmet against an …

What Are You Working On? with Jason Carroll

August 9th, 2018


Links to items discussed:

Rules references:

  • 2018 Rule changes

    • Improperly …

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