For the next 12 weeks, The End Zone will be advice from the "Next Level" series in Referee Magazine. I hope you all take advantage. There is some great advice here. This is a great way to enhance your off-season training. Whether you're a grizzled veteran or a just getting started, this is information we can all use. Enjoy!
WEEK 10: SCORING PLAYS
1. When in question, it is not a touchdown.
Touchdowns should be earned rather than awarded on a technicality. Be sure the ball is in the runner’s possession and that it breaks the plane of the goalline. Wing officials earn their salt by being able to discern the location of the ball when a runner takes the ball into the middle of the line on a goalline play. Don’t mirror a signal made by another official unless you are positive of your call. Two wrong signals don’t equal one correct call.
2. When in question, it is not a safety.
The entire ball must be out of the end zone in order for a team to avoid a safety. That being the case, because a safety is a scoring play, the offense is given the benefit of doubt if the official is unsure of the location of the ball.