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About Rule 11

We started Rule 11 officials to help college football officials stay engaged.  After producing our first preseason quiz and seeing its popularity, we realized that there might be a need for other methods to receive information about officiating.

We also realized that we were always having conversations about officiating; with each other and with more seasoned, knowledgeable officials.  Why not record and share those conversations with others?  That's how the Rule 11 idea was born.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support what we are trying to do.

We're in this together!

-Rule 11 staff

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Thanks to Rule 11 Officials and Byron Adams for the podcast on the The Tom Beard Clinic. It is a first class event and I look forward to it returning to ASU in Tempe AZ in 2020... Keep up the great work, Rule 11 Officials!

- David Coleman VP Officiating, Pac-12 Conference

As a new college football official, I have found that this podcast is extremely helpful in breaking down both barriers and rules. The guests they bring on to the show as well as how they discuss their experiences, which are very similar to mine, are fantastic.

- J. Rosiek

Thank you for the great amount of effort you put in to provide this resource. This, along with independent/group rules study, keeps things fresh on my mind over the off-season. Keep up the content, especially the guest speakers! Thanks again!

- J. Raymer

I got a late start on your podcasts, but listened to all of them in a couple of weeks! Been spreading the word in Texas and y’all have some big fans here. Thanks for all you do. 

- D. Lord

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- T. Zyph

Latest Podcasts

Conversation 47: Replay 101: Reviewable Pass Plays

May 19, 2019

PAC-12 Replay Communicator and former national championship Referee, Terry Leyden joins us on this episode.  He discusses his transition from the field to the replay booth and breaks down reviewable passing plays. Topics include: Terry’s career path. Challenges transitioning from Referee to Replay Replay communicator duties Rules discussion: Reviewable pass plays Quote of the Week “The most dangerous poison is […]

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Conversation 46: MFOA Co-Coordinators John O’Neill and Tom Fiedler

May 12, 2019

B1G Referee John O’Neill returns to the podcast with Tom Fiedler.  Together they are co-coordinators for the Midwest Football Officials Alliance (MFOA).  Listen to learn more about their fantastic officiating program. Topics include Overview of the MFOA Tasks of coordinators The COC “stack”, and where the MFOA fits in. Training and Feedback Crew make up Recruitment of officials Quote of […]

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Conversation 45: PAC-12 Umpire Roscoe Meisenheimer

April 28, 2019

Roscoe Meisenheimer is a PAC-12 Umpire who has had a lot of success on the field.  He shares with us a recent humbling experience that caused him to take fresh look and challenge himself to do better. Conversation includes: Path to the PAC-12 Learning play from last season Working with a CJ (how has it changed the Umpire position) Overcoming […]

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Conversation 44: Replay 101 – Scoring Plays

April 21, 2019

In this conversation we begin to discuss rules surrounding Instant Replay and reviewable plays; specifically Scoring Plays. Topics include: Reviewable plays when there is a potential touchdown Pylon plays Reviewable plays when there is a potential for a safety Plays involving field goals Quote of the Week Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you – […]

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Conversation 43: Miscellaneous Discussion

April 14, 2019

In this episode, Tyler and Dwayne discuss a few officiating related topics.  We get back to the original premise for the podcast by simply having a conversation with each other about officiating Quote of the Week Oppportunity looks a lot like hard work – Ashton Kuchar Fight Song – LSU

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Conversation 42: Situational Awareness with Big XII FJ Matt Mills

April 7, 2019

Big XII FJ (and former guest- Conversation 22), Matt Mills, joins us again to discuss Situational Awareness and game flow. Topics include: What is situational awareness? Why its important? How to increase your game awareness Anticipation vs Assumption Quote of the Week Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. – Suzy Kassem Song of the Week – Southern Utah

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Conversation 41: Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic

March 31, 2019

Byron Adams, AAC Back Judge and board president for the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic joins us on this episode. He discusses this long running camp and its namesake TBFOC Website: https://www.tbfoc.org/ Topics include: About Tom Beard History of the Clinic How Byron became involved? Slogan “Everyday is Game Day” Tom Beard East vs West Clinic Information (format, costs, clinicians,etc) […]

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Conversation 40: “Her Turf” Documentary

March 24, 2019

The documentary “Her Turf,” follows three extraordinary female football officials as they bravely attempt to level the playing field.   Shantel Hansen (Director and Producer), Dean Blandino (Executive Producer) and Annice Cannady (the 1st female NCAA official) join us to discuss this extremely important documentary. Topics include: What is the documentary about? Where did the idea come from? Overview of the […]

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