Central Florida Officials Association Basketball Information


Congratulations to the CFOA officials who worked the FHSAA Boys Final Four. Two crews worked in the games in Lakeland. They were evaluated several times in their journey to the Final Four and at the State Tournament. Thank you for your dedication to excellence, time, and effort.

  • Jerome Blake
  • Michael Koller
  • Ian Ross
  • Jordon Conley
  • Mario Dixon
  • Felix Martinez - Miranda

Congratulations to the CFOA Officials who worked the FHSAA Girls Final Four. 3 crews worked in the games at Lakeland. They were evaluated several times in their journey to the Final Four and at the State Tournament. Thank you for your dedication, time, and effort.

  • Tim Bateman
  • Crystal Ford
  • Ritha Johnson
  • Elaine Dean
  • Deondra Campbell
  • Pat Sanchez
  • David White
  • Chuck Pula
  • Mike Ludwig


CFOA Basketball Volunteer Hospitality Hosts

Thank you CFOA Basketball Volunteer Hospitality Hosts. These individuals voluntered their time and up-front money to pick up meals (food and drinks) for guest FHSAA officials coming to CFOA Playoff sites. They are our welcoming committee to other associations. Volunteering is an important part of the CFOA being respected and to the success of the association. Thank you for your time and effort.

  • Nick Stachurski (Great job coordinating and communicating the total effort)
  • Shamon Allen
  • Samuel Anderson
  • AJ Apellaniz
  • Carl Blair
  • Kevin Bowersock
  • Tom Boyd
  • Carlton Burke
  • David Caesar
  • Carlos Childress
  • Ed Collier
  • Jon Creighton
  • Joe Galvin
  • Kelly Gant
  • Rackell Golson
  • Vernon Law
  • Mike Ludvig
  • Sonia Marshall
  • Willie McBride
  • Paul Olmstead
  • Chap Walker
  • Adrion Webb
  • Ricky Williams
  • Mevett Wooley
  • Mark Rossi
  • Ross Leduc
  • Jason Carroll
  • Anthony Tolbert


The 2016-2017 Basketball Rank & Muster List is available for download.

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Names in black are eligible for FHSAA 2016/2017 Playoffs. Names in red mean you are not eligible. If your name is in red and you don’t agree, please contact Carlos ccbullc3@aol.com

Rules Clarification - Uniform Shorts

We have seen male and female players with the waistband of their uniform shorts rolled up revealing the inside elastic portion. We requested clarification on this and the FHSAA has told us that they have no position on this subject and are allowing each association to determine how we want to enforce this. The leadership of the CFOA does not believe that rolling up the waistband of the uniform shorts materially alters the way the shorts were meant to be worn and does not violate Rule 3.5.5. However, if a 2nd logo is revealed, then the waistband must be rolled down or the logo must be removed or covered and the draw string must always be tucked inside the shorts.
Jim Mills
CFOA Rules Interpreter


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Rule Interpretation

A defender in a marked lane space for a F.T. may not break the plain of the F.T. line (toward the F.T. shooter) prior to the ball hitting the rim, (Delayed F.T. VIOLATION). A defender on the lane may still block out the F.T. shooter in the lane area on release of the ball and may block out over the F.T. lane line (marked semi-circle area) after the ball hits the rim without violation. HOWEVER, if the defender bumps, hits, clears the F.T. shooter, a FOUL is to be called, prior to or after the ball hitting the rim.

- Jim Mills, CFOA Rule Interpreter


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2017 FHSAA Playoff Crews

crew 1 R David White
U1 Chuck Pula
U2 Michael Lindvig
crew 2 R Xiomara Cruz
U1 Patricia Sanchez
U2 Deondra Campbell
crew 3 R Tim Bateman
U1 Reatha Johnson
U2 Crystal Ford
crew 4 R Elaine Dean
U1 Tricia Duncan
U2 Kevin Bowersox
crew 5 R Sanny Olimpo
U1 Jack Bradford
U2 Julian Hale
crew 6 R Willie Bateman
U1 Gladys Hightower
U2 bruce bergherm
crew 7 R Samuel Wright
U1 Jerome Hightower
U2 Richard Smith
crew 8 R charlton walker
U1 Mark Rossi
U2 carlos dejesus
crew 9 R Anthony Hernandez
U1 Michael Sorrough
U2 Dan Croom
crew 10 R Sylvester Woodley
U1 Jessica Vanatta
U2 Vincent Apellaniz
crew 11 R David Caesar
U1 Carmine Tutera
U2 Chris Datres
crew 12 R Michael Boykin
U1 Jimmy Mincey
U2 Norberto Appelaniz
crew 13 R Carlos Childress
U1 William Cartagena
U2 Nick Stachurski


crew 1 R Jerome Blake
U1 Ian Ross
U2 Mario Dixon
crew 2 R Michael Koller
U1 Jordan Conley
U2 Felix Martinez-Miranda
crew 3 R jim mills
U1 Ronald Telot
U2 John Adkins
crew 4 R Carl Blair
U1 Tom Campbell
U2 James Boyd
crew 5 R Rodney Brown
U1 Christopher Hightower
U2 Anthony Napolitano
crew 6 R Tony Brackins
U1 Daniel Aupont
U2 Carlton Burke
crew 7 R Avarice Smith
U1 Robert Sumpter
U2 Anthony Gordon
crew 8 R Kermit Kim Fessler
U1 Edward Collier
U2 David Weisberg
crew 9 R Gregory Vanatta
U1 Jon Creighton
U2 James Connor
crew 10 R Mark Rossi
U1 Anthony Tolbert
U2 James Lyon
crew 11 R Jesus Reyes
U1 Donald Williams
U2 Tom Boyd
crew 12 R Michael Sorrough
U1 Jorge San Pedro
U2 Michael Gearhart
crew 13 R Willie McBride
U1 Adrion Webb
U2 Edgar Colon


15 Minute Warmup
 6:38 p.m. 15:00 Set game clock to 15 minutes. Sound horn to open floor for pre-game warm-up period. Officials report to floor.
 6:41 p.m. 12:00 Coaches/captains meeting with officiating crew.
 6:43 p.m. 10:00 Referee checks official scorebook.
 6:52 p.m. 1:00 Horn sounds to end pre-game warm-up period. Teams report to their respective benches.
 6:53 p.m. 0:00 Public address announcer begins pre-game script. Player and coach introductions, followed by National Anthem.
 7:00 p.m. 8:00 Reset game clock to 8 minutes. Opening tip.


Please adhere to this schedule. Dress properly and enjoy--remember to wear the new shirts, be early. Thanks for a great year, it is a pleasure representing you and the CFOA.
- Kim, Chap and the rest of the staff

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CFOA Basketball
Contact Information


CFOA President:
Allen Cramer

Vice President - Basketball:
Horace Cannady
407-614-5516 (Home) • 407-340-0066 (Cellular)

Assignment Officer - Basketball:
Kim Fessler

At Large Director - Basketball:
Chuck Pula

2016 Committees

Basketball Evaluation
Ed Collier
Ian Ross
Mario Dixon

Major Garvin
Gladys Hightower
Greg Vanatta

Carlos Childress
Rodney Brown
Nathan Robinson

Julian Hale

Xiomara Cruz
Will Bridgewater
Reathea Johnson

Rules Interpreter
Jim Mills

Basketball Exam Dates

View the 2016-17 Important Dates for basketball officials.

Did You Know?

2016-17 Points of Emphasis:

Acknowledging and Granting Time-out Criteria

  • Technical fouls
  • Replacing a Disqualified or Injured Player
  • Protecting the Free Thrower
  • Post Play

2016-17 Basketball Rules Changes:

1-20 NEW: Non-playing personnel, e.g., spirit participants, media, shall remain outside of the playing area during a 30-second or less time-out during the game.  Non-playing personnel shall stand outside the free throw lane lines extended toward the sidelines throughout the game.

2-12-5: Sound a warning signal to begin the 15 seconds (maximum) permitted for replacing a disqualified or injured player, or for a player directed to leave the game.

3-5-6: Undershirts shall be a single solid color similar to the torso of the jersey and shall be hemmed and not have frayed or ragged edges. If the undershirt has sleeves, they shall be the same length. See 3-6 for logo requirements.

3-5-7: Removed the compression shorts rule; add compression shorts to Rule 3-5-3 which means compression shorts now must meet the guidelines outlined in this rule.

9-1-3h NEW: Players occupying marked free-throw lane line spaces may not enter the free-throw semicircle until the ball touches the ring or until the free throw ends.


2016-17 Major Editorial Changes

3-5-3 Note; 9-1 Penalties 4b; 10-5-3

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