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CFOA Flag Football Rules Clinic

Flag Football officials rules clinic


The rules clinic for CFOA flag football officials has been posted online. The presentation, as well as the transcript is available for your reference.

Rule Changes
1. There must be contact for there to be flag guarding
2. There must be contact for there to be pass interference
3. In the last 2 minutes of the 2nd half, the offended team of any foul will have the option to start the clock on the snap when it would normally start on the RFP

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Spring Sports Registration Extended:
The FHSAA has extend the registration deadline for our Spring Sports until Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm. If you still need to register for a spring sport you can go to www.fhsaa.arbitersports.com, click on the "Registration" tab. The $10 late fee is now in place.

Spring Sports Exam Deadline:
The deadline to complete the exam for Spring Sports (Boys Lacrosse, Flag Football, Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field and Water Polo) is Friday, February 9th, 2018. To take the exam go to www.fhsaa.arbitersports.com, click on the "Test" tab. The review period for the exam will begin on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

Thank you,
Kevin Bowersox
CFOA Flag Football Vice President


Greetings Presidents and Book Commissioners,

This is to inform our Flag Football officials that the 2017-2018 NIRSA Flag Football Rulebook is now available through Arbiter. I have also emailed this link out via Arbiter to all officials that have already registered for the upcoming season. Please make sure to share this link with your officials throughout the next couple of months as they register. To gain access to the rulebook an official will have to be registered/have an account with Arbiter. Below you will find the direct link to the rulebook.



Jeremy Hernandez
Assistant Director of Officials




  • Initial Registration – 1/2/18
  • Last Day for Late Registration – 2/2/18
  • Exam Schedule 12/26/17 (starting at 12:01am) – 2/9/18
    The link for the test is, https://fhsaa.arbitersports.com/front/103524/Site. Once you are there you will need to click on the tab labeled "Test" and on the next page you will see the test for the sport that you are registered available for you to select. After the deadline you will have the ability to review your test and see the questions that you missed on February 10th, starting at 8:00am.
  • 2/24/18 – Training Class – St. Cloud High School
    Registration 8:30am - 9:00am
    Classroom session 9:00am - 10:30am
    Officials (coaches welcome)
    Game 1: 10:45 am - 11:45 a.m.
    Game 2: 11:50 am - 12:50 pm
    Lunch and Closing Comments and Questions: 1:00pm


Preseason Classic Tournaments (Week 36) - February 26 - March 3
First Regular Season Playing Date (Week 37) – March 5
Calling for a Cure March 19 – 23, 2018 (Pink Whistles)
Last District Playing Date (Week 42) – April 14
Last Regular Season Playing Date (Week 43) – April 21

2018 Florida High School Flag Football State Championships
District Tournaments

When: Monday-Saturday, April 23-28, 2018

Regional Tournaments/Regional Tournament Semifinals


Regional Tournament Finals


Florida High School Flag Football State Championships

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Schedule: TBD
Host: TBD


flag football uniform

The CFOA Flag Football Uniform is as follows:

  • Black and White Referee Shirt with a Black Collar and FHSAA Patch on the Pocket and American Flag on the Left Sleeve
  • All Black Coaches shorts with belt loops
  • Black and White Piped Hat
  • All Black Belt (leather)
  • Black Socks
  • Black Shoes
  • Penalty Flag (1 or 2)
  • Black Bean Bag
  • Two different color discs or cones (Orange - offense, Yellow - defense)
  • Game Card (Score, Unsportsmanlike Penalties)

Kevin Bowersox


Previous Flag Football Announcements

Congratulations Chuck Bauman FHSAA 2017 Flag Football Official of the year

Chuck Bauman, flag football official

Some answers to frequently asked questions:

  • The CFOA covers ~ 21 schools in Central Florida (Orange and Osceola County)
  • Games are typically played Monday through Friday in JV/Varsity doubleheaders
  • Games are played under the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Flag Football rules, with slight FHSAA modifications on equipment. Officials must have a thorough understanding of rules and mechanics as they are followed strictly.
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CFOA Flag Football
Contact Information


CFOA President:
Allen Cramer

Vice President - Flag Football:
Kevin Bowersox

Assignment Officer - Flag Football:
Don Trawick

At Large Director - Flag Football:
Jason Carroll

2018-19 Committees

Flag Football Evaluation
Dale Kenieppe (Chair)
A.J. Thomas
Henry Hamm

Rodney Clevenger (Chair)
Tyler Laymon
Michael Gothelf

Steve Anderson (Chair)
Tim Crim
Brandon Ellison

Kerry Jackson

Scott Berner (Chair)
Brandon Schwab
Chuck Bowman

Rules Interpreter
Brent Haskill


Flag Football Exam Dates

Download the 2015-16 Officials Calendar at a Glance for important test dates for flag football officials.

Educational Info

Please refer to the links below for all Rules, Mechanics, and Case play information.

2007 - 2008 Officials Manual and Positioning

Penalty Enforcement Chart

2007-2008 Case Plays

CFOA Playoffs History

FHSAA Finals Tournament

2016 - State Semi-Final - Tampa
(Brent Haskill, Tim Crim, Henry Hamm, Erskine Callaway)

2015 - State Final - Tallahassee
(Brian Valentine, Greg Vanatta, Jessica Vanatta, Melvin Jones)

2014 - State Final - Tallahassee
(Tyler Laymon, Brandon Schwab, Reggie Forbes, Erskine Callaway)

2013 - State Final - Osceola High School
(Kevin Bowersox, Chuck Baumann, Tra Blake, Jeff Pon)

2012 - State Final
(Jason Carol, Joseph Wasco, Anthony Kreitzer, Kerry Jackson)

2011 - State Final
(Chuck Baumann, Jeff Pon, Vladimir Voyard-Tadal, Keven Bowersox)

2010 - State Final
(Jason Carroll, Brian Valentine, Alexandra Prano, Mike Gothelf)

2009 - State Final
(Jeff Pon, Cary Fields, Leisha Cavallaro, Gary Cahen)

2008 - State Semi-Final
(Tom Eaton, Jason Carroll, Brian Valentine, Chuck Baumann)

2007 - State Final
(Steve Anderson, Chris Morello, Jaime Morales, Gary Cahen)

2006 - State Semi-Final
(Vladimir Voyard-Tadal, Kevin Bowersox, Chuck Baumann, Henry Hamm)

2005 - State Final
(Gary Cahen, Andy Powell, Bob Kessler, Chuck Baumann)

2004 - State Semi-Final
(Gary Cahen, Cary Fields, Chuck Baumann, Chris Morello)

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