CFOA News & Announcements

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News Highlights - 2017

Basketball Training Class New Start Date

I hope everyone fared well through the storm and this message finds each of you safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, Seminole County Public Schools will still be closed on Wednesday 9/13 so we will be unable to have our CFOA Basketball Training class. New start date will be 9/18.

Hopefully we'll encounter no further delays or complications.

Thank you and God Bless,
Xiomara Cruz Johnson



  • Initial Registration – 1/2/18
  • Last Day for Late Registration – 1/16/18
  • Exam Schedule 12/18/17 – 1/23/18
  • 2/19/18 – Training Class – Freedom High School
    7:30am - Registration
    8:00 am to 9:30 am – Awards and Rules Presentation
    10:00am to 12:00 pm – Field Work Live Action
    12:15 pm – Lunch


Preseason Classic Tournaments (Week 36) - February 26 - March 3
First Regular Season Playing Date (Week 37) – March 5
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 TBD
Regional tournament finals TBD
FHSAA Flag Football State Championships TBD


2017 Basketball Training, and General Meeting Dates

Basketball Training Dates:
Oviedo High School - 601 King St., Oviedo, FL - New Gymnasium.

  • Wed. Sept. 6
  • Mon. Sept. 11
  • Wed. Sept. 13
  • Mon. Sept. 18
  • Wed. Sept. 20
  • Mon. Sept. 25
  • Wed. Sept. 27
  • Mon. Oct. 2
  • Wed. Oct. 4
  • Mon. Oct. 9
  • Wed. Oct. 11
  • Mon. Oct. 16
  • Wed. Oct. 18
  • Mon. Oct. 23
  • Wed. Oct 25

All officials with one and two years of CFOA experience must attend. The classroom and court training is open to all veteran CFOA basketball officials wanting to improve rules knowledge and mechanics skills.

Annual Pre-season Meeting:

St. Mark AME Church – 1968 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, FL
Saturday, November 4
Registration – 8 – 9 AM.

Mandatory attendance at this meeting is required for all CFOA basketball officials. Meeting agenda will include rules and mechanics discussions, lunch and guest speaker.



Congratulations to Morris Middleton - 60 years of making the right calls!!

Morris Middleton


The CFOA  Football Uniform is as follows:

Black hat with White piping (Referee White Hat)
Black and White Referee shirt with a black collar and FHSAA patch on the pocket and American Flag on the left sleeve
All Black pants with a white stripe FHSAA patch on right pant leg
All black belt (leather)
Black Socks (Crew Socks - Mid Calf)
Black Shoes
Penalty Flag (1 or 2)
Black Bean Bag (if back judge blue and black bean bag)
Down Indicator
Game Card (score, Unsportsmanlike Penalties)
Coin (Referee)
Chain Clip (Linesman)
Watch (Back Judge, others optional)


The CFOA Basketball Uniform is as follows:

Gray shirt with black striping (FHSAA patch on left sleeve, American Flag on back, top center)
Black Pants (No belts or belt loops)
Black socks (crew length, mid-thigh)
Black shoes
Black CFOA Jacket (Purchase Officials Supplies, Inc.)

Basketball Uniform Tony, Frank & Kevin



What a weekend!

I just wanted to take a minute to say a big Thank You, to all that made our Mike Goodspeed / CFOA annual beach weekend event a huge success.

Once again we bridged the past with the present and are moving towards the future.

Mitch you and your Team planned and executed a lot of information and fun packed in 2 days.

Thanks again to you all:

  • Ray Chrastina
  • Jeff Deen
  • Jemal Taylor
  • Jerome Thompson
  • Kerry Jackson
  • Rodney Clevenger
  • Nick Peterson
  • AJ Thomas
  • Melvin Jones
  • Don Trawick
  • Al St. Pierre
  • Roland Taylor
  • Candy Powell
  • Sharon Goodspeed

Guest Speakers:

  • Scott Johnson, 1984 Gold Medal Gymnastics
  • Diane McNeil, Nutrition and Fitness

- Allen Cramer
President CFOA


Congratulations Chuck Bauman FHSAA Flag Football Official of the year

Chuck Bauman, flag football official


The Walker Family - We pass our condolences to Brinkley Walker and family on the passing of his daughter. Services for BreAnna Walker will be held Saturday, July 22 at St. Marks, 1968 Bruton Blvd., Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Your CFOA Family


Patricia Santcez's mother (Nancy Ortiz) passed away recently. The service will be held July 5, 2017 at 1:00pm at Community Funeral Home on 910 W. Michigan St., Orlando, Fl 32805. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.



As promised, we can now officially say that we have a new officials software program for the upcoming year. We are currently working through a number of tasks with the Arbiter right now to make sure everything is up and running by July when we plan to open registration for the 2017-2018 season. We will be posting dates for registration and test dates here soon.

For the officials announcement please click this link.

Jeremy Hernandez
Assistant Director of Officials FHSAA


CFOA Members,

In an effort to do business with members (whenever possible without a conflict) I am posting this to see IF any individuals would be interested:

Our CFOA; Commercial General Liability, and Director & Officers Liability Insurance are both due for renewal soon.

If you are interested in potentially submitting a bid please contact me prior to July 6, 2017 for further details.

My target date is to have all bids prior to our next BOD meeting July 19.

In your service,
Allen Cramer
President CFOA
Cell: 407.358.4245


FHSAA Boys State Finals

Gillespie & Tharpe volleyball officials at FHSAA state finals 2017

Officials Julius Tharpe and Sharon Gillespie worked the FHSAA Boys State Finals May 5, 2017.


CFOA Hall of Fame

The following individuals are the new inductees into the CFOA Hall of Fame!

  1. Rodney Clevenger - Basketball/Football
  2. Cecil Moore
  3. Kent Lowe - Basketball/Volleyball
  4. Mitch Fazzio - Football
  5. Andy and Candi Powell - Football
  6. Roy Ellison - Football
  7. Sharon Goodspeed - Everything

Congratulate them at the
CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet
May 13 at 6:00 pm
at the Kissimmee Bay Golf Club
2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee FL 34744

Reception starts at 6 PM followed by dinner and awards presentation.
CFOA members and invited guest are $20 per person.
Hall of Fame members and inductees are free.

Kissimmee Bay has offered CFOA members $15 for a 9-hole round of golf or $20 for a 18-hole round of golf that afternoon at either one of their courses.


2017 FHSAA Officials Summer Conference - Registration

Sent: April 19, 2017

Hello, FHSAA Association Officers:

The FHSAA is proud to announce that the 2017 Officials Summer Conference will be held in conjunction with the Pinellas Area Referees, in St. Petersburg! The clinic is open to all officials so we ask that you please send this out to the rest of your association.

The Annual Officials Summer Conference will take place on June 9-10, 2017 at John Hopkins Middle School Friday evening and for our Saturday sessions.  Conference registration is $35.00 per official/officer.  Your registration will include conference session information, a ticket for dinner at  the Tampa Bay Rays game, lunch, snacks and great information to take back to your association membership!

A tentative Agenda for the conference is available, please: click here.


To register for the conference, please click here.

John Hopkins Middle School
701 16th St. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Hotel Reservations are Available Now
Host Hotel: Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg Downtown
9405 5th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 821-0777

Studio King and Studio Double Room rates: $119 + applicable taxes - until rooms filled
Deadline for Hotel Reservations: May 12th
For reservations, please use the following link and enter the booking date of June 9th and the special discount will pop right up: Staybridge

The toll free reservations number is 855-914-2420 and you can ask for the FHSAA room block.

Reminder: 2017 Official of the Year and Rookie of the Year Nomination Forms are now being accepted until May 5th.
Official of the Year nomination form (PDF)
Official of the Year nomination form (DOCX)
Rookie of the Year nomination form (PDF)
Rookie of the Year nomination form (DOCX)

Please save the date and register! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeremy Hernandez.

Thank you, and we look forward to hopefully seeing you in St. Petersburg.

Jeremy Hernandez
Assistant Director of Officials
(352) 372-9551 x 300


April 18, 2017
The season is approaching quicker than you think. Now is the time to start getting into shape and preparing for the heat, from both Nature and the Coaches. There are several major rule changes this coming season that we need to make sure and all call consistently throughout the season. The new rule changes are listed on the FHSAA web page under Football and also on the NFHS web page as well. Please start reviewing these changes. A big part of our meetings at the Beach Weekend will focus on the rule changes and clarifying questions you may have.

CFOA/Mike Goodspeed Family & Friends Beach Weekend

The Beach Weekend is going to be held on August 4th & 5th 2017 at the:
DoubleTree Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel
2080 North Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Beach Weekend

To book your room simply click on the link below and it will take you the CFOA booking page. Book your room early before they are sold out. Last year several officials waited to the last minute and could not get a room. The CFOA room rate is $140 for a standard room.

Book Your Room

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


Annual Meeting

April 12, 2017

President's Memo

The CFOA Annual Meeting & Elections will be held:
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017.  
Time: The meeting will begin at 2:00pm.
Location: Kissimmee Bay Golf Club, 2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee FL 34744

As a special offer if you want to play a round before (as long as you make the meeting on time!) or maybe “9” after meeting, contact Golf Club direct and mention my name/CFOA they will book it at a discounted rate.

Please see the agenda, slate of candidates and discussion points listed below:


  • Welcome, Allen Cramer
  • Opening Prayer
  • CFOA Update, Allen Cramer
    • Membership
    • Game counts
    • Board Disclosures
    • Accomplishments / In Progress, Allen / VP’s
  • Constitution / Bylaw Discussion, Allen Cramer
  • Elections, Jemal Taylor
  • Budget / Vote, Jeff Deen
  • Open Discussion / Other business, Allen Cramer
  • Conclusion, Allen Cramer

Board Positions:


Election 2017: This meeting

Allen Cramer - President - Odd Year / Unopposed
Jeff Deen - Treasure -Odd Year /
Melvin Jones - Director at-Large Football - Odd Year / Unopposed
Chuck Pula - Director at Large Basketball - Odd Year / Unopposed
Sue Nadeau - Director at-Large VB - Odd Year / Unopposed
Jason Carroll - Director at-Large Flag FB - Odd Year / Unopposed

Allen Cramer - President - Odd Year / Unopposed

Jeff Deen - Treasurer - Odd Year / Vote Required
Pat Sanchez

Melvin Jones - Director at-Large Football - Odd Year / Unopposed

Jason Carroll - Director at-Large Flag FB - Odd Year / New Unopposed

Chuck Pula - Director at Large Basketball - Odd Year / Unopposed

Sue Nadeau - Director at-Large VB - Odd Year / Unopposed

In addition there is a need to appoint a VP of Basketball, if you are interested in this position and qualify according to our Bylaws/Constitution please send Roland and me an Email declaring your interest. This declaration must be received BEFORE May 1, 2017.

Election 2018: Next Year

Jemal Taylor - Commissione - Even Year
Roland Taylo - Secretar - Even Year
James Boyd - VP Basketball - Even Year
Elaine Dean - VP Volley Ball - Even Year
Kevin Bowersox - VP Flag Football - Even Year
Sandy Barnhill - Assignment Officer VB - Even Year
Don Trawick - Assignment Officer Football/Flag FB - Even Year
Kim Fessle - Assignment Officer Basketball - Even Year

Constitution/Bylaws Proposals:

Nothing at this time, if any information is sent for consideration we will notify as outlined in our Constitution/Bylaws.

Additional Information:
The Hall of Fame Banquet is:
Date: May 13th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Kissimmee Bay Golf Club, 2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee FL 34744
For specific questions regarding the banquet please contact Jemal Taylor

In your service,
Allen Cramer / Roland Taylor
President CFOA / Secretary CFOA


2017 Volleyball Training, Meeting & Tournament Dates Set

Volleyball Training Dates:

Trinity Prep • 5700 Trinity Prep Ln., Winter Park, Fl 32792
6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • 5/9/2017
  • 5/16/2017
  • 5/23/2017
  • 6/1/2017
  • 6/6/2017
  • 6/8/2017
  • 6/13/2017
  • 6/15/2017

Please Contract Sue or Sharon
Sue Nadeau • 407.716.7762 •
Sharon Gillespie • 321.443.4456 •

Volleyball Meeting  Dates

  • August 19, 2017 @ Trinity Prep (mandatory) Full Uniform
  • September 24, 2017 @ St James  5pm
  • October 15, 2017  @ St James 5pm


August 11-12,2017
Heritage Christian Pre-Season Tournament (ALL NEW OFFICIALS)
1500 E Vine St., Kissimmee, Fl  34744


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




To all members,
As requested by a member in the past (and as we did) last year I am sending out an interest reminder.
This email is to remind any individual that is interested in being on the ballot to become a CFOA Board Member you must declare in writing to Roland (our secretary) before April 1, 2017. This allows us the opportunity to properly prepare the ballots for the Annual meeting scheduled on May 7, 2017 (more details to follow).
In accordance with our approved Constitution and By-laws voted on last year at the annual meeting the following positions are being elected this year (odd year):
At Large Members (each sport)

As a reminder next year (even year) Vice President (each sport), Assignment Officer (each sport) Commissioner, and Secretary will be voted on accordingly.
Again if you are interested in one of the positions in bold above please notify Roland in writing by April 1, 2017.
In your service,

Allen Cramer
President CFOA



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


I have just received the below information from FHSAA, please read and respond/register accordingly.

Allen Cramer

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:17 PM
------- Forwarded message ------

Good Afternoon,

Please get this information out to your officials. Those officials who have yet to register for a spring sport can go to the official’s page to get registration information ( As of today, we are approximately 1,000 officials short of our average. The deadline is coming up in February. We have had numerous officials tell us they are waiting for the new online system. Please note that the new online system will not be ready prior to the registration deadline. We are planning on having the system ready by June.

Justin Harrison
Associate Executive Director for Athletic Services
(352) 372-9551 x 180


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coolerIf you have an interesting article for "Around the Cooler" section on the home page, contact Jeff Deen.


Executive Board


  • Vice President - Football Mitch Fazzio - 407-756-8323
  • Assignment Officer - Football Don Trawick - 407-830-8835
  • At Large Director - Football Melvin Jones - 407-914-7158


  • Vice President - Basketball Horace Cannady - 407-614-5516 (Home) • 407-340-0066 (Cellular)
  • Assignment Officer - Basketball Kim Fessler - 407-252-3992
  • At Large Director - Basketball Chuck Pula - 407-913-9865


  • Vice President - Flag Football Kevin Bowersox - 407-620-0814
  • Assignment Officer - Flag Football Don Trawick - 407-830-8835
  • At Large Director - Flag FootballJason Carroll - 321-624-6170


  • Vice President - Volleyball Elaine Dean - 407-492-2110
  • Assignment Officer - Volleyball Sandy Barnhill - 407-341-2849
  • At Large Director - Volleyball Sue Nadeau - 407-716-7762

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