CFOA News & Announcements

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News Highlights - 2018

CFOA members,
Nominations are open for 2018 Hall of Fame induction. Visit the Hall of Fame home page for eligibility requirements.
Please submit your nominations to  Nominations will close Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11:59PM


Rutledge's Rules and Basic Officiating Terms have been posted to the Basketball Page.


911 Service Celebration

The following photo is from the 911 Service Celebration at Minneola High School. Tom Hopkins and Karen Seifer are the officials.

911 service celebration volleyball


At Large Director - Football

Good morning,
I received the below listed email Sunday afternoon 9/9/2018 just prior to our scheduled Board of Directors meeting:

Due to personal reasons I am resigning my position as football at Large.
Due to the timing of my resignation and to give our Vice President the assistance he needs, I am asking the previous at large member (Tom Brit) to step in until election time. (With your approval)
Thanks for letting me serve!
Melvin Jones

As the President it is my responsibility to ensure our association continues our business with minimal interruptions, therefore:
It is with regret that we must replace Melvin, however it is understandable. In reviewing the situation and the need; being mid-season, football in full swing and Tom’s past experience as a;  past member at large, his dedication to training, recommendation, evaluation  and overall CFOA involvement and the need to fill the role as quick as possible with an experienced individual I concurred with Melvin and his recommendation.  After discussion in the BOD meeting I appointed Tom Britt, the Board of Directors then approved that appointment.
Again we wish Melvin the best and Thank him for his service.
We also congratulate and appreciate Tom’s willingness (and his experience) in accepting the appointment.
As an association please join me in wishing both individuals the best in support and understanding.
In your service,
Allen Cramer
President CFOA


Just a note to say Thanks to:

Mitch and Team that put together a Fun, and Informative weekend (with good food too).
The check-in was smooth and Arbiter assistance was great.
The Clinicians were on spot with the rules, philosophy and stayed on time!
The videos that generated discussions, opinions (some controversy) but again served the purpose of “philosophy clarification” and to emphasize “IF” you call it, know how to explain it!
The quick Treasurer report to say we are on the right track.
The recognition awards (although a bit delayed) still important to identify and deliver.
The members who came  / shared / and participated to move us all in a more positive direction.
And now the Clinic weekend is here, all the time and (hopefully getting in shape) gets put to use. Good Luck and see you at the field(s)
A special Thanks for singing Happy Birthday to my mom (she loved it)
Again Thank You.
In your service,
Allen Cramer
President CFOA


Charles Pollard

Our thoughts and prayers are with Prince Pollard and family as his brother Charles passed away. The viewing is: Thursday, July 19 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Zander Funeral Home in Apopka. 

Funeral to follow Friday, July 20 at 11:00am at First John Holiness Church in Apopka.

Lee McElroy

Wake/Visitation for Lee McElroy will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 from 4PM – 6PM at the Mitchell Funeral Home located at 501 Fairvilla Rd. Orlando, Fl. 32805

The funeral service for Lee will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 11:00am, at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 1000 Bethune Dr., Orlando 32805.


CFOA Basketball Training Classes

Training Classes for the 2018-19 basketball schedule are starting September 5 and ending October 15. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at Oveido High School, 601 King St, Oviedo, FL 32765.

Classes will include rules knowledge as well as on-court training and film review. This class is mandatory for all new and transfer officials with less than 3 years officiating experience. 

The cost for the Training Class is $25 for non-CFOA members. 

To register, please email Tim Bateman at and Carlos Childress at

FHSAA Basketball Rule Exam dates 9/28 - 11/9, 2018

50 true - false questions. No time limit. No make up exams. NFHS exams. You can save and exit as many times as necessary. Once you click the SUBMIT button you are done. No going back or additional attempts. Learn the rules, take your time, and read carefully. Do not wait until the last day. Your score is important to the FHSAA and CFOA.


CFOA - Start of the New Season - FHSAA Registration Information - Test Dates

Due to a very tight schedule, if you have the qualifications for being placed as a member of the Football Playoff crew, do not delay in taking your exam. Please take it within the first week of it being available.

Officials Registration Set to Open July 16th, 2018

The FHSAA is set to begin accepting registrations for the 2018-19 season starting July 16th. Registration will take place by clicking the  "Registration" tab at Any questions about registration can be emailed to  
Want to become an official?  Visit today for step-by-step instructions on how to get started. You will also find a directory there were you can search by county and by sport to find a local officials association in your area.

2018-19 Registration Deadlines



Initial Deadline

Last day to register
(Late fee goes into effect after this date)



















2/22 (FFB only)

2018-19 Exam Schedule

  • Rules exams have no time limit
  • No make-up exam offered.
  • Exams are created and written by the NFHS.
  • Officials can save and exit the exam as many times as necessary. Once the “submit exam” button is clicked your test will be graded and your one (1) attempt is completed.
  • Exams that are incomplete once the deadline passes will be graded as is.


50 questions


8/10 – 9/21


9/28 – 11/9





*These dates are subject to change.


2018 Volleyball Training Dates:

5/1 & 5/3 classroom
5/8 & 5/10 Court session
5/15 & 5/17
5/22 & 5/24
5/29 & 5/31
6-8 pm @ Trinity Prep; 5700 Trinity Prep Ln., Winter Park, Fl 3279
6/5 & 6/7 Classroom wrap up

Registration fee for New Officials $20.00. Deadline for registration is 4/23/2018.

2018 Volleyball Meeting Dates:

Preseason Heritage Christian Tournament and Meeting; 1500 E Vine St., Kissimmee FL 34744
Friday, August 17, 2018; 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018; 8:30am - 5:00pm

Sunday—September 23,2018 5pm @ St James Cathedral School
505 East Ridgewood St., Orlando, Fl

Sunday—October 14,2018. 5pm. @ St James Cathedral School
505 East Ridgewood St., Orlando, Fl

Elaine Dean
VP Volleyball


Thais Dejesus

Thais Dejesus was nominated by the CFOA and was named Rookie of the Year by the FHSAA. The CFOA is proud to have her as one of our officials.


Our Sympathies


Robert and Judy Rogers' son-in-law, John Moran, went to be with the Lord after a long battle of ALS. He is survived by his wife Trena Moran (former CFOA Basketball Referee), daughter Torie and son Jacob. Memorial will be held at First Orlando in the Henry Chapel on May 5 at 2pm.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moran families.

Posted: 4-17-18

Our Sympathies

In Our Prayers

The CFOA family is saddened to learn of the passing of John Cuprill, son of Juan Cuprill, a member of CFOA, after being involved in an auto accident.

Viewing services for John Cuprill will be held on Thursday, April 19th and Friday, April 20th from 5pm to 8pm at Newcomer, 335 East State Road 434, Longwood, FL 32750. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 am at Nativity Catholic Church, 3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, Fl 32750. The funeral will be followed by the burial at Greenwood Cemetery, 1603 Greenwood Street, Orlando, FL 32801.

Please keep Juan's family in your prayers.

Congratulations to our 2017 Central Florida Officials Associations Hall of Fame inductees!

  1. Bob Blair Jr.
  2. Mitch Kinney
  3. Wally Hough
  4. Rudy Tapia
  5. Kim Fessler

Please join us and welcome this years' Hall of Fame class

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Where: Marriott - 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746
Time: Reception - noon │ Lunch 1:00pm │ Awards presentation
Attire: Business Casual (no shorts, tank tops, or t-shirts)
Tickets: Hall of Fame Members and Inductees - Free
CFOA members and invited guest are $25 per person


CFOA Football New Officials Training Classes 2018

The CFOA New Officials Training Classes will be held at Lake Highland Prep School.

Lake Highland Preparatory School
901 N. Lake Highland Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

The Classes will start Monday, June 4th and meet each Monday and Thursday through July from 6 – 8 pm. We will utilize both Classroom Rules study and On-Field Mechanics training. The class is open to new, transfer and CFOA members with 1 to 3 years of football experience. Please wear or bring workout clothing for each class. Remember we are on a high school campus so wear appropriate clothing; shirt, shorts & shoes. You will be required to have the following equipment for the class; Officials Hat (black with white stripes), Lanyard (black) & Black Fox 40 Whistle, Flag with black ball on the end, Black Bean Bag and Down Counter. You will able to order this from Fred from Purchase Officials will know what you need. We will give you additional information at the classes as to uniform requirements and other information about registration. Do not try and register with the FHSAA at this time.

If you have question you can contact me at or call 407-756-8323.

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


Mark Your Calendars! Football Dates 2018

May 15th - 18th - Spring Games - 1" shirts full uniform
May 19th - CFOA Hall of Fame Lunch, Lake Mary Marriott Hotel
May 20th - CFOA Annual Meeting - Lake Highland Prep.
June 4th -  August 2nd - New Officials Training Classes. Location TBD. Monday and Thursday Classes
August 3rd & 4th - CFOA/Mike Goodspeed Beach Weekend - Hilton Cocoa Beach Hotel
August 11th - CFOA/FHSAA Field Clinic. Site and times TBD. Full uniform with 2" shirts
August 15th - 18th - Classic Games. Full Uniform with 2" Shirts
August 22nd - First Regular Season Playing Date
November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - Playoff Dates
December 6th, 7th & 8th - Championship Games - Camping World Stadium, Orlando

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


Hello Fellow Officials,

It’s that time of the year to celebrate and recognize those members of the CFOA and community that have demonstrated the highest standards of ethical conduct; moral character; professionalism in the community; service and leadership to our association.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun, laughter, camaraderie and food at the ….

Central Florida Officials Association
2018 Hall of Fame Banquet

Hall of Fame

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Where: Marriott - 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746
Time: Reception - Noon | Lunch 1:00pm | Awards Presentation
Attire: Business Casual (no shorts, tank tops or t-shirts)
Tickets: Hall of Fame Members and Inductees - Free | CFOA members and invited guests are $25 per person

RSVP by Saturday, May 12, 2018 so we may obtain an accurate count for the luncheon.

Jemal A. Taylor, Commissioner CFOA


April 13, 2018

President's Memo

The CFOA Annual Meeting & Elections will be held:
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Time: The meeting will begin at 2:00pm.
Location: Lake Highland Prep, 901 Highland Avenue, Orlando FL 32803

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
  • Budget / Vote - Jeff Deen
  • Elections - Jemal Taylor
  • Open Discussion / Other business - Allen Cramer
  • Conclusion - Allen Cramer

Board Positions:

Election 2018: This meeting

Jemal Taylor Commissioner Even Year / Unopposed
Roland Taylor Secretary  Even Year / Unopposed
Mitch Fazzio
Anthony Moore
Vice President Even Year / Vote
Don Trawick
Chuck Bauman
Assignment Officer Even Year / Vote
Kevin Bowersox Vice President Flag Even Year / Unopposed
Don Trawick 
Chuck Bauman
Assignment Officer Flag Even Year / Vote
Carl Blair
Carlos Childress
Vice President Even Year / Vote
Kim Fessler
Xiomara Cruz
Assignment Officer Even Year / Vote
Elaine Dean Vice President Even Year / Unopposed
Sandy Barnhill Assignment Officer Even Year / Unopposed

Constitution/Bylaws Proposals:

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

Election 2019: Next Year
President / Treasurer / At Large Members

Additional Information:

The Hall of Fame Banquet is:
Date: May 19th
Time: 12:00-3:00 pm
Jemal will be sending an email and posting more details soon.
For specific questions regarding the banquet please contact Jemal Taylor

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


Hall of Fame


  • A past or present member demonstrating the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, moral character, and professionalism in the community for past members and possibly having continuously performed distinguished service and leadership to the association, for current members in the Central Florida Officials Association.
  • In addition to years served nominee must have made a worthy physical and/or mental contribution to the Central Florida Officials Association during his time of membership. Longevity without significant contribution or achievements does not constitute credentials for consideration.
  • Nominee may be living or a deceased member.
  • Nominee must have served as a Central Florida Official Association Board Member, Officer, functioning committee post or directorship or some position of service such as Rules interpreter, or Sergeant at Arms, for example. Distinguished contributions by any member should be considered as eligible. The board category could be a point in a nominees favor if a tie vote is involved.
  • Nominee must have been a Central Florida Official Association member for a minimum of twenty (20) years. Consideration will be given for extenuating circumstances.
    1. Non-Official nominees will be selected from individuals (i.e., Coaches, Athletic Directors, Principals, and Media) who have contributed to the Central Florida Officials Association.
    2. Nominees should be considered based on their position and responsibility in the community as well as the effect that their service or contribution had on the improvement or development of goals and standards within the Central Florida Officials Association.
  • Nominations for inductee’s must be submitted by:
    1. A Central Florida Official Association Member, past or present, in good standing with the association.
    2. The Hall of Fame Committee.

Please include:
1. Name
2. Sport(s)
3. Nominee years of services
4. How has the nominee impacted the Central Florida Officials Association
5. Describe how the nominee has made lasting contributions to his or her sport

Please submit your nominations to
Nominations will close Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:59PM


SympathiesOur Sympathies

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of our brother official, Herb Huddleston.

Herb Huddleston Obituary:

Herb Huddleston, 66, died peacefully at home in Orlando on Easter Sunday April 1st at the end of his journey with cancer. Herb is survived by two children son Jason Huddleston his wife Shannon Huddleston and granddaughter Aubrey of Port. St. John FL.; daughter Alex Johnston and her husband Jacob Johnston of Lynchburg Va.; his brother John Huddleston of Melbourne FL; along with many dear friends.

Born Dec. 6, 1951 Herb grew up just outside Buffalo NY in North Tonawanda. He graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1969. Herb was a lifelong fan of music the outdoors and cooking. He discovered his love of music at an early age and when he was old enough he attended rock 'n' roll shows at Melody Fair Theater of North Tonawanda where he volunteered to help the lighting expert work spotlights for concerts. Herb moved to Central Florida from California in the 1970s where he began making his mark as a swim coach. Herb was the aquatics coach for OMAC which later became GOAC then the Justus Dolfins. He was also the aquatics director at the Orlando Recreation Department. Several of his swimmers were zone champions in the 1980s a heyday for amateur swimming in the state.

After a successful coaching tenure Herb spent the next era of his career at the Orlando Sentinel as a process analyst in the circulation department. His forte was SQL databases. Managers and co-workers were amazed by his ability to work with numbers both on a spreadsheet and in his head. He earned a number of SQL Power BI Microsoft and SharePoint certifications and licenses as his career grew and technologies changed and progressed. His work helped shape many facets of automation at the paper. During his time at The Orlando Sentinel Herb gave back to area youth sports as a basketball referee for AAU middle school and high school games.

Herb Huddleston Outside of work Herb spent every spare moment at the Plaza Live or House of Blues for a live show, fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon or watching the Buffalo Bills on the big screen. In fact, after his cancer diagnosis he and his daughter, son-in-law and best friend traveled to Buffalo to see the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field. In January Herb went to Jacksonville to see Buffalo play in its first playoff game in 17 years. In Florida Herb found it easy to feed his hunger for the outdoors. He took his family and close friends on many fishing and kayak adventures patiently coaching them as they cast their lines and untangling them when things went awry. He successfully fished the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

For Herb every day was a new adventure. He was most proud of his children his accomplished career and usually being "the oldest guy at a rock show". His fervor for life will be missed and admired by all who knew him. There will be a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, P.O. Box 11010, Tallahassee FL 32302.



Our Sympathies


CFOA members thoughts and prayers are with VanAllen Berry a long time CFOA official as his mother recently passed away. Our thoughts / prayers are with you and your family. Posted: 3-29-18


2018 Volleyball Training Dates:

5/1 & 5/3 classroom
5/8 & 5/10 Court session
5/15 & 5/17
5/22 & 5/24
5/29 & 5/31

6-8 pm @ Trinity Prep
5700 Trinity Prep Ln., Winter Park, Fl 3279

6/5 & 6/7 Classroom wrap up

Registration fee for New Officials $20.00. Deadline for registration is 4/23/2018.

2018 Volleyball Meeting Dates:

Saturday—August 18,2018 8:00 @ Trinity Prep
5700 Trinity Prep Ln., Winter Park, Fl 3279

Sunday—September 23,2018 5pm @ St James Cathedral School
505 East Ridgewood St., Orlando, Fl

Sunday—October 14,2018. 5pm. @ St James Cathedral School
505 East Ridgewood St., Orlando, Fl

Elaine Dean
VP Volleyball



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, 2018. This allows us the opportunity to properly prepare the ballots for the Annual meeting scheduled TENTATIVELY on May 20, 2018 (more details to follow).

In accordance with our approved Constitution and By-laws voted on 2 years ago at the annual meeting the following positions are being elected this year (even year):

  • Commissioner
  • Vice Presidents
  • Assignment (Booking) Officers
  • Secretary

As a reminder next year (Odd year) President, Treasurer, At Large Member (each sport) 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, 2018.

In your service,
Allen Cramer
President CFOA


February 21, 2018


This email is to inform all our officials’ associations that the FHSAA has approved Broward County Schools to wear a memorial patch for the duration of the 2017-2018 season as well as for the 2018-2019 season.

Jeremy Hernandez
Assistant Director of Officials


January 15, 2018

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, 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, 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


Our Sympathies


Diondre Campbell's father passed away this morning, January 6, 2018. The CFOA family offers its sympathy and prayers for the family during their loss.



Previously Posted News & Announcements...

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News Posts

Contact your sport's Vice President listed below to have a news story posted to the CFOA web site.


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 Tom Britt - 407-421-6724


  • Vice President - Basketball Carlos Childress - 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 Football Jason 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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