CFOA News & Announcements

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News Highlights - 2017

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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN APRIL 18 - MAY 19

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

Group:
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
FHSAA
(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

Thanks,
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:

Agenda:

  • 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:

GENERAL LEADERSHIP

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

PRESIDENT
Allen Cramer - President - Odd Year / Unopposed

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL
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 • panda642@juno.com
Sharon Gillespie • 321.443.4456 • sgillespie@cfl.rr.com

Volleyball Meeting  Dates

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

Tournament

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)

Thanks,
Kevin Bowersox

 

 

3/1/2017

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):
President
Treasurer
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!

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.

Thanks,
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 (www.fhsaa.org/sports/officials). 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.

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

 

Dear CFOA Flag Football Officials,

If you have not yet registered for Flag Football with the state and CFOA please do so as soon as possible. The deadline to register for flag football is 2/27/17. We will have a meeting at St. Cloud High School on Saturday, March 4th @ 9:00am. The schedule for this date is 9:00am - 10:00am classroom session, working scrimmages 10:30am to 11:30am JV game, 11:30 to 12:30pm Varsity game with lunch being served immediately following the scrimmages at 12:45pm.

There is NO Flag Football rules test for this season. All NEW members will be required to come to the meeting in order to be evaluated by our veteran Flag Football officials. IF you need/want your books before the meeting on Saturday, March 4th, you can contact Roland Taylor 407-855-3035 (Home) 407-701-0563 (Cellular).

After talking to several associations, we have determined that they have an officials dress code for flag football. This year everyone will be required to wear the SAME uniform as it looks more professional.

http://www.honigs.com/
http://honigs.com/sport/football/knickers-shorts.html

The uniform WILL BE as follows:

  • collared black and white referee shirt
  • black coaches shorts (Honig's has them)
  • black and white piped football hat
  • black socks
  • black belt (Honig's has this)
  • mostly black shoes/cleats
  • penalty flag (1 or 2)
  • black bean bag
  • two different color discs or cones (orange - offense, yellow - defense)
  • game card (score, unsportsmanlike penalties)

Important Dates
Preseason classic tournaments (Week 36) – March 6-11
First regular season playing date (Week 38) – March 13
Last district playing date (Week 43) – April 22
State entry list due (Week 44) – April 24
Last regular season playing date (Week 44) – April 29

2017 Florida High School Flag Football State Championships

District Tournaments
When: Monday, May 1 - Thursday, May 4, 2017
Regional Tournaments
When:

  • Regional tournament semifinals on Friday, May 12, 2017
  • Regional tournament finals on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Florida High School Flag Football State Championships
When: Friday, May 19 - Saturday, May 20, 2017
Where: TBD
Schedule:
Friday, May 19:

  • Semifinals
    • TBA

Saturday, May 20:

  • 1A/2A State Championships
    • TBA

Thank you,
Kevin Bowersox
CFOA Flag Football Vice - President

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

2017 FHSAA Playoff Crews

GIRLS  
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

 

BOYS  
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

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

Thanks,
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 (www.fhsaa.org/sports/officials). 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.

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

 

FHSAA Important Dates for Registration and Test Dates for 2016-17

BA=baseball; BB=basketball; FB=football; FFB=flag football; LC=lacrosse; SB=softball; SC=soccer; SW=swimming & diving; TR=track & field; VB=volleyball; WP=water polo; WR=wrestling

2016-17 Registration Deadlines

 

Season

 

Sports

Initial Deadline

Last Date
to Register

FALL

VB, SW
FB

8/18
8/18

9/8
9/10

WINTER

SC, WR
BB

9/30
9/30

11/10
11/16

SPRING

SB
BA
LX, TR, WP, FFB

1/3
1/3
1/3

2/22
2/22
2/27

 

2016-17 Rules Exam Schedule

Sport

Exam
75 minutes
50 questions

Make-up Exam
75 minutes
50 questions

VB, SW
FB

8/08 – 8/17
8/17 – 8/26

9/02 – 9/8
9/04 – 9/10

SC
BB, WR

10/11 – 10/20
10/24 – 11/02

11/04 – 11/10
11/10 – 11/16

SB
BA
LX, TR, WP, FFB

1/11 – 1/20
1/21 – 2/01
2/06 – 2/15

2/16 – 2/22
2/16 – 2/22
2/21 – 2/27

Previously Posted News & Announcements...

For older posts, visit the News Archive...

 

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

FOOTBALL:

  • 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

BASKETBALL:

  • 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

FLAG FOOTBALL:

  • 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

VOLLEYBALL:

  • 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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