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Please keep Torin Turner in your thoughts and prayers as he fell, injured his head and is not doing well. We have no further details at this time (11-3-16).


2016-17 Basketball Rule and Case Books

FHSAA - CFOA registered Basketball Officials may pick up their new books and cards at the following locations on these dates:

  • Mon. Sept. 26 at Lake Highland Prep cafeteria from 6 to 9 PM
  • Wed. Sept. 28 at the Jewish Community Center gym (Maitland) from 6 to 9 PM
  • Sat. Oct. 1 at Lake Highland Prep gym from 2 to 6 PM
  • Mon. Oct. 3 at Lake Highland Prep gym or cafeteria from 6 to 9 PM
  • Wed. Oct. 5 at the Jewish Community Center gym (Maitland) from 6 to 9 PM
  • Sat. Oct. 8 at Lake Highland Prep gym from 8 AM to 12 noon
  • Mon. Oct. 10 at Lake Highland Prep gym or cafeteria from 6 to 9 PM

P.S.  Locate and use your 2015 - 2017 Basketball Officials Book.


In Memory of James Andrew Powell III
May 11, 1955 - October 5, 2016

Andy Powell, 61 of Winter Garden, FL passed away on October 5, 2016. He was born in Winter Garden, FL and was a lifelong West Orange county resident. Andy retired as an accountant and was a member of the Central Florida Officials Association for 30 years. The joy of his life was his family and he especially enjoyed spending time with Preston. Andy is survived by his beloved wife, Candi; his children: Nicole (Greg) Traub, Ashley (Westin) Westmoreland and Drew (Bess) Powell; his sisters, Pam (Bob) Bowen and Judy Powell; his grandson Preston Westmoreland and by three nephews and one niece.

A Celebration of Andy's Life will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 noon at Real Life Church Building A, 1501 Steves Road, Clermont, FL 34711.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Andy's name to the American Heart Association or to Real Life Church in Clermont, FL. Messages may be left in Andy's guest book for the family at

Andy Powell

Kent Lowe

An honor for one of our own:

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2016 CFOA Basketball Training Class Dates

CFOA basketball training classes will be starting Wednesday 9/7/2016, however, this will be the ONLY Wednesday class. After that class will be held on Mondays 6pm-9pm starting 9/12 and Saturdays 8am-12pm beginning 9/24. All classes will be held at Lake Highland Prep main campus. Classes will continue every Monday and Saturday through October 19th.

The cost of the class is $50. The goal is to have all classroom the same and then have beginners on-court training (2-person) and 3-person on-court training for officials with 3-5 years experience looking to improve their varsity schedule.

Wednesday 9/7/16 class will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Monday class on 9/12 ONLY will be held at:
Winter Park Community Center
721 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Monday classes (after 9/12) and Saturday classes starting 9/24 will be held at:
Lake Highland Preparatory School
901 Highland Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803


2016 CFOA Veterans Basketball Class

For those of you who would like to improve your varsity schedule, or if you simply can use a refresher in 3-person mechanics and coverage, this class is for you. A new special pre-season class furthering your preparation, training, education and experience with 3-official crews only is being offered for CFOA basketball veterans with 3 - 5+ years experience.

  • Wed. Sept. 7,  6 - 9 PM • Lake Highland Prep cafeteria - Registration, Introduction, Basketball Information
  • Mon. Sept. 12, 6 - 9 PM • Winter Park Community Center (721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789) - Registration, Introduction, Basketball Information
  • Wed. Sept. 14, 6 - 9:30 PM • JCC (Jewish Community Center) Maitland - on court High School age games
  • Wed. Sept. 21, 6 - 9:30 PM • JCC (Jewish Community Center) Maitland - on court High School age games
  • Wed. Sept. 28, 6 - 9:30 PM • JCC (Jewish Community Center) Maitland - on court High School age games

Veteran CFOA officials who are familiar with 3-official crew mechanics and evaluation will be present at the games to provide feedback you may need to improve your game. Officials who wish may also attend ALL beginners and transfers classes and games at Lake Highland Prep (Mon. 6 - 9 PM and Sat. 8 AM - 12 PM). Last years class had the opportunity to referee many local High School teams that went to the FHSAA State Tournament.

Cost for the CFOA Veterans Class is only $25. Call Chuck Pula at 386-333-9393 with questions and let him know if you would like to attend.


FHSAA seeks to fill the position of Assistant Director of Officials Programs.

The FHSAA is currently accepting résumés for those interested in filling the vacancy of Assistant Director of Officials Programs. The job description and how to apply is located in the document linked here. Application deadline is 5 p.m., July 20, 2016. Start date is August 15, 2016, or as soon as possible after that date.

Please share this information with your member officials.

How to Apply:  Send completed cover letter and resume to Linda Robertson, Associate Executive Director for Business Services, or mail to her attention at FHSAA, 1801 NW 80th Blvd., Gainesville, FL  32606-9176.  Application deadline is 5pm, July 20, 2016.

Thank you,


Kent Lowe

It is with great sadness that I send this note to everyone. Kent Lowe a Volleyball and Basketball Official was involved in a landscaping accident and was taken from us this weekend. He will be remembered as a great partner and a gentleman. Please keep Kent and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Service information:
Friday, May 20, 2016 viewing at 10:00am Service at 11:00am
LDS Stake Center, 3001 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando FL, 32835
Landmark: across from the Temple

More information about Kent can also be found on FHSAA's website and in his obituary.


Alexander Marsh

The CFOA family is saddened by the passing of one of its own. Alexander Marsh passed away May 5. He was a 2013 CFOA Hall of Fame Inductee. There will be a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, on Monday, May 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am. A memorial service will follow at 1:00pm @ First Baptist Orlando-Henry Chapel, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. Our thoughts go out to Alex's family.

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April 26, 2016

President's Memo

The CFOA Annual Meeting & Elections will be held at Lyman High School Media Center on Sunday, May 22nd. The meeting will begin at 2:00pm.

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 / By Law Discussion - Allen Cramer
  • Elections - Cary Fields
  • Budget / Vote - Jeff Deen
  • Open Discussion - Allen Cramer
  • Conclusion - Allen Cramer

Board Positions:


Allen Cramer President Unopposed
Jemal Taylor Commissioner Unopposed
Roland Taylor Secretary Unopposed
Jeff Deen Treasurer Unopposed
James Boyd VP Basketball Unopposed
Elaine Dean VP Volleyball Unopposed
Kevin Bowersox VP Flag Football Unopposed
Sandy Barnhill Assignment Officer VB Unopposed
Don Trawick Assignment Officer Flag FB Unopposed
Melvin Jones Director At-Large Football Unopposed
Chuck Pula Director at Large Basketball Unopposed
Sue Nadeau Director At-Large VB Unopposed
Erskine Callaway Director At-Large Flag FB Unopposed



Mitch Fazzio Vice President
Brett Dunn Vice President
Don Trawick Assignment Officer
Chuck Bauman Assignment Officer
Scott Olchowik Assignment Officer



No Votes all unopposed



Kim Fessler Assignment Officer
Xiomara Cruz Assignment Officer



No Votes all unopposed


Constitution/Bylaws Proposals:

Constitution: Article VII – Officers

Section 4. The officers shall be elected by majority vote of the members voting at the respective annual meeting. The Vice President and Assignment Officer for each sport shall be elected by those members, in good standing the previous year, who officiate or work in an official capacity in that particular sport. All votes shall be by secret ballot.
Proposal: President, Treasurer, and At Large positions elected odd years Vice Presidents, Assignment Officers, Secretary, and Commissioner even years. (Basic rationale is to keep a percentage of consistency from year to year, more information to be discussed at meeting)


B. No Term Limits for Office of the Vice-President.
Proposal: Term of office for the Vice-President of each sport shall be limited to a maximum of four (4) consecutive one-year terms. After a one (1) year interval out of a Vice-President office, an individual may again seek election to one of the Vice-President positions.

C. No Term Limits for office of the President.
Proposal: Term of office for the President shall be limited to a maximum of five (5) consecutive one-year terms. After a one (1) year interval out of the President office, an individual may again seek election to the President position.

In your service,

Allen Cramer / Roland Taylor
President CFOA / Secretary CFOA


Horace Cannady long term member of CFOA is currently in Lake Bennett Health & Rehabilitation in Ocoee. He had a knee replacement, is in rehab and waiting updates from his Doctor. Hopefully will be going home soon.

Please have thoughts and prayers for him as he recovers.


To all members,

It has been a busy year for all sports and I am pleased to say the overall satisfaction temperature gauge states that it has been a positive year too. Thank you all for representing our association well. Yes we had a few challenges but I believe your BOD addressed the needs quickly, fairly and efficiently.

As agreed upon last year I am sending this email on or before March 1, as a REMINDER that any member interested in being a candidate for a CFOA Board of Director position must declare in writing their interest / position by April 1. The email should be sent to Carey Fields and Roland Taylor so that eligibility can be confirmed before placing your name on the ballot to be voted on at the Annual Meeting.

We are planning our Annual meeting: (Please block the date and plan on attending)
Date: May 22, 2016
Location: TBD, to follow in separate Email and be posted on web-site end of April.
Time: 2:00pm
Agenda: to follow in separate Email and be posted on web-site end of April.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact Roland or me by phone or email.

Thanks again for all you do as a member of the best association in the state!

Allen Cramer
President CFOA


CFOA Flag Football 2016 Playoff Crews:

Crew 1:
R- Brent Haskill
LJ- Lou Prano
FJ- Jason Carroll
BJ- Erskine Callaway

Crew 2:
R- Kevin Bowersox
LJ- Jeff Pon
FJ- Chuck Baumann
BJ- Kerry Jackson

Crew 3:
R- Tim Crim
LJ- Mike Gothelf
FL- Travis Williams
BJ- Reggie Forbes

Crew 4:
R- Jonathan McNamara
LJ- Amanda Hall
FJ- Fred Smart
BJ- Nate Wills

Crew 5:
R- Brandon Schwab
LJ- Greg Vanatta
FJ- Melvin Jones
BJ- Henry Hamm

To all members,

I wanted to inform everyone with Gary’s resignation 2/23 and our BOD meeting 2 days later 2/25.  I made a recommendation (appointment, pending acceptance of the offer) to the BOD that Cary Fields fill the vacancy and also be the Nomination Person to lead the upcoming elections. We had a verbal confirmation and after Carey agreed on 2/29 (if ratified by the BOD)  I sent a written communication on 3/1 to the BOD to confirm their votes. It was unanimous and I am pleased to announce that Cary is confirmed.

Thank you Cary for jumping back in to assist and to the BOD for responding so quickly to keep us moving.

Allen Cramer
President CFOA



Dear Official Association Officers:

Are you familiar with a school that exemplifies “Sportsmanship?”  If so, please click on the link below to nominate them for the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award! Each section winner will receive $500 and 8 overall winners will be selected and will be given an additional $2,500. 

Therefore, please nominate any well deserving school and give them a chance to win $3,000 for their athletic program!  Please share with your member officials.  All nominations are due by March 25, 2016.


Flag Football Recruits!


Flag Football Clinic will be held on February 27th, 2016 @ Apopka High School
Sign Up Early Online and Save (see below)
Registration: 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom Session: Rules Presentation, Questions, ect. 9:45am - 11:30am
Lunch (provided): 11:45am - 1:15pm
Field work: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Dismiss: 3:45pm
CFOA members will meet at 4:00pm - 4:15pm for a final word and awards

Register Early and Save!

Central Florida Officials Association
Date: February 27th, 2016
When: Saturday 8a.m. - 5:30p.m.
Application Deadline: Feb. 14th, 2016
Site: Apopka High School
Phone: (407) 620-0814
Contact Name: Kevin Bowersox
Sport(s): Flag Football
Counties: Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, Volusia County
Clinicians: Jason Carroll, Erskine Callaway, Melvin Jones, Kerry Jackson
Special Highlights:

  • Classroom Instruction (Rules Changes)
  • Live Field Work
  • Lunch Provided, Special Gift

Pre-registration is available online at:


Masked Saint

Now Showing!

‘The Masked Saint’ is a movie about a vigilante pastor/wrestler. The inspirational drama is based on the true story of former pro-wrestler Chris Whaley....member of CFOA. The movie is now playing in select theaters. It was entered in the International Christian Film Festival and nominated for four awards: Best Feature Film; Best Director; Best Actor; and Best Musical Score.

More information about the movie can be found on Facebook or watch the trailer at


Dick Pace

Dick PaceRichard "Dick" Pace, passed away on the 6th of January after an extended illness at the age of 87. Service was held at Asbury Methodist Church at 12:00pm on Friday, January 29th. There was a lunch following the service which allowed for the many Dick Pace stories. To read more about Dick, please see his Hall of Fame Wall, inducted 2008.


Flag Football Meeting

We are going have a meeting on Sunday, January 31st, 1:30pm - 3:00pm - UCF Rec and Wellness Center. Park in the parking garage across the street. Rule books will be handed out, ref pay/arbiter will also be discussed, so officials understand how they will be paid and how to view their schedules.


Girls Flag Football Key dates 2016

Deadline for registration: 1/3/16

Last day for late registration: 2/25/16

State Clinic Possible date: 2/27/16 Apopka High School

Online Rules Exam: Feb. 1-11, 2016

Online Rules Make-Up Exam: 2/19-2/25/16

Pink Whistle Week (Calling for a Cure): March 14-19, 2016


2015-16 Officials Guidebook

Dear Association Officers:

The 2015-16 Officials Guidebook is now published and live on our website at: On this page, you will also find links to sport specific versions of the Officials Guidebook.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you all throughout the upcoming school year!

Jana Horton
Officials Registrar
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