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News Highlights - 2011

From The Family of Tommy Bolen

12/13/2011 - Thank you so much, CFOA Members, for remembering our loved one, Tommy Bolen, when he passed away recently, with the flowers you sent us. So many times, we saw him put on a black and white striped official's shirt and head to a ball game. Officiating was one of his favorite activities. Thanks for your part in his life.


Pink WhistlePink Whistles
10/3/2011 - 10/8/2011

The week of October 3-8 was designated as the week the FHSAA wore pink whistles FOR JV AND VARSITY GAMES. A limited number of whistles were available for $10.00. ($5.00 for the whistle and $5.00 for a donation to the American Cancer Society.)

2011 Football Play Off Crews

The CFOA 2011 Football playoff crews for 5-man and 7-man were announced. Click to view.

Article of Interest
8/31/2011

This story is generating a lot of interest in youth football circles – I thought you would be interested in our report. Four Suspects in Youth Football Brawl Regards, Deb Winsor, digital editor, Herald-Tribune

Jeff Allebach
8/14/2011

Our colleague and fellow CFOA official Jeff Allebach notified us on Sunday 8-14-2011 he has been hospitalized at Fish Memorial in Orange City because he has been diagnosed with Leukemia. He is undertaking an aggressive course of chemotherapy and because he is so fit has suffered only minor side effects so far. Go see him if you're in the area and call him if you aren't (his cell number is in the arbiter) and please everyone keep him in your prayers. Get well Jeff we need you back as soon as possible....

Sad News
10/19/2011
CFOA Basketball Official Arelia Wright's sister passed away this past week. Please remember Arelia in your thoughts and prayers. Any future information will be announced once known.
Sad News
10/1/2011

CFOA Inaugural Hall of Fame Member Bill Knight's son passed away this past week. Please remember Bill in your thoughts and prayers. Any future information will be announced once known.

Basketball Officials Meeting

October 22, 2011
"The Basketball Officials BIG Meeting" was held at Fairwinds UCF Alumni Center (UCF Campus)

2011 CFOA Basketball Officials Training Class
The Central Florida Officials Association's 2011 Basketball Officials Training Class was held at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando. All new and transfer officials were required to attend. The first class started on Monday, August 22, 2011 and continued every Monday and Thursday through October 20th, 2011.
Beach BallCFOA Beach Weekend
August 12 - August 14, 2011
Members and guests grabbed their stripes (and bathing suits) and met at Cocoa Beach for a beach weekend. Held at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center a good time was had by all. Everyone enjoyed great meetings and great fellowship. See photos from this event.

CFOA 3peat

Congratulations to CFOA officials Chuck Baumann, Jeff Pon, Vladimir Voyard-Tadal & Kevin Bowersox who officiated the 2011 Flag Football state championship game Saturday night at Boca Raton High School. Dr. Phillips defeated Alonso (Tampa) 27-26 in overtime. This is the third consecutive year a CFOA crew has worked the Finals.

Flag Football 2011

Please see the list of important dates below.

  • 2/8 - 2/17 - Rules Presentation Viewing Window
  • 2/18 - 2/23 - Online Open Book Exam
  • 2/26 - Mandatory Training Meeting at University of Central Florida - Recreation and Wellness Center 9:00a - 12:00pm
  • 3/3 - 3/14 - Online Closed Book Exam
  • 3/14 - Regular Season Begins
  • 3/18 - 3/22 - Online Make-up Exam
  • 4/25 - 4/27 - District Playoff Games
  • 4/30 - Finals - 1st Round Play-in Games
  • 5/3 - Finals - 2nd Round Play-in Games
  • 5/6 & 5/7 - State Tournament @ Boca Raton High School

Specific training location and parking information will be posted online by mid-February. Rule Books & patches will be distributed during February's meeting at UCF. They will not be mailed out.

- Chris Morello, Vice President, Flag Football Central Florida Officials Association

CFOA Football Officials Training Class
June 1 - August 10
The Central Florida Officials Association football officials attended the 2011 Football Officials Training Class held at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. The first class started on Wednesday, June 1 and continued on every Monday and Wednesday all summer until August 10.

George LawsonGeorge Lawson
July 20, 2011
Lawson, George Allen, 66, Winter Springs, passed away July 20. George spent 43 years as a communications specialist in the space program. He was a CFOA official for 35 years and Hall of Fame member. He spent 20 years umpiring softball in the Orlando area. George served in the Air Force. George's Life Celebration was held at the Winter Springs VFW, Sunday July 24, at 2:00 pm. Please keep George's family in your prayers.

Congratulations to Horace Cannady and Gary Cahen
June 2011

Horace will be named FHSAA Basketball Official of the Year, and Gary will be named FHSAA Football Official of the Year at the leadership conference at the end of June. It's a HUGE honor for both of them, and because of their GOOD WORK they have HONORED the CFOA... Thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to Horace and Gary!

Central Florida Officials Association Hall of FameCFOA 2011 Hall of Fame Banquet
June 25, 2011

A great evening with friends was had by all that attended the CFOA 2011 Hall of Fame Banquet on June 25th at 5:00 pm at the UCF Student Union Pegasus Grand Ballroom. The following were inducted as the class of 2011: Dave Smith, Jeff Evans, Jerry Prather, Al St Pierre, CW Bill Smith, Alan Buky and Allan Whitlow. Cost was $5 per person (Hall of Fame members were free). The great tradition started with free valet auto service parking; free "wine & beer" happy hour from 5:00 - 6:00 pm; "surf & turf" entree with salad, starch, vegetable, roll, ice tea, coffee, & dessert served at 6:00 pm; plus DJ with dancing music was enjoyed after the inductions.

CFOA ANNUAL MEETING
May 14, 2011
The annual meeting was held on May 14th at Lyman High School. Photos from this recent meeting have been moved to the Meeting Minutes page. Other recent photos of a football scrimmage can be viewed on the Tackle Football page.

2011 CCA Football 7-Man Mechanics have been posted.
Download the PowerPoint file for your reference. If you need the file saved in another file format, contact webdeveloper@cfoa.com and request the file format you require it to be saved in and it will be e-mailed back to you.

 

7-Man Football Mechanics

Football Play Off Crews Announced

The CFOA 2011 Football playoff crews for 5-man and 7-man have been announced. Click to view.

It's Football Season!

Looking great in the new pants.

 

Lake Mary Crew of Officials - Photograph

Lake Mary Crew:
Referee - Jeff Deen; Umpire - Dan Heacock; Linesman - Kevin Bowersox
Line Judge - Chuck Baumann; Back Judge - Nick Peterson; Clock - Mike Goodspeed

CFOA Football Officials Training Class - 2011

The Central Florida Officials Association would like to invite you to attend the 2011 Football Officials Training Class that will be held at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. The first class starts on Wednesday, June 1 and continues on every Monday and Wednesday all summer until August 10. The campus is practically located in downtown Orlando with an artificial turf field. The classrooms are nearby to the field when we have a scheduled class inside, or when the weather does not cooperate with the outside field agenda. Rain and lightning are not our friends. All new officials, transfer officials, and clock operators are required to attend. The class is free, with a basic accessory kit including flag and whistle, supplied by the CFOA at the class, and can be purchased within the first couple of weeks of the classes for outside field training. Information on the entire uniform and equipment will be discussed and demonstrated at the class. The state has prescribed a specific dress code for all officials so do not purchase the uniform or equipment before you attend the class.

 

Wear comfortable clothes suitable for a private school setting. Their summer school classes will be in session all summer. Be prepared for classroom work with writing instruments of your choice, and appropriate footwear for on-field activity. We are tentatively scheduling the lecture hall until classroom size is determined. You will find the campus is ideally suited for your training experience.

 

All classes will begin at 6:30 PM and last about 2 hours. Please do not arrive before 6:00 PM on the first night. We’ll have on-campus directions when you arrive, but we’ll need to integrate the parking with the Security Department so we don’t interrupt school activities or complicate parking for teachers, students, or parents. Please follow traffic direction arrows and signs.

 

Directions: The school is located on 901 Highland Ave, which is at the intersection of Highland Ave and Marks St. The school is east of I-4 and Orange Ave, west of 17-92 (Mills Ave), and one block north of Colonial Drive (SR 50). If you have any questions, please E-mail me at Lroland@aol.com or Mike Goodspeed at m.goodspeed@cfl.rr.com. We’ll be looking for you at LHP, 6:30 PM, Wednesday, June 1.

- Roland Taylor, CFOA Secretary and Mike Goodspeed, CFOA Football Vice President

Tackle Football Photos

The following photos took place at a football scrimmage 5/14/11. Left to right: Chuck Baumann, Jeff Deen, Trey Blake

 

Chuck BaumannJeff DeenTrey Blake

Uniform Information

5/2/11

Last Night at our last board meeting before the annual meeting the board approved a uniform change for football. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT.

 

BEGINNING THIS YEAR WE WILL BE SWITCHING FROM WHITE KNICKERS TO BLACK LONG PANTS FOR EVERY GAME AT EVERY LEVEL.

 

FOR THIS YEAR TO TRANSITION AND FOR THIS ONE TIME ONLY THE CFOA WILL BUY THE PANTS AND SUPPLY THEM TO EVERYONE ELIGIBLE FOR FOOTBALL THIS COMING YEAR THAT OFFICIATED FOOTBALL LAST YEAR.

 

IF YOU ARE STARTING FOOTBALL THIS YEAR YOU HAVE TO BUY YOUR OWN PAIR. IF YOU WORKED WITH US LAST YEAR AS YOUR PRIMARY ASSOCIATION WE ARE PAYING FOR ONE PAIR OF THE NEW PANTS WHICH WE WILL SUPPLY TO YOU. IF YOU DIDN'T WORK FOOTBALL LAST YEAR YOU HAVE TO BUY YOUR OWN PAIR.

 

LIKE WITH BASKETBALL PANTS ,YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE AN ACCURATE WASTE SIZE SO WE CAN ORDER THE CORRECT SIZES.......ALSO THESE PANTS MUST BE HEMMED FOR LENGTH....SO YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE CORRECT SHOES (THE ONES YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR) TO MAKE SURE YOUR PANTS ARE THE CORRECT LENGTH

 

BE PREPARED FOR MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THIS....DO NOTHING NOW..PLEASE WAIT FOR THE NEXT STEP TO BE ANNOUNCED.....DO NOT BUY YOUR OWN UNLESS YOU WANT AN EXTRA PAIR ....YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED......

 

NO MORE WHITE KNICKERS....PLEASE GET READY FOR THE CHANGE.LOSE WEIGHT,GET TALLER,BUY NEW SHOES...WHATEVER.....THIS WILL BE FUN...

 

I THINK SOMETHING THIS NEW IS KIND OF EXCITING...HOPEFULLY YOU DO TOO.

 

DON'T DO ANYTHING NOW JUST IN CASE THERE ARE ANY LAST MINUTE CHANGES

 

THANKS EVERYONE WE HAVE HAD A GREAT YEAR....LET'S FINISH IT WITH A GREAT ANNUAL MEETING..........PLEASE PLAN TO BE THERE.....

- Jeffrey D. Deen

FOOTBALL UNIFORMS -
May 2, 2011

Last Night at our last board meeting before the annual meeting the board approved a uniform change for football. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT. Read more...

Sue Taylor

May 27, 2011
CFOA lost one of its best members, Wife and companion to Roland for 51 years and mother to Jim, Sue will be missed by all of us. For her contributions Sue was elected to the Hall of Fame in the inauagural class. Sue Taylor took care of all of us. We love you Sue and when we get to heaven we expect you to be there to check us in. Please remember Roland and Jim in your prayers. THANK YOU SUE WE LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL BE MISSED.

CFOA 3peat

May 2011
Congratulations to CFOA officials Chuck Baumann, Jeff Pon, Vladimir Voyard-Tadal & Kevin Bowersox who officiated the Flag Football state championship game Saturday night at Boca Raton High School. Dr. Phillips defeated Alonso (Tampa) 27-26 in overtime. This is the third consecutive year a CFOA crew has worked the Finals.

FHSAA Letter
April 11, 2011
The CFOA received the following letter from the FHSAA thanking us for our hard work during the girls and boys basketball state championships. Click here to read the entire letter.
Taste of Oviedo
April 16, 2011
The CFOA had a booth at the Taste of Oviedo Many came out for a while and ate some good food ...admission was free....for more info go to TasteOfOviedo.org.

FHSAA Hall of Fame
April 17th, 2011
CFOA Board Member and Football Assignor Don Trawick was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame. He joins Dick Pace as the 2nd CFOA Member to achieve this honor. Please join us in congratulating Don and be sure to give him a call and "leave message."

 

Don Trawick

CFOA Member Chuck Baumann was featured by the Orlando Sentinel in an article and video on football officiating.
Playoffs
Congratulations to CFOA Crew #1 - assigned to officiate the 5A State Championship Football Game between Tampa Plant and St. Thomas Aquinas. For a list of Football Playoff Crews, click here.

Steve Burch
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Mr. Steve Lee Burch, age 69, Winter Park, Florida, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the Courtyard Senior Living in Johnson City, TN.

Mr. Burch was born in Charlotte, NC, and son of Rosa Lee Burch, Charlotte, NC, and the late John Burch.

He was a US Air Force Veteran. Mr. Burch received a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, and was in the class of 1960 from Harding High School in Charlotte. He retired as a Computer Software Engineer for Xerox. He was their International Liaison and Chief Software Engineer. He enjoyed traveling the world and loved to share his adventures.

In addition to his mother, survivors include a son, Eric Burch, Casselberry, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Renee & Chris Noe, Jonesborough, TN; granddaughters, Ashley Noe and Amanda Noe, both of Jonesborough, TN; ex-wife, Evelyn Burch, Johnson City, TN; sister and brother-in-law, Sue & Dick Carter, Fort Mill, SC; and an uncle, Clyde Williams, Charlotte, NC.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at Chapman Memorial Baptist Church, 608 Valleydale Rd., Charlotte, NC.

The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:00 p.m. Friday prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 N. Boone Street, Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604.

Condolences may be sent to the Burch family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 423-753-3821

Featured Official
February 11th, 2011

CFOA Flag Football official is featured in this CBS feature on the national flag football tournament. Click here to watch.

Condolences
January 11th, 2011

The CFOA sends its condolences to member Anthony Napolitano for the passing of his wife to cancer and to Tim Bateman for the passing of his father.

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