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Previous News Highlights - 2016

CFOA Football 2016

The CFOA's Crew #1 was selected by the FHSAA to work the 2A State Final Game December 10th at Camping World Stadium. The entire crew did and outstanding job of officiating and representing the CFOA in a professional manner.

I would also like to thank all of those who voluntered to work the chains, be ball boys and work the 25 second clock. I received an e-mail from every crew that worked the championsion series thanking all of you for the professional manner and the way you approached your duties and also for allowing the cew to concentrate on the game and not worry about the things outside the field of play. A great job by all of you, thanks again.The FHSAA also wanted me to thank all of you as well.

Also a special thanks to Fred Smart, Jemal Taylor and Roland & Jim Taylor. These individuals come out every year and helped me in so many ways. They were there everyday from the start to the finsh and never compalined. I could not have done it with out you.

Enjoy the offseason but its never to early to start studying for next season.

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


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 Volleyball Championships

West Port High School will be hosting the Girls State Volleyball Championships games for 2016 starting Nov. 10-12 in Ocala.

West Port High School
3733 SW 80th Ave
Ocala, Fl 34481

Thursday Nov. 10
6 p.m. Class 4A
8 p.m. Class 5A

Friday Nov. 11
6 p.m. Class 2A
8 p.m. Class 3A

Saturday Nov. 12
10 a.m. Class 1A
12:30 p.m. Class 9A
3 p.m. Class 8A
5:30 p.m. Class 6A
8 p.m. Class 7A


CFOA Football Playoff Crews

CFOA Football Playoff Crews 2016 Week Two

Crew 1 Crew 2
R -Tom Britt R - Jeff Deen
U - Jerome Thompson U - Anthony Moore
LJ- Jesse Dutton L-Zachary Hiwiller
L - Tondrick Robinson LJ - Bob King
BJ-Greg Anderson BJ-Richard McRae
FJ-Erskin Callaway FJ-Clayton Rasberry
SJ-Kevin Bowersox SJ-Jason Vinson
ECO- Daniel Simmions ECO-Justin Stansell
25 Sec. Jemal Taylor


Crew 3 Crew 4
R - Rodney Clevenger R - AL Garza
U - Steven Burbage U - Richard Coble
LJ-Andrew Hechel LJ-Andy Patterson
L - Jack Bradford L -Vu Vu
BJ-Scott Phillips BJ-John Meyer Jr.
 FJ- Joe Prather FJ-Jason Carroll
SJ-Michael Gothelf SJ-Fred Smart
ECO-Jerome Lowery ECO-Ralph Portuondo


Game Assignments
Crew 1 Lakeland @ Plant (Tampa)
Crew 2 Martin County (Stuart) @ Viera (Melbourne)
Crew 3 Clearwater Central Catholic @ Melbourne Central Catholic
Crew 4 Mainland (Daytona Beach @ Sebastian River (Sebastian)

CFOA Football Playoff Crews 2016 Week One

Crew 1 Crew 2 Crew 3
R -Tom Britt R - Jeff Deen R - Rodney Clevenger
U - Jerome Thompson U - Anthony Moore U - Steven Burbage
LJ- Jesse Dutton LJ-Zachary Hiwiller LJ-Andrew Hechel
L - Tondrick Robinson L - Bob King L - Jack Bradford
BJ-Greg Anderson BJ-Richard McRae BJ-Scott Phillips
FJ-Erskin Callaway ECO-Rick Bowen ECO-Jerome Lowery
SJ-Kevin Bowersox
ECO- Daniel Simmions  
Crew 4 Crew 5 Crew 6
R - AL Garza R - Ken Griffin R - Larry Wages
U - Richard Coble U - Joe Omundson U - Jeff Granger
LJ-Andy Patterson LJ-Tim Crim LJ-Joshua Bernhard
L -Vu Vu L - Richard Mayor L - Clayton Breazeal
BJ-John Meyer Jr. BJ-Nick Peterson BJ-Jerry Prather
ECO-Ralph Portuond ECO-Travis Williams ECO-Justin Stansell
25 Sec-Matt Hool 25 Sec.-Fred Smart


Game Assignments
Crew 1 Hillsborough (Tampa) @ Lake Gibson (Lakeland)
Crew 2 Cardinal Mooney @ Melbourne Central Catholic
Crew 3 Timber Creek (Orlando)@ Apopka
Crew 4 Santa FE (Alachua) @ South Sumter (Bushnell)
Crew 5 Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg) @ Cambridge (Tampa)
Crew 6 Warner Christian 9South Daytona) @ Victory Christian (Lakeland)

CFOA Football Playoff Crews October 2016

Crew 1 Crew 2 Crew 3
R -Tom Britt R - Jeff Deen R - Rodney Clevenger
U - Jerome Thompson U - Anthony Moore U - Steven Burbage
LJ- Jesse Dutton LJ-Zachary Hiwiller LJ-Andrew Hechel
L - Tondrick Robinson L - Bob King L - Jack Bradford
BJ-Greg Anderson BJ-Richard McRae BJ-Scott Phillips
FJ-Erskin Callaway FJ-Clayton Rasberry FJ-Joe Prather
SJ-Kevin Bowersox SJ-Jason Vinson SJ-Michael Gothelf
ECO- Daniel Simmions ECO-Rick Bowen ECO-Jerome Lowery
Crew 4 Crew 5 Crew 6
R - AL Garza R - Ken Griffin R - Larry Wages
U - Richard Coble U - Joe Omundson U - Jeff Granger
LJ-Andy Patterson LJ-Chuck Baumann LJ-Joshua Bernhard
L -Vu Vu L - Richard Mayor L - Clayton Breazeal
BJ-John Meyer Jr. BJ-Nick Peterson BJ-Jerry Prather
FJ-Jason Carroll FJ-Rodney Bryant ECO-Joe Garbaravage
SJ-Fred Smart SJ-AJ Thomas
ECO-Ralph Portuondo ECO-Russ Gorman
Crew 7 Crew 8 Crew 9
R - Jemal Taylor R - Lou Prano R - Jason Carroll
U - Joe Ranaldi U - Melvin Jones U - Matt Hool
LJ-Joe Prather LJ-Jordan Durham LJ-Travis Williams
L - Michael Gothelf L - Justin Stansell L - Jessica Vanatta
BJ-AJ Thomas BJ-Fred Smart BJ-Kerry Jackson
ECO-Jeff Allebach ECO-Jim Taylor ECO-Julius Walker


ATTN.: All CFOA Basketball Officials - 2016 Basketball Meeting

The meeting will be held on Thur. Oct. 27, 2016 from 7 - 9 pm at Lake Highland Prep Gym. All officials should plan on attending this IMPORTANT season starting meeting.

Information shared will include assignment process via arbiter, rule changes/points of emphasis, awards, recognition of basketball officials class participants (beginner and veteran), fellowship, questions, and more. Books will also be available for pick up for anyone who has not received yet.

See you there!


CFOA Basketball Field Clinic

Oct. 14-15 at Oviedo HS
Friday noon til 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 am til 8:00 pm
Cost $75, to be deducted from pay or pay in advance.

For information email or call 407-657-4037

- Kim


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


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.

2016 Volleyball Meeting Dates & Training

CFOA Volleyball meeting dates are Saturday, August 20; Sunday, September 18 & Sunday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m.
8/20 meeting will be held at Trinity Prep. 9/18 & 10/9 meetings will be held at the St. James Catholic School.

St. James Cathlic School: 505 East Ridgewood St Orlando, FL 32803
Trinity Prep: 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792

Additional training (tournament) will be held at Heritage Christian on Friday & Saturday, August 12 & 13. Training times begin Friday at 3:45 and continue every hour through 8:45 p.m. On Saturday, training times begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue every hour through 5:00 p.m. The location is 1500 E. Vine St., Kissimmee, FL 36744. If you have questions, please contact Sue @ 407-716-7762.


Kent Lowe

An honor for one of our own:

View the entire honor--»


Please take note of some Important Dates:

Registion Dates:      07/18/2016 until 08/18/216

Last Date to Register:     9/08/2016 without a $10.00 fine

Exam Dates:     08/8/2016 until 08/17/2016

Make-Up Exam Dates:     09/02/2016 until 09/08/216

August 12/13, 2016 Heritage Christian Kent Lowe Memorial Tourament.

August 20, 2016 will be our first meeting at Trinity Prep, more information to follow.

Any questions please don't hesitate to call or email.

Elaine Dean

Sue Nadeau



SandyCFOA would like to congratulate Sandy Barnhill on becoming the 2016 Girls Volleyball Official of the Year. Congratulations for a job well done!



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.


CFOA Field Clinic (August 12th & 13th)

Location: Osceola High School
Address: 420 S. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741

August 12 - Friday night - Classroom Sessions - Dress casual
Registration: 5 - 6 pm in the School Cafeteria.
All activities will be in the Cafeteria Friday night.
You will pay at registration: Check (payable to the FHSAA)/Cash or Credit Cards. If paying by credit card a $2.50 charge will be added to the registration fee to cover the credit card service fee. If you are on the pre-registration list from the FHSAA your cost is $50 with CC $52.50. If you are not on the pre-registration list and a walk-up the charge from the FHSAA is $75 with CC $77.50

  • Opening Remarks: 6 - 6:15 pm
  • Guest Speaker: 6:15 - 7 pm
  • Break: 7 - 7:10 pm
  • Mechanics: 7:10 - 8 pm
  • Break : 8 - 8:10 pm
  • Mechanics: 8:10 - 9 pm
  • Questions/Closing Remarks: 9 - 9:15 pm

August 13 - Saturday Morning  - Scrimmages - Field Work - Dress- Full FHSAA Uniform
Registration: Varsity Bldg. 8 - 9 am located near the Stadium

Scrimmage Start Times : 9:30 - 10:15 - 11 am @ the Stadium & Practice Field
Lunch Break: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm. Lunch will be provided by the CFOA at the school in covered area.

Saturday Afternoon
Scrimmage Start Times:
1:30 - 2:15 - 3 pm @ the Stadium & Practice Field

  1. School participating at this time:  Osceola HS, Apopka HS, Bishop Moore HS, East Ridge HS, St Cloud HS, Haines City HS, South Lake HS & Oviedo HS. There will be 2 full football fields with a scrimmage going on both fields at the same time.
  2. The school will have a dressing room available for those who want to change or take shower. Leave your valuables locked up in your car.
  3. Water will be available for you at the CFOA tent which will be located between the Stadium and Practice Field.
  4. This is not a training session on how to work a specific position on the field during a scrimmage. You are being evaluated so work the position you want to be evaluated on.


CFOA Field Clinic Update

The FHSAA has created a registration process for the upcoming field clinics. If you go to their field clinic page (, you will see a Register Here under each field clinic listed. Find the CFOA clinic and sign up for our field clinic here. The FHSAA office will provide a list of registrants to our association prior to our clinic. They will extend the registration deadline to close 7 days prior to our clinic.

Please note the payment procedure below

We are asking that payment be made on site. Therefore, anyone who pre-registers will be required to pay the $50.00 cost. Anyone who has not registered and completes “walk-up” registration will still pay the $75 onsite registration. Again, the FHSAA will provide a list of those who pre-registered.


FHSAA Football Registration for 2016 Season (July 18th)

The registration for the FHSAA 2016 Football season will not open up until July 18th. A new Officials Registration Page is coming on-line which has delayed the registration date. Rule Books will not be available until after July 18th and you have registered with the FHSAA as a primary member, your fingerprints are up to date and you appear on the CFOA Muster Sheet.

Mike Goodspeed Family & Friends Beach Weekend (July 22nd & 23rd)

The Beach Weekend is being held at the Cocoa Beach DoubleTree Ocean Front Hotel. Unfortunately our block of rooms has sold out at the special price for the CFOA. I will send out an e-mail through Arbiter with the name and number of the person I have been dealing with. She will try and get you a room at a lower price than the regular rate for that weekend if any rooms are available. We are still in need of Prizes for the drawings to be held after the Family and Friends Dinner Saturday night. I will publish the schedule for the weekend one I have finalized the speakers, presenters and menu. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the Beach.

CFOA Field Clinic (August 12th & 13th)

Registration for the CFOA Field Clinic has been pushed back until July 18th to coincide with the rollout of the new Officials Registration Page. It was originally slated to open July 1st. The Filed Clinic will be at Osceola High School and we will utilize 2 full fields for the scrimmages. You need a Field Clinic every 4 years in order to be eligible for consideration for the playoffs. More information will be coming out as the teams are finalized and times are set for the scrimmages on Saturday.

Now is the time to start getting in shape for the upcoming season. Field Clinic August 12th and 13th (full uniform), Classics August 19th & 20th (full game - full uniform) and the regular season starts August 26th and 27th. As you can see this leaves you about a month and a half to get in shape for the season. If the past 3 weeks are any indication of the heat we will have the rest of July, August and September being in shape could become a health issue. You owe it to yourself, your crew and the teams to be in shape and able to give them your best throughout the entire game.


Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


Central Florida Officials Association Tackle Football Field Clinic

Date: Fri Aug 12th, 2016 - Sat Aug 13th, 2016
When: Friday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m..; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Application Deadline: Sun Jul 31st, 2016
Site: Osceola or St. Cloud High School
Phone: (407) 756-8323
Contact Name: Mitch Fazzio
Sport(s): Football
Counties: Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, Volusia County
Clinicians: Mitch Fazzio, Jemal Taylor, AJ Thomas, Kerry Jackson, Ken Griffin, Chris Brown (MEAC), Tra Blake (CUSA), John Hoffman (ACC), Mike Pressman (MCOA)
Special Highlights:

  • Friday: Classroom Training on Mechanics and Rules Interpretations with PowerPoint Presentations, Guest Speaker from NCAA or NFL
  • Saturday: Field Work on 2 Fields with Live Scrimmages with Feedback and Written Evaluation to be e-mailed to participants
  • Full Uniform will be required to evaluate appearances

Pre-registration will become available online July 1, 2016 at:


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,


New Officials Training Classes

The New Officials Training Classes will start Thursday June 2nd at 6 pm. The classes will be held at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando. We will meet every Monday and Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. Training will be in the classroom and on the football field. Come in shorts and have shoes you can run in. If you are a new or transfer official and have not sent us your information on how to contact you, please fill out the new officials form. Once we have your contact info we can add you to the contact list.

The class is also open to transfers, 2nd and third year officials. The classes will cover the football rules and the mechanics of officiating. This class is for officials that want to be High School Football Officials for the CFOA. Information on the veteran training classes will be published at a later date. If you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Reminder: The Mike Goodspeed Family and Friends Weekend is July 22nd & 23rd at the Double Tree Ocean Front Hilton Hotel in Cocoa Beach. More on activities and how to make room reservations will be posted as they are finalized with the Hotel.

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football CFOA


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.

Read obituary...


2016 Volleyball Training Dates

The 2016 Volleyball Classroom & Court Training Sessions will be as follows:

Classroom Sessions: 5/3, 5/5, 5/10 & 5/12
Court Sessions: 5/17, 5/19, 5/24, 5/31 & 6/2
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Trinity Prep
5700 Trinity Prep Lane
Winter Park, FL 32792

Please call Sue Nadeau if you have any questions @ 407.716.7762


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

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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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