Central Florida Officials Association Tackle Football Information


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

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


Game Officials
Friday, November 21st, 2014 - Holy Trinity vs Trinity Catholic

Previous Football Announcements

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

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

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 (https://www.fhsaa.org/officials/field-clinics?sport=All&county=All), 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.

Registration and Rules Test Dates - FHSAA Important Dates for Registration and Test Dates for Football

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





Initial Deadline

Last Date
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2016-17 Rules Exam Schedule


75 minutes
50 questions

Make-up Exam
75 minutes
50 questions


8/08 – 8/17
8/17 – 8/26

9/02 – 9/8
9/04 – 9/10


10/11 – 10/20
10/24 – 11/02

11/04 – 11/10
11/10 – 11/16


1/11 – 1/20
1/21 – 2/01
2/06 – 2/15

2/16 – 2/22
2/16 – 2/22
2/21 – 2/27


Do not wait until the last day to take your test, the system is usually slammed and slow. Last year it crashed and several officials did not pass the test. If you have to take the make-up exam your highest score will be a 75 and you will not be eligible for consideration for a playoff crew.

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA

Football Rules

Below are links to powerpoint presentations that Nick Brigati (who used to work in the CFOA a few years back) created for each rule. Some have links to You Tube videos embedded in them.

Rule 10 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRTjRMNWVDcmo2dk0
Rule 9 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRLWNSdzdRUzE1d0E
Rule 8 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRT2JNWnlwb3FsZTg
Rule 7 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRUUtsYkd0aFBWWEk
Rule 6 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRZmU5MjhCTkZ4M0U
Rule 5 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRN2hzU1poMHNoTEk
Rule 4 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRSjFfMndYUk9xLVU
Rule 3 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRRzFnZ3YxOXhtWFk
Rule 2 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRNmVpa2xLRUk4MUU
Rule 1 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRMUhpVlB3Mk53Rjg

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CFOA Tackle Football
Contact Information


CFOA President:
Allen Cramer

Vice President - Football:
Mitch Fazzio

Assignment Officer - Football:
Don Trawick

At Large Director - Football:
Melvin Jones

2017-18 Committees

Kerry Jackson (Chair)
Ken Griffin
AJ Thomas

Lou Prano
Rodney Clevenger
Prince Pollard

Jerome Thompson
Tom Britt
Fred Smart

Morris Middleton

AL Garza
Andy Patterson
Nick Peterson

Rules Interpreter
Randy Chrastina

Football Exam Dates

Download the 2015-16 Officials Calendar at a Glance for important test dates for football officials.

Football Evaluations

CFOA Observer Instructions 2013

CFOA Observer Reminders 2013

CFOA/FHSAA Football Observation Report 2013

CFOA Observation Form 2013

Officials Information

Line-to-Gain Instructions (PDF)

Clock Operator Instructions (PDF)

Football Signals (PDF)

2014 CFOA HL and LJ Mechanics (PowerPoint)

2014 Football Rules Changes (PowerPoint)

2014 CFOA Umpire Mechanics 5 Man (PowerPoint)

NEW!2017 CFOA Back Judge (PowerPoint)

2014 CFOA Clock (PowerPoint)

FHSAA 7-Man Mechanics Updated in 2015 (PowerPoint)

Parking Information for Sites

CFOA Emergency Action Plan 2015 (PowerPoint)

H1N1 Virus

Football Pregame (word)

Football Crew Card (excel)

Past Football Playoff Crews


2003 Exam (PDF)

2005 Exam (PDF)

2007 Exam (PDF)

2008 Exam (PDF)

2010 Exam (PDF)

Online Exams

Notebook Paper with Exam

Click the links below and test your knowledge!

RULES exam #1

RULES exam #2

RULES exam #3

RULES exam #4

1st Interactive Rules Exam
6th RULES exam
(SECOND interactive rules exam)

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