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Football Information 2020
It's time to kick off the 2020 FOOTBALL SEASON!

This information is provided to all current and prospective football officials.
South Director (The Villages):  Jeff Rabold
Central Director (Ocala):  Ted Bedford
North Director (Gainesville):  Carl Dill

Booking Commissioner:  Wade Clayton
Welcome to the MFOA.  We strongly encourage you to contact one of the
football directors.  

You may also leave a message on the
CONTACT page.

If you are transferring from another state, have your previous association
forward your experience (years of service, meeting attendance and game
count) to the FHSAA at jhernandez@fhsaa.org and a copy to
leahyret@aol.com, MFOA Secretary.
2020 FOOTBALL OFFICERS
BRAND NEW OFFICIALS and TRANSFERS
It's time to kick off the 2020 FOOTBALL SEASON!
This information is provided to all current and prospective football officials.
Registration begins JULY 10, 2020 for the FHSAA and the MFOA.

View our registration web page for detailed information.
Information is for new & veteran officials.

Registration Deadline is September 28.
There will be a no late fee, but no more registrations after September 28.

The following are needed to complete your MFOA registration:
    Membership Application (Arbiter online)
    W-9 Form (if not already on file or changes)
    Proof of JLA Clearance (State Badge)
    Membership Dues & Booking Fee(s)

If you have any questions regarding registration,
contact Bob Leahy, MFOA Secretary, at 215-917-0985 or
leahyret@aol.com.
2020 FOOTBALL REGISTRATION
A sports official is considered an independent contractor.  
As such, each official is required to undergo a
level 2 background check.

Information for Alachua County, Citrus County and Marion County can be
found on the
registration web page.

Veteran officials please check the expiration date on your badge!  

When you receive your JLA Badge, forward a photo copy to
leahyret@aol.com, MFOA Secretary.
2020 JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT (JLA)
We need some officials to step up to become referees!
Are you interested in being a referee (white-hat), this season?

Use this form to submit your name for consideration:
Referee Consideration
2020 REFEREE CONSIDERATION
These are the fees now listed in the FHSAA Guidebook for football.

Varsity on Field = $111.00
Sub-varsity on Field = $75.00
Clock Operator = $70.00

(Add $10 to the above amounts if travel distance is greater than 50 miles.)

Getting paid is much easier with direct deposit.
Download the
Direct Deposit Form using this link.
2020 FOOTBALL FEES & GETTING PAID
2020 FOOTBALL CLINICS
Yes!  Study Sessions will go on, but they will be online.

Here are the dates.

Kickoff Meeting:  Canceled...but you're reading the information
Study Session #1:  July 13, starting at 6 PM.
Study Session #2:  July 20, starting at 6 PM.
Study Session #3:  July 27, starting at 6 PM.
Study Session #4:  August 3, starting at 6 PM.
Study Session #5:  August 10, starting at 6 PM.

The directors may hold other sessions to allow others to participate.  
All sessions will be announced by email.

Any "in person" meetings & on-field sessions will also be announced.
We will be using Zoom for an online meeting & study session format.

Zoom Meeting Format
MFOA members should create a Zoom account in order to participate in our
online meetings.  During these times, it has become necessary to meet
remotely.  The MFOA Board and the FHSAA have been using Zoom as their
format for online meetings.  Go to
zoom.us to create a free account.  

Zoom works best if you have a good Internet connection, camera,
microphone and speakers.  However, a good Internet connection and
speakers should allow you to see and hear meeting content.  We will have
some trial meetings so you can test out the format

It is also possible to download the app to your smart-phone.

Again, go to
zoom.us to create a free account.  
The rules exam will once again be taken on the FHSAA Central Hub
on the Arbiter.
The exam "window" is August 31 to October 5.

The test has no time limit, but you must finish before the deadline.

Officials can save and exit the exam as many times as necessary. Once the
“submit exam” button is clicked, your test is graded and your one (1) attempt
is completed.

Exams that are incomplete once the deadline passes will not be graded.

If you do not take the exam, you will not officiate FHSAA contests.  
(Exception for ECO-only officials)
2020 RULES EXAM
UNIFORM FOR FOOTBALL OFFICIALS
BLACK PANTS with white stripe (w/ Black Belt)

BLACK SOCKS

BLACK AND WHITE 2” STRIPED SHIRT                
    AMERICAN FLAG (white border) PATCH ON LEFT SLEEVE
    (Short sleeve, 2” above top of black cuff)
    (Long sleeve, 3” below shoulder seam)
    FHSAA PATCH ON SHIRT POCKET or ABOVE SHIRT POCKET

BLACK HAT WITH WHITE PIPING (Referee:  WHITE HAT)

BLACK SHORTS with white stripe (sub-varsity games)

For playoff officials, the FHSAA logo is required on the pants, but black pants WITHOUT
the logo are permitted (local association adoption) during the regular season. The logo
is required ONLY for the playoffs.

For non-FHSAA contests (youth football), the FHSAA logo MUST NOT be showing on
the uniform.  It may result in a fine.
Officials Gear

Whistle:  Lanyard, Finger whistle and now, electronic whistles
Penalty marker (flag):  Yellow, gold
Bean Bags:  White, Blue
Game Information Cards & Pencil:  Keep up with timeout, score, etc.
Down Indicator:  Worn on the wrist, keeps up with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th downs
Clip for Chain:  Marking the line measuring line on the chain

Where can you buy gear?  Use the links, below.
Note that the FHSAA website is now in the "dot com" format.
FHSAA.com

The new officials page is also available.
FHSAA Officials Page

All officials should review the FHSAA Officials Guidebook.

Other important links from the FHSAA:
COVID-19 Guidelines
Zachary Martin Act (Heat Stress & AED Requirements)
2020 FHSAA LINKS
Rule Changes for 2020

Review Points of Emphasis from the 2020 Rules
Rule Book Points of Emphasis

Review Points of Emphasis from the 2020-21 Officials' Manual
Officials' Manual Points of Emphasis
2020 NATIONAL FEDERATION LINKS
Go the MFOA Governance Page to see the names of our officers and to
review our Constitution and Policies:
MFOA Governance

Committee Service Spots are still open.  If you are willing to serve, visit our
MFOA Committees page.
IMPORTANT MFOA LINKS
After you register with the FHSAA, you will receive a 2020 RULE BOOK.  
Electronic books are no longer available on the Arbiter.
The FHSAA is not providing case books or officials manuals.
We will be providing more information about these books.
Do you have the NFHS app on your phone?  $6.99 gets you the rule book
2020 RULE BOOKS
The MFOA & FHSAA use Arbiter Sports for booking purposes.
Visit
ArbiterSports.com.

Bookings are not listed on MFOA website.
  • go to PROFILE to see if all your info is correct
  • go to BLOCKS for any days/times/schools that you do not want to be
    booked
  • block schools that direct relative attends/works or you work(ed)
    /attended in last 4 years
  • go to SCHEDULE to see games that you have been booked.
  • will show time, place, teams, crew names and phone #'s
  • check box for ACCEPT or DECLINE
  • go to NOTES to communicate with crew

Important things to remember:
  • Contact the Referee at least 48 hours prior to game to check in (must get
    response)
  • Get information about meeting time & place, travel arrangements, uniform (shorts,
    knickers, black pants)
Arbiter Sports Booking Software