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OCFOA Registration for the 2020 season is Now OPEN

Registration for all returning, transferring and new officials is now open. If you have officiated high school football for any association in the past, please register at: . The dues for 2020 remain $160.

All officials must be covered by official’s liability insurance either through NASO or NFHS for the entirety of the 2020 season. If you have existing insurance through NASO or NFHS, be prepared to supply your membership number.

NFHS coverage obtained through OCFOA last season will not cover you for this season, you must renew your coverage. Once again, coverage through NFHS will cost $25 and will be added to your membership dues if you do not have existing officials liability insurance through NFHS or NASO.

New officials can register here: . I encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to join the brotherhood of football officials.

We have multiple payment options available. If you have any questions or issues with regard to payment or the registration process itself, please let me know.


Troy Leonard

Chad Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Two extremely generous OCFOA members have contributed enough money for us to start the Chad Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund will award scholarships to officials in order that they can attend football officiating camps. OCFOA has established a Go Fund Me page  to raise additional funds in the hopes of keeping this scholarship in place for years to come. Please take a minute and post the Go Fund Me page to you Facebook, Twitter, and What’s Ap pages and post the link to the GoFundMe page. The more people post, the wider the word will spread.  If you’d like to make a contribution, use the same link.

OCFOA Board Changes

At last night’s OCFOA Board Meeting it was decided that current Board member Brian Brennan was selected to become the Vice President, which has one year remaining on the term of office.
Andy Bruer and Jon Batarse were selected to fill the two vacant at-large positions, both of which have one year remaining on the term of office.

Rest In Peace Chad Wilson

As many of you are aware, long time member Chad Wilson passed away in January. What many of you dont know is that Chad was at one time the President of the association and the only person to hold two offices simultaneously as Ratings and Instructional Chair’s. He is personally responsible for our effort to keep those knees covered and a pivotal advocate for player safety.

As a tribute to such an influential man to our association, Sal Figueroa provided some photos of our friend.

Chad Wilson you left your footprint on our association and our hearts.

Chad Wilson’s Obituary


Chad Wilson

CHAD WILSON    December 6, 1954  – January 21, 2020

This message is from Sal Figueroa

It is with heartfelt sadness that I inform you of the passing of Chad Wilson, my good dear friend, fellow OCFOA official, that I have served with for over 30 years.  He passed peacefully today 1/21/2020 at 6:00 pm. The WILSON Family has plans in work for a  celebration of life gathering and will let everyone know the date and place when it is finalized.  Respectfully Sal Figueroa

Chad’s family posted a message on Facebook go here to see it

OCFOA Alums working NFL Championship and Super Bowl

I hope all of you got a chance to watch Chris Coyte and Jim Wharrie work the NCAA Championship Game. I thought the officiating in the game was outstanding and Chris did a great job in the pregame, reporting fouls and replay explanations.
OCFOA’s very own Andrew Lambert will be working Replay on this Sunday’s game when the San Francisco 49’ers host the Green Bay Packers. Andrew worked two weeks ago when the New England Patriots played the Tennessee Titans. Congratulations to Andrew on earning two post-season game assignments.
OCFOA alumnus Bill Vinovich will be the Referee for Super Bowl LIV. This is Bill’s 2nd Super Bowl, he was also the Referee for the 2015 Super Bowl.

Crew chief and Gray hat applications due by Feb. 20th

We are actively looking for members who are interested in serving as varsity referees, either as full-time crew chiefs or as gray hats who work with mixed crews and/or fill in for crew chiefs.  Even if you were a gray hat last year, you MUST reapply this year to be considered for varsity referee assignments. At this point in time, there are no crew chief openings in 2020.
You must contact Bob Yoakum by email to request an application.  The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m. February 10, 2020