Neil Kaplan, a 4 year veteran of the OCFOA, was hired this summer to officiate in the Polska Futbal Liga – The Polish American Football League. He officiated games throughout the country as a flank. “My debut in the world of international football officiating could not have gone better,” said Kaplan, “the continuous training that I’ve received during my officiating career from Andy Bruer and Mark Andrews and the rest of the OCFOA leadership prepared me well for this experience. The solid foundation in mechanics and rules interpretation that I have from my years officiating in Orange County made the transition to the league in Poland very smooth.”
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: https://ocfoa.org/registration/ . 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: https://ocfoa.org/first-year-registration/ . 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the Orange County North VS South All-Star Classic Crew – Jeff Osborne, Tony Bryant, David Brant, Rich Brown, Jim Stickney, Duane Cave and Troy Leonard
Please find the January 29, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
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CHAD WILSON December 6, 1954 – January 21, 2020
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 https://www.facebook.com/chadwilsonmrbulldog
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.
This email was sent to all OCFOA officials.
All high schools should have paid all officials for games playing in 2019 by now.
If you have not been paid for a high school football game played in 2019, contact the athletic director of the home school. If there is an issue, contact me ASAP. We need to close out the 2019 season on Arbiter.
Paul Caldera, Assignor
Orange County Football Officials Association
This was sent to all OCFOA officials.
Congratulations to the following PAC-12 / OCFOA Alumni who were selected to the following assignments:
National Championship Game – Mercedes Benz Superdome. New Orleans, LA
Monday, January 13, 2020
Referee – Chris Coyte
Center – Jim Wharrie
Citrus Bowl – Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Michigan vs. Alabama
Linesman – Rod Ammari
Gator Bowl – TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Indiana vs. Tennessee
Referee – Mike McCabe