We welcome you back to the official website of College Football Officiating, LLC (CFO)! Our “central hub” provides a common national platform where we can gather for mutual growth and improvement, as we strive to improve the great game of college football. Allow me to give you a brief walk-through of the features of this site.
REGISTRATION is now available, and officials who register with the "2016 CFO Officials" registration will receive a Welcome Packet. In addition, ArbiterSports and Referee Enterprises will again provide a digital CCA manual app for all NCAA registered football officials.
One change this year deals with the CFO BACKGROUND CHECK program. As in the past, the checks are limited to FBS officials (on-field official, instant replay official, and communicator). There is a new background check vendor this year, and you will receive an e-mail directly from the vendor (e-mail address will be NCAAOfficials@verifiedvolunteers.com). Each conference is providing its roster to the background check vendor to trigger the e-mail and request your information for the check. If you do not receive an e-mail, please contact your coordinator of officials first to see if the roster has been sent to the vendor. Remember, only FBS officials are required to complete the background check information.
On the VIDEO Tab, you will receive your in-season CFO Game Video Reviews, CFO/NCAA Annual Training Video and Instant Replay Training Video for 2016, and occasional topical videos. All registered officials will have opportunities this season to see plays posted by coordinators from conferences across the country, part of our mission to promote national consistency in collegiate football. Additionally, all videos can be viewed on Apple and Android mobile devices.
The CFO/NCAA National Rules Test will be available on the TESTING tab from June 15 through July 8, with Test Review available beginning July 11. Return at that point to see your test results and to obtain rule and manual references. This is a great tool for honing your rules knowledge and application. I encourage you to meet my challenge of scoring 90% or higher (there are 100 questions) in a self-imposed “closed book” test.
The searchable NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations book can be found on the RULES Tab. The database includes rules and case books that basically operate as “e-books” and are searchable. The database also allows quick and easy reference between rules and their case items (and vice versa), which is a great feature. I encourage you to make extensive use of this asset, and discover for yourself the ways an online presentation can help you study and know the rules of NCAA football.
Please check the central hub often for the latest officiating news and information. Officials should not hesitate to CONTACT us to offer suggestions on how we can best use this site to help you. On behalf of the CFO’s Board of Managers, welcome to the organization, and have a great season!
National Coordinator of Officials, College Football Officiating, LLC
NCAA Football Secretary-Rules Editor
Please click here to read 2016 College Football Officiating, LLC – Arbiter Site Launch Memorandum.
As we’re sure you’re all aware by now, longtime official and coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads recently passed away. The entire officiating community mourns the loss, but also all had an opportunity to consider Doug’s spirit and how many lives he touched in a positive way. The article from ESPN shares a side of Doug that many were fortunate to know.
Thank you and we hope you’re having a good off-season so far.
CFO National Coordinator of Football Officials
Secretary-Rules Editor, NCAA Football Rules Committee
CFO Administrator/NCAA Staff
By Matt Austin
Southeastern Conference Referee
Editor’s Note: This article is a follow-up to the February 2016 Football Rules Committee annual meetings. The rules process included a membership comment period and ultimately a timing delay on some rules relating to technology, so the posting of this article has been delayed.
Please click here to read NCAA Football Rules Committee: 2016 Rules Changes (Revised).
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