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2017 Eligibility Requirements & Testing Deadlines

2017 Requirements for Varsity and Play-off Eligibility

2017 Varsity Eligibility

  • Paid 2017 CFOA dues by March 1st
  • Paid 2017 CSFOA dues
  • Attend the 2017 Master Clinic; (in person every other year)
  • Pass Rules test with 85%+
  • Pass Mechanics test with 85%+
  • Pass Physical Standards Test (PST)
  • Member in Good Standing

2017 Playoff Eligibility

  • Paid CFOA dues by March 1st
  • Attend the 2017 Master Clinic; (in person every other year)
  • Pass Rules test with 85%+
  • Pass Mechanics test with 85%+
  • Pass Physical Standards Test (PST)
  • Pass Playoff test 85%+
  • Member in Good Standing
  • Must apply for post season & select position by Sept 1st
  • Minimum of 3 years varsity experience for play-offs; 5 years for semi-finals & finals
  • Must have worked a minimum of 8 of varsity games
  • Must have worked a minimum of 7 in their playoff position (per Arbiter)
  • Must have worked a minimum of 3 sub-varsity high schools games
  • Must attend 5 meetings:
    • Minimum of 3 Association
    • Minimum of 2 Crew meetings
    • You can use the Master Clinic or 1 off-season or 1 New Officials meeting in either category
  • Must be available for all Saturdays in the post season
  • Will have 24 hours to accept or decline a playoff assignment
  • Turn back of a game after availability was indicated will also result in disqualification for the remainder of this post season and the post season next year
  • For championship games, cannot have worked a championship in the previous 4 season

2017 Deadlines

  • Veteran Rules Test – August 23, 2017
  • Playoff Video Review Test – August 23, 2017
  • Playoff Mechanics Test – August 23, 2017
  • Physical Standards Test – August 2, 2017
  • Apply for Post season – September 1, 2017
  • Select Post season position – September 1, 2017
  • New Officials Test – September 15, 2017



Looking ahead to the 2017 Season – it is time to begin preparations

If you are a prospective first time official, that is looking to officiate football for the 2017 season, come join the CSFOA.  The time as arrived to get started.  The 2015 New Official Classes begin June 22nd and are held Monday and Thursday through July 31st.

If you are a transferring official, you do not need to attend all the classes, but it is a great way to get up to speed on Colorado mechanics. In 2014 the state association published a Colorado specific mechanics manual, so try to attend as many as possible.

Contact Nate Wadman through the form below to register and get started.

Please use the contact form on the website and you will be contacted with more information.


2014 State Championship Crew (2A)

Congratulations to the CSFOA members who worked the 2014 2A State Championship game.

Mark VanGampleare, R
Dan Cronin, U
Scott Samsel, L
Brad Hallock, LJ
Dave Barton, BJ
Jim Fredrick Alt

Hudl Game Requests

CSFOA has been requesting all varsity game films officiated by CSFOA crews since Week 1 of the 2013 season. While the majority of games have been shared with us through Hudl, not all schools have exchanged their films. Games officiated by associations other than CSFOA are not normally requested.

When a game film is sent, it is filed and shared with the crew that officiated the game. If you officiated a game on a crew other than your own, the film will not automatically be shared with you. However, you may request the game by sending an email to webmaster(at)

When requesting a game, please include the following information:

  • Name of official the game will be shared with
  • Date the game was played
  • The names of both schools
  • The crew that officiated the game (ie Fosdick Crew, Gray Crew)

If you are a CSFOA official and have not signed up for a Hudl account but would like one, please send an email to webmaster(at) and a request will be sent to you.


Lightning Policy

The first week we had an incident that generated a lot of emails and phone calls. No lightning struck the stadium and everything was done correctly, but the incident should serve as a reminder to all.

First, let’s review what we might have available, listed in order of most to least accuracy:

1-     A weather service available electronically. These reports are usually specific to the exact stadium location.

2-     A lightning meter. There are many different types and the owner should be the monitor and reporter. Get their name and know where they are.

3-     The good old flash-to-bang count.

Next, I’ll point out the variety of policies in order of precedence:

1-     School District of the home team. It’s their show – follow their rules.

2-     CHSAA Lightning Policy (link to pdf). This only applies if a weather service or meter is available and can be trumped by (1) above.

3-     The NFHS default policy found on page 98 of the RB.

When resuming play, please make sure each team has enough time to warm up – let each coach have whatever they want. It’s not a good idea to resume play if either coach objects to doing so. You may have to play negotiator and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter an unreasonable position. Per Rule 3-1-3, both coaches have to agree to shorten or terminate the game. Any lightning delay with a running clock automatically terminates the game.

If you think this is overkill, don’t forget a few years ago we had Over Officious Ollie assigned as Referee. He took the lightning meter from the trainer and checked it between plays.


George Demetriou