News

Election Meeting (November 25th, 2019)

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: High Point High School


General Meeting (October 28th, 2019)

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: High Point High School


Business Meeting (October 7th, 2019)

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: High Point High School


2019 NFHS Football Rules Exam

The 2019 NFHS Football Rules Exam is now available.

All on-field officials must complete and pass the exam in order to work interscholastic contests in the state of Maryland. A score of 75% is considered passing, and a score of 85% is needed in order to work postseason assignments. Officials will have multiple attempts to pass the exam, and the exam does not have to be completed all in one sitting. 

After completing the exam you do not need to send anyone your exam scores as the scores should be saved in the NFHS system. 

Additionally, failure to complete and pass the exam impacts advancement to Regular Membership for officials that are otherwise eligible for promotion. The exam will close after August 30th.

If you are a new official and if you have never taken an exam through the NFHS site, you will be asked to first create an account. When inputting information for the “Local Association” please be sure to enter WDFOA. Information about creating or accessing your account, and about exam instructions can be found here.

It is strongly encouraged to use the Rules Book and Case Book when completing the exam. A digital copy of the Rules Book is currently available online through the Arbiter (Switch Views —> NFHS Central Hub —> Publications —> Football Publications).


2019 Training Scrimmages

The dates, times, and locations for the upcoming training scrimmages can be found below. Members from the WDFOA leadership team and training team will be present to assist and to evaluate during these training scrimmages. The training scrimmages are primarily intended for first-year and second-year officials, as well as timers that are new to the organization. All officials should report 30 minutes prior to the listed start time to go over specific assignments, rules, and mechanics. Please arrive dressed to officiate.

August 10th
St. John’s College High School
2607 Military Road NW
Washington, DC 20015

9:00 – 11:00 am
This scrimmage is for first-year Probationary Members (P-1’s) and new Timers.

August 10th
DeMatha Catholic High School (Practice Field)
Heurich Park Turf Field
Hyattsville, MD 20782

9:00 – 11:00 am
This scrimmage is for second-year Probationary Members (P-2’s) and Associate Members (A-1’s and A-2’s).

August 16th
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
17301 Old Vic Boulevard
Olney, MD 20832

5:00 – 7:00 pm
This scrimmage is for first-year Probationary Members (P-1’s) and new Timers.

August 17th
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, MD 20747

9:00 – 11:00 am
This scrimmage is for first-year Probationary Members (P-1’s).


2019 DCSAA Football Officials Meeting

The 2019 DCSAA Football Officials Meeting will be held on August 8th (Thursday) at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in DC. The meeting runs from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. The address and room for the meeting is listed below:

1050 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

1st Floor
Eleanor Holmes Room 1 & 2

Please consider attending this meeting if you work games in the WCAC, at DC Charter Schools, or at other schools located in DC. There is no need to RSVP, but details for the meeting can be found here.


2019 Uniform and Equipment Guidelines

There are no new changes to the uniform and equipment worn by officials during the 2019 football season.

Referee shirts should still have 1-inch stripes. Shoes should still be mostly all black. Officiating crews should still match during assignments. Patches for the MPSSAA, DC, or other leagues should be worn when appropriate. Velcro on the right shoulder/arm is a great solution for officials that work games in different areas.

There will be a few people selling uniforms, equipment, and WDFOA apparel for officials at the upcoming MPSSAA Football Rules Interpretation Clinic for the WDFOA.

A list of the uniform and equipment guidelines for on-field officials can be found here. Timers should mostly adhere to these guidelines as well.


2019 MPSSAA Football Rules Interpretation Clinic

The 2019 MPSSAA Football Rules Interpretation Clinic for the WDFOA will be held on August 4th (Sunday) at Bishop McNamara High School. The event begins promptly at 12:30 pm in the Cafeteria. As always, Bill Witte (Football Rules Interpreter for the State of Maryland, and current WDFOA Member) will be presenting the major rule changes for the new season.

Directly after the Rules Clinic, announcements will be made by the President, Assistant Commissioner, and Commissioner. A few awards from last season will also be announced during that time.

Additionally, the 2019 Football Rules and Case Books will be distributed at some point during the event. A digital copy of the Rules Book is currently available online through the Arbiter (Switch Views —> NFHS Central Hub —> Publications —> Football Publications).

After the presentation, everyone will be dismissed and there will be time given to new members who still have specific questions about the WDFOA.

If you are unable to attend the Rules Clinic on August 4th, there are still other dates and locations that you can attend. In order to officiate regular season and postseason interscholastic football games in the state of Maryland, attendance at one of the Rules Clinics is mandatory. Failure to attend also impacts advancement to Regular Membership for officials that are otherwise eligible for promotion. Please email the WDFOA Secretary (matt.adamko@gmail.com) if you attend a Rules Clinic elsewhere .


Background Checks (PG County)

This year, just like previous seasons, all members that officiate athletic events in Prince George’s County need to complete a background check. Furthermore, all WDFOA Members (on-field officials and timers) need to complete this background check since the results from the background check will be accepted by other school districts. Because this is such an issue every year, the hope is that the state will centralize this process at some point, but there are no other details if/when this might happen. There are two methods to complete the background check for PG County.

Commercial Background Check ($15.00, 1 year)

The first method requires the creation of a MySchoolBucks account, if you do not have one already from prior seasons. After logging in, find the “School District” tab at the top of the page and either select or search for Prince George’s County. Then use the search icon near the top to find “Commercial Background Disclosure.” Complete items 1-28 (Box 23 – Other, Box 24 – Athletic Official, Box 25 – 8/1/2019). Once the form is electronically signed and dated, add to the cart, and checkout! Please send a copy of the receipt or email confirmation to the WDFOA Secretary (matt.adamko@gmail.com) so the WDFOA has a record of your commercial background check.

Fingerprinting ($62.25, lifetime)

The second method requires fingerprinting. It appears that there are now multiple locations at which to complete the fingerprinting. The main location, however, is at:

Sasscer Administration Building
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Summer hours at this location appear to be 7:00 am – 5:15 pm. Cash, credit cards checks, and money orders all seem to be accepted forms of payment. Use this flyer or visit the PGCPS site on fingerprinting for more information. If you opt to go this route, please send the WDFOA Secretary (matt.adamko@gmail.com) a picture of the receipt so the WDFOA has a record of your fingerprint background check.


ArbiterMobile

ArbiterMobile was recently released (or at least the app is now free) through your favorite app store. This app is not endorsed by the WDFOA, but might be helpful to some members.


Arbiter Info

As game assignments are being made for the upcoming season, please be sure to frequently check your schedule on the Arbiter. Things do not always work perfectly, and sometimes a notification may not be sent if you have been assigned a game. This is not ideal, but it happens, and the issue can be minimized if members are aware and are monitoring their schedule.

Also, please ensure that your personal information is up to date in the Arbiter (including adding a profile picture so that other officials, especially newer officials, can become familiar with the people in our organization). 

Additionally, if you are unable to work on a specific day/week, make sure to block off those dates in the Arbiter as soon as you can. Things come up at the last minute, and we understand that, but many scheduling issues for the assignors can be avoided if they are marked in your calendar well in advance. If you are assigned a game that you are unable to work, the procedure is to still notify Al Ferraro or Jack Kravitz through email/phone, and you will be removed from that specific assignment.


2019 New Official Training

Training sessions for new officials will run once per week (at three separate locations) for around 6 weeks. The locations, start dates, times, and Training Instructor information is below:

Georgetown Prep

  • [Mondays] – July 8th / July 15th / July 22nd / July 29th / August 5th / August 12th
  • The training sessions are from 7:00-9:00 pm
  • The training room is located in the Hanley Center Film Room

High Point High School

  • [Tuesdays] –  July 9th / July 16th / July 23rd / July 30th / August 6th / August 13th
  • The training sessions are from 7:00-9:00 pm
  • The training room is located in the library

Northern High School

  • [Wednesdays] –  July 10th / July 17th / July 24th / July 31st / August 7th / August 14th
  • The training sessions are from 7:00-9:00 pm
  • The training room is located in the library

If you are unable to attend a particular session due to other obligations, attempt to attend the training for that week at a different location. We do understand that you have things going on, and if you happen to miss a session and you are unable make it up at another location, please get in touch with the Training Instructor at your primary location. Please also contact our Training Coordinator (Marty Alexa) to find out material and other information that you may have missed.