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Welcome to the web home of the North Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association

Mission Statement:

The North Jersey Chapter, established in 1938, has a stated purpose to:

  • Promote the welfare of the American game of football, its players and officials.
  • Improve the standard of officiating.
  • Train and properly qualify capable and competent officials.
  • Encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.
  • Cooperate with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and its member schools.

Our 400+ members are dedicated to the game of football. We participte in year-round training, utilizing the latest in technology, to continually improve our skills.

President's Message - July 2016

While everyone is hopefully enjoying the warm summer weather, the 2016 High School football season is almost here!

 

Now that July has arrived - all association members are required to update their concussion certifications. Please note that you CANNOT work any scrimmages or regular season games without a valid completed concussion certificate turned in.


The link to the concussion course on NFHSLearn.com is here:  http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037.


Registration and login is required on there before you are able to watch the videos and take the test for certification.


Once completed, all officials should send a copy of the PDF certificate to Ira Yorn via e-mail at iyorn@hotmail.com.

 


As a reminder - ALL VARSITY games beginning this upcoming season are required to be officiated wearing the sublimated 2 1/4 inch shirts, both for short and long sleeves.


The official hat to be worn remains the same; all hats must have the NJFOA logo (patched or embroidered) on front. Referee wears the white version, while the remainder of the crew wears the standard black hat with white piping.


All crew members are expected to be in compliance.

 


Please check the NJFOA-North website for the mandatory NJSIAA Rules Interpretation Meeting dates and locations. The meeting scheduled for our geographic area will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, NJ.

 

ALL MEMBERS MUST ATTEND A STATE INTERPRETATION MEETING TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR POST-SEASON ASSIGNMENTS.

 


Lastly - if you are a free agent official, or are a crew looking to add or use a fill-in, make sure to visit the forum on our website (login required) to post your availability and/or needs to the general membership.

 

Yours in football,


Rich DeLorenzo  7/20/16

 

2015 NJFOA-North NJSIAA Finals Crews

Congratulations go out to the following NJFOA-North crews that worked a NJSIAA State Finals game!

NJSIAA 2015 Finals Crews
CREW CHIEF ASSIGNMENT
Aponte Bridgewater vs. Westfield
Bailey West Deptford vs. Cedar Creek
Belger Old Bridge vs. South Brunswick
Butler Lincoln vs. Raritan
Conte Rumson vs. Red Bank
Genzale Williamstown vs. Toms River North
McLaughlin Pennsville vs. Clayton
Picazio Middletown South vs. Phillipsburg
Taliaferro Brick vs. Jackson
Winer Shore vs. Palmyra

President's Message - June / July 2016


The 2016 football season is quickly approaching, with most Varsity games already scheduled! Make sure to continually check the Arbiter, along with sub-varsity assignments to ensure you do not miss out on any assignments.

 

As a reminder - ALL VARSITY games beginning this upcoming season will be officiated wearing the sublimated 2 1/4 inch shirts... all crew members are expected to be in compliance.

 

The official hat to be worn remains the same; all hats have the NJFOA logo (patched or embroidered) on front. Referee wears white version, while the remainder of the crew wears the standard black hat with white piping. 

 

Beginning July, all members will need to update their concussion certifications. Please note that you can NOT work scrimmages or regular season games without a completed concussion certificate turned in.

 

Also in July, the Fall 2016 mandatory on-line rules test will be posted in the NJSIAA Hub account on ArbiterSports.com. The testing period opens up on Friday, July 1, 2016 and must be completed by midnight, August 26, 2016. Do not wait until the last minute to make sure you have access to the testing area, as we as an association do not have support access to the test and have to rely on the NJSIAA to fix all problems.

 

Rulebooks will be available for pickup soon; beginning this year, rulebooks will not be mailed out to the membership. Rulebook distribution sites were disseminated by e-mail and are also posted here on the website. If you are unable to make it to any of the rulebook distribution sites on the dates provided and require the packet be mailed to you, a convenience postage fee will be assessed to the member for the mailing.

 

The mandatory NJSIAA Rules Interpretation Meeting in our area will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, NJ.

 

Lastly - if you have NOT yet registered on the NJFOA-North.org website, please do so ASAP. All pertinent association information will be posted and available for viewing/downloading on the site, including a list of all assigned crews that worked the 2015 NJSIAA State Finals.

 

Several important documents are already on the site, such as the new 2016 Philosophy and Mechanics manuals, for example. In addition, there is a "open" interactive forum for registered and signed in officials to discuss various rules and situations, view others looking to join a crew and/or are available as a fill-in replacement for a night. Check out the site when you have a free moment!

 

Yours in football,


Rich DeLorenzo  6/20/16

 

North Jersey Football Officials Association Scholarship Fund

The North Jersey Football Officials Association is pleased to announce the 9th annual 2016 offering of the NJFOA Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship is intended to recognize graduating high school seniors for their ongoing participation in football and for their academic and community achievements.
 
The North Jersey Football Officials Association, through its Scholarship Committee, will make scholarship awards of $500 each to graduation scholar-athletes.  Qualified scholarship candidates must satisfy the following criteria:
 
  • Must be graduating from high school during the current (2015-2016) academic year;
  • Must have played football for their high school through their senior year
  • Must be committed to pursuing higher education at the university, college, or community college level in the 2015-2016 academic year.

The scholarships will be awarded to those candidates who, in the judgment of the Committee, best demonstrate the qualities of commitment to excellence, devotion to football, academic achievement and service to the community.

In awarding the scholarships, financial need will not be a consideration. However, payment of scholarship is subject to proof of enrollment. A personal interview may be required of applicants.

Applications must be submitted to:
 
NJFOA

Jim Conte

179 Arlington Avenue

Hawthorne, NJ 07506
 
The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2016.
 

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