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