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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.

2017 Notes

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: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61064/concussion-in-sports

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 Steve Peloso via e-mail at steve.sfoa@gmail.com.


As a reminder - ALL VARSITY games 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 make sure to 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 24 at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, NJ.

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


If you are free agent and looking to get on a crew or just fill in week by week, please contact me and we will try get your availability to the crew chiefs and assignors. In addition, make sure to visit the forum on our website (login required) to post your availability and/or needs to the general membership.

Regards,

Jim Conte
Executive Secretary
NJFOA - North Chapter

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Football Points of Emphasis - 2017

Responsibility on Players to Avoid Illegal Contact

With a continued emphasis on minimizing risk in high school football, it is imperative for coaches to continue educating their student-athletes regarding the importance and responsibility of avoiding illegal contact. With the recent implementation of NFHS football rules prohibiting targeting, illegal contact on defenseless players, illegal blindside blocks, illegal pop-up kicks and other illegal personal contact fouls, the NFHS is reiterating its focus on player safety. Players are ultimately responsible for using legal blocking and tackling techniques, and coaches have a responsibility to emphasize the use of legal contact. Therefore, unnecessary contact with opponents who are clearly out of the play, or contact that is excessive and unnecessary, have no place in the game of football. These unnecessary hits are unsafe acts and the techniques cannot be tolerated by those responsible for the game of football. Coaches need to exercise leadership in eliminating illegal contact and game officials must act decisively to penalize illegal contact to minimize the risk of injury to players.

2017 Dues Notice - Updated!

As a reminder - membership dues for the 2017 season (active member - $130.00, inactive member - $35, retired-on-list - $18) are to be paid in full by no later than November 16th. Failure to pay dues by this date will result in the following late charge penalties:

Active Members
Paid between November 17 and December 1 - $130 + $50 Late Fee ($180)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $130 + $75 Late Fee ($205)
Inactive Members
Paid between November 17 and December 1 - $35 + $50 Late Fee ($85)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $35 + $75 Late Fee ($110)
Retired - On-List
Paid between November 17 and December 1 - $18 + $50 Late Fee ($68)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $18 + $75 Late Fee ($93)

FAILURE TO PAY DUES BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2017 WILL RESULT IN EXPULSION!

Click the PDF link below to download the application to submit along with your check.

The Guardian Football Helmet Cap

All:

Please see the most recent memo below from NJSIAA officials pertaining to The Guardian Football Helmet Cap and its on-field legality. Please refer any questions pertaining this memo to Carmine Picardo:


To: All Athletic Directors, Football Officials, Football Coaches, and Athletic Assistants
From: Jack Dubois (NJSIAA Assistant Director), Carmine Picardo (NJSIAA State Football Assigner) and Bill Surdovel (NJSIAA Rules Interpreter)
Re: The Guardian Football Helmet Cap

It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion as to the legality of The Guardian Football Helmet Cap. This note is to clarify its legality and use during the 2016 season.

  • The Guardian Cap is a piece of legal equipment and can be worn by any number of players (one or the entire team).
  • Caps may be of any color except the color of the football.
  • Teams are not required to have matching cap colors, but it was recommended that teams purchase the same color.
  • Opponents may have the same or different colored caps.

A link to the manufacturer’s website is below, should you need further information regarding this piece of player equipment:

http://www.guardiancaps.com/theguardiancap

Any questions, feel free to contact one of us.

Elimination of Clipping in Free-Blocking Zone Continues Risk Minimization in High School Football

The elimination of clipping from high school football is the latest attempt to reduce the risk of injury made by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee.

The decision to eliminate clipping in the free-blocking zone (Rule 2-17-3) was the most significant of three rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

NJSIAA Sportsmanship Announcement Policy

As per directive of the NJSIAA beginning with the 2013-14 seasons, the following text is to be read to each head coach with their captains, prior to the beginning of any NJSIAA sanctioned game, on any level:

THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE FOR NEGATIVE STATEMENTS OR ACTIONS BETWEEN OPPOSING PLAYERS AND COACHES. THIS INCLUDES TAUNTING, BAITING, BERATING OPPONENTS, “TRASH-TALKING” OR ACTIONS WHICH RIDICULE OR CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT TO THEM.

ANY VERBAL, WRITTEN OR PHYSICAL CONDUCT RELATED TO RACE, GENDER, ETHNICITY, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR RELIGION SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED, COULD SUBJECT THE VIOLATOR TO EJECTION AND MAY RESULT IN PENALTIES BEING ASSESSED AGAINST YOUR TEAM.

IF SUCH COMMENTS ARE HEARD A PENALTY WILL BE ASSESSED IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED NOT TO ISSUE WARNINGS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REMIND YOUR TEAM OF THIS POLICY.