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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.

New officiating guidelines could change how game is played

This story by Varsity Aces' Darren Cooper originally appeared on the NorthJersey.com website on August 24, 2014:
AUGUST 24, 2014    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014, 11:45 AM
Referee assigner Carmine Picardo talks at a recent clinic for referees at Ramapo High School in Frankiln Lakes.
Referee assigner Carmine Picardo talks at a recent clinic for referees at Ramapo High School in Frankiln Lakes.
FRANKLIN LAKES — Play 13 is the problem. (ed.: skip to 8:03 marker in the video below.)
The play is shown multiple times on the ViewScreen in the Ramapo High School cafeteria to increased consternation. The men grumbling are Big North Conference football coaches, about as competitive a group of people as there is on Earth.
On the play, a running back is about 3 yards from the goal line running for all he’s worth. A linebacker, easily 50 pounds heavier than the running back, comes in from the right side of the screen. He’s almost a blur he’s moving so fast.
The back wants to score. The linebacker wants to prevent him from doing so.
The linebacker unleashes a big hit on the ball carrier. It is high, but not too high. It’s a physical hit, but these coaches have seen worse. The player with the ball goes flying out of bounds, over the pylon. It all happens in a split second.
So now, play 13, in 2014. Is it a penalty?

6 Person Mechanics Training

Message from the NJFOA-North Executive Committee:

As you are probably aware, the Association is now converting to six official crews.  For the past two years several crews were trained and worked six official games in a few of the conferences we serve. This past season, the NJSIAA used six officials on the tournament finals. In 2014, they plan on using six officials for all rounds of the tournament.  It is anticipated that in the 2014 season the majority of games will be six official assignments as more conferences move in that direction. Some conferences have already agreed to use six officials on all games. With these factors in mind, it is imperative that the Association begin the training process for all members of the Northern Chapter. We need to make sure that all members are familiar with the six official crew concept and mechanics prior to the 2014 season beginning.