Central Florida Officials Association
Who We Are
The Central Florida Officials Association was formed in 1947 to provide officials for interscholastic sport programs of Central Florida. There are nearly 300 officials in the CFOA that are certified by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and scheduled for games at various schools throughout Central Florida. The CFOA services schools located in the Orlando metropolitan area and within a geographic area surrounded by Volusia, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties. Read more --»
How to Join
If you are a new official or transferring to the area, please fill out the Recruitment Form and a member of the CFOA will contact you. Once we have your information, we will give you details on how to register with the CFOA, FHSAA, and any pertinent dates for upcoming seasons. There are several steps to becoming a high school sports official with the CFOA and FHSAA. Read more --»
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Miami high school game ends after gunshots heard in distance
The Associated Press Published: November 21, 2015 | Updated: November 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM
A high school football game in Miami ended early after gunshots were heard in the distance, sending players and coaches ducking for cover. Videos show terrified fans in the stands screaming and running to the exits when the gunshots were heard at Friday’s game. Coaches told players to get down on the field.
Less than three minutes remained when stadium officials called the game between Miami Central and Miami Carol City high schools at Miami-Dade College North’s campus. Central beat Carol City 26-8.
Miami-Dade Schools Police Officer Hilda Hernandez said three males have been arrested in the shooting. Authorities did not release what charges Larico Walker, Taion Lynch and Mark Trimble face or what prompted the shooting, but said they recovered three firearms.
Central football coach Ronald Smith said afterward, “You hate to see anything like that happen, but luckily it seems like no one was hurt.”
The ACC releases statement about officiating at end of Miami-Duke game
The Atlantic Coast Conference put out the following press release on Sunday concerning the controversial ending to Saturday’s Miami-Duke game in Durham.
School district investigates complaint against Pinellas Park coach
Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer
Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:55pm
Kenny Crawford says there is no merit to an investigation into a halftime incident between him and the St. Petersburg band. Pinellas Park football coach Kenny Crawford is being investigated by the Pinellas County Schools Office of Professional Standards after a halftime incident last week at St. Petersburg.
"I can say that the Pinellas Park coach is part of an ongoing investigation," said Lisa Wolf, public information officer for Pinellas County Schools. "We are in the process of gathering testimony about the incident, which involved the coach and the St. Petersburg band. We can't go into detail until the investigation is complete."
The two sides allegedly exchanged words after Pinellas Park players started stretching on the field while the band was still playing. According to Crawford, the band continued to play past its allotted time. Crawford, who has been the head coach of the Patriots six years, said he was asked to move his team closer to the end zone and he complied. "We didn't do anything wrong," he said. "We were asked to move and we moved. I'm not too worried about it."
Wolf did not have a timetable for the investigation's completion. St. Petersburg band director Cameron Vaadi declined to comment about the incident. Pinellas Park, which beat the Green Devils 20-8, plays at East Lake tonight. Crawford will be on the sidelines.
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