Central Florida Officials Association
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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 --»
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Girls basketball teams banned from postseason after throwing Game
By Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com February 24, 2015 1:29 pm ET
Two high school girls basketball teams will not play in the postseason after allegedly throwing a game, reports WSMV-TV in Nashville. Both teams are being accused of intentionally trying to lose the game.
"I haven't seen this happen in the 20 years I've been here," Bernard Childress said, executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Smyrna High School was playing Riverdale High School on Saturday and the referee said players were intentionally committing turnovers, lane violations, slowed the pace of play and were even instructed to shoot in the opponent's basket.
Officials from the TSSAA said both teams were trying to lose to avoid playing powerhouse Blackman High School in the regional semifinal. David Sanders, whose daughter plays for Lincoln County High School, said he understood why the two teams were intentionally losing, but said it was wrong to throw the game."You should teach your kids to win the ball game and not to be dodging things in life," Sanders said.
Along with being banned from postseason play, the two high schools reportedly face a total of $1,500 fines each. They will also be on probation for the next school year.
PD: Advisor slams teacher during basketball game at Holly Hill Elementary School
The game was supposed to be a friendly game among students, teachers and staff at Holly Hill Elementary School.
Travis Mims, 27, and Katherine Martin were playing when Mims allegedly fouled Martin and became increasingly aggressive, according to the Holly Hill Police Department.
Surveillance video showed Mims pick up Martin by the waist and slam her to the ground. Police said she hit the basketball court head-first.
Surveillance video shows Mims, a school advisor, pick up Martin, a teacher, and throw her to the ground. Martin said she had substantial injuries. Investigators said Mims admitted throwing her because he said she pushed his face with her hands.
Mims was charged with aggravated battery. He was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond.
Read the entire story including video: http://www.wesh.com/news/raw-video-basketball-game-leads-to-aggravated-battery-arrest/31348054
On behalf of the Southern Association of Basketball Officials, I extend to you our sincerest thanks for the treatment of our officials traveling to your area. CFOA has distinguished itself as a class act in so many ways. The personal attention given to our crews certainly got our attention, but even more impressive was the way that your local team and schools were prepared. The style of play displayed by the local team was indicative of superior officiating by previous crews. We found the coaches and school administration to be fully informed and compliant which made our work simple. Please pass along our thanks to "Chap" for his years of professionalism, and the helpful encouraging words that he passed along to us. As President of the Southern Association of Basketball Officials and a member of the visiting crew, I must say "Job well done!!!"
President Southern Association of Basketball Officials
On behalf of the CFOA Thank you for taking the time to email me, we truly appreciate your kind words. As the President of the Southern Association of Basketball Officials you and your group know the effort that is needed to always try and make the “right calls”. When someone takes the time to let us know it went right it is as I mentioned truly appreciated. I will share this with the parties involved so they are aware of the positive comments and appreciation extended. Looking forward to meeting you in person at the state playoffs in Lakeland.
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