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    The River Cities Football Officials Association is offering their annual training class for individuals who wish to become a registered football official.  This will be the fourteenth consecutive year the class has been offered.  The class will begin around the end of June, first of July 2018.  The class is approved by both the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

     The class generally meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for seven weeks, along with two Saturday sessions, one for the RCFOA Officials Clinic starting at 9:00 a.m. and the last class starting at a time and site to be determined, with the focus on practicing on-the-field mechanics.  There will be the opportunity to attend the WVSSAC State Rules Clinic. Upon completing the class, applicants will take the National Federation rules and mechanics exams to become a registered Football official in Ohio and/or West Virginia.

 Classroom instruction will cover the fundamentals of officiating, rules of the game, field coverage, positioning, game administration, and game management.  Legal and ethical components relevant to officiating are also covered.  Applicants will participate in officiating scrimmage games and below varsity games with experienced officials.

     Applicants must be eighteen years of age and older.  Both states have provisions for students that are still in high school, who are allowed to register, but are limited to the types of games they may officiate.  West Virginia certification also requires proof of a physical examination.

        The cost of the class is $150 dollars. This includes online registration fees that are $65 dollars for Ohio and $50 dollars for West Virginia, as well as the $35 local association dues. Seating is limited.

    All fees must be paid within the first two class sessions.  Interested individuals may contact John Barker (304) 962-4378. You may also contact Phil Porter at (304) 412-8633, or by email at pcporter3@me.com.  .

If you are you interested in becoming an registered football official, you may learn more by following these links. They explain the required steps to become a football official in Ohio and West Virginia.

Requirements for West Virginia
This link will connect you with the WVSSAC web site that outlines information needed to become a varsity football official in West Virginia.
Requirements for Ohio
This link will connect you with the OHSAA web site that outlines information needed to become a varsity football official in West Virginia.

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