CVFOA President - Jonathan Roberts
May 2, 2018
Dear Association Members,
Welcome to the 2018 football season. We hope to see everyone back for another successful and fun season. Looking back at 2017, we had a successful and challenging year. We continued to struggle with scheduling and shortage of officials. This is a national issue that every association is struggling with, and as a board we are dedicated to improving the recruitment and retention of officials, but we need your help.
Everyone that has an interest in improving the quality and numbers of officials must become involved in recruitment and retention. We understand that there are obstacles when recruiting officials. Some of the obstacles can be: availability of prospects, the likelihood that the individual is interested in being recruited and economic benefits of officiating as an avocation.
To help us combat the challenge of finding new officials, we ask that every one of you communicate to any potential recruit the benefits, both economic and the satisfaction gained from the camaraderie or the enjoyment of officiating and friendships created. We understand that recruitment is only part of the equation. The other part is retention.
We have decided to create a mentorship program to battle the issue of retention. We are looking for volunteers to be mentors to the one, two and three year officials. This senior official will be shadowed by a rookie official. This would increase positive development, develop friendships, and create a fellowship devoted to the success of the field of officiating. With your help we can create an enjoyable and rewarding environment for officials to come back to officiate year after year.
This year’s football season starts a week earlier than in the past. This means that we will be officiating in the summer longer. Hydration will be a huge factor and everyone needs to start hydrating now. We know the early start date will have an effect on the availability to attend meetings and assigned games. We ask everybody to work with use on the early start date and we appreciate if you can make every effort to adjust vacations to attend the meetings. This year is a one-off, next year the schedule will be back to normal. The meeting schedules will be sent out in the next couple of days.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you back on the football field this year and I hope we will have a successful and fun year.