CVFOA President - Dana Crosby
May 18, 2020
Dear Association Members,
I hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy during this unusual time. Obviously, the global pandemic has affected sports at every level, and we are unsure at this time the status of high school football this upcoming season. However, we are moving forward as though football will be played in some capacity this fall, and that all starts with recruiting. So, in the spirit of optimism, I would like to welcome you to the 2020 season!
Like most associations across the country, the older generation of officials are retiring and not adequately being replaced with younger officials. We are feeling this trend in our association as well. We have had to move some games from Friday to Thursday and Saturday, and we are having to work more games with 4-person or even 3-person crews. This challenge is an opportunity, however, for dedicated younger officials who will have an opportunity to move up to varsity games faster than you might be able to in other sports.
We are attempting to draw attention to our association through media coverage and other traditional channels. However, the best way to recruit officials is for our members to reach out to friends and associates who have a passion for sports and football in particular, a flexible work schedule, enjoy exercise, and want to give back to high school athletes. Now is the time to reach out to your network and help find some dedicated officials to help fill the gap.
Officiating football is a lot of fun. That is the primary reason most of us do it. However, football is also a complex game, and it takes time to learn the rules and mechanics, gain the experience, and maintain competency as a football official. I believe that part of the problem with the shortage of officials is that we all have so many demands on our time. In 2020, when our meetings resume this summer, you have my pledge that we will be as efficient as possible with our time. That means we will start and end our meetings on time. Our meeting schedule will be sent out and posted on our website at cvfoa.com within the next couple of weeks. I look forward to seeing you all soon for another great football season.