Football officials training program set staff report
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017

The Tuscarawas Football Officials Association, in conjunction with Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, will be offering their annual new officials training program on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 1. Classes will be completed by April 26, when participants will be given the opportunity to take the Ohio High School Athletic Association Football Officials certification test.

For anyone who has ever watched a high school football game and found themselves calling out penalties from the stands or for anyone who has ever thought to themselves “I could call a better game than these guys,” this is your chance to take the field and put your love of the game to work as well as putting your football knowledge to the test.

The program will cover all of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) football rules and officiating mechanics and will prepare participants to take the online license exam to become OHSAA Class II football officials. With this license, participants will be able to open the football season in August working as members of both four-man and five-man football officiating crews in any sub-varsity-level football game in the state of Ohio.

TFOA Instructor Joe Stephon, a 20-year veteran football official, will teach the course with the assistance of a host of other veteran officials from the area.

Anyone interested in learning more about the class can visit the TFOA website at to pre-register for the class.

There is a one-time $65 registration fee, all of which goes to the OHSAA for materials and testing fees.