I haven't joined the SCFOA yet but I'm interested in officiating football.
How do I join?
During July and August, you may come directly to one of our apprentice
meetings at the Everett Elks Club, 6:00 pm on Tuesdays, or contact us for more
Snohomish County Football Officials
3411 192nd St. SE
Bothell, WA 98012
Membership Coordinator: Scott Pattison
Phone: (425) 870-5606
Do I need previous experience as a football
Previous experience is good but is not a requirement. We provide a
comprehensive training course for new officials that’s included in your
What sort of time commitment would I have to
make to officiate football?
In addition to the preseason apprentice meetings and regular membership
meetings games are typically played as follows. Most week day afternoon contests
typically kick-off between 3:30 -7:00pm. The following list is a typical
breakdown of when each age group plays their games.
- Mondays: Junior Varsity/Freshman/Sophomore
- Tuesdays: 7th Graders
- Wednesdays: 8th Graders/Little League
- Thursdays: Junior
- Friday: Varsity
- Saturday: Little League
- Sundays: None
Of course you can work as much or as little as
possible depending on your desire and availability.
What are the criteria for membership?
The SCFOA bylaws spell out all the association rules. However, here are some
basic requirements for membership.
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- Passing a rules exam
- Attendance at association meetings
What about the rules exam?
Each year SCFOA officials are required by the Washington Officials
Association (WOA) to pass a written National Federation of High Schools Football
(NFHS) rules exam in order to work varsity games. All of the rule books are
provided once you sign up and begin apprentice training. This exam is prepared
for during meetings prior to the season beginning. A passing score of 70% is
required. Additionally, the North Sound Junior Football League (little league)
rules for 2014 are available online by clicking here.
How do I receive pre-season scrimmage
Prior to the beginning of the regular season there are typically pre-season
scrimmages and jamborees that the assignor will assign as needed. This is a
great opportunity to practice officiating skills before the real games begin.
How do I receive game assignments?
The SCFOA Assignor assigns all games. During the season you will
periodically receive emails letting you know that you have been assigned a game.
Using our web based assigning system you will then need to login and accept or
decline your assigned games. Prior to, and during, the season each official has
the ability to determine which days they are unable to work. These dates are
noted in the assigning system, and the assignor will not assign you to games on
those dates. It is also important to note that you should always contact the
assignor immediately if you are unable to make a scheduled assignment.
When does the Washington state rules
interpreter address the SCFOA?
Each year SCFOA members are required to attend a Washington Officials
Association (WOA) rules clinic. This clinic is available on-line a few weeks
before the regular season starts. Each member is required to complete the clinic
in order to work varsity games.
I've been assigned a game. How do I get
directions to the school?
We use a web based assignment system called Arbiter. When you receive a game
assignment you will be able to view the address of the school, map links to the
school you will be officiating as well as the other officials you will be
working with that day.
What equipment will I need to officiate?
The uniform required to officiate consists of the striped shirt, white
pants, striped socks, black shoes, black hat with white piping and a whistle. Of
course, with any profession there are always extras that can be purchased, but
the typical setup to get started will cost approximately between $150-$200. This
cost can easily be recovered by working just a few games. We have some donated
gear available if you cannot afford a complete unifore right away.
When should I arrive at an assigned game?
For all varsity games you should arrive 1½ hours prior to kick-off. This
will allow ample time to dress and run through a pre-game meeting with your
crew. For all sub-varsity games it is best to arrive at least 30 minutes prior
to kick-off and be on field dressed and ready 15 minutes before the scheduled
How do I get paid?
At the end of each season officials will receive a pay sheet generated from
our assignment system. Each official should verify it for accuracy and notify
the Treasurer if there are any discrepancies. Checks for wages earned will be
distributed typically by mid December but may be early January. We bill schools
for games worked at the end of the year and as money is received checks begin
Is my officiating income taxable?
Each official receives an IRS form 1099 at the end of the year. As an
independent contractor, each official is responsible for the reporting of the
income, typically on a schedule C of their IRS tax return. A copy of each 1099
form will also be filed with the IRS as required by law.
How do I get into the members only section
of the website?
Once you sign up as a member of the SCFOA you will be contacted by our
webmaster with your username and password to access all the member only
Where do I get the NFHS rule books for each
Once you sign up and begin apprentice training you will receive the National
Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) football rules book & case
book. You can also visit out downloads section for rules from other football