2013 NFHS Rule Changes
- The penalties for pass interference have been changed to eliminate the automatic first down on defensive pass interference and the loss of down on offensive interference.
- a 15 yard markoff has been added to the penalty for kick catching interference when the awarded fair catch option is chosen.
- the kickoff contact restrictions on K that were implemented last year have been modified to allow K to contact R after R has initiated contact.
- Three clarifications were made to the helmet coming off the player rule. The most important is that if he continues to play after the helmet comes off, it is a 15 yard penalty.
- If a player while airborne, catches the ball and then is carried out of bounds by a defender, he is awarded a catch and the ball is marked at the spot of forward progress.
May 6, 2013 - Summer Camp 2013
The WOA has announced the summer camp dates for this year. The camp will be held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25. Interested officials should contact Charlie Schwatka for details. You can email Charlie by clicking here.
Apr 25, 2013 - Board Changes
At the last board meeting, Eric Krabbenhoft resigned from the board because of other activities not leaving him enough time to dedicate to the board. Phil Barricklow announced tonight that he has appointed James Scott to replace Eric and that James has accepted. Congratulations James!
Apr 13, 2013 - Board Minutes Posted
The minutes from last Thursday's board meeting have been posted under the Board Meetings topic on the Inside Scoop tab.
Apr 12, 2013 - Spring Training for Apprentices & Rookies
There will be spring training sessions for all Apprentices and Rookies from 10am to noon on April 20, 27, May 4, 18 (all Saturdays). This training will lead into the spring scrimmages in early June. For more information or to sign up, contact Dave by clicking here.
Mar 20, 2013 - Board Minutes Posted
The board minutes from the March 11 meeting have been posted along with the 2012 financial report and the 2013 adopted budget. They are available on the Inside Scoop tab under board minutes.
Jan 30, 2013 - Bob Vaught Appointed Interim Sec/Treas
In an email sent to all EFOA Members, EFOA Interim President Phil Barricklow announced that after receiving and reading email from members, he decided to make a change as to his appointment of the interim Secretary/Treasurer of the association. He announced that he offered the position to Bob Vaught and that Bob accepted the position yesterday. Bob assumed the office immediately. Thanks Bob for stepping in.
Jan 23, 2013 - Board Minutes Posted
The minutes from the last EFOA Board meeting on 1/14 are now available using the Board Meetings link on the Inside Scoop tab.
Jan 14, 2013 - Gridiron Classic Photos
You can view pictures of each crew that worked the state semi-final and final games by clicking here. Games are listed by the last name of the referee on the crew.
Aug 24, 2012 - EFOA Gear Supplier
Available Creations, a company owned by Todd Bingham who is an EFOA member, has been designated by the Board as the official EFOA Game Day gear provider. Todd has a variety of bags, hats, and shirts with the EFOA logo available. You will find information on the products and how to order them on the Game Day tab.
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Feb 2, 2013 - Doug Kretz Proposes New Referee Signals
In an email received by the author, Doug Kretz indicated that "We might want to add some of these to our EFOA handbook." Well, we aren't sure which signals Doug thinks we should add, but you be the judge.....
Click here to see the proposed signals.
Sep 6, 2012 - New Kickoff Rule
Watch the video and see what call you would have made. Then read rule 9-3-8 and see what you think. Who initiates the contact? Does the ball hit R? To see the video, click here.