FHSAA Celebrates Officials Appreciation Week

GAINESVILLE, FL (8/8/17) – To celebrate and recognize the hard work and dedication of the nearly 12,000 officials in the state of Florida, the Florida High School Athletic Association will host Officials Appreciation Week this week. The event concludes Saturday when more than 1,500 football officials participate in statewide training.

With abuse and mistreatment at an all-time high, teams, coaches and student-athletes around the state are encouraged to show their respect for officials on social media by tweeting a word of appreciation using the hashtag #FHSAAOfficials. The FHSAA will spend the week posting pictures sent in by officials on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts (@FHSAA).

In addition, Floridians are encouraged to become a new official at http://www.becomeanofficial.org/www.BecomeAnOfficial.org.

“We all must work together to solve the statewide shortage of quality officials,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “They are a vital component of high school athletics and we are committed to their craft.”

This Saturday, 22 schools across Florida will host more than 160 schools and 18 different football officials associations. The free officials training begins with a forum at 7:30 a.m. and is designed to promote more consistency in the enforcement of the rules. In total, 1,500-plus officials will participate in this statewide training.

2017 FHSAA Football Official Training Goals:

1.      Common football officiating curriculum provided by FHSAA and taught by our top officials with the goal of statewide consistency.

2.      Coaches and Officials question-and-answer session to bridge the gap between the two groups.

3.      Train all officials with instant on-field feedback.

4.      Encourage Associations to use the training to help develop playoff crews.

For more information, follow the FHSAA on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat by searching for “FHSAA.”

About The FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors aca­demic and athletic achievement among current and former student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Head­quartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.