Information Update 3/22/23

March 28th – Fouls During Free-kicks – Greg Truax, now the instructional chair for all of LA counties, is hosting his next rules study zoom.  Several of you have participated in the past and reported to me that the information is most useful.  Give it a try!
National Football Foundation to Honor Marlow Fitzgerald – On Friday April 14th at 6:00 pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotels in Mission Valley.  Below is the link where you can purchase tickets for the event and help celebrate this great honor for Marlow. Please join us as we recognize and honor Marlow for all of his achievements and for what he has meant to the SDCFOA!
Next SDCFOA Board Meeting – Wednesday March 29, 6:30 pm at Calvin Christian High School in Escondido.  The meeting is open to all who attend, but you may need to “step out” for any closed session items dealing with personnel issues.
Recruiting and Retention Committee Needs a New Chair! - The recruiting committee reports that there have been 72 contacts by interested persons.  We hope this translates into a huge first year class.  Gary Gittelson and the committee have done a remarkable job of attracting new officials, unfortunately Gary needs to relocate to Florida to be with his father who is dealing with  some new health issues. If anyone would like to “give back” to the SDCFOA this is one of the most important areas an official could demonstrate his/her leadership skills.  Please feel free to respond to anyone on the Board including our officers: Ed Zapolski, Tom Ables, Terry Thompson, or myself, Steve Coover.
First College Meeting Date and Location – If you are an experienced high school official, whose ratings are toward the upper third of our association, you might consider joining our NCAA group.  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Torrey Pines High School Lecture Hall near their gymnasium toward the back of the school.  Call Coover if you have any questions  Michael Mothershed (PAC12) is our instructor.  All of the dates are listed on our website under the tab “NCAA”.
Crew Chief Retirements – Due to a variety of reasons, we are losing some of our best crew chiefs and we will sorely miss their leadership and officiating skills:
Gary Gittelson – Moving to Florida to help with father’s health
Tyler Lindsay – Work and family commitments are too extensive at this time.  He will be available to fill in.
Garrett Haislip – New work requirements and too many NCAA travel requirements
Tony Shaw – Again, family and work requirements have escalated
Ed Zapolski – True retirement.  Many years of exemplary service to the SDCFOA
Joe Magnuson – Hired as a replay official in the PAC12!
The Crew Chief Selection Committee has met and the Board will be announcing the new crew chiefs immediately after the meeting.