If you are interested in becoming a new
member of the SICOA officiating staff,
please complete the on-line officials
questionnaire or contact the SICOA
Training Director by e-mail.
To E-Mail SICOA Training Director Ernest Smith
Please Click The Icon Below & Complete The On-Line Questionnaire To Be Added To Our List Of Prospective Officials. A Member Of Our Staff Will
Contact You To Answer All Your Questions.
Joining SICOA is easy.
Fulfilling the commitment to be a serious
amateur football official is not.
Make sure you have the time and resources to become
a sports official. Training, continued education and your
availability on week nights and all day Saturday are key
to your successful participation. Also make sure your family and employer are understanding and will be 100% cooperative. Officiating should never take preference over your family and employment obligations.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a SICOA Football Official.
New Officials - No Experience
& Those With Less Than Three Years Documented Total Experience
You will be required to attend our training workshop conducted by The SICOA Training Director and staff.
After successful completion of this workshop, you will be eligible to officiate within our association. You are required to join the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and take the annual football test in August. You then will be a registered official in the state of Florida. You are also required to undergo a national Level 2 criminal background check. If for any reason you do not clear this procedure, you will not be eligible to officiate.(see memo below)
FHSAA & SICOA Student Officials Program
The FHSAA and SICOA are active in supporting the student official program. Students under 18 as of September 1st and enrolled in high school for the 2013 school year are encouraged to join us. Minimum age is 16. In 2012, our association had nine student officials. We also have five officials on our staff that started as student officials. Three of whom are now on interscholastic crews.
Transfer Officials With Experience (3+ Years)
SICOA always welcomes those officials that join us by moving into the area or have worked in neighboring associations. To be classified accordingly with our association, please submit with your registration a letter from your previous association secretary or state association affirming your experience, past test score and any other information that will help us determine your classification and field position. A letter from your former state high school association is also required with the same information. Copies of both letters should also be sent to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to assure you receive credit as an experienced official in their classification and points system. Once registered, our training director will confer with you and arrange you work high school scrimmages or youth games for evaluation purposes.
This will provide you the opportunity to start Officiating contests throughout our contracted youth and high school programs in the four counties that we service. Youth programs have the majority of their games on Saturday's and pay the officials on the field. High school contests are Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons and Friday nights. Game fees per official range from $25 for flag games to $45 and $50 for youth games. High School game fees per official range from $34.00 for doing the clock to $70 for varsity contests. Youth game sets are anywhere from 5-8 games with at least one game on the clock.
Projected Out Of Pocket Expenses For New Officials
- Do you have a passion for football? Do you want to be in on the action? Become An Official!
- Off and On Field Training begins at our Spring Workshop
- Officiate Games on the youth & middle school levels your first year
- Growth Opportunities Available. Get paid to officiate football!
- You Love the Game of Football...officiating is a great way to be involved
- You Can Influence Kids...be a role model who helps make the game safe and fair
- Builds Positive Life Skills...your communication, confidence and decision making skills improve greatly
- Earn Extra Money...unlike most hobbies, officials get paid for their time
- Make Lifelong Friends and Memories...fellow officials share experiences that will last a lifetime
- Give Back to Your Community...help continue the legacy of organized sports
Share your enthusiasm for sports with eager student athletes and help mold the future of our youth.
It's a great way to stay active. We call it paid exercise.
Don't know the rules? Don't worry.
We have an extensive training program
designed to help every official succeed on the field.
New recruits are also assigned a seasoned
veteran to have a mentor/mentee relationship.
If you love football, join now.
The best seat in the house is on the field.
was founded in 1995 due to a need for youth league officials
in Pop Warner football in Hillsborough and Sarasota counties.
We were orignally named "The Greater Tampa Pop Warner Football Officials Association." Twelve officials made the first roster. In subsequant years,
more youth programs came on board and the need for additional
officials became evident. SICOA started their C.O.R.E. training
program which is still utilized today. C.O.R.E. stands for
Continued Officiating Review & Education. Other associations
around the country have modeled their training after this
very successful program.
2002, SICOA became a member of the Florida High School Athletic
Association and started working interscholastic high school
contest's. In that same year, the association received accolades
from the FHSAA as we led the state in student/official registrations.
2003, the FHSAA awarded a state football officials field clinic
to SICOA and the Lake Region Officials Association. The clinic
attracted over 150 officials state wide and was a huge success.
2004, SICOA retained their first collegiate program and became
a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
of Officials John Walters oversees a staff of over 130 officials
within SICOA's football staff, and is also the Supervisor
of Officials for three,
minor league football conferences that start play each January.
SICOA services 70 youth football organizations in eight bay
area counties with 19 sites assigned every Saturday. The high school program is also flourishing with an average of 10 interscholastic games booked each week.
the original staff of 12, Walters, Jeff Merrin, Chip Lugo,
Lance Sweat and Dean Davis are all still active members.
MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECK
All SICOA officials shall be required to undergo a a Level 2 background screening. A level 2 screening is a check of a person's background against state and national databases to ascertain whether the individual has been convicted of a crime(s) and its/their nature. It requires you to file with the Pasco County district school board a complete set of fingerprints taken by an authorized law enforcement agency or an employee of the school or school district who is trained to take fingerprints. The fingerprints are submitted to the FDLE for state processing and to the FBI for federal processing. If you have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude you cannot be employed, engaged to provide services, or serve in any position requiring direct contact with students. This includes officiating athletic contests.
> Student Officials are exempt from this rule.
> Officials that do not intend to officiate FHSAA junior varsity or varsity contests are still required to undergo a Level 2 screening.
> Officials will still undergo SICOA screening which includes a statewide background check.
What is the cost and who pays it? The minimum cost of each screening, according to FDLE, is $85. The exact cost, however, is determined by each school district and may vary from county to county. Each school district must decide who pays the cost of each screening. FDLE has stated that it also may assess an annual $6 retention fee in future years. Again, it will be the decision of each school district to determine who pays this annual fee should it be assessed.
Must I undergo the level 2 screening each school year?
No. Once you submit to the level 2 screening you are permanently entered into the state's automated fingerprint identification system. Your fingerprints then are annually compared to all arrest fingerprint cards. If an arrest record matches your fingerprints it will be reported to the appropriate district school board. The record is good for five consecutive years.
Additional information will be submitted to officials during the off season. It will be the sole responsibility of each new official to assure they take and complete this procedure prior to August 1st of the new season..