Welcome to the official web page for the Gulf Coast Football Officials Association. We are proudly one of the top association on the state of Florida. Every year we add more schools and we are always eager to add new officials. In the next few weeks we will be adding a lot of new features to our site. Please check back soon.
If you are an official and you are looking for access to the Arbiter link, please Click Here or on the link below:
Meeting and Registration/Eligibility Information:
Our first regular season meeting is scheduled for Monday July 30, 2012 at 7:00pm.
Sahib Shriners Temple
600 North Beneva Road
Jessica Lunsford Act:
Everyone needs to have Jessica Lunsford Act clearance. The link below is to the form for the procedure we use through Pinellas County and the ID is good for 5 years. In regards to a place to actually go for photo, etc., the web site lists various places that you can set up an appointment for. You can also go through your local School Board if you desire. But Bottom line is that everyone will need this clearance.
Registration is now open for new and returning officials. The registration deadline is August 5, 2012.
All exams are “Closed Book” only and will be open online from August 13, 2012 – August 22, 2012. Use the above link to the Contest Officals Login Page to take your online test.
Defenseless Player Defined:
The definition of a defenseless receiver has been extended. Now, a receiver who has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner even if both feet are on the ground is considered defenseless.
Defenseless players cannot be hit in the head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder. The definition of such players now includes those throwing a pass; attempting or completing a catch without having time to ward off or avoid contact; a runner whose forward progress has been stopped by a tackler; kickoff or punt returners while the ball is in the air; kickers or punters during a kick or a return; a quarterback during a change of possession; a player who receives a blindside block from a blocker moving toward his own end zone.
Below is a video of NFL Referee Walt Coleman discussing the NFL interpretation of a Defenseless Player.
Around 3:20 they discuss “Seeing The Whole Play”.
New GCFOA Apparel
GCFOA Order Form (Printable Copy)
This year there is new apparel available with our new GCFOA logo on it. There will be one big order at the beginning of the 2012 Season. This year apparel includes hats, visors, shirts, jackets, windbreakers, and etc. If you want a custom piece that can also be ordered. For more information contact Rich Walker via Email at email@example.com.