The Massachusetts 5-Person Crews NFHS Football Manual Review Committee is working diligently this winter. The role of the Committee is to review the 2023 NFHS Game Officials Manual, make recommendations, educate officials, and promote a unified implementation of its procedures in high school football games across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The members of the Committee are: Tom Brow: Co- Chairman – Association of New England Football Officials (ANEFO); Peter D. Ochs: Co-Chairman – Berkshire County Football Officials Association (BCFOA); James Kearney: Association of New England Football Officials (ANEFO); Tom Azevedo – Southeastern Mass Football Officials Association (SMFOA); Mike Byron – Eastern Massachusetts Association of Interscholastic Football Officials (EMAIFO); Dan Case – Cape Cod Football Association (CCFOA); Rich Clark – Western Mass Football Officials Association (WMFOA); Doug Davenport – Mass Independent Football Association (MIFOA); Chris Ferreira – Southeastern Mass Football Official Association (SMFOA); and Billy Graham – Nobscot Valley Football Officials Association (NVFOA).
The Committee’s first zoom meeting is scheduled for: Sunday, February 26, 2023. The Committee kicked off its work by dividing the manual into the following five parts with 3-4 documents each week:
Week #1 – February 27 – March 5, 2023 – NFHS Manual Review
Week #2 – March 6 – March 12, 2023 – NFHS Manual Review
Week #3 – March 13- March 19, 2023 – NFHS Manual Review
Week #4 – March 20 – March 26, 2023 – NFHS Manual Review
Week #5 – March 27 – April 2, 2023 – NFHS Manual Review
Zoom Meeting #2 – Sunday, April 9, 2023 – 9:00 a.m.
There are five self-paced weekly review sessions. Committee members will read, review, and comment on each section of the manual. After their collaborative review is completed, it is their intent to create five separate videos to help officials discover and/or refresh their knowledge about their specific positions and procedures for their upcoming high school football game based on the 2023 NFHS Football Game Officials Manual and the Committee’s recommendations. We will produce a video for referees, a video for umpires, a video for back judges, a video for head linemen, and a video for line judges.
Best wishes to the Massachusetts 5-Person Crews NFHS Football Manual Review Committee!