FYD Tampa Bay Pop Warner: FYD News: Become A SICOA Youth League Official in 2013

Saturday, January 19
Become A SICOA Youth League Official in 2013
Refrain From The Complaining & Instead Be A Part Of The Game!
Become A SICOA Youth League Official in 2013!
Training Classes Start Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30pm

 Please Take A Brief Minute To Complete The SICOA On-Line Officials Questionnaire.
This will add you to our mailing list and keep you informed of upcoming dates and news.

We are excited about having any new prospective members 16 & older in The Southern Independent Conference Officials association and SICOA football officiating. We are a member of the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and the National Association of Sports Officials, (NASO). We are the largest provider of officials for youth leagues with twenty crews working every Saturday from mid August to early December. We service youth conferences in the five immediate bay area county's (Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas & Manatee).
The entire staff and board of directors is prepared to assist you in both your training and on field preparation. Our desire is that your experience will be one of personal growth, officiating achievement, and on field success.
Tour our website at www.sicoaofficials.com
SICOA conducts a superior training and mentoring program. All prospective officials annually benefit from our training classes and pre-season field instruction. You can be sure that you will receive individualized attention as a new SICOA member.

2013 Spring Workshop & Training Classes

Our ninth annual spring workshop and training classes are designed for those new to football officiating and those that started officiating in 2011 or later (less than three years experience). These classroom sessions are held one night per week for about two hours for six weeks and is under the direction of our Training Director Ernest Smith and his staff. There will also be field training while working Pop Warner Spring Football and selected high school spring scrimmages. When working Pop Warner spring, you will be compensated to help defray some of the initial costs of starting out with fees and uniform expenses.

The 2013 Spring training workshop details are as follows:
START DATE: March 19th
DAY OF WEEK: Tuesday's
CLASS TIME: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
SITE: Tampa Bay Technical High School (exact room TBA)
CONTACT: Ernest Smith

Bring a friend, co-worker or relative to our first meeting. There is no financial obligation to join SICOA at this meeting. We want you to WANT to officiate and not be pressured to work despite the compensation that you
will receive or the general requirements for membership.


Officiating candidates and active officials must meet the minimum requirements set forth by both SICOA and the FHSAA. They include, but are not limited to:
1. Minimum age of 16 (must be born on or before 7/1/97)
2. Must be in reasonable good physical condition
(could work up to 7 games on a Saturday in excessive heat)
3. Must be able to successfully complete and pass a national Level II criminal background check
4. Must be available on Saturday's from July thru December from 8:00am to 10:00pm. Optional availability for
new officials can be Wednesday, Thursday & Friday's for afternoon and evening interscholastic games.
5. Must have reliable transportation
6. Must register and be accepted by both SICOA ($50 annual fee) and the FHSAA ($41 annual fee).
7. Student Officials 16 and older and still in high school as of 9-1-13 have reduced fees and are not
required to undergo the National Level II background check.

Benefits Of Being A SICOA Football Official

You will meet new friends, develop long lasting relationships and be a part of the nation's most popular sport. And, you get paid to do it. Youth games pay from $25.00 (youth flag) to $45.00 (youth tackle). Middle school games pay $62.00, junior varsity is $54.00 and high school varsity pays $70.00. Clock operators are compensated $34.00 per game. An average Saturday will have you on the field for 4-6 games and at least one clock. Fees are paid in cash at the game sites at the end of the day's schedule.
Your FHSAA membership entitles you to all 2013 rulebooks, practice testing, officials manual and more. Plus, you have an accident insurance policy that covers you at all games and is primary insurance if you have no coverage and pays secondary to your own insurance if benefits expire.
You will be responsible to obtain and purchase your own officiating uniform and equipment. But that can be made back just after your first Saturday of regular season games.
Then, there is the opportunity for you to move up in the association. This is up to you. It relates to your on field performance, evaluations and ratings, meeting attendance and annual test score.
We call it paid exercise. What a great way to pick up some extra cash during the week while working football
games. An average official that works Wednesday nights, Thursday and/or Friday afternoon and nights and all day Saturday can easily take home about $450.

Transfer Requirements (Officials with more than three years experience)

All transfer officials must meet the association's general transfer requirements, as well as FHSAA transfer policies in order to officiate contests that are contracted by this association. If you are an official that started officiating in 2010 or earlier, please contact us directly for information provided to transfer officials. Please e-mail us with your information at info@sicoaofficials.com.

We hope the information in this e-mail was helpful. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail us at info@sicoaofficials.com. It is our hope to see you March 19th at our first meeting for the 2013 spring workshop.


SICOA Board of Directors

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