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2017 Gold Official Nominations

The following officials were nominated by the DFOA Area Directors as potential Semi-final and Championship officials for the state.  See below for a few Q&A regarding the Gold/Blue official designations.  All names below are listed alphabetically by last name.

Those listed in BOLD ITALICS are those who were selected to work as the Gold Officials for Championship and Semi-Final games in 2017.


Jim Altman
Vince Bravdica
Curt Brouwer
Tim Fitzgerald
Dan Gilman
Mike Letofsky
Mike Kelley
Pat Klein
Karl Kramer
Rick Rouse
Mark Usery


Buck Bartolik
Steve Burns
Brian Catalfamo
Jesse Crockett
Lawrence Chavez
Jerry Haines
Sal Marini
Don Reh
Kirk Russell
Scott Saucke


Dan Bixby
Jerry Boles
Hank Cary
Keith Clements
Lee Doerr
Severin Goode
Bill Janicki
Larry Lempka
Bob Luxner
Chris Miller
Dan Payne
Aaron Punke
Scott Shald
Jim Smithwick
Damon Ware
Chad Weigelt
Jim Zehner

Back Judges

Ken Beltran
Bob Blodgett
David Coffman
Tony Giardina
Rich Iversen
Frank LaMantia
Bill Percy
Debra Schamber
Wes Whitely

Questions & Answers

Q: How were these officials selected?
A: A survey was sent to the membership in August.  The results of the survey were discussed by the Area Directors to compile a list of officials to nominate.

Q: Will all these officials be working finals or semifinals?
A: No.  These officials will be observed, and as playoff time approaches, several officials will be "released" back to the Blue official pool.  In 2016, there were 11 DFOA officials working championship games, and a comparable number of semifinal games.  While there is no guarantee as to how many slots the DFOA will be given in 2017, we expect the numbers will be similar.

Q: If I'm not on this list, does that mean I won't be working playoffs?
A: Not necessarily.  The "gold" officials listed here are simply those nominated to work the semifinal and championship games.  All other playoff eligible officials will be in the "blue" officials pool, as well as gold officials who are released closer to the playoffs.

Q: What does it mean to be a "blue" official?
A: A blue officials is one who is eligible to work the playoffs, but is not nominated to work the final rounds.  Many, if not most, blue officials will work one or two early-round playoff games.  Note, however, that this may depend on the number of playoff assignments allotted to the DFOA.  Just because an official is eligible to work a playoff game does not guarantee that official will receive any assignments.

Q: What commitment do "gold" officials have?
A: A gold nominated officials commits to being available for any given weekend throughout the playoffs.  If a gold official cannot commit to this for 2017, he should let the Area Directors know to be withdrawn from gold consideration as soon as possible.  Doing so will still possibly enable the official to be in the "blue" official pool.
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