Playoff Selection Questions & Answers
First - Congratulations to each official receiving any postseason assignment. It is an honor to be selected for any assignment and we hope you enjoy the opportunity.
Q: How were these officials selected?
Those DFOA officials that were eligible to work playoffs were then submitted by the Area Directors to CFOA for playoff assignment selection. For example, nearly 70 officials from DFOA were submitted to the CFOA for week 1 assignments. The Denver area was slotted to fill 49 assignments for playoff games throughout the state.
Q: How does the CFOA determine how many assignments will go to Denver area officials?
A: CFOA looks at the total number of varsity eligible officials from each area throughout the state. The state is divided up into 16 different areas. The CFOA then tries to divide up playoff assignments equitably throughout the state based on how many varsity eligible officials each are has. One thing to keep in mind, as the playoffs approach, not all of these officials meet the playoff eligibility requirements so there could be some fluctuation in number of assignments for each area.
An example of the division of assignments can be seen in week 1 of the 2018 playoffs. There are 40 playoff games throughout the state including the 6-man, 8-man, 1A, 2A & 5A classifications. 200 officials from across the state were needed to fill those games. 49 officials (or 25%) came from the DFOA.
Q: If I am playoff eligible but did not get an assignment for week 1, does that mean I will not get any playoff assignments in 2018?
A: Not necessarily. Again, nearly 70 officials from DFOA were eligible to work the playoffs in 2018. Not everyone could be chosen to work in week 1 based on the number of slots assigned to the Denver area officials. Some officials that did not work in week 1 will most likely see an assignment in week 2. Again, the DFOA Area Directors will submit a list of those members eligible to work in the playoffs to the CFOA who will then make playoff assignments. (This is the process for the earlier rounds. Those selected to work semi-final and championship games were based on game evaluations done by evaluators chosen by the CFOA & CHSAA throughout the 2018 season. Note that these evaluations are different than the game evaluations done periodically by DFOA member officials.)
Q: What if I was playoff eligible but did not receive a 2018 postseason assignment?
A: We encourage you to continue to work hard in the off-season and into the 2019 season. All officials, rookies or long-time veterans, should self-evaluate and look for areas they can improve as an official. Some suggestions would be:
- Attend off-season rule study sessions.
- Attend an off-season CFOA officials camp.
- Work additional scrimmages to get more snaps in.
- Work additional sub-varsity games to get more snaps in and aid in covering these games to avoid cancellations.
- Attend as many area meetings as possible.
Don't settle for the minimum in these areas. When we have many eligible officials, not everyone will receive an assignment unfortunately. Appreciate when one is received and always look for ways to keep getting better.