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  • 01 Nov 2016 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few questions have been asked about playoffs for the 2016 season. Here are a few answers to the common questions:

    When will I know if I have a playoff assignment? Assignments for a given week's playoff games should be available by the Sunday or Monday prior. For instance, those working the weekend of November 4-5 should have been received the Arbiter notification by October 31. Those working the weekend of November 11-12 should expect the Arbiter notification by November 7.

    How will I receive the notification? Notifications will be done via Arbiter, not by phone. Arbiter typically sends out an email to notify you of a new assignment. Be sure to check that your email information is correct.

    I didn't get a playoff game this week. Should I be concerned? Not necessarily. For the week of November 4-5, the DFOA is only working games from the A-8, 1A and 2A brackets. Playoffs for the 3A, 4A, and 5A brackets begin next week, so officials who didn't work this week still have opportunity to work next week, and possibly the week afterward depending on the "blue level" games the DFOA is allocated.

    Will everyone get a playoff game? It is our hope that we can help all eligible and deserving officials the opportunity to work in the postseason. This may be limited to the overall number of slots we are allocated, coupled with individual blocks. Most "blue" officials will thus probably only receive a single playoff game, though it may be that some get a second. It is important to note, however, that being eligible does not guarantee a post-season assignment.

    Who assigns the playoff games? The DFOA area directors submit a list of names for playoff assignments each week, and state officers with the CFOA/CHSAA will make assignments for individual games using that list. Some of the assignments will consist of DFOA officials only, some will be mixed crews.

    If you have further questions, please send a message to, and we will try and answer them as best we can.

  • 25 Oct 2016 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few notes and reminders about playoffs this year.

    1. If you are not one of the "gold" officials, and you have blocks that may prevent you from working certain days, make sure you put those in Arbiter ASAP. It may also help to send an email to with the information (put "Playoff Blocks" or something in the title). Note, though, that blocking too many days could make it difficult to use you in the playoffs.
    2. Many schools in the playoffs are not paying via check anymore, but will be using ArbiterPay. While this isn't new for most of us in the Denver area, as ASO and Jeffco already pay this way, it is important to make sure your ArbiterPay account is set up and ready to go (and linked to your Arbiter account). Double check your accounts in order to prevent any delays or problems.
    3. Make sure you check all your eligibility criteria NOW. Look at your meeting credits to make sure we have them recorded, make sure you have the required number of games, etc. Waiting until playoff assignments are being made may be too late. Don't wait!
    4. It is important to stress that this year, there are fewer playoff games allocated to the DFOA. This is due to a mixture of lower numbers, less playoff games overall (partly due to 5A dropping to a smaller bracket), and the new system the state has set up for assigning deeper-round games. As such, just being eligible does NOT guarantee that an official will get any playoff games. While we would like to make sure every eligible official is able to work in the post-season, this unfortunately may not be possible. We will be doing what we can to try and get playoff games to as many eligible and deserving officials as possible.

    Thanks, and have a great rest of the season (and post-season)!

  • 19 Oct 2016 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pat Klein put together a video tribute for Stu, which was shown at the area meeting last night.  For those who missed it, or those who just want to see it again, you can do so here:

  • 17 Oct 2016 10:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Information for the services for Stu Bader are as follows:

    Friday, October 21st, 10:30 am

    St Frances Cabrini Church
    6673 W. Chatfield Ave
    Littleton, CO 80128

    A celebration of Stu will be held immediately afterwards in the Church Hall at that location.

    Finally, from 1-4pm will be an Open House at Stu and Yvonne Bader's home:
    4871 S. Everett St
    Littleton, CO 80123

  • 06 Sep 2016 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the date for the 2016 CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet:

    WHEN: Saturday, Dec 10.  11:30 Meet & Greet, 12:30 Luncheon
    WHERE: Kent Denver HS, Dining Hall

    More details will come regarding cost and registration.  All officials are encouraged to come to support those officials from our association who are being inducted into the CFOA Hall of Fame, and to just generally enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow officials (with excellent food to boot!)

  • 26 Aug 2016 4:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Financial Report is available at the following link: 2015 Financial Report

  • 19 Aug 2016 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Ben Gregory award.  This award is given to a retired coach who was a great facilitator of sportsmanship towards opponents as well as officials, and building character among their players.

    Send your nominations to Lawrence Chavez at or text him at 303-901-1693.

  • 19 Aug 2016 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A PDF with an updated meeting attendance sheet has been posted to the home page.  Please check it often to make sure we have your attendance recorded correctly.

    Remember, you must have at least 5 meeting credits to be eligible for the playoffs.  A single varsity scrimmage and a single crew test study session each count as a meeting credit.  Attending the Master Clinic does NOT count as a meeting credit, but is tracked separately.

  • 20 Jul 2016 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few scrimmages have been added to the Scrimmages page.  As we receive info for more of them, they will be added to that page.  Note that this might not include all possible scrimmages, so also check Arbiter for other scrimmage opportunities.

  • 30 Jun 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new page titled Miscellaneous Information is available on the DFOA website.  This page will contain various bits of policy or rules information that is useful for long-term availability, together in a single easy-to-find place.

    Currently this page contains information on the Physical Standards test as well as the Mercy Rule in Colorado.  Please check this page for any additional information.

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