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The best officials come from those who have both the passion and knowledge of the game. Typically, we have found that past players who have played in our flag football program have the attributes needed to develop into a fantastic flag football official.

Therefore, we have created the Neighborhood Student Officials Program to help students with either volunteer credit hours or paid weekend work during the school year.

Who is eligible to become a "Neighborhood Program" NFL Flag official?

Any high school student is eligible.

What does it take to become a good official?

Most certainly a very thorough knowledge of the rules of the game. However, in addition, a love of athletics and kids, physical ability, self-confidence, the dedication and determination necessary to work hard, and above all, personal integrity. The athletes and coaches look upon each contest as being the most important thing happening in their lives at that moment, and the official must look upon each contest the same way and react accordingly. This avocation is not for everyone, but if you have the interest and the attributes described above, you may find this to be some of the most rewarding work you will ever be involved in.

What experience is necessary?

None. We will train all Neighborhood Program officials. Both an online test with a passing score of 80% or better plus on-field training will be required. A Neighborhood Program official will train with an experienced Neighborhood Sports official for one gameday. During training, Neighborhood Program officials will not be paid, however, this could count as volunteer hours towards school credit.  

What expectations will officiating have of me?

To become a respected official, one must invest time to learn, time to practice and time to develop. Although the time devoted will vary from person to person, there are some requirements that must be observed. Rules meetings, clinics and official’s meetings are necessary, and part of the professionalism expected of officials. As with most things, officials improve according to their efforts.

What expenses will I have?

1.    You will need to purchase a black and white striped shirt in either the 1” or 2” width of stripes.

2.    Black football officiating pants or shorts shall be worn with the contrasting white side stripe.

3.    Solid black lanyard

4.    Whistle

5.    Black Belt

6.    Black shoes and socks.

7.    The penalty flag shall be yellow.

8.    The referee shall wear a black cap with white piping.

9.    A stopwatch (not your phone)           

What is the biggest adjustment or challenge that I will face?

It is important to understand that the basic ingredient of officiating is that of being a decision maker, and sometimes people do not like decisions that don’t go their way. Once you clear this hurdle and realize that people will criticize you because you make necessary decisions, rather than because you are a bad person, and you can accept this fact, you are on your way. It is not easy. Do not get discouraged! Stay in the game!

How much do I get paid?

Game pay ranges but typically pay around $20/hour.

I am interested in moving forward, what do I need to do?

STEP 1. Submit your application to become an official.

STEP 2. 
You will be contacted by a representative regarding the application and officiating opportunities in your area.

Read and study the online rulebook. You must know the rules of the game inside and out to be an official in our program. 

Good luck with your journey. This is such a rewarding position and we look forward to you helping us reshape the game for our the little ones in our community.  Lets do this!


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