Welcome to the Capital Area Football Officials website. This website is dedicated to providing the best possible officiating for high school football in the Mid Penn Conference.
Our mission is to provide the best possible high school football officials in the state of Pennsylvania. We promote sportsmanship and professionalism at all times. It is our goal to promote officiating, recruiting new members interested in officiating, educate these officials, and train them to officiate at the highest possible level.
The Capital Area Football Officials Association continues to be in need of quality individuals to become football officials. Potential officials will be provided quality training and mentorship to help one achieve their goals as an officials. Please click here: Become An Official
THERE IS NO OFFSEASON- IT'S THE "GET BETTER SEASON"
CAFOA chapter members have used this offseason to get better. Chapter members have been active participants in high school 7v7 scrimmages and tournaments this spring and summer.
Championship crew from the Penn State 7v7 tournament. Joe Gross, Sonya Essis, Greg Shambaugh, Mike Elroy and
25 chapter members officiated the 7v7 Red Zone Rumble tournament at Susquehanna Township High School
14 Chapter members participant in the Spring Fling at Susquehanna Township
On the Recruiting trail
CAFOA member, Charlie Johnson, was given an opportunity to talk with the players at the Susquehanna Township Spring Fling about opportunities to become a football official.
NFHS 2023 Rule Changes
NFHS announces rules changes for the upcomming 2023 season. Click HERE to be link to a PDF.
Georgia Athletic Officials Association
Tom Dunleavy retires after 35 years of service
On Friday 10/28, the CAFOA celebrated a great career and the retirement of Tom Dunleavy Jr. Tom's contributions to the CAFOA can not be measured. We will forever be grateful for his service to our chapter and the Mid Penn football community.
Please read the Penn live article which covered Tom's final game. Click HERE to read the article.
5 Questions: Tom Dunleavy Jr. turns in the whistle after 35 years of football officiating. Click on Image above to be linked to Sentinel paper article
CAFOA Playoff Crews Announced
The CAFOA proudly announces it 2022 playoff crews. Please log into the Officially Only sections to see the full list of crews.
Congratulations to the following chapter members. They have been selected to represent our chapter as the PIAA state crew.
Referee: Matt Fries
Umpire: Mike Swatt
Head Linesman: Brian Metzger
Line Judge: Aaron Jayman
Side Judge: JT Noll
Field Judge: Dave Spizzirri Sr.
Back Judge: Kevin Bevenour
CAFOA wins PIAA Convention's Chapter Recognition Award
Kevin Bevenour, CAFOA Chapter President, proudly accepts the PIAA Convention's Chapter Award at the PIAA Annual Convention on August 6th,2022. This award is presented each year to the chapter with the most amount of chapter members at the convention. The CAFOA had 31 members or 1/4 of its total membership in attendance. The CAFOA has made an effort to improve officiating in its chapter by attending and improving educational opportunities.
Zoom Meeting Brings 5 NCAA D1 Refs to the Capitol Area Chapter of PIAA Football Officials
The CACPFO was fortunate to have 5 seasoned NCAA Division One Officials participate in a Zoom meeting with our chapter on 5/6. Jerry Hocker, our current District 3 Assignor and NCAA Division One ACC Side Judge, reached out to several of his colleagues to discuss a variety of topics. All 5 officials shared tips, experiences and advice that will help each individual and our chapter as a whole.
Dan Capron- Referee Big 10-Retired 2019
2017 National Championship Game (Georgia vs. Alabama)
2016 Big Ten Conference Championship Game
Jeff Heaser-Referee ACC
2015 ACC Conference Championship Game
2018 Rose Bowl (Oklahoma - Georgia) - National Semi Final
Duane Heydt-Referee ACC
2017 Rose Bowl (PSU -USC)
2018 Orange Bowl (Alabama - Oklahoma) - National Semi Final
John O'Neil-Referee Big 10
Big Ten Conference Championship Game
2014 BCS Championship Game ( Florida State vs Auburn)
Reggie Smith- Referee Big 10
Big 12 Just transferred to Big Ten
Big 12 Conference Championship Game
2016 Rose Bowl (Iowa vs Stanford)
CAFOA's Youth Football and Non-PIAA ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
In an effort to address the growing trend of behaviors at youth football games, the CAFOA has adopted the following Zero Tolerance Policy for Fans and Coaches. Click on logo for a copy of the Policy.
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