|Northern Delaware Football Officials Association|
Thank you for your interest in joining the Northern Delaware Football Officials Association where no previous experience is necessary – we will train you.
How do I become a football official?
There is a local and multiple online vendors from whom you can buy officiating equipment and supplies. Many of these suppliers offer new officials a “starter package”, which typically costs between $125 and $175. Also, several veteran NDFOA officials donate some uniform items to the new members’ class each year.
As an official’s experience progresses and they are available, they may be moved to higher level games such as Freshmen and/or JV games. Delaware plays their JV games on Monday afternoons while Maryland plays their games on Thursday afternoons. Delaware also plays Freshmen games on Thursday afternoons while Maryland does not play Freshmen games. Again, there is no requirement to be available to work these games.
Finally, a secondary requirement for all new officials is to volunteer to work a minimum of seven High School Varsity chain games over their first two years. This is to provide an opportunity to watch and learn from veteran officials.
In addition, NDFOA holds training meeting on Tuesday evenings from late August to Mid-November. All members are required to attend 80% of the membership meetings.
How much do I make and when am I paid?
All officials are paid by check in mid-December.
Are there any other fees or dues that I will have to pay?
In subsequent years, every member pays dues equal to one varsity game fee. This fee covers the registration fees along with a small stipend to maintain the operation of the association. In addition, you will be charged a small stipend for the School Assigner (7%*), Youth Assigner (7%*), Treasurer (.5%), and Secretary (1%) fees. While no State or Federal taxes are deducted from your pay, a Federal 1099 will be issued. You are responsible for paying taxes on all income earned.
* The school and youth assigners are paid 7% of all games that they assign. In general, the fees run in.the range of 8.5% of your earnings.