Where better to discuss some of the hottest topics in the officiating world than in the desert of Arizona?
USA Football was well represented when the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) conducted its annual Sports Officiating Summit. The event took place July 26-28 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass resort in Tucson, Ariz.
There's no better way to see a football game than by getting close to the action. In college and professional sports, fans pay a lot of money for the best seats, but officials probably get the best view of the action than anyone. However, such a great view can come at a different cost when it comes to safety.
Bill LeMonnier is a Big Ten referee and has been officiating since 1980. He has worked the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the edge-of-your-seat thriller between Boise State and Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
In 1992, the Fairfax County Youth Football League (FCYFL) was an established organization that already had teams, coaches and players. But as the league began to grow, the third team on the field, the officials, needed some attention to keep up with the expansion.