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Awards Banquet 2019

Banquet update!


At the meeting on Tuesday we made a mistake when we announced the cost of the banquet next month. The cost is not $15 but rather it will be $19 per person. The board voted to help cover the cost of each meal so you are each saving $10 per person. Please RSVP with Brad Cramer or Craig Lacy so we can get a final head count. We need this information ASAP!


Again, here are the details:

Date: Sunday, November 10

Location: Apple Tree Restaurant

Time: Social Hour - 5pm Dinner at 6pm

Cost: $19 per person


RSVP to Brad Cramer or Craig Lacy


Sincerely, the YVFOA Board

Observer Plays of Interest

Here is a link to plays of interest for officials to view. They update these plays weekly to keep officials current on items to watch for. Check it out here


New this year will be the rolling out of a new mentor program. The YVFOA has partnered with WOA and NASO to pilot a program aimed at reaching new officials, training them AND retaining them. This is a concerted effort by the YVFOA and WOA to address the decline in officials in all sports, especially football. Bill Tilton has agreed to be the Mentor program manager and we are excited that he is willing to share his experience as a high school and college official to help the game of football in the Yakima Valley. Come to the meetings and learn more. If you are interested in being a mentor contact a board member.

NFHS Announces Rule Changes for Football

The NFHS Football Rules committee recently released the rule changes set to go into effect as early as the 2019 season. Those changes include:

  • the 40-Second Play Clock

  • the use of instant replay for playoffs

  • changes to the size of uniform numbers

  • tripping the runner is now illegal

  • change to the "horse collar" rule

  • change in the definition of the line of scrimmage

If you want to read more about the changes now go check out the story on the NFHS site...Football Changes for 2019 

You can also read the NFHS press release here.

Here is a list of the rule changes for the upcoming season from NFHS. 

Here is a video example of the 40-Second play clock rule in action. 

Here is a link to the 40 Second Play Clock Mechanics we will be using this year. 

Check out this article on upcoming rule changes for the 2019 season. 

Visit the Links & Resources link for more information and resources available to YVFOA/WOA members.

Come Join the Fun!!

Yakima Valley Football Officials’ Association


The YVFOA is looking for fresh recruits to continue to provide a great service to the local football scene in the Yakima Valley. We cover games from Sunnyside to Kittitas to Cle Elum and everywhere in between. Many people love the game of football and what better way to give back to the game than to officiate. Here is what  you can expect by becoming an official:

  • The BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE. there is not better place to be than on the field. Officials are right there in the trenches.

  • Stay connected to the game. If you played in the past, this would give you a chance to stay in the game.

  • NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!! Training. You don’t have to be an “expert” of the game. We will teach you the rules and the mechanics of being a quality official.

  • Compensation for your time. Between Grid Kid games, junior high and high school sub-varsity games you can earn as much or as little as you want. 


Meetings will begin in July but it's never too early to sign up.


Questions? If you have any questions please contact:

From the Board

It's not too late to join so get the word out and encourage your friends and family to come out and be a part of the game. Our first meeting will be Monday, July 29 a 6:15pm for new recruits in the Davis HS Kiva.

If you have questions call:

Brad Cramer at 509-945-5555 or

Craig Lacy at 509-728-1855

Check out the flyer for more information!

Upcoming Meetings

Apprentice meetings for first and second year members begin at 6:15pm. General membership meetings begin at 7pm and run to 8:30pm. 

- Aug. 26 (Monday) - at Davis HS, Kiva

- Aug. 27 (Tuesday) - at Davis HS, Kiva

- Sept. 10 (Tuesday) - at Davis HS, Kiva

- Sept. 17 (Tuesday) - at Davis HS, Kiva

- Oct. 8 (Tuesday) - at Davis HS, Kiva

- Oct. 22 (Tuesday) - Round Table Pizza

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