Here are the meeting dates and topics for the 2019 year.

For a downloadable copy of the meeting dates, click on the button.

  • Monday, July 29, 2019

    • Expectations/Attendance

    • Position Groups, Apprentices' Meetings, Test Requirements

    • Rule 1

      • (The Game, Field, Players and Equipment)

    • Rule 3

      • (Periods, Time Factors and Substitutions)

  • Monday, August 5, 2019

    • Rule 4

      • (Ball in Play, Dead Ball and Out of Bounds)

    • Rule 5

      • (Series, # of Down, Team Possession After Penalty)

    • Rule Changes/Points of Emphasis

  • Monday, August 12, 2019

    • Rule 6

      • (Kicking the Ball and Fair Catch)

    • Rule 7

      • (Snapping, Handing and Passing the Ball)

    • Rule 8

      • (Scoring Plays and Touch-back)

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019

    • Rule 9

      • (Conduct of Players and Others)

    • 4-Man Mechanics

    • Position Groups

    • Review Field Signals

    • Training Days

  • Monday, August 19, 2019

    • Rule 2

      • (Definitions of Playing Terms)

    • Officials Code of Conduct

    • Using Arbiter

    • Grid Kids Assignments

  • Monday, August 26, 2019

    • No Rookie Meeting - Test taking will begin at 6:15pm

    • Rule 10

      • (Enforcement of Penalties) 

    • Pre-Game - 5-Man Mechanics

    • Coverage Area Review

    • Whistle Responsibility Review

    • Official NFHS Signals

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    • ​BUSINESS MEETING 7:00 pm

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    • Review of Mechanics and Rules

    • Grid Kid Assignments

    • Play Situations

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    • October Assignments

    • Review of Mechanics and Rules

    • Play Situations

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    • Board Nominations for 2020

    • Review of Mechanics and Rules

    • Play Situations

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (at Round Table Pizza)

    • Board Elections for 2020

    • Pizza Party

2019 Meeting Dates



The board has been meeting since January to plan for the upcoming season. There will be some new things happening this year including a new "Mentoring Program" and other events throughout the year. Be sure to come to the first meeting on July 29 and check it out.


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. 

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