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How To Become A Flag Football Official

Thank you for your interest in becoming a flag football official with National Flag Football. As you can imagine, officiating a youth flag football game is a gratifying position. You are the one selected to help teach, correct, improve, and enhance the experience for the players, coaches, and fans. We take great pride in our official selection process as it's incredibly important that we ensure we have quality officials who are dedicated to the game of flag football. 

The Legacy Student Officials Program

The best officials come from those who have both the passion and knowledge of the game. Typically, we have found that past players who have played in our flag football program have the attributes needed to develop into a fantastic flag football official.

To enrich our High School Students, We have created the Legacy Student Officials Program to help students with either volunteer credit hours or paid weekend work during the school year.


Who is eligible to become a National Flag Football Legacy official?

Any high school student is eligible.

What does it take to become a good official?

Most certainly a very thorough knowledge of the rules of the game. However, in addition, a love of athletics and kids, physical ability, self-confidence, the dedication and determination necessary to work hard, and above all, personal integrity. The athletes and coaches look upon each contest as being the most important thing happening in their lives at that moment, and the official must look upon each contest the same way and react accordingly. This avocation is not for everyone, but if you have the interest and the attributes described above, you may find this to be some of the most rewarding work you will ever be involved in.

What experience is necessary?

None. We will train all new officials. Both an online test with a passing score of 80% or better plus on-field training will be required. All officials will train with an experienced official for eight hours. The first four hours, you will learn the tips of the trade from a training official. The next four hours, you will lead the field with an official shadowing you. During training, officials will not be paid.  

What expectations will officiating have of me?

To become a respected official, one must invest time to learn, time to practice and time to develop. Although the time devoted will vary from person to person, there are some requirements that must be observed. Rules meetings, clinics and official’s meetings are necessary, and part of the professionalism expected of officials. As with most things, officials improve according to their efforts.

What expenses will I have? 

1.    You will need to purchase a black and white striped shirt in either the 1” or 2” width of stripes.

2.    Black football officiating pants or shorts shall be worn with the contrasting white side stripe.

3.    Solid black lanyard

4.    Whistle

5.    Black Belt

6.    Black shoes and socks.

7.    The penalty flag shall be yellow.

8.    The referee shall wear a black cap with white piping.

9.    A stopwatch (not your phone)           

What is the biggest adjustment or challenge that I will face?

It is important to understand that the basic ingredient of officiating is that of being a decision maker, and sometimes people do not like decisions that don’t go their way. Once you clear this hurdle and realize that people will criticize you because you make necessary decisions, rather than because you are a bad person, and you can accept this fact, you are on your way. It is not easy. Do not get discouraged! Stay in the game!

How much do I get paid?

Game pay ranges by state but typically pay around $20/hour. This is determined by your experience and is negotiable. We have a 1099 form to be filled out, and can pay out any way chose. (Cash; Venmo; PayPal; Check, etc.)

I am interested in moving forward, what do I need to do?

STEP 1Read and study the online rulebook. You must know the rules of the game inside and out to be an official in our program.

STEP 2. You will then be contacted by a representative to set up a phone interview. 

STEP 3. Assuming we had a successful phone interview, we will then get you onboarded and set up for training.

STEP 4.  Before you get a paid position, you must go through an our unpaid training program. You will shadow an official, learning the ins and outs of the game. We will also have you officiate the game fields while the official shadow's you. After your training, we will meet with your training official for their review of your performance. If he/she feels that you have what it takes to move forward as an official on our team, you will be offered a paid shift and you will be an official member of our team. 

Good luck with your journey. This is such a rewarding position and we look forward to you helping us reshape the game for our the little ones in our community.

Zepeda Brothers Flag Football

 Miguel & Tomas Zepeda

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