Officiating Development Program Begins Second Season


The NFL Officiating Development Program will kick off its second season with a clinic for 21 high potential college game officials in Newark, New Jersey on April 26-27.

The program is designed to train top college football officials in all aspects of NFL officiating, enabling those that ultimately earn a position in the NFL to be better prepared for officiating success at the highest level of the sport.

Participants are identified by NFL officiating scouts, supervisors and trainers and invited to join the program based on their proficiency as collegiate officials. Elements of the upcoming clinic for the most advanced participants include studying position-specific film with veteran NFL officials, reviewing mechanics and analyzing rules differences between the NFL and college football.

The officials attending the Newark clinic will work at NFL minicamps in June and officiate a preseason game as part of an NFL officiating crew in August. That group includes two females, SARAH THOMAS, a line judge who returns to the program for a second year, and MAIA CHAKA, a head linesman in her first year in the NFL program. Both Thomas and Chaka officiated in Conference USA in 2013.

“The officials at the most advanced level of our development program have proven to be outstanding at the collegiate level,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO. “We look forward to helping them continue to grow and become the best of the best in football officiating.”

A look at the advanced participants in the Officiating Development Program, who will be candidates for positions with NFL officiating crews beginning in 2015. The 2014 roster of NFL officials will be announced next month.

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