Observation Program (new for 2018)

Observation Program v1.1

The Observation program is intended to serve the Association in three primary ways. By improving the SFLOA’s training program, serving as a form of quality control to ensure that all members are meeting the high standards set by the Association and as a key component of the Officials Certification Program. The proposed plan requires a minimum of 2 observers for the 2018 season. At least one in our Northern District and at least one in our Southern District with the current HS assignors territories serving as boundaries.

For each scheduled (unannounced) observation, two or more officials per contest would be observed if possible. Observations consist of both qualitative and subjective assessments and take into account a number of factors including the level of play, officiating partners, and environmental conditions in order to accurately assess the official’s on field performance. Officials will be observed pregame, throughout the entire contest as well as post game. The SFLOA Observers will utilize a standardized observation form. Each official on the game will receive their entire game fee and the Observer will receive an observers  game fee.

Observation Forms


Three different types of evaluations can occur: Periodic, Certification Advancement and Requested.

  • Periodic: All SFLOA officials will be required to be evaluated at least once every three years with a score provided.
  • Certification Advancement: An Official must be observed with a passing score in order to advance to the next level of certification (Registered, Approved, and Certified).
  • Requested: Any Officials may request an observation. It may count towards one of the requirements above or may be solely for personal development. Scored or Unscored.
    • Note: Official gives up his game fee for a requested evaluation.
    • Link to Request (under construction)


All SFLOA officials will be required to be evaluated at least once every three years with a score provided. In the initial phase of the program SFLOA is working towards completing an evaluation for all of its members. The first two types of evaluations require scoring while the third does not. Both of the first two types of observations will be fully funded under the program. The third will require the official to forfeit his game fee to the observer. Officials who request observation may choose to opt out of scoring. Any of the evaluations can count as any of the others as long as scores are completed.



A person being observed may not be observed until at least two weeks has elapsed between observations. This period of time will allow improvement, and cooling off to occur between observations. Observers will be assigned to games through the Arbiter.  If multiple observations are done on a single official inside a single calendar year different observers will be assigned each time.

Observers will be required to observe the pre-game (on-field) Officials/Coaches/Captains meeting as well as conduct a short post game review with the official(s). The Observer can observe 1, 2 or 3 officials for 4 quarters. At the discretion of the Observer he may make comments at half time or not. Observers must submit the observation to the respective officials for review prior to formal submittal of the observation. After review a final copy of the evaluation must be submitted to the Observers Coordinator as well as the official being observed.

Scoring Metric

  • 15 x 1 (poor) = 15
  • 15 x 2 (fair) = 30
  • 15 x 3 (good) = 45
  • 15 x 4 (very good)= 60
  • 15 x 5 (excellent) = 75


Score Observation Recommendation

0-29 Does not meet the expectations for an official at the level of play observed.
30-38 Met only the minimal requirements for the level of play and may struggle at a higher level.
39-50 Met most of the expectations and should be observed again later before being considered for more challenging games.
51-65 Met the expectations and should be considered for more challenging games.
66-75 Exceeded expectation for the level of play; met every challenge successfully. Should strongly be considered for more challenging games.

For an official to advance to the next level of certification, they MUST receive a score of 51 or higher.


It is imperative that observers be compensated for their work. In order to develop a self-sustaining program the SFLOA Executive Board will allocate money from existing/future sources toward the observation program. All officials on the game will receive their entire game fee and the observer will receive an Observers game fee. In addition, the SFLOA  will apply to the South Florida US Lacrosse Chapter for supplemental funding in order to minimize the financial impact on the association and its members. It will also apply to the SCOTT BOYLE MEMORIAL OBSERVERS PROGRAM annually.

SFLOA Observers

  • Skip Spenseri
  • Paul Cicio
  • Mark Rodwell
  • Dan Cavanaugh


Don Chappe serves as the Observation Coordinator.



Any official who felt as though they were been unfairly or incorrectly observed has the option to appeal the observation. Appeals will not be accepted for officials who admittedly perform poorly, but feel as though they could do better. Once an appeal has been completed the determination is final.

The appeal should be sent directly to the Observers Coordinator and will be handled in different ways depending on the situation. If possible the Observers Coordinator in conjunction with a minimum of two executive board members will make the decision on the appropriate course of action including, but not limited to the following techniques:

  1. Confer with the observer
  2. Discuss the game with the officials partner
  3. Acquire and review game film of the game in question
  4. Complete a supplemental observation of the official free of charge
  5. Once an appeal has been completed the determination is final. Beyond the appeal process the official may request additional observations as outlined in this document.

Beyond the appeal process the official may request additional observations.