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2016 Playoff Q&A

01 Nov 2016 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A few questions have been asked about playoffs for the 2016 season. Here are a few answers to the common questions:

When will I know if I have a playoff assignment? Assignments for a given week's playoff games should be available by the Sunday or Monday prior. For instance, those working the weekend of November 4-5 should have been received the Arbiter notification by October 31. Those working the weekend of November 11-12 should expect the Arbiter notification by November 7.

How will I receive the notification? Notifications will be done via Arbiter, not by phone. Arbiter typically sends out an email to notify you of a new assignment. Be sure to check that your email information is correct.

I didn't get a playoff game this week. Should I be concerned? Not necessarily. For the week of November 4-5, the DFOA is only working games from the A-8, 1A and 2A brackets. Playoffs for the 3A, 4A, and 5A brackets begin next week, so officials who didn't work this week still have opportunity to work next week, and possibly the week afterward depending on the "blue level" games the DFOA is allocated.

Will everyone get a playoff game? It is our hope that we can help all eligible and deserving officials the opportunity to work in the postseason. This may be limited to the overall number of slots we are allocated, coupled with individual blocks. Most "blue" officials will thus probably only receive a single playoff game, though it may be that some get a second. It is important to note, however, that being eligible does not guarantee a post-season assignment.

Who assigns the playoff games? The DFOA area directors submit a list of names for playoff assignments each week, and state officers with the CFOA/CHSAA will make assignments for individual games using that list. Some of the assignments will consist of DFOA officials only, some will be mixed crews.

If you have further questions, please send a message to, and we will try and answer them as best we can.

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