13th Annual Tom Beard’s Football Officials Clinic – March 20-21, 2020
Maritime Institute, Linthicum, MD (near BWI Airport)Click Here to REGISTER for 2020!
“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” — John W. Gardner
Many officials, from all over the country, have recognized the TBFOC as a major contributor in their advancement. Please click here for a list of recent accomplishments. The TBFOC has been a “springboard” for many officials trying to make the transition from high school to college, as well as for many collegiate officials working their way up the chain. In addition to the list of impressive clinicians, the following Supervisor of Officials will be invited to attend: Gerald Austin (C-USA), Greg Burks (Mountain West), Bill Carollo (Collegiate Officiating Consortium), David Coleman (Pac-12), Dennis Hennigan (ACC), Bryan Platt (AAC), Jeff Cooney (Ivy / Patriot), Milt Halstead (ECFOA), Ryan Flynn (NEC) and more!
“Everyday is Game Day!!!”
To improve at any profession it takes “Commitment, Dedication, Dependability & Attitude’” these are the key variables Tom Beard worked tirelessly at instilling in officials at all levels. Tom also knew that you could not wait until August to pick up a rule book or decide to get in shape for the upcoming season, and he had no problem telling you that. You have to work hard at it 24/7/365 days a year. Officiating has become a year round profession, you will only get out of it what you are willing to put into it, and there is no better time than the present to prepare yourself as if ‘Every Day is Game Day!’ Additionally, no better time than the present to register to attend the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic on 9-10 March 2020. The TBFOC Staff works hard year round to ensure Tom’s legacy continues; we know officiating is not JUST a part time job and our drive and focus to provide you with a top notch clinic began as soon as the last clinic has ended.
Our clinic committee would like to extend an invitation for you to attend a truly unique football officiating clinic. We have assembled an outstanding group of nationally prominent officials, observers and supervisors who are planning to share their experience, philosophy and knowledge with each. You will have the opportunity to meet, greet and eat with members of our clinic staff and guests as well as collegiate and high school officiating coordinators.
The program will include group sessions, position meetings, and special instruction on all areas of officiating, including eight-man, seven-man and some five-man mechanics review. Imagine two full days of sharing lessons with NFL, FBS and FCS Collegiate and State Championship Football Officials. Plus, there will be a Friday evening social, and snacks and lunch served on Saturday.
This is our 13th clinic and we are very fortunate to have the Conference Center at Maritime Institute as our host. Due to the expected amount of registrations, we have expanded our on-field opportunities to include a vast number of games. Each crew is expected a substantial amount of field time because of this. We have improved on the successful format of the previous years and we have upgraded our facilities, audio-visual equipment, etc.
You will have the choice of selecting from various tracks. There will be multiple breakout sessions offered simultaneously. So, you can choose the breakouts of your preference. We foresee there being a track for High School Officials, 8- and 7-man Mechanics, et cetera.
Classroom and On-field Instruction:
The TBFOC Staff realizes that there are some officials that are not comfortable participating in the on-field sessions while other officials are much more willing to do so. To accommodate both, we have decided to limit the number of officials that will take part in the on-field opportunities. Officials choosing to work the games will be identified on a “First Come First Serve” basis. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to register immediately! You will not want to miss this opportunity to take the field and perform in front of some of our top notch NFL and Collegiate Officials. If history is any indication, this registration option will fill quite fast. The ‘early bird’ registration fee is $795 through January 31, 2020. As of February 1, 2020, the fee is $895.
Instant Replay or Classroom-Only:
Instant Replay Sessions were recently added. We expect that our Instant Replay Training will be as beneficial to you as the other components of the TBFOC. The Replay Breakout is for anyone interested in taking their football officiating skills and knowledge to the replay booth. Replay equipment will be available in the breakouts. You’ll cover rules, philosophies and mechanics as you have the opportunity to work real game situations. Registration for the 2020 TBFOC is scheduled to open on Sunday, July 1, 2018. We have sold out the past few years. You will want to act fast. As in the past, you can make installment payments.
We expect for the classroom and Instant Replay sessions will be as dynamic as always. This is evident by the top notch clinicians that we have this year. At every general session as well as the breakouts, there will be several officials from the NFL as well as some of the best collegiate officials in the country from the AAC (formerly the Big East) ACC, Big XII, Collegiate Officiating Consortium, and SEC. To be specific, at each position, there will be collegiate officials that have worked a myriad of Bowl Games. So, if you choose not to work on the field, there will still be significant opportunities for you to increase your knowledge and officiating abilities! The ‘early bird’ registration fee for classroom-only is $495 through January 31, 2020. As of February 1, 2020, the fee is $545.
The TBFOC offers payment plan options for the Classroom & On-field Registration. In addition to paying in full, you can make 6 payments and 3 payments for the Early Bird Registration.
- Early Bird Six-pay plan (4 payments of $125, 2 payment of $150): due dates are July 31, August 31, September 30, October 31, November 30, and December 31.
- Early Bird Three-pay plan (3 payments of $265): due dates are August 31, October 31, and December 31.
- Please email us directly at gro.c1574336705ofbt@1574336705cinil1574336705c1574336705 to setup payment options starting after January 1, 2020.
Note: Field positions are filled based on full clinic payment dates. Upgrades may be possible but are subject to availability.
The clinic will begin early on Friday so that we have additional time to enhance your classroom and on-field experience. There will be a general session and conference-style sessions regarding mechanics and how they relate to the running, passing and kicking games. Games will occur on Saturday afternoon. Classroom-only participants are invited to be on the field, in civilian attire, to hear instruction from the clinicians.
The clinic is designed for both high school officials and collegiate officials at all levels. The emphasis of this clinic is in putting an official in the right place at the right time to make the right call! NFL Clinicians will be in attendance. Supervisors from collegiate conferences are invited.
We are in the process of securing a number of live-action games as field opportunities for you. If you register to work on the field, the following attire is required: Hat, striped shirt, black pants, whistle, flag and bean bag. There will be a clinician for each position at each site. In the event of inclement weather an indoor mechanics demonstration will be substituted.
The following is a list of officiating resources that will be invited to the 2020 TBFOC.
Keynote / Guest Speakers:
- Ed Hochuli, NFL Referee (Retired)
- Gerald Austin, Conference USA Supervisor of Officials, NFL Referee (Retired)
- Ron Cherry, Adviser to the ACC Coordinator of Officials, Scout, Referee (Retired)
- Jeff Cooney, Ivy League / Patriot league Supervisor of Officials
- David Coleman, Pac-12 VP of Football Officiating
- Tim Crowley, Lone Star Conference Coordinator of Football Officials
- Jim Duke, NFL Associate Supervisor of Officials, NFL Umpire (Retired)
- Johnny Grier, Pac-12 Observer & Referee, CJ Trainer, NFL Supervisor of Officials (Retired), NFL Referee (Retired)
- Craig Griffith, Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and Greater Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Supervisor of Officials
- Milt Halstead, ECFOA Supervisor of Officials (NEC, PSAC, NJAC, MASCAC)
- Bob Hefferon, EAIFO Southern Chapter Director, NEC Line Judge
- Lucille Hester, Pigskin Club President
- James Jackson, Pigskin Club Dinner Chairman
- Ben Montgomery, NFL Line Judge (Retired)
- Dwight Pettiford, NFL Scout
- Bryan Platt, AAC Supervisor of Officials
- Larry Upson, Pac-12 Observer, Trainer
- Bob Waggoner, B1G/Mid-American/MVC Assistant Coordinator of Football Officials
- David Wyant, Recruiting and Scouting Coordinator, NFL Officiating Department
- Chuck Williams, NFL Scout
- Matt Young, Ohio Valley Conference Coordinator of Football Officials
NFL Officiating Guests:
- Greg Nelson, Manager, Officiating
- Frank Szczepanik, Football Operations, Officiating
- Usama Young
- Wilfredo Acosta
- Gary Arthur, Line Judge #108
- Derick Bowers, Down Judge #74
- Mike Carr, Line Judge #63
- Boris Cheek, Field Judge #41
- James Coleman, Side Judge #95
- Jim Daopoulos, NFL Umpire (Retired), AAC Observer
- Eugene Hall, Field Judge #103
- Adrian Hill, Field Judge #29
- Larry Hill, NFL Observer
- Scott Edwards, Field Judge #3
- Earnie Frantz, Head Linesman (Retired), Replay
- Rueben Fowler, Umpire #71
- Jonah Monroe, Side Judge #120
- Bryan Neale, Umpire #147
- Dyrol Prioleau, Field Judge #109, Super Bowl LI
- Shawn Smith, Umpire #14
- Greg Steed, Back Judge #12
- Ron Torbert, Referee #62
- Patrick Turner, Down Judge #13
- Keith Washington, Side Judge #7
- Greg Yette, Back Judge #38
- Jeff Akers, AAC Umpire
- Baron Ballester, AAC Line Judge
- Cravonne Barrett, Pac-12 Line Judge
- Grantis Bell, SEC Back Judge
- Wes Booker, SEC Field Judge
- Anthony Calabrese, AAC Center Judge
- Jim Casey, AAC Head Linesman
- Raymond Daniel, B1G Field Judge
- Matt Edwards, B1G Back Judge
- Jeff Flanagan, ACC Referee
- Anthony Fleming, CFO West Field Judge
- Victor Firth, AAC Back Judge
- Colin Formulak, ACC Line Judge
- Tim Gover, MAC Umpire
- Troy Gray, ACC Head Linesman
- Wilbur Hackett, SEC Umpire
- Jacques Hooper, ACC Back Judge
- George Liotus, ACC Field Judge
- LaShell Nelson, C-USA Field Judge
- Eric Oliver, B1G Center Judge
- Hubert Owens, SEC Referee
- Keith Parham, ACC Back Judge
- Dave Parker, MAC Umpire
- Gary Powers, B1G Side/Field Judge
- Dominique Pender, B1G Field Judge
- Tod Reese, AAC Line Judge
- Dan Scanlan, CFO West Center Judge
- Larry Smith, MAC/B1G Referee
- Reggie Smith, CFO West Referee
- Chris Snead, SEC Center Judge
- Steve Thielen, B1G Side Judge
- Jeff Tomlin, ACC Center Judge
- Kevin Vicknair, SEC Center Judge
- Glen Wilson, AAC Side Judge
- Hans Wittelsberger, ACC Back Judge
- Danny Worrell, ACC Umpire
- John Wright, SEC Back Judge