Welcome to Rappahannock Valley Football Officials Association

About Us

Our Team


Welcome to the RVFOA, serving the Fredericksburg, Stafford and surrounding areas.  We are an Association of officials that have been officiating football games at all levels in Central Virginia for 50 years.  We pride ourselves in knowing the rules, using solid mechanics to be in the right position, fairness and professionalism at all levels.  We have officials working games from Park & Recreation to NCAA.  We welcome experienced transfer officials or prospective officials who want to get started that have no experience at all.  



*Summer Training Sessions are being held every Monday evening staring at 6:30.  All meetings are being held at the Marshall Building in Spotsylvania, VA.  All members are encouraged to attend as many of the summer training sessions as their schedule will permits.

Rule & Case books are now available for distribution.  Attend the next meeting and get your copies.

Registration for the 2019 season will begin July 8th.  Please contact Eric Barnes for questions and registration instructions.



**The RVFOA annual golf outing for the Merle Wheeler scholarship was held on June 22nd at the Lake of the Woods Golf Club.  Thanks to all our participants and sponsors, as we raised $3,000 for next year's scholarship.

**All officials will be required to attend an in person rules clinic given by the VHSL in 2019.  The closest clinic for us will be at James Monroe HS on July 29.  However, here is listing of other clinics you can attend..


Football Rules Clinics

7/8          Abingdon HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/9         Pulaski HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/10       Brookville HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/15       Harrisonburg HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/16       Charlottesville HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/18       Salem HS, Salem (6:30 p.m.)

7/22       Bethel HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/23       Indian River HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/24       Northampton HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/25       Lee-Davis HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/29       James Monroe HS (6:30 p.m.)

7/31       Westfield HS (6:30 p.m.)th.  


New / Transfer Officials


For all officials, experienced and new, we provide an excellent classroom and on the field training program.  We will train you to become a solid official.  We train officials on rules, field mechanics and positioning, commmunication skills, people skills and the ability to manage conflict.  One can go as far as their abilities and dedication will take them.

First and second year officials will work Park & Recreation, Middle School, freshman and some junior varsity games.  Transfer officials should provide written confirmation of prior State and Association membership and participation.  Games will be assigned according to officiating growth, abilities and experience. 



Games at various levels are played during the week, Monday through Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and some afternoons.  Games are assigned in advance based on each official's abilities and availability.

The RVFOA officiates games as far north as southern Prince William county, west to Culpeper, south to Caroline and east to Warsaw.  All games are within a 90 minute drive or less from Fredericksburg.


How to become an official

 To become an official in Virginia, one needs to:

*Contact RVFOA Commissioner and pay online State dues and RVFOA dues to RVFOA treasurer
*Attend RVFOA training sessions and general membership meetings
*Study rule and case books & pass online exam with grade of at least 80%
*Attend State Rules & Mechanics clinic
*Attend RVFOA mechanics clinics
*Participate in pre-season scrimmages and on field training
*Be in good physical condition
*Sign a general liability release in regards to ones health as well as verify one has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving children or a crime of moral turpitude

If you would like to become a member of the RVFOA or like more information contact:  Eric Barnes;  yflag147@yahoo.com 

Training & In-Season Meetings


Meeting Schedule & Discussion

Schedules  for training and regular season meetings are listed below.  Plan to attend as many meetings as you can.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the Spotsylvania County Marshall Center, either in the Main lounge or in the Auditorium.

Meeting Location Address

Spotsylvania County Marshall Center

8802 Courthouse Road

Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Enter through the north side building double doors on the left in the U shaped parking area.

2019 Training Meetings


Monday June 3 6:30pm

RVFOA Open House for new and transfer officials / Q & A / RVFOA Expectations 

Monday June 10 6:30pm

Monday June 17 6:30pm

Monday June 24 6:30pm

Monday July 8 6:30pm

2019 Training Meetings


Monday July 15 6:30pm

Monday July 22 6:30pm

Monday July 29 - VHSL Rules Clinic @ James Monroe HS

Monday August 5 6:30pm

RFVOA Clinic # 1

Monday August 12 6:30pm

RVFOA Clinic # 2 

2019 Season Meeting Schedule


Monday 19th 6:30pm

Monday 26th 6:30pm


Monday 9th 6:30pm

Monday 23rd 6:30pm


Monday 7th 6:30pm

Monday 21st 6:30pm


Monday 4th 6:30pm

Monday 11th 6:30pm


Annual Banquet - Date & Time TBD

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Commissioner - Eric Barnes - yflag147@yahoo.com

Training Officer - Chris Kennedy - hkennedy@spotsylvania.k12.va.us

Treasurer - Keith Madison  - kemads@verizon.net

Secretary - Doug Fawcett - pdfawcett@yahoo.com

Board Member - Alex Balian - ahbdent@verizon.net

Board Member - Mose Mallard


Board Member - Delbert Walker


Rappahannock Valley Football Officials Association

(540) 388-2773