OFFICIATING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM EXPANDED FOR 2017 SEASON
part of an ongoing collaborative effort to develop football personnel, the
National Football League and Canadian Football League today announced the expansion
of the NFL-CFL Officiating Development Program.
NFL officials – an increase from four in the first year of the program in 2016
– will work as part of CFL crews during preseason and regular-season games in
June and July, prior to starting their NFL season at the league’s annual
officiating clinic in late July.
addition, six CFL officials – up from three in 2016 – will join the NFL’s
Officiating Development Program, which is designed to train top officials in
all aspects of NFL officiating. Elements
of the program include attending NFL minicamps and training camps, officiating
preseason games, studying position-specific film with veteran NFL officials,
reviewing mechanics and analyzing rules differences between the NFL and other
leagues, including the CFL and college football.
together to develop a sustainable pipeline of highly qualified and experienced
officials is in the best interest of both of our leagues,” said NFL Executive
Vice President of Football Operations TROY
VINCENT. “We continue to explore how
to collaborate on providing more on-field experience for our officials as well
as developing a broad range of football personnel. This is a partnership that makes good sense.”
NFL officials that worked in the CFL in 2016 were deep wing officials – side
judges and field judges – to minimize the impact of some of the rules
differences between the two leagues.
This year, the program will also include a back judge – a deep official
positioned in the middle of the field.
CFL officials that participated in the development program last year benefited
greatly from it,” said CFL Senior Vice-President, Football GLEN JOHNSON. “We’re excited that the NFL saw enough merit in it to
want to expand the program. This will give more of our officials the
opportunity for enhanced professional development activities in order to
continue to improve their performance on the field.”