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The 2016-17 Football Season has begun.
Last chance to Pick Up Materials tonight
 
FHSAA, GMAC and  GMACFOA registration has gone relatively smooth.  The FHSAA's move to c2cSchools.net delayed the start of registration but once we started we rolled along.  This was also a year were a large group came to their five year cycle for fingerprinting not to mention a change in administration at the GMAC office.  We still have a link to the FHSAA to help you sign up there.  The GMAC materials are available with a fillable PDF of the application and W9.   As we have done for the last few years ALL THREE registrations need to be completed in order to receive your materials FHSAA, GMAC and GMACFOA.  We recommend that you print out FHSAA and/or GMACFOA receipt just in case.  Also please bring in last year's rule and case books for our "Readers Rule" Campaign so we can get the books out in time for the start of the school year.
 
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GMAC OFFICIAL RECONIZED AS
FHSAA ROOKIE OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR!

At this year's FHSAA Summer Conference our very own Antonio Smith was recognized at FHSAA 2016 Male Rookie Official of the Year.  Congratulations Antonio on the well deserved honor.
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GMAC Office Location

The GMAC Office has moved 9040 SW 79th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33156 were the old South Region Office was located before it moved to Doral.  Phone number 305-275-3722.

Having the GMAC Office located in Kendall means visiting or dealing with the GMAC Office only is a little easier in the sense of parking. However, for that once every five years event it means coming to the GMAC Office first before heading downtown to have your fingerprints and picture taken.  A small inconvenience thankfully since it is not an every year occurrence.

WHO WEARS SHORT SHORTS?
WE WEAR SHORT SHORTS!
 
GMACFOA Members voted to expand the use of shorts to include varsity contests that kickoff before 6pm.  While shorts we previously authorized for afternoon JV contest all varsity games previously required black officiating pants.  The new policy makes it the referee's option for the crew so members should make contact with their referee before any afternoon game. 
 
PLEASE NOTE that FHSAA now provides the use of black socks when shorts are used and approved by the local association.

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Registration is sort of open! GMAC FILLABLE FORMS. No Change in Registration fees for 2016-17 Season
 
Good news there will again be no change in GMACFOA Registration Fees this season.
 
We will review our financial activity at the end of the year with an eye toward lowering the fee if possible.  We would love to fully implement an independent evaluation program but finding available quality evaluators has been a challenge.  There were some issues that hopefully can be addressed this year but the Board wanted to make sure that finances did not prove to be an impediment in implementation.

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GMACFOA
 
$35.00
cash, check or online

FHSAA
 
$46.00
if first (only) sport

GMAC
 
$40.00
check or cash only

Assignments will be withheld until all dues are paid.

Registration with FHSAA can only be completed online at

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Please print and complete before picking up materials.

2016-17 GMAC Forms

GET FIT OR YOU MAY BE A STEP SLOW!

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We had another great group of runners for this year's run on August 6th at Charnow Park on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. This is part of the GMACFOA's community service initiative and will once again raise money for the KiDZ Neuroscience Center and their UConcussion Treatment and Management Program not to mention that this fund raising pays a dividend to the participant of getting "Fit to Officiate!" Last year's run raised $3,500 and our goal this year is double.  Officials may remember that Dr. Hotz presented at the Coach-Referee Meeting and Miami-Dade High School Athletes are evaluated through the U Concussion Treatment and Management Program; what a great way to benefit our local community and the students were service. Runnin Refs originated as a community service project looking to do something to help our community and actually served to inspire more than one of our members to do something for themselves that has helped improve the quality of officiating overall. 

Help support the Runnin Refs in their community service initiative.

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GMAC RULES CLINICS WELL ATTENDED

Both GMAC Rules Clinics were well attended.  Pre-season preparation was in high gear as members took the time to attend these clinics.  Members undertook film and rules study and even a visit from Honigs to get equipped.

GMACFOA Annual Picnic August 14, 2016

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From left to right Willie Robinson, Mark Mills, Ariel Rodriguez, Noel Rego and Joe Underwood

GMAFOA again opened the season with a Kickoff Picnic!  This year picnic was held on August 14, 2016 and we featured a pavilion change to the lakeside and what a great location with plenty of room for all..  We had a great turnout with great food and a fun time for all.  No business to be discussed and if you couldn't make it there's next year.

MEETING ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

2016 MEETING DATES

August 23, 2016
September  12 and 26, 2016
October 10 and 24, 2016
 
This is a reminder that meeting attendance is required and if you cannot make it you must contact GMACFOA Assigner Carlos Calveiro before the meeting or within a reasonable time after if it is unexpected. However, any unexcused absence not related to football will be subject to a $10 fine! We understand that things come up in our lives that cause us to miss membership meetings, however meeting attendance is required and compiled in your ratings points. Make it a point to attend all meetings you may miss something important and you will be fined unless there is a valid exigent circumstance. Update your arbiter availability now for other sports as an assignment in another sport will not avoid a fine. DOWNLOAD THE GMACFOA CALENDAR USING THE LINK BELOW.
 

2016 GMACFOA Calendar

Miss a meeting? Don't cry...

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Pay your fine online!

"Represent" the GMACFOA both on and off field!

Pre-Order Your NEW Association Polo!
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$27.00 - $31.00
The GMACFOA showed off the design for the NEW association polo shirt. Pre-orders are now being taken for this moisture management fabric in grey with grey shoulder panels. The association logo will be embroidered in black.
 
Size: M-XXXL
(Note Additional Chargre for XXL and XXXL)
 

$27
S

$27
M

$27
L

$27
XL
$29 
XXL
$31
XXXL

KNOW YOUR ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS
 
As with any organization or group we have promulgated a set of rules to govern the business of our association. It is important that every member of our association take the time to familiarize themselves with the by-laws.  Members should also take the time to read the FHSAA Officials Guidebook that sets forth requirements for both officials and their local associations.

Click here to download By-Laws

Community Service "Refs Can Help!"

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REAL ESTATE TAX APPEALS
 
Tax Bills! Nobody likes them and I'm here to help
 
Proposed Real Estate Tax Notices we be mailed to all property owners mid-August and if you think your assessment is too high I can help.  The deadline to appeal is around September 20, 2016 so you have to act fast.  My fee is based on results just ask fellow GMACFOA/SFFOA Member Carlos Calveiro.  "Barry filed the appeal, attended the hearing for me and got my tax bill reduced, the most satisfying part was when it was over the County owed me money!"

We are also a full service law firm and can help you with any legal issue you have.
 
Contact GMACFOA and SFFOA Member
Barry L. Simons, Esq.
(305) 670-7020

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Click to visit my website.

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2011 Edition of the Runnin Refs

Honig's at Miami Coral Park

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Honig's will be at Miami Coral Park on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Come get your uniform or complete your gear for the upcoming season. No excuse not to be equipped for 2016.
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Get involved to evolve!