Hall of Fame for Wayne

Congratulations to Wayne Steele (middle) with George Oswald and Larry Reda at 2018 presentation of  Hall of Fame Builder Award.

Wayne is recognized one of the premier football officials in British Columbia and across the country as well. Wayne has covered games at the minor, high school and university levels often as the head referee. Wayne has a solid background in the game of football as a player in Junior Big 4 Football for the CYO Red Raiders and Marpole Colts.

Wayne’s career notables include being part of the first fully-integrated crew from across Canada to officiate the College Bowl (now the Vanier Cup), having been the head referee for the annual Archbishops’ Trophy between Vancouver College and Notre Dame more than 20 times, being the head instructor for officials at Top-Flight Flag Football League clinics, being the official CFL communications coordinator for Empire Stadium and BC Place for over 30 years. Wayne has appeared in movies as an official and was the head referee for the first-ever televised Lingerie Football League game in B.C.

Wayne was an elementary school teacher for 35 years with the Vancouver School Board; this afforded him the flexibility to officiate games after school on Friday evenings and Saturdays. In 1988 Wayne was the Head official for a Meraloma Football Alumni team as they toured England, Wales and Scotland. As the game was still new to the United Kingdom, Wayne assisted the other game referees and held clinics for them.

Wayne is a lifetime member of the BCFOA, and has given back to the officiating fraternity by teaching new officials. He has served on the BC Football Officials Association’s (BCFOA) board of directors as well as handled communications with the National Officials Association. (reprinted from BC Hall of Fame)

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The information distributed November 5th has been updated. This info is also posted in the high school education section as a pdf.

BCFOA Play-off Information November 6th 2018

  1. Please update your Arbiter and block off times you are not available as otherwise you might not get more games.
  1. Play-off Committee members are: Mark Newlove and Dave Sullivan. Walter Becker will attend to receive the allocation lists. VP – Frank Roberto will observe.
  1. November 9 Round 1 AAA Varsity games will be played at the home venue of the higher seed. November 10 Round 1 AA Varsity games will all be played outside Metro Vancouver. Quarter- final games & semi-final games at both AA and AAA Varsity will be played at BC Place.   JV AA games begin Wednesday November 8 and Thursday, November 9 at the home field of the higher seed unless they do not have an artificial turf playing surface.  AAA JV games begin the following week.
  1. BC Place Parking is not provided. Please carpool if possible or use Skytrain and submit your receipt to the treasurer Gord Masi. Parking lot next to Costco is inexpensive.
  1. Officials Room will be open – Enter through EAST AIRLOCK Entrance.
  1. Officials should be at all Varsity games, Evening JV Games, and JV Weekend games at least 1 hour before game time. Mid-week afternoon games at least a half hour before game time. Please contact your Referee is you are going to be late.
  1. Baden Balls are the official game balls for ALL levels. Teams may use their own as long as they are properly inflated and pebbles are in good condition.
  1. Home Team will supply the stick crews AND DECIDE SIDELINES for all games until Subway Bowl Saturday. (BCHS will inform the crew which sideline the home team will use.)
  1. Ties – At Burnaby Lakes overtime will be played at the end where teams enter the field.  At BC Place we will use the west side. At other venues determine an end when you do the field check. Teams will then only have to choose offense or defense first.
  1. Teams will be on opposite sides of the field at BC Place. The Home team decides the side of the field they wish to have their bench.
  1. We are going to insist that the sticks be on the clock side.
  1. At Burnaby Lakes cones placed in the end zone will be used for the hash marks.
  1. Half-time will be 15 minutes unless games are behind schedule or teams have ferries to catch. Jamie Rennie or member of the committee will notify us.
  1. If a player is to be disqualified do not signal the thumbs up ejection signal. Just escort them to the sideline and inform the coach that the player is not to return to the field.
  1. Mercy Rule will be in effect according to the same principles and procedures as in league play.
  1. The Finals will be played at BC Place on December 1. (5 games starting 8:30 a.m.)
  1. BCFOA will supply the Stick crews for the Finals.
  1. The dressing rooms must be vacated at half-time for the working crew to have their meeting. As a general rule we do not use the dressing room until the working officials have vacated at half-time. Leave on your own so that the working crew doesn’t need to ask.
  2. The Press Box is for the working timers. It is out of bounds for all officials.

21. NO alcohol in the stadium. (Brien is looking into an area for the officials to watch the games)

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HS Playoff Clinic – November 5


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Here is the crew from BC junior final in Kelowna!!

Congrats crew!




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BCFOA is looking for a few good pics to add to our slideshow at the bottom of the Home Page.

In case you did not realize, there is a scrolling slideshow at the bottom of the BCFOA main page.

If you are interested in having your football related pic included in the slideshow please attach to an email and send to Tim Lederman at  tlederman@comcast.net

By sending your pics you agree to allow BCFOA to post on our Football slideshow.

Thanks for your help



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