ACC Football Officiating Reaches All Levels

Nov. 30, 2011

Charlotte, N.C. ( - The third annual Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Football Officials’ Mini-Clinic brings hundreds of football officials together with experience ranging from youth leagues to the college ranks.

Doug Rhoads, the ACC Coordinator of Football Officiating, points out there are three teams on the field at every game, and that this clinic addresses the “officiating team.” Just as players and coaches endeavor to improve each week, the officials must also maintain the same focus. This year’s clinic provides attendees with the opportunity to learn rules, mechanics, philosophy and techniques from veteran officials. There were nearly 1,000 registrants in 2010.

Officials that attended the clinic a year ago stated that the significant volume of professional video and candid discussions were integral to providing a top caliber clinic program. Rhoads added that the ACC mini-clinic gives both aspiring and experienced officials the chance to learn.

“Our philosophy is to recruit, train and develop officials by taking advantage of the resources and technology we have available,” said Rhoads. “This is like taking a graduate level course in football officiating, condensed into a three hour session, then going out and watching a practical application of the course work.”

The interest and commitment to improve officiating skills is clearly demonstrated by the great response again this year.

“By sharing this experience with youth, junior varsity, high school and small college officials, the game benefits. Further, the opportunity to network with other officials and coordinators is a long-term benefit for everyone.”

The ACC Mini-Clinic serves as an outreach to officials of any skill level to come together for an afternoon of learning, camaraderie and the chance to enjoy the game from a different angle, as a fan.

The ACC Mini-Clinic will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center prior to the seventh annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game which will be played Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET) at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

About the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game: The 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played December 3, at 8 p.m. at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature Atlantic Division Champion Clemson against Coastal Division Champion Virginia Tech. Tickets for the game are sold out. For all ACC Football Championship Game and ticket information visit the league’s official website at or The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN 3-D. The official Twitter hashtag for the event is #ACCfcg