Welcome to Art of Officiating

My name is Mark and I’ve officiated high school football since 2007. In 2024, I will begin my 17th year of officiating. 

Teaching and training are my passions and I started this website to share the officiating knowledge I’ve learned over the past 16+ years. I enjoy mentoring officials as a Crew Chief and ArtofOfficiating.com is intended to be a free resource for high school football officials to learn and develop.

I have been blessed with outstanding mentors who have contributed to high school athletics for decades. I want to capture their golden nuggets and the precepts I’ve learned in this website.

Sports officiating is an art and a science and I do not believe any of us can know everything about officiating high school football. There is always room to learn and grow. Hopefully, you can find a nugget or two of wisdom in the posts, videos, and courses on this website.

In the past 16 years, I’ve served as a Colorado Springs Football Officials Association Area Director and currently serve as a crew chief and the association’s Training Director. I’ve also officiated high school basketball, girl’s lacrosse, and men’s semi-pro football. In 2017 and 2021, I had the honor of officiating the Colorado 4A State Championship games.

In 2007, after returning to Colorado Springs from a 2-year Air Force assignment in Korea, I desired to reconnect with high school football. My son had played for multiple years in the early 2000s, and I enjoyed watching his games and occasionally running the chains. I love to compete, and my body was getting too old to continue with high-level softball games.

I retired from the Air Force in 2011 after a 24-year career and retired in 2023 from a 12-year Department of Defense contracting job. Many of my assignments involved teaching and training, including two assignments at the Air Force Academy and an instructor position at the Space Education and Training Center.

My wife and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in June 2024. I enjoy playing Texas Holdem when I’m not watching football plays or working on this website.

I want to thank George Demetriou, Mark VanGampleare, Scott Rone, and Brian Clute who have contributed content, insight, and interpretations.