Sports Officiating is a great way to get involved at UCF. UCF prides itself on having one of the preeminent sports officiating development programs in the country and we're always looking for motivated students with a passion for sports to join our team. Please read the information below to see some of the past accomplishments of our IM Sports Officials.
Why Officiate Sports?
Because without officials, there wouldn't be Intramurals. Officials are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the game and keeping Intramural games safe and organized. UCF's Intramural Sports program prides itself on training and educating sports officials at a very high level. Many current and former UCF students have had tremendous success as sports officials.
During the 2015-16 school year, UCF's intramural officials continued to have success on the regional, national, collegiate and professional levels. Five total officials were selected to officiate in National Tournaments this past year.
Three of our officials were selected to officiate in the NIRSA Championship Series National Flag Football Tournament hosted at the University of West Florida (Jon McNamara and Greg Metzger). The University of Central Florida has had 22 All-American flag football officials beginning with our current Associate Director of Programs, Gary Cahen in 2001.
UCF also had three intramural officials that were selected to officiate in the NIRSA Championship Series National Basketball Tournament hosted at Ohio State University last year (Robert Hussey, Alex Espejo and Dannica Mosher). Dannica and Robert were selected as All-American officials making them two of the top nine intramural basketball officials in the entire country. UCF has had 17 total All-American basketball officials since 2004.
UCF officials also saw success outside of Intramural Sports.
Alex Espejo, Dannica Mosher and Robert Hussey all worked their first collegiate basketball games during the 2015-16 basketball season.
Greg Metzger, Dannica Mosher, Alex Espejo, Jonny Grymes and Justin Gonzales all worked their first high school basketball games this season.
Current and Former Intramural Sports Supervisors Dannica Mosher and Brandon Schwab were selected to officiate in the NBA's Grassroots recruiting program. Brandon has gone on to be hired by the NBA to officiate in the NBA's Developmental League.
Former Supervisors Ray Acosta and Vladimir Voyard-Tadal both worked games in the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
This map illustrates all of the places that UCF students have been funded and given the opportunity to travel to and officiate Basketball and Flag Football tournaments.
Intramural Sports hires sports officials year-round to referee our 8 team sports. Basketball and 7 on 7 Flag Football are the first (and biggest) sports of the fall, and most officials aspiring to work any sport should begin with these two sports. The Fall concludes with Baseball, Soccer, and Volleyball. Spring sports include Softball, Hockey, Dodgeball, and 4-on-4 Flag Football. Sports officiating is a great way to get involved in both our program and UCF. Over 20,000 UCF students participate in Intramurals, with affiliations ranging from clubs and organizations, greeks, and residence halls. Nowhere on campus does a UCF student have a unique opportunity to interact with so many different students!
No experience is necessary, we will train officials for each sport through rules and field clinics. All that's required is a general understanding of sports and a desire to learn. We take great pride in our student officials, and encourage people to become an official who are committed to put forth a lot of effort into learning each sport and developing themselves not only as an official, but enhancing their skills in communication, leadership, and confidence.
Hours are flexible, as many officials work between 10 and 20+ hours per week. Intramural Sports are played each weekday after 4pm sometimes with games lasting until midnight, and on the weekends as well. Officials start at $8.05 an hour. Opportunities are also available with the UCF Officials Association to earn additional money working youth, community, and adult leagues at upwards of $20 a game.
Many Current and Former UCF Intramural Sports officials are working High School Basketball, Baseball, and Football. Others are working at the JUCO, NAIA, and NCAA Division I and II level in Basketball. UCF Officials have also gone on to work at the Professional ranks, in Basketball and Baseball. Whatever you aspire to do, whether it is to have some fun and work a part time job or to make a lifetime commitment to give back to the games you love; here is the way to start.