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 Cape Fear Officials Association

   Wilmington, North Carolina      


welcome to the Cape Fear Officials Association web site

The Cape Fear Officials Association (CFOA)  was started in 1986 by Carl T. Miller when he became an official with NCHSAA in Baseball and Softball.   Mr Miller was appointed Booking Agent, now "Regional Supervisor of Officials."Carl took over as Booking Agent from Marion (Tinkey) Rogers for Fast Pitch Softball and from Jim Harris for Baseball.  Now, 27 years later, the Association is growing.  Membership is now at 120 which includes High School and recreational officials.

Our membership includes officials from a wide area of Southeastern North Carolina . We hold one annual meeting in January for all members on the 2nd Sunday in January.  This kicks off our High School program. We serve lunch and a business meeting follows. We go over the NCHSAA meeting in January for Regional Supervisors of Officials and rule books are given out. Executive board members attend and an election of officers is held every two years. We officiate two sports: baseball and fast pitch softball that includes High School JV and Varsity teams, recreation leagues, Semi-Pro Baseball (CMBL a wooden bat league), Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball, and Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball. We officiate both District and State Tournaments in youth ball.  We train and use new officials for our recreation leagues and some move on to our High School program starting out in JV and then Varsity as they get more experience. This program has been very successful.  In the last 27 years, the CFOA has had over 50 officials attend UNCW and Cape Fear Community College with the help of money earned from the part-time job of umpiring. 

We officiate Baseball and Softball games for High Schools in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Sampson Counties, Middle School in New Hanover County and Pender County and recreation games in Brunswick County and New Hanover County, for a total of more than 3000 games per year.

We are proud of the Officials of the CFOA who last year donated their time on the ball field one Saturday to benefit Childhood Cancer Research.  We worked games at the Cape Fear Optimist and Winter Park Optimist Clubs for a donation of $5000.00 toward this cause.  This is an annual event.

CFOA and NCHSAA encourage new officials to join our local Association. We are always looking for new officials to develop and train in the rules and mechanics of umpiring.

If you have what it takes, please contact us.

Billy Sebrell bsebrell@ec.rr.com Clinician / Trainer and assistant assigner


  NCHSAA Regional Supervisors of Officials  

Mike Parnell 

692 Peacock Rd

Whiteville, NC 28472




William ( Billy ) Sebrell

3327 N. Kerr Ave

Wilmington, NC 28405





Check out opening day Photos at the Miracle Field with the photo link at top of page.


SB Regional Supervisors and Umpires:

Effective immediately we will go by NFHS rule code and allow ribbons as headwear for players. Rule 3-2-5 states, Headwear (caps, visors, headbands, ribbons, etc.) may be mixed. If worn, they must be white, black, beige or school colors (the colors are not required to be the same for team members). The logo may be any color. Flat items, no longer than 2 inches, used to control the hair, such as bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips are permitted. Plastic visors, bandannas and hair-beads are prohibited.

We will be sending this information to our schools informing them that the restriction on wearing ribbons has been lifted.

Mark Dreibelbis
Supervisor of Officials


2018 Spring NCHSAA Softball Camp & Clinic Schedule (PDF)

2018 Spring NCHSAA Softball Camp & Clinic Schedule (MS Word)

NFHS Easton Softball Bat Information 1/2016  (adobe pdf)

2014 BBCOR/WOODEN Baseball Bats Info

2013 NFHS Baseball Illegal Bats List

NFHS Softball Bat Information Update  7/2014 (adobe pdf)

Softball Glove w/ Optic Marking Info  (adobe pdf)

2013 NFHS Softball Bat recall

ASA Non-Approved Fast Pitch Softball ASA, NFHS, DSI, Babe Ruth Bat List



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