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Founded in 1944, in order to provide a means of training and developing football officials and maintaining a booking office for varsity football officials, the South Carolina Football Officials Association has grown from the original 12 officials serving 4 high schools, to its present size of 700 officials serving 206 schools. A basic rating system was developed in 1958 to assess each official. The rating system was incorporated into SCFOA’s Constitution and By-laws in 1967 and is used today in assigning officials to varsity football games. The rating system awards points to officials as follows: a Rules and Mechanics exam – 40%, SCFOA Credit (years of experience) – 15%, Fellow Officials Ratings – 25%, District Classroom meetings and preseason scrimmages – 15% and Cooperation – 5%. Coaches do not rate officials in this rating system.