Join the Ruletool Academy clinic 2018!


You can still join the clinic without the hotel option! Send an email to

The Ruletool Academy clinic intends to give all football officials in Europe (and beyond) a valuable and fun learning experience. Over the weekend, we’ll cover rules, philosophy, mechanics and everything else that makes for a good official. We’re even trying to integrate an onfield (scrimmage) training session. This will be a ‘neutral’ clinic and supporting IFAF/NCAA rules and IAFOA mechanics.

We welcome all American footbal officials! The intended audience are American football officials with 5+ years of solid officiating experience. Proficiency in English is required, especially for the onfield training part. Officials with less experience are welcome to join and follow the classroom parts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, they will will not be prioritized to work the practice games on Saturday.


We’re proud to announce the following clinicians:

Carl Cheffers NFL #51 - lead clinicianIFAF NFL Europe

Thanks to our clinic partners!


The agenda is subject to change, but here’s what we have in mind:

Friday evening (optional, location: hotel restaurant -breakfast room)

  • 18:15 Start of registration, catching up and enjoying a first drink at the restaurant next to the hotel
  • approx. 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Welcome by Maarten
  • 19:35 Welcome by Carl
  • 19:40 Yolande Brada: Resilience
  • approx. 21:30 Social event/bar


  • approx. 07:45 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Transport to clinic venue. Hotel guests: Arnold, Raymon and Maarten will drive you. Remember: bring your officiating gear!
  • 09:00 Maarten: opening/agenda
  • 09:10 Maarten: discuss ruletest results
  • 09:30 Carl: The officiating pyramid
  • 10:15 Arnold: The Umpire position
  • 11:00 COFFEE BREAK and group picture
  • 11:15 Arnold: The Center Judge position
  • 11:45 Carl: key rules and how to make them work (ING, TGT, HCT, Catch)
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 13:00 Carl: The Referee position (“10 tips”, responsibilities, what to do right, …)
  • 13:40 Arnold: Philosophy
  • 14:20 Carl: The Linesman/Line Judge positions
  • 15:00 COFFEE BREAK
  • 15:20 Maarten: The deep officials – BJ/FJ/SJ positions
  • 16:00 Carl: coach communication
  • 16:30 Maarten end of classroom/agenda/..
  • 16:35 BREAK
  • 16:55 Early dinner because of the game
  • 17:30 Start of pregame for each crew. Topics to be covered: using radios, ball boys, communication,…(note: SJ/FJ/CJ are part of both crews). Note: 2017-2018 NCAA rules apply
  • 18:50 Crews onfield, group picture, pregame tasks
  • 19:30 Kickoff AFBN 2nd division game Flevo Phantoms (W/L: 4-2) vs Alphen Eagles (W/L: 4-3)
  • After the game: social event / return to the hotel (Carl/Mats/Arnold/Maarten: video review)


  • approx. 07:45 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Transport to clinic venue. Remember to check out! Hotel guests: Arnold, Raymon, Maarten, Michiel, Douglas will drive you.
  • 09:00 Maarten: agenda
  • 09:10 Carl/Arnold/Mats/Maarten game highlights: video review
  • 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:00 Mats: “Have we met?” The challenge and fun in having a different crew every week
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 End of clinic: off to planes, trains and automobiles…
  • @ HILVERSUM KO 15.00 Amersfoort Untouchables/Purmerend barbarians – Amsterdam Crusaders SFC 1ste divisie: SJ Euan Paterson, FJ Patryk Zak (1st half) Wojciech Ratajczak (2nd Half)
  • @ UTRECHT KO 14.00 Utrecht Dominators – Groningen Giants : SJ Wojtek A, FJ Damian



  • Apollo hotel, Almere city center
  • 27 minutes by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – direct connection
  • 20 minutes by train to Amsterdam city center
  • Paid parking underneath the hotel. Day pass € 9,50 (07:00 to 00:00). Enter ‘Brouwerstraat 3’ in Almere in your navigation system.

  • Free parking available at 5-10 minute walking distance. Click/tap for larger image. Red area: paid parking. Blue area: temporary parking and/or with permit. So: enter Hoornstraat or Oldenzaalstraat in your navigation and watch the signs if you enter/exit a parking zone.

Clinic venue – Friday night

  • Hosted in the ‘beer factory’ next to the hotel. They actually brew their own beer onsite.
  • They’ll prepare their house special “BBQ chicken” for us (or a vegetarian option).
  • We’ll host the clinic sessions in our private room
  • Later that night, the restaurant turns into a club…
  • Combine this with football officiating and it will be a great night!

Clinic venue – Saturday (all day) and Sunday morning

  • Flevo Phantoms, Almere
  • Sportpark De Marken 4a, Almere-Haven
  • 15 minutes by car to/from the hotel. Note: transport is included in the clinic fee.

Fee, payment, other info and FAQ

Fee (Full Clinic)

The standard clinic fee for Saturday and Sunday is EUR 285. The fee includes:

  • Hotel (based on a two person room)
  • 2 breakfasts (at hotel)
  • 2 lunches (at clinic venue)
  • Saturday night dinner, social event and some drinks.
  • All clinic content
  • If you fly to Amsterdam, a train ticket from the airport to Almere
  • Travel from the Almere train station to the hotel (on Friday and back on Sunday)
  • Travel between the hotel and clinic venue.

The optional Friday night clinic event will cost EUR 30 and includes:

  • Dinner: BBQ chicken (house special) or vegetarian option, fries, salad
  • Coffee, tea, water
  • 2 extra drinks (house brewed beer, wine, soda)
  • 2 hour clinic session

Fee (Partial Clinic)

The standard clinic fee for Saturday only is EUR 100. The fee includes:

  • Saturday lunch (at clinic venue)
  • Saturday night dinner, social event and some drinks.
  • Saturday program (0900-1700), excluding onfield sessions (so you can travel back anytime, without affecting your fellow participants). You’re welcome to attend as observer/spectator!

It does NOT include:

  • Hotel (this is optional, subject to availability).
  • Breakfasts (is included if you book the hotel)
  • Travel between the hotel and clinic venue (is included if you book the hotel).
  • Goodie bag
  • The Sunday lunch
  • Sunday program
  • Onfield sessions
  • Train tickets and travel to/from train station (own expense, but we can help)

The optional Friday night clinic event (see ‘full clinic’ above) is also optional for you.

Clinic registration

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Clinic registration (PARTIAL – no Sunday!)

Sorry, registration is closed… You can still join the clinic without the hotel option! Send an email to


  • No refund is possible after April 25, 2018
  • Other things

    • The information on this website is subject to change. No rights can be deferred from this website.
    • Upon registration, you agree that we process your (personal) data. We will transfer some (personal) data to the Apollo hotel to speed up your check in.