George Winn



Matt Papke


Board Representative

Matt Olson

(612) 202-4601 

news and announcements

October 30, 2023:

The 2023 regular season wrapped up over MEA and the section playoffs will finish up this weekend. Gopher's crews have been working hard all season, and going wherever George needed them. Thank you to all for their schedule flexibility with the large amount of weather delays. Thank you also to all who took advantage of some of the new training opportunities at the beginning of the year. George Winn and the rest of the training committee will look to expand on those training opportunities as we look towards the 2024 season. 

Congratulations to the following crews that were selected to work the state tournament this year:

Rick DeGardner and his crew of Scott Schulz, Ryan Luessenheide, Patrick Molan, and Joe Ganske will work the 6A Prep Bowl Final at 7pm on Friday 11/24 at U.S. Bank Stadium. They will also work a 4A quarterfinal game at Monticello High School on Thursday, 11/9 at 7PM. 

Tim Litfin and his crew of Jim Larson, Aaron Nordling, Chris Tengwall, and Nick Litfin will work the 3A Prep Bowl Final on Saturday November 25 at 1pm at U.S. Bank Stadium. The crew will also work a 5A quarterfinal game on Saturday, 11/11 at 12:00PM at Osseo High School.

Donald Adderley and his crew of Dennis Harris, James Ondrey, Mitch Lonnee, and John Ondrey will work a 6A quarterfinal game on Thursday, 11/9 at 7:00PM at Park Center High School.

Congratulations again to these fine crews, and we will turn our attention to the 2024 season and making our crews even better!

August 27, 2023:

The First Year Varsity Officials training meeting and the New Officials training are posted below. 

The first MSHSL training video is posted below. Reminder: WATCHING THE VIDEO THROUGH THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT COUNT FOR STATE TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY. You must - no exceptions, must - watch the videos through your Arbiter account to receive credit. The videos being posted here is for convenience and for review/crew discussion only. 

August 1, 2023:

Click here for a link to the pages with the new football shirts. You can also shop in person for them at at General Sports Edina.

Gopher State Zoom training videos

Zoom training June 14, 2023 


Rule Changes 2022 & 2023




Film Review

Zoom training July 19, 2023 


July 24, 2023 New Officials Orientation 

First Year Varsity Officials Training - August 9, 2023

MSHSL Officials YouTube Training Videos - watch the most recent football video below. 

Reminder that all football officials must watch the MSHSL training tapes via the eligibility tab on the Arbiter website in order to be eligible to officiate a state tournament game. It is the same process as taking the online training modules for preseason certification. All videos must be viewed on or before October 10, 2023. Viewing the video below or on the YouTube channel will not count. These are for convenience/discussion only.

Most Recent MSHSL Football Officiating Training Tape - 2023 Video #1

2022 MSHSL Mid Season Football Meeting

MSHSL 40/25 Play clock training tape

Referee Announcement Training Video

Gopher Football Officials in Action

Bill Lemonnier's 

Football Officiating Academy 

2016 Crew of Five Training Video



Forward Progress

Goal Line

Keys, Zones, Pre-Snap

Kicking Game



Player Conduct


Bill Lemonnier's 2016 training video used by permission. All rights reserved.