Board Meeting Notes


BFOA Board Meeting - 8/6/18

posted Sep 8, 2018, 10:27 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Sep 8, 2018, 10:28 PM ]

Called to order: 6:10PM

Board members Present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, , Anthony Smith, Anthony Vento, John Fusaro,Tyrone Montgomery  -  Rules Interpreter Tommy James  -  Commissioner Tye Sager  -  Excused: Scott Singer

Called to order: 6:05PM

Phil opening meeting with reading of minutes from last meeting. Motion to except minutes as read, first John Fusaro, second Anthony Vento. Said motion passed. On the agenda we have the alternate varsity crew members and varsity draft. The board had a lengthy discussion on adding 8 members to draft and alternates. Motion by Tyrone Montgomery, second by Anthony Vento. Said motion passed. Draft will start on schedule. Phil when in detail that all committees are important but especially the evaluation committee. Joe McGrath stated that Gino SantaLucia will be chairperson

Phil said he and 2 board members attended open house at Dolphin Stadium/Hard Rock a timeshare presentation. They were told that if they can get 100 members to attend the opening Game, Sept 9, 1PM, we will have club seating, air-conditioned comfort at a cost of $95.00 a person. It is open any person that wants to go. If we get 100 they will send out 2 buses. If we do get 100 they will give us a reception area, banquet area for are end of year banquet at no cost.

Phil advised all board members to please appoint chair person and 3 to 4 members to the committees as the season is upon us. All board members are in the process of committees together.

Adjourned: 6:55PM 


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Called to order: 7:10 PM

Phil opened meeting welcome members to are new location American Heritage school at Plantation. As we all know sometimes it is very difficult to get a location for are meeting. I know it did take longer to get on campus but hopefully it will get better for future meetings. With that being said are next meeting will be hear Aug 20 at 7Pm. Plan on getting here a little early.

Phil advised members that he and Anthony Smith, Anthony Vento attended invitation by the Miami Dolphins timeshare presentation at Hart Rock Stadium. We were advised that if we can have 100 people attend the first game at a cost of $95.00 a person they will give us club seats, air-conditioned comfort and will send 2 buses to take us to the game, He had asked for head count of members they would attend the game. We had 35 for now and please let the word out as it will be a fun time. Trip will go if we don’t have 100.

Commissioner Tye Sager advised the members that he you will need a hard copy from background check not receipt to forward to BCAA. Once that is done I will get you on the compliant rooster that all steps are completed. The draft starts tonight, I would suggest that you contact crew chief for the draft. If you are not picked in draft you most liked will not work every week as the same for crews that are picked as I look at the season schedule. I will try to work in as many people as I can. If there is a timer position available I will assign you. I will put a varsity alternate on clock. It may look as a letdown but it is not, you can evaluate. Joe McGrath is the liaison for the evaluate committee contact him if you would like to do so. Now is the time to go on arbiter to block dates and schools. I will be publishing the first 4 weeks of the schedule when the assignment committee release schedule to me. Date line for blocks will be Aug 15 for first 4 week schedule because pre season starts on Aug 16. The board voted to add on 8 members onto the draft. I will send out the names to all crew chiefs.

Vince Mundo had presentation on how to use HUDL.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James addressed play situations and rules

Adjourned; 8:40PM

BFOA Board Meeting - 7/9/18

posted Jul 24, 2018, 6:59 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Jul 24, 2018, 7:01 PM ]

Called to order: 6:10PM

Board members Present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, Scott Singer, Anthony Smith, Anthony Vento, John Fusaro
Rules Interpreter Tommy James, Commissioner Tye Sager, Excused: Tyrone Montgomery

Phil advised board that shirts are here from Purchase Officials for disbursement to members. The association will pay $4,00.00 for payment of $20.00 for each member. Treasurer Scott Singer advised board would pay Purchase Officials with his check and will be reimbursed from BFOA. Board voted and approved. Scott has list of members that have paid for shirt.

Phil recommend that we vote to retain the 17 crew chiefs. Anthony Vento asked if we have any information from survey. Phil said a couple a weeks ago we stated will use survey to counsel them. Because of the timing of information, we will use it for guidance and counseling as we move forward.

Phil made motion to retain 17 crew chiefs for 2018 season. Motion second by Joe McGrath. Motion voted on and passed. Also voted were alternate crew chiefs, James Canty, Anthony Vento, Steve Haft,Tyrone Montgomery. He also reminded members the use of HUDL that it is an outstanding learning tool.

Board meeting Adjourned: 6:45PM


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Called to order: 7:05 PM

Phil opened meeting advised members that the shirts are in and Scott will check that you have paid $20.00 and also paid your BFOA registration dues. The blank shirt is also available from Purchase Officials. Tye Sager will go over registration as to all parts to complete.

For members information Purchase Officials will be out of town from Aug. 2 to Aug 7.. Fred Collida asked that you call first before you come to store as some times he is out of office.

Our next meeting is Aug 6 at Western high school at 7PM. This is all confirmed with the school.

Tye Sager advised that he is going over to complete your registration. Three simple requirements. Back round with Badge that must be good for the entire season, BFOA dues. FHSAA dues start July 16. This is done on arbiter. Also, survey.

Vince Mundo had video presentation from HUDL.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James had covered mechanics and referee signals.

Meeting adjourned: 8:15PM

BFOA Board Meeting - 6/11/18

posted Jun 27, 2018, 6:18 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 6:18 AM ]

Board members present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, Anthony Smith, John Fusaro, Anthony Vento, Rules Interpreter: Tommy James, Commissioner: Tye Sager, Excused: Scott Singer, Tyrone Montgomery

Called to order: 6:05pm

Phil opened meeting with report from John Craven on FHSAA Leadership Conference in Tampa on June 8 and 9 ,2018. He stated that the registration with state will have an increase of $2.00. Also, a fee of $2.00 will be paid by FHSAA that you will be able to use your phone or laptop to review your game. They are also sending out a survey to address booking fees and a roster of Athletic Directors and Coaches. One purpose of the roster if coach or A.D. has a question on rules they want to see if they attended meetings with commissioners. The state said they want to have wing people to have more control on the side line. Frank Beasley, Director of Athletics with football attended a number of games and were not flagged as coaches were up and down side lines. Commissioner Tye Sager stated that game reports on arbiter this year may be viewed by that crew as to problems in that game. The crew chief will have to contact the crew for the next game as to conduct of coaches and players. Also, Tye said that if there are changes in your game arbiter will automatically email you of said changes.

John Craven also discussed liabilities for the members and the executive board. BFOA is covered by FHSAA but should look into coverage for the board to protect all involved. Phil appointed Scott Singer to look into individual protection for executive board. John Craven attended the conference for BFOA and should be reimbursed for expenses. Board voted and said motion was passed.

Member Roy Getzoff advised the board that he purchased a plague for retiring Kim Simmonds, Office of Manager Athletics as directed by the board that he should be reimbursed. Motion by Anthony Smith, second by Anthony Vento. Motion voted and passed by board.

As per the board all members will have to complete survey to be varsity for draft. This will be part of the eligibility for draft. All members will receive email must complete. This will be a requirement for varsity draft. The purpose of survey is for crew chief performance and association.

Meeting adjourned 6:50 pm 




GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Called to order: 7pm

Phil addressed members of last minute change to use the facilities at Pompano Beach High School. They had no one to meet are requirements as to custodial schedule to be at school but we will be returning. He asked all new members to please come up to pick up books on rules that we purchased for members last year. We would like to thank Western High school to late us use their facilities.

Phil had Roy Getzoff show plaque that BFOA purchased for Kim Simmonds who is retiring as Manager of Athletics. We thank Kim for her many years of service to us.

Fred Collida from Purchase Officials will be at July 11 meeting shirts and any new items you may need.

Phil Introduced John Craven as he attended the FHSAA leadership Conference in Tampa. John said that we are getting no raise and your registration is going up $2.00. Frank Beasley, Director of Football that he would like to see more control by side line officials to take more control. Frank attended a number of games and did not see that. They FHSAA will make available a web site that you can use to look up rule interpretation. Also, the decline in officials is throughout the state. The average age for officials is 57. Also, next year the FHSAA are going to implement 40 second clock. John asked Phil Serfass how many penalties he had in the state final championship. He said 7 delays of game.

Phill addressed the survey that all members will be requirements to complete as one of the steps to be eligible for varsity draft. The others are. BFOA registration, FHSAA registration and Jessica Lunsford badge that must have an expiration date expiration no earlier than of Dec 2018. What we are hoping to accomplish with the survey to get some feedback from officials to discuss crew chief who they have worked under the pass season, the overall effectiveness of the association. It will have 20 questions. This will be a required aspect for registration. We welcome your input.

Phil introduced Tye Sager are commissioner. Tye said you know last year that some badges expired during the season. We will have a new person working at BCAA as Kim Simmonds is retired. You must show badge to Tye to complete registration. Now we have a 4-prong process to complete. First original form signed not faxed, I have say this every year. You can pay online or check. As you all know we are using arbiter this year so if you do not complete back round will not let you be assigned any games. Any of the 4 steps are complete you will not work games. It is not to me; the arbiter system will automatically stop assignment of games. Tye said it is not that hard just don’t put things off. You call go to arbiter to see if all is done. Open up your profile and to left of page there is a link that read custom fields. It will have they 4 requirements. He said he has the schedule and see no problem with covering games. Aug 17 is date with a high number of games. James Canty is the JV assigner, please check with him as I have nothing to do with the assignments,

Meeting adjourned: 8:15 pm                                                                                                                                                                                    

BFOA Board Meeting - 5/7/18

posted Jun 27, 2018, 6:12 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 6:14 AM ]

Board members present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, Anthony Smith, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, Scott Singer,  Rules Interpreter: Tommy James, Commissioner Tye Sager, Excused: Anthony Vento

Called to order: 6pm

Phil addressed board of agenda for general meeting that will be covered. They will be 2 inch black and white shirt, hats with 17 on it to honor Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spring football games, hosting spring games training for first and second year cadets and cadets to attend spring games and Jessica Lunsford badge.

Phil addressed with board a letter he received from Member Bob McKinney that he would like to step down as crew chief for the 2018 season and be a alternate and return for 2019 season as a crew chief. The board discussed letter and in doing so Phil Serfass made a motion to except, Joe McGrath second motion. The board voted and motion was passed. Bob McKinney will be advised by board that this motion does not include his crew for 2019 season.

Meeting adjourned 6:50 pm 



GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Called to order: 7pm

Phil welcomed the members back for the 2018 season and the new members. He had the new members come up to introduce themselves. We had 8 new members and look forward to training them to become outstanding official.

Phil stated that the FHSAA is making it mandatory for playoffs as to the 2-inch shirts and optional for season. The board has voted and has made it mandatory for season. The association will pay $20.00 of cost of shirt and member will pick up remainder. Last year the association paid for rule books this year will pay $20.00 cost for shirts. Purchase Officials is now licensed with FHSAA. They are located in Oakland park that will make it convenient if you choose that vendor as there are 3 other vendors. Gino SantaLucia had question if FHSAA will supply rule books. Phil said you will have to get them online. On the Jessica Lunsford badge Phil advised members to check dates for expiration. You will not work games if card has expired. He said he will have more information to renew and it will be on are web site. Broward Schools have outsourced to vendors to renew. As to the leadership conference this year will be in Tampa. Phil will try to attend if not Joe McGrath or John Craven will attend. Phil advised all crew chiefs to contact all members of crew for spring games.

Phil introduced booking Commissioner Tye Sager. First on Arbiter, some members are familiar with arbiter and some are not as I see when you log in. When you log in you must except game. If you do not you will lose games. Starting in the fall if you do not except the game that week, the game will be removed and it will be considered a give back , The board wants to knew who are turning games back. You can go on arbiter and block out dates and times if you can not work 4pm games. This is all automatic as it is set up in the arbiter web site. If games are turning back the web site generate list of available officials and I will assign games. On spring games if you have not excepted games by end of week you will be removed from game.

On registration a lot of people followed directions, they had their forms and had their badge. The reason we have to look at the badges this year we have a new person with BCAA as Kim is retiring. I will have to certify that all members badges are up to date. I will not except forms it you do not have badge with you and up to date. Spring and fall jamboree please check notes on arbiter. Tye said he has the schedule for upcoming season and stated that we should not be to problem to cover games. I n the pass you have received your schedule for the season, starting this year you will not. The BCAA for years has been after us so have certain crews on the more competitive games. He will publish schedule 2 weeks in advance or mouth in advance. Tye information about up coming season will be on arbiter and Broward football web site. He advised members and new members that to become varsity eligible the by-laws read 3 years. But there are exceptions if you excel and the need for varsity official.

Meeting adjourned 8:30pm

BFOA Board Meeting - 1/28/18

posted Mar 26, 2018, 3:49 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 4:13 PM ]

Called to order 2 PM

Board members Present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, Scott Singer, Anthony Smith, Anthony Vento,
Rules Interpreter Tommy James, Commissioner Tye Sager

Board members excused: Tyrone Montgomery, John Fusaro

Phil welcomed board members back for 2018 season. Phil has been advised from Bob McKinney that the FHSAA will be going to 2-inch black/white stripe referee shirt this season for playoff games and will be mandatory for next season. The board discussed the cost for each football official would be approximately $40.00 per shirt. After discussion of the cost a motion was made for BFOA to pay $20.00 of cost for each member. A first on the motion was Anthony Vento and second by Anthony Smith. The motion was passed and the board will present said motion to members. Phil said he will be in contact with vendors and will report to board.

Some goals that Phil addressed were in addition to rules interpreter we should have a training coordinator, mechanics coordinator and banquet coordinator. Also, HUDL

The board appointed liaisons for committees, they are: Recommendation Phil Serfass, Evaluation Joe McGrath, Training Tommy James, Grievance Anthony Smith, Assignment Scott Singer,By-Law Anthory Vento

Commissioner Tye on recruiting and members being excused from meeting. He would like to remove from are web site and send him email that member will not attend. As to recruiting we should have a incentive so members will go out to recruit new members. If a member’s go’s out recruit a new member and new member pays his dues and complete training the person that recruited should get $5.00 off his dues. If person signs up more then 1 person then $3.00 a recruit. Phil said he would be in favor for some kind of recruiting incentive. We now have 129 members. Tye said he would need some volunteers for Feb 17 at 7on7 at University school that is set by Orange bowl Committee. GMAC was initially involved but asked for are help. He will send out email to all members. Joe Underwood and Tye will attend.

Tye said he received a survey from South Golf association in Fort Myers. It was survey sent to all associations that it has to do with how many schools you service, any concerns we have. Tye will receive the state-wide response and will report to board.

Meeting adjourned: 3:30pm

BFOA Board Meeting - 7/24/17

posted Aug 20, 2017, 6:26 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 6:28 AM ]

CALLED TO ORDER: 6:10 pm 

Board members present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, Anthony Smith, John Fusaro, Anthony Vento, Scott Singer
Rules Interpreter Tommy James, Commissioner Tye Sager, J.V. Commissioner James Canty

Excused: Tyrone Montgomery

Phil opened meeting with discussion on purchase of rule books that were addressed at last meeting. He said Bob McKinney and Steve Epstein were in contact with NFHS about purchase of books and they were advised that we should look at the rules by topic book because it also covers case book questions. We can buy at discount for $687.15. The board agreed to purchase and will have books to hand out to members at next meeting. Motion by membership to purchase books passed at last meeting. The estimate for payment from last meeting was $1,200.00.

Vote for the last 3 crew chiefs by the executive board were Teddy Brown, Bob Klemm and Ron Liebman. Congratulation to all crew chiefs and looking forward to an outstanding season.

Letter from Steve Epstein to board requesting that he be put last for the draft as he is returning this season as crew chief as he was out last year as a crew chief. Motion by Anthony Smith, second by John Fusaro to have Steve Epstein and Ron Liebman have a choose to pick first or last. The board voted and passed motion.

Joe McGrath had documentation from 2 officials transferring from other associations with letters of recommendations and experience. One was Brett Brecheisen which he will be working for the dolphins this season so he would not be available for a number of Friday night games. The other was Mark Gniewek from Michigan and he has not attended a meeting. Joe McGrath recommended Jim Gower to be put in draft this season as he is an outstanding officials and Joe stated that he worked a number of games with him over the past two years and feels he is varsity qualify. The board had discussion and voted to put Jim Gower in the draft this season.

Meeting adjourned: 6:50 pm


General Membership Meeting


Called to order: 7:05 pm 

Phil opened meeting advised members that draft will start Aug 4, 2017 and to be eligible you must pay BFOA, registration copy with picture and FHSAA dues. If you pay BFOA dues after July 31 it is a $10.00 find. The books have been ordered and should be available for distribution at Aug 7 meeting. The book is rules by topic and the cost was $687.15.

The on-line test with FHSAA will start Aug 7 to Sept15,2017. The test is on arbiter. There is no time limit and you can start test and sign off if you do not finish and sign back on at a later date to complete. It is a 50-question test.

Scott Singer said if you plan on signing up for NASO insurance you must do before July 31 for discount.

Commissioner Tye Sanger advised members to pay dues to BFOA and FHSAA. Also, complete registration form with picture to be eligible. He said that if you are not drafted you will have games as he has a number of open games to fill every week.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James covered of number of signals and game situations. He addressed questions and answers.

Meeting adjourned: 8:20 pm

BFOA Board Meeting - 7/10/17

posted Aug 20, 2017, 6:21 AM by Lenny Lizard

Called to order: 6:05pm

Board members present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, Anthony Smith, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, Anthony Vento, Rules Interpreter Tommy James, Commissioner Tye Sager, J.V. Commissioner Jim Canty

Excused: Scott Singer

Phil opened meeting with discussion that the FHSAA will not purchase rule books for this season. He stated that if are members just print the rule book it will be about 116 pages. The case book would be another 100 pages. The board had long discussion on the number of books to purchase rule books. For 125 books, the cost would be about $700.00 for rule books. The board voted to purchase books and percent to members for vote. John Fusaro asked if this is a year to year basis and the board agreed. Phil also said that members that have already purchased the books would be given a $10.00 credit for dues next season.

Commissioner Tye Sager also stated that we have to have a distribution point to hand out the books as he has had experienced officials that have received books and then asked for another book.

Tye also advised the board that by next meeting he would like to start the draft as soon as the board names crew chiefs for the remaining three positions.

The board had four members appear before board for interview for crew chief. They are: Steve Haft, Anthony Vento, Steve Torres and Robert Powell.

Meeting adjourned: 7:15pm


General Membership Meeting


Phil called meeting to order at 7PM as other board members were completing interview for crew chiefs.

He addressed the members of the board’s vote to recommend to purchase rule books and case books. A motion was made by Marvin Ayers and second by Ron Liebman to have decision on the purchase of books. After a lengthy discussion by members a motion to have vote was made by John Craven ,second by Bob McKinney to purchase books. Motion was passed. The vote was 72 yes and 14 no.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James covered the passing game rules and had breakdown session for 15 minutes.

Meeting adjourned; 8 PM

BFOA Board Meeting - 6/26/17

posted Aug 20, 2017, 6:13 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 6:16 AM ]

Called to order: 6 pm

Board members present: Anthony Smith, Joe McGrath, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, Scott Singer
Rules Interpreter Tommy James, Commissioner Tye Sager, J.V. Commissioner James Canty

Excused; Anthony Vento, Phil Serfass will attend general meeting.

Anthony Smith opened meeting that we will have two interviews for crew chiefs and the remaining five at the next E-Board meeting July 10. The two are Bob Klemm and Teddy Brown. John Fusaro addressed the board that if we have time at this meeting we should interview the other members as the next meeting is July 10 and the draft starts July 17. The board agreed. Ron Liebman was the only other candidate at meeting so board did have interview with Ron. At next meeting, the board will have the last four and general meeting will start at 7:30pm.

The minutes from last meeting were read and approved with one change.

Scott Singer had report on pay pal account. For the last several years we have been able to register online and pay using pay pal account. It will transfer money from pay pal account to Wells Fargo account. He stated that he and Steve Haft have been working on the account to change authorized user account from Steve to Scott. It looks like pay pal are not going to change the authorized user, so Scott has opened a new user account so pay pal will release money to are Wells Fargo account. He did put new code on pay pal account so when you register you can pay online. Scott dose not known if Vince has up dated are Web site as date.

J. V. Commissioner James Canty addressed board that he would like to be on the alternates list of crew chiefs. The board approved James for alternates list.

Commissioner Tye Sager said that the full schedule is online and that a few Fridays during season he will need 19 t0 20 crews. He also stated that like to have crew chiefs by this end of next board meeting so he can start working in draft.

All three interviews were complete with Board members: Anthony Smith, Joe McGrath, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, Scott Singer.

Meeting adjourned: 6:55 pm



General Membership Meeting


Anthony Smith addressed members on appointments of crew chiefs. He advised all members that no crew chiefs have been removed. Anthony said the three crew chiefs from last year and four alternates will have interviews with the board. Three had interviews and the last four are scheduled for July 10.

Bill Hanlon and Vince Mundo showed video on Blindside Block. The definition of a blindside block established by the committee is block against an opponent other than the runner, who does not see the blocker approaching and now results in a 15 yard penalty. The committee stated that the blindside block involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positing and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury. Unless initiated with open hands, it is a foul for excessive and unnecessary contact when the block is forceful and outside of the free-blocking zone.

Commissioner Tye Sager said the full schedule is on line and a number of weeks he will need 19 to 20 crews. One date he stated is Sept 8,2017 as he will need 20 crews. Tye said the varsity draft will start the third week in July.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James covered signals and will have a break down session for 15 minutes . He said one new signal for this season is blindside block. It is closed fist touching in front of chest.

Meeting adjourned: 8:25 pm

BFOA Board Meeting - 6/12/17

posted Jul 9, 2017, 7:06 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 6:15 AM ]

Called to order: 6 pm

Board members present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath,Scott Singer, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, Anthony Vento, Anthony Smith, Rules Interpreter Tommy James. Commissioner Tye Sager 


Phil stated that we have some questions from members on money we have on hand and registrations. At one of our first meeting we had discussion to project the spending during season and what will have in the account at end of season. Phil asked Scott to have a budget projection for the season. He said one major expense is are web site as we do not know how much longer it will work.

The minutes from last meeting were discussed with one correction. The increase was $3.00 not $2.00 as read in last month minutes. New fee will be Varsity $80.00 and Jr. Varsity $66.00. Motion to except minutes by Anthony Smith. Second by Anthony Vento. Said motion passed.

Phil asked all advisory committee chairperson to pick members by next meeting. They may be 3 or 5 members.

John asked about evaluations and forms we use. Phil stated that the form is are web site and all evaluators should use that form. He also said that the use of the evaluations is long term as we have not had a number of evaluations over the pass few years and ideally, they would be put in a data pool for future use.

Phil asked Tye for the number of crews we will need for season and he said 18. Phil also asked Tye for a ballot to vote to retain, remove or council. The list to vote on had 18 plus 4 alternates. Phil said this is the same as last year and sense we do not have anything elaborate we should use the same system. The board agreed and also to 18 crew chiefs After further discussion motion by Anthony Vento, second by John Fusaro that you will need 5 votes to be retained or come before the board for interview if you do not receive 5 votes. Said motion passed. The board did vote and 15 were retained .The three plus the four alternates will come before the board at next meeting June 26 or July 10 meeting as to availability.

Meeting adjourned: 6:50 pm



GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Called to order: 7 pm

Phil opened meeting informing members that the spring football when well except for one concern. We had a crew go to the wrong field. Please crew chief check with crew and school for location of game. Also we had a number of new officials at games to observe.

Commissioner Tye Sager addressed members on scheduling and upcoming season. He stated again that give backs will be assigned at general membership meetings so it is important to attend meetings if you want games.

Fred from Purchase Officials left some business cards for his location of store. Please call first as he is the only one at store. His location is 642 NE 40 court, Oakland Park , 33334. Phone 954-990-5806. If you want to buy a shirt you still must buy from Honig s as they have the logo. Also, Gerry Davis has logo.

Roy Getzoff will have hats and BFOA shirts. The hats last year were $10.00. His email is roy@cynsational.biz

Vince Mundo addressed blindside block with video from HUDL. He said the committee stated that the blindside block involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury, unless initiated with open hands.

Phil address the members about appointments of crew chiefs. The e-board voted to retain, remove or council. The board had list of 18 crew chiefs from last year and 4 alternates. To be retained you would need 5 votes of 7. 15 crew chiefs were retained .The crew chief candidates will come before the board for interviews. The scheduling for interviews will be sent out by Phil.

Joe McGrath report on Leadership Conference in Orlando. FHSAA will be using arbiter this year for testing, rule books. As to rule books when you pay your dues to FHSAA you will be able to get on arbiter and print the books. This is the third carrier in 3 years. All problems as in the pass are not all fixed but they are working on it. The FHSAA will no longer exempt officials from test when they have a score of 90 and above for 5 years. They would exempt you every other year.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James covered a number of signals and break down sessions.

Meeting adjourned: 8:40 pm            

BFOA Board Meeting - 5/15/17

posted Jun 19, 2017, 6:40 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 6:44 PM ]

Called to order 6 pm

Board members present: Phil Serfass, Joe McGrath, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, Anthony Vento, Anthony Smith,  Excused: Scott Singer,  Rules Interpreter Tommy James,  Commissioner Tye Sager

Phil opened meeting with Commissioner Tye Sager addressing give backs for spring games. Tye said he has 20 give backs for 20 spring games. The board discussed this issue and would look into fines for future games. Joe McGrath said he will look in to by-laws on this and will report back to board. Phil also said that we would have to have apparatus to implement said problem.

Joe McGrath on recruiting. He said he has a list of about 30 people and 6 want to transfer to Broward. Joe would like to introduce and recognize new members at general meeting.

Tommy James said that we will not have break out session but he would like to meet with all white hats as to new rule on blindside block. He also said training for new members will start July 18 at South Plantation High at 7pm.

Joe also said that a member contacted him about are account. The member asked why we have large balance as we are a nor profit organization. Phil addressed this that we have expenses as to the FHSAA, evaluators, and other expenses that may arise. The state is now using arbiter and some school are not using HUDL and will be using different companies. This will be another cost we will have.

Meeting adjourned: 6:45 pm



General Meeting
Called to Order; 7 pm

Phil welcomed all members to the 2017 football season. He asked all new members that listened to broadcast with himself and Joe Rose. Seven members did stand and were recognized. Phil said that was a great recruiting tool. Joe McGrath recruiting chairperson then had all other new members stand and be recognized.

Phil then recognized the board members. He also addressed how important it is to attend meetings. You must make 10 of 12 mandatory meetings. We will have breakdown session starting next meeting and Tommy James will address new rules and will use HUDL for games situations. Also, all give backs will be assigned at general meeting. So, if you are looking for more games you have to attend meeting.

Commissioner Try Sager addressed members and had a number of openings for spring games. He filled them all at meeting.

Vince Mundo asked members for moment of silence for R.L. Landers passed away May 17,2017. R.L. started the first football and basketball official’s associations in Broward County and is a charter and life member of both. He also is co-founder of the Broward softball and volleyball associations. He was inducted into the Broward Community College Hall of Fame and Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Brian Piccolo Award, Jim Cisco Award, Fort Lauderdale Service Award Florida Coaches Distinguished Service Award and St Thomas Award for his outstanding contributions to Broward County Sports. In 1985, he was honored with naming of the R.L. Landers Softball Field at Croissant Park. And the R.L. Landers Sportsmanship Trophy was named in his honor and is given each year by Broward Football Officials.

Vince said that the registration has not been finalized because we are waiting for the fee for NASO. Registration will be on-line and is $45.00. He also said that if you have your vendor badge with you and need it up dated leave it with him and he will scan it and return it next meeting. Pat Carter said that NASO has liability insurance, lawyers’ fees, covers fees for games from rec leagues to college.

Rules Interpreter Tommy James wanted to address 3 main topics that were discussed at the FHSAA advisory committee meeting. 1. Each school must have at least one 7-person crew per season. 2. First round of play offs games will be 7-person crew. 3. $2.00 increase in pay.

Tommy also addressed some signals that we are not properly being used.

1. Unsportsmanlike conduct- Arm straight out, not waving up and down.

2. End of quarter- hold ball up not waving ball.

3. Illegal forward pass- Arm behind back, turn to press box so they can see signal.

4. Back Judge- white bean bag for first touching- Blue for PSK foul


Meeting Adjourned 8:15 pm               

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