NFHS - New Rules for 2018

posted Feb 8, 2018, 7:54 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 8:01 PM ]

1-5-4, 1-5-5, 3-5-10e (NEW) 3-6-2, 9-9: Improperly equipped player shall be replaced for at least one down.

Rationale: Prior to the game, the head coach is responsible for verifying that the players are legally equipped and will not use illegal equipment. The penalty for a player who is not properly equipped has changed from a distance penalty against the team to removal of that player for at least one down. The penalty provisions for any use of illegal equipment remain unchanged and result in an unsportsmanlike conduct foul charged to the head coach.

2-32-16a: Defenseless player provisions for passer clarified.

Rationale: The committee clarified that defenseless player provisions do not apply to a passer until a legal forward pass is thrown. The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the pass ends or the passer moves to participate in the play.

6-1-3b PENALTY, 6-1-4 PENALTY: Signal change for free kick infractions.

Rationale: The signal for free kick infractions, other than encroachment of the neutral zone, has been changed from signal 18 to signal 19.

6-1-9b (NEW), 6-1-9b PENALTY (NEW), 10-4-2 NOTE (NEW), 10-5-1j (NEW): New penalty option adopted for fouls by kicking team.

Rationale: In an effort to reduce re-kicks, further minimize risk and ensure that appropriate penalties are in place for all fouls, the committee has added an option for fouls committed by the kicking team during free and scrimmage kicks. The change would allow the receiving team all of the previous options as well as accepting the distance penalty at the end of the down.




Proper Wearing and Use of Required Equipment
Blindside Blocks and Defenseless Player
Application of Personal Fouls and Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Time Management

Next Meeting - Monday 10/9/17

posted Sep 21, 2017, 3:28 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 9:52 PM ]

NO MEETING ON OCTOBER 2nd.  The next scheduled meeting for the BFOA will be held Monday, October 9th at 7pm in the magnet auditorium at South Plantation High.  The administration at SPHS has asked that we park in the parking lot, and not on the circle please honor their request.

Thank you,
Phil |Serfass

BFOA Meeting on 9/18/17 is CANCELLED

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:59 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 5:51 PM ]

To All BFOA Members:

I hope all of you have made it through Hurricane Irma and the cleanup effort. We are all facing our own challenges putting our homes back together and our lives back to normal. And many of us are dealing with various stresses in our lines of work. With all of this in mind, and the uncertainty of the availability of meeting space and video capabilities at SPHS, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept 18. The Board will evaluate our situation and determine when we should hold our next meeting. Unless otherwise advised, the next meeting will be held on Monday, Oct 2.

By now you all should know that this week's slate of games have been cancelled. I urge you to check the schedule posted on the website for the status of your games next week. If you do not have access to internet, please reach out to your crew chief, or a crew mate, or you can call me to find out what your schedule is. Hopefully by next week, everyone will have access to internet.

Crew stated at the meeting last is imperative that you contact each member of your crew, and this includes timers, to confirm that they know where and when they are scheduled for a game. This is your responsibility, is and always has been. But it is crucial now with our communication and scheduling systems disrupted. The Board stands ready to hold people accountable if these responsibilities are not met. We need everyone to step up!

I hope everyone can return to some form of normalcy over the weekend, keeping in mind just how fortunate we were.

Thank you and everyone please be safe this weekend!

Phil Serfass
BFOA President

Current Schedule

posted Aug 27, 2017, 4:20 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 12:11 AM ]

With our database not responding in a stable manner the most current schedule will be posted here until we have a more permanent solution in place.  You can VIEW or download and PRINT a copy of this schedule.  Please note that updates will occur frequently and are highlighted in yellow.  

Crew Chiefs have PRIMARY responsibility for keeping their crew informed

JV Draft Results

posted Aug 25, 2017, 12:08 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 7:04 AM ]

Review the JV Draft Results by following the link below:

Runnin' Refs - Labor Day

posted Aug 6, 2017, 10:55 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

You don't have run!!! We invite you to run, jog, walk, or any combination of the three so you will be 
FIT TO OFFICIATE during the upcoming season.

More importantly, we are raising money for a worthy cause. Last year our RUNNIN' REFS
donated $4,000 to the KiDZ Neuroscience Center for head trauma (concussion) research and treatment.

Even if you can't participate, we ask you to talk to your friends, neighbors, co-workers and others
and ask for their financial support for this worthy cause.

This year's RUNNIN' REFS event will be held Monday September 4 (Labor Day) on the Hollywood Broadwalk
right on the shores of the Atlantic.  It's a beautiful way to start the day and to start the season.

More information contact:
Dr. Joe Underwood
305-649-9800   x 2265
305-469- 4751  cell

Lacrosse Officials Recruitment Drive

posted Aug 2, 2017, 8:26 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 8:28 AM ]

We need new Lacrosse Officials in Monroe,
Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties!

for Recreational Leagues, Middle School and High School

Training begins in August.  
High School Season runs from February.

Sign Up Today for More Information

Use Referral Code: BFOA

FHSAA Registration Now Open

posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:10 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

Officials can now register with the FHSAA for the 2017-18 season.

The website is:

Heads Up
1)  You will need your Vendor Badge expiration date
2)  Select Broward County Athletic Association not BBFOA
3)  It is BEST to use a Chrome browser when accessing the website
4)  A Mastercard or VIsa - ONLY credit cards accepted

Additional instructions on the site after you logon.


posted Jul 11, 2017, 6:41 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

Due to the poor conditions of the football field at South Plantation High School training for new officials will be held at PAL Field in Plantation (Police Athletic League).  All participants should plan to PARK IN THE LOT JUST NORTH of the fields.  The address is:

PAL Field
1000 NW 70th Ave                      
Google Map to PAL Field
Plantation, FL 33313                   

Training for new officials begins on Tuesday July 18th, 7:00 pm at PAL Field.  The training program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight sessions.  The goal of these training sessions is to prepare participants with little or no experience to take the FHSAA exam and to work youth league assignments this fall.  The training dates are:

Tuesdays - July 18, 25, and Aug 1, 8
Thursdays - July 20, 27 and Aug 3, 10

For additional information email Tommy James at:

Our NEXT Meeting - TUESDAY September 5th

posted Jun 26, 2017, 8:23 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 10:39 PM ]

The next BFOA meeting of the year will be held on TUESDAY September 5th, 2017 in the Magnet Auditorium at South Plantation High School beginning at 7:00 pm.  All individuals interested in beginning to officiate football games in Broward county and returning BFOA members are encouraged to attend this meeting.  If you are new to our organization a previous official that has recently relocated to Broward, or an individual with no experience with an interest in beginning to officiate you are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.  Please use the link below to complete our Take the First Step form so we will have your contact information 


South Plantation High School
1300 SW 54th Ave
Plantation, FL 33317

Google Map To South Plantation

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