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Revised Proposed - BY-LAWS - (vote before 10/28/18)

posted Oct 21, 2018, 3:32 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 3:33 PM ]

BY-LAWS 
  
Of 
   
THE BROWARD FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION 


ARTICLE I. PRESIDENT

Section 1. The President shall act as the Chief Executive Officer of the Broward Football Officials Association (BFOA). The President shall preside at all meetings of the BFOA general membership and the Executive Board. The President shall have the authority to call a meeting of the Executive Board or of the General Membership. The President shall carry out all usual duties of this office and has authority to suspend members temporarily when events warrant such action pending review and action by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE II VICE PRESIDENT

Section 1 The Vice President, in the absence or incapacity of the President is vested with the powers and duties of the President. This individual shall perform all other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the President or the Executive Board.

Section 2 The Vice President shall have the authority to call a meeting of the Executive Board or of the General Membership with the approval of the Secretary and Treasurer of Executive Board.

ARTICLE III. SECRETARY

Section 1. The Secretary must keep accurate minutes of all Executive Board meetings and all general meetings of the association and insure they are posted to the website in a timely manner for all members to view. He/She will maintain accurate records for association and produce the same as needed by the Executive Board or the membership. The Secretary will supervise the taking of attendance at general meetings. The Secretary will supervise the distribution of publications and supplies.

Section 2. May appoint an assistant secretary to assist him/her in the performance of his/her duties, subject to approval from the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IV TREASURER

Section 1. The Treasurer shall collect and have charge of all fees and dues.

Section 2. Shall be responsible for the accounting of the financial affairs and assets of the association and shall submit a comprehensive annual report of receipts and expenditures and bank balances. Shall report to the Executive Board the monthly financial status of the Association.

ARTICLE V. MEMBERS AT LARGE (3)

Section 1. The Members at Large shall be responsible for attending duly-called meetings of the Executive Board. The Members at Large shall perform duties as assigned by the President or Executive Board.

ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. The Executive Board will consist of the elected officers of the association and will serve the governing body of the BFOA.

Section 2. The Executive Board will appoint an Evaluation Committee, Assignment Committee, Recommendation Committee, Grievance Committee and Training and

Development Committee and any others as may from time to time be deemed necessary. These committees will have membership composition, duties and responsibilities as defined in the FHSAA Officials Guidebook. The term of appointments to committees shall expire each year on December 31st. This provision shall not be interpreted as limiting the number of years, or consecutive years that any member may serve on these, or any other committee. The Board retains the right to dismiss any committee or any committee appointee when deemed necessary.

Section 3 The Executive Board, with recommendations from the Evaluation Committee, has the
responsibility for establishing and implementing the guidelines for evaluation of member officials

Section 4. The Executive Board shall have power to fine, suspend or expel from the association any member in violation of the Constitution, By-Laws, Guidelines, Rules of Conduct, or Code of Ethics as established and published by the FHSAA. The BCAA Booking Commissioner shall be notified, in writing, of all such disciplinary actions or recommendations.

Section 5. Officials assessed penalties by the Executive Board may appeal the penalties to the Executive Board in accordance with the procedures adopted in the BFOA Guidelines. Until the appeal is resolved, the member remains in good standing and may continue to work assigned contests and receive new assignments.

• Appeals to the Executive Board must be made in writing within 48 hours of notification to the official.

• Members may appeal any penalty imposed by the BFOA Executive Board to the Grievance Committee, according to the procedures established by the Grievance Committee.

Section 6. A disciplined member who does not obtain reversal of an Executive Board imposed sanction from the general membership shall have the right to seek a review by the FHSAA for final adjudication, in accord with procedures established by that organization.

Section 7. The Executive Board shall meet a minimum of once per month. An agenda shall be established prior to each meeting. Minutes of each meeting shall be posted on the association website once they have been approved at the subsequent meeting

ARTICLE VII ASSIGNMENTS

Section 1. BFOA members deemed not to be in good standing with the BCAA, BFOA or FHSAA are prohibited from being assigned or officiating any BCAA/BFOA games.

ARTICLE VIII RANKINGS

Section 1. All members of the BFOA will be ranked by a system as described in the BFOA Guidelines

Section 2. The Evaluation Committee will evaluate officials transferring into the BFOA from out of state or another FHSAA association.

ARTICLE IX MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Section 1. Members in good standing with the FHSAA will be granted membership in the BFOA. Members must register each year with the FHSAA online at www.fhsaa.org

Section 2. Admission into the BFOA membership shall be applied for on the BFOA mandated application form. The membership year shall begin on July 1 and will end on June 30 of the following year.

Section 3. Members must register each year with the BFOA. Each member shall pay annual dues to the BFOA. The amount shall be set by the Executive Board

Section 4. Approval of membership shall be granted upon certification of registration with the FHSAA and BFOA and when fees, fines and dues established and/or approved by the BCAA and BFOA have been paid in full. This includes any fines, dues and/or fees outstanding from the previous year(s). Members must comply with all requirements listed in the FHSAA Officials Guidebook, the BFOA Constitution and By-Laws and the BFOA Guidelines established by the Executive Board.

Section 5. BFOA members are permitted to join and participate in officiating interscholastic football games with other FHSAA sanctioned associations. Officials who make the BFOA their primary association will receive priority over those who list the BFOA as their secondary association

Section 6. Members must comply with the “Rules of Conduct” in the FHSAA Officials Guidebook.

Section 7. Members must be in compliance with Broward County Public School Security Clearance Requirements.

ARTICLE X GENERAL MEETINGS

Section 1. A quorum for a meeting will constitute 1/3(33%) of the general membership in good standing.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall establish an attendance policy and state that policy in the BFOA Guidelines.

Section 3. The President shall establish the Order of Business at all meetings.

Section 4. Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall control all parliamentary questions in the conduct of BFOA business.

ARTICLE XI. SUSPENSION OF BY-LAWS

Section 1. There shall be no suspension of the By-Laws.

ARTICLE XII AMENDMENTS

Section 1. The By-laws will be automatically amended to comply with any newly enacted requirements of the FHSAA.

Section 2. Any member in good standing may sponsor an amendment to the By-Laws. A preliminary draft of a proposed amendment must be submitted to the Secretary, at least 7 days prior to the next General Membership meeting. If approved by the Executive Board, the proposed amendment(s) shall be presented on the agenda at the next regular or special general membership meeting for discussion only. The proposed amendment will then be presented to the membership for approval at the following General Membership meeting or by internet balloting. The proposed amendment must be approved by 2/3 vote of a quorum (1/3 of the members in good standing) of the general membership. Approved amendments are effective immediately.

Section 3. If a proposed amendment is not approved by the Executive Board to be placed on the agenda for discussion, a member in good standing may still have the proposed amendment placed on the agenda of the next General Meeting for discussion by submitting a petition signed by fifty-percent, plus one, of the members in good standing with the association. The petition and proposed amendment must be delivered to the Secretary at least 7 days prior to the next General Meeting. Following discussion, the proposed amendment will then be placed on the agenda of the following General Meeting to be voted on by the members. A majority of 2/3 of a quorum of the General Membership is required for adoption of a proposed amendment.

ARTICLE XIII PLAYOFF RECOMMENDATIONS

Section 1. As provided in Article VI, Section 2 of these By-Laws, the Recommendation Committee will be appointed by the Executive Board in accordance with FHSAA guidelines.

Section 2. The Recommendation Committee will present the details of their criteria for selection to the general membership at a General membership meeting no later than September 30th of the current year. The Committee must also follow guidelines as set forth by the Executive Board in accordance with the BFOA Guidelines.

Section 3 The Recommendation Committee will present the recommended playoff crews to the membership for review in advance of the meeting at which a vote for approval will take place. If any member selected cannot or does not accept his/her playoff assignment, the Recommendation Committee will designate a replacement prior to final submission to the FHSAA. The Committee will adhere to all stated FHSAA selection and deadline criteria as well as BFOA Guidelines in choosing the state series playoff crews.

Revised Proposed - CONSTITUTION - (vote before 10/28/18)

posted Oct 21, 2018, 3:18 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 3:19 PM ]

CONSTITUTION 
   
of
   
THE BROWARD FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION 


ARTICLE 1. NAME

Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Broward Football Officials Association (BFOA)

ARTICLE II. MISSION

The mission of the BFOA shall be:

Section 1. To provide officials of the highest caliber available by establishing standards that meet and exceed those established by the Florida High School Association.

Section 2. To educate and train officials through the use of the current National Federation of High School association’s Rule Book, Case Book, Officials’ manual and other publications. These publications shall become the accepted authority on rules and officiating mechanics.

Section 3.To elevate the standards of officiating through the maintenance of a high standard of ethics.

Section 4. To provide the means for the correct interpretations of all rules.

Section 5. To promote good fellowship among its members.

Section 6. To further the spirit of good sportsmanship and fair play.

ARTICLE III. AFFILIATION

Section 1. The BFOA is chartered under the umbrella of the Broward County Athletic

Association (BCAA). The BCAA is a sanctioned association of the Florida High School

Athletic Association (FHSAA). The BFOA is subject to the by-laws and policies of the FHSAA insofar as they affect and prescribe the duties and responsibilities of the organization and its individual members.

ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. The elected officers of the BFOA shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Three (3) Members at Large.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall manage the affairs of the BFOA and shall exercise legislative and policy-making authority for the association.

Section 3. The immediate past President shall serve as a resource person and advisor to the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V. ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

Section 1. Officers shall be elected by secret ballot every two (2) years on the date of the last BFOA general meeting of the season; OR by electronic voting via the internet-- protocol established by the current Executive Board. The offices of President, Secretary, and One (1) Member at Large shall be voted on during the odd years. The offices of Vice-President, Treasurer and Two (2) Members at Large will be voted on during the even years. New officers will assume duties on December 31st of the election year.

Section 2. The eligibility to run for office of the BFOA is to be a member in good standing with two (2) years minimum membership in the BFOA.

Section 3. A vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled by the Vice President, and such successor shall serve the unexpired term.

Section 4. A vacancy occurring in any other office will be filled by appointment by the President, and such successor shall serve the unexpired term.

Section 5. All elected officers shall hold a term of two years. No officer shall serve in the same office for more than four consecutive years.

Section 6. Voting will be by secret ballot with no voting by proxy. All Executive Board members shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present and voting. The officers must be elected by a majority of the membership voting; if not a run-off of the top two members receiving votes will occur.

Section 7. The Executive Board can remove an Officer of the Board with more than 75% of the total Executive Board voting for removal of said officer.

ARTICLE VI. BOOKING COMMISSIONERS AND RULES INTERPRETER

Section 1. The Executive Board of the BFOA shall recommend annually to BCAA individuals for the positions of Booking Commissioner, Assistant Booking Commissioner and Rules Interpreter.

Section 2. The office of the Booking Commissioner will assign members to officiate all interscholastic games that are to be officiated by the BFOA.

Section 3. The Rules Interpreter will provide official rulings of all rules interpretations in consultation with the FHSAA and NFHS.

ARTICLE VII. SUSPENSIONS

Section 1. There shall be no suspension of the Constitution.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

Section 1. This Constitution will be automatically amended to comply with any newly enacted requirements of the FHSAA.

Section 2. Any member in good standing may sponsor an amendment to the Constitution.

A preliminary draft of a proposed amendment must be submitted to the Secretary, at least

7 days prior to the next General Membership meeting. If approved by the Executive Board, the proposed amendment(s) shall be presented on the agenda at the next regular or special general membership meeting for discussion only. The proposed amendment will then be presented to the membership for approval at the following General Membership meeting or by internet balloting. The proposed amendment must be approved by 2/3 vote of a quorum (1/3 of the members in good standing) of the general membership. Approved amendments are effective immediately.

Section 3. If a proposed amendment is not approved by the Executive Board to be placed on the agenda for discussion, a member in good standing may still have the proposed amendment placed on the agenda of the next General Meeting for discussion by submitting a petition signed by fifty-percent, plus one, of the members in good standing with the association. The petition and proposed amendment must be delivered to the Secretary at least 7 days prior to the next General Meeting. Following discussion, the proposed amendment will then be placed on the agenda of the following General Meeting to be voted on by the members. A majority of 2/3 of a quorum of the General Membership is required for adoption of a proposed amendment.

JV Draft List and Results

posted Aug 15, 2018, 6:46 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 9:16 PM ]

  
           
        Junior Varsity Draft Pool and Results
   
(Use TABS at the bottom the page to see the DRAFT POOL)

The JV Draft is scheduled to start on Tuesday August 21st if you want to
be considered you must indicate that you are interested by marking the
appropriate Custom Fields in Arbiter.  In order to be considered you must have a current background check and be registered with FHSAA & BFOA 

FHSAA Rules Exam Opens - 8/10/18

posted Aug 9, 2018, 9:54 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 10:10 AM ]

The required FHSAA exam written by the NFHS will become available in Arbiter on Friday August 10th.  All BFOA members are required to take this exam, the deadline to complete the exam is 9/21/18 that is more than a month window in order to take the exam and there is no time limit once you begin.  However there is no make-up exam provided as has been the case in previous years.


The exam has no time limit

No make-up exam will be offered

Exams are created and written by the NFHS

Officials can save and exit the exam as many times as necessary.
Once the “submit exam” button is clicked your test will be
graded and your one (1) attempt is completed

Exams that are incomplete once the deadline passes will be graded as is

Exam - 50 questions


2018 Varsity Draft Results

posted Aug 5, 2018, 8:03 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 10:15 AM ]




The 2018 Varsity Draft is now Completed
      




Next Meeting - Oct 29th 2018 - American Heritage

posted Jun 7, 2018, 5:39 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 3:36 PM ]


PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE
 6:00 PM THE ROOM WILL BE IN USE
  No Food or Drinks Allowed in this Room  

The next BFOA general meeting will held at American Heritage High School on Monday September 17th at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Building in the CHORUS ROOM.  American Heritage school is located at: 
                                American Heritage - Plantation
                                12200 W Broward Blvd
                                Plantation, FL 33325

When you get to the school, the security guard may ask for your DRIVERS LICENSE also bring your BACKGROUND CHECK BADGE.  You will need your driver's license only once (the first time you go there).  They will log you in, and you will no longer be required to show them your drivers license.
  
Park in the parking lot that is adjacent to the EAST side of the football field.  Due South of the football field is the Fine Arts Building that has a large clock at the top. The Chorus Room (where we will have our meetings) is inside that building. Enter the doors that are located at the left corner (as you face the building) of the building.  After you enter, the Chorus Room is the first door on your left.

BFOA Registration and Dues Payment

posted May 6, 2018, 8:09 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated May 7, 2018, 7:17 AM ]


Links to the downloadable BFOA Registration Form and PayPal are now available for members to pay dues.
     
   2018 Registration Form
    

Recruiting New Officials

posted Apr 15, 2018, 9:00 AM by Lenny Lizard   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 10:46 AM ]

BFOA President Phil Serfass pictured pounding the pavement trying to attract new recruits at the Dolphins Youth Coaches Clinic on 4/15/17 at Hard Rock Stadium.  BFOA is looking for individuals interested in football to become high school football officials.  The BFOA officiates all high school contests in Broward County.




The first meeting of the season will be held on Monday May 7th 2018 at Pompano Beach High School
in the Auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm.
Interested individuals are encouraged to attend.


Visit our TAKE THE FIRST STEP website


NFHS - New Rules for 2018

posted Feb 8, 2018, 7:54 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ 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.


2018 EDITORIAL CHANGES

1-3-7; 3-4-2c; 7-2-5b(1) EXCEPTION; 9-5-1h; 10-4-7; PENALTY SUMMARY; NFHS OFFICIAL FOOTBALL SIGNALS; INDEX.


2018 POINTS OF EMPHASIS

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

Current Schedule

posted Aug 27, 2017, 4:20 PM by Lenny Lizard   [ 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

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