Announcements


Our NEXT Meeting - July 10th

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

The next BFOA meeting of the year will be held on MONDAY July 10th, 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 

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

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

Google Map To South Plantation

BFOA Training Schedule

posted May 25, 2017, 8:29 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated May 25, 2017, 8:32 PM ]

Training for new officials begins on Tuesday July 18th, 7:00 pm at South Plantation High School.  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:  tommyjames39@att.net

Our NEXT Meeting - June 12th

posted May 17, 2017, 6:57 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated May 17, 2017, 7:00 AM ]

The next BFOA meeting of the year will be held on MONDAY June 12th, 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 

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

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

Google Map To South Plantation


Phil Serfass Radio Interview With Joe Rose

posted May 3, 2017, 8:45 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated May 3, 2017, 9:02 AM ]




On Thursday May 3rd BFOA President Phil Serfass was interviewed on WQAM 560 Sports Radio by former Miami Dolphin Joe Rose regarding the shortage of high school football officials. 

In case you missed it you can listen to the interview by clicking the following link:     WQAM Interview

TAKE THE FIRST STEP!

posted Apr 29, 2017, 6:48 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

Are you a football fan?  
Do you think you have a good understanding of the rules?  
Have you ever considered getting involved as a football official?
 

Right now is the BEST time of the year to get involved in high school football officiating. The Broward Football Official's Association is looking for individuals with an interest in football to join us and begin learning the art of officiating, no prior experience is necessary. The 2017 season will start in August but preparation and training in begins now in May. Our first meeting with be held at South Plantation High School at 7:00 pm on Monday May 15th. The Broward official's association is responsible for providing the on-field officials and timers for all high school football games held in Broward County. The ideal candidate will have an interest in football, be able to pass a level 2 background check, possess excellent interpersonal skills, a willingness to study and master the rules, and the physical mobility to be able cover the play. Our members are adults that come from all walks of life, school teachers, police officers, restaurateurs, attorneys, doctors, inspectors, tradesmen, bailiffs, administrators, managers, and retirees. Our members are tested annually, and are also members in good standing of the Florida High School Athletic Association. We all share a common passion for football and a desire to provide local high schools with the best officiating possible.


We currently have about 120 members but could easily accommodate another 30 members in order to service the approximately 20 games we officiate every Friday night during the football season. In addition we service junior varsity games generally on Wednesday afternoons and youth league programs on Saturdays. If you have and interest, we encourage you to attend our first meeting at South Plantation High School, 7:00 pm, on Monday May 15th. 

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

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

Google Map To South Plantation



First Meeting Of The Year - MONDAY May 15th, 2017

posted Apr 9, 2017, 6:55 AM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 9:44 AM ]


The first BFOA meeting of the year will be held on MONDAY May 15th, 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 available for future reference.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

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

Google Map To South Plantation

Purchase Officials Supplies in Oakland Park

posted Feb 23, 2017, 3:57 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 4:00 PM ]


Purchase Officials Hires Fred Collida


February 22, 2017

Oakland Park, FL — Purchase Officials Supplies is pleased to announce its recent hire of Fred Collida, who will join the team as the Vice President of Florida Operations and Business Development. Collida will manage the new Purchase Officials location in Oakland Park, FL as well as develop and implement growth opportunities with officiating organizations throughout the United States.

“We are very excited to have Fred as part of our team, and to open a location in Florida,” said Pat Madine, Owner of Purchase Officials. “Our customer base in Florida has seen tremendous growth over the last several years, and bringing on Fred is a natural fit. He brings over 20 years of industry experience, that will undoubtedly enhance to our commitment to customer service.”

In recognition of Fred joining our team, we have created an online discount code exclusively for customers in Florida. For a limited time use Discount Code: FLORIDA to save 10%* on your next order. This is a limited time offer, so don’t delay.

To Use the DISCOUNT: Visit www.purchaseofficials.com or call 800-767-2233. After adding items to your cart, enter “FLORIDA” as your coupon code.

Details about the opening of our location in Oakland Park will follow soon. We are on track to be operational by March 20, 2017. Fred can be reached via email at fred@purchaseofficials.com.

About Purchase Officials Supplies: Over the past ten years, Purchase Officials has emerged as the industry leader in the officials supply market. With a commitment to customer service, a user friendly website, and dedicated staff, Purchase Officials continues to grow and be recognized as one of the leading retailers in the country featuring a full line of officiating apparel and gear. Be sure to follow Purchase Officials on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news, sales and information. Click Here to join our email list today.

New Blocking, Kicking Rules Address Risk Minimization in High School Football

posted Feb 23, 2017, 6:38 AM by Vince Mundo

New rules on blindside blocking are the most recent steps taken by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee in minimizing the risks associated with the sport.

The establishment of a new definition of a blindside block in Rule 2-3-10 and the addition of Rule 9-4-3n prohibiting a blindside block were two of 11 rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The NFHS Football Rules Committee’s actions this year once again addressed risk minimization, officiating, competitive balance and game administration,” said Bob Colgate, director of sports and sports medicine at the NFHS and staff liaison for football.

The definition of a blindside block established by the committee is “a 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 positioning 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.”

“As has been the case for many years, the NFHS Football Rules Committee continued to place their main emphasis on risk minimization,” said Todd Tharp, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. “With this new definition of a blindside block and the penalty to be assessed, the committee stresses the importance of proper coaching techniques under the rules and accurate enforcement by the game officials.”

Another significant risk-minimization change was elimination of a pop-up kick in new Rule 6-1-11. A new definition of a pop-up kick in Rule 2-24-10 is defined as “a free kick in which the kicker drives the ball immediately to the ground, the ball strikes the ground once and goes into the air in the manner of a ball kicked directly off the tee.”

The committee implemented this change in an effort to reduce risk of injury due to the increased use of the pop-up kick on onside kickoffs. Such kicks will be penalized as a dead-ball free-kick infraction, as noted with new Rule 6-1-11 PENALTY.

The NFHS Football Rules Committee also expanded Rule 2-32-16 regarding a defenseless player by adding specific examples of a defenseless player. Those examples include, but are not limited to:

a) A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass;

b) A receiver attempting to catch a pass who has not had time to clearly become a runner;

c) The intended receiver of a pass in the action during and immediately following an interception or potential interception;

d) A runner already in the grasp of a tackler and whose forward progress has been stopped;

e) A kickoff or punt returner attempting to catch or recover a kick, or one who has completed a catch or recovery and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier;

f) A player on the ground including a ball carrier who has obviously given himself up and is sliding feet-first;

g) A player obviously out of the play or not in the immediate vicinity of the runner; and

h) A player who received a blindside block with forceful contact not initiated with open hands.

“A great deal of time was spent by the committee creating specific criteria to define exactly what a defenseless player is,” Tharp said. “Coaches can use these examples to focus on the proper mechanics of blocking and tackling, and game officials now are able to use this expanded definition to focus on continued risk minimization of the players.”

Changes to Rule 7-1-6 expand on the situations required for encroachment to occur after the ready-for-play and after the snapper has placed his hand(s) on the ball. The rule previously stated that encroachment occurred if “any other player breaks the plane of the neutral zone.” In addition, now defensive players are restricted from contacting the ball prior to the end of the snap or making contact with the snapper’s hand(s) or arm(s) until the snapper has released the ball.

The remaining changes approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee touched on a new ball specification (1-3-1h), uniforms [(1-5-1b(3)], game officials (1-5-4), post-scrimmage kick fouls (2-16-2h), penalty time clock management (3-4-7), prosthetic limbs (4-2-2l) and forward-pass interference (7-5-10), in which the previous foul for non-contact face guarding was eliminated as forward-pass interference.

Regarding the uniform change in Rule 1-5-1b(3), effective with the 2021 season, “the jerseys of the home team shall be a dark color that clearly contrasts to white.”

“The committee revised the rule to provide schools and manufacturers more clarification regarding the game’s current trend of utilizing lighter gray shades,” Colgate said. “The requirement for teams to wear contrasting colors to white is not a new rule, and it is the committee’s expectation that this new clarification will allow changes to be made during normal replacement cycles.”

BFOA End of the Year Banquet

posted Oct 19, 2016, 4:51 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 5:58 PM ]

Our end of the year banquet will be held Sunday November 6th, 7:00 pm at Plantation Preserve.  A cash bar will be available beginning at 6:30 pm.  This event is free to all BFOA members, you may bring a guest for $35 payable at the door.  A buffet dinner will be served, business casual dress is recommended..

BFOA Elections

posted Oct 17, 2016, 8:30 PM by Vince Mundo   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 11:55 AM ]




This year's election for the Board of Directors will be conducted by voting online.  The following candidates have declared their desire to run for office.  If anyone would like to add their name to the ballot contact John Gazzano as soon as possible.




President - Phil Serfass and Gino Santalucia

Vice President - Steve Haft and Anthony Smith

Secretary - Joe McGrath

Treasurer - Scott Singer

Directors at Large
(3) - Tom Deem, John Fusaro, Tyrone Montgomery, and Anthony Vento


Note:
Butch Brannock - was deemed ineligible to run for a Director's position because the Constitution stipulates that you must be a BFOA member for 4 years before running for BFOA office.

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