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.