2021 Member’s Test (Due September 3, 2021)

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Welcome to the 2021 football season. This exam is open notes and open book, and we encourage you to work in groups to complete it. Please read the directions before you begin, and please submit your answers through the Google Form by Sept. 3, 2021. Thank you, and good luck.

The questions should be answered based on the 2021 NFHS Rules.

The due date for the test is Sept. 3, 2021.

Click the link below to open the Google Form to submit your answers.

Preseason Exam Submit Answers

To submit your answers, please click on the Link Above and submit them through the form at the link.  It is like taking an online Survey, you will be asked to Type your name and email address, then you can click your answer selection for each of the 25 questions and finally click Submit.  Note: Some workplaces have Google Forms blocked, if this is the case at your business or you are having trouble accessing the form at work, try accessing the form at home before sending the Secretary an email.

MIAA Fall 2 Season – MIAA Football Guidelines

You may read the entire document for Fall 2 2021 Guidelines at the MIAA website. Below are the Football Specific Modifications. Please read the entire list, guidelines that pertain to officiating are throughout the list, not just in the Game Officials section.

  • Competition/Game Management
  • Facial coverings worn at all times during play and on sidelines; Tube style “gaiters” are not permitted. Balaclava style face coverings that are multi-layered and are extended over the full head are permitted.
  • “Splash guards” are acceptable in addition to face masks
  • No pregame/postgame handshakes
  • Teams rosters for game day competition on the field cannot exceed 45 players and a maximum of 6 coaches. Teams are required to delineate with a physical marker (cone, spray paint etc.) the social distancing requirements (6 ft) for their players and coaches while on the sideline area.
  • In order to limit the total number of people in proximity to the field of play, game day personnel with an assigned responsibility are the only people permitted on the sidelines.
  • Teams must work to reduce the number of players on the sideline. Injured players with no ability to play in a contest are not permitted on the sidelines. Dressed players should be those with a potential opportunity or need to play. Coaches must not have players in uniform on the sideline for the sole benefit of dressing and being with the team.
  • It is recommended that swing players should be limited when possible.
  • Team Box: The Team Box is expanded to the 10 Yard Lines. Players must maintain proper social distancing of 6ft while on the sideline
  • Chains, pylons, and other field equipment should be sanitized after setup/before the contest and after the contest is over
  • Each team is responsible for their own:
    • Sanitizer
    • Face coverings
    • Towels, water, ice, med kit, footballs
  • According to EEA guidelines, no more than 25 players or participants can be on one half of the playing field at any one time. Teams that have more than 25 players can still allow additional players to wait on the sidelines or bleachers to substitute for players on the field. To ensure group separation, opposing teams must be spaced at least 14 feet apart while sharing the field.
  • Coin Toss/pregame/overtime
    • Limit attendees for the player/officials’ conference
      • Referee
      • 1 umpire
      • 1 player from each team
      • All conferences will be held at midfield with 6ft social distance between participants
  • Huddles
    • Spacing between players and facing the same direction
      • Consider hand signals/signage from sideline (wristbands)
      • Eliminate hand holding in huddles/during the anthem
      • Limit close contact and/or huddles when possible
  • Spectator limitations
    • Based upon current EEA/state guidelines for large crowd gatherings
  • Mandatory water breaks at the halfway point of each quarter signaled by the referee at first change of possession after the 6:00 mark in the quarter.
  • Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) should NOT be utilized. If water coolers or other large volume water container is utilized, it can only be accessed by a “designated” refill person.
  • Team Time-outs are extended to 2 minutes.
  • The intermission between periods (first/second and third/fourth) as well as the time period following a try, successful field goal or safety and prior to the succeeding free kick will also be extended to a maximum of two minutes.
  • Authorized team time-out conferences will take place near the bottom of the field numbers between the 25-yard Lines.
  • To allow for 6’ social distancing for all game officials, the coaches’ area minimum of 2-yard belt between the front of team box and the sideline and becomes a restricted area when the ball is live. No player, non-player, or coach shall be in the restricted area when the ball is live. First offense warning, second 5-yard penalty and subsequent violations result in a 15-yard penalty.
  • Clock operators and all personnel in the press box must maintain 6’ social distancing from all other personnel as well as wear face coverings at all times.
  • Halftime is 10 minutes. Teams will be assigned an area to gather outside of locker room based upon EEA guidelines.
  • Game Officials
  • Positioning can be altered to maintain social distancing (i.e. line judges)
  • Officials shall use alternative whistles such as electronic whistles; air horns are permissible.
  • Water: Officials will need to bring their own water containers to the game.
  • The Mechanics for a U will be working the CJ Position with a Crew of 5 Officials this year.
  • When possible, schools should provide a designated area for officials to prepare and use restroom facilities before the game, break during halftime and at the end of the game.
  • Practices
  • No football team activities may take play indoors. Team planning should consider innovative coaching methods, with zoom meetings and film sessions in lieu of group/in-person meetings.
  • Practice or team activities are not permitted indoors. From EEA guidelines, “Sports and activities included in the Higher Risk category that require intermittent close proximity or moderate contact (basketball, lacrosse, ice-hockey, ultimate frisbee) or sports that require high contact but are only performed outdoors (football and rugby) can participate in Level 1, 2 and 3 type of play. For the avoidance of doubt, football and rugby must only engage in the permissible activities outdoors.”
  • Overall recommendations:
    • Athletes will follow school protocols for daily reporting of symptoms/illness
  • Before/After Practice:
    • Athletes will maintain social distancing on the sidelines (min. 6 feet apart)
    • Each athlete will have a designated area for their bag/water/personal belongings
    • Coaches must maintain social distancing when addressing the team (avoiding close huddles, etc.)
    • Athletes must bring their own water, masks, personal sanitizing materials (no sharing between athletes)o Avoid group contact among teammates (high fives, group huddles, etc.)
  • During practice:
    • A coach may only conduct full contact drills up to 30 minutes per week (45 minutes during a week without a scheduled game). The intent of this rule is to limit full contact participation of each student to 30 minutes during a week of practice (45 minutes during a week without a scheduled game). During this time, full contact is allowed in no more than 2 practices per week, no more than 15 minutes per day, and consideration should also be given to limiting full contact on consecutive days
    • According to EEA guidelines, no more than 25 players or participants can be on one half of the playing field at any one time. Teams that have more than 25 players can still allow additional players to wait on the sidelines or bleachers to substitute for players on the field. To ensure group separation, opposing teams must be spaced at least 14 feet apart while sharing the field.
  • Drill work with Footballs:
    • As per the EEA guidelines, all equipment (blocking pads, footballs, etc.) must be disinfected at the end of each practice.
    • Limit contact drills (tackling, blocking, etc.)
    • Modify group size – work with smaller groups where possible
  • Additional School Considerations
  • Predetermine area for shelter in case of inclement weather
    • Recommend a space for players/coaches/officials where social distancing can still take place
  • Assign a ball sanitizing person(s) for each team when possible
  • Establish seat markings in the bleachers for spectators to maintain social distancing
  • Maintain a record of all individuals present at team activities
  • Home team is responsible for sanitizing and prepping all facilities and equipment

2021 Winter Meetings

EMAIFO Members meetings scheduled for the Winter of 2021 are as follows.

Note: If you miss a meeting, you may get credit by watching the recording. The links for credit are on the Members Meeting Schedule.

  • Directions for earning credit through watching the video are on the Sept. 24 meeting description.
  • Each meeting description has links for credit (where you have to watch the entire meeting)
  • And each meeting description has a separate link to watch the recording where you can just watch the part(s) you want (this is for those who have already received credit).

January 14, Meeting #1:

Cold Weather Preparation – Mike Byron
Officials Conduct Dealing with Coaches and Players – Dan Dearden

January 21, Meeting #2:

Overtime Rules and Procedures – Rich Newman

January 28, Meeting #3:

Scrimmage Kicks – Phil Struzziero
Illegal Participation – Mike Byron

February 4, Meeting #4:

Trys and Field Goals – Bryan Andrade

February 11, Meeting #5:

Free Kicks – Dave Blette

February 25, Meeting #6:

Force and Goal Line Extended – Mike Byron

2020 Member’s Test (Due August 20, 2020)

Welcome to the 2020 football season. This exam is open notes and open book, and we encourage you to work in groups to complete it. Please read the directions before you begin, and please submit your answers through the Google Form by August 20th. Thank you, and good luck.

The questions should be answered based on the 2020 NFHS Rules.

PDF Downloadable Version of the Exam

There are two PDF’s offered, there is a larger font version that has 9 pages and a 6 page version with a smaller font. The one with 6 pages is offered if you plan to print and want to conserve paper/ink.

2020 Test PDF – Larger font with 9 pages
2020 Exam PDF – Smaller font with 6 pages

Submitting Answers:

The due date for the test is August 20, 2020.

Click the link below to open the Google Form to submit your answers. Note, the questions may appear in different order in the form than what you see in the above PDF.

Preseason Exam Submit Answers

To submit your answers, please click on the Link Above and submit them through the form at the link.  It is like taking an online Survey, you will be asked to Type your name and email address, then you can click your answer selection for each of the 25 questions and finally click Submit.  Note: Some workplaces have Google Forms blocked, if this is the case at your business or you are having trouble accessing the form at work, try accessing the form at home before sending the Secretary an email.

2019 Member’s Test (Due September 5, 2019)

The Test:

Members may access the 2019 EMAIFO Member’s Test by clicking on this link for the PDF:

2019 EMAIFO Member’s Test

The questions should be answered based on the 2019 NFHS Rules.

Submitting Answers:

The due date for the test is September 5, 2019.  You are encouraged to work in study groups.

Submit Your Answers

To submit your answers, please click on the Link Above and submit them through the form at the link.  It is like taking an online Survey, you will be asked to Type your name and email address, then you can click your answer selection for each of the 50 questions and finally click Submit.  Note: Some workplaces have Google Forms blocked, if this is the case at your business or you are having trouble accessing the form at work, try accessing the form at home before sending the Webmaster an email.

If you find difficulty with the answer form, you may submit your answers via email to the Secretary or on paper.