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TFA RULES

The Football Association (TFA) is an organization formed to run "just for fun" contest based around NCAA college football. Our members pay a nominal fee for the maintenance of this web site and to provide awards for the contest winners. For their membership fee, TFA members receive a weekly e-mail newsletter summarizing results from the week's contests, have their results tracked from year to year, are eligible to participate in Sub-pools, and are allowed to post messages on the TFA Comment Board.

The purpose of the TFA contests is amusement, and as such, you do not have to be a member of the TFA or spend any money to participate, however, it is our strong hope that if you can afford the very modest 19.2 cents per week (10$ per year) that a TFA membership costs, that you will participate as a full TFA member.

Note: The TFA as an organization, nor the operator of this web site make *any* money from this web site or from the collection of TFA membership dues. All money collected in dues is spent to maintain this site and to provide awards for the contests.

1) ABOUT THE PICK SHEETS:
Each week of the football season through the Bowls I will send out a list of College Football games for you to pick (Normally 20 games, however, The last week of the season is usually less than 20 games followed by the bowl picks which will include all bowls (usually more than 20)).

  • The games on the sheets will be as follows:
    • All Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee Games
    • The best top 25, SEC, and "Name" team games
    • The closest lines.
  • You will be provided the new AP ranking for the week and the first line available on Sunday night for the games for your information, BUT YOU ONLY PICK WHO WILL WIN THE GAME. The line and rankings are given to make it easier for you to pick the winner.

2) SCORING
For each game you have four choices of how to pick:

  • For a 1 point score you can pick who will win the game. (regardless of whether the game ends in overtime or regulation play)
  • For a 7.1 point score you can pick "win in overtime" for a team. To get the 7.1 point bonus score the team you pick must win in overtime. If the other team wins in overtime or if either team wins in regulation you score zero.
    • This rule replaces the "Route of the week" bonus scoring scheme that was used when overtime started in college football (before that players could pick a tie).
    • The .1 provides a counter that shows how many overtime picks a player has had to inflate their score.

3) MISSED WEEKS (AWOL SCORES)
If you know that you are going to miss a week (for whatever reason, (travel etc)) You should arrange for someone else to make your picks for you.

If you forget your picks (or your arranged friend does) then you will get the AWOL (Absent without Leave) score as follows:

  • Weeks with 16 or more games: Average score (Rounded down) minus 3
  • Weeks with 11-15 games: Average score (Rounded down) minus 2
  • Weeks with 6-10 games: Average (Rounded down) score minus 1
  • Weeks with 5 or less games: the Average score (Rounded down).

The penalty is waived for week 1 picks and AWOL scores simply get the average.

(Note, if you start the pool you need to finish!, those dropping out mid season are left in the rankings and drop like a rock with accumulating AWOL scores. See #5 for additional motivation)

4) MAKING YOUR PICKS
All picks are entered on line through The Football Association web site (http://www.tfaweb.com) and the link "Make Picks". The week's Pick Sheet is normally posted on Sunday night after the AP Poll and first line is released for the next week's games (around midnight Central time).


WHAT HAPPENS: When you make your picks two things happen. 1) your picks are added to compilation page with everyone else's picks. (You can view this page at with the "View this week's Pick" link). Also, a copy of your picks is E-mailed to me as a backup copy.

CHANGING PICKS: You may change your picks by resubmitting them. You are free to view other's picks before you make your selection. You are also free to change your picks based on other's selections up until the deadline.

DEADLINES: The deadline for picks will be posted on each pick sheet. Usually this deadline will be 10AM Central Time on Saturday but some weeks will include a Thursday or Friday game (only if the game is a major game involving Auburn, Alabama or Tennessee or a top 10 match up, or the week of Thanksgiving or beyond.)

The listed deadline is the time by which your picks are guaranteed to count. I will employ a 1 hour grace period from the posted deadline. This allows for any deviation of the server clock from your own clock (in other words I look at your posted time and disallow picks one hour after the posted deadline. If you post at 10:50 but the server said it was 11:01 you are out of luck. The one hour grace period eliminates the "blame it on the server clock" excuse because it WON"T be more than an hour off).

Bowl games will be scored the same except each individual game will have it's own deadline. If you change picks during the bowls you must ensure that you do not change any games already played. If you accidentally change a pick tht has already been made you must submit yet another pick sheet to correct the error and this correction must be made before the deadline of the final game or the pick will be counted wrong.

 

5) POSTING OF WEEKLY RESULTS / SUB-POOLS/TFA NEWSLETTER


ONLINE POSTING: All results are posted on line through The Football Association web site (http://www.tfaweb.com) and the links for this year's results & sub pool results. Results posted on-line include:

  • Current standings (includes score, percentage & games back)
  • Scores for the year by week
  • Ranking of each player by week
  • Games back for each player by week
  • All time Standings (of TFA Members, updated weekly)
  • Standings of Each sub-pool


SUB POOLS: TFA members can be listed in subpools. A POC from any desired subpool should contact me to set up your sub-pool ranking.
TFA RESULTS SUMMARY: TFA Members receive a weekly TFA newsletter via e-mail that summarizes the weekly results (from the web site) and highlights quotes of the week from TFA message boards and various outside press. This is also posted on line.

6) HISTORICAL RECORDS
Scores of TFA Members are kept indefinitely.

The all time standings of TFA Members (updated weekly)

Each year's Final rankings from the entire history of the pool.

TFA Record Book.

 

7) WEB SECURITY
If you are tempted to cheat by taking advantage of my lax web security, please note you will be expelled from the pool and mocked for all time. I use a very simple system that would be easy to break so don't bother trying it won't impress anyone!

 

8) WEEKLY "POT"
In each week, a designated amount of money (TFA provided) will be established for the weekly "pot". If a player in the NCAA Football Pool wins the high score for that week by himself then he collects the "pot". If there is a tie for the high score then the "pot" rolls over and is added to the next week. If there is a tie in the final week the tied weekly contest members share the final pot.

 

9) THE TFA CHAMPIONSHIP
The top 3 finishers in the pool will receive a cash prize and have their names engraved on the TFA perpetual trophy.

 

10) THE TFA LUNCH & CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
There will be a luncheon in Huntsville Alabama for the TFA NCAA Football Pool Champion. The TFA Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the winner for the winner to keep for the next year. The names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will be put on a brass plate on the trophy alongside the plates for past winners. The winner is stuck with keeping this trophy until the next year.

 

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