Penalties

A while ago Mr. Oguard 62, Greg Barath, published an advanced Football Penalty system created by Phil Molloy that I thought was just fantastic! So, I took his ideas and reconfigured them to work for me . . . . but, let’s give Phil all the credit for desgning the penalty system, because it is a big improvement over the game company’s.

But, the way I approach penalties is different. I mentioned on a previous post that I do NOT use the play result on the APBA boards. If the board says 12(TE), I ignore the “12”. I have always thought that the result on the play boards can really skew the statistics. Especially the dreaded “TD-TE.”

I mentioned that in a game in the mid-60’s this came up on a Bart Starr run and he ended up with a TD run of over 70 yards!

So, I ignore the result and just note that there is a penalty on the play. I then re-roll for the result and then roll again for the penalty. And, by doing it this way, I will typically have 1-2 plays in a game where I actually roll TWO penalty results on the same play – and I can have offsetting penalties, something about impossible to do under APBA’s rules.

I also ignore the letter after the penalty indicator. So, instead of “TE” or “TH” on my game boards, it simply has the letter “T.”

Then, when I roll for the penalty result, I add a third die to that roll (a yellow die) and that will give me the column to identify the penalty. The rest is pretty easy to grasp, but this system works really well for me.

The other thing you will notice is that I do not have any “dead-ball” fouls on my charts. No Delay of Game, no Encroachment, no False Starts . . . I have a deck of matchup cards that I use to help me set my defense, and some of the results on those cards are these dead ball fouls. When one of them comes up, the penalty is immediately assessed. With APBA’s rules, you would complete the entire play just to find out that the play should have been whistled dead . . . . with the match-up system (another article still to come), this is taken care of.

So, a big shout-out to Phil Molloy for doing all the research to come up with the correct distribution of penalties, and, as always, I welcome any comments or criticsm after you’ve had a chance to look this over.

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