About us

Mission

Our mission is to further enhance rules knowledge of American football officials and all others who contribute to this great game. Of course, there are many other skills required in order to be successful in the game, regardless of your role. However, fully understanding the rules of American football is key before we can apply them in the spirit of the game. Making rules study fun, engaging and rewarding is a goal we strive for each day.

Partners

We are proud to support the following leagues and federations with our services:

  • BAFOC
    Belgium
  • DAFF
    Denmark
  • AFBN
    Netherlands
  • SMM
    Stockholm
  • SAFF
    Sweden

History

A brief overview:
  • 2012 – Launched Ruletool.info.
  • 2013 – Launched Ruletest.info (September) after a 6 month development period. Fully revised Ruletool.info.
  • 2013 – 500 Rules test performed on Ruletest.info (December)
  • 2014 – Presented at the IFAF Europe officiating clinic (January). Check out the slides
  • 2015 – 3000 Ruletests performed (May)
  • 2016 – Ruletest supports the IFAF rule books (in addition to NCAA) (June)
  • 2016 – Hit the 6000 rule tests milestone! (November)

Ownership

Ruletest.info and Ruletool.info are FirstUp initiatives. Owner of FirstUp is Maarten de Boer. Maarten is a college football rules enthusiast and a college football official in The Netherlands. Some trivia about Maarten:
  • 2006 – Started officiating American Football
  • 2011 – Selected as European league (EFAF) official.
  • 2012 – Back Judge in the Dutch Division 1 Championship game (‘Tulip bowl’) and Referee in the Division 2 Championship game
  • 2016 – Referee in the IFAF Final4 Champtionship Tournament and finals game. Referee in the Dutch Division 1 Championship game (‘Tulip bowl’).

FirstUp is included in the Dutch trade register under number 56762658.

Special thanks to...

  • The AFBN and DAFF for providing the valuable football game videos
  • Bob de Calonne for his game photos of the Amsterdam Crusaders
  • The Ruletest beta test team for their feedback
  • All of you who provided comments and suggestions enhance the service and rule questions.