BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 28/16

14th July 2016


At the Convention this year, you again voted for Cancer Research UK to be the BAFRA Charity for 2016. Firstly, thank you to all who have made donations to of all or part of your game fee to this worthy cause.

Each year since we have been running this, the amount donated has increased so let’s see if we can keep breaking records. It is not too late to donate and there are a number of ways in which you can make your donation:

BAFRA finance may be contacted on If sending cheques, please send to:

BAFRA Finance

18 Southgate



OL12 8UQ

If you have any queries, please contact either me or BAFRA finance direct. Thank you again for your support of this initiative.

Paul Sutton


Charles Young has made full details of the BAFRA Insurance for members available and it may be found within the member’s area of the website. If you have any queries, please contact

Paul Sutton


We need to finalise numbers for the Elite Training Day at the Premier Inn, Glasgow (Argyle Street) on 30th July 2016 so this is the last chance for you to register.

The clinic will start at 10:30 and finish around 16:30, refreshments and lunch will be provided. All Elite Panel members are expected to attend and all BAFRA members are welcome to attend. If you wish to attend, please register by emailing

Ben Griffiths & Pete Thom


Congratulations to Ana Perez on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to Jed Brookes Lewis and all those who are helping with Ana‘s training.

Pete Thom









New this week

Rees Gidley


Oxford Saints



Player received 1st USC for swearing and pushing an opponent after play was over. He received 2nd USC for taunting and swearing towards opponents sideline after a touchdown

17/07/16 v Torbay Trojans

James Holden


Portsmouth Dreadnoughts



After the play was over, player made forceable contact with his helmet into the facecage of an opponent.

17/07/16 v Maidstone Pumas

Nicholas Smith


Birmingham Bulls



The player disqualified committed two Unsportsmanlike fouls both in the 3rd quarter within five minutes of each other.

31/07/16 v Ouse Valley Eagles

Previous weeks

Lee Lamb


Halton Spartans



In retaliation to taunt from opponent (see below), threw a punch.

24/07/16 v Leeds Bobcats

Jack Watson


Lancashire Wolverines



In the second quarter the player swore at an opponent and then later in the game he squared up to another opposing player and taunted the opposition sideline.

17/07/16 v Coventry Jets

Jordan Aimakhu


London Warriors



Player kept on fighting for the ball after a fumble, ignoring 3 loud warnings from officials to stop and that the Warriors would have the ball. The opponent beneath him had stopped trying to contest, the player kept on wrestling and shoving them.

17/07/16 v Bristol Aztecs

Niall Scott-Grant


London Warriors



In an attempt to get to the dead ball pile, deliberately went through the game official making forcible contact with them.

17/07/16 v Bristol Aztecs & 07/08/16 v London Blitz





New this week

Gateshead Senators

Venue is shared with track and field sports. White markings for these sports were at strange angles across the field interrupting the (also white) football markings, also, very large divots and holes generated by some field sports which had to be rectified prior to kickoff. Team areas too close to the sidelines. 2 changes of ball person during the game. Down box unable to adequately show a "1" and often showed a sort of hybrid of "1" and "2" which created some confusion, also the stake to which it was attached was a snapped broom handle.

Stuart Young #33


Leeds Bobcats

The kick off was delayed 15 minutes due to Walney getting lost on the way into Leeds. 80 yard field ,no 9 yard marks or numbers,no limit lines.

David Hewitt #607

24/07/16 v Halton Spartans

Jurassic Coast Raptors

Well-organised and well-marked field (excluding missing PAT marks), otherwise good example of game day management.

Philli Hume #52

24/07/16 v Bristol Apache

Bristol Apache

No field numbers and coaches and team areas only go to the 35 yard lines.

Mike LeFevre #341

14/08/16 v Cornish Sharks

Hastings Conquerors

Well-marked 90-yard field although markings were quite faint. Inbounds lines not always 1-yard apart & numbers too large and at incorrect depth. Changing facilities good but not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

24/07/16 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Provided balls originally rejected and had to be inflated to the correct pressure - Ball boys and chain crew provided in plenty of time to perform the briefing. No 3 yard lines. All 5 yard lines touched the sidelines.

David Knight #135

17/07/16 v Maidstone Pumas

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Plaudits to both teams for a hard fought and well disciplined game

Brian Yates #29

31/07/16 v Bury Saints

Outstanding items from previous weeks

London Blitz B

No numbers or nine yard marks. No marked coaching box or team area. No limit lines. Some lines feint and difficult to see if looking towards the sun.

Peter Parsons #321

24/07/16 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Oxford Saints

The game was suspended with 1.35 left in 2nd Q following a player injury. Half time was called then and we played the remaining time after the break then going straight into 3rd

Brian Yates #29

17/07/16 v Torbay Trojans

Solent Thrashers

Field markings were faint in comparison with some other sports' lines. Goals beyond end line by about a yard.

Jim Briggs #31

17/07/16 v Sussex Thunder

Dundee Hurricanes

The balls presented by the home team did not have white stripes - the away team did not object or offer any alternate balls.

Ian Sneddon #427

24/07/16 v Northumberland Lightening

Tamworth Phoenix

Game abandoned with 7 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter due to lack of fit linemen for Coventry. Plaudits and thanks to the Coventry players who changed the referee's tyre after the game when a puncture was discovered.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

07/08/16 v Merseyside Nighthawks

London Warriors

Field surface uneven, lots of cut grass left on field which sometimes partially obscured markings. No 9 yard marks or field numbers. Home team refused to allow visitors access to the indoor changing rooms, instead insisting that they used the marquee outside. Home team cheerleaders had to be removed from marquee before away team could use it also. 2 changes made to officials assistants.

Phil Clarke #262

17/07/16 v Bristol Aztecs

Bournemouth Bobcats

The standing water meant one end line was incomplete and the game was played using only one goal

Julian Mallia #336

07/08/16 v Maidstone Pumas

Birmingham Bulls

One set of goalposts were too wide: they were Gaelic football posts.

Darryl Morton #493

31/07/16 v Ouse Valley Eagles

Lincolnshire Bombers

On arrival I was informed only 1 set of goal posts were available. So all offensive plays were played towards the goal. 4 different colours painted on field and the ones we use were in dark red and not that visible. 90 yard pitch only.

Larry Rigby #269

17/07/16 v Humber Warhawks

Merseyside Nighthawks

Field markings in yellow - generally very good but not always level across field

Mike Cavanagh 465

17/07/16 v Tamworth Phoenix



New this week

Play: Team A line up to attempt a PAT with A15 positioned as a holder and A7 positioned as a kicker. Snapper A63’s snap is high and A7's place kick is blocked at the line of scrimmage by B98, the ball then lands at Team B’s 5-yard line. A7 is about to pick the ball up when B60 bats it backwards and it rolls into Team B’s end zone where B44 picks it up and runs it all the way back across Team A’s goal line. Ruling?

Last week

Play: With 4 seconds remaining in the game and the score tied, A35 throws a legal forward pass that is intercepted by B22. As B22 is running with the ball, B99 commits a flagrant personal foul at the A45. B22 is downed at the A30, time expires during the play. Ruling?

Ruling: When a foul is committed during a down in which a period ends, the period shall be extended for one more down (3-2-3-a). However, in this case if Team A were to accept the penalty they will give team B one more play from the A45 to try to win the game. Team A will decline the penalty, the game will go into overtime. The penalty cannot be carried over into overtime. B99 is ejected (10-1-1-b).


New this week

Game Situation: 4th and 7 from Team A’s 15-yard line near the end of the 1st quarter. Team A line up to punt facing a very strong headwind blowing straight down the field with punter A8 standing on the Team A goal line. Snapper A55’s long snap is wayward and the ball bounces along the ground and rolls into the end zone where it stops. How should the wing officials react to ensure that the potential kicker A8 is covered?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 4th and 7 from Team A’s 15-yard line near the end of the 1st quarter. Team A line up to punt facing a very strong headwind with punter A8 standing on the Team A goal line. The long snap is wayward and the ball rolls into the end zone where it stops. B55 is moving to recover the ball when A8 holds B55 in the end zone. B98 muffs the ball causing it to roll across the end line. Time expires in the 1st quarter during the down. A8 is guilty of holding. As the hold occurred in the end zone, should the officials should regard enforcement of the penalty as 'obvious'?
Answer: Though it is true that accepting or declining the penalty will, in both cases result in a safety, the decision will also decide which direction Team A would free kick afterwards. If the penalty is accepted the half does not end, whereas if it's declined the half would end and the teams would change sides (3-2-3-a-1). Since there is a strong wind, Team B may want Team A to kick into the wind or kick with the wind. It is a choice that should be left to Team B, not the officials. The penalty enforcement is therefore not obvious. MM 19-4-5-d




Contact for details


July 23rd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 30th (Sat)

BAFRA Elite Training Day

August 27th (Sat)


19th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Charlie Dean Young


Richard Vernon


James Meredith


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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