BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 29/16

21st July 2016


Can all trainees and mentors please remember that all pages in the training logbook need to be filled in including the module pages numbered 14 to 16 and the log book must be signed by the mentor before sending it in, incomplete logbooks sent to the director of training will be returned delaying the progress of the trainee to qualified status. Also, when sending logbooks, please use the correct postage as I do not collect and pay for underpaid items.

Pete Thom









New this week

Richard Kier


Merseyside Nighthawks



Towards the end of a punt play, players were jogging downfield when the player flagrantly and viciously blocked an opponent who was well out of the play. This triggered a fight.

31/07/16 v Coventry Jets

Christian Holmes


Tamworth Phoenix



Following the action above, the player reacted by confronting several opponents very aggressively which sparked a fight between a number of players, coaches and spectators near the home-team sideline.

31/07/16 v Sheffield Predators

Stephen Donaldson-Ellison


Lancashire Wolverines



Player was seen to kick an opposition team member while on the floor.

07/08/16 v Coventry Jets

Previous weeks

Lee Lamb


Halton Spartans



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

24/07/16 v Leeds Bobcats

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

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.

07/08/16 v London Blitz





New this week

Merseyside Nighthawks

The hash marks were not always in line across the field and some were significantly shorter than 1 yard apart while others were longer. This resulted in first downs being decided based on the chains.

Lee Taylor #183


Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

The 5 yard marks reached the sideline with no gaps - there were no limit lines and no 3 yard marks. With 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and the score 22-0 to the home team, the visiting team requested that due to mounting injuries the rest of the game should be under a running clock - the home team agreed to this so the running clock was adopted

David Knight #135

07/08/16 v Hastings Conquerors

Solent Thrashers

Goals beyond end line by about a yard.

Euan Paterson #165

31/07/16 v Kent Exiles

London Warriors

No 9-yard marks or numbers. Hash marks longer than required. No coaching box/team area at all on visiting team sideline; incorrectly marked one on home team sideline. Field uneven and grass needed cutting. Balls very worn.

Jim Briggs #31


Crewe Railroaders

80 yard field only, Crewe had been forced into a late change of field by South Cheshire College although only an 80 yard field plus end zones it was perfectly marked out

Richard Whitby #136

14/08/16 v Leeds Bobcats

Kent Exiles

Well marked 100-yard field just missing limit lines and numbers/9-yard marks. Changing room good size but not lockable and shower and toilet not private.

Tim Ockendon #481


East Kilbride Pirates

Pitch was found to have numerous lines cut into the pitch for a reason which was unclear. Some of these cuts were deeper than 1 inch and stretched the length of the field the pitch – was deemed unplayable. Fortunately a second pitch at the rugby club was able to be used . So after a delay while this second pitch was marked out to meet minimum requirements the game was able to proceed, but kickoff was delayed by 45 minutes. Credit should be given to the EK Pirates organisation for they way there were able to reline a second pitch in such a short period of time

Henry Richardson #25


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

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

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

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

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

Brian Yates #29

31/07/16 v Bury Saints

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

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



New this week

Play: Team A punt. B23 is in a position to catch the kick in flight. B23 makes a legal fair catch signal and the ball then bounces on the ground. The ball bounces up into the air and B23 attempts to recover it. He muffs the ball at the Team B 30 yard line and the ball flies forwards to the Team B 35 yard line where B23 recovers it on the ground. Ruling?

Last 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?

Ruling: The ball becomes dead and belongs to the team defending its goal line when a

scrimmage kick that has crossed the neutral zone is subsequently untouched by Team B

before touching the ground on or behind Team B’s goal line (6-3-9). A7's legal kick is untouched beyond the neutral zone when it rolls into the end zone, since the legal bat by B60 happens behind the line of scrimmage. Therefore the ball is dead as soon as it touches the ground in the end zone, and all subsequent action is with a dead ball. The impetus for the ball being in the end zone is charged to Team B, since the ball was batted after it hit the ground (8-7-2-b-1). Therefore the ball is dead in Team B's end zone, with Team B responsible for it being there – the result of the PAT play is a safety. Team A score 1 point (8-1-1).


New this week

Game Situation: On a 4th down play, in which situations will the clock not stop at the end of the play?
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 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: When the ball is loose in the backfield, wing officials should assist the Referee by observing actions against the kicker, especially when the ball is on the opposite side of the field (MM 11-7-d-1-d & MM 13-7-d-1-d ). Although technically there is no kicker until the ball is kicked (2-27-3-a), this mechanic applies to any player who was lined up as a kicker and is likely to try to recover the ball with the intent to kick it.




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General Secretary

Paul Sutton


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Richard Vernon


James Meredith


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Steve Tonkinson

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