BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 40/16

13th October 2016


Thank you to those who have already made their membership renewal. At 6:00pm on Wednesday 12th October the following 57 members had been registered for 2017:

Stuart Alger; Dave Allan; Ashley Allen; Mark Allen; Graham Baker; Robert Banks; Andrew Binns; Neil Birmingham; Bill Bowsher; Mark Bridgham; Mark Burrows; Mike Cavanagh; Alan Christopher; David Cochrane; Graham Coleman; Ian Davies; Stephen Egan; Mike Fenton; Warren Fenton; James Ford-Bannister; Barry Gent; Martin Gibson; Ray Grace; Gerry Grunska; Steven Hall; Anton Jarbol; Damian Jurzyk; James Kilbane; Fletcher Kinnie; Bill LeMonnier; Steve Leonard; Ollie Maskell; Clyde Messenger; Lee Mills; Andrew Murrell; Tim Ockendon; Francis Oldfield; Cédric Palmans; Pete Parsons; Euan Paterson; Jack Pearce; Ana Pérez Prados; Richard Prattley; Hassan Rajwani; John Roberts; Mike Roberts; Pete Roberts; Marco Sala; Richard Samples; Ian Sneddon; Paul Sutton; Chiara Tomaz; Sean Welsh; Richard Whitby; Mark Wilson; Dean Wright; Brian Yates.

If you believe that I should have received your renewal by the above time, please get in touch. I will update the list in next week’s Newsflash. A list sent to me from the Director of Finance has names on it of people who have paid but have yet to return their form. If this applies to you please ensure I receive your renewal form as soon as possible.

As in previous years there is also a survey of members being conducted alongside the renewal process. However, for the first time this year, there will be the option of completing the survey on the new website (details in the letter) although, for this year only, there will also be the option of returning it in the traditional way.

As a reminder, membership renewals are due from 1st October and must be with me by 31st October at the latest. It is possible to re-join after that date but at a higher cost. If you wish to set up a payment plan for your renewal, you need to contact Charles Young at If you have any other queries about the renewal process, please contact me directly.

Paul Sutton


Membership renewal is now open, electronic payments are encouraged. Please ensure your membership number and surname are on the form. Payments by cheque or PO to my address please. The first Wembley game and the IFAF games have been paid but no emails have been sent.

Charlies Dean Young





New this week

Dumfries Hunters

This was Dumfries's first game and the groundsman did not use the BAFA template for marking out the pitch. The pitch was marked out as 80 yards length with 15 yard endzones. Also no team or coaching boxes were marked. This was pointed out to the groundsman, and should be corrected for their next game.


Outstanding items from previous weeks – none



New this week

Play: A's ball, 4th and 10, on Team B's 30 yard line. With the ball on the hash mark away from their sideline, Team A substitute 10 players who all go to that hash mark. Subsequently, with a delay, the 11th Team A player enters and sets at the nine yard mark on his team's side of the field. There is a 3-5 second delay after he has set and the ball is snapped. A pass is thrown to this 11th player for a touchdown.

Last week

Play: Team A line up for a field goal attempt at the Team B 10 yard line. The ball is legally kicked low and hits the Umpire on the head. The ball loops up into the air and passes between the posts & over the crossbar without touching anyone else or the ground. Ruling?

Ruling: A field goal shall be scored for the kicking team if a drop kick or place kick passes over the crossbar between the uprights of the receiving team's goal before it touches a player of the kicking team or the ground (8-4-1-a). A ball touching an official in the field of play does not cause the ball to become dead (4-1-3-k). The field goal is good, Team A are awarded 3 points.


New this week

Game Situation: 3rd and 10, after a timeout and after the ball has been blown ready for play, Team A line up ready to snap the ball while the team B coach – unaware that the timeout is ending – continues to talk to his players at the sidelines. How should officials react to this situation?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: After a forward pass has been thrown, how much time should the umpire spend continuing to observe the action in the vicinity of the line of scrimmage before turning to assist deep and wing officials with the pass?
Answer: An umpire should turn to observe the pass immediately a forward pass is thrown. Once the pass has been thrown, holding and other technical fouls by the linemen will not normally affect the play, and the Referee should pick up any personal fouls. M-10-4-c-1.




Contact for details


12th November (Sat)

Xplosion 2016

19th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting


February 18th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

April 1st & 2nd (Sat / Sun)

BAFRA Convention Weekend

April 1st (Sat)


May 6th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 22nd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 18th (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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