BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 45/16

17th November 2016


A few London (and surrounding area) officials are clubbing together on a Honigs order in the next week or so. If anyone else in the local vicinity would like to join in, then please let Steve Leonard know before the end of the day on 17th November. Your order details should include the relevant Honigs product code, and where relevant the size and colour of an item. The order is intended to be placed on Friday 18th November, so that it is hopefully here before the Christmas break. Check the members area for ways to make contact should you not already have my contact details.

Steve Leonard










New this week

Alan Delaney-Munn


Greenwich Mariners



Player was seen to throw a punch at an opponent who was legally blocking him.

27/11/16 v QM Vipers

Declan Hutchinson





Player was disqualified as his spikes were all metal rugby style spikes and too long.

27/11/16 v NTU Renegades

Previous weeks

Erik Strevel


Sussex Saxons




20/11/16 v Reading Knights

Harden Cornish


QMUL Vipers



Following an incomplete pass, player dived towards the loose ball, making forcible contact with the crown of his helmet against a defenceless player.

20/11/16 v Westminster Dragons

Olukoya Ajayi


Sunderland Spartans



Taunted the sideline and then later used inflammatory language.

20/11/16 v Hull Sharks





New this week

Bradford Bears

Kick off was delayed for 25 mins due to 11 Bradford players not appearing on the BUCS webpage of registered players. This meant players had to verify their registration with the Keele coaching staff by showing email confirmations on their mobile phones. No limit lines,9 yard marks or 3 yard marks. The in field hash marks were marked with blue aerosol and had pretty much disappeared by halftime. The game balls supplied by the home team were of poor quality and soft so keele kindly let us use 3 of their game balls.

David Hewitt #607

11/12/16 v Chester Legion

Durham Saints

On arrival, field was marked as 100 yards but with posts roughly 3 yards inside endzones. Agreed with both coaches to shorten the field to 90 yards and use 5-yard lines as the goal lines and roughly 8-yard endzones. Durham expect this to be rectified 'at some point'. Balls presented to officials about 10 minutes prior to kick off and were significantly under legal pressure. Line judge had pump and gauge but due to distance to changing rooms this adjustment led to a 10 minute delay in kick off. Second half delayed by 5 minutes due to medical cover leaving the playing area during half-time and being slow to return. No team/coach areas marked.

Stuart Young #33

11/12/16 v Derby Braves

Leeds Carnegie

This is a 80yd field where the yard lines are 12" short of the side line. There are no team or coaches areas marked, these were marked out with low safety cones prior to KO.

Chris Jarvis #10

11/12/16 v Manchester Tyrants

Gloucester Gladiators

80 yard field otherwise well marked. Gloucestershire played in light blue jersey with Bournemouth in navy but this did not cause too many issues.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

20/11/16 v Tarannau Aberystwyth

Bangor Muddogs

Upon arrival it was found that an area of the field from the 10 yard line to the goalline in one corner was extremely waterlogged. Despite the efforts of the groundstaff and buckets of sand this area was declared unsafe. To allow the game to proceed, after consulting both coaches, the game was played as a 1 post game with the offences driving away from the area. The rest of the field, although squidgy in places, remained playable for the duration of the game.

John Roberts #145

05/02/17 v Liverpool Raptors

Greenwich Mariners

Played at Orpington RFC. 90-yard field with 9-yard end zones and main lines every 10 yards. No coaching lines, limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks. inbounds lines only marked on a quarter of the pitch and at incorrect depth so were ignored. KO delayed by 15 minutes due to problems sourcing officials assistants, clearing field of dog excrement and attempts to source an alternative home kit that clashed less with the opponents' kit.

Tim Ockendon #481

11/12/16 v UEL Titans

Royal Holloway Bears

The lines were painted yellow and were very indistinct. When looking towards the end the sun was shining from it was almost impossible to see the lines

Keith Wickham #423

11/12/16 v Kent Falcons

UWE Bullets

Team areas marked between the 35 yard lines with a coaching line but no players' box line. The UWE students union advised that kickoff was scheduled for 1200, but both teams were under the impression that kickoff was at 1300, and arrived on that basis. At about 1250 the crew was advised that the medical cover booked to attend was stuck in traffic related to a Remembrance day event, it's expected ETA was 1400 and the home team were attempting to source medical cover from other sources. At 1330 the crew were advised that the originally scheduled medical cover would not be attending as they had returned to their base and attempts to source alternative cover were not successful, at which point the game was abandoned.

Peter Parsons #321

11/12/16 v Exeter Demons

Birmingham Lions

No coaching box line marked. No limit lines. Team areas marked to beyond the 25 yard lines.

Peter Parsons #321

03/12/16 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Newcastle Raiders

90 yard field, no limit lines, one of the stakes was missing the top section.

Daniel Holt #371

11/12/16 v Sunderland Spartans

Cardiff Cobras

Generally well marked out field. Team areas marked well off the sideline (Approx 18ft) and between the 20 yard lines.

Stuart Tabberer #348

27/11/16 v UWE Bullets

UCL Emporers

Excellent facility but as it is Watford FC training facility you cannot gain access to changing room until 1pm. Game kicked off at 1:40 so, as per rule, ran 10 minute quarters.

Brian Yates #29

11/12/16 v Chichester Spitfires


No team box or coaching boxes marked. No limit line.

Henry Richardson #25

11/12/16 v Teesside Cougars

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Derby Braves

Field Markings were blue on a green surface. Team Areas marked with temporary barriers and cones. Only one goal post so game played "one-way", Stirling's jersey numbers did not contrast with the background colour however they changed to an alternate jersey to comply.

Richard Whitby #136

04/12/16 v Loughborough

Bath Killer Bees

The field is generally very well marked out (albeit in blue). However, the endlines (which are the rugby goal lines) had not been re-marked and were a rather faint white - this didn't present a problem on the day but may do in the future. The team areas were marked out much too far from the sidelines, so new team areas were marked out in cones. Plaudits must go to the two teams, who played a well-contested good-natured game with no major penalties. The official's assistants were also very good.

Amir Brooks #593

05/02/17 v Swansea Titans

Sunderland Spartans

Kick off delayed by 35 minutes whilst awaiting for medical requirements to be met, apparently Sunderland only asked for first aiders. Home team could only provide 2 footballs, so we asked Glasgow if they had any, which they provided. Padding had to be added to a wall, which is within a couple of yards at one end of the pitch, soccer goal posts had to be moved out of the way and one set of football posts had to be rotated as they were at a 45 degree angle to the sideline. Game suspended early in the 3rd quarter due to an injury to a Sunderland player, then again later in 3rd to deal with a disqualified player.

04/12/16 v Northumbria Mustangs

Leeds Celtics

Game abandoned at end of 3rd Quarter due to injuries with Leeds Celtics Linemen.

Daniel Johnston #347

04/12/16 v Bangor Mudogs

QMUL Vipers

Game kick off delayed due to late arrival of officials. One goal mechanics used due to proximity of one set to main road.

Jeremy Parker #544

27/11/16 v Greenwich Mariners

UCLan Rams

No team or coaches areas marked.

Aminul Hassan #534

19/11/16 v Sheffield Hallam Warriors

Kent Falcons

90-yard field marked in red with other sport markings in white, yellow and blue. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks. Team areas marked with cones. Inbounds lines at incorrect depth.

Tim Ockendon #481

12/02/17 v Royal Holloway Bears

Manchester Tyrants

Start of game delayed by slightly over 60 minutes as medical crew forgot the game was on despite being contacted on Friday by the home team. They did arrive approximately 1 hour after the scheduled kickoff time and were briefed. The field is a 90 yard AstroTurf pitch which is reasonably well marked in blue, there are some rugby marks on the field in white but they do not distract from the football markings. There are no coaches or team areas marked

04/12/16 v Sheffield Hallam Warriors

Coventry Jets

80 yard field marked in red. No team areas. Coventry wore blue and pink jerseys, MMU wore blue and orange.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

27/11/16 v Huddersfield Hawks

Northumbria Mustangs

No team box marked , no numbers, no limit line.

Henry Richardson #25

05/02/17 v Hull Sharks

Sussex Saxons

Game started 40 minutes late whilst we awaited the arrival of the medical cover. As this was the first game in a doubleheader, which already had a tight timeline, it was agreed to shorten all quarters to 10minutes.

David Knight #135

04/12/16 v Portsmouth Destroyers



New this week

Play: 1st and 10 on the Team A 20 yard line. Running back A34 is running with the ball in the open field at the Team A 30 yard line. Defensive Safety B20 runs quickly to engage A34 in the front, tackling him by launching himself, leaving his feet in an upward direction and making contact with his shoulder against A34's head / neck area. A34 falls to the ground at the Team A 25 yard line. Ruling?

Last week

Play: Team A are going for a PAT at the Team B 3 yard line. B90 lines up on the goal line and times a run forwards so that he is able to hurdle over snapper A60 and block the kick. A60 used both hands to snap the ball, and as such had both hands off the ground while B90 was jumping over him. The ball is then recovered and downed by Team B at the Team B 5 yard line.

Ruling: So long as B90 doesn't make contact with an opponent while leaping in this situation, this is not an illegal leap (9-1-11-b). However this is illegal hurdling since A60 is still “on his feet'” when it happened (2-15-1-b & 9-1-13). Team A can retry the PAT half distance to the goal.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 on the A30. A89 runs a post pattern on the Linejudge's side of the field and is held by B33 at the A40 yard line. Quarterback A13 then throws a legal forward pass to A82 on the Linesman's side of the field. A82 is downed on the A38. Ruling?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: Team A's ball, 1st and 10 on the B30. Team A run a sweep left. Tight-End A88 is lined up on the right hand side of the formation. A88 clearly holds defensive end B72 at the line of scrimmage after the runner has run out to the numbers on the left hand side, A88 falls down to the ground and drags B72 with him. Should this be flagged?
Answer: M-3-3-1-e. A takedown in the open field is an obvious enough hold that it must be called whether or not its affects the play. A88 is guilty of holding, penalise team A 10 yards from the previous spot.




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