Issue 06/17                                                                                3rd March 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 2 Update

We’ve had another good week of registrations, with very few officials advising that they will not be able to attend.

61 and counting

The following 61 members have registered to attend the Convention. If you are not listed, it may be because you have only recently confirmed your place in the last couple of days. An updated list will be issued next week.

Jim Briggs, Amir Brooks, Jed Brooks, Roger Brown, John Burns, Derek Burrige, Martin Cockerill, Alisha Darkins, Ian Davies, Steve Egan, Barbara Favre-Derez, Tim Fisher, James Ford-Bannister, Ronnie Gaffin, Martin Gibson, Kenny Glover, Roger Goodgroves, Ben Griffiths, Steven Hall, Krister Halvorsen, Graham Hedges, David Hewitt, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Chris Jarvis, Daniel Johnston, David Knight, Keith Lakeman, Steve Leonard, Tzvi Lindeman, Andrew Lovell, Frank McParlin, Adrian Miller, Darryl Morton, Andrew Murrell, Christian Olsson, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Michael Prentice, Henry Richardson, John Roberts, Mike Roberts, Ian Sneddon, Jack Spicer, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Paul Todd, Perry Wayman, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, Jon Wyse, Brian Yates.

New Members

The Convention is open to all BAFRA members, and entrance is free. It is a great opportunity to meet Officials from all over the UK, and please be assured you will be most welcome. You will also gain considerably from the Presentations and Break Out sessions we have arranged. The Convention also gives you the chance to meet socially, and share experiences with both old and new Officials. We will try to contact all new officials to personally invite you to the Convention, but if you need any further information please feel free to talk to your trainer or local officials.

We are making every effort to make the Convention as accessible as possible to all our members, so why not come along. You won’t regret it.

Saturday Night

We will have a free buffet dinner for all members on the Saturday night, followed by our Awards ceremony, then the return of the BAFRA quiz. Unfortunately Davie Parsons saw a preview of the quiz so won’t be able to win this year.

Guest Speaker

Jim Farmer will be our Guest of Honour and main speaker at the Convention. Jim is an experienced Official and a veteran of many Officiating Clinics and Conventions. We are thrilled he has accepted our invitation and are sure our members will benefit greatly from his attendance.

We are certain that like all our previous guests he will make many new friends and will leave with lots of fond memories.


The Convention will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL. Yarnfield Park is a leading Training and Conference centre in the heart of the UK.. Please look over the facility on their website where you can also find details of the location and directions.


To register to attend the Convention, you need to send an email to Sean Welsh at Again we will be making up personalised Convention Packs, Presentation handouts, Game Film DVD, Programme of Events, Game Day Paperwork, etc. As such you do need to pre-register.


As mentioned above we are trying to make the Convention more accessible to everyone. This year we have again negotiated excellent rates for accommodation which are detailed below. In addition, the BAFRA Board has also agreed to provide some funding to keep down the costs.  The rates indicated are per room and include all discounts and a full breakfast.

Twin Room: £40.00 per night (So if you share with someone it will only cost you £20.00 per night)

Single Room: £40.00 per night

Remember, to take advantage of the above rates you must book your room with Sean at


Payment for Convention rooms are due by 19th March and payment can be made electronically or by cheque.  Cheques for the full amount should be made payable to BAFRA Ltd and sent to Charles Young at 25 Daffodil Close Haslingden Rossendale BB4 6NG. Cheques may not be cashed till this date.

For electronic payment, please ensure your payment reference is your full name and BAFRA number e.g. “Roger Brown 469” and use the account number 10255350, sort code 16-16-11, BAFRA Ltd, RBS, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

It is appreciated that some people may wish to spread the cost and make multiple payments over the weeks leading up to 19th March. Please use the same instructions as above. If you wish to make multiple payments, then you must make the payments electronically and not by cheque.

Please let us know how you wish to pay by including this information in your email to Sean Welsh at when you register.

Unfortunately, payment for the Convention cannot be taken from Game Fees. The administration work involved is far too time consuming and does not fit well with our newly introduced process of paying games Fees by direct transfer to your bank account.

Friday Night

Last year 85 people stayed on the Friday night to save an early rise and travel on the Saturday morning. As such the above rates are available again for both the Friday and Saturday nights.  As the event promises to be our biggest and best for a while we would recommend booking your room as early as possible. You can do this at the same time you register to attend.

Ian Sneddon & Susannah Taylor

Convention Delivery Team


As of Tuesday night I have received cheques from Messers Jarvis, Sneddon, Sutton and Yates.  I have received bacs transfers from Messers Brown, Egan, Ford-Bannister, Gaffin, Goodgroves, Hall, Leonard, Murrell, Parsons, Parsons, Patterson, Platanova, Roberts J and Sterling.

Please advise if you have paid and are not on list.

Charlie Dean Young 


The nomination papers have been sent to all qualified members and nominations for the four director post due for election at the AGM must be received by 5:00pm this Saturday, 4th March. I will publish the final list of nominations in next week’s Newsflash.

By 2:00pm on Wednesday 1st March, the following had been received:

The Directors encourage members to put themselves forward for all of the above posts. If members require details of any of the four posts, or wish to discuss anything about the responsibilities involved, they should feel free to contact me or, if they prefer, another Director for further information.

Paul Sutton 


Susannah Taylor and Sean Welsh were appointed over 18 months ago as the BAFRA media team.  Sean has had to step down from the position recently because of work commitments and the directors would like to thank him for all of his contributions. Susannah has held the fort alone since Sean stepped down but that is not a situation that can continue for the long term.  Following discussions with Susannah, it has been agreed that we will appoint an assistant to support her in this role. It involves managing BAFRA’s presence on various social media platforms and, when appropriate, other media, and working with the soon to be appointed new Director of Recruitment and his or her team supporting work to grow the number of BAFRA members. For more information about the role, please contact Susannah on If you think you may be interested in helping out, please let me know by 5:00pm on 11th March 2017.

All members, especially those considering applying for the vacancy, should familiarise themselves with the BAFRA Social Media Guidance, a copy of which may be found in the Member’s Handbook at: 

Paul Sutton 


For some years now, BAFRA members have selected the charity they wish to support. As in previous years, all members attending the Saturday of the AGM will have the opportunity to vote from a list of nominations submitted by members. If you would like to nominate a charity for members to support, please send the name of the charity to me by 5:00pm on 14th March 2017.

Paul Sutton 


Congratulations to Jack Pearce on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.  Thanks to Ian Wainwright and all those who are helping with Jack‘s training.

Pete Thom 









New this week

Rojay Brown


BNU Buccaneers



After whistles had been blown the player ran into a pile and punched an opponent in the back.


Sian Kersse


Manchester Titans (Sapphire League)



After the play #87 threw the ball with force into the back of an opponent.


Satnaam Singh


York Centurions



Player went to the sideline after a play and pushed the down box operator.  He was then escorted to the team area and subsequently ejected.  While being escorted away he then threatened the down box operator and referee.


Previous weeks - none





New this week

Edinburgh Predators

Team and coach areas not marked out with lines but with cones.

Shawn Sombati #15


Newcastle Raiders

No 3 or 9 yard marks.  No limit lines.  Coaching areas were missing but the problem was sorted out by using lines from other sports.  The chain set needed some 'running repair' prior to kick off but finished the game without a problem.

David Hewitt #607


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. Inbounds lines at incorrect depth and team areas marked with cones. Down box was broken during third quarter and despite the best efforts of game management was only operable with the assistance of the box operator.

Tim Ockendon #481

05/03/17 v Surrey Stingers

Sunderland Spartans

No limit lines, 3 yard marks, 9 yard marks or numbers.coaching areas were missing but lines from other sports were used as a compromise.  A section of brick wall behind one endzone required extra padding for player protection.  The chain set broke on 3 occasions but was quickly repaired.

David Hewitt #607


Exeter Demons

No team areas, limit lines or 9 yard marks. Numbers marked out of bounds on one sideline.

Euan Paterson #165


Durham Saints

No limit line, no coaching box or team box marked. No goal posts.

Henry Richardson #25


Chichester Spitfires

90 yard field with yellow football lines and other markings on the field. Team area is longer than required.

Viktor Janvari #63


Kingston Cougars

Limit lines only present on one sideline and not at the correct distance. One goal post needed to be tethered to avoid it rotating in the wind. No coaches lines. One team area delimited with cones, the other not at all. Changing rooms not lockable and shared with officials from other sports.

Pete Parsons #321


KCL Regents

On arriving at 10:00am we inspected the pitch and markings were extremely faint or non-existent. Game day management went and bought tins of red spray paint and marked out the pitch 80 yards to a satisfactory conclusion. By doing this the game started 25 mins late at 12:25. Field surface had 2 large holes in it and had to be filled in also before the game could commence. Game was abandoned at the end of the 3rd quarter due to KCL Regents running out of fit players. Both coaches agreed to end the game at this point.


Derby Braves

One set of posts so one way mechanics used. Field marked in blue with other sports markings present but these are easily distinguishable. Team areas marked with cones.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395


Essex Blades

There were no team or coaches area. Lines in blue but were visible.

John Griffin #598

Royal Holloway Bears

A player sustained a neck injury at the start of the 2nd quarter. After waiting for about an hour and twenty minutes and being told by the on site medical team that there was no ambulance available, the coaches of both teams and the referee agreed by mutual consent to shorten the remaining time for each quarter to 0 minutes (rule 3-2-2a) with the game completed with the score of 6-0

Keith Wickham #423


Brighton Tsunami

No team area markings, cones used. Balls were rejected for being deflated, not all balls were new or nearly new. Changing rooms were of a good size and included facilities. Issue was that the very noisy extractor fan made communications difficult. 3 yard mark missing.

Roger Brown #469


Cardiff Cobras

Game played at SGS Filton WISE with Cardiff as the designated home team. Field markings in black. Limit lines are too close to the sidelines (approx 6 foot), the team areas are marked between the 30 yard lines, with no separate area for players and coaches. The down box was very short (approx 4 foot tall).

Amir Brooks #593

05/03/17 v Cambridge Pythons

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Napier Knights

90 yard field with team area marked out with cones. Game kicked off 10 minutes late while waiting for minimum medical cover to be meet. Cover had been arranged but gone to the wrong venue and then gotten stuck in roadworks

Henry Richardson #25

05/03/17 v Lincoln Colonials

Leeds Gryphons

Small changing room for large crew. 80 yd pitch. No sideline hash marks.

Daniel Johnston #347

05/03/17 v Heriot Watt

Hull Sharks

Muddy field which could very easily cut up in poor weather. Head Coach removed mobile phones from Chain Crew during 2nd qtr, Game Management excellent.

Daniel Johnston #347

05/03/17 v Glasgow Tigers

Bangor Muddogs

No coaching line at 6 feet. Field markings were yellow on a green surface. This was the second of two games played at the same venue on the day, there had been constant drizzle throughout both games, by the second half the field markings in the middle of the field were for all intents and purposes non-existent and will need remarking before the next game to be played at this venue (past experience at this venue suggest the groundsman will re-mark the field, so this should be a non-issue). No towels were provided for ball-persons. Home team only provided 3 officials assistants, one ball-persons was provided by BAFRA the other provided by the visitors. Changing room was shared with members of the public and was not-secured.

Ben Griffiths #228

05/03/17 v Edinburgh Predators

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field with 10 yard endzones.  No 3 yard marks or limit member of the chain crew was replaced at half time whilst the ball person on the home sideline was moved to the opposite sideline to help him do his job and not 'chest bump' the Hallam players!  Team areas were missing but we used other sports lines to solve the problem.

Dan Holt #370

05/03/17 v UCLan Rams

Gloucester Gladiators

Away team coach was 2 hours delayed. KO was moved to 2pm at the agreement of everyone involved. With 4 minutes left in the 1st quarter one of Bath Spa players had a head/neck injury and an ambulance was needed, the player was left waiting for an ambulance for 2 hours. Game abandoned at Half time due to bad light at 5.10pm both coaches agreed.

Sean Welsh #458

05/03/17 v QMBL Vipers

Imperial Immortals

The hash marks in the middle of the field were not lined up with each other and as you looked down the field, it created a nice snaking pattern. Also they were too long in length. In addition there were lines from the rugby markings in the same white colour on the field. Changing room is shared with officials from all other sports taking place at the venue, so although it is locked it has other personnel going in and out of it whilst we are officiating.

Andrew Murrell #608

05/03/17 v Exeter Demons

Birmingham Lions

Field markings were in black and very faint. No 9 yard marks, team areas or limit lines.

Amir Brooks #593

05/03/17 v Derby Braves



New this week

Play:  Right footed kicker A11 places the ball on the tee in the centre of the field for a free kick with four team mates to the left side of the ball and six team mates to the right side of the ball. The ball blows off the tee, and A55 - who was lined up to the left of the ball - holds the ball on the tee for A11. No other Team A players move. When the ball is kicked by A11, A55 is to the kicker's right.


Last week

Play:  4th and 6 on the A's 49. A5's punt is high and deep, landing on the Team B 5 yard line. The ball bounces high into the air and is coming down near the team B goal line. A45 is standing in the end zone and reaches through the goal line plane and with his hands over the Team B 1 yard line to bat the ball back toward the field of play. The ball does not penetrate the goal line plane. The ball hits B22's leg and is then recovered by A7 on the B5.

Ruling: Team B's ball, 1st and 10 on the B5.  A45 commits an illegal touching at the B1.  The touching by B22 is ignored as the ball was batted by a team A player (6-3-4-b).  Team A illegally touch the ball a second time at the B5.  Team B will accept the more advantageous of the two team A touches (6-3-2-a).


New this week

Game Situation:  How should a Linesman and Linejudge work together during a penalty enforcement to ensure that yardage is marked off correctly?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: A 4 man crew are covering a passing play.  Both wingmen have left the line of scrimmage to cover deep receivers.  The quarterback throws a pass out wide to an eligible receiver behind the line of scrimmage.  The pass falls shorts though and hits the ground.  Due to the relative positions of the officials and the players there is doubt over if the ball was passed forwards or backwards.  Ruling?

Answer: Although we endeavour to cover all plays in full, there is sometimes doubt over some action in a play – especially when working a small crew.  'When in doubt principles', M-6-1, apply in this situation.  When in doubt the pass is forward rather than backward behind the neutral zone – this should be ruled a forwards pass and incomplete unless the covering official is in no doubt that it is backwards.  On a 6 / 7 man crew these situations will be covered better as the Linejudge will stay on the line of scrimmage during passing situations.  In this situation a Referee should look at his wingmen to check if they have ruled a backwards pass using Sup5, before applying the 'when in doubt' principle.




Contact for details


March 26th (Sun)

BUCS Finals

April 1st & 2nd (Sat / Sun)

BAFRA Convention Weekend

April 1st (Sat)


April 9th (Sun)

BAFANL Season Begins

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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