Issue 07/17                                                                                10th March 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 3 Update

There are only a couple of weeks left to register, so if you haven’t already booked your place, now is the time to sort out travel, and confirm that you want to come along. You will all be very welcome.

68 and counting

The following 68 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.

Stuart Alger, Jim Briggs, Amir Brooks, Jed Brooks, Roger Brown, John Burns, Derek Burridge, Martin Cockerill, Alisha Darkins, Ian Davies, Roy Davis, 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, Rob Hill, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Chris Jarvis, Daniel Johnston, Damien Jurzyk, James Kilbane, 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, Richard Samples, 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, Lee Wood, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, Jon Wyse, Brian Yates.

2017 Rule Book, and Mechanics Manual

Copies of the new Rule Book, and new Mechanics Manual will be available for all attendees. As with previous years there will be presentations highlighting the relevant changes to these books.  These presentations are always highly recommended. Not only is it paramount that we are fully aware of such changes, but also, in previous years some of the changes appeared in exam questions.

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.

By cheques; with full payment included, 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.

By 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.

By electronic payment plan; It is appreciated that some people may wish to spread the cost and make multiple payments over the weeks leading up to 19 th 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


Cheques received from Jarvis, Lakeman, Linderman, Sneddon, Sutton, Yates.

Bacs payments received by midnight Weds from: Alger, Brown, Davies,  Egan, Ford -Bannister, Gaffin, Goodgroves, Hall, Hume Hughes, Janavi ,Johnson, Knight, Leonard, Mallia, McParlin, Murrell, Newitt, Ollson, Patterson, Parsons ( D&P) Platonova, Roberts (J&M), Samples, Sterling, Tehrani, taylor, Wright

Plus Scott from Australia.

Can you check if paying by cheque that you have the correct address.

Charlie Dean Young 


Applications are invited from qualified BAFRA members who would like to work on this important committee. It’s role include the selection of officials for all UK Bowl Games, NFL Chain Crews, Officials Of The Year Awards as well as IFAF and Elite Panel. Terms of reference and full details of the roles and responsibilities are on the website in the Members Handbook – 6.Scheduling and Selection.

In accordance with the rules of this committee two places are vacated every year and as a result two places will shortly be available. Please submit an Expression of Interest to me by no later than 10 pm on Sunday 19th March 2017.

If anyone is considering applying who has not served previously on a BAFRA Committee, you are welcome to contact me for an informal discussion about the role and requirements.

Richard Vernon 


The BAFRA Selection Committee is pleased to announce the following crew for the 2017 BUCS Bowl Game:

This Final will be played at  Sixways Stadium, Worcester on Sunday 26th March 2017 at 4.00pm. Please join with the BAFRA Selection Committee in congratulating these officials on their appointments. This game will be preceded by the Tier 1 Final at 12 midday. Although this is a National Final it is not a Bowl Game and officials will be assigned shortly via Arbiter.

Richard Vernon 


Tier 1 and Tier 2 Northern and Southern Regional Finals will all be played on Sunday 19th March. In addition there are a wide range of other games on 18th/19th March.  Including pre-season games, varsity games and a Youth Tournament event. These games are all over the country(ies) so please try to be available to assist in covering all of them.

This weekend would be a perfect opportunity for officials to use these games to work a new position so that you gain experience before the regular season. All officials who have worked for more than two full years (around 40/50 games) should consider trying the referee position as your experience will make it a natural transition.  Be assured you will receive the full support of your colleagues. However I will not assign anyone who is new to this position until you ask for such an assignment.

Richard Vernon 


By the close, the following had been received:

Therefore, Roger Brown, Richard Vernon and Steve Tonkinson are elected unopposed. A vote of qualified members will be held at the AGM to determine the new Director of Recruitment.

Paul Sutton 


There have recently been a number of members not receiving things because there contact details were not up to date. It is important that members please ensure that their contact details are kept up to date in the member’s list which may be found in the member’s area of the website. As you go into the member’s area you will see your name in the banner at the top. Click on this and a drop-down menu offer you “profile overview” which will show you your details. If any are not correct there is an option to “edit your details” which allows you to change your address, telephone number (home and mobile) and e-mail address. If you require assistance with doing this, please contact me. Once you have updated your details, I am notified along with the admin team and the finance team. If any other details (name or membership number) are incorrect, please contact me.

Paul Sutton 


The Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited is to be held at 5:00pm on Saturday 1st April, 2017 at the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Staffordshire ST15 0NL during the Convention weekend. All members are entitled to attend. Papers will be sent to all members this week. If you have not received yours by 5:00pm Saturday 11 th March, please contact me (although check your junk mail and spam folders first please in case they have ended up there).

In addition all qualified members will receive by the same time a proxy voting form which may be used if you are unable to attend. Again please let me know if this does not arrive (having made the same checks first please). Full instructions for casting a proxy vote are on the form.

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 


Regrettably, Les Connor has had to stand down as Chair of the Examination Committee. The directors would like to place on record their thanks for the work he has undertaken in this role. I am pleased to announce that Stuart Young has agreed to take over the position of Chair of this Committee and will take up the role from 1st April.

Paul Sutton 


If anyone is working a playoff game this weekend a wants to know if we have game film of the teams they are working please drop me an email at and I will send you links to anything we have got from the regular season just finished.

Keith Wickham










New this week

Jordan Weatherill


Portsmouth Destroyers



Player hit a defenseless Reading reciever in the head and neck area (9-1-4 foul).

12/03/17 v Surrey Stingers

Daniel Falkner





The player directed a stamp towards an opponent. Having been disqualified for this foul, he then slammed his helmet to the floor on the sideline resulting in a further USC penalty.


Chris Stickland


Southampton Stags



In frustration after incidental contact between opponents the player stamped on an opponent.


Previous weeks - none





New this week

Canterbury Chargers

Well marked 90-yard field with 8-yard end zones, marked in blue with other sport markings in yellow & white. Missing limit lines, numbers & 9-yard marks with coaching line at incorrect depth. One of the game balls presented was under-inflated but this was rectified by game management prior to kickoff. During the 4th quarter, despite numerous attempts, one of the game balls could not be located, so the remainder of the game was played with only 2 game balls.

Tim Ockendon #481


Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field, marked in red with other sports marked out in various other colours. No 3 yard marks, no limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

12/03/17 v Hull Sharks

Cardiff Cobras

Game played at SGS Filton WISE in Bristol, 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

12/03/17 v Imperial Immortals

Portsmouth Destroyers

Field very well marked out, markings faded and disappeared due to wet, muddy ground. Game delayed 45 minutes due to late arrival of medical cover. Ref rooms only fit two people, had to change with players after the game.

Roger Brown #469

12/03/17 v Surrey Stingers

Gloucester Gladiators

Kick Off delayed due to transportation issue for away team. By agreement with both coaches and game management, the game kicked off at 13:40, 40 minutes after scheduled time but light was NOT an issue.

Albert Lambert #461


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.

John Griffin #598


Leeds Gryphons

No team or coach areas marked, otherwise a well marked field.

Stuart Alger #179

12/03/17 v Bangor Muddogs

Warwick Wolves

No team or coach areas. Team markings were in blue and under floodlights became almost invisible.

Stuart Alger #179


Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Plaudits to both teams for a very competitive game of physical football played in good spirits, in front a reasonable sized crowd. Field markings were quite faint, but still visible. No 9 yard marks. Team areas marked out with cones.

Steve Leonard #370


Hull Sharks

With 1 minute 20 seconds left in the 4th quarter the game was abandoned and the score declared as final due to the very serious leg injury (broken) sustained by a UCH player, The player could not be moved from the field and the game was abandoned after 1 hour had elapsed as the Ambulance had only just arrived.

Chris Jarvis #10


Plymouth Blitz

The down box was damaged and the replacement had not arrived. The down numbers were drawn on cardboard. However, these were too easily blown about and started to fall of when they got wet. The down box was used to identify the neutral zone but the down was always vocally relayed between the four crew to ensure that we all had the same down and that players and sidelines knew the down number

Julian Mallia #336

12/03/17 v Gloucester Gladiators

Imperial Immortals

Team areas were marked by cones and the base lines were faint. The field was in a fair condition despite all the rain and hailstorm before and during the match.

Viktor Janvari #63


Outstanding items from previous weeks - none



New this week

Play: A's ball, free kick, on the Team A 35 yard line. The score is A28-B28 with one second remaining in the fourth quarter. A4's free kick comes to rest at the Team B one yard line.  Before the ball is ruled dead, B86 dives on the ball. The ball then hits the goal line pylon before B86 gains control of the ball. Time expires during the down.


Last 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.

Ruling: AR-6-1-2-II, Foul by Team A for illegal formation at the kick. Penalty - Five yards from the previous spot or five yards from the spot where the subsequent dead ball belongs to Team B.


New this week

Game Situation: 4th and 20 at the A23, team A are punting.  Right-footed punter A12's punt is blocked and the ball goes into the backfield.  How should the referee and wingmen be positioned and react in order to cover the subsequent action?  It is a 7 man crew.

Answer next issue...

Last week

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

Answer: M-19-3-6 & M-19-3-8.  The Linesman shall move the same distance as the Umpire and ensure that the distance moved is correct.  The Linejudge shall remain at the enforcement spot until all officials are happy that the penalty has been enforced correctly.




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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