Issue 09/17                                                                                24th March 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 5 Update

Just over a week to go to the annual convention we have a milestone to celebrate – 100 members and overseas visitors registered. This is the third year in a row we have met this target. If you are not listed, it may be because you have confirmed your place in the last couple of days. Please check that your payment has been processed by your bank or if paying by cheque that it has been delivered.

Stuart Alger, Jaeson Bennett, Jim Briggs, Amir Brooks, Jed Brookes-Lewis, Roger Brown, John Burns, Derek Burrige, Alan Christopher, Phil Clarke, Martin Cockerill, Steve Currie, Alisha Darkins, Ian Davies, Roy Davis, Steve Egan, Jim Farmer, Barbara Favre-Derez, Tim Fisher, James Ford-Bannister, Ben Gadsby, Ronnie Gaffin, Martin Gibson, Muz Gibson, Kenny Glover, Roger Goodgroves, Ray Grace, Ben Griffiths, Steven Hall, Krister Halvorsen, Graham Hedges, David Hewitt, Rob Hill, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Martin Hughes, Gareth Hughes, Philip Hume, Jon Ikins, Viktor Janvari, Chris Jarvis, Daniel Johnston, Damien Jurzyk, James Kilbane, David Knight, Keith Lakeman, Steve Leonard, Tzvi Lindeman, Andrew Lovell, Julian Mallia, Ollie Maskell, Frank McParlin, James Meredith, Adrian Miller, Scott Milway, Richard Moger, Darryl Morton, Andrew Murrell, Mark Niven, David Norton, Tim Ockendon, Christian Olsson, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Vladimir Platonov, Michael Prentice, Wojciech Ratajczak, Henry Richardson, Tony Rivers, John Roberts, Mike Roberts, Peter Roberts, Richard Samples, Ian Sneddon, Jack Spicer, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Paul Todd, Steve Tonkinson, Richard Vernon, Ian Wainwright, Perry Wayman, Richard Whitby, Keith Wickham, Colin Willox, Mark Wilson, Lee Wood, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, Jon Wyse, Brian Yates and Stuart Young.

Late registration

Registration has now closed however if you have only just joined BAFRA or your weekend has become free last minute we may be able to accommodate your request. To make a request please send an email marked URGENT to Sean Welsh at at your earliest opportunity. The convention delivery team 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.


The rates indicated are per room are Twin Room/Single Room: £40.00 per night (So if you share with someone it will only cost you £20.00 per night. Urgent, to take advantage of the above rates you must book your room with Sean at 

Rooms will be available from 2:00pm on your day of arrival. There will be a room available where bags can be stored until you check-in. There will be members of the convention delivery team on hand from early afternoon on Friday 31 st March. If you have any problems, please let us know.

Location and journey planning

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 via road and rail.

Welcome Desk

The Welcome Desk will be open between 9:00am - 9:25am on Saturday 1 st April and will be located in the main reception area.  A few things will happen when you arrive at the Welcome Desk. Firstly, you will need to sign-in and then pick up your Convention Pack. This will contain the following items:

You will also have the opportunity to purchase prize draw tickets. As usual we have collected a fun selection of merchandise and gifts.  You will then be shown to the Main Convention Hall where Tea and Coffee will be available.

We have quite a lot to get through during the day so I would ask that everyone makes the effort to be there as early as possible. We will start at 9:30am prompt and the Welcome Desks will close at 9:25am prompt.

Looking forward to see you all.

Ian Sneddon & Susannah Taylor

Convention Delivery Team


Thank you to those who sent in nominations for this year’s BAFRA Charity. As in previous years, it will be decided by a vote of those attending the Saturday of the Convention. Please find below a list of the nominated charities along with a “strapline” and their e-mail address. Please have a look at these so that you are in a position to make an informed decision when you vote.

Paul Sutton 


Congratulations to Oliver Maskell and Henry Young on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Simon Ryan, Richard Vernon and all those who helped with Oliver’s and Henry’s training.

Pete Thom 









New this week

Khaled Badr


UWE Bullets



First UC foul was for taunting and preventing the quarterback from getting up after a tackle. Second foul was for taunting.


Previous weeks - none





New this week

Bristol Barracuda

No team areas marked. Field markings faint.

Euan Paterson #165


Teeside Cougars

Game abandoned with 18 seconds in the 3rd quarter due to a serious injury to a Teesside player.

Liam Wooton #478


Worcestershire Black Knights

Following a series of serious injuries throughout the game for Welwyn-Hatfield, both head coaches decided to end the game at 8:39 left in the 4th quarter.

Euan Paterson #165

23/04/17 v Jurassic Coast Raptors

Sussex Saxons

Played at UoB campus despite Sussex being the home team. Well marked 100-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white and yellow. No numbers, team area line or limit line, with other sport line approximating for coaching line. Goals lashed to fence surrounding field approx 6 feet from end line.

Tim Ockendon #481


Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field, no nine yard marks, no three yard mark.


Leeds Gryphons

Game played at Burnage rugby club on a 90 yard AstroTurf pitch marked in blue. No coaches or players boxes marked but both teams managed their respective sidelines extremely well and no warning see were given to either side during the game

Lee Taylor #183


Dunfermline Kings

On arrival the officials were presented with a clear field with no American football marking on it at all. After informing game management of the minimum requirements to get the game played we were informed that pitch was not going to get lined. At this point we informed game management that we could not cover the game due to the minimum requirements not being met.

Henry Richardson #25


Carlisle Sentinels

The away team contacted operations to inform them the game was called off after the crew had set off for the game. The teams tried to arrange to play the game up at Clyde Valley last minute but couldn't organise everything in time.

Liam Wooton #478

09/04/17 v Gateshead Senators

Walney Terriers

A pitch inspection was conducted preface and in the words of Doc Roberts once you got through the water it was firm underneath so the game was given the go ahead. Unfortunately further heavy rain after kick off and a run heavy first half rendered the pitch unplayable by half time when the game was called early.

Darren Carr #326

23/04/17 v Morecambe Bay Storm

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Brunel Burners

Well marked 90-yard field in white missing team area line, limit lines and numbers or 9-yard marks. 3 chain crew and 1 ballperson changed at half time resulting in a slight delay to the second half.

Tim Ockendon #481

26/03/17 v Plymouth Blitz



New this week

Play: A's ball, 4th and 8, on the Team B 30 yard line. A9's low field goal attempt is blocked by B57 on Team B's 28 yard line. A42 recovers at the Team B 34 yard line and advances to the Team B 21 yard line, where he is downed.


Last week

Play:  Team A's ball, 4th and 16, on the Team A 30. A6's punt is blocked. The ball is rolling on Team A's 14 yard line when B83 bats the ball forwards to prevent A6 from recovering the ball. The ball hits Team A's goal line pylon. Assume that the penalty is accepted. Ruling? Clock?

Ruling: A's ball, 4th and 6, on A's 40. The clock starts on the snap. B83 commits an illegal batting foul when he bats the loose ball forward (9-4-1-c).  The penalty is 10 yards from the basic spot, which is the previous spot (10-2-2-c-3 & 10-2-2-d-4). The impetus on the ball when it hit the pylon came from the bat by B83 (8-7-2-b-1), so it would be a touchback if the penalty were declined.


New this week

Game Situation: A34 is leaving the field as part of a substitution.  The player is 6 yards from his sideline when he removes his helmet, he then walks slowly into his team area.  Ruling?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: During the coin toss, the Referee, Umpire (and deep wing officials on a 7 man crew) are in the centre of the field with the players.  Where should the wing officials and the Back Judge be positioned during this time?

Answer: M-8-4-3.  The Line Judge and Back Judge shall stand on the press box side of the field, one on each 30 yard line.  The Linesman shall be positioned on the opposite side of the field to the Line Judge, also on the 30 yard line.  The officials should be prepared to watch players not participating in the coin toss and escort players out to the 9 yard marks if required.  Pre-game duties (such as briefing a chain crew) will take precedent over this ceremonial role.




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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