Issue 13/17                                                                                21st April 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


We are now in the examination period.  The Exam may be found here: 

Before attempting the exam, please read all of the rubric on the first two pages. This will answer quite a number of the queries that people may have. In particular, please note the two new entries in the section “Unless specifically stated otherwise, assume the following for ALL questions”. If you have a query about a question, please contact the e-mail given in the rubric for advice. All enquiries will receive an answer from the Chairman of the Examination Committee. Remember, this is a test of rules and mechanics knowledge not the semantics of the English language and there are no trick questions.

As a reminder, all qualified members must sit the exam to retain their qualified status. Associate, affiliate and overseas restricted members are not required to sit the exam but you are welcome to should you wish to do so. In particular, it will allow associate members and their mentors to assess their progress and help identify areas for further training.

From next week onwards, I will publish a list of those who have returned their papers.

Paul Sutton 



Below are financial arrangements regarding 5 on 5 Kitted Tournaments for 2017.


BAFA has kindly agreed to cover the cost of providing 2 officials (£90) and travelling expenses for all officials. So the host team at each 5 v 5 tournament are to be charged £90 by BAFRA  for providing 2 officials and no admin fee.  Note: If only 3 officials cover a tournament then the team is charged only £45.


Therefore the procedure for dealing with this is as follows:


The lead contact on the crew is to inform the tournament organiser of this before the event and that the money (£90) can be paid by cash or cheque. They can also offer the team a prepay facility through BAFRA Finance.  However, once paid to the crew at the tournament,  all payments MUST then to be sent to BAFRA Finance and online paperwork will be completed immediately after the tournament in the usual way and can include travel claims.  BAFRA Finance will then pay all officials in the same way as for most university games.


If no payment is made by the host team then record this on the online form accordingly. This will enable BAFRA Finance to liaise with the team concerned.  Can all officials familiarise themselves with this process and ensure it is followed on all occasions.  If you have any questions regarding this process then contact the Director of  Operations or Finance.

Richard Vernon 


Please remember that a Game Management Audit is required for all senior and junior games with a separate one for each game of a double-header. We had two games last weekend where audits were not submitted. The marks scored go towards the John Slavin Trophy. They are not required for youth or flag games.

Paul Sutton 


A question came up at the AGM about the youngest fully qualified official BAFRA has ever had.  Such records are not retained going back to 1984 so it was agreed I would ask via Newsflash. Not counting junior members (who could only qualify at junior level), does anyone know of a member who fully qualified before their 20 th birthday and, if so, what their age was when they qualified? If you are not certain of the age, a best estimate in years and months would be a good start. Just let me know by e-mail. Thanks for any assistance you are able to provide.

So far, the youngest I have been notified of is 19 years and 3 months. Does anyone know of a younger qualified official?

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Josh Cooper


Coventry Jets



And after the play was complete, the player struck an opponent in the side of the head with a closed fist.

30/04/17 v Leicester Falcons

Previous weeks

Tom McKale


Northumberland Lightning



Player used flagrantly unsportsmanlike language towards opponent(s) in the heat of the moment. Player showed remorse for the comments and apologised after the game.

23/04/17 v Gateshead Senators





New this week

Cornish Sharks

Field only 80 yards long with 7 yard End Zones. No numbers or 9 yard marks. Team Area marked to 20 yard line so cones used to show correct end point. Other (Rugby) marking also in white but faded enough not to cause confusion.

Albert Lambert #461

21/05/17 v Torbay Trojans

Torbay Trojans

Last week’s team area issue had been corrected - so well done to the team. Grass was a little long but field was well marked. Field is tight in the surroundings and game was stopped on a couple of occasions as a small child encroached too close to the field.

David Knight #135

14/05/17 v Swindon Storm

Yorkshire Rams

Great Facility well managed. One change of Ball person at half time did not delay the game.

Chris Jarvis #10

23/04/17 v West Coast Trojans

London Warriors

Field marked in blue lines apart from the midfield line and end lines. No numbers or 9-yard marks. No coaching boxes or team areas marked. No limit lines. Changing rooms not lockable.

Pete Parsons #321

30/04/17 v Farnham Knights

Sandwell Steelers

Very well marked field in yellow. The two three yard marks were found to be missing on arrival - however Game Management corrected this when highlighted to them. Chain Crew were excellent - best that we have had provided to us in a long time.

Krister Halvorsen #217

07/05/17 v Leicester Falcons

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Knottingley Raiders

90 yard field marked with NFL hash marks. Not all marks at the sideline 1 yard apart. 3 yard mark for PATs not in correct spot. Toilet in Official's changing room was not in a usable state.

Adrian Miller #124

23/04/17 v Carlisle Sentinels

Bournemouth Bobcats

Field is shorter than usual, painted with blue lines and has huge soil patches in 3 places. Chain broke multiple times.

Viktor Janvari #63

23/04/17 v Hastings Conquerors

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

Walney Terriers

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

Carlisle Sentinels

The changing room was very small, it was cramped with 4 officials however the team did say that in future other changing facilities will be available.

07/05/17 v Leeds Bobcats

Hastings Conquerors

Played at Hastings & Bexhill RFC. Well marked 90-yard field missing only numbers & limit lines. Coaching line depth so bad as to make it unusable. Changing rooms cramped, lacking facilities and not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

25/06/17 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts


Returns after the BAFRA exam period...




Contact for details


May 6th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 22nd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

August 26th (Sat)


November 18th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Richard Vernon


Lee Taylor


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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