Issue 15/17                                                                                5th May 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


Martin Cockerill, BAFA Chairman, has requested the following note be inserted into this week’s Newsflash.

“BAFA were informed this week of the passing of a long standing and respected member of the Britball family, Charlie Campbell passed away on Monday 1st May after a long battle against cancer. With more than 20 years involvement with football Charlie`s straightforward no nonsense give it both barrels approach will be missed on the sideline. A large part of his football career was spent at the Dundee Hurricanes culminating in the Britbowl appearance in 2007.

We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to his family at this trying time, and assure them he will be long remembered for his dedication and contribution to our sport.

BAFA requests that prior to the start of all games this weekend all teams pay their respects to a fallen brother with a minute’s silence.”

BAFRA fully endorses this request we also wish to send our sympathy to Charlie’s family and friends. When we lose one of the Britball family, we are all diminished.

Paul Sutton 


Exam papers must be returned by the deadline of 5:00pm on Saturday 6th May. Any received after that time (up to the time when the results are released which will be a week or so later) will still be marked but will be subject to a penalty deduction.

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.

At midday on 3rd May, the following members had returned their exam papers:

Stuart Alger, Mark Allen, Joannis Argyiou, Graham Baker, Andrew Binns, Amir Brooks, Roger Brown, Alan Christopher, David Cochrane, Martin Cockerill, Steve Currie, Steve Egan, Tim Fisher, Ben Gatsby, Ronnie Gaffin, Barry Gent, Cam Gibson, Muz Gibson, Roger Goodgroves, Ray Grace, John Griffin, Steve Hall, David Hewitt, Dan Holt, Gareth Hughes, Jon Ikins, Viktor Jánvári, Anton Jarbol, Chris Jarvis, David Knight, Mike LeFevre, Richard Madge, Julian Mallia, Ollie Maskell, Lee Mills, Andrew Murrell, Tony Newsham, Dave Norton, Ian Papworth, Jack Pearce, Richard Prattley, Larry Rigby, John Roberts, Conrad Russell, Ian Sneddon, Jack Spicer, Andrew Swift, Stuart Tabberer, Anthony Tagg, Lee Taylor, Pete Thom, Malcolm Turnbull, Tim Vickers, Ian Wainwright, Mark Wilson, Brian Yates, Charles Young.

If you sent yours and believe I should have received it by the above date and time, please contact me. All papers whether returned by post or electronically are acknowledged.

As the next Newsflash is after the closing date, no further list will be published.

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Ross Hubbard


Ouse Valley Eagles



Player roughed the passer, hitting him well after the ball had been thrown, with a blow with both hands to the head.

07/05/17 v Oxford Saints

Previous weeks

Daryus Linch


Bristol Apache



Player ran after an opponent, jumped on his back and repeatedly struck him in his head. This started a brawl, after which #15 was ejected.

14/05/17 v Jurassic Coast Raptors





New this week

London Warriors

Field marked in blue lines apart from the midfield line and end lines. No numbers, 9-yard marks, coaching boxes, team areas or limit lines. Changing rooms not lockable. Officials assistants and game balls provided less than 10 minutes before scheduled kick off time and there were several changes to the chain crew throughout the game which caused a few tempo issues.

Phil Clarke #262

09/07/17 v London Blitz

Northumberland Lightening

Changing rooms some distance from field. Major arm injury to Leeds player in 3rd quarter. Game delayed by 35 minutes. Ambulance was called but advised that they would not send ambulance as was not on priority list. Credit to Northumberland player (specialist) who assisted in immediate medical care on field.

Daniel Johnston #347

11/06/17 v Walney Terriers

Solent Thrashers

Plane of the crossbar is not aligned with the endline. Game played in a good spirit.

David Knight #135

07/05/17 v South Wales Warriors

Walney Terriers

Field did not appear to have been re-marked since the previous weeks game and there was a large number of daisies at the clubhouse end of the pitch. While this did not cause issues during the game it was noted on arrival that as daisies are white and so were the field markings some of the central hash marks could not be seen from the sideline.

14/05/17 v Leeds Bobcats

Dumfries Hunters

90 yard field, no limit line.

Henry Richardson #25

14/05/17 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

London Olympians

90-yard field with 9-yard end zones marked in white with other sport markings in white and yellow. No limit lines or numbers. No hashmarks at inbounds lines but lateral position marks on every main line. Other sport markings approximated for 9-yard marks and coaching lines. Other team area lines marked with cones.

Tim Ockendon #481

04/06/17 v Colchester Gladiators

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Doncaster Mustangs

The KO was delayed 10 minutes as the medical cover was late arriving.

Murray Gibson #268

07/05/17 v Newcastle Vikings

Shropshire Revolution

Field well marked except for javelin & shot put markings across one half. There is an immovable metal storage unit at one end of the field (~11 feet from the endline) however this was adequately padded by game management.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

04/06/17 v Humber Warhawks

Gateshead Senators

Other markings on the field, also in white, no team area marked on one sideline. Down box doesn't show 1&2 correctly, chains broke several times during the game. 1 change of chain crew.

Liam Wooton #478

11/06/17 v Carlisle Sentinels

Swindon Storm

90 yard field. Team areas reached the 20 yardline instead of the 25. Hashmarks were also in a big curve, so the Umpire used the pylons to position himself. Field surface was very dry and hard.

Viktor Janvari #63

25/06/17 v Torbay Trojans

Humber Warhawks

No limit lines, no nine yard marks, no 3 yard mark. 7 minute delay to start the second half due to an injury. Fifteen minute injury delay near the end of the fourth quarter.

07/05/17 v Staffordshire Surge

Glasgow Tigers

Very small changing room shared with soccer officials. Team areas marked too close to sideline however rectified with cones prior to officials arrival. Some hash marks were more/less than 1 yd. 1 crossbar had slight bend.

Daniel Johnston #347

14/05/17 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Bournemouth Bobcats

Holes from soccer goals had to be covered. NFL hash marks. Top of numbers at 13 yards. Fencing approximately 12 feet from the sideline had to be padded.

Philip Hume #52

11/06/17 v Maidstone Pumas

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

Maidstone Pumas

Well marked 90-yard field missing limit lines and with a main line marked 5 yards into each end zone. Goals too wide and numbers too small and not always marked at 10-yard intervals. Changing room had no facilities but did have a separate lockable side room for the crew to store kit in.

Tim Ockendon #481

07/05/17 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

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

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

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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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