Issue 19/17                                                                                        1st June 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


Now that the Annual Examination is complete the process of selecting the 21 members of the BEP can commence. Should you wish to be considered then you must apply in writing to the Director of Operations at Applications will be accepted immediately and the closing date is Friday 17th June 2017.

Applications will only be considered from Qualified BAFRA members who meet specific criteria. Full details of the criteria can be found in the Elite Programme Policy in Section 7 of the Members Handbook.

Also, as part of the criteria includes your rating on the Selection Spreadsheet, which must be 80% or above, I would also recommend you read the Scheduling and Selection Policy which can be found in Section 6 of the Members Handbook. If you wish to know your current rating on the Selection Spreadsheet before making your decision on whether or not to apply, please send an email to and I will come back to you in early June with a detailed breakdown of your scores.

If it is your intention to apply then I would recommend that you read the document in full. If you are considering applying and would like an informal discussion please contact either me or Ben Griffiths who is the BEP co-ordinator.

Richard Vernon 


As I am sure most of you are aware, BAFRA members attending this year’s Convention have again voted Cancer Research UK as the BAFRA Charity for 2017. The weekend of 8 th and 9 th July has been chosen as the Charity Weekend for this year. Members are requested to donate some of all of their game fees from that weekend towards this worthy cause (and those not working that weekend may also contribute!).

More details will be given nearer the time but please make a diary note of the dates. Each year your generosity has seen the amount donated rise with last year’s figure reaching £1795. How much will we raise it to this year?

Paul Sutton 









New this week - none

Previous weeks

Luke Prendergast


London Blitz



Punched an opponent after being taunted.

11/06/17 v Bristol Aztecs

Anthony Amissah


Cambridgeshire Cats



After having received a penalty for dead ball taunting, player continued to be abusive towards the officials.  He was dragged away by teammates twice but continued the abuse and was penalised a second time.

11/06/17 v London Hornets

Simon  McHardy


Manchester Titans



Whilst engaged with an opponent and on the ground, the player punched his opponent.

04/06/17 v Doncaster Mustangs

Alasdair Jarvis


Shropshire Revolution



During the first half, the player shoved an opponent clearly after the play was dead. In the fourth quarter, the player shoved another opponent clearly after the play had been blown dead due to a false start.

04/06/17 v Humber Warhawks





New this week - none

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Humber Warhawks

Due to major building works the only changing rooms were in the main sports centre, with the field a 5 minute drive on the other side of the campus. On arrival away team were having to change in the carpark next to the field.

John Roberts #145

23/07/17 v Chester Romans

Sandwell Steelers

Game was played at Wolverhampton RFC. The facilities and gameday management were excellent, but the field was marked out in faint yellow lines which were often difficult to see.

Amir Brooks #593

30/07/17 v Nottingham Caesars

London Blitz B

Most of the main lines were very faint. No coaching box or team area. Faint limit lines marked at 6'. The down box does not display all of the down numbers clearly. There were several trip hazards in the field surface which required rectifying prior to kickoff. Multiple officials assistants were changed at half time.

Peter Parsons #321

11/06/17 v Wembley Stallions

Knottingley Raiders

90 yard field. No limit lines, 9 yard marks or numbers. Team areas marked between the 30 yard lines. One of the balls was extremely worn and resembled a dinosaur egg.  One change of chain crew at half time but the chain crew overall were abysmal, the worst I have seen in over 2 years.  This was despite a thorough briefing by the head linesman.

David Hewitt #607

04/06/17 v Northumberland Lightning

Glasgow Tigers

Team and Coaching areas were marked between the 30 yard lines, but game management extended them to the 25 yard lines with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

06/08/17 v Dumfries Hunters

Manchester Titans

Pitch was 80 yards long with several colours of marking for other sports aslo on the pitch.

Tony Newsham #302

11/06/17 v Yorkshire Rams

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

90 yard field well marked. 2 changes of ball person during the game.

Phil Hume #52

11/06/17 v Berkshire Renegades

Farnham Knights

Several divots in the field identified by the officials. The problem was rectified by Game Management prior to the coin toss

Euan Paterson #165

11/06/17 v London Warriors

Merseyside Nighthawks

American Football Markings in Yellow, with markings for various other sports in Blue, White & Red. Team areas were marking but there was only one line at approximately 10 feet out of bounds.

Ben Griffiths #228

09/07/17 v Edinburgh Wolves

Edinburgh Wolves

Team and Coaching areas not marked. The team provided cones to mark out perimeters.

Ian Sneddon #427

03/06/17 v Merseyside Nighthawks

Newcastle Vikings

No player limit line. NFL hash marks. No 9 Yd marks.

Dan Johnston #347

02/07/17 v Doncaster Mustangs

Sussex Thunder

Field was a little bare of grass in places - marked well 90 yards.

David Knight #135

04/06/17 v Oxford Saints

Jurassic Coast Raptors

The field is 80 yards and marked well but some of the lines are very faint and hard to see. There are areas of the field where there is no grass and the lines are painted straight onto the soil. The team areas were marked to the 20 yard lines. Chains broke a couple of times.

David Knight #135

04/06/17 v Worcestershire Black Knights

Essex Spartans

90 yard field, has field numbers present of the correct size but they incorrectly start at the 5-yard line each end [10 on 5, 30 on 25 etc]. Changing rooms not lockable. Several delays during the game requiring suspension to treat injured players.

Phil Clarke #262

04/06/17 v East Essex Sabres

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

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

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

Tamworth Phoenix

Field well marked, only small issue is that the team areas only being marked to the 30 yard lines. Chain crew changed at half time. Parking v. limited at the venue.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

04/06/17 v Sheffield Giants

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

London Hornets

Field was marked in blue across a rugby field which has white lines. The white lines are vivid, while the blue lines are badly faded in contrast. No team areas or coaches lines marked. Also no limit lines.

Andrew Murrell #608

11/06/17 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Berkshire Renegades

At the end of the half time interval it was agreed by both Head Coaches and the Referee to shorten the 3rd and 4th quarters to zero minutes under Rule 3-2-2-a. Changing rooms not lockable.

Peter Parsons #321

23/07/17 v Maidstone Pumas

Doncaster Mustangs

Team areas marked between 20 yard lines,otherwise an excellently marked field.Field length 90 yards.

David Hewitt #607

04/06/17 v Manchester Titans

Solent Thrashers

Field markings faint - no 3 yards marks - crossbar out of line with the end line.

David Knight #135

18/06/17 v South Wales Warriors

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

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



New this week

Play:  On a try. Team A are lined up in scrimmage kick formation.  A2's place kick is partially blocked at the line of scrimmage by B60. The ball bounces first at Team B's 1-yard line. In the end zone, before the ball strikes the ground again, B88 kicks the ball through the back of the end zone.  Ruling?  This was Q18 in the 2017 BAFRA exam.


Last week (issue 09/17)

Play:  4th and goal at Team B’s 11-yard line.  A1 receives the snap and runs towards Team B’s goal line. He is hit at Team B’s 8-yard line and fumbles the ball. B70 then bats the loose ball backwards and it goes out of bounds at Team B’s 4-yard line.  Ruling?  This was Q13 in the 2017 BAFRA exam.

Ruling: 1st and 10 for Team B at the Team B 8 yard line.  A forward fumble is returned to the spot of the fumble (7-2-4-b-1). The backwards bat by B70 is legal and does not change the status of the ball.


New this week

Game Situation: Before the game begins, the sole medical practitioners provided for the game are two Emergency Medical Technicians, one of whom holds an NQF Level 2 first aid qualification.  Is this sufficient medical cover for the game?  This was Q1 on the 2017 BAFRA exam.

Answer next issue...

Last week   (issue 09/17)

Play: One minute has passed after the try following a Team A touchdown. Team A are in position to kick off at their own 35 yard line. The Team B players are grouped in a huddle on the field near their sideline receiving information from their coach who is in the coaching box. The head coach of the receiving team has been warned about tardiness on a previous kick-off.  How should the officials resolve this situation?  This was Q79 on the 2017 BAFRA exam.

Answer: After a score, it is a delay of game if either team is not on the field (or on the field but still in the huddle) within one minute  regardless of whether the ready for play has been given or not.  For a first offence warn the Head Coach of the team rather than throw a flag (MM 3-4-1-b).  Team B are guilty of a delay of game here, and should be penalised 5 yards from the succeeding spot (3-4-2-b-3).




Contact for details


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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