Issue 22/17                                                                                        22nd June 2017

BAFRA Newsflash









New this week

Henry Jacob


Hertfordshire Cheetahs



Player hit the quarterback in the head just after the ball was thrown.

09/07/17 v Maidstone Pumas

Alan Gray


Knottingley Raiders



Having already received an unsportsmanlike conduct foul during the second quarter, the player accused one of the officials of being biased at half time.

25/06/17 v Morecambe Bay

Previous weeks

Nathaniel Roadway


Hastings Conquerors



The player - unhappy with the way in which he had been tackled - punched an opponent in his face cage.

25/06/17 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

David Mead


Lancashire Wolverines



After being sacked in the third quarter the player punched an opponent in the ribs at the end of the play.  This is the player’s second ejection in 12 months, as such a two-game suspension is being served.

25/06/17 v Sheffield Giants

Wale Ojuko


Sheffield Giants



Player was seen headbutting an opposing player as the play ended.

25/06/17 v Lancashire Wolverines

Sean Austin


Shropshire Revolution



Player head butted an opponent.

02/07/17 v Staffordshire Surge





New this week

Clyde Valley Blackhawks

With just over 1 minute remaining in the third quarter one of the Tigers players suffered a possible fractured ankle and could not be moved until the ambulance personnel took over. The game had to be suspended for 50 minutes whilst awaiting the ambulance. Both teams players and coaches were very helpful and supportive during this time.

Ian Sneddon #427

02/07/17 v Glasgow Tigers

Newcastle Vikings

Inbound hash marks were too narrow and "NFL" style. Also team area was missing coaching box line

Shawn Sombati #15

02/07/17 v Doncaster Mustangs

Jurassic Coast Raptors

The field was 80 yards and the markings were faint and difficult to see.

Euan Paterson #165

02/07/17 v Cornish Sharks

Crewe Railroaders

Cross bar was significantly higher than 10 feet above the ground. Down box was approximately 4 feet high and could not be seen from the press box. Changing Room not lockable.

Ben Griffiths #228

25/06/17 v Humber Warhawks

Sussex Thunder

Game kicked off 30 minutes late due to major traffic issues and the late arrival of the visiting team and the referee. Changing rooms were not initially locked - were locked at some point during the first half. Visiting team had a limited squad and discussed at HT about calling the game or having a running clock in the second half - score was only 14-0 at the time. With 3.30 left in the 3rd quarter and the score 21-0 the visiting requested we change to a running clock and the home team agreed. From that point on a running clock was used. Game was played in a great spirit between the two teams in excessive heat

David Knight #135

02/07/17 v Solent Thrashers

Outstanding items from previous weeks

London Blitz B

Several holes had to be filled with sand and kick off was delayed by 5 minutes due to the need to repair the down box so it actually worked.

Lee Wood #517

25/06/17 v Essex Spartans

Manchester Titans

80 yard field with other sports markings present. Football markings quite faded.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

16/07/17 v Yorkshire Rams

Farnham Knights

The chain was not exactly 10 yards (or the field was not exactly 10 yards), so we had to avoid measurements. Apart from that, nicely painted field.

Viktor Janvari #63

02/07/17 v Bristol Aztecs

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

90 yard field marked very well with just a few minor issues. No 3 yard marks, goals approximately half a yard behind the endline at both ends and a 5 yard line across both endzones. Very good game management at this venue

David Knight #135

02/07/17 v Bournemouth Bobcats

East Kent Mavericks

Well marked 90 yard 4G field, all lines in blue apart from shared midfield line with other sport that is white. All other sport markings are contrasting colours. Changing rooms not lockable.

Phil Clarke #262

23/07/17 v London Blitz B

Morecambe Bay Storm

90 yard field which while well marked was very faint.

25/06/17 v Knottingley Raiders

Northumberland Lightening

No limit lines, team and coaching box marked incorrectly. No marks or numbers at 9 yards

Henry Richardson #25

09/07/17 v Gateshead Senators

Maidstone Pumas

Field is 90 yards and team area on one side is small because the area is tight to woodlands - Goals were football goals with extended poles. Field was covered in cuts grass that lay on the surface in clumps. Changing room is a studio far from the field. Game suspended for 52 minutes due to a player injury and waiting for ambulance

David Knight #135

25/06/17 v Berkshire Renegades

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

Kent Exiles

No numbers or 9-yard marks. No limit lines. No private toilet or showers for the officials changing room.

Peter Parsons #321

09/07/17 v Colchester Gladiators

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

Leeds Bobcats

Changing room very small, 80 yard field marked in blue, hash marks not always a yard apart and didn't always line up. Team areas marked to the 20 yard lines.

Liam Wooton #478

25/06/17 v Carlisle Sentinels

Ipswich Cardinals

Game started 20 mins late due to medical cover not being sufficient. The away team supplied medical cover by de-kitting 2 players so the game could go on

Larry Rigby #269

25/06/17 v Wembley Stallions

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

Newcastle Vikings

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

Dan Johnston #347

02/07/17 v Doncaster Mustangs

Bury Saints

Farnham had a medic with them who was not registered with the team and therefore not on the roster, we explained that should they wish to have the medic on their sideline in the team area that they should register the medic with the team. The medic in question works for the same company that Bury used to provide the game medical cover so they were able to assist them when needed.

Phil Clarke #262

09/07/17 v Bristol Aztecs

Essex Spartans

The officials were advised that the field had not been marked by the groundsman. The previously existing markings were barely visible and so faint as to render them unusable. The home team made efforts to gain access to line-marking equipment but Thurrock RFC could not provide it. They considered attempting to mark the field with spray paint, but it was thought unlikely that this could be done effectively due to the extremely long grass. With no prospect of the game being able to begin, it was abandoned approximately one hour prior to kickoff.

Alan Dobson #308

16/07/17 v Wembley Stallions

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

Knottingley Raiders

The field had not been marked using normal field marking paint, rather the markings appeared to have been burnt onto the field killing all the grass. The field surface had numerous cracks, which were deep but not very wide, but did not meet the definition of a trip hazard. However if there is short period of rain followed by another dry spell, the field surface could deteriorate and turn into a trip hazard. Game management were required to mark a number of lines on the field using cans of spray paint. After the game the game management were advised that the pitch would need to be fully remarked before the next game. They were also advised that the cracks in the field surface would need filing prior to their next home game. The team areas were marked between the 30 yard lines. The hashmarks were too narrow (approximately at the position of NFL hashmarks).

The away team were asked if they could present three legal balls as the home team balls were not acceptable. The toilet in the officials changing room would not flush but appeared to have been used several times without cleaning. It is advisable to avoid using this toilet. Other toilet facilities were available. The changing rooms were not lockable. These problems aside, the changing rooms were ideal for a crew of 4. One of the officials assistants provided was aged 12 so he was replaced prior to kickoff.

Ben Griffiths #228

06/08/17 v Morecambe Bay Storm

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

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: 1st and 10 at Team A’s 20-yard line. When the snap happens eligible receiver A40 immediately charges off the line and contacts B80 at Team A’s 21-yard line. B80 is knocked over. A40 then catches a forward pass at midfield and is immediately downed in possession of the ball.  Ruling?  This was Q81 in the 2017 BAFRA exam.


Last week (issue 09/17)

Play:  Team A are 4th and 4 at Midfield, they are lined up to punt.  A70 snaps the ball to A9. A9 kicks the ball low directly back to A70 who has turned at the line of scrimmage and catches the kick at Team A's 48 yard-line. A70 advances the ball to Team B's 40-yard line where he is tackled.  This was Q56 in the 2017 BAFRA exam.

Ruling: A scrimmage kick recovered by Team A prior to crossing the neutral zone remains live and can be advanced by all players (6-3-1-a).  The advance by A70 is legal, 1st and 10 for Team A at the Team B 40 yard line.  The clock will start on the snap since this was a legal kick play (3-3-2-d-8).


New this week

Game Situation:  1st and 10 for Team A at midfield.  There are only 30 seconds left on the clock and Team A are winning by 10 points.  Team B have no timeouts remaining.  Team A declare that they will ‘take a knee’.  However after they snap the ball they throw a quick pass out the the wide receiver, who gains 20 yards before being forced out of bounds.  Ruling?

Answer next issue...

Last week   (issue 09/17)

Play: All officials carry a bean bag as part of their on-field equipment.  Which officials should carry at least 2 bean bags?

Answer:  All officials should carry at least two bean bags to use to mark spots other than sots of fouls (MM 21.1.1)




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