Issue 01/18 13th January 2018
UNIVERSITY LEAGUE (BUCS) SEASON
The BUCS league re-commences on 21st January with around 10 games. The following week and throughout February there will be at least 30 games each weekend.
We need everyone to update their availability on Arbiter as soon as possible as we want to assign officials to these games shortly. Please ensure your availability update covers this period. We may also have some women’s tournaments/pre season games that we will be assigning through February and March.
If you go into Arbiter to make yourself unavailable and you notice you have a game pending you must contact us immediately as Blocking Out for that date will not change your original status. There may also be some midweek games as teams try to catch up on their fixtures.
Please try to make every effort to be available to work some games over this busy period. Your assistance is much appreciated. If you have specific questions regarding this please leave a message on firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
Nominations are invited for the Official of the Year award for 2017. The criteria for the award may be found on our website at: http://www.bafra.info/info/handbook/officialoftheyear.php. Nominations should be with me by 5:00pm on Friday 9th February 2018. Any member may nominate another member. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
ADVANCE NOTICE REGARDING DIRECTOR ELECTIONS AT THE AGM
As per our Regulations, four Directors are due to stand down at this year’s AGM. They are the President, the General Secretary, the Director of Training and the Director without Portfolio #1. Three of these have
indicated that they will be seeking re-election at the AGM. These are President, the General Secretary and
the Director without Portfolio #1. However, the Director of Training has indicated that he will be standing down at the conclusion of the AGM.
Formal requests for nominations for all four posts will be circulated by 10th February to all qualified
members. The purpose of this notification is to ask all qualified members to consider if they wish to apply
for one of the four posts. It is particularly important that we receive nominations for the Director of Training post that will otherwise fall vacant at the conclusion of the AGM.
The directors encourage qualified members to stand for election to all of the above roles but, in particular, to the Director of Training post. If members require details of any of the four posts, or wish to discuss anything about the responsibilities involved, they should feel free to contact me or, if they prefer, another director for further information.
2018 SAPPHIRE SERIES - BAFA’S WOMEN’S TACKLE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
This year's Sapphire Series will again be played with a mixture of both 7v7 and 5v5 format rules. However, the major development is the increase in the number of teams now playing 7v7 and the introduction of Division 2A to accommodate 6 developing programmes.
Sapphire Division 1 will again feature the 8 teams from last year's Division 1, playing 7v7 football.
Division 2 splits in two with six teams stepping-up to the 7v7 format playing in Division 2A and four teams now competing at 5v5 format in Div 2B.
BAFA's development plan for women's football is for Sapphire Series to move all teams up to the 7v7 format by next season, with 5v5 being just for new teams.
All Sapphire Series Tournaments will be played on Saturdays. The series kicks-off on Saturday 3rd February and concludes on Saturday March 17th: Although this is a very short competition it is an expansion of the Sapphire Series and provides a increasing challenge for BAFRA to cover these tournaments. However please note that each round of the 7v7 format will comprise of only two games on each of two fields
I will publish more information regarding specific rules for these events in a later Newsflash but I wanted initially to give details about the number of officials needed and the locations for the tournaments. They are as follows:
Number of officials required
East Kilbride and Herts (Div 1 only)
Leeds, Birmingham, Chester, Portsmouth and Peterborough
Derby, Sandwell and Kent
Edinburgh, London, Teeside, Wembley, Stafford
17th Mar (Finals)
Manchester (Div1), Sandwell (Div 2A), Oxford (Div 2B)
As you will all realise, the number of officials needed for these events is considerable, especially as there will definitely be a large number of university fixtures every Sunday after these tournaments. Operations will assign officials based on their availability according to Arbiter and assign as for a regular BUCS or BAFA league game. In addition there will be a few BUCS games being played Saturdays in February.
Can I take this opportunity to ask every active official to make every effort to be available for at least one of these tournaments. I also strongly recommend that every new or recently qualified official takes advantage of gaining valuable experience by working as many of these events as possible.
Your support is vital for developing the sport and providing an excellent professional service to the teams is much appreciated and valued.
If you have specific questions please contact us at email@example.com
Congratulations to Paul Lowe on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.
Thanks to Mark Burrows and all those who are helping with Paul's training.
New this week
With seconds left in the second quarter the player was flagged for an unsportsmanlike foul. He the left the field but on approaching the sideline was flagged for a second, separate unsportsmanlike foul.
04/02/18 v Durham Saints
Sheffield Hallam Warriors
Following a punt, there was a pile up of bodies. #27 grabbed a prone player on the floor by the facemask and pulled him along the ground from the pile.
28/01/18 v Leeds Gryphons
Taunted an opponent in the 3rd quarter, then in the 4th quarter kicked a ball away in frustration - ball narrowly missed opposition players and an official.
21/01/18 v Reading Knights?
GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
NEXT HOME GAME
New this week
Groundsmen were on hand to assist with clearing the 4G surface of frost which formed in shaded sections of the field. sections that were clear were faded yellow and very hard to see with the low sunlight.
Daniel Johnston #347
04/02/18 v Teesside Cougars
Well marked 90-yard field marked in blue with other sport markings in white & yellow. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks. 8-yard end zones and coaching line at incorrect depth. Game balls provided were all significantly under-inflated and game management could not rectify the issue so the officials rectified it on their behalf. Chain set had been repaired multiple times to the point where one of the stakes is barely fit for purpose, but only one relatively short delay during the game. Well appointed changing room but not lockable.
28/01/18 v UEA Pirates
At 11.00 on the day of the game Lee Taylor informed the crew and Operations that the game had been called off, he discovered this on Facebook. The team had not informed Bafra or responded to the Referee Confirmation email during the week.
Chris Jarvis #10
04/02/18 v Sheffield Sabres
100 yard field well marked except for lack of 9 marks and team areas. Down box tied to soccer corner flag due to missing base pole
Euan Paterson #165
11/02/18 v Bath Spa Bulldogs
Well marked 100 yard field with other sports markings, gooseneck goal posts are 2 yards off the end line with the base of the posts being outside the playing enclosure, the uprights are about a yard inside the perimeter fence. Old rugby post holes are inside each endzone, these are covered by a metal plate, extra turf is usually available to cover these, but this couldn’t be sourced for the game, these were filled in with green bibs.
04/02/18 v Loughborough Students
Outstanding items from previous weeks
The game was delayed 30 minutes due to the late arrival of the medical crew. After consultation with both head coaches, it was agreed to reduce the quarters to 10 minutes.
Murray Gibson #268
11/02/18 v Nottingham University
80 yard field with blue markings, posts fell over before the start of the game but were repaired before kick off.
Ian Wainwright #567
11/02/18 v Leeds Gryphons
Well marked 100 yard field. No limit lines, 3 yard marks, 9 yard marks or numbers. Line marking was a little faint but didn't cause a problem.
David Hewitt #607
10/12/17 v Napier Knights
The field had been fully marked out. However, persistent Welsh weather (i.e. rain) left these lines very faint.
Amir Brooks #593
11/02/18 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes
The referee and umpire were informed of a potential problem 1 hour before kick off when we went to meet the coaches. No UWS players, apart from 5 local players, had turned up for the game. They had been informed on the Saturday night that the game was cancelled, this was confirmed to the officials 30 mins prior to kick off. Despite the efforts of the Inverclyde coaches to try and contact the UWS players, we then took the decision to abandon the game.
Gordon Galloway #7
Upon arrival coin toss was conducted away from the field as Huddersfield were not certain that we could stay later than 4:30pm due to complications with venue management. Chain crew and ball persons were not available at the scheduled kick off time, medical cover was also not present. Huddersfield had assumed it had been arranged through the Student Union however this was not the case. Despite Huddersfield’s best efforts to try and arrange medical cover and after waiting an hour the game was abandoned at the agreement of both Head Coaches
Kevin Stanton #157
11/02/18 v Northampton Nemesis
The field had been marked in metres as an 80 metre field. Five metre lines were not present (though ten metre lines were). The hashmarks continued through the endzone, and in some places were unevenly spaced. Changing facilities are very distant from the field, so officials are advised to arrive dressed for the game.
Paul Todd #289
28/01/18 v Bangor MudDogs
80 yard pitch. No limit line . Field numbers too small
Henry Richardson #25
11/02/18 v UWS Pyros
Field is well marked apart from the hashmarks which are NFL style.
28/01/18 v Warwick Wolves
Field is a very long way from the changing rooms. Down box was very short. Cones were used in place of lines for the coaching and players boxes.
Dean Wright #553
04/02/18 v Reading Knights
Field markings in a faint blue, hard to see. Hash marks in the wrong place with one side almost down the middle of the pitch. Some main yard lines at a very poor angle
John Griffin #598
04/02/18 v ARU Rhinos
All markings were faint before the game started and were difficult to see by the end of the game. Game was suspended with approximately 8 minutes remaining in the first quarter for a serious injury. Game resumed with quarters reduced to 8 minutes with the agreement of both head coaches.
John Roberts #145
04/02/18 v Chester Legion
This game was the second of double header and kicked off at 13:30. Due to sunset at 15:58, both coaches were informed that under rule 3.2.1e we would be playing 10 minute quarters. The game was completed just before 16:00. Field markings in a faint blue, hard to see. Hash marks in the wrong place with one side almost down the middle of the pitch. Some main yard lines at a very poor angle. A Bucs player wore 06 and have been informed to change this shirt as it is illegal.
John Griffin #598
18/02/18 v Chichester Spitfires
Leeds Beckett Carnegie
80 yard field. No 3 yard marks. Sideline hashes were absent and game management were once again asked to sort the problem before the next game. Team areas were also absent and had to be marked with cones.
David Hewitt #607
28/01/18 v Durham Saints
Well marked 90-yard field except for end lines which were very faint. Inbounds lines at incorrect depth. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks and team areas marked out with cones. Changing rooms good but not locked during game.
04/02/18 v Kent Falcons
As previously noted, the site is not available until 1pm so officials will need to come pre-changed and prepared for minimal pregame. Struggled to find a chain crew and ball persons, so game actually kicked off 15 minutes late at 2pm with 10 minute quarters due to sunset at 4pm. Down box operator had to be changed following several complaints regarding his behaviour and lack of neutrality. Field is generally very well marked, apart from team areas stop at the 30 yard line. Brighton play in black jerseys with purple numbers which are not as distinctive as they could be. The access issue will remain for the rest of the season, so future officials should be prepared for this.
Andrew Murrell #608
04/02/18 v Chichester Spitfires
Coventry Uni Jets
Field marked in dark red with narrow hashes. No team areas.
Jed Brookes-Lewis #395
04/02/18 v Lincoln Colonials
The field at Burnage Rugby Club was well marked, however due to the wet weather and flood lights in use for the late kick off they were difficult to see. In order for the game to proceed we set up low level training cones at regular intervals on each sideline.
Kevin Stanton #157
04/02/18 v Edge Hill Vikings
80 yard field, marked in dark red, various other sports marked in other colours on same field. No three yard mark, no nine yard marks, no limit lines or team areas. Changing room not lockable
04/02/18 v LJM Fury
The majority of the field was marked in faint blue, with some field lines marked in bright white. The field will need remarking before the next game at this venue. No numbers or nine yard marks. Team areas and coaching line not marked. The down marker and stakes were only approximately 3 feet high and had to be taped to other poles to raise them to a sufficient height. The stakes and down maker were provide 60 minutes provided to the scheduled kick-off, the actual chain was not provided until after the scheduled kick-off time. The final two officials assistants were only provided after the scheduled kick-off time. The home team did not provide a roster until after the scheduled kick off time. The home team were assessed a game management delay of game penalty. Two of the chain crew did not re-appear for the start of the second, the home team were assessed second game management delay of game penalty. In the third quarter, midway through a visiting team drive, the down-box operator decided he no longer wanted to be a member of the chain crew and wanted to return to his own sideline and become a coach. The home team were assessed third game management delay of game penalty No towels were provided for the ball persons despite the rain.
Ben Griffiths #228
25/02/18 v Huddersfield Hawks
Field quite well marked but done in faint yellow paint which was difficult to see in sunlight and almost invisible when wet and under floodlights. Otherwise, good.
Stuart Young #33
28/01/18 v UCL Rams
Kickoff was delayed for around 30 minutes due to the late arrival of medical cover. The field was very well marked.
Paul Todd #289
04/02/18 v Leicester Longhorns
PLAY OF THE WEEK:
New this week
Play: Team A's ball, 2nd and 4, on Team B's 44. Running back A33 takes the hand off and runs beyond the line of scrimmage; he extends his left hand against the face mask (no grasp) of potential tackler B66 who is "head on" with him on Team B's 42 yard line. Maintaining continuous contact to the head, A33 advances to Team B's 37 yard line before he is downed.
Play: B22 intercepts a pass in Team B's end zone and fumbles while still in the end zone. B76 recovers on Team B's 4 yard line. B34 clips on Team B's 6 yard line during B22's run. Ruling?
New this week
Game Situation: Just before making the announcement for a penalty, if the Referee is unsure if the penalty will result in a first down, how can he quickly signal to the Linesman for information.
Play: On a free kick play, at the moment of the kick A89 player is leaning across the team A restraining line at the A30. A89's feet are firmly behind the A30. The kick off goes deep. Ruling?
Contact for details
February 17th (Sat)
BAFRA Board Meeting
May 12th (Sat)
BAFRA Board Meeting
July 21st (Sat)
BAFRA Board Meeting
November 17th (Sat)
BAFRA Board Meeting
Director without Portfolio #1
Director without Portfolio #2
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