Issue 06/18                                                                                16th February 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 4 Update

Although the numbers are starting to fill out well, we are hoping, once again, to break the 100 mark, so please let Sean know you want to register.  As last year’s Saturday night dinner was a great success this year’s will again be an Awards Dinner, with both Official of the Year and Alan Wilson awards being presented. And following dinner Krister will be returning with another quiz to keep our minds sharp.

71 and counting

The following 71 people have registered to attend the convention. If you are not listed, it may be because you have only recently confirmed your registration. An updated list will be published next week.

Stuart Alger, Francis Bevan, Tom Blakson, Jim Briggs, Roger Brown, John Burns, Derek Burridge, Darren Carr, Alan Christopher, Martin Cockerill, Graham Coleman, Jeff Dahle, Alisha Darkins, Ian Davies, Steve Egan, Tim Fisher, James Ford-Bannister, Ben Gadsby, Ronald Gaffin, Gordon Galloway, Barry Gent, Martin Gibson, Kenneth Glover, Roger Goodgroves, John Griffin, Ben Griffiths, Steven Hall, Krister Halvorsen, Graham Hedges, David Hewitt, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Barbara Jacquin, James Kilbane, Bill LeMonnier, Tzvi Lindeman, Richard Madge, Gaby Martinez, Alistair May, Liam McCullough, Jason Mead, Adrian Miller, Darryl Morton, Russell Newton, Dave Norton, Ian Papworth, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Michael Prentice, Henry Richardson, Tony Rivers, Mike Roberts, Graham Smith, Ian Sneddon, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Andrew Swift, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Steve Tonkinson, Sean Welsh, Richard Whitby, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Brian Yates, Stuart Young.

Guest Speaker

As per separate notification our guest speaker will be Jeff Dahle. He has excellent experience both as an official, and as an instructor and mentor for PAC-12 officials.


The Convention will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL.  Yarnfield Park is a leading Training and Conference centre in the heart of the UK.  I would recommend that you look over the facility on their website where you can also find details of the location and directions:


To register to attend the Convention, you need to send an email to Sean Welsh at  Again we will be making up personalised Convention Packs, ID Badges, Presentation handouts, Programme of Events, Game Day Paperwork, etc. As such you do need to pre-register.


In our efforts to make the Convention more accessible to everyone, this year we have again negotiated excellent rates for accommodation which are detailed below.  In addition, the BAFRA Board has also agreed to provide some funding to keep down the costs. The rates indicated are per room and include all discounts and a full breakfast.

Twin Room:            £44.00 per night (So if you share with someone it will only cost you £22.00

per night)

Single Room:          £44.00 per night

Remember, to take advantage of the above rates you must book your room with Sean at 

Important Information required

When you send your email to Sean please provide the following information:


Payment for Convention rooms are due by 23rd March and payment can be made electronically or

by cheque.

By cheque; with full payment included, should be made payable to BAFRA Ltd and sent to Charles Young at 25 Daffodil Close Haslingden Rossendale BB4 6NG.

By electronic payment; please ensure your payment reference is your full name and BAFRA number e.g.  “Roger Brown 469” and use the account number 10255350, sort code 16-16-11, BAFRA Ltd, RBS, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

By electronic payment plan; It is appreciated that some people may wish to spread the cost and make multiple payments over the weeks leading up to 23rd March.  Please use the same instructions as above.  If you wish to make multiple payments, then you must make the payments electronically and not by cheque.

Please let us know how you wish to pay by including this information in your email to Sean Welsh at when you register.

Game Fees

Unfortunately, payment for the Convention cannot be taken from Game Fees.  The administration work involved is far too time consuming and does not fit well with our electronic process of paying Games Fees by direct transfer to your bank account.

Friday Night

Again, last year many attendees stayed on the Friday night to save an early rise and travel on the Saturday morning.  As such the above rates are available again for both the Friday and Saturday nights. As the event promises to be our biggest and best for a while I would recommend booking your room as early as possible.  You can do this at the same time you register to attend.

Ian Sneddon & Susannah Taylor

Convention Delivery Team


As always, the Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited will be held at 5:00pm on the Saturday of the Convention, 7th April. It is open to all members. A full agenda will be circulated to members nearer the time.

As per our Regulations, four directors finish their term of office each year and this year it is the President, the General Secretary, the Director of Recruitment and the Director without Portfolio #1. Of those three have indicated they will be seeking re-election, the President, the General Secretary and the Director without Portfolio #1 and one has indicated that he will be standing down when his term of office expires at the end of the AGM.  All qualified members are entitled to stand for and of the four positions and the directors encourage all qualified members to consider applying.

Nomination forms have been sent electronically to all members this week and, if you have not received yours by Saturday 17th February, please contact me. Full instructions for completion of the forms are in the attached email and if anyone has any queries about this then should contact me. Should anyone wish to have more information about the role they are considering applying for, they are free to contact me or, if they prefer, another director. Nomination forms must be returned to me, electronically, by 5:00pm on 10th March 2018. All nominations will be formally acknowledged.

I will publish an ongoing list of nominations received each week in Newsflash.  Full papers regarding the AGM will be sent to all members by 17th March.

Paul Sutton 


The final weekend of February looks like being the busiest weekend of football since I have been the Director of Operations.

The weekend sees not only the end of the BUCS regular season but also the Cross-Conference Tournaments in the Sapphire Series. These are a rehearsal of the finals in terms of teams competing and the number of officials needed.  This means that 22 officials are will be required to cover the Saturday tournaments.  In addition there are 2 university games on the same day in Nottingham and Leeds. All of these take place events in the Midlands/Yorkshire area. So over 30 officials are needed on this date.

On 25th February we have a 31 games being played.  Even if every official makes themselves available it would be hard to cover every game but we ask that you make every effort to make yourself available on at least one of these days (ideally both days)

If you are currently showing unavailable on either date but can make yourself available please let know immediately.

Richard Vernon 


The play-offs for both BUCS league and the Sapphire Series take place in March culminating in National and Regional Finals on 17th/18th March and 24th/25th March.

If you want to be considered for these important end of season games/tournaments then please ensure your availability on Arbiter is updated immediately.

Paul Sutton 


Our Dublin-based member, Tony Rivers (#28) has been in touch with a number of new Retevis Radios he has for sale.  They were originally purchased for use in Ireland but the licensing regulations there have made them an uneconomic proposition.  All radios have been programmed to BAFRA standards and are being sold at cost price. The details of the items available are as follows:

9 packages

H-777 Walkie Talkie plus additional earpiece                    £16

1 package

H-777 Walkie Talkie                                                             £12

Seem to have lost one of the additional earpieces

1 package

USB programming cable                                                            £9

Tony will be coming to the Convention and will bring the packages with him for purchasers to collect. If you are interested you should contact Tony direct on: If you require them prior to the Convention or are unable to collect them at the Convention, the additional cost of postage per unit from Ireland is between £6 and £28 depending on the speed and level of security required.

Paul Sutton 


Congratulations to Gareth Hughes on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.  Thanks to Ben Griffiths and all those who are helping with Gareth's training.

Pete Thom 









New this week - none

Previous weeks - none





New this week

Imperial Immortals

Inbounds hash marks are much too wide. Cones were places behind the endline to guide lateral limits of spotting the ball. Team areas marked with cones.

Steven Leonard #370


Teeside Cougars

Numbers on sideline but no marks at 9 yards. No limit line.

Henry Richardson #25

18/02/18 v Lancaster Bombers

Northumbria Mustangs

Game played at Gateshead Stadium. Kick off delayed by 1 hour due to several issues with field & equipment. Field shortened to 80 yards played as a one post game due to hazards within the restraining area. No sideline numbers available which caused some problems during change of possession.

Daniel Johnston #347

25/02/18 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Sheffield Sabres

80 yard field. No 3 or 9 yard marks. Chain set was a bit battered and the down box was not the correct height. The sidelines hashes were incorrectly marked in several locations, with 5 hash marks between the goal line and 5 yard line and only 3 marks between the 10 and 15 yard lines.Team areas were not marked out but other sports markings solved the problem.

David Hewitt #607

25/02/18 v LJM Fury

Swansea Titans

The game was stopped on 4 occasions in the first half to repair the chain.

Amir Brooks #593


Derby Braves

NFL and NCAA hash marks on the field, All field markings were in dark blue, but well marked.

Ian Wainwright #567


Southampton Stags

Game management delay penalty at the start of the game as the home team failed to leave the field for the coin toss after several requests

David Knight #135

25/02/18 v OBU Panthers

Staffordshire Stallions

Snow prior to kick off meant lines not visible. Cones used to mark ley lines to allow game to commence. Visibility improved significantly during the game, but field condition deteriorated significantly. 2nd half played using one goal mechanics to allow game to proceed.

Andrew Lovell #559

18/02/18 v NTU Renegades

Sussex Saxons

90 yard field, used for rugby and football, so we had white rugby markings also on the field. One endzone was soggy, but the teams were just happy to play.

Viktor Janvari #63

18/02/18 v Kingston Cougars

Kent Falcons

Plaudits to both teams for pitching in and helping clear all the snow from the field markings that settled during the half time break and ensuring that we didn't delay restarting the game as a result. Game played under floodlights in sub zero temperatures and intermittent driving snow, this caused several footing issues and minor injuries - however conditions never became dangerous. Well marked 90 yard 3G field, multi sport marked but all other lines are contrasting colours. Team Areas/Coaching boxes not marked - but other sport lines in roughly the correct places to ensure players/coaches are a safe distance back from the sidelines.

Phil Clarke #262

18/02/18 v UEA Pirates

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Nottingham Outlaws

90 yard field. Coaching boxes were not the correct distance from the sidelines and this led to a dispute with the home coach after the wing official on his sideline collided with one of the assistant coaches and was subsequently flagged. The goal posts are tied to the exterior fence and are very short which causes problems for the officials trying to judge kicks.

David Hewitt #607

24/02/18 v Warwick Wolves

Leeds Gryphons

80 yard field. No limit lines, no team areas, no hash marks on either sideline. One ballboy changed at halftime.

Daniel Holt #371

25/02/18 v UCLan Ram

Canterbury Chargers

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. One of the Chain Set stakes was below regulation height due to previous repair. Entire chain crew changed at half-time. Well appointed changing room but not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

25/02/18 v Imperial Immortals

Liverpool Raptors

90 yard field with no 3 yard marks for extra points. 3 changes of ball person, the first directed by the referee, also a member of the chain crew was changed at half time.

Lee Taylor #183

25/02/18 v Manchester Tyrants

Brunel Burners

90 yard field, decent painting, far from the changing rooms as usual at this venue. We had extra problems with parking, as all the parking spaces were full when we arrived. We had to delay kickoff for 25 minutes as the medic did not turn up, luckily in the end he arrived. The field surface was muddy and slippery, but good enough to have some football.

Viktor Janvari #63

25/02/18 v Surrey Stingers

Newcastle Raiders

Home team was unable to provide sufficient padding to protect wall located about 2 yards from end line. In order to play game, teams agreed to shorten playing field by 5 yards on each side thus moving endzone further away from hazard. As a result teams played on an 80 yard field and did not use Goal Posts (no FG/PAT). No coaching boxes as well as 25yd marks for team area.

Shawn Sombati #15

18/02/18 v UWS Pyros

Worcester Royals

Changing rooms are a shack next to the field, would advise officials arrive changed. Field very well marked.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

25/02/18 v Lincoln Colonials

Keele Crusaders

Game was switched to JMO at short notice so it should be noted that Keele had no input into the field markings. This was a 90 yard pitch with no 3 yard marks for the extra point attempts

Lee Taylor #183

18/02/18 v Tarannau Aberystwyth

Bath Killer Bees

Changing room shared with other officials. Field marked mostly in blue and markings became increasingly faint during the game.

Euan Paterson #165

18/02/18 v Swansea Titans

Leeds Gryphons

Due to Leeds playing their home game in Skelmersdale they were only able to muster 4 officials assistants. The facility was recently re-marked, with the only issue being extra point marks placed at the 2 yard lines.

Stuart Alger #179

25/02/18 v UCL Rams

Portsmouth Destroyers

100 Yard field was marked out in yellow which has hard to see. Each endzone was only 5 yards deep, so we changed to a 90 yard field before the game with the goal-line being on the 5 yard line. The opposition sideline was faint and gameday management was asked to re-paint over these markings. The game was delayed at the start due to the late of arrival of the chain crew who then were needing to be briefed.

Richard Moger #472

18/02/18 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Cambridge Pythons

Only two officials arrived for the game, so with the agreement of both coaches we draughted in two suitably qualified coaches from Cambridge, Martin Steers and Tim Allen. Plaudits and thanks to them for a great game and to both teams for giving us a super contest.

Brian Yates #29

18/02/18 v Canterbury Chargers

Solent Redhawks

No numbers or nine yard marks. Most lines marked in yellow, but part of both 10 yard lines were marked in blue and the midfield line was marked in white.

Peter Parsons #321

25/02/18 v Cardiff Cobras

City Wolfpack

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

MMU Eagles

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



New this week

Play: Team A's ball, try, on the Team B 3 yard line. A6's kick is partially blocked. B65 recovers the ball on Team B's 2 yard line and, without momentum, runs the ball into his own end zone. As B65 is being tackled in his end zone, he throws the ball to the ground just in front of him (illegal forward pass).


Last week

Play:  A's ball, 4th and 8, on the Team A 32 yard line. A4's punt is rolling downfield on the Team B 30 yard line. B48 alerts his teammates to stay away from the ball with a waving "get away" signal at his waist. Seeing that Team A players are holding up following this action, B48 scoops up the ball on the Team B 26 yard line and advances to the Team B 44 yard line where he is downed.

Ruling:  B's ball, 1st and 10, on Team B's 26 yard line. B48's signal is an invalid fair catch signal (AR 6-5-3-VI). The ball is dead where it is recovered.


New this week

Game Situation: During a timeout, the Head Coach from the Head Linesman's sideline calls his team over and stands on the field 5 yards from sideline talking to them in a huddle.  How should the Head Linesman react to the Head Coach being on the field?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Game Situation: Should the Umpire should give a tipped ball signal (S11) when a ball kicked from a punt is partially blocked at the line of scrimmage?

Answer:  No, the Umpire should not give a signal in this situation.  The Umpire should give the ball tipped (S11) signal only if the kick is touched (but not forced touched) by Team B BEYOND the neutral zone  (MM 10-8-d-2).




Contact for details


February 17th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

April 7th (Sat)


April 7th - 8th (Sat - Sun)

BAFRA Annual Convention

May 12th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 21st (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 17th (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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