Issue 07/18                                                                                23rd February 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 5 Update

Although we have a good percentage of officials already registered for this year’s convention, we understand that some members like to wait until the last pay day before cut off. So, by our estimation this will be the best time to register, as payment cut off date will be before next month end. Remember that members will benefit from reduced price accommodation, and free buffet dinner on Saturday night. We are starting to see rookies registering, so it is worth noting that the Convention is an excellent place to meet your colleagues, and gain knowledge through both main and guest speakers, and break out sessions.

The following 77 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, Tim Ockendon, Ian Papworth, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Michael Prentice, Henry Richardson, Tony Rivers, Mike Roberts, Graham Smith, Ian Sneddon, Shawn Sombati, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Andrew Swift, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Steve Tonkinson, Billie Walker, Kymie Walker, Sean Welsh, Richard Whitby, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Lee Wood, Liam Wooton, Brian Yates, Stuart Young.

Guest Speaker

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.. You can 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.

Single Room:  £44.00 per night

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

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.

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

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.

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 Training (not as I erroneously stated last week!) 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, the Director of Training, 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 any of the four positions and the directors encourage all qualified members to consider applying. Nomination forms have been sent electronically to all qualified members. Full instructions for completion of the forms are in the attached e-mail 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.

Each week, I will publish an updated list of all nominations received. As of midday on 20th February, the situation was as follows:


David Parsons #425; Nominated by Steve Tonkinson #99; Seconded by Les Connor #152.

General Secretary:

Paul Sutton #312; Nominated by Stuart Young #33; Seconded by Lee Taylor #183

Director of Training:

Tzvi Lindeman #381; Nominated by Henry Richardson #25; Seconded by Liam Wooton #478

Lee Wood #517; Nominated by John Griffin #598; Seconded by Alisha Darkins #573

Director without Portfolio #1:

Peter Parsons #321; Nominated by Richard Moger #472; Seconded by Susannah Taylor #335

Full papers regarding the AGM will be sent to all members by 17th March.

Paul Sutton 


As in previous years, BAFRA intends to sponsor a charity in 2018. We are looking for suggestions as to which charity it should be this year. All members are entitled to make a suggestion and member attending the Saturday of the AGM will be asked to vote to decide the final selection.  If you wish to nominate a charity, please send me the name of that charity by 17th March.

Paul Sutton


The BAFRA Board is looking to appoint a Data Protection and Compliance Officer from amongst its members.  Reporting to the President, the role will require someone who is knowledgeable around all aspects of the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations. He/she will be responsible for updating and devising policies and procedures to cover all aspects of this area, keeping the Board informed about any future changes in legislative requirements and ensuring that BAFRA is compliant at all times.

If you think that you may be interested in this role please contact either the President ( of myself for further information. Closing date for applications is 6th March 2018

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Ryan Mills


Staffordshire Stallions



Player threw a punch at the helmet of his opponent.


Previous weeks - none





New this week

Cardiff Cobras

The Down Box is broken and approximately 4 ft in height. This has been reported before and has been the situation for a considerable length of time.

Stuart Tabberer #348


City Wolfpack

Game was relocated to Chichester. Field markings had not been redone and therefore were faint. Inbound hash marks too narrow so lateral width was approximated with cones.

Steven Leonard #370


Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field, faint red field markings, no team areas or coaching boxes.

Brian Yates #29


Sussex Saxons

90 yard field, one endzone was a bit soggy, but playable. The medic was really late, there were booking problems and then problems of getting to the field, we started really late.

Viktor Janvari #63


LJM Fury

90 yard field marked in yellow, no marks at 3 yards for extra points.

Lee Taylor #183


Kent Falcons

Well marked 90-yard field in red with other sport markings in white, yellow and blue. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks and team areas marked with cones. Changing room small but well equipped and lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

25/02/18 v Cambridge Pythons

UWE Bullets

Field at SGS College WISE Campus well marked except black markings are fading, especially in 'High Traffic' areas such as hash marks, etc. thus sometimes difficult to see. Limit lines too close to sidelines.

Albert Lambert Jnr #461


Leeds Beckett

The Pitch is only 80 yards long. No side line hash marks, No 9 yard marks

Murray Gibson #268


Bath Killer Bees

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

Euan Paterson #165


Loughborough Students

Medical coverage was not present at Kick off, they arrived after 55 minutes later. On arrival they were immediately called away to an emergency on campus and kick off was delayed another 30 minutes. Kick off happened 90 minutes after scheduled time. With 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd qtr player suffered a serious injury. Paramedics were able to treat on the field and remove the player. This was another 30 minute delay in the game. Game was able to conclude due to floodlights on the field.

Ian Wainwright #567

25/02/18 v Leeds Beckett

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:  A's ball, 4th and 5, on Team B's 9 yard line. Runner A33 is hit and fumbles the ball in front of the neutral zone on Team B's 3 yard line. A80 catches the ball in flight in Team B's end zone.


Last 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).

Ruling:  Safety. Team A scores one point. Following Team B possession on a try, distance penalties against either team are declined by rule (10-2-7). However, impetus for the ball being in B's end zone is B65's run. The result of the play is a safety.


New this week

Game Situation: When, before the snap, a defensive player moves and an offensive player reacts, which officials must have a conference and why?

Answer next issue...

Last 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:  M-17-1-9-f.  If during a timeout a coach enters the field to speak to his players, this should not normally be a problem provided a) he does not go on to the field more than nine yards b) he does not go beyond the 25-yard lines c) his players gather around him.  The official should take no action while a coach stays within these guidelines.




Contact for details


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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