Issue 09/18                                                                                9th March 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 7 Update

With only one person having notified he is not going to the Convention, there’s still a couple of weeks for more officials to register. For those who have already registered; thanks very much – we are heading toward the 100 mark again. We are busy organizing travel, and checking the local pub for a possible visit on the Friday afternoon, to settle into the weekend. If you can’t make it on the Friday afternoon, then the Training Centre bar is always popular on the Friday evening.

The following 92 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, Jed Brookes-Lewis, Roger Brown, John Burns, Derek Burridge, Darren Carr, Alan Christopher, Phil Clarke, Martin Cockerill, Graham Coleman, Norman Cox, Steve Currie, 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, Philip Hume, Barbara Jacquin, James Kilbane, Bill LeMonnier, Tzvi Lindeman, Andrew Lovell, Richard Madge, Gaby Martinez, Oliver Maskell, Alistair May, Liam McCullough, Jason Mead, Adrian Miller, Richard Moger, Darryl Morton, Andrew Murrell, Russell Newton, Dave Norton, Tim Ockendon, Christian Olsson, Ian Papworth, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Michael Prentice, Henry Richardson, Tony Rivers, John Roberts, Mike Roberts, Graham Smith, Ian Sneddon, Shawn Sombati, Jack Spicer, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Andrew Swift, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Paul Todd, Steve Tonkinson, Billie Walker, Kymie Walker, Perry Wayman, Sean Welsh, Richard Whitby, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Lee Wood, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, 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 

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


The BAFRA Selection Committee is pleased to announce the following crew for the 2018 BUCS Bowl Game:

        Referee:                                #481  Tim Ockendon

        Umpire:                                #245  David Parsons

        Head Linesman:                        #324  Russell Newton                  

        Line Judge:                                #395  Jed Brookes-Lewis

        Back Judge:                                #593  Amir Brooks

        Field Judge:                                #165  Euan Paterson

        Side Judge:                                #371  Dan Holt

This Final will be played at  Sixways Stadium, Worcester on Sunday 25th March 2017 at 4.00pm. Please join with the BAFRA Selection Committee in congratulating these officials on their appointments. This game will be preceded by the Tier 1 Final at 12 midday. Although this is a National Final it is not a Bowl Game and officials will be assigned shortly via Arbiter. As will the two Regional Finals for Division 2.

In addition to these game on this date there are a number of pre-season senior league games and varsity games so please ensure your availability on Arbiter is up to date.

Richard Vernon 


Applications are invited from qualified BAFRA members who would like to work on this important committee. It’s role include the selection of officials for all UK Bowl Games, NFL Chain Crews, Officials Of The Year Awards as well as IFAF and Elite Panel.

Terms of reference and full details of the roles and responsibilities are on the website in the Members Handbook – 6.Scheduling and Selection.

In accordance with the rules of this committee two places are vacated every year and as a result two places will shortly be available. Please submit an Expression of Interest to me by no later than 10pm on Sunday 26th March 2018.

If anyone is considering applying who has not served previously on a BAFRA Committee, you are welcome to contact me for an informal discussion about the role and requirements.

Richard Vernon 


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.

As of midday on 7th March, the situation was as follows: The final list of nominations will appear in next week’s edition of Newsflash.


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 Convention 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 minutes of the February Board meeting are available in the member’s area of the website at: 

Paul Sutton









New this week - none

Previous weeks

Mykel Nixon


Stirling Clansmen



Stirling #4 tackled Durham #1, by grasping his face mask. When he took him to the ground he then punched him, so was ejected.

11/03/18 v Swansea Titans

Muzakkir Hossain


KCL Regents



After a play, the player flagrantly kicked a defenceless opponent who was on the ground.

11/03/18 v Queen Mary Vipers





New this week

Brighton Panthers

100 yard 3G field, just beyond one endzone, the metal bars had to be covered with foam equipment, apart from that perfect field to play on.

Viktor Janvari #63


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. Plaudits to Game Management for providing towels to ball persons in light of the damp conditions. Two small, well appointed, lockable changing rooms provided for 5-man crew.

Tim Ockendon #481

11/03/18 v UEA Pirates

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Southampton Stags

90 yard field - yellow markings difficult to see from one side because of the sun glare. Lots of other markings some of which appear to be old hash marks painted over in green

David Knight #135

10/03/18 v Essex Blades



New this week

Play: Team A's ball, try, on Team B's 3 yard line. The score is A28-B28. Time has expired in the fourth quarter. A6's kick is wide right. During the down, A49 flagrantly threw B97 to the ground by grabbing his face mask at the Team B 7 yard line.


Last week

Play:  On a try attempt at Team B's 3 yard line, Team B is flagged for lining up in the neutral zone at the snap. B80 blocks the kick, recovers the ball, and returns it until A18 tackles him at Team A's 45 yard line by grasping and twisting his facemask.  Ruling?

Ruling:  If both teams foul during the down and Team B fouls before the change of possession, the fouls offset and the down is replayed.  Team A's ball at the B 3 yard line, replay the try down.  (8-3-3-a).


New this week

Game Situation: On a 6 or 7 man crew, which officials should escort the team captains into the centre of the field for the coin toss?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Game Situation: 4th and 12 at the A40.  Punter A4 kicks the ball downfield.  The ball hits the ground and is rolling around as returner B22 makes a 'get away' signal by waving both arms at waist level.  The ball is rolling at the B12 when B22 races to the ball and picks it up.  He runs to the A45 before he is tackled.  Ruling?

Answer:  B22's 'get away' signal is an invalid fair catch signal (AR-6-5-3-V & M-3-8-1).  The ball is dead where recovered by B22 at the B12 yard line.  Penalise B22 for delay of game.  B's ball, 1st and 10 at the B7.




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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