Issue 11/18                                                                                23rd March 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 9 Update

It’s great to see that we have broken the 100 mark again; for the 4th year in a row. A sincere thanks to everyone who has registered. If anyone still wants to register, we unfortunately can no longer guarantee rooms or obtain preferred room rates. Payment for rooms needed to be with us by 23rd March to guarantee rooms and rates. The Convention team has been working hard to produce an enjoyable weekend for everyone. Next week we will add final information regarding the Welcome desk and booking into Yarnfield Park.

The following 105 people have registered to attend the convention. If you are not listed, it may be because you have only recently confirmed your registration. We expect to produce a final list next week.

Stuart Alger, Francis Bevan, Tom Blakeson, 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, Alan Dobson, 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, Gareth Hughes, Philip Hume, Jonathan Ilkins, Barbara Jacquin, Daniel Johnston, James Kilbane, Albert Lambert, Bill LeMonnier, Steve Leonard, 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, Peter Roberts, Simon Ryan, Richard Samples, Graham Smith, Kieran Smith, Ian Sneddon, Shawn Sombati, Leanne Spencer, Jack Spicer, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Andrew Swift, Stuart Tabberer, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Paul Todd, Steve Tonkinson, Richard Vernon, Ian Wainwright, Billie Walker, Kymie Walker, Perry Wayman, Sean Welsh, Richard Whitby, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Lee Wood, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, Brian Yates, Stuart Young.


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:


Registration has now closed, however if you have only just joined BAFRA or your weekend has become free last minute we may be able to accommodate your request. To make a request please send an email marked URGENT to Sean Welsh at at your earliest opportunity.  When you send your email to Sean please provide the following information:


This will need to be made by one of the following methods, once Sean has confirmed availability and cost. Please advise payment method in your e mail:

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.

Ian Sneddon & Susannah Taylor

Convention Delivery Team


Thank you to those members who nominated a charity for BAFRA to support in 2018. The full list of charities nominated this year is:

Alzheimer’s Society 

Brains Trust 

Cancer Research UK 

Dallaglio RugbyWorks 

Diabetes UK 

National Autistic Society 

Stroke Association 

As in previous years, members attending the Saturday of the Convention will vote to decide which of the above charities they wish to support this year. Links to the websites of each of the nominated charities is provided. Please have a look at each of these to help you make an informed decision about which you would like to become the BAFRA Charity for 2018

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Rhys Parfitt


Staffordshire Stallions



During a run play #99 ran from across the field to deliver a blindside block against an opponent who was both well away from the play and not participating in the play.


Previous weeks - none





New this week

Worcester Royals

As noted in previous incident reports, the changing facility is a concrete shack next to the field with no lighting, heating or showers - officials working games here may want to arrive here already changed into their kit. Field markings were faint with NFL hashmarks and limit lines too close to the field.

Amir Brooks #593


Brighton Panthers

Well marked 100-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white and yellow. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks and team areas marked with cones. Goals set back about 2 yards from end line and lashed to fence surrounding field. Well appointed, lockable changing room provided which was a good size for a 6-man crew.

Tim Ockendon #481


Manchester Tyrants

90 yard field marked in blue, some of the central hash marks were not always 1 yard apart. On arrival at the ground the referee was met by one of the rugby club staff and was asked what needed to be done to ensure the game went ahead as scheduled. Full credit should be given to Burnage RUFC staff and Manchester Tyrants game management who ensured that the snow was cleared so the game could kick off on time.

Lee Taylor #183


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Southampton Stags

90 yard field, multiple sport fields are painted on the actual 3G pitch with multiple colours.

Viktor Janvari #63




New this week

Play:  Team A's ball, 3rd and 8, on Team A's 9 yard line. A16's attempted quick kick is low and hits A65 in the back without crossing the line of scrimmage. The ball rolls toward the sideline and appears to be out of bounds. After an adequate delay, the Linesman blows his whistle when no player attempts to recover the ball which is at rest on A's 7. The punt never crossed the line of scrimmage at any point.


Last week

Play:  A's ball, 4th and 12, on Team  A's 18 yard line. A8's punt is caught on Team B's 47 yard line by B21 who advances to midfield where he fumbles. A94 recovers the ball while grounded at midfield. Team A had six players on the line at the snap. B41 blocked A83 in the back on A's 44 during the punt.

Ruling:  A's ball, 4th and 12, on A's 18 - offsetting fouls, replay the down. Team A commits an illegal formation foul at the snap. B41's block below the waist foul does not carry postscrimmage kick enforcement since Team A is in legal possession of the ball at the end of the down (10-2-3-b-4). Therefore, the two live ball fouls during the down are offset.


New this week

Game Situation: On a 7 man crew the Sidejudge is covering receiver A88 who is running a post pattern directly towards him.  Just as Quarterback A5 releases a pass towards A80 who is running a different route on the other side of the field, defensive back B20 holds A88 and restricts his movement for several seconds.  Ruling?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Game Situation: After having a false start called against him, snapper A67 complains to the Umpire that the defensive signals are interfering with the snap count.  On the next play the Umpire listens carefully to the defensive calls being made by linebacker B54.  Though his calls are loud and some of them are being called out during the QB's cadence, they do not appear to be simulating the QB's signals.  How should the Umpire approach this situation?

Answer:  Rule 7-1-5-a-5 states “No player shall use words or signals that disconcert opponents when they are preparing to put the ball in play. No player may call defensive signals that simulate the sound or cadence of (or otherwise interfere with) offensive starting signals.”  Mechanics Manual 6-1-21 states that when in doubt: “defensive signals are legal”.  There should be no doubt in the mind of the official that a defensive signal is disconcerting.  In this situation there is a doubt and so no foul should be called.  The Umpire should continue to monitor the situation though, and be prepared to throw a flag if B54 starts using his calls to deliberately upset the snap count.




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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