Issue 16/18                                                                                27th April 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


The exam period is now well underway and answer papers are beginning to come in. All papers (whether sent electronically or by post) are acknowledged so, if you have sent yours in and heard nothing, please get in touch.

Answers must be sent to the e-mail or postal address on the exam and answer sheet and not to any other address. A list of those received will be published in next week’s Newsflash. As a reminder, all qualified officials must sit the exam or lose their qualified status. We also encourage associate officials to attempt the exam as it lets you see the progress you have made in learning the rules and mechanics and helps to identify areas for you and your mentor to further study.

The exam and answer sheet may be found in the members’ area of the BAFRA website. Please note that answer papers must be received by 5:00pm on 12th May. Any paper received after that but before the results are in the public domain will be marked but a penalty applied to the final score for late return.

Stuart Young – Chair of the Examination Committee


The minutes from the 2018 AGM of BAFRA Limited are now available in the members’ area of the website at

In addition, a short Board meeting was held during the Convention weekend and the minutes of that are also available in the members area of the website at

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Ruaridh Deeny


East Kilbride Pirates



Player squared up to an opponent at the end of a play. As the umpire moved in to separate them the player threw a punch. In addition, the player did not appear to be on the roster. Game management has since advised that there was a shirt issue on the day and the player was on the roster as no 14, but officials were not advised of this change.

06/05/18 v Edinburgh Wolves

Adam Naylor


Shropshire Revolution



Player targeted an opponent with the crown of his helmet.

29/04/18 v Sandwell Steelers

Previous weeks

George Griffin-Fitzgibbon


Maidstone Pumas



In the first quarter, player threw the ball at the back of the head of an opponent who had tackled him. Later, immediately following the final whistle, the player sought out the referee in order to remonstrate and dissent.

29/04/18 v Essex Spartans





New this week

Carlisle Sentinels

Prior to the game both teams agreed to play the game without posts. There was a leaking pipe in the officials changing room which had completely soaked the carpet. The leak worsened to a small fountain at one point, which lead to the water feature being turned off at the mains.

John Roberts #145

13/05/18 v Chester Romans

Gateshead Senators

90 yard field. No 9 yard marks. Certain areas of the 3G surface were ripped, and whilst not presenting a trip hazard it did need watching. Team and coaches boxes not marked out but other sports lines were used to help with the problem. Goal posts were 2 yards behind the end lines.

David Hewitt #607

29/04/18 v Northumberland Vikings

Colchester Gladiators

Excellent venue with a fairly long walk from the changing rooms to the field of approx 500 yards. After the game the changing rooms were in total darkness as electricians were conducting testing in the building.

Phil Clarke #262

06/05/18 v London Hornets

Doncaster Mustangs

No limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

13/05/18 v Sandwell Steelers

London Blitz B

Field was only partially marked prior to arriving. Team attempted to finis marking with spray paint. Sidelines were slightly askew, hashmarks were marked on one side of the field only and not always entirely in right position. As only a scrimmage, the game went ahead. One goalpost is also slightly crooked and changing rooms not lockable.

Liam MacDonald #565

29/04/18 v Norwich Devils

Berkshire Renegades

The field had not been remarked since last week causing the lines to be too faint to use. Kickoff delayed by 30 minutes whilst game management remarked the field. No numbers / 9 yard marks.

Euan Paterson #165

06/05/18 v Bristol Apache

Cornish Sharks

No private changing rooms were available - the officials had to change at the venue's public changing rooms. The goalposts are soccer goals with long rugby uprights strapped to them, meaning that the posts were too wide apart and the crossbar is too low by rule. The fields markings were in red, except the inbounds hashmarks which were white and only marked out around 1 hour before kick-off due to a soccer match being played on the field beforehand. The inbounds hashmarks were very poorly marked out. They were unevenly spaced in places, with some marks barely half a yard apart and others almost 2 yards apart. They also badly lined up - at one end, they were the correct distance from the sideline, but both sets of marks noticeably veered off to one side such that one set ended up around 15 yards from the sideline. The officials used the end line pylons to spot the ball.

Amir Brookes #593

20/05/18 v Somerset Wyverns

East Kilbride Pirates

East Kilbride player number 14 changed number to 7 prior to the game but officials were not informed. Player number 7 played, but was technically not on the official's copy of the roster

Ian Sneddon #427

06/05/18 v Edinburgh Wolves

Brighton Panthers

100 yard 3G pitch. Fence is close to endzones and you can't stand behind the goalposts.

Viktor Janvari #63


Swansea Titans

Game played at Sketty Lane as part of the larger Welsh Varsity event. Upon arriving at the field, it was noted that the event management had erected steel barriers approximately 3 yards off the sidelines, which clearly posed a danger to everyone involved in the game. Although reluctant to do so, the event manager was eventually persuaded to move the barriers a sufficient distance back to allow the game to proceed safely (many thanks to both teams for helping out with this task). This led to the game kicking off approximately 10 minutes late. The field was originally marked out as 100 yards with 5 yard endzones. The goal lines were moved out 5 yards to make the field size legal. Two sets of inbounds hash marks were marked out - one set of NFL marks and one set conforming to BAFA rules. The game was stopped on 2 occasions to repair the chain set.

Amir Brooks #593


West Coast Trojans

Game played at Garscube. Hash marks very faint yellow. No coaches box. Post pads needed adjusting prior to kickoff to meet minimum height. Very well natured, competitive game.

Daniel Johnston # 347

29/04/18 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Morecambe Bay Storm

90 yard field. No 9 yard marks.Lines marked in red with other sports markings in different colours. Plaudits to Morecambe on excellent off field management and to both teams on a well played game.

David Hewitt #607

06/05/18 v Carlisle Sentinels

Maidstone Pumas

Start of game delayed 25 minutes awaiting medical cover. Some lines faint by end due to rain

Ben Gadsby #564

13/05/18 v Ipswich Cardinals

Yorkshire Rams

On arrival, field was well marked, by the time of kick off, the middle of the field was almost a quagmire, plaudits to both teams for the way they played the game and the chain crew, which was one of the best I've worked a game with.

Liam Wooton #478

03/06/18 v Gateshead Senators

Bournemouth Bobcats

80-yard field with long grass and areas/holes that had been filled with mud. Down box broke but was replaced with a spare.

Phil Hume #52

13/05/18 v Hastings Conquerors

Oxford Saints

No coaching box line or team area marked. Width of team areas was marked with cones. No limit lines. Changing rooms not lockable.

Peter Parsons #321

10/06/18 v Bristol Apache

Shropshire Revolution

The field was well marked but had a lot of athletics in same colour as the football lines.

Ian Wainwright #567

20/05/18 v Leicester Falcons


Play of the week will return after the BAFRA exam period.




Contact for details


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


Tzvi Lindeman

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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