Issue 18/18                                                                                11th May 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


The exam period closes at 5:00pm on 12th May 2018. All answer papers (whether sent electronically or by post) are acknowledged so, if you have sent yours in and heard nothing, please get in touch via  Answers must be sent to the e-mail or postal address on the exam and answer sheet and not to any other address.  No further lists will be published in Newsflash as the closing date will have passed by the next edition. However, should any qualified official not submit their answer paper by the deadline, a personal e-mail will be sent out explaining in full the consequences and the options going forward.

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 following 64 answer papers had been received by 11:00pm on Wednesday 9th May (again, get in touch via if you think you name should be here and it is not):

Stuart Alger; Graham Baker; Francis Bevan; Andrew Binns; Neil Birmingham; Tom Blakeson; Roger Brown; John Burns; Derek Burridge; Alan Christopher; Martin Cockerill; Graham Coleman; Norman Cox; Ian Davies; Alan Dobson; Steve Egan; Ben Gadsby; Ronnie Gaffin; Gordon Galloway; Cam Gibson; Martin Gibson; Muz Gibson; Ray Grace; John Griffin; Steve Hall; David Hewitt; Dan Holt; Phil Hume; Jon Ikins; Anton Jarbol; Chris Jarvis; David Knight; Mike LeFevre; Richard Madge; Julian Mallia; Will Marriage; Ollie Maskell; Jason Mead; James Meredith; Ady Miller; Lee Mills; Darryl Morton; Andrew Murrell; Mark Niven; Jack Pearce; Richard Prattley; Larry Rigby; Tony Rivers; John Roberts; Mike Roberts; Richard Samples; Graham Smith; Ian Sneddon; Jack Spicer; Darran Sterling; Andrew Swift; Anthony Tagg; Lee Taylor; Pete Thom; Richard Vernon; Ian Wainwright; Mark Wilson; Brian Yates; Charles Young.

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


I will be on holiday between Friday 11th May and Monday 21st May. Please direct all communication to

Richard Vernon 









New this week

Dave Mead


Lancashire Wolverines



Told the referee he needed to learn the rules, then in the 4th quarter started swearing in dissent at a call.  This was the player’s second ejection in a 12 month period.

13/05/18 v Gateshead Senators & 03/06/18 v Leeds Bobcats

Craig Oliphant


Lancashire Wolverines



Disagreed with call by removing his helmet and slamming it into ground in field of play. Player then walked off field and kicked the yard marker.

13/05/18 v Gateshead Senators

Elliott Yates


Lancashire Wolverines



Called for one unsportsmanlike act after challenging a call, left the field, then came back on the field swearing at the umpire.  This was the player’s second ejection in a 12 month period.

13/05/18 v Gateshead Senators & 03/06/18 v Leeds Bobcats

Previous weeks

Sebastian Januszewicz


Halton Spartans



Player lead with his head against his opponent and launched himself to make contact.

20/05/18 v Morecambe Bay Storm

Sean Barnard


Maidstone Pumas



Player threw a punch at an opponent. The player was wearing jersey 76 however appeared on the roster as 31.

13/05/18 v Ipswich Cardinals

Greg Mclellan


Dumfries Hunters



Player threw a punch at an opponent.

13/05/18 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

Irvine McDonald


Clyde Valley Blackhawks



In return for the punch thrown by the above, this player returned blows.

13/05/18 v West Coast Trojans





New this week

Northumberland Vikings

Very well marked field, missing team area lines. Game management was brilliant throughout the day, Vikings intend on live streaming all of their home games.

Liam Wooton #478

17/06/18 v Yorkshire Rams

Crewe Railroaders

During card check, prior to the game, Crewe Railroaders player #81 Craig Edmondson went down on one knee and proposed to marry Becky Hathaway. Becky accepted. The BAFRA crew sends its warmest wishes and congratulations to Becky and Craig.

Andrew Lovell #559

01/07/18 v Knottingley Raiders

Hastings Conquerors

A rugby game was taking place on a parallel field, which was only 1 yard from the back of the team area. We agreed with coaches before the game that if a rugby player or ball entered the field at any time, we would immediately blow the ball dead and apply inadvertent whistle procedures. Fortunately, we never actually had to do this, as rugby balls only entered the field while the ball was dead.

Ben Gadsby #564

01/07/17 v Swindon Storm

East Kilbride Pirates

With only a short time before kick off Game management was informed that the paramedic had a family emergency and could not attend. Fortunately the Game Day Manager was able to arrange for a substitute, and the game kicked off with only a 30 minute delay.

Ian Sneddon #427

03/06/18 v Manchester Titans

Sheffield Giants

Game was played at the Hallam Sports Ground, field was 80 yards well marked in red. Game management very well organised with assistants and payments.

Ian Wainwright #567

13/05/18 v East Kilbride Pirates

Knottingley Raiders

90 yard field. No limit lines. The surface was extremely hard in places due to the hot weather baking the bare patches where the grass was worn. Coaching areas were incorrectly marked between the 30 yard lines rather than the 25 yard lines. No 9 yard marks or numbers and the sidelines hashes were joined to the sidelines. Lines were only 2 inches wide rather than the desired 4 inches.The toilet in the officials changing room has been FIXED much to everyone's relief. The goal posts are not very tall but they won't present a problem at their current height.

David Hewitt #607

03/06/18 v Humber Warhawks

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Dumfries Hunters

90 yard field well marked although with very faint red lines. Officials and visiting teams should note that the ground staff at the venue only allow studded boots onto the playing surface, it was noted by the visiting team that a member of their gameday staff had been required to purchase new boots to enable her to be present for the card check. 3 of the officials also had to purchase new footwear. Two members of the chain crew were changed at half time but the head line was advised of this prior to leaving the field so returned early to brief them to ensure no delay starting the second half

Lee Taylor #183

13/05/18 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

Gateshead Senators

Played at Gateshead Stadium due to waterlogged pitch at Monkton. Pitch had been remarked incorrectly (NFL hash marks / endzone had hazard in middle). Old lines were still clearly visible and used for the game. Condition of Astroturf very poor with some tears. Game stopped on one occasion to replace area of Astroturf.

Dan Johnston #347

24/06/18 v Glasgow Tigers

Bristol Aztecs

Medical provision did not arrive and kick off was delayed by 35 minutes

Julian Mallia #336

13/05/18 v Bury Saints

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

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

On arrival we were informed that the hash marks were in the incorrect position. The team repainted the hash marks prior to the game KO. Game was delayed 40 minutes waiting for the arrival of the medical cover

David Knight #135

20/05/18 v Hastings Conquerors

Doncaster Mustangs

No limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

13/05/18 v Sandwell Steelers

West Coast Trojans

Game kicked off 30 minutes late due to Aberdeen's bus breaking down, due to this, and limited player numbers from West coast, it was decided by both head coaches and the officials that a full first half be played followed by 12 min running quarters in the second half

Gordon Galloway #7

13/05/18 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

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

Chester Romans

Second half KO was delayed due to a change in chain crew. Home game management were charged with a DOG.

John Roberts #145

03/06/18 v Carlisle Sentinels

Cambridgeshire Cats

With 4.30 left in the first half one stake broke and we had to use only half with the temporary measures continually breaking.

John Griffin #598

17/06/18 v Wembley Stallions

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


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BAFRA Board Meeting

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BAFRA Board Meeting

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BAFRA Board Meeting

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Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Richard Vernon


Lee Taylor


Tzvi Lindeman

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Peter Parsons

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