Issue 19/18                                                                                18th May 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


You, the members, decided at the Convention that Cancer Research UK would be the chosen BAFRA Charity for 2018. Following discussions with the Operations Team, it has been decided that the weekend of 30th June and 1st July will be the BAFRA Charity Weekend for this year. More details of how you may support our chosen charity will be published nearer the time.

Paul Sutton 


The position of Elite Programme Coordinator is vacant, anyone who is interested in filling this position please reply to

Tzvi Lindeman 


As part of BAFRA's implementation of the BAFA Safeguarding Policy the board are looking to appoint a Welfare Officer.

The Welfare Officer will be responsible for establishing and promoting guidelines, procedures and training opportunities, as well as keeping relevant records related to safeguarding and welfare matters. If any member wishes to put themselves forward for this role or wishes to understand in more detail as to what the role entails, please contact

The deadline for submissions of interest is 1st June.

Pete Parsons 


North West officials are holding a regional meeting on Thursday 21st June at 19:15. The meeting will be held at the The Magnet Freehouse, 51 Wellington Road North, Stockport, SK4 1HJ. The venue is just off junction 1 of the M60 and right by Stockport train station.

The event is aimed at officials of all levels and is open to all BAFRA officials, if you are in the area, feel free to come along. If you require any further information or are planning on attending please contact me using my details on the BAFRA members area of the website.

Ben Griffiths #228


I'm an ex-member and looking to sell my kit to someone who might find it useful.  Kit includes:

Long sleeved wind cheater (L)

Long Trousers (L)

Short Sleeve shirt (L)

Long Sleeve shirt (L)

Short Trousers (L)


Belt (38")

Cap (M)

2 Flags

2 Beanbags

1 Whistle


Pencils, scorecards etc

I refereed for 3 seasons so everything is in excellent condition.  It all came from Honigs Europe and cost €266 originally - images available in request.  If anyone is interested, they can contact me directly.

Daniel Wright 









New this week

Jack Casey


Nottingham Outlaws



Player repeatedly punched opponent who was on the floor


Adam Adeniji


Hertfordshire Cheetahs



Player threw a ball at an opponent. Subsequently the player shoved an opponent when returning to the sideline.

03/06/18 v Bournemouth 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

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.

03/06/18 v Leeds Bobcats

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.

03/06/18 v Leeds Bobcats





New this week

Farnham Knights

No limit lines marked.

Peter Parsons #321

15/07/18 v London Warriors

East Sussex Sabres

All field lines were scorched into the earth with faint white lines in places. It was clear enough to play on. The pylons were incorrect but the cones used were safe.

John Griffin #598

20/05/18 v Ipswich Cardinals

Lancashire Wolverines

Field was well marked, although lines were quite faint in the sun. No coaches boxes marked, but players box present.

John Roberts #145

03/06/18 v Leeds Bobcats

Doncaster Mustangs

Very well marked field with only the limit lines missing, the game management were extremely slow in finding enough assistants to be trained.

Chris Jarvis #10

17/06/18 v Coventry Jets

Sussex Thunder

90 yard field with narrow hash-marks.

Viktor Janvari #63

19/05/18 v Bristol Apache

Torbay Trojans

90 yard field. Field is tight in the surroundings causing limit lines to be less than 18ft.

Euan Paterson #165

01/07/18 v Cornish Sharks

West Coast Trojans

No Coaches' box marked and team area marked incorrectly. Very faint inbound lines. Two changes to officials' assistants during the game. Game was stopped for 38 min during 2Q for serious injury requiring ambulance. Quarters reduced to 12 min for 2nd Half by request of home team and agreed by visiting team.

Shawn Sombati #15


Kent Exiles

Well marked 100 yard field, however some lines were quite faint in places so could do with re-marking. Changing room is a portacabin which is lockable but is also storage for some team equipment meaning that a larger sized crew [>5] might have space issues. Game management and officials' assistants were all to the Exiles’ usual very high standards.

Phil Clarke #262

24/06/18 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Bournemouth Bobcats

Between the goal line and the 5 yard line on the Head Linesman's sideline there were only 3 hashes marked out. The field had no nine yard marks, while the coaching boxes while marked out were only a yard from the each sideline.

Richard Moger #472

20/05/18 v Swindon Storm

Manchester Titans

The pitch is only 80 yards long

Murray Gibson #268

24/06/18 v East Kilbride Pirates

Bristol Aztecs

There were a number of sets of soccer goals located close to the end line that had to be moved prior to kickoff.

Jen Brookes’Lewis #395

10/06/18 v London Blitz

Solent Thrashers

Goal crossbar hung over into the endzone approximately 2 yards. Both 10 yard lines are faint and a different colour to the rest of the field markings. Markings in yellow 10 yard lines are blue as they share location with the goal line of the Association Football markings (halfway line is white but distinctive).

David Knight #135

20/05/18 v Oxford Saints

Jurassic Coast Raptors

No goal posts.

Barbara Jacquin #48

10/06/18 v Torbay Trojans

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



New this week

Play: In overtime, it is 4th and 10 from the Team B 25 yard line.  A5 throws a legal forward pass towards A99.  While airborne, A99 bats the pass backwards towards A79, who catches the ball at the Team B 16 yard line.  A79 then advances the ball to Team B's 12 yard line, where he is tackled.  Ruling?


From issue 12/18

Play:  Team A line up for a field goal attempt at the Team B 10 yard line.  The ball is legally kicked low and hits the Umpire on the head.  The ball loops up into the air and passes between the posts & over the crossbar without touching anyone else or the ground.  Ruling?

Ruling:  A field goal shall be scored for the kicking team if a drop kick or place kick passes over the crossbar between the uprights of the receiving team's goal before it touches a player of the kicking team or the ground (8-4-1-a).  A ball touching an official in the field of play does not cause the ball to become dead (4-1-3-k).  The field goal is good, Team A are awarded 3 points.


New this week

Game Situation: Officials may remind themselves that the 4th down fumble rule is in effect by giving a supplementary signal that involves crossing their wrists in front of the chest.  Is this correct?

Answer next issue...

From issue 12/18

Game Situation: 4th and 7 from Team A’s 15-yard line near the end of the 1st quarter. Team A line up to punt facing a very strong headwind with punter A8 standing on the Team A goal line. The long snap is wayward and the ball rolls into the end zone where it stops. B55 is moving to recover the ball when A8 holds B55 in the end zone. B98 muffs the ball causing it to roll across the end line. Time expires in the 1st quarter during the down. A8 is guilty of holding. As the hold occurred in the end zone, should the officials should regard enforcement of the penalty as 'obvious'?

Answer:  Though it is true that accepting or declining the penalty will, in both cases result in a safety, the decision will also decide which direction Team A would free kick afterwards.  If the penalty is accepted the half does not end, whereas if it's declined the half would end and the teams would change sides (3-2-3-a-1).  Since there is a strong wind, Team B may want Team A to kick into the wind or kick with the wind.  It is a choice that should be left to Team B, not the officials.  The penalty enforcement is therefore not obvious. MM 19-4-5-d




Contact for details


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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