Issue 21/18                                                                                1st June 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


This weekend we see teams returning to competition after the break for the coaches’ convention.

BAFA respectfully requests that before all games and tournaments on the 2nd and 3rd of June that a minute’s silence is held to remember Charles Mack of the Cambridgeshire Cats, who recently passed away after suffering a heart attack during training. Charles`s love and passion of the game will leave a void in his families and teammates hearts. The outpouring of affection and well wishes from the football community which he loved so much has shown the deep respect that we have for each other.

Charles will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved him, and we believe it is fitting that we remember him in this way.

For those that wish to help support Charles`s family in this difficult time please visit

Martin Cockerill

BAFA Chair


The examination period is now closed and all results have been sent out. If you have not received your results please contact me directly and also to investigate.

Alterations to the scores:

There has been one change to the final answers: Question 42 relates to the legality of breaking a huddle prior to the ready-for-play however there is a rule conflict regarding departing players which the exam committee felt created ambiguity and, as such, the decision is to neutralise that question. This means that if you originally had this question marked as incorrect, you can add one mark to your score. The members who originally had this marked correctly will retain their scores as published. In order to explain this more thoroughly, an addendum to the published answers on the BAFRA website will be produced and placed alongside.

Overall Results:

141 valid papers were returned with the usual mix of high and low scores. Congratulations to our top scorer this year who hit the magic 100 (a feat rarely achieved) – there were also a small number of officials who scored 99. The lowest scores this year were in the low 50s. Notably, several associate members attempted the exam, one of whom scoring a very impressive score of 94, a great effort.

The average score this year was 80.7 which is a couple of points higher than the 10 year average and well within the ‘normal’ range.

There were 7 questions which more than half of the members answered incorrectly, these were: Q11, Q28, Q43, Q47, Q72, Q94 & Q95. There were no questions which all members answered correctly.

Thank you to the many people who have supported the process (question setters, testers, marker, webmaster and others) and also to those for the kind feedback we have received this year.

Stuart Young – Chair of the Examination Committee 


Now that the Annual Examination is complete the process of selecting the 21 members of the BEP can commence. Should you wish to be considered then you must apply in writing to the Director of Operations at Applications will be accepted immediately and the closing date is Sunday 10th June 2018.

Applications will only be considered from Qualified BAFRA members who meet specific criteria. Full details of the criteria can be found in the Elite Programme Policy in Section 7 of the Members Handbook.

Also, as part of the criteria includes your rating on the Selection Spreadsheet, which must be 80% or above, I would also recommend you read the Scheduling and Selection Policy which can be found in Section 6 of the Members Handbook. If you wish to know your current rating on the Selection Spreadsheet before making your decision on whether or not to apply, please send an email to and I will come back to you in early June with a detailed breakdown of your scores.

If it is your intention to apply then I would recommend that you read the document in full. If you are considering applying and would like an informal discussion please contact me

Richard Vernon 


The minutes of the May Board Meeting of BAFRA Limited are available in the member’s area of the website at:

Paul Sutton


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










New this week - none

Previous weeks

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        

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

Liam Holebrook


Merseyside Nighthawks



Player ran from team area with no helmet to join and escalate a fracas late in the game.

03/06/18 v Sheffield Giants

Joel Senford


East Essex Sabres



Player was underneath an opponent at the end of a play. He shouted to “get the hell of me” and then punched him in the leg twice.

03/06/18 v Norwich Devils





New this week - none

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Sussex Thunder

Field marks had hash marks in the NFL position in the middle of the field and were extremely long. Markings were faint. No line to separate the coaches box from the players box.

David Knight #135

03/06/18 v Oxford Saints

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Field marked really well with good lines however the hash marks in the middle of the field were marked as NFL hash marks. Balls were delivered late and were under inflated and had to be adjusted.

David Knight #135

24/06/18 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Solent Thrashers

Goal crossbars overhang the end zone by approximately 2 yards. Markings in yellow except for both 10 yard lines (blue) and halfway (white).

Euan Paterson #165

03/06/18 v Berkshire Renegades

Humber Warhawks

No limit lines, 9 yard marks,or 3 yard marks. Sideline hashes were joined to the sidelines. Coaching boxes were incorrectly marked between the 30 yard lines and the line separating the coaching area and players area was missing. All 3 game balls were underinflated and required pumping up. The chain set broke on several occasions requiring repair.

David Hewitt #607

17/06/18 v Staffordshire Surge

Wembley Stallions

Perfectly marked and equipped 100 yard field that scored 0 on the field audit and an excellent overall game management experience. There was one football lost onto the railway line during an extra point in the second half. Officials changing area is a private corridor area with seating provided and has private access to toilets and shower facilities, we're given a key to the outside door and there is no other access so it is secure.

Phil Clarke #262

10/06/18 v Kent Exiles

East Essex Sabres

Pitch in same condition as last week, however there were key lines, ie goal lines, with poor visibility. Game was delayed by 30 minutes while game management painted lines and rectified the issue. Both head coaches agreed with the delay and were happy the issue was resolved.

Alisha Darkins #573

17/06/18 v Norwich Devils

Morecambe Bay Storm

Game abandoned with 12 mins and 49 sec remaining in the third quarter, this was due to an serious injury to a player. Ambulance was called and after 65 mins the air ambulance arrived and landed in the middle of the pitch, we could not carry on the game as the air ambulance had to wait for a land ambulance to arrive. This decision was taken after consultation with both head coaches

Tony Newsham #302

05/08/18 v Chester Romans

Cornish Sharks

Game took place on a rugby field of a small local club. Field was only 80 yards plus endzones and hash marks were inconsistent location, length and direction!. No 3 yard markings. Due to local restrictions one set of goal posts could not be used - so it was agreed by both HC's that the game would go ahead with no FG or PAT kicks. Changing rooms could only be described as 'small' and only WC's were outside the main changing rooms.

Francis Bevan #474

29/07/18 v South Wales Warriors

London Olympians

No inbounds lines only hashes at the 5 yard lines. No team areas or coaches areas marked, although cones were used to demarcate the 25 yard lines

Brian Yates #29

10/06/18 v London Warriors

Edinburgh Wolves

No Limit lines marked. No Coaching or Team area marked out so cones were used. During the card check it was noted that Martin Punter was within the Edinburgh team area. Edinburgh's HC was informed and he removed Mr Punter from the team area. Mr Punter was marked on the Edinburgh game day roster as having game day status "S" . Edinburgh's Down box is broken and no suitable replacement was available . Down box was set at 1 and left that way for the entire game. Downs were recorded by officials and information replayed to coaches

Henry Richardson #25

10/06/18 v East Kilbride Pirates

Farnham Knights

No limit lines marked.

Peter Parsons #321

15/07/18 v London Warriors

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

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

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

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

Manchester Titans

The pitch is only 80 yards long

Murray Gibson #268

24/06/18 v East Kilbride Pirates

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

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

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

Jurassic Coast Raptors

No goal posts.

Barbara Jacquin #48

10/06/18 v Torbay Trojans



New this week

Play: 1st and 10 at Team A’s 12-yard line. A13 receives the snap and throws a backward pass to A48.  After catching the pass A48 runs towards the sideline and throws a forward pass. B92 deflects this pass behind the neutral zone. The pass is then caught by A82 at Team A’s 20-yard line where he is tackled. A66, thinking it is a run play, was 5 yards downfield when the forward pass was thrown.


Last week

Play:  2nd and 10 at Team A’s 6 yard line.  All eleven Team A players come to a complete stop for 2 seconds. A80 then goes in motion and stops. Half a second after A80 stops, A34 goes in motion and is still in motion when the ball is snapped.

Ruling: After Team A have been fully set for more than a second; there does not need to be a full second between one player stopping being in motion and a second player starting.  This action by Team A is legal.  (7-1-4-b-3 & 7-1-2-a).  This was Q50 on the 2018 BAFRA exam.


New this week

Game Situation: On a 4th down play, in which situations will the clock not stop at the end of the play?

Answer next issue...

Last week

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 blowing straight down the field with punter A8 standing on the Team A goal line. Snapper A55’s long snap is wayward and the ball bounces along the ground and rolls into the end zone where it stops.   How should the wing officials react to ensure that the potential kicker A8 is covered?

Answer: When the ball is loose in the backfield, wing officials should assist the Referee by observing actions against the kicker, especially when the ball is on the opposite side of the field (MM 11-7-d-1-d & MM 13-7-d-1-d ).  Although technically there is no kicker until the ball is kicked (2-27-3-a), this mechanic applies to any player who was lined up as a kicker and is likely to try to recover the ball with the intent to kick it.




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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