Issue 25/18                                                                                29th June 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


During the Convention, you, the members, chose Cancer Research UK to be this year’s BAFRA nominated charity.  Following discussion with the Operations team, it has been decided that the charity weekend this year will be held  this weekend, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. All members are requested to donate all or some of their match fee to this cause. There are a number of ways in which you may make your donation:

Send an e-mail to Roger Brown, Director of Finance, at telling him how much you wish to donate and he will deduct that from you match fee if it is a pre-paid team.  Make a payment directly into the BAFRA bank account using your BAFRA number and the word “Charity” as the reference (e.g. “312 – Charity”). If you require details of the BAFRA account, please contact Roger as above.

By cheque made payable to BAFRA Limited writing your BAFRA number and “charity donation” on the back of the cheque. Cheques should be sent to BAFRA Finance, 25 Daffodil Close, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 6NG.

Each year since we commenced having a BAFRA Charity, we have raised a four figure sum for the charity nominated.  Let’s see if we can beat previous records this year.

Paul Sutton


In previous years BAFRA has supplied officials for the Chain Crew for these games (eight officials at each game). I am pleased to report that we have been asked by the NFL to provide Chain Crews for all THREE games this year. The game details are as follows:

Expressions of Interest to be part of the Chain Crews for these games are now invited from all eligible officials. This includes BAFRA members who have either never worked on an NFL Game Chain Crew, or have only done so between 2007-2014, on no more than two occasions. The only exception is for officials who worked one game in 2017, they can apply as they will provide crew continuity which is an NFL requisite.  Please note the start times for each game. One night’s accommodation is usually provided near the stadium but details have yet to be confirmed. It should also be noted that each official will receive a game fee for performing this duty although travel expenses are not payable.

Please clearly state for which games you will be available. Note: Ideally we need to schedule officials for two games in a row to ensure the above mentioned crew continuity. The selection criteria is clearly explained in the members area of the BAFRA website and I would encourage all eligible officials to consider applying. However please be aware that we are always heavily over-subscribed. I want to reassure all officials who have never worked at an NFL game that they will be given an equal chance to be selected as the Selection Committee wants to give as many dedicated officials as possible an opportunity to work at these major events.  If you require further information about any aspect of this important role please contact me directly for an informal discussion.

The closing date to inform me of your interest will be at 5pm on Friday 6th July 2018 via  On submission of your Expression of Interest you will receive an acknowledgement from me. If you do not receive a reply then contact me to ensure your application has been received.  

NOTE:  Game 1 of this series at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, White Hart Lane, on 14th October has a 6pm start time. Therefore the game will not finish before 9pm.

Richard Vernon 


Can all officials please ensure there Arbiter availability is accurate, particularly relating to Saturdays.  We have a large number of tournaments and games to cover and we need to know if you are available. Recently a large number of officials declined their Saturday assignment on the same day (10).  This situation needs to be avoided at all costs.  Ensure you block out dates on Arbiter at least 2 weeks in advance.

If you are unavailable due to work commitments then please immediately amend Arbiter so you don’t get an assignment. However it is understood that you may receive notification at short notice that you are required at work.  If this happens then inform operations by email in addition to declining the game.

We have a heavy demand on our services at the moment and we need your assistance in order to operate efficiently.  If you are unsure how to use Arbiter correctly then contact who will provide guidance.

Richard Vernon 


The BAFRA Selection Panel is pleased to announce that the following officials have been selected to serve for the next year on the BAFRA Elite Programme:

Please join with the Panel and Directors in congratulating these officials on their appointment to the BAFRA Elite Programme.

Richard Vernon 


I will be on holiday from July 1 to July 15, but will check e-mails as wifi is available.  Anything sent to will be managed.

Tzvi Lindeman









New this week - none

Previous weeks

Mark Donald


Halton Spartans



Player kicked an opponent after he was held by him.

01/07/18 v Morecambe Storm

Tom Lowe


Lancashire Wolverines



Player repeatedly punched an opponent during the play.

01/07/18 v Glasgow Tigers

Scott Kersey


Northumberland Vikings



Player committed a targeting foul against a defenseless ball carrier who was held in the tackle.  Player subsequently apologised for the hit.

01/07/18 v Yorkshire Rams





New this week

Gateshead Senators

Well marked 90 yd field. Previous athletics events left some holes in corner of field which were all filled before officials arrived.

Daniel Johnston #347

05/08/18 v Leeds Bobcats

Chester Romans

In order to finish in time for when the visiting team's transport needed to leave, the duration of the second half was shortened by the agreement of both teams' coaches.

Paul Todd #289


Nottingham Caesars

There are no limit lines on an otherwise very well marked 90 yard field, There are no separate changing rooms for the officials; we had to use the home team changing room after the team had vacated it. All other game day administration was excellent.

Chris Jarvis #10

15/07/18 v Shropshire Revolution

Manchester Titans

Field of play only 80 yards in length. Numerous pitch markings for other sports were on the field including markings in the same colour as the American Football markings. No numbers or nine yard marks.

Ben Griffiths #228

22/07/18 v Sheffield Giants

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

NFL Hashmarks, hash marks and a mainline across both end zones.

Roger Brown #469

15/07/18 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Changing facility for officials is a small room which can probably only accommodate 2 or 3 officials and is not lockable. However a private area was cordoned off for the officials at one end of the clubhouse where we could conduct our pre-game and retire to between games. Field was well marked but had some additional markings in the same colour. No limit lines marked, however there was a rope acting as a barrier on the home sideline where the majority of spectators were gathered. The chain needed repair on two occasions. Tea and coffee were offered between games as well!

Andrew Murrell #608

08/07/18 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Sussex Thunder

Well marked 90-yard field in white missing limit lines, coaching & team area line, numbers & 9-yard marks. Hashmarks and inbounds lines too long and at incorrect and uneven depths. Field had several large areas covered with sand to make the playing surface even and one other smaller area was identified as a trip hazard rectified by Game Management.

Tim Ockendon #481

01/07/18 v Solent Thrashers

Halton Spartans

A well briefed stadium announcer, electronic stadium scoreboard and a referees microphone all help to make a good gameday experience for the fans who turn out to watch the Spartans home games.

Lee Taylor #183

01/07/18 v Morecambe Storm

Lincolnshire Bombers

80 yard pitch, otherwise well marked.

Joseph Foxon #473

29/07/18 v Humber Warhawks

Swindon Storm

No limit lines. Changing room not lockable.

Peter Parsons #321

15/07/18 v Hastings Conquerors

Solent Thrashers

Plane of the crossbar overhangs the endline. 10 yard lines are blue whilst the rest of the markings are Yellow. 7 minute stoppage for a player injury

David Knight #135

15/07/18 v Ouse Valley Eagles

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

Lancashire Wolverines

Apart from missing coaches box and numbers, this was a very well organised game day. Onsite bar, BBQ and announcer made this day enjoyable for all players, officials and spectators (the weather also helped).

Daniel Johnston #347

01/07/18 v Glasgow Tigers

Farnham Knights

No limit lines marked.

Peter Parsons #321

15/07/18 v London Warriors

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

Bristol Aztecs

The field was clearly marked out, but the usual issues are still evident - there are no numbers, 9-yard marks or team areas, and the limit line is too close to the field. With the agreement of both head coaches, the half-time break was taken with 1:59 left in the second quarter to allow medics to deal with an injury.  After this, the remaining 1:59 was played out before beginning the second half proper.

Amir Brooks #593

22/07/18 v London Warriors

Northumberland Vikings

90 yard field. No 9 yard marks or numbers. The line separating the coaching and players boxes was missing. The 3 yard marks had not been re-marked and,although they were there,were very faint. Mention must be made of Northumberland 's excellent game day management.The attention to detail showed certainly shows the way forward in the game.

David Hewitt #607

08/07/18 v Leeds Bobcats

London Olympians

No coaching box line or team area marked. No limit lines. No numbers or nine yard marks. Field has rugby markings also in white.

Peter Parsons #321

01/07/18 v London Blitz

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

East Kilbride Pirates

No limit line. Coaching and Players box incorrectly marked too close to sideline. After the final whistle an Assistant Coach from the EK Pirates entered the field to remonstrate with the officials.

Henry Richardson #25

01/07/18 v Tamworth Phoenix

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

Sheffield Giants

One end line was incomplete, this was rectified by game management before kick off. There is now a cricket boundary line running through part of the field.

Daniel Holt #371

19/08/18 v Tamworth Phoenix

Furness Phantoms

100 yard field marked well marked with white lines. Towards the visiting sideline the remains of a line from another sport are still visible but I would think this will disappear over time. The only potential issue for future crews at this venue are the large quantity of daisies which as they also flower in white could make the lines disappear as the season progresses.

Lee Taylor #183

01/07/18 v Carlisle Sentinels



New this week

Play: 3rd and 6 from Team B’s 45-yard line. Quarterback A8 is rolling out from the pocket and heads towards the sideline. A8 is in the backfield at Team B’s 49-yard line.  A8 throws a forward pass which hits A78 in the back at Team B’s 46-yard line.


Last week

Play:  1st and 10 at midfield. Team A are trailing and neither team have any timeouts remaining. Quarterback A2 runs wide and throws a forward pass from 3 yards beyond the neutral zone which is caught by A18 who has his knees on the ground at Team B's 41-yard line. The game clock reads 00:09.

Ruling: There is a foul for illegal forward pass here, since A2 has thrown a forward pass from beyond the neutral zone (7-3-2-a).  Since the pass was completed, the clock stops only to administer the foul.  Since the foul itself did not stop the clock, there can be no 10 second subtraction (3-4-4 & AR-3-4-4-II).  The penalty is enforced from the end of A2’s run, 5 yards and loss of down.  Team A will get the ball on their own 48 yard line, 2nd and 12.  The clock will run on the ready for play.  This was Q95 in the 2018 BAFRA exam.


New this week

Game Situation: Team A's ball, 1st and 10 on the B30.  Team A run a sweep left.  Tight-End A88 is lined up on the right hand side of the formation.  A88 clearly holds defensive end B72 at the line of scrimmage in the tackle box as the runner run to the left hand side, A88 falls down to the ground and drags B72 with him.

Answer next issue...

Last week

Game Situation: After a play that ends near the sideline, the linejudge on a 5 man crew calls A88 for taunting the opposition bench.  Which official is responsible for recording this penalty?

Answer: M-5-12-1.  All officials must record all players who have been called for an unsportsmanlike conduct foul.  This ensures that all officials are aware when a player could suffer a mandatory ejection for a second such foul.




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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