Issue 31/18                                                                                10th August 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


Following the recent ballot in which the membership voted 78 to 9 in favour of changing from 1” to 2” striped shirts from 1st April 2020, the following addition has been made to the Uniform and Equipment Policy:

“From 1st April 2020 a standard black and white 2” vertical striped shirt will be adopted as the official BAFRA uniform. Until then, whilst the 1” vertical striped shirt will remain the official uniform, the 2” vertical striped shirt may be worn. From the 1st April 2020, once the 2” vertical striped shirt becomes the official uniform, the 1” vertical striped shirt may still be worn. However, in both cases, all members of a crew should be similarly attired.”

You will observe that the wording leaves open the possibility of members of a crew wearing a mixture of 1” and 2” striped shirts. Whilst it is preferred for all members of a crew to wear matching uniforms, this has been done so as not to disadvantage anyone who may have recently invested in a 1” striped shirt. However, members are strongly advised that when buying shirts in the future, they opt for the 2” stripe.

Paul Sutton 


The minutes from the July Board meeting are now available in the members’ area of the website at: 

Paul Sutton 


The board of directors congratulate Keith Wickham on becoming the Elite Panel Coordinator.

Tzvi Lindeman 









New this week

Paul Blakeley


Morecambe Bay Storm



The player threw a punch that connected with an opponent.


Previous weeks - none





New this week

Knottingley Raiders

90 yard field. No limit lines, 9 yard marks or numbers. Sidelines hashes were marked too far in from the sideline,approx 8 inches.

David Hewitt #607


Leicester Falcons

80 yard field with team areas marked to 20 yard lines, changing room cramped with no private shower or toilet facilities

Brian Yates #29


Carlisle Sentinels

There were no goals, but both head coaches agreed to play the game.

Ian Sneddon #427


Cornish Sharks

80 yard field. No numbers, 9-yard or 3-yard marks. Hash marks too wide so cones were used as a guide. Changing rooms too small so crew had to share with away team.

Euan Paterson #165


Jurassic Coast Raptors

The game was played on a field with no goal posts - this had been agreed by the team and the league prior to the season. Only 2 point conversions were attempted. Changing rooms were not locked.

Phil Hume #52


Hastings Conquerors

Field was 80 yards long.

Dean Wright #553


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bristol Apache

The usual minor issues apply - no nine-yard marks or numbers, and limit line is too close to the field. On the other hand, the air conditioned changing room was an absolute godsend!

Amir Brooks #593

12/08/18 v Ouse Valley Eagles

East Kent Mavericks

Changing room not lockable, 1 football lost during the game as it was unable to be found after a kick play.

Phil Clarke #262

12/08/18 v Wembley Stallions

Farnham Knights

Chain crew and ball boys supplied very late but game management were doing everything they could to sort the personnel. Clash of field markings with other markings of the same colour

David Knight #135

12/08/18 v Bristol Aztecs

Bristol Apache

The ambulance was late arriving, so kick-off was delayed by 40 minutes.

Darryl Morton 493

12/08/18 v Ouse Valley Eagles

Tamworth Phoenix

Well marked 100 yard field, with blue lines which are fading during the season.

Ian Wainwright 567

12/08/18 v East Kilbride Pirates

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



New this week

Play: Team A's ball, free kick, on their 35 yard line. While the untouched onside kick is rolling on Team A's 43 yard line, A44 blocks B62 above the waist on Team A's 40 yard line. At about the same time, B96 blocks kicker A4 above the waist on Team A's 42 yard line. A96 then recovers the untouched kick on Team A's 47 yard line.


Last week

Play:  Team A's ball, 4th and goal, on Team B's 16 yard line at the right hash mark. B46 commits defensive pass interference five yards deep in the middle of B's end zone. The legal forward pass is incomplete.

Ruling: Team A's ball, 1st and goal, on the Team B 2 yard line - the ball is spotted on the right hash mark. When the ball is snapped between the Team B 17 and 2 yard lines and the foul takes place on or inside the 2 yard line, the penalty is from the previous spot and the ball is placed on the 2 yard line.  It is not a spot foul enforcement, so the ball is spotted on the right haskmark.


New this week

Game Situation: At the end of the game the coach of the losing team approaches the wing official on his sideline and politely asks to discuss a controversial pass interference call earlier in the game.  How should the wing official proceed in dealing with the coach?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Game Situation: How should the officials efficiently change ends at the end of the first and third periods after the Referee has signaled the end of the period?

Answer: M-20-4.  The Linejudge should move to the succeeding spot (both yard line and lateral position) in the opposite half of the field.   The Referee and Umpire should go to the succeeding spot and record (in writing) the yard line on which the ball is placed, its lateral position, the number of the next down and the distance to the line to gain. The Head Linesman should record the yard line on which the chain clip is set, the yard line on which the the ball is placed, the number of the next down and the distance to the line to gain. Then he should grasp the chain and the clip, and keeping hold of it, reverse the chain and move it and its crew to the corresponding yard line in the other half of the field. The down box should be moved to its new position at the same time.  The Backjudge should move downfield with the players.




Contact for details


September 8th (Sat)

Britbowl weekend

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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