Issue 40/18                                                                                24th October 2018

BAFRA Newsflash     @BAFRAOfficial

@BAFRAOfficial        @BAFRA_Official 


Membership renewals are now due. Those renewed by 8:00pm on Tuesday 23th October are:

Stuart Alger; Dave Allan; Graham Baker; Robert Banks; Francis Bevan; Andrew Binns; Tom Blakeson; Bill Bowsher; Mark Bridgham; Jim Briggs; Roger Brown; John Burns; Derek Burridge; Darren Carr; Rose Carter; Mike Cavanagh; Adam Ceney; Alan Christopher; Daniel Clarke; Phil Clarke; Nathan Coates; David Cochrane; Steve Currie; Ian Davies; Alan Dobson; Steve Egan; Mike Fenton; James Ford-Bannister; Ban Gadsby; Ronnie Gaffin; Gordon Galloway; Roger Goodgroves; Ray Grace; Benita Grant-Booker; John Graveling; Ben Griffiths; Gerry Grunska; Steve Hall; Mike Hansford; Ewan Harris; David Hewitt; Gareth Hughes; Phil Hume; Jon Ikins; Barbara Jacquin; Anton Jarbol; Chris Jarvis; Damian Jurzyk; James Kilbane; Fletcher Kinnie; David Knight; Mike LeFevre; Bill LeMonnier; Steve Leonard; Tzvi Lindeman; Andrew Lovell; Paul Lowe; Daniel Mahoney; Julian Mallia; Will Marriage; Ollie Maskell; Ali May; Tom Mayer; Chris McCrea; Richard McEwen; Bud McFennen; Frank McParlin; Jason Mead; Clyde Messenger; Adrian Miller; Lee Mills; Darryl Morton; Russell Newton; Alex Nunns; Tim Ockendon; Christian Olsson; Cédric Palmans; Toby Papworth; Pete Parsons; Euan Paterson; Austin Pickles; Richard Prattley; Tony Rivers; Mike Roberts; Conrad Russell; Richard Samples; Owen Samuels; Graham Smith; Ian Sneddon; Leanne Spencer; Kevin Stanton; James Statham; Paul Sutton; Andrew Swift; Stuart Tabberer; Anthony Tagg; Susannah Taylor; Lee Taylor; Pete Thom; Steve Tonkinson; Malcolm Turnbull; Richard Vernon; Tim Vickers; Harald von.Sydow; Ian Wainwright; Sean Welsh; Richard Whitby; Keith Wickham; Simon Williams; Mark Wilson; Mike Woolnough; Liam Wooton; Dean Wright; Brian Yates; Charles Young; Henry Young; Stuart Young; Alex Zarganis..

All renewals are acknowledged. If you think that you should be on the above list and are not there, please let me know.

Renewal forms may be returned electronically or to the postal address on the form. Payment may be made by cheque/postal order made payable to BAFRA Ltd. (to the address on the form) or electronically to:


Sort Code:    16-16-11

Account:    10255350

If using this method, please your name and BAFRA number as reference:  (e.g. Roger Brown 469) and e-mail your confirmation of payment to

Each year we get a small number of people who make a payment for their renewal but do not return their form. This delays the renewal process and may result in your membership being suspended whilst the anomaly is resolved. With the new data protection regulations that came into force in May 2018 your renewal will indicate that you are happy for BAFRA to contact you.

As in previous years, there is a survey attached to the renewal letter which you can either return to me or directly submit via the website. Your views help the directors by informing their discussions. When completing it on-line it is important that, once finished, you click on the “submit” button. If you do not do this, your survey will not be added to the database. At the time of writing there are three surveys started but not submitted.

Over the next few days I will be sending a personal e-mail to active officials who have yet to renew.and have not contacted me during the renewal process. Please take this as a final reminder as the renewal period draws to its close.

I look forward to welcoming you as a BAFRA member for a further year.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary


This year's Sapphire Series will for the first time all be played with 7v7 format rules. All  Division will again feature the 10 teams from last year's all playing 7v7 football.

 The series kicks-off on Saturday 1st December and concludes on Saturday March 2nd t: This represents an expansion of the Sapphire Series and provides a increasing challenge for BAFRA to cover these tournaments.  However please note that each round of the 7v7 format will comprise of only two games on each of two fields


I will publish more information regarding specific rules for these events in a later Newsflash but I wanted initially to give details about the number of officials needed and the provisional locations for the tournaments.  They are as follows:

Tournament Dates


Number of officials required

1st December

East Kilbride, London and Wembley

16-18 Officials

15th December

Derby, Herts, Cardiff and Teeside

16-18 Officials

19th January

Manchester, Sandwell and Kent

16-18 Officials

2nd February

Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cheshire

16-18 Officials

16th February

Leeds, Portsmouth, Peterborough and Oxford

18-20 Officials

There will also be Tournament Finals on  2nd or 9th March.


As you will all realise, the number of officials needed for these events is considerable, especially as there will definitely be a large number of university fixtures every Sunday after three of these tournaments.  Operations will assign officials based on their availability according to Arbiter and assign as for a regular BUCS or BAFA league game.  In addition there will be a few BUCS games being played on Saturdays.


Can I take this opportunity to ask every active official to make every effort to be available for at least one of these tournaments. I also strongly recommend that every new or recently qualified official takes advantage of gaining valuable experience by working as many of these events as possible.

Your support is vital for developing the sport and providing an excellent professional service to the teams is much appreciated and valued.


If you have specific questions please contact us at

Richard Vernon










New this week

Previous weeks - none





New this week

Hertfordshire Hurricanes

No coaching box or team areas. No limit lines. No numbers or nine yard marks.

Peter Parsons #321

4th Nov 2018 v Swansea University

Darlington Steam

Small changing rooms. No 9 yd marks/numbers. Coaches box between 20 yd lines. No players box. Overall, very well organised gameday with food offered.

Daniel Johnston #347


Leeds Beckett Carniege

Upon arrival at the venue the visitors were not Liverpool University Raptors as advertised but where in fact the Liverpool John Moores University Fury. This was a preseason game consisting of one half of scripted scenarios and one half of normal football. There were no short yard extension lines at the sideline. The field of play was only 80 yards. Coaching and players boxes were not marked.There was no 3 yard try down mark.. Changing room was too small for 5 officials.

With 8:51 remaining in the second period, following an injury to a LJMU player, the game was abandoned with the agreement of both Head Coaches.

Ben Griffiths #228

4th Nov 2018 v Stirling Clansmen

Outstanding items from previous weeks



New this week

Play: A's ball, free kick, on A's 35. A4's untouched free kick is rolling toward the pylon. B28 has a foot on the sideline in B's end zone and touches the ball while the ball is on B's 1.


Last week

Play: A's ball, 4th and 9, on B's 41. B23 muffs A8's scrimmage kick on B's 7 and the ball rolls into B's end zone. B23 picks up the ball and starts to run but fumbles the ball while still in B's end zone. B56 recovers on B's 2 and advances to B's 9 where he is downed. During B23's fumble, A66 blocked B74 below the waist at B's 6.

Ruling: B's ball, 1st and 10, on B's 15. A8's scrimmage kick provided the impetus for the ball being in B's end zone. The enforcement spot is the goal line for fouls by the opponents of the team in possession after a change of team possession in the end zone (not on a try) when the run ends behind the goal line and any subsequent loose ball is recovered in the field of play (10-2-2-f-3). The basic enforcement spot would have been B's 20 if B23 was downed in B's end zone (10-2-2-f-2).


New this week

Game Situation: 3rd and 10.   Team A's quarterback drops back to pass but can find no open receiver.  As he comes under pressure from team B he moves outside the tackle box and throws the ball forwards in an attempt to conserve yardage.  The ball lands just beyond the original the line of scrimmage on the Line Judge's side of the field, no eligible receiver is in the area.  On a five man crew how should the Line Judge and Referee communicate to ensure that the right call is made?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: It’s 4th down, Team A line up to punt. The snap is high and goes over the punters head. On an 8 man crew, how should the Referee and Centre judge react?

Answer: The official nearest to the ball should continue to watch the ball and players trying to recover it. The other official should watch the kicker and players threatening him (M9.8.d.b.ii)




Contact for details


November 17th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting


February 23rd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

April 6th (Sat)


May 11th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 20th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 16th (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

The opinions expressed in this Newsflash are those of the contributors, and not necessarily of BAFRA or its Directors.

All Incident Reports to be submitted via

Deadline for articles submitted by email ( is midnight Tuesday.

Editor: Ben Griffiths - Email:

Page  of