Issue 43/18                                                                                14th November 2018

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Congratulations to Mike Woolnough on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Simon Ryan and all those who are helping with Mike's training.

Tzvi Lindeman - Director of Training 


I will be on holiday from Mon 19th November until Friday 24th November, but will have Internet access so I will check all emails while I'm away.

Tzvi Lindeman - Director of Training 










New this week

Mike Ellacott


Northumbria Mustangs



with just over 10 minutes left to play in the 2nd quarter #25 saw seen to commit a late hit with targeting to the head /neck area of a defenceless player by the Umpire and disqualified himself from the game.

18th Nov 2018 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Sam Bentham


York Centurions



Player collected first USC for pushing another opponent long after the play. In Overtime, player reacted angrily after a tackle having to be restrained by teammates. Player then left the field and throw helmet against fencing.

25th Nov 2018 v York St John Jaguars

Alex Solkin


Edge Hill Vikings



While on the ground with an opponent the aforementioned player was witnessed punching an opponent twice in the helmet.

25th Nov 2018 v Lancaster Bombers

Previous weeks

Adam Bowley


KCL Regents



With 0.00 remaining in the 2nd quarter, #25 committed two separate unsportsmanlike acts; one against the opposition sideline and the other against an opposition player.

18th Nov 2018 v Sussex Saxons





New this week

UCLan Rams

Well marked field apart from the distinct lack of hash marks from the 5 yard line at one end of the pitch, I am informed this will be rectified before the next home game. No coaches or players box marked but as both teams were well disciplined - this was not an issue. The changing room was shared with officials from other sports but lockers were provided for valuables. Crew were not paid although the home team were given an invoice as not on the pre paid list
Lee Taylor #183

17th Nov 2018 v LJMU Fury

BNU Buccaneers

Upon arrival at ground field markings were well below mandatory requirements which would have resulted in no game allowed to start (Goal posts in end zone, only lines every 10 yards, no hashmarks anywhere, no team areas/coaching boxes, 9yd marks/numbers) By suspending kick off time from 14:00 to 14:30, which also meant reducing to 10 minute quarters as BNU are unable to use floodlights, the rugby club ground staff and BNU coaches were able to rectify the field to a "playable standard" which scored 243 on the field audit [80 yard field, goal posts behind end line (but with significant differences in distance making only one usable - neither team stated they would kick), still no team areas/coaching boxes, still no 9yard marks/numbers and one sideline didn't have short extensions marked completely] BNU started the game with only 12 players, and were forced to abandon the game before start of 3rd Quarter as they only had 10 players for the last 2 minutes of Q2. Changing rooms are not lockable and shared with other rugby officials so space is exceedingly compact even with a crew of 4. Chain crew became progressively slower and uninterested during the game, this would have caused significant issues had the game been a more competitive affair. Despite all of the above BNU and Greenwich players are to be commended for the spirit in which they played and both sets of coaches for their patience and understanding.
Phil Clarke #262

18th Nov 2018 v RHUL Bears

Southampton Stags

Goal posts are part of the enclosure fence so the BJ and LJ are unable to stand behind the posts and instead have to judge from directly underneath. Very good hospitality from Southampton who provided snacks and refreshments for officials.
Oliver Maskell #221

18th Nov 2018 v Cardiff Cobras

Nottingham Outlaws

Very well marked field, goalposts are fixed to the fence.
Ian Wainwright #567

25th Nov 2018 v Derby Braves

Teesside Cougars

Played at Teesside Olympia Building. New 4G field with footwear guidelines in place, however not enforced for the game. Some lines feint with the low sun. Coaches box between 19 yd lines. No 3 yd marks. Numbers 1 yd from sideline.

Daniel Johnston #347

25th Nov 2018 v Sunderland Spartans

Worcester Royals

The changing room at this venue is a concrete shack with no lighting, heating or showers, and is not lockable during the game. The field markings are generally good, apart from the NFL-style hashmarks.

Amir Brooks #593

25th Nov 2018 v Gloucestershire Gladiators

Kingston Cougars

Poor chain crew and ball boys. Box broke near the end of the game

Ellis Bowyer #502

2nd Dec 2018 v Brunel Burners

Leeds Gryphons

90 yard field. No 9 yard marks or numbers. Sidelines hashes were too far from the sidelines. No team areas or coaching boxes present. Changing room was too small for 5 people and was a good hike from the field.

David Hewitt #607

9th Dec 2018 v Tarannau Aberystwyth

Keele Crusaders

On arrival field marked as 90 yds with 4 yd end zones. field shortened to 80 yds using previous 5 yd lines as gl
Andrew Lovell #559

9th Dec 2018 v DMU Falcons

Imperial Immortals

Hash marks were too wide. No team areas marked out. One ball boy was switched at half time

Henry Young #486

9th Dec 2018 v Kent Falcons

Brunel Burners

Field was marked with hash marks slightly wider than the goal posts (so were too narrow). The coaching box and team areas were marked to the 20 yard lines. The game was stopped on multiple occasions for repairs to the chain set. There were no limit lines.

For reference for future crews, Brunel university have now introduced parking charges at the venue, 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm. Payment can be made using the Parkmobile app.
Peter Parsons #321

16th Dec 2018 v Reading Knights

Portsmouth Destroyers

Endzone at the minimum requirement of 7 yards deep. No 8 yard markings - 90 yard field. The game was played in heavy rain and by the end of the game the field markings were no longer visible in places, and the field had turned to mud in large areas

David Knight #135

3rd Feb 2019 v UWE Bullets

Glasgow University Tigers

Game suspended for around half an hours to allow treatment to an injured Glasgow player during the second quarter. There was a further half hour stoppage at the start of the 3rd quarter to allow the injured player to be transferred to a second ambulance for transfer to hospital for tests.
Henry Richardson #25

10th Feb 2019 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Bangor Muddogs

The game was suspended for almost 20 minutes in the 4th quarter for treatment to an injured player.

Tim Vickers #129

17th Feb 2019 v Leeds Gryphons

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Leicester Longhorns

NFL style narrow hash marks and team areas marked with cones. No sideline hash marks. Officials not paid.

Brian Yates #29

18th Nov 2018 v Coventry Jets (University)

Solent Redhawks

No numbers or nine yard marks. Most lines are marked in yellow, but certain lines are other colours (midfield, both 10 yard lines).

Peter Parsons #321

18th Nov 2018 v Gloucestershire Gladiators

Greenwich Mariners

90-yard field with 8-yard end zones, well marked in blue with other sport markings in white, yellow & red. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks and team areas too big. Changing room not private and not lockable. One ball person went missing at half time with one of the game balls and did not return. Game suspended for 45 minutes with 9.12 remaining in the 2nd quarter to treat a serious player injury.
Tim Ockendon #481

25th Nov 2018 v City Wolfpack

Kent Falcons

Well marked 90 yard 4G playing surface, all football lines in Red - non football markings are yellow and white.

Phil Clarke #262

25th Nov 2018 v UEA Pirates

Leeds Beckett

80 yard field. No 3 or 9 yard marks or numbers. Coaching areas were missing but were marked by cones. Sidelines hashes were missing. Chain set required repair prior to kick off.
David Hewitt #607

2nd Dec 2018 v Derby Braves

Swansea Titans

With 1:56 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the game was suspended for approximately 40 minutes to treat an injured player.

Amir Brooks #593

2nd Dec 2018 v Portsmouth Destroyers

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field well marked, but the late kick off meant the game was played under flood lights, these weren't the best and future crews should bring torches.

Ian Wainwright #567

2nd Dec 2018 v LJMU Fury

Warwick Wolves

Game suspended with 2 minutes remaining in the second quarter for 1 hour and 10 minutes to allow treatment to an injured NTU player. On agreement with both head coaches, 3rd and 4th quarters shortened to 8 minutes to allow completion of the game before lack of light became an issue.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

3rd Feb 2019 v Leicester Longhorns



New this week

Play: A's ball on B's 45, 4th and 16. A6 punts. B29 muffs the kick on B's 24. While the ball is on B's 26, an inadvertent whistle is sounded. B46 clips on B's 36 during the down.


Last week

Play: Team A's ball, 4th and 4, on the Team B 40 yard line. A83 catches A17's legal forward pass, fumbles on Team B's 38 yard line and the ball rolls out of bounds on Team B's 34 yard line. Team B were offside at the snap.

Ruling: Team A's ball, 1st and 10, on the the B 35 yard line.  The fumble went forward and out of bounds between the goal lines so the ball is returned to the spot of the fumble, B's 38 (7-2-4-b).  The 5-yard penalty is enforced from the previous spot, B's 40, Team A will therefore get a first down.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 at the A40, team A run an option play.  While under pressure at the A35 quarterback A3 throws a backwards pass to A20, who muffs the ball at the A30.  The ball then bounces on the ground and goes out of bounds at the A32.  How should the covering officials make use bean bags to indicate spots of interest in this play?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: If there are a few seconds remaining in the game and the game clock is running, the responsibility for whether or not the ball is snapped is solely that of the on-field timekeeper in all circumstances.  True or False?

Answer: Where there are visible stadium clocks present, it is normally the job of the Referee / Umpire to do this.  So the answer is false.




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David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Richard Vernon


Lee Taylor


Tzvi Lindeman

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Peter Parsons

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Steve Tonkinson

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