Issue 44/18                                                                                21st November 2018

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As part of BAFRA's implementation of the BAFA Safeguarding Policy the board are looking to appoint a Welfare Officer either from within BAFRA or externally.

The Welfare Officer will be responsible for establishing and promoting guidelines, procedures and training opportunities, as well as keeping relevant records related to safeguarding and welfare matters. Previous experience of such a role in either a statutory or voluntary body is an essential requirement.

If any member wishes to put themselves forward for this role or wishes to understand in more detail as to what the role entails, please contact

The deadline for submissions of interest is 31st December

Pete Parsons - Director Without Portfolio #1 


Congratulations to Thomas Newitt on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Lee Mills and all those who are helping with his training.

Tzvi Lindeman - Director of Training 










New this week

Iremzade Dervis


Staffordshire Stallions



With 2:03 left in 3rd quarter Staffordshire #3 was seen to throw a punch at a MMU player who did not retaliate.

25th Nov 2018 v Huddersfield Hawks

Charlie Bates


Gloucestershire Gladiators



Player threw a punch to an opponent’s helmet.

25th Nov 2018 v Worcester Royals

Scott Buchan


Northumbria Mustangs



With 12 seconds left in the 4th Quarter #4 was witnessed fighting with Napier #12. Both players were disqualified from the game.

25th Nov 2018 v Glasgow Tigers

Joseph Hough


Edinburgh Napier Knights



With 12 seconds left in the 4th Quarter #12 was witnessed fighting with Northumbria #4 . Both players were disqualified from the game.

25th Nov 2018 v Hull Sharks

S. Ash


Solent Redhawks



Player received his first unsportsmanlike conduct foul for taunting a prone opponent in the 2nd quarter and a second for abusive language towards an official in the 3rd quarter.

2nd Dec 2018 v Oxford Lancers

Previous weeks

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





New this week

Durham Saints

100 yard field with multiple other field markings. No coaches/player boxes. Car Park long walk from changing rooms, which are long way from field.

Dan Johnston #347

25th Nov 2018 v Stirling Clansmen

QMBL Vipers

90 yard field marked in blue. NFL style hash marks but otherwise generally well marked. Chains broke multiple times throughout the game.

Henry Young #486

25th Nov 2018 v Imperial Immortals

Brighton Panthers

Goal posts are about 2½ yards from the end lines, the home team were asked to cover all the metal bars and football goal posts with padding as they are dangerous. American football markings were blue on green 3G pitch. Game was ended with 32 seconds left, after a Brighton receiver broke his leg/ankle on an incomplete 4th down, that gave the ball back to Brunel (the team in lead). The Brighton coaches waited a bit, but then they asked us and the Brunel HC to end the game.

Viktor Janvari #63

25th Nov 2018 v Kingston Cougars

Northumbria Mustangs

No limit line or team or coaches box marked. No field numbers or 9 yard marks.

Henry Richardson #25

25th Nov 2018 v Glasgow Tigers

Staffordshire Stallions

Only one chair provided in changing rooms. There changing rooms weren’t locked during the game.

Andrew Lovell #559

2nd Dec 2018 v Keele Crusaders

Chichester Spitfires

End lines were a different colour to match with the Rugby pitch, however at one end from the goalposts to the press box sideline the end-line was not visible, the home team were willing to paint this themselves however a facility groundsman said if they did this, they would be banned from playing at the venue. Ironically, the issue was eventually solved by red-tape. Kick off was delayed by 15 minutes on agreement of both head coaches. Other than this, an outstanding double-overtime game played in good spirit.

Oliver Maskell #221

2nd Dec 2018 v Greenwich Mariners

Sunderland Spartans

Due to the ongoing problems with the field position regarding the proximity of a wall and the end line the decision was taken to shorten the field to 90 yards and play only one way for the duration of the game and any kicks were attempted to only one goal. officials assistants, namely ball persons were changed 3 times during the game, causing lengthy delays to the game.

Gordon Galloway #7

2nd Dec 2018 v UWS Pyros

Lancaster Bombers

80 yard field very well marked in blue. Note for future crews there is currently building work at the main sports building which limits car parking space but further parking is available near the tennis courts on turning before the main junction if heading towards Lancaster. With 8 minutes 15 seconds left in the 3rd quarter an injury to a Lancaster player meant there was a delay of just under 1 hour during which the air ambulance landed on the pitch. Credit to both teams for their patience and for completing the game in good spirits.

Lee Taylor #183

8th Dec 2018 v Tarannau Aberystwyth

UCLan Rams

No yardage markers or 3 yard marks between the 5 yard line and the goal line at one end of the field.

Jon Ikins #104

9th Dec 2018 v Sheffield Hallam Warriors

Bath Spa Bulldogs

Inbound markers on one side of field only,80 yard field, no team areas marked
Stephen Egan #466#

27th Jan 2019 v Oxford Lancers

Tarannau Aberystwyth

The field has NFL hashmarks and no 9 yard marks. One endzone was 8 yards deep, the other was 10 yards. The down box had its bottom half missing so that it was only around 4 foot tall. A temporary fix, involving a broom, was used to make it taller. The chain crew and ball persons were slow and were replaced at half-time. Unfortunately, the second set of chain crew and ball persons were equally slow and somewhat reluctant.
Amir Brooks #593

27th Jan 2019 v Bangor Muddogs

York St John Jaguars

The game was played at York Centurions home field as York St John do not have a home field. The pitch was marked with red markings, the markings were faint and will need remarking before the next game at the venue. There were no numbers or 9 yard marks, there we no limit lines, coaching lines or team areas marked. All three games balls supplied were significantly below legal pressure and no towels were provided despite the muddy field conditions. The changing rooms were not secured.

Ben Griffiths #228

3rd Feb 2019 v UWS Pyros

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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.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

Nottingham Outlaws

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

25th Nov 2018 v Derby Braves

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

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

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

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

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



New this week

Play: A's ball, 3rd and goal, on B's 3. The score is A28-B28 with nine seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. A8's field goal attempt is blocked. A78 recovers on B's 9 and advances to B's 2 where he is downed. The kick does not cross the neutral zone. Three seconds remain on the clock.


Last 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.

Ruling: Post-scrimmage kick enforcement is not applicable. Team A has possession of the ball when the kick ends. The basic enforcement spot is the previous spot. Clipping is a personal foul. The penalty carries a first down. A's ball on B's 30, 1st and 10. (4-1-2-I)


New this week

Game Situation: Before the game begins, the sole medical practitioners provided for the game are two Emergency Medical Technicians, one of whom holds an NQF Level 2 first aid qualification.  Is this sufficient medical cover for the game?

Answer next issue…

Last 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: A covering official should not use beanbags to mark the spot of any backward pass or muff in the backfield M21.2.2.f.  This is because possible enforcement spots include the previous spot or the spot of the foul, but not the end of the related run.  Since the ball went out of bounds following a backward pass, the ball will next be put in play by team A at the A32, 2nd and 18. (7-2-4-a)




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BAFRA Board Meeting

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BAFRA Board Meeting

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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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