Issue 26/19                                                                                10th July 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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BAFRA CHARITY 2019

 

Thank you to all who donated to the BAFRA Charity 2019 last weekend. If, for whatever reason, you missed out, don’t worry, donations may be made over the next few weeks up to the end of the month. The charity this year is Pancreatic Cancer UK. It was chosen by the membership in memory of long-time member, Norman Cox, who sadly passed away earlier this year. As with previous years, you are requested to contribute some or all of your game fee to the charity or, if you have no game, to make a donation as you see fit.

There are a number of ways in which you may make your donation:

If you want some or all of your game fee withheld and it is being paid via BAFRA finance then just e-mail finance@bafra.info to let them know

If you wish to send a donation electronically send it to: Sort Code: 16-16-11 Account Number: 10255350

Please use Charity and your membership number as a reference.

Finally, you may send a cheque (made payable to BAFRA Limited) for the amount you wish to donate to:

BAFRA Finance, 3.07 Royal Parade, Elmdale Road, Bristol, Avon. BS8 1SZ. Please write your membership number and Charity on the rear of the cheque.

Over the years we have raised significant amounts for our chosen charities. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause.

 

Paul Sutton – General Secretary

secretary@bafra.info

 

DIVISION 2 NORTH FINAL

 

The date of the division 2 North final has moved from Sunday 8th of September to Saturday 7th of September to avoid the Great North Run.  Please consider this in conjunction to my recent note to members about ensuring your availability is set correctly.

 

Roger Goodgroves - Director of Operations

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DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Ryan Miller

2

East Kilbride Pirates

FGT

2

With 6.25 left in the 2nd quarter, the player headbutted a Gateshead player twice.

21st July 2019 v Northumberland Vikings

Joe Harper

21

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

FPF

3

Whilst on the ground number #21 of Hertfordshire hit an opponent in the head with his fist.

28th July 2019 v Solent Thrashers

Benjamin Collis

1

London Hornets

FPF

3

With 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter #1 headbutted an opposing player.

21st July 2019 v Bury Saints

Howard Snaith

74

Northumberland Vikings

TUF

3

After a try, the player taunted an opponent. After the flag was thrown, he verbally abused the covering official and continued arguing with the officials after the flag was thrown for a second UNS penalty.

21st July 2019 v East Kilbride Pirates

Henrique Baptista-Borges

52

Sheffield Giants

TGT

2

With 10:21 left in the 2nd quarter, the player led with the crown of the helmet into a pile of players.

28th July 2019 v Merseyside Nighthawks

*As this was a disqualification of a player, this is a playing suspension. Mr Baptista-Borges may be present in the team area. He may not participate in the game as a player

Kieran Dunne

AC

Sheffield Giants

TUF

2

With 1:38 left in 2nd quarter, the assistant coach was flagged for Unsportsmanlike Conduct for dissent. In the following moments the same AC then continued to criticise officials and swear. As a result, he received a second Unsportsmanlike Conduct flag.

28th July 2019 v Merseyside Nighthawks

*As this was a disqualification of a non-player, this is a whole game day suspension. Mr Dunne may not be present at the game site in any capacity.

Previous weeks

Kyle Bury

11

East Essex Sabres

FGT

4

After being unnecessarily roughed, the player was seen to retaliate by striking an opponent at with a closed fist.

4th August 2019 v East Kent Mavericks

Alex Coatsworth

33

Darlington Steam

TGT

4

Immediately following a pass Darlington player #33 struck the Dumfries passer's head with his forearm.

*Mr Coatsworth is due to serve his suspension in the next game he is registered to play in. This is either the next regular season game for Darlington Steam or the first regular season game of a University Team if he registers for a University Team.

Andrew Fleming

98

Dumfries Hunters

FGT

3

At the end of a play Dumfries player #98 repeatedly headbutted an opposition player.

28th July 2019 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Alex Roofe

26

Sandwell Steelers

TGT

2

During the 2nd quarter Mr. Roofe was judged to have targeted an opposing player who had just been tackled.

21st July 2019 v Shropshire Revolution

Jay Styles

43

Worcestershire Black Knights

FPF

2

During the 2nd Quarter, after play had been whistled dead, #43 was observed to headbutt an opposing player.

21st July 2019 v         Bristol Apache

James Browning

88

Worcestershire Black Knights

TUF

4

After ruling a pass incomplete - #88 shouted abusive language at an official in an aggressive manner. As he left the field, he continued with abusive language toward the officials and was penalised for a further Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul..

21st July 2019 v         Bristol Apache

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Aberdeen Roughnecks

Hash marks painted in black on one side of the field and red on the other side.

Ian Sneddon #427

Unknown

Birmingham Lions Academy (Youth)

Tournament delayed by 45 minutes due to late arrival of medical cover. Fields well marked in a mixture of red and white. Team areas missing. Plaudits to the Lions for a well organised day.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

Unknown

Chorley Buccaneers

Coaching line was marked at 6 feet, but no team area line at 12 feet.

Ben Griffiths #228

28th July 2019 v Highland Wildcats

Crewe Railroaders

Changing rooms are small, with other people's clothes left in the room. Game played with superb attitude from players and coaches from both teams, with drinks served to officials before and after the game

Andrew Lovell #559

4th August 2019 v Staffordshire Surge

Doncaster Mustangs

90 yard field. No limit lines but otherwise excellent.

David Hewitt #607

Unknown

Kent Exiles

No numbers or nine yard marks. Hash marks less than 24" long. No limit lines.

Peter Parsons #321

28th July 2019 v Farnham Knights

Kent Exiles (Junior)

No numbers or nine yard marks. Hash marks less than 24" long. No limit lines.

Peter Parsons #321

Unknown

Lancashire Wolverines

Coaching line was marked at 6 feet, but no team area line at 12 feet. During half-time warm-ups a trip hazard developed near the visiting team’s sideline. This was rectified quickly by the home team game management and the second half was only delayed by approximately two minutes.

Ben Griffiths #228

Unknown

London Olympians

No marked team areas, 9 yard marks or numbers and field markings in faded white - hard to see in places. Chain set broke once in the first quarter and a short delay was required for repair. Kick-Off was delayed for 30 minutes due to a traffic issue delaying the arrival of the away side.

Viktor Janvari #63

Unknown

Manchester Titans

Officials’ changing room had no showers. Had to use showers in other building. 80yd field with 7yd endzones.

Shawn Sombati #15

28th July 2019 v Tamworth Phoenix

Merseyside Nighthawks

No Coaches box, but otherwise well marked and clear lines.

John Roberts #145

21st July 2019 v Tamworth Phoenix

Northants Knights

Field was marked with NFL-width hash marks, both the inbound and sideline hash marks were marked in Red, and the field lines were marked in white. Team areas also marked out to the 20 yard line at each end. Good gameday management, including drinks waiting for us in the changing room upon arrival.

Andrew Murrell #608

Unknown

Sheffield Giants (Youth)

No lines just cones.

Mark Wilson #558

Unknown

Solent Thrashers

100 yard field with 9 yard end zones. Crossbar overhangs the endzone by 1 yard. Predominantly marked in yellow although the half way line is white and some other 5 yard lines are in blue.

Philip Hume #52

28th July 2019 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Solent Thrashers (Youth)

100 yard field with 9 yard end zones. Crossbar overhangs the endzone by 1 yard. Predominantly marked in yellow although the half way line is white and some other 5 yard lines are in blue.

Philip Hume #52

Unknown

South East Legion (Junior)

Exceptionally well-marked 90 yard field. Posts were about half a yard behind the end line. Team areas slightly too long. Chain crew needed constant supervision. One ball person changed at half time.

Michael Hansford #594

Unknown

South Wales Warriors

The coaching boxes were too close to the sidelines, with the players boxes marked out behind this. Both head coaches agreed to use the players boxes instead. The changing room was not lockable. Plaudits to gameday management, who provided plenty of drinks for the officials throughout, which was greatly appreciated.

Amir Brooks #593

4th August 2019 v Cornish Sharks

Sussex Thunder

90 yard field marked in blue. The endzones were marked as 12 yards and the end lines were too close to the fence. There were white lines from the English football markings and this was actually 10 yards from the goal line so this was used as the endline.

David Knight #135

28th July 2019 v         Berkshire Renegades

Tamworth Phoenix

Some members of the chain crew and ball persons were replaced at halftime resulting in delay to the second half kickoff.

Shawn Sombati #15

Unknown

Wembley Stallions (Junior)

The game was suspended for 25 minute due to a player injury

Pete Thom #200

Unknown

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Birmingham Bulls

No 9 yard marks, lines marked in red with white hash marks.

Richard Whitby #136

4th August 2019 v Staffordshire Surge

Bournemouth Bobcats

100 yard field with no numbers or nine-yard marks. Thick yard line extensions near one end zone. Portable goals used. Changing rooms not lockable.

Euan Paterson #165

21st July 2019 v Hastings Conquerors

Bristol Aztecs

Field markings are in black and slightly faded. The team areas are only marked out to the 35-yard lines, and the limit lines are too close to the sidelines.

Amir Brooks #593

21st July 2019 v         Farnham Knights

Chester Romans

The team areas were only marked out by cones.

Tim Vickers # 129

21st July 2019 v Doncaster Mustangs

Chester Romans (Youth)

Initial start-time suspended for 15 minutes to allow new medics to arrive, initial set of medics involved in car accident.

Perry Wayman #504

Unknown

Chorley Buccaneers (Youth)

Due to another event being held at the venue, there were no officials changing rooms. This was noted as part of the communication with the hosts and did not prove to be an issue with both officials arriving partly dressed in kit

Lee Taylor #183

Unknown

Cobham Cougars (Youth)

Although the fields were well marked, they had only been marked with 5 yard end zones. After consultation with the coaches it was agreed that cones would be used to extend the end zones to a legal length. No dedicated changing facilities so we had to use communal ones in the sports centre and then store bags in cars.

Aside from this it was a great day of football played in a good spirit.

Andrew Murrell #608

21st July 2019

Cornish Sharks

The game was played on a soccer pitch with field markings for both sports marked in white. The goals were soccer goals with the uprights formed by scaffold poles strapped to the posts. This meant that the goalposts are too far apart and the crossbar is too low by rule. The inbounds hash marks were too close to the sidelines (approximately 14 yards). One ballboy was changed at half time.

Amir Brooks #593

Unknown

Dumfries Hunters

Sidelines, coaching and team areas were faint in contrast to other field markings.

Ian Sneddon #427

28th July 2019 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

East Kent Mavericks

Well marked 90-yard 4G field marked in blue with other sport markings in white, yellow & red. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks. 8-yard end zones and coaching line at incorrect depth. Changing room was spacious and lockable but lacked facilities.

Tim Ockendon #481

21st July 2019 v Essex Spartans

East Kent Mavericks (Youth)

Well marked 50-yard fields in red with other sport markings in blue, yellow and white. Missing team area markings but other sport markings approximated for coaching lines on both sides of the field. Changing room not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

East Kilbride Pirates

90 yard field with no limit lines

Henry Richardson #25

21st July 2019 v Northumberland Vikings

Edinburgh Wolves

Coach and team areas not fully marked out but game management marked missing lines with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

28th July 2019 v Leicester Falcons

Essex Spartans (Youth)

Two pitches well marked out.

Larry Rigby #269

Unknown

Farnham Knights

The ten yard lines were not all ten yards apart and one endzone was slightly bigger than the other.

Keith Wickham #423

Unknown

Glasgow Tigers

90 yard field.

Henry Richardson #25

21st July 2019 v         Gateshead Senators

Hastings Conquerors

A very good job by Game Management. The pitch had been repainted correctly since the previous game and grass cut to a more reasonable length. Ball Persons and Chain Crew available immediately upon arriving on the field.

80yd field, partial limit lines, no numbers or 9 yard marks. Changing room not suitable for more than 4 officials, no private shower or toilet and not lockable (although bags could be locked in the medical room).

James Ford-Bannister #479

28th July 2019 v         Jurassic Coast Raptors

Hereford Stampede

Field too narrow and no nine yard marks or numbers.

Colin Edwards #76

Unknown

Hertfordshire Cheetahs (Youth)

Two well marked fields were provided, although, due to the withdrawal of competing team, only one was used. The fields were marked in white using some of the markings of the 11-v-11 field, so there were lots of other white markings present alongside the field markings.

Peter Parsons #321

Unknown

Highland Wildcats

there were no goalposts available for the game so both teams went for two points after scores

Gordon Galloway #7

21st July 2019 v Yorkshire Academy Assassins

Knottingley Raiders

90 yard field. No limit lines, 9 yard marks or numbers. The 3 yard mark was incorrectly located at the two.

David Hewitt #607

28th July 2019 v Leeds Bobcats

Leeds Bobcats

80 yard field. No limit lines or nine yard marks. As noted in the last two reports from this venue, grass is getting extremely long. Wing officials reported on some plays that they couldn’t even see the ball once it was spotted.

Daniel Holt #371

21st July 2019 v Halton Spartans

Leicester Falcons

90 yard field well marked.

Ian Wainwright #567

21st July 2019 v Manchester Titans

London Blitz

The field is marked in meters and not yards. One endzone is much shorter than the other (about 8 yards at one end and nearer 13 at the other). NFL hash marks were marked on the field.

Graham P Hedges #219

21st July 2019 v Kent Exiles

London Blitz B

Changing rooms at the facility were very poor. There were pieces of wood with nails sticking out of them on the floor. The toilet in the changing room was not plumbed correctly and appeared to be leaking. Upon arrival at the game the field was not marked (resolved by the team upon request). The field was marked out in metres rather than yards. The chains were 10 yards long. Kick off time advertised on arbiter was not the same as the one that the teams were both aware of.

Dean Wright #553

Unknown

London Blitz (Junior)

Field marked in metres but chains are 10 yards so used chains. determined that 10 yard penalties would be 9 metres, 5 yard penalties were 4.5 metres and 15 yard penalties were 13.5 metres. Best guess half distance enforcement.

Brian Yates #29

14th July 2019 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

London Hornets

A full quota of official's assistants were not available until just before kick off. One was changed early in the first quarter. 90 yard field, NFL hash marks, no limit lines and team areas were painted to the 20 yard line.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

London Warriors

90-yard field with 8-yard end zones, well marked in blue with other sport markings in white, yellow & red. No limit lines or numbers and team areas too big. One game ball supplied was not at correct pressure. Plaudits to game management for retrieving two game balls trapped in the netting behind one goal during the game, without which the game may not have been able to continue. Changing room not private or lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

21st July 2019 v London Olympians

London Warriors (Junior)

Medical coverage arrived late resulting in a 25-minute delay to kickoff. A full quota of official's assistants were also not available at the scheduled kick off time.

90 yard field, NFL hash marks, no limit lines, one ball very worn, and team areas were painted to the 20 yard line.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

Maidstone Pumas

Maidstone were playing at a new venue, Aylesford Bulls Rugby Club, do not use the postcode for this location on sat nav otherwise this takes you to the wrong side of the field, instead use club hall road. The endzones were of minimum required length, there were NFL hash marks, and no 9-yard marks. Maidstone game management said this would be rectified for their next home game..

Richard Moger #472

Unknown

Manchester Titans (Junior)

80 yard field, reasonably well marked although not all the sideline hash marks were equally spaced.

Lee Taylor #183

Unknown

Morecambe Bay Storm

Although mostly well marked the field was marked in red and was not entirely straight at some points.

Stuart Alger #179

21st July 2019 v         Knottingley Raiders

Nottingham Caesars

One member of the chain crew needed to be replaced due to being inattentive.

Paul Todd #289

28th July 2019 v Shropshire Revolution

Ouse Valley Eagles

At 6:56 in the 3rd Quarter an Ouse Valley player suffered a suspected neck injury so the game was suspended as the medical cover determined that the player should not be moved from the field of play and required an ambulance. After 2 hours and no sign of an ambulance, a discussion was held with the head coaches. After consultation the game was abandoned and the score at the time declared final, due to having to vacate the venue by a set time, and the away team having to depart by a set time.

Andrew Murrell #608

21st July 2019 v Colchester Gladiators

Oxford Saints

Field generally well marked in light blue with some faded markings for otherwise sports in white. No nine yard marks, limit lines or team areas.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

21st July 2019 v Sussex Thunder

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

With 1 minute to go in the second quarter, there was an injury which required the player to attend hospital. As he was held on the field for some time, it was agreed between the referee and the two head coaches to take the half time break and then play the last minute of the first half before turning around and starting the second half. The half time interval lasted for 20 minutes and no extra time was lost in delay.

David Knight #135

28th July 2019 v Oxford Saints

Salisbury City Marauders (Youth)

Fields were slightly too long, 12 yard lines located in the wrong place, one field had a tight enclosure but hard surfaces were padded if too close. Changing rooms not lockable.

Oliver Maskell #221

Unknown

Sandwell Steelers

Changing rooms not locked, no separate toilet. H type Goal posts set 3 yards outside end line, meaning cross bar was 3 yards behind end line for both goals.

Andrew Lovell #559

21st July 2019 v Shropshire Revolution

Sheffield Giants

100 yard field. Numbers were present but at 4 yards. The boundary line of the cricket field ran diagonally across the field but didn't cause any problems. No limit lines.

David Hewitt #607

28th July 2019 v Merseyside Nighthawks

Shropshire Revolution

Most 5 yard lines not straight. Changing rooms not locked, no private toilet. Game played in excellent spirit by both teams.

Andrew Lovell #559

Unknown

Somerset Wyverns

100 yard field with some lines not straight. Top of the numbers are 6 yards from the sideline. Changing room is small but locked during game and opened at half time.

Euan Paterson #165

Unknown

Torbay Trojans

In the main usual good showing from Torbay Game Management - the field had suffered a little from overnight rain which had taken some of the markings away but was manageable with good crew communication. Game was halted for a short period in the second half due to a drone having landed on the field, traced to a group of youngsters in an adjacent play area, not connected to the game being played.

Francis Bevan #474

21st July 2019 v Cornish Sharks

Worcestershire Black Knights

Venue now has two sets of posts present. Game briefly stopped due to incursion into Somerset Sideline area of improperly anchored gazebo.

Krister Halvorsen #217

21st July 2019 v         Bristol Apache

Yorkshire Academy Assassins (Junior)

Well marked 100 yd field. A single delay to repair the chains.

Daniel Johnston #347

Unknown

END ZONE

PLAY OF THE WEEK:

New this week

Play: Team A line up for a field goal attempt at the Team B 10 yard line. The ball is legally kicked low and hits the Umpire on the head. The ball loops up into the air and passes between the posts & over the crossbar without touching anyone else or the ground. Ruling?


Ruling?

Last week

Play: Team A, 4th and 10 at the B-45. A1’s punt is above the Team B goal line and is batted back into the field of play by Team A. B32 picks up the loose ball at the B-3 where A55 tackles him by the facemask.


Ruling: Team B’s Ball, 1st and 10 at the B-20. The ball has broken the plane of Team B’s goal line when it is batted thus resulting in an illegal touching violation (6-3-11). The basic spot for this case of illegal touching is the B-20. A55 commits a facemask foul when he tackles B32 (9-1-8).  Acceptance of the personal foul penalty would result in B’s ball, 1st and 10 at the B-18, but it also cancels the right to invoke the illegal touching privilege.  Team B would be better off declining the penalty for the facemask and taking the ball at the spot of the violation, which is the B-20.

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: What is the “Silent Wind” and when should a Referee be using it?


Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: Prior to the game, when visiting the home team Head Coach he informs the Referee and Umpire that if his team will start the game with an onside kick if they are to kick-off.

At the Coin toss the visiting team wins and elects to receive; should the crew move to onside kick positions?


Answer: No. It is not “obvious” that an onside kick will be attempted.

An onside kick is only likely or obvious if it is late in the game and the team kicking off is behind in the score (M9.1.a.1).

While the crew may be expecting an onside kick, outside observers (including the receiving team) will not be. Switching to Onside Kick positions at a time when it is not obvious could “tip off” the receiving team and grossly disadvantage the kicking team.

CALENDAR

Date

Event

Contact for details

2019

July 20th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info 

10th August (Sat)

Youth Contact Finals - Stourbridge RFC

operations@bafra.info

17th or 18th August (Sat or Sun)

Adult Flag Finals

operations@bafra.info

25th August (Sat)

Junior Division 2 Finals - Stourbridge RFC

operations@bafra.info

31st August (Sat)

Adult Division 2 South Final - New River Stadium

operations@bafra.info

31st August (Sat)

Adult Division 1 Final - New River Stadium

operations@bafra.info

1st September (Sun)

Junior Division 1 Final - New River Stadium

operations@bafra.info

1st September (Sun)

Premier Division FInal (Brit Bowl)  - New River Stadium

operations@bafra.info

7th September (Sat)

Adult Division 2 North Final - Druids Park

operations@bafra.info

8th September (Sun)

Youth Flag Finals

operations@bafra.info

8th September (Sun)

Cadet Flag Finals

operations@bafra.info

16th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info 

2020

4th - 5th April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

convention@bafra.info 

4th April (Sat)

BAFRA Ltd. AGM

secretary@bafra.info 

BAFRA Directors

President

David Parsons

president@bafra.info

General Secretary

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info

Finance

Roger Brown

finance@bafra.info

Operations

Roger Goodgroves

operations@bafra.info

Recruitment

Ollie Maskell

recruitment@bafra.info

Training

Tzvi Lindeman

training@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

dwp1@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

dwp2@bafra.info

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

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Editor: Ben Griffiths - Email: newsflash@bafra.info

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