Issue 29/19                                                                                31st July 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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BAFRA CHARITY 2019

The donations to the BAFRA Charity will close on 7th August. Thank you to all who have donated so far. If, for whatever reason, you have yet to make your donation, don’t worry, please ensure that Finance receive it before the close of business on 7th. 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

QUALIFIED

Congratulations to Jack Hallinan on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Tim Okendon and all those who have helped with Jack’s training.

Tzvi Lindeman - BAFRA Director of Training

training@bafra.info


HEAD OF MENTORING[a]

Given recent feedback from members who have mentored in recent years, the board has agreed to implement a new Head of Mentoring role. This role would act as the sole liaison for all Mentors as they guide trainees through the Associate process. The role will include reporting to the Director of Recruitment, however they will also work very closely with the Director of Training to ensure a consistently high level of training is delivered to all Associates.

Ideally the person in the role will have mentored themselves in the past, for an understanding of the current process.

Any questions or for a full discussion around the role, please feel free to give me a call. My number can be found on the BAFRA Membership list. Formal expressions of interest should be emailed to me at recruitment@bafra.info .The deadline for applications is Sunday 11th August.

Ollie Maskell - Director of Recruitment

recruitment@bafra.info

CALENDAR UPDATE

The calendar of upcoming events has been updated after some clarifications from BAFA. Officials are advised to re-read the calendar at the end of newsflash to update any records you may have.

Newsflash Editorial Team

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DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Andrew Carr

20

Chorley Buccaneers

FGT

4

With just over 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter, #20 head butted a Highland Wildcats receiver.

*Mr. Carr 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 Chorley Buccaneers or the first regular season game of a University or Adult Team if he registers for a University or Adult Team.

Danniel Carroll

6

East Kent Mavericks

TUF

2

#6 confronted an official and preceded to use foul and abusive language. Subsequently, he left the field and started berating the officials from the sideline.

4th August 2019 v East Essex Sabres

Leslie Adufo

45

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

TGT

2

With 2.23 remaining in the 2nd quarter, #45 was seen to initiate a helmet to helmet block. As this came from the blindside, the offended player was deemed defenseless and #45 was ejected under rule 9-1-4.

*Mr. Adufo 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 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts or the first regular season game of a University Team if he registers for a University Team.

Previous weeks

Kyle Bury

11

East Essex Sabres

FGT

4

After being unnecessarily roughed, the player was seen to retaliate by striking an opponent 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.


GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Bristol Aztecs

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

Amir Brooks #593

Unknown

Cambridgeshire Cats

Changing rooms not lockable and quite a distance from the sport centre to the actual field.

Phil Clarke #262

11th August 2019 vs Sussex Thunder

Dumfries Hunters

90 yard field well marked in red, it was noted by the referee that all main lines and sideline hash marks stopped the required distance from the sidelines.

Lee Taylor #183

Unknown

Edinburgh Wolves

Team and player areas not painted but marked with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

Unknown

Kent Exiles

Due to recent rain, the field markings had been redone and, whilst suitable, were a little wonky in places. With 5:11 remaining in the 4th quarter, after a defensive score, a serious injury to a player required an ambulance. After 60mins delay and no indication of its imminent arrival, the score was declared final.

Steven Leonard #370

Unknown

Highland Wildcats (Junior)

Although the field was marked out only a few days before the game the groundsman decided to cut the grass after painting the lines, so the lines were faint.

Ian Sneddon #427

Unknown

London Blitz

With 33 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter, the game was suspended for 70 minutes due to a serious lower leg injury to a Blitz player that required an ambulance to be called. Then with 1:49 remaining in the 4th quarter, an Olympians player suffered a serious arm injury which also required an ambulance. After 60 minutes, there was no sign of an ambulance so the score was declared final.

Andrew Murrell #608

Unknown

Manchester Titans

Well marked field however lines were very faint at kick off. In some areas the hash marks had disappeared before the end of the game.

John Roberts #145

Unknown

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Game suspended for 10 minutes in the first quarter on discovery of a dangerous hole just outside one end line, game management rectified this fairly quickly. Chains broke four times throughout the game. No 9 yard marks. Plaudits to Portsmouth for attracting a sizeable crowd for the game.

Oliver Maskell #221

Unknown

Sandwell Steelers

Small changing room, not locked.

Andrew Lovell #559

11th August vs         East Kilbride Pirates

Sussex Thunder

Well marked 90-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white and red. Marked end lines were too close to the boundary fence so a soccer line was used instead which reduced the end zone depth to 9 yards and meant that the goals were not in the plane of the end line. Team areas marked with cones. Changing room was a good size but lacked facilities and was not lockable, however Game Management did provide a separate lockable room where the officials' kit could be stored during the game. Game balls provided were in good condition but one was below regulation pressure.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

Torbay Trojans

No 3 yard lines. No 9 yard lines. Chains broke twice during the game. No lock on changing room.

Richard Madge #485

Unknown

Wembley Stallions

We were presented with a chain crew member who was 13 years of age. they were replaced by an adult prior to the game starting.

Brian Yates #29

Unknown

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Aberdeen Roughnecks

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

Ian Sneddon #427

Unknown

Bedfordshire Blackhawks (Youth)

One sideline was marked with cones, there were no goal lines or midfield line marked. Just prior to half time in the first game a player suffered a suspected neck injury so the game was suspended for two hours to wait for an ambulance.

Andrew Murrell #608

Unknown

Birmingham Bulls

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

Richard Whitby #136

4th August 2019 v Staffordshire Surge

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

Bournemouth Bobcats

Game played in good spirits with the away team struggling for players from the start. The Head Linesman was injured in the 1st quarter leading to the crew adjusting to three man mechanics.

Philip Hume #52

Unknown

Chester Romans

The field was well marked, although in some cases the hash marks did not line up with the sideline marks.

John Roberts #145

Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humber Warhawks

The changing rooms were locked on arrival, resulting in a 20 minute wait to gain entry. The officials changing rooms are too small for a 4 man crew and not lockable and are located ¼ mile from the field. The field is 100 yards long with 10 yard end-zones, however the following lines were missing: Limit Lines, Nine Yard Marks, PATmarks.

Chris Jarvis #10

Unknown

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

Leeds Bobcats

Marked in blue, infield markings very faint.

Liam Wooton #478

Unknown

Leicester Falcons (Youth)

The Tamworth v Sandwell game suspended for 28 minutes due to injury; completed game on alternate pitch.

Mark Wilson #558

Unknown

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)

Lines are faint to the point of being barely usable.

Ben Gadsby #564

Unknown

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 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

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

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

Ouse Valley Eagles

Chain set broke on the first play from scrimmage but no problems after that.

Brian Yates #29

Unknown

Oxford Saints

Game was played at Oxford RFC rather than Tilsley Park. Changing rooms not lockable. No limit lines. No marked coaching box or team area on the visiting team sideline.

Peter Parsons #321

Unknown

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

SESKU Academy (Youth)

Although reasonably well marked both fields had one sideline marked with cones. The facility closed at approximately 5pm so the players and officials had no option but to travel home in uniform.

David Hewitt #607

Unknown

Sheffield Giants (Youth)

No lines just cones.

Mark Wilson #558

Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

Wembley Stallions (Youth)

Well marked 50-yard fields in white with some other sport markings in white in the end zones. Missing team area markings. Changing room well appointed and lockable but very narrow. Plaudits to Game Management for providing two down boxes and people to work them.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

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: First possession series of Extra Period. Team A, 2nd and 7 at the B-22. Team A lines up with 5 players clearly in the backfield. B21 intercepts A12’s pass. During the return, B56 hits A20 with a vicious blindside block with forcible contact to the head. B21 goes in for what appears to be the game winning touchdown. The FJ has a flag down for targeting.


Ruling?

Last week

Play: Team A, 4th and 7 at the A-8.  Punter A85 receives the snap and runs to his right. At the A-6, A85 kicks the ball, which bounds along the ground to the B-48 where it is fielded by B1, who returns it to the B-49 where he is tackled by A19. During the kick, A19 steps out of bounds on his own at the A-17.


Ruling: Either, Team B’s Ball - 1st and 10 at the A-46 or Team A’s Ball - 4th and 11 at the A-4. A19 commits a foul for stepping out of bounds on his own during a legal kick down and is by rule prevented from returning inbounds (6-3-12). Team B has the option to enforce this foul from the succeeding spot or from the previous spot (6-3-13). The clock will start on the snap following the legal kick (3-3-2-d-8).

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: After a forward pass has been thrown, how much time should the umpire spend continuing to observe the action in the vicinity of the line of scrimmage before turning to assist deep and wing officials with the pass?


Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: How should a Linesman and Linejudge work together during a penalty enforcement to ensure that yardage is marked off correctly.  (Note that this is not a free kick play).


Answer: M19.3.6 & M19.3.8.  The Linesman shall move the same distance as the Umpire and ensure that the distance moved is correct.  The Linejudge shall remain at the enforcement spot until all officials are happy that the penalty has been enforced correctly.


CALENDAR

Date

Event

Contact for details

2019

10th August (Sat)

Youth Contact Finals - Stourbridge RFC

operations@bafra.info

17th - 18th August (Sat-Sun)

Adult Flag Finals - Belle Vue Sports Village

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

7th September (Sat)

Youth Flag Finals - Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park

operations@bafra.info

7th September (Sat)

Cadet Flag Finals - Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park

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.

All Incident Reports to be submitted via www.bafra.info.

Deadline for articles submitted by email (newsflash@bafra.info) is midnight Tuesday.

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

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