On the 8th of March every year, sporting communities around the world celebrate women’s contribution, achievements and increasing visibility and call for the acceleration of gender equality. It’s a fantastic celebration of just how far we have come in raising awareness against bias.
Since BAFRA was formed back in 1984, we have had just over 40 women come through our ranks. However, we have never been in a situation where we have had 6 fully qualified and experienced Officials at any one time. We have that now.
Last year at the Women’s European Championships held in Leeds, 2 of our Officials were selected to work the event, Susannah Taylor and Alisha Darkins. This was a very proud moment for the Ladies, BAFRA and for American football in Great Britain. A great achievement and reward for all their hard work in their officiating development and support to the sport in general.
Throughout the world there are many activities planned by various sports organizations to mark the day and BAFRA are included. We want to shout about our very own amazing Woman.
This coming Sunday, 8th March, BAFRA have assigned its first all-Female Crew to the BUCS Playoff game between Derby Braves and Newcastle Raiders. The Ladies have been working hard to make this happen and is testament to their determination. I have no doubt they will do a great job.
If you are free why don’t you come along to watch what should be a very competitive game
Location: University of Derby Sports Centre, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB
Kickoff is at 1:00pm
The Officiating Crew are as follows:
Referee: Alisha Darkins
Umpire: Benita Grant-Booker
Head Linesman: Leanne Spencer
Line Judge: Lil Bush
Back Judge: Susannah Taylor
Centre Judge: Barbara Jacquin
Davie Parsons, BAFRA President
Celebrated PAC-12 Official Jeff Dahle Returns to Speak at 2020 BAFRA Convention
The BAFRA Board of Directors are delighted to announce that Jeff Dahle will be the Guest of Honour and main speaker at our 2020 Convention and Training Weekend.
New BAFRA member Gus Mckechnie appeared on BBC South Today, talking about his football journey, becoming an official and the benefits it brings. You can check out the full report below.
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Appointments to the board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Yarnfield Park on Saturday 6th April brought forward new faces and names to the established team. The BAFRA Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Roger Goodgroves who succeeds Richard Vernon as Director of Operations, and Ollie Maskell who replaces Lee Taylor as Director of Recruitment. Further details of appointments will be filed in the members section of the website under “meeting minutes - AGM”. These are two key roles in shaping the future of the organisation and delivering on the long-held mission to provide quality officials to the sport of American Football in the UK and overseas.
I caught up with Roger during the week to get his views and plans.
“I am pleased to be given the opportunity to head up the operations team within BAFRA and I will look to make a smooth transition for all officials and teams. I am very fortunate that the team within operations that I have worked with over the past few seasons have agreed to continue to work with me to achieve this. I will look to build on the work that Richard Vernon put into the role which gives me a very solid foundation for the growth that's needed as American Football expands in this country."
Ollie Maskell who has a background in recruitment and was an Alan Wilson Award nominee this year, brings fresh ideas and passion for excellence to the board. I had a chance to get his initial views at the end of the convention.
"I am delighted to have been appointed Director of Recruitment, I know I can bring a new view to the role given my background in in-house recruitment. The next few years will see the British American Football game go from strength to strength under a new BAFA board, and it is important that BAFRA can continue to deliver enough high-quality officials so that the sport can continue being played in a safe manner."
I’m sure you will all join the other members of the Board and wider BAFRA membership in supporting Roger and Ollie in their personal development and delivery of their respective responsibilities to the organisation.
Board of Directors
The BAFRA Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Bill LeMonnier again as Guest of Honour and main speaker at our 2019 Convention and Training Weekend – 6th/7th April 2019. For more than a decade BAFRA’s Annual Convention has grown in stature to become one of the best officiating training events in Europe.
Davie Parsons, BAFRA President said, “We are thrilled that Bill has once again accepted the offer to be our guest and Principle Speaker at the Convention. This will be his fifth visit to our shores and our members are really looking forward to his presentations and insight. Bill has an extensive background in officiating and is a renowned Clinician. He is in constant demand to speak at training events all over the world and we are privileged to have him on-board.”
Following their attendance at the IFAF training clinic in Budapest Bill and Davie are bringing the latest updates and developments to the UK convention.
As well as Officiating in the Big Ten Conference for 20 years, LeMonnier has an impressive list of 20 Bowl assignments and numerous awards to his credit. In 2013 he was awarded the National Association of Sports Officials' Gold Whistle Award which recognises outstanding contributions of sports officials, referees and umpires beyond their officiating duties. Since 2014 to date Bill has been taking his wealth of knowledge and experience to ESPN/ABC as rules analyst for NCAA football broadcasts.
The Convention will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre in Yarnfield, Staffordshire over the weekend of 6th and 7th April and places are going fast. Attendance is not restricted solely to BAFRA members as we have Officials attend every year from all over Europe. Information on how to attend the Convention is published in BAFRA’s weekly Newsflash available here.
BAFRA Board of Directors
The BAFRA Board of Directors are delighted to announce that Jeff Dahle will be the Guest of Honour and main speaker at our 2018 Convention and Training Weekend.
Jeff began his officiating career in 1999 with the Northern Nevada Football Officiating Association. He served as the NNFOA’s president over half of his tenure and was elected twice as crew chief. He worked several high school playoffs including two Nevada state championships in 2004 and 2007.
He started working at the NCAA level in 2004, joining the Northern California junior college association as a Side Judge and Referee where he was assigned three post-season assignments including a state semi-final. He was hired by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2010 as a Side Judge where he worked for two years and received a post-season assignment in 2011. Jeff then moved to the CFO West in 2012, consisting of the Mountain West and Big 12, for two years and worked a bowl game in 2013. Jeff was hired by the PAC-12 in 2014 and has been assigned a post-season bowl game every season, most recently being the 2018 CFP semi-final Sugar Bowl.
Additionally, Jeff is part of the PAC-12 Referee developmental program. He also participates as an instructor and mentor at several officiating camps and clinics during the off-season.
Over the last 10 years BAFRA’s Annual Convention has grown in stature to become one of the best officiating training events in Europe. Davie Parsons, BAFRA President said, “Once again we are thrilled to welcome a high-profile college official to our Convention. We are looking forward to gaining from Jeff’s 20 years of experiences officiating at the highest level as well as his expertise in delivering quality football clinics and training.”
BAFRA Board of Directors
A vacancy has arisen on the BAFRA Rules and Mechanics Committee for an experienced official with good rules and mechanics knowledge. The Committee does most of its work electronically so the time commitment is easy to organise around a personal schedule. Actual face-to- face meetings only take place very occasionally.
For more information on the responsibilities of the role, please contact the Committee Chair, Jim Briggs on email@example.com.
Expressions of interest should be emailed to Paul Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th November please to allow the Board to make its selection.
The BUCS season is fast approaching and if you are a game day manager for a team and wanting all the information for your game day then checks out our team pack page
This page has all the information any team should need regarding game day including Getting BAFRA Officials for your games, BAFA Field Markings and BAFACL playing Rules
BAFRA are taking advantage of the gap between the end of the 2016 National League season and the start of the 2016/17 BUCS season to update its online presence including the BAFRA website. The plan is for the new website to go live in early October. A further bulletin will be sent out once the changeover is complete. If your team website has a link to BAFRA, please forward this information to your webmaster.
The current site is at www.bafra.org
The new site will be at www.bafra.info
The new website is being tested on multiple platforms, but if you experience any
access problems after the changover, then please send the details to email@example.com
All e-mails for BAFRA are changing too - ".org" becomes ".info" so,
The new E-mails are already live, so you can change your address book straight away.