BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 02/15

5th February 2015


Amazing Response

The response to last week’s Convention article in Newsflash has been fantastic. Within 5 days of it going out we had 50 people registered to attend. This really makes the job of organising the event a lot easier for everyone involved, so my thanks to all who registered so quickly.

54 and counting

The following 54 members have booked their places at the Convention. If you are not listed it may be because you have only recently confirmed your place in the last couple of days. An updated list will be issued next week.

S Alger, M Allen, S Bernardi, J Briggs, A Brookes, J Brookes-Lewis, R Brown, J Burns, D Burridge, A Cockerill, M Cockerill, G Coleman, L Connor, I Davies, Mt Gibson, Muz Gibson, K Glover, R Goodgroves, R Grace, J Graveling, J Griffin, B Griffiths, D Hewitt, R Hill, D Holt, C Jarvis, D Knight, A Lambert, B LeMonnier, J Mead, J Meredith, A Miller, A Murrell, T Newsham, F Oldfield, C Olsson, D Parsons, A Pickles, R Prattley, M Prentice, S Quick, S Sombati, K Stanton, D Sterling, P Sutton, L Taylor, F Thomson, S Tonkinson, D Welsh, S Welsh, A Wilson, M Wilson, B Yates and S Young.

Let’s Get Registered

If you are not taking advantage of the excellent accommodation rates available at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre you still need to register to attend the Convention. To register please contact Charles Young at Full details of the Convention and accommodation rates can be found at the following link

Lunch and Evening Meal

Lunch and an evening meal will be provided at the Convention on the Saturday only. This will be provided free of charge to BAFRA Members. However, we do need to advise the Conference Centre of numbers by early March if we want to retain the discounted rates they have offered. As such, if you want lunch and the evening meal then you will need to register your intention to attend the Convention with Charlie no later than 1st March, so don't delay if you don’t want to pay.


Payment for Convention rooms are due by 1st March, and cheques should be made payable to BAFRA Ltd and sent to Charles Young at 8 Shaw Square, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 6SF. Cheques may not be cashed till this date. If you wish to pay out of game fees please let know, if paying electronically please quote booking reference and name and use the account numbered 10255350, sort code 16-16-11, BAFRA Ltd, RBS, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

Please let us know by email if you use this method to

Davie Parsons


Yesterday we learned of the sad passing of former Brighton Tsunami Head Coach Tony Bainbridge. Coach Bainbridge touched the lives of many with his enthusiasm and passion for our sport.

As a mark of respect we request that all games start with either a minute of silence or a minute of applause to remember his life - whichever it is that both teams find most appropriate.

Richard Vernon


The Sapphire Series is the national championship for women’s contact football. The series, which comprises of 3 Rounds (14th February, 28th February, 14th March), sees teams compete across a number of tournaments in the 5 v 5 format.

Officials are needed to cover these tournaments; a game fee will be paid for covering these events. 3 Team Tournaments require only 2 officials; all other tournaments will need 4 officials. Officials who officiated the Opal Series last year are asked to provide their valuable experience but I also encourage newer officials to try to officiate at one of these events as it will help develop confidence, as you will be making plenty of calls.

Here are the latest tournament details

ROUND 1 - 14th February (all these are confirmed and start at 1300)

Edinburgh Tournament (3 teams)

Venue: Queensferry Rugby Football Club, 30 Ashburnham Road, South Queensferry, City of Edinburgh EH30 9JN

Derby Tournament (4 teams)

Venue: University of Derby, Kedleston Road, DE22 1GB

Royal Holloway Tournament (5 teams)

Venue: Sports Centre, Royal Holloway University, Egham Hill, Egham TW20 0EX

ROUND 2 - 28th February

Teesside Tournament (1230 start)

Venue: Stockton Riverside College, Bede College Sports Centre, Marsh House Avenue, Billingham TS23 3HB

Manchester Tournament (1230 start)

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium, Stadium Way, Eccles M30 7WH

Hertfordshire Tournament (1300 start)

Venue: Herts Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9EU

ROUND 3 – 14th March

Details yet to be confirmed although venues will be Leeds, Sandwell and Hatfield (2nd tournament)

Let me know by email if you can cover any of these events. Should you require any additional information I will be pleased to assist.

Richard Vernon


The Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited will be held at 5:00pm on 28th March 2015 at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL as part of the Convention. All members are invited to attend. As always a proportion of the Director posts are up for election. This year they are: Director of Finance, Director of Operations, Director of Recruitment and Director without Portfolio #2. In the case of the Director of Operations and the Director without Portfolio #2, the present incumbents have indicated that they will seek re-election to those posts. However, both the current Director of Finance and the current Director of Recruitment have indicated their intention to stand down when their term of office expires at the AGM.

As always, the Directors encourage qualified members to put themselves forward for election to all posts, but in particular this year to the posts of Directors of Finance and Recruitment which will otherwise fall vacant.

Any qualified member considering standing for one of the above posts and wishes to know more information about what it entails should contact me or, should they so wish, any other director. All qualified members will receive, via e-mail, nomination papers by 7th February 2015 which must be returned to me electronically by 5:00pm on 28th February 2015 at the latest. Should you believe you are entitled to a nomination form and have not received on by the date indicated, please contact me as a matter of urgency.

In the same e-mail there will be a form for submitting a resolution to the AGM. Resolutions should pertain to the Articles of Association, the Memorandum of Association or the Regulations of the Company. Again, such proposals must be received by 5:00pm on 28th February 2015 at the latest. All other matters should not be submitted as resolutions but may be asked as questions to the relevant director or the directors as a body. Whilst it is appreciated if such questions are submitted in advance (especially if they will require an answer involving research) this is not a requirement and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions on the day. Questions may be asked by any member and are not restricted to qualified members.

Papers for the AGM will be sent to all members by 7th March 2015. Proxy voting applications for qualified members unable to attend the AGM will be sent by the same date

Paul Sutton


The University season is due to finish on 22nd February with 29 games, so we need everyone possible to be available so we can cover as many games as possible. Thanks to all the commitment shown during the season which has meant that we have been able to reduce the number of games not covered by BAFRA by over 50%.

A spare week has been planned for 1st March and currently there will be about 7 games played then.

The Play-Offs begin the following week although there will only be 6 of these on 7th/8th March.

Richard Vernon


This will commence over Easter weekend 4th April, so it really important that you update Arbiter if you are unavailable over that period as we know we have at least 17 games.

Richard Vernon


Cheques have been issued for the following games last weekend:

01/02/2015: UCLA, MMU Eagles, Glasgow Tigers, UWE Bullets, City Sentinels, Oxford Brooks Panthers, LSBU Spartans, Keele Crusaders, Leeds Beckett, Coventry, Southampton Stags, Bournemouth U Bobcats, NTU, UCH Sharks, Gloucestershire Gladiators, Kings Regents, Cambridge pythons, Bath Killer Bees

31/01/15: Loughborough Students

25/01/15: Essex Blades

Jon Ikins


The Directors again invite members to nominate a charity for BAFRA members to support in 2015. Any member wishing to nominate a charity should send their suggestion to me by 28th February.

Paul Sutton









New this week

Will Garvey


Leeds Celtics



With about 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, #45 was seen to punch an opponent in the helmet during a tackle.

08/02/15 v York Centurions

Previous weeks – none





New this week

MMU Eagles

The field was initially marked as 100 yards with approximately 3 yard endzones, therefore the home team had set up the 5 yard lines to be used as the goal lines leaving a 90 yard field with 8 yard end-zones. There were no 3 yard marks. Not all 5 yard lines were exactly 5 yards apart and not all sideline short yardage extension marks lined up with their counterparts at the inbounds lines. No team areas or coaching lines marked. The changing rooms were not secured.

Prior to the game it was observed by the officials that the visiting team (Manchester Tyrants) Jersey’s were illegal under rule 1-4-4-c-3, the front numerals were approximately only 3 to 4 inches high as they had a large University of Manchester logo where the numeral would normally go. The rear numerals were correctly sized. The home team (MMU Eagles) also spotted this and queried their legality with the officials. I stated that they were correct in that the jersey’s were illegal and that they would be reported but the game would be played. The Manchester Tyrants coach was informed that his teams Jersey’s were illegal and he was advised to address the issue for subsequent games.

During the game it was observed that if any players of the home team (MMU Eagles) under approximately 6 foot tall had tucked in their Jerseys, then there Jerseys would also have become illegal. While the numerals were the correct height, they were very low down the Jersey and tucking the Jerseys in would have caused the number to be obscured and no longer visible.

Ben Griffiths #228

15/02/15 v LJM Fury

Canterbury Chargers

No team areas or coaching areas present. Interior and sideline hashes were incomplete. No numbers or 9 yard marks. No PAT mark at 3 yard line. Chain crew and ball boys supplied very close to kickoff time, there was also 1 change to the chain crew in the 2nd half. All 3 game balls were supplied by away team.

Phil Clarke #262

15/02/15 v OBU Panthers

UWE Bullets

Inbounds lines less than 60 feet from sidelines. No numbers or marks on field. Sideline numbers and pylons not brought out until kick off time. Game management stated this was because of a late finishing soccer game. Ball boys not provided until kick off. One ball had a slow puncture and therefore one was provided by the visiting team. Otherwise, a good hard fought game between two local teams.

Mike LeFevre #341

22/02/15 v Exeter Demons

Bournemouth Bobcats

Played at Portsmouth's home ground with Bournemouth as game management. Coaching boxes and team areas marked with cones. Bournemouth's balls were soft so we used Portsmouth's. Chain crew and ball boys provided late. Bournemouth were not on the field at the kickoff time, so were penalised under Rule 3-4-1-a. All Portsmouth's second half timeouts were expended on EQV violations (mouthpieces).

Jim Briggs #31


KCL Regents

Kings' first game at Guys Hospital Athletic Ground. 80 Yard field marked in red. No coaches box or team areas marked out. Size of team areas marked with cones at each 25 yard line. No limit lines. Numbers and NCAA hashmarks present. Changing room very nice but lacks a private toilet facility.

Lee Mills #70

15/02/15 v Royal Holloway Bears

Southampton Stags

The goal posts are attached to the fence surrounding the field and are therefore not in the plane of the end line. The soccer field sideline is used as the team area line and is not quite at 12 feet from the sideline.

Pete Parsons #321

08/02/15 v Solent Redhawks

Keele Crusaders

Game played at Staffordshire University even though it was officially Keele's home game. Only one set of goal posts so all drives went one way. Only 2 legal balls were provided by Keele but Staffordshire had 3 better-quality balls so the teams agreed to use them instead. No ball persons were provided by Keele. Field was also too narrow.

Aminul Hussan #534

01/03/15 v MMU Eagles

Leeds Becket

Field is 80 yards with 9 yard endzones. No team areas marked. No hash marks on either sideline. No 3 yard mark. Ball persons changed a number of times during the game.

John Roberts #145

15/02/15 v Hull Sharks

Coventry Jets

The down box had been broken in a previous game so only the top half was usable, so we had a 3 foot high down box. Officials assistants provided five minutes prior to kickoff. 80 yard field.

Richard Whitby #136


LSBU Spartans

Field was undulating with no hash marks. Yard markings were on only one side of the field. No 9 yard marks and no team areas. In addition the field had a number of areas where there was dog excrement which had to be removed by Game Management both before and during the game. The home team only had two suitable game balls and the third ball was provided by the visiting team.

Richard Vernon #103

08/02/15 v Royal Holloway Bears

Outstanding items from previous weeks

DMU Falcons

One end zone barely 7 yards, other only 5 so all plays towards 7 yards end zone. Field only 80 yards. 5 yard lines present but not particularly straight and complete to sidelines. No hash marks, no marked coaching or team areas, no 3 yard marks. No ball persons provided.

Steve Quick #186

15/02/15 v Warwick Wolves

Leeds Celtics

The 5 yard lines were not always 5 yards apart. Team areas marked between 20 yard lines. Prior to the game it was discovered that the provided medical cover was two technicians and an ambulance; which was insufficient. One of the visiting team assistant coaches had the appropriate medical qualification to meet rule 13-1-1 and upon his inspection of the equipment provided by the ambulance technicians he agreed to act as medical cover. Resolving this delayed kick-off by 5 minutes.

Ben Griffiths #228

22/02/15 v Bradford Bears

Chichester Spitfires

90 yard field with 7 yard end zones. No 9-yard marks and the (very small) numbers were only 5 yards from the sideline. Some of the hash marks were more than 1 yard apart. No team area or coaching box markings. With the agreement of both teams, the game kicked off 30 minutes EARLY because the preceding rugby match was cancelled. Excellent changing rooms.

Jim Briggs

22/02/15 v Southampton Stags

Solent Redhawks

Referees changed in a large changing room and then had to move belongings prior to the game to an English Football referees style changing room that was only big enough for 3 people - this room was used at half time and after the game and was not big enough for the size of the crew - Field markings were poor on the side lines and were very faint - middle hash marks were better as they had only just been repainted - plane of the cross bar is not on the end line but over hangs the endzone - endzones are only 9 yards deep. Game held up for 6 minutes whilst medical staff attended an injured Chichester player. As this happened with 7 seconds left in the first half with Solent in possession of the ball and closed to scoring, the elected to take the 10 second subtraction for the injured player and half time was declared. Player continued to receive medical treatment on the field during half time.

David Knight #135

15/02/14 v Bournemouth Bobcats

BNU Buccaneers

Field was marked in metres, end zones were only 5 yards deep so the goal line was moved to the 5 yard line, team areas marked with cones, no coaches lines, no numbers.

08/02/15 v Surrey Stingers

Wolverhampton Wildcats

On arrival at the venue, no home team were present and no field was marked. The away team arrived then received a call from the home team telling them the game had been cancelled

08/02/15 v De Montford

Brunel Burners

No numbers or nine yard marks, NFL Hashmarks. 5 balls presented 2 selected and used after inflation to correct level. Change of chain crew.

Martin Cockerill #345

22/02/15 v LSBU Spartans

Loughborough Students

Although an excellent facility, the perimeter fence does not allow enough distance from the end line, so the white soccer goal line is used as the end line, leaving the end zones as 8 yards. No team areas or coaching boxes.

Brian Yates #29

31/01/15 v Derby Braves

Derby Braves

There were no 5 yards lines, only 10 yard lines. There was only one goal so all offensive plays took place towards that goal. The only goal was too wide (it appeared to be roughly correct for an NFHS game). One end zone was only 6 yards in length; however no offensive plays took place towards that end zone. No 9 yard marks or numbers. No team areas or coaching lines marked. The third member of the chain crew was only provided a couple of minutes before kick-off so the game kicked off 1 minute late while they were briefed. Changing rooms were not lockable (there was also no showering facilities available for the officials)

22/02/15 v Sheffield

Lincoln Colonials

The field is marked in red and is 80 yards with 2 x 8 yard endzones. The following lines are missing: Team/Coaching box lines at 25 yard lines, limit lines, 9 yard marks.

There are only one set of Goal Posts which consist of 2 drain pipes tethered to a set of football goal posts. The Changing Rooms are not lockable and is too small for 4 persons and is full of old rugby boots and other equipment. Both teams only have one set of shirts which are very close in colour but the home team shirts have white No's with different coloured Helmets so there was just enough difference for the game to proceed. The Down Box is only 4' high and is very difficult to see.

Chris Jarvis #10

15/02/15 v York Centurions

Warwick Wolves

The kick off was delayed by 15 minutes waiting for Warwick to supply a team roster form

22/02/15 v Northampton

Westminster Dragons

80 Yard field with NFL style hash marks running right through the length of each end zone. Officials changing room was filled with weights and training equipment

15/02/15 v LSBU

Kent Falcons

Played at Park Wood field. 90-yard grass field with markings in red, visibility of which stood up well under difficult conditions. Numbers incorrectly positioned. No 9-yard marks, team areas or limit lines. Game balls provided were all under-inflated but this was rectified by game management prior to kickoff. Excellent job done by the ball persons to keep the game balls dry enough to be playable under difficult conditions.

Tim Ockendon #481

22/02/15 v Cambridge Pythons

Durham Saints

No team area or coaching box. No 3 yard mark. Assistants were not provided until just after scheduled kick off time. Medical cover was also delayed due to congestion on the A1 Northbound near Catterick. Changing room did not have private shower or toilet but had plenty of coat hooks. Upon returning to the changing room after the game, it became apparent that the changing room was not only for us and we were sharing with two hockey umpires. They were nice chaps so this wasn't an issue.

Dan Holt #371

15/02/15 v Loughborough Aces

Greenwich Mariners

Greenwich Mariners only had 13 players at the venue, so a decision was taken by their head coach to abandon the game 40 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time. RHUL coaching staff were informed of this decision by the Greenwich coaching staff, and the officials were also notified at that time that the game was not going ahead.

22/02/15 v Kings College

Imperial Immortals

The game was called off at about 11am, with both teams and the crew present, because the groundsman declared the field unplayable.

Alan Dobson #308

08/02/15 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes



New this week

Play: A's ball, 3rd and 2, on B's 8. The score is tied with ten seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. A23 advances to B's 7 where he is downed. B76 is offside. Two seconds remain on the clock. Clock?

Last week

Play: 4th and 6 on the A's 49. A5's punt is high and deep, landing on the B5. The ball bounces high into the air and is coming down near the team B goal line. A45 is standing in the end zone and reaches through the goal line plane and with his hands over the B1 to bat the ball back toward the field of play. The ball does not penetrate the goal line plane. The ball hits B22's leg and is then recovered by A7 on the B5. Ruling?

Ruling: Team B's ball, 1st and 10 on the B5. A45 commits an illegal touching at the B1. The touching by B22 is ignored as the ball was batted by a team A player (6-3-4-b). Team A illegally touch the ball a second time at the B5. Team B will accept the more advantageous of the two team A touches (6-3-2-a).


New this week

Game Situation: Upon arrival at the ground, the officials note that there are only goal posts at one end of the field. How should the game proceed?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: On a 4th down play, in which situations will the clock not stop at the end of the play?
Answer: M-6-2-20. At the end of a 4th down, there will either be a turnover, team A will get a new first down, there will be a score or a quarter will end. Therefore the clock will always stop at the end of a 4th down.




Contact for details


March 28th & 29th

BAFRA Annual Convention

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Andrew Lovell


Richard Vernon


James Meredith


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Martin Cockerill

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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