BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 12/15

16th April 2015

EXAM 2015

The 2015 exam is now available on the BAFRA website. All instructions are on the exam which must be returned by 5:00pm on 2nd May at the latest. Please note that no extension will be granted.

Just a reminder that all qualified officials MUST sit the exam; failure to do so will mean the loss of qualified status. Other members are strongly advised to attempt the exam. For associate members in particular, it gives an opportunity to assess your own progress and will allow you to identify any areas of weakness to work on with your mentor.

As of 8pm on Wed 15th April the following people have returned their exam papers:

Roger Brown, Steve Egan, Muz Gibson, John Griffin, Tony Newsham, John Roberts, Mark Wilson, Hallam Wiltshire, Brian Yates

If you think your name should have been on the above list and it isn’t please contact me. Please note that I acknowledge all papers received.

Les Connor


Please note that the minutes of the 2015 AGM and the notes of a short Board meeting held at the Convention are available in the “Minutes of Meetings” folder in the member’s area of the website.

Paul Sutton


Please note that the address for financial information has changed. Please amend the address on your existing stocks of Invoices and Crew Requests for Payment to:

18 Southgate, Whitworth, Rochdale. OL12 8UQ

It is particularly important for the invoices as these are given to teams. Please note that Crew Requests for Payment should only be used where the electronic option is unavailable.

Please note that this only applies to the finance forms and addresses for all other paperwork including the Game Report Form remains unchanged.

Paul Sutton


Two of the disqualifications from last weekend's game are being appealed. These are Steve MacDonald of Edinburgh Wolves and Eugene Tangney of Essex Spartans, can both play pending the outcome of their appeals.

A quick reminder that someone (normally the referee) needs to "witness" a suspension. They can do this by filling in the form at Where BAFRA do not cover a game, the suspended player's team is responsible for completing the report. A player does not have to attend a game for his suspension to count, but he should be marked on the roster form as being suspended.

Jim Briggs









New this week

Eugene Tangney


Essex Spartans



After the play was dead the player launched into a downed players back leading and making contact with the crown of his helmet.

Under appeal

Steve McDonald


Edinburgh Wolves



After all action had stopped, the player initiated flagrant and prolonged helmet to helmet contact with Doncaster player #10

Under appeal

Graham Lightfoot


Doncaster Mustangs



After all action had stopped, the player retaliated to Edinburgh #14 by head-butting him at least twice

26/04/15 v Gateshead Seators

Previous weeks

Jake Hancock


Portsmouth Dreadnoughts



Made forcible contact against the opposition quarterback with the crown of his helmet.

04/05/15 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Adam Burn


DC Presidents

Offence carried over from previous season

22/05/15 v Burnley Tornadoes





New this week

London Blitz

Played at De Havilland Sports Village in Hatfield. Well marked field apart from lack of team areas. Medical personnel provided by external company were inadequate (first responders) but fortunately the home team had a registered physiotherapist who agreed to act as designated medical personnel and allow the game to proceed.

Tim Ockendon #481

27/04/15 v South Wales Warriors

London Hornets

Game was played at Hillingdon Sports Centre on an 80 yard field that had no 9 yard marks. The posts had extremely short uprights. The council charge everyone to park at the Sports Centre. The charge for 6 hours of parking is £5.50. The machines do not take any cards and there was a long queue at the reception to get change. It is recommended that officials going to this location in future take coinage to cover the parking cost. The location is otherwise excellent, consisting of a small modern stand where around 100 spectators gathered.

Dean Wright #553

18/05/15 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Limit lines only 6 feet from the sideline, otherwise the field was very well marked.

Changing rooms were small and some distance to the field access to showers and toilets was via the teams changing areas. On member of the chain crew didn’t reappear after halftime and had to be replaced by the home team game management.

Ben Griffiths #228

27/04/15 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

Crewe Railroaders

Medical facilities arrived 15 minutes late, causing delay to kick off. Thanks to Game Management for providing tea/coffee and biscuits on a bitterly cold afternoon

Mike Cavanagh #465

27/04/15 v Staffordshire Surge

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bournemouth Bobcats

Team is playing on a new field this year, adjacent to old field. 90yd field with some "largish" 10yd zones. Team areas marked to 20yd lines. No 9yd marks. Hash-marks spray-painted at inconsistent intervals.

Simon Ryan #408

25/05/15 v Solent Thrashers

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

100 yard field, but not all hash marks were a yard apart, and some did not line up across the field. Each team area had a coaching box line but no team area line. Limit lines around the field were only 6 feet from the boundary lines. Balls were soft when presented, but were pumped up promptly. Officials changed in a martial arts room at the sports centre - only a few chairs but very soft floor! Field is about 200 yards from sports centre.

Jim Briggs #31

04/05/15 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Shropshire Revolution

Generally well marked 90-yard field with 8-yard end zones. No numbers or 9-yard marks, team areas between 20-yard lines and and athletics markings that did not interfere with the football markings.

Tim Ockendon #481

04/05/15 v Leicester Falcons


Play of the week is on hiatus during the BAFRA exam period.




Contact for details


May 2nd (Sat)

BAFRA Exam Deadline

May 9th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 18th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 14th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Charles Young


Richard Vernon


Kevin Stanton


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Martin Cockerill

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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