BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 13/15

23rd 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 5pm on Thur 23rd April the following people have returned their exam papers:

Stuart Alger, Mark Allen, Roger Brown, Graham Coleman, Steve Egan, Muz Gibson, John Gravelling, John Griffin, Anton Jarbol, Richard Madge, Adrian Miller, Tony Newsham, Larry Rigby, John Roberts, Richard Samples, Lee Taylor, 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


I will be away for 8 days from Thursday this week, if you have any query please contact Roger Brown, who may be able to help or any Director. Merseyside, Tamworth and Crewe have now paid in advance in addition to other teams.

I have posted all cheques for the Lancashire, Bristol and Bangor games, these should arrive by weekend. Please note that the old Uttoxeter address has not been active for three years, please ensure that all payments sent direct to finance go to 18 Southgate Whitworth Rochdale OL12 8UQ. If you get any other team claiming pre-payment, please get them to contact me at

Charles Dean Young


It is important that officials update Arbiter for both Saturdays and Sundays as some games are being played on Saturdays in May.

On Saturday 9th May when there will be 3 senior games and 2 junior games at Newquay, East Kilbride (Double Header), Birmingham and London Blitz. Your assistance would be much appreciated.

Richard Vernon


Officials are urgently needed to cover the following tournaments

Saturday 26th April

Saturday 2nd May

Saturday 9th May

Teams are asking for officials to assist with these events, it is hoped that some of you can give your time to help in the development of the sport at grass-roots level. Let us know if you can assist with any of these and I will then put the assignment on Arbiter.

Richard Vernon


This date will be the first really busy day of the season featuring 22 games + 5 games on the Saturday 9th May. Only 10 of these will be Double Headers so we will need 22 crews over the two days. Please try to make yourself available if possible

Richard Vernon


Most people will have now had 2-4 weeks' experience of working with the new 40/25-second clock rule and mechanics. If you have any comments on the mechanics, such as tips on how to make it work more effectively, please drop me a line and let me know. We're interested in your feedback.

Jim Briggs



Congratulations to Mike Roberts on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to all those who are helping with Mike‘s training.

Pete Thom









New this week

Sam Bloomfield


Lancashire Wolverines



Committed two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

10/05/15 v Yorkshire Rams

Blair McTague


East Kilbride Pirates



Player made forcible contact to the head of the the passer with his helmet and was penalised for targeting.

26/04/15 v Yorkshire Rams

Jack Higgins


Herts Cheetahs Juniors



At the end of the play, player instigated a fight with an opponent by punching him


Nikos Mylonakis


East Kent Mavericks Juniors



In retaliation to the above incident, player kicked the opponent.

10/05/15 v Solent Thrashers Juniors

Ejike Wosu


Edinburgh Wolves



Verbally abused officials at the end of the game.

10/05/15 v Chester Romans

Previous weeks

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 Senators

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

Chester Romans

90 yard field with 7.5 yards end zones, marked in blue with blue, white dotted end and 25 yard lines. Some bald dusty patches in EZ and around midfield area. Field marked in IFAF yards, so chains shortened by HL to match field markings.

Mike Cavanagh #465

10/05/15 v Edinburgh Wolves

Pennine Panthers

The game was delayed by 10 minutes to allow the field markings to be finished.

Chris Jarvis #10

10/05/15 v Nottingham Caesars

Lancashire Wolverines

Field excellently marked including the first field I've been to which had chain clip reference marks. One of the original 5 officials assistants provided was under 14 and a replacement was not provided until after the scheduled kick-off time. Medical cover only arrived approximately 5 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time, this resulted in the game kicking off approximately 5 minutes late.

Crew Not paid and should have been

Ben Griffiths #228


London Blitz B

Field had lines across the field every 10 yard, not ever 5. During the first quarter the game was suspended for 8 minutes for the treatment of an injured player

Lee Wood #517

09/05/15 v Ipswich Cardinals

Swansea Titans

Field was originally marked out as 100 yards with 5 yard endzones. The goal lines were brought out 5 yards, making the field 90 yards long with 10 yard endzones.

Amir Brooks #593


Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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


Chalies Dean Young


Richard Vernon


Kevin Stanton


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Martin Cockerill

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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