BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 28/15

7th August 2015


The BAFRA Selection Committee will meet shortly to assign crews to all the following Bowl Games:

In addition officials will be requested to be available to work on the Contact Finals Event at Doncaster which precedes the Under 19 Bowl Final on 12th September. It is therefore most important that you update Arbiter for these dates in order that the Committee can select only from officials who will definitely be available for these games.

Richard Vernon


The Selection Committee are meeting this week to choose Bowl Crews and Chain Crews for NFL Games. If you want a detailed breakdown about your current score on the spreadsheet please contact me and I will provide this information promptly. I know some of you are waiting for this data so it is now available.

Richard Vernon


This weekend is the final series of regular season game here are the arrangements for the Play-Offs. Please note that notification of assignments may be at shorter notice than normal. The Schedule through August into September is very full, and to aid your planning please find below all playoff dates that have been confirmed:

August 9th - end of Regular season

August 15th / 16th U19 Playoffs – Quarter Finals

August 22nd - U17 Playoff Tournaments

August 22nd – Southern Flag Play-offs

August 23rd - Adult Div. 2 Quarter Finals & all Other Adult Semi Finals

August 29th / 30th - U19 Playoffs – Semi Finals

August 30th - Northern Flag Play-Offs

Sept 5th –Brit Bowl @Allianz Park, Greenlands Lanes, Hendon, London NW4 1RL

Sept 6th – Div. 2 Semi finals

Sept 12th - NFC1 & NFC2 Final @ John Charles Centre of Sport, Leeds

Sept 12th - U17/U19 Finals @ Doncaster Keepmoat (U19 KO confirmed for 18:00, other times to follow) Stadium Way, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire DN4 5JW

Sept 13th - SFC1 & SFC2 Final @ Hinckley United Football Club, Leicester

Sept 26th - Flag Finals

Volunteers are requested for all U17 tournaments/Play offs and for the Flag Play-Offs. Your support for these events is required if possible please.

Richard Vernon


I have today paid prepaid games at Essex x 2 & East Kilbride (Elite) from the weekend. I had also paid at the end of last week Highland and Tamworth (Elite). I have also paid all the Officials assistants from the college bowl, they should arrive by the weekend, as well as three assessment's from this weekend just gone. All expenses over £10 have been paid, and any left over will be paid later this month with the last run.

Can you all please note. ALL CHEQUES need paying in by 20th SEPTEMBER. This will allow them to clear before year end.

Charlie Dean Young


Congratulations to Mark Hirst on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to Liam Wooton and all those who are helping with Mark‘s training.

Pete Thom









New this week

Ashley Wainwirght


Chester Romans



Kicked a prone opposition player in the head.

09/08/15 v Doncaster Mustangs

Earl Perkins


Kent Exiles



Player lead with his shoulder to the head of an opposing defenceless receiver.


Paul ??


Essex Spatans



After the play was complete, ripped an opponent's helmet off and punched him repeatedly.


Hamzah Khokhar


Wembley Stallions



After being punched by an opponent, reacted by throwing several punches.


Haidar ??


Wembley Stallions



While the above fight was occurring on the field, the coach rushed onto the field and went face to face with several opposing players in a confrontational way.


Brett Parnham


Wembley Stallions



Player was disqualified for his 2nd unsportsmanlike like foul – taunting the opposition on both occasions.


Previous weeks

Sean Lewis


London Olympians



Player retaliated to being hit late out of bounds. The retaliation instigated unrest from a large number of players leading to 4 Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties.

09/08/15 v Bristol Aztecs & 1 more game





New this week

Leeds Bobcats

80 yard field. No nine yard marks. Some rugby markings on the field.

Dan Holt #371


Leicester Falcons

Although superbly marked, NFL hashmarks were painted. We used pylons to determine the correct lateral placements

Brian Yates #29


Chester Romans

90 yard field marked in dark blue with the exception of endlines which were in white. White rugby markings also on field. Spectator area not marked out which meant the fans encroached too close to the field. Chain crew changed at half-time.

Aminul Hassan #534


East Kilbride Pirates

Well marked field, although all markings were in red. No limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

09/08/15 v Sheffield Predators

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Carlisle Sentinels

Field is 80 yards in length, the 3-yard PAT line is on the 2-yard line at one end of the field. Some hashmarks not aligned perfectly but a good surface despite the weather. Facilities and hospitality showed by GM excellent.

A G Miller #124

09/08/15 v Walney Terriers

London Hornets

The field between the goal lines was marked into 80 segments, each of more than 1 yard. The chains were accurate at 10 yards and were used exclusively in preference to field markings. Penalty yardage was paced to ensure fairness. There were no nine-yard marks or numbers, the coaching box was marked at 3 feet (ignored), the team area at 3 feet (became the coaching box) and the limit lines at 3 feet. The officials' changing room was a significant upgrade from previous experiences at this venue, being of a large size, with showers and toilets. It was however a significant distance from the field. The KO was delayed by 15mins due to the medical provision getting stuck in traffic.

Steven Leonard #370

09/08/15 v London Blitz B

Doncaster Mustangs

No limit lines, 3 yard marks or 9 yard marks. Hash marks on sidelines weren't always at 1 yard intervals, one was only half a yard past a main line. The game was suspended for approx 60 mins with 3.43 left in the 3rd quarter due to a rather violent thunderstorm which fortunately cleared quickly. One ball person then had to be changed due to needing to go to work. Plaudits go to the players and coaches of both teams for clearing the field quickly and showing good humour despite what was obviously a frustrating wait to re-start.

David Hewitt #607

09/08/15 v Chester Romans

Sussex Thunder

Chains run on home team sideline at the request of home team. Only one of the pylons was weighted and capable of standing erect. The others had to be removed after being blown onto the field on several occasions. Game temporarily suspended with 7.38 remaining in 2nd quarter to allow game management to repair a trip hazard.

Tim Ockendon #481

09/08/15 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Changing room not lockable. No limit lines. One ball person changed at half time.

Pete Parsons #321

09/08/15 v Ouse Valley Eagles

Lincolnshire Bombers

90 yard field, 10 yard end zones shortened to 7 yards - too close to perimeter fence. No 9 yard marks or coaching boxes.

Richard Whitby #136

09/08/15 v Humber Warhawks

London Olympians

Played at Peckham Rye Park. Field marked in blue with other sport markings in white. Posts only at one end so all scrimmage plays went towards that end. Field surface uneven in places but any trip hazards had been filled with sand. No numbers or 9-yard marks and inbounds lines at NFL distance. No team area markings but spectators were separated from the field but suspended ropes that approximated as a limit line. Officials assistants only provided just before KO despite best efforts of gameday management and two personnel changes were made at half time. Changing facilities good but not locked during game.

Tim Ockendon #481

09/08/15 v Bristol Aztecs

Birmingham Bulls

Field was well marked but faint, one goal was standard rugby size, the other was Gallic football with a lower crossbar and different width. Game was played using both sets of posts, neither side objected.

Ian Wainwright #567

09/08/15 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Possibly the best marked out pitch I have seen so far, very little to fault. Changing room was small and had no coat hooks, but did have a bench and was lockable. One change of ball person for the second half. Game was abandoned prior to the start of the second half at the request of the away Head Coach due to insufficient players to continue the game safely. The result was declared final following the agreement of both coaches.

John Roberts #145

09/08/15 v Nottingham Caesars



New this week

Play: Team A’s ball, 4th and 10 from A’s 30. A10 punts, and the ball bounces on B’s 34, after which B10 gives a “get away” waving signal below the waist. At B’s 30, A50 jumps and bats the ball towards Team A’s goal line. The ball is recovered by B10 at B’s 22, who runs to A’s 25 and falls down.

Last week

Play: 1st and 10 for Team A at the Team A 4 yard line. Lineman B90 is caught offside at the snap. Quarterback A4 takes the snap in the pocket and drops back into the endzone, realising that B90 has been drawn offside decides to throw the ball towards the sidelines where no Team A eligible receiver is in a position to catch the ball. The ball lands on the ground incomplete at the Team A 2 yard line. A4 was under no pressure when he threw the ball. Ruling?

Ruling: 1st and 5 for Team A at the Team A 9 yard line. B90 is offside, this is the only penalty. A4 is not under pressure and so his forward pass is neither intended to conserve time or yardage – therefore it is legal. The quarterback is entitled to waste a down if he is not under pressure. M-3-4-8-c & 7-3-2-g.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and goal on team B's 9 yard line. How should the Back Judge position himself and then move to ensure the best possible coverage of the developing play?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 2nd and 10 at team A's 23 yard line. Quarterback A6 drops back to pass the ball. As A6 begins to pass the ball at the 15 yard line, he is contacted by B78. A6 continues with his throwing action and releases the ball. The ball lands on the ground on team A's 20 yard line. There are no receivers in the area where the ball landed. It is not clear who the Quarterback was trying to throw the ball to before he was contacted.
Answer: No foul, 3rd and 10 at the A23. Never call intentional grounding if the passer was contacted while in the act of throwing the ball. It doesn't matter if officials cannot work out who the Quarterback might have been trying to pass the ball to, if he is contacted while in the act of throwing the ball we must assume he was intending to throw the ball to an eligible receiver. (M-3-4-8)




Contact for details


September 5th (Sat)


September 12th (Sat)

Northern Regional Final

September 12th (Sat)

Junior Bowl

September 13th (Sun)

Southern Regional Final

October 31st (Sat)

BUCS season begins

November 14th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

February 16th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

April 2nd and 3rd

BAFRA Annual Convention

May 7th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 23rd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

19th November (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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