BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 09/16

3rd March 2016


As always, a proportion of the director posts are due for election at the meeting. This year these are: President, General Secretary, Director of Training and Director without Portfolio #1. All of the present incumbents have indicated they are intending to seek re-election except for the Director of Portfolio #1 who will be standing down after the AGM.

The directors encourage all qualified members to consider putting themselves forward for one of the above roles (whether or not the existing incumbent is standing). Should any member considering standing require more information about any of the roles prior to submitting their nomination they should contact me, or if they prefer, another director.

The following nominations have been received (correct to 5:00pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016):


Davie Parsons (425), nominated by Steve Tonkinson (99), seconded by Les Connor (152)

General Secretary:

Paul Sutton (312), nominated by Stuart Young (33), seconded by Mike Cavanagh (465).

Director of Training:

Pete Thom (200), nominated by Brian Yates (29), seconded by Ian Papworth (366)

Director without Portfolio #1:

David Knight (135), nominated by Roger Brown (469), seconded by Phil Hume (52)

Peter Parsons (321), nominated by Graham Hedges (219). Seconded by Keith Wickham (423)

I will publish the final list in next week’s Newsflash. Please note that nominations must be sent to me, electronically, to arrive no later than 5:00pm on 5th March.

Paul Sutton


The Sapphire Series commenced last Saturday, at Edinburgh, Leeds and Wembley. Can I begin by thanking everyone who worked one of these tournaments. In this connection I received the following message earlier this week.

Dear Richard,

Please pass on the thanks of everyone in the Sapphire Series for the excellent response from BAFRA officials to cover Round 1. We are all very pleased to have had so many officials attending. In particular, thanks to Dan Holt and his crew for covering the first usage of the new 7 v 7 rules. The games were great and everyone really enjoyed the new format.

Jim Messenger-Head of Women's Football Development”

Other tournaments will be played on 12th March, 26th March and 16th April. We now need more volunteers to come forward for all of these tournaments. Details are contained below. We have already had some Elite officials make themselves available and I hope all of them cover at least one of these events. In addition can I ask that newer officials try to cover a tournament as this will be valuable experience to take you into the Senior League season. The support of BAFRA officials will be a valuable contribution to the development of BAFA's women's football programme.

The Sapphire Series is the national championship for women’s contact football. The series, which runs from February to April sees teams compete across a number of tournaments in the standard 5 v 5 format and now for the first time, the new BAFA 7 v 7 format. The 7 v 7 format will be used for the five Division 1 teams playing for the Sapphire National Championship; The nine Division 2 teams will compete at 5 v 5 format for the Div 2 North and South conference titles. The series runs with tournament-style game days at which 4 -5 teams will be present. There will be 4 tournament dates with 3 regional based tournaments taking part on each of these, so a total of 12 tournament events. Teams play two games each per day and tournaments are expected to last around three to three and a half hours. Officials can expect to officiate 2-3 games, all lasting between 45-60 minutes. Most events will start first games at 13:00 and will be finished by 16:30 latest. All tournaments take place on a Saturday .

Dates, formats, times and venues for the tournaments are as follows:

12th March 2016

26th March - Hatfield (7 v 7), Teeside and South London (5 v 5)

Richard Vernon


Thank you to those members who have nominated an organisation to be considered as the BAFRA Charity 2016. The nominated charities are:

All members attending the Saturday of the Convention will have the opportunity to vote for the charity of their choice. Please read the websites of the five nominations so that you are able to make an informed decision when the time comes.

As in previous years, a weekend of the BAFANL season will be selected as the BAFRA Charity weekend. Details about this will be announced nearer the time.

Paul Sutton


The BAFRA Selection Committee is pleased to announce the following crew for the 2016 BUCS Bowl Game:

This Final will be played at John Charles Stadium, South Leeds on Sunday 20th March 2015 at 4.00pm. Please join with the BAFRA Selection Committee in congratulating these officials on their appointments. This game will be preceded by the Tier 1 Final at 11.45am. Although this is a National Final it is not a Bowl Game and officials will be assigned shortly via Arbiter.

Richard Vernon


Applications are invited from qualified BAFRA members who would like to work on this important committee. It’s role include the selection of officials for all UK Bowl Games, NFL Chain Crews, Officials Of The Year Awards as well as IFAF and Elite Panel. Terms of reference and full details of the roles and responsibilities are on the website in the Members Handbook – 6.Scheduling and Selection.

In accordance with the rules of this committee two places are vacated every year and as a result two places will shortly be available. Please submit an Expression of Interest to me by no later than 10pm on Friday 18th March 2016.

If anyone is considering applying who has not served previously on a BAFRA Committee, you are welcome to contact me for an informal discussion about the role and requirements.

Richard Vernon


The notes from the February Board Meeting are available in the member’s area of the website here:

Paul Sutton


A BAFA Appeal Committee has turned down an appeal against the disqualification of Michael Saric, #14 of City Sentinels on 14th February. He was disqualified for targeting and the video evidence was not conclusive that this was an incorrect call. Mr Saric is suspended for his next game (which may well be with another team as he is graduating from City), his disqualification fine is now due and his appeal fee has been retained.

Jim Briggs


Gloucestershire Gladiators 27-31 Bristol Barracuda

Stirling Clansmen 59-21 Bath Killer Bees

Hertfordshire Hurricanes 14-0 Derby Braves – game abandoned in the 1st half due to injury

Birmingham Lions 42-22 Loughborough Students

Durham Saints 32-12 Kingston Cougars

Glasgow Tigers 6-0 Sheffield Sabres

Warwick Wolves 7-18 Newcastle Raiders

UCLan Rams 22-25 Nottingham Outlaws

NTU Renegades 27-20 Leeds Beckett Carnegie

Swansea Titans 24-6 UWE Bullets

Cardiff Cobras 26-6 Sussex Saxons

Surrey Stingers 27-0 Kent Falcons

Brighton Tsunami 7-13 RHUL Bears









New this week – none

Previous weeks – none





New this week

Swansea Titans

Game played at UWE (SGS Filton). This is normally a 100 yard field - however, a set of rugby goalposts had been erected within the endzones, shortening the field length to 90 yards with the white rugby goal lines serving as our end lines. The black football markings had not been re-marked and were quite faint, especially under floodlights. Also, as the goal lines were extended into the normal 5 yard lines, this resulted in hash marks and yard lines encroaching into the endzones. The previously-reported marking issues were still evident. The limit lines are only marked 6' from the sidelines, and the coaching areas are too short, extending only to the 30 yard lines (normally the 35 yard lines).

Amir Brooks #593

06/03/16 v Cardiff Cobras

Durham Saints

No nine yard marks, no limit lines, no three yard mark. There were no team areas marked, but we asked game management to mark the areas out with cones, which they did. There were no goal posts. Kick off was delayed almost fifteen minutes as the medical cover was held up in traffic. The kick off for the second half was delayed slightly as we waited for the chain crew to return to the playing enclosure. Unbeknown to the crew, officials for other sports were being given access to our changing room during the game.

Dan Holt #371


Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Hashmarks continued into the end zone. Kickoff delayed 25 minutes while officials' assistants were provided, and a game management delay was enforced. Booked medical cover arrived very late, but Herts had another person on the sideline who was suitably qualified and ensured that the medical requirement was met. Game abandoned with 6:48 remaining in the second quarter due to an injured player.

Alan Dobson #308


Brighton Tsunami

Game scheduled for 12.30 KO, but on arrival the crew was told the KO time was 12.00. Game actually kicked off at 12.20. Game was played in a good spirit by both teams.

David Knight #135


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Nottingham Outlaws

No goal posts at either end.

Ian Wainwright #567

06/03/16 v NTU Renegades



New this week

Play: 4th and 10 on Team A's 30 yard line. Team A punt. The ball rolls to a halt on Team B's 42 yard line when A23 runs up to the ball and touches it on the ground. A few seconds later – as A23 is walking away – B81 runs to the ball, picks it up and runs into his own end zone. Believing he has scored a Touchdown, B81 spikes the ball. The ball goes out of the back of team B's end zone. Ruling?

Last week

Play: Team A have 4th and 14 at the 50-yard line, Team A punt. B1 clips while the ball is in the air on Team B's 40-yard line, and B2 muffs the kick on the 25-yard line. While the ball is loose and on the ground, an inadvertent whistle is sounded. Ruling?

Ruling: Inadvertent whistle provisions require that when the ball is loose during a kick play, the ball be returned to the previous spot and the down replayed (4-1-2-b-3). Postscrimmage kick enforcement does not apply here since Team B will not next put the ball in play (10-2-3-b-4). Therefore the 15 yard penalty for B1's clip will be enforced from the previous spot, Team A will have a first down at the Team B 35 yard line. Officials are encouraged to 'see leather' (MM-6-2-8). This is AR 4-1-2-I.


New this week

Game Situation: Team A line up in a 'trips' formation with 3 eligible receivers on the Linejudge's side of the field and one on the Head Linesman's. The formation also has a running back lined up behind the quarterback. How should officials on a 7 man crew use key systems to ensure that all eligible receivers are covered?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: At the end of the game the coach of the losing team approaches the wing official on his sideline and politely asks to discuss a controversial pass interference call earlier in the game. How should the wing official proceed in dealing with the coach?
Answer: M-20-6-3. Any request for discussion regarding the officiating of the game must be directed towards the Referee. The referee should be prepared to discuss the rules and interpretations regarding pass interference, but should politely decline to discuss the specific judgment call. This discussion should take place in the dressing room, not on the field.




Contact for details


March 20th (Sun)

BUCS National Final

April 2nd and 3rd

BAFRA Annual Convention & AGM

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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