BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 17/16

28th April 2016

2016 EXAM

The following members had returned their exam paper by 6:30pm on 27th April 2016:

Graham Baker, Derek Burridge, Martin Cockerill, Ronnie Gaffin, Cam Gibson, Muz Gibson, John Griffin, Dan Holt, Anton Jarbol, Mike LeFevre, Julian Mallia, Lee Mills, Andrew Murrell, Dave Norton, Larry Rigby, Anthony Tagg, Lee Taylor, Ian Wainwright, Brian Yates.

If your name is not on the list and you think your paper should have been received by the time stated, please contact me.

Remember, all qualified members must attempt the exam or lose their qualified status. Other members are encouraged to take the exam, especially associate members, as this will assist them and their mentor to see progress through training and identify future training requirements. The closing date is 7th May at 5:00pm. Any papers returned after that time but before the results are published (about a week later) will still have their paper marked but their score will be subject to a penalty for missing the deadline.

Paul Sutton


The following teams have either Prepaid or have made arrangements to pay;

Charlie Dean Young









New this week

Martin Brown


Cambridgeshire Cats



When an opponent was in the air after missing a catch, the player contacted him with the crown of his helmet to the chest.

15/05/16 v Ipswich Cardinals

Misha Brooks


Oxford Saints



During a punt the player carried out a blindside block leading with the crown of the helmet.

08/05/16 v Torbay Trojans

Stanley Ebhodaghe


South London Renegades



Player made forcible contact to the ball carrier above the shoulder, after the ball carrier had been held up by other defensive players.


Previous weeks

Ross Dixon


Yorkshire Rams



After video review this ejection has been withdrawn.


Roland Williams


Sussex Thunder



Launched himself at an opponent who was already being held by several other players.

01/05/16 v Kent Exiles

Tomas Tyczynski


Doncaster Mustangs



The player led with the crown of his helmet into the helmet of an engaged opponent.

01/05/16 v Birmingham Bulls

James Benson


Lincolnshire Bombers



Head-butted on opponent.

15/05/16 v Shropshire Revolution

Steven Egbury


Humber Warhawks



First taunted the sideline, then after being flagged turned back and gesticulated with his hands.

01/05/16 v Shropshire Revolution

Lee Moir


Crewe Railroaders



Hit an opponent with the flat of his hand, contacting the helmet.

08/05/16 v Halton Spartans





New this week

Berkshire Renegades

During the forth quarter, the medical provision was not met due to the paramedic at the game being taken away to treat a delivery van driver. The game was delayed for 20 minutes while appropriate treatment and an ambulance arrived before the game was able to be restarted.

Richard Moger #472

12/06/16 v Hastings Conquerers

Dundee Hurricanes

The home team presented 3 new balls, but they did not have white stripes. As no other balls were presented and they were otherwise perfectly adequate we used the home team balls.

Ian Sneddon #427

22/05/16 v Newcastle Vikings

London Hornets

Officials given one of the main changing rooms; no private shower or toilet, but no washing machines either. The car park was completely full 2 hours before kickoff. The area of loose soil on the midfield line is now settling nicely and should not be a problem in future.

Alan Dobson #308

22/05/16 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Maidstone Pumas

Prior to the game a radio check identified interference from another source on the same channel, so the crew switched to channel 5. The changing room was a small classroom and there was no access to showers. Goals are Soccer goals with extended poles to make them into American Football goals. one of these goals has a crossbar on an angle. Game was played in a good spirit and the first flag was not thrown until nearly the end of the first half. With 0.06 seconds left in the game and hastings with the ball at the half yard line of Maidstone, one of the Hastings players sustained an injury that required medical attention on the field. As hastings were leading 10-0 (and had been calling time outs to stop the clock on a game that could have been over) both coaches agreed to call the game and accept the final score.

David Knight #135

08/05/16 v East Kent Mavericks

Torbay Trojans

This was Torbay's first game at their new ground, Foxhole Community Centre. There are two officials changing rooms although we could only use one as the other was being used for storage. It was only big enough for 3 persons to get changed. Jerseys were black and navy. Neither team had an alternative available. The field had been marked with the shorter IFAF yards (34.12 inches) in order to accommodate a 90 yard field with 7 yard endzones. The chains and field width had been adjusted proportionally. Limit lines were 18 feet where possible but were reduced to 12 feet in places where the total field surface did not permit.

Euan Paterson #165

08/05/16 v Oxford Saints

Cornish Sharks

Goals were Soccer goals with long planks strapped to the uprights, and were therefore wider than regulation (24', rather than 18'6"). The inbounds hash marks were marked out in line with these goalposts - however, these were too far in from the sidelines (approximately 22 yards). Some of the five yard lines were found to be more than five yards apart.

Amir Brooks #593

15/05/16 v Torbay Trojans

East Kent Mavericks

Well-marked 90 yard 4G field in blue with other sport markings in white and yellow. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks and coaching line too close to sideline. Game balls supplied were all under inflated and changing facilities good but not lockable. Plaudits to both teams for getting the game underway with only a 10 minute delay despite having no access to the field until the scheduled KO time.

Tim Ockendon #481

15/05/16 v Berkshire Renegades

Gateshead Senators

Game delayed 5 minutes, awaiting the home team supplying ball person. Pitch uneven & bumpy in places

Les Connor #52

08/05/16 v West Coast Trojans

Leeds Celtics

90 yard field. Yellow markings, other sports marked in white and red. 3 yard mark was 2 yards from the goal line. Team areas marked between the 20 yard lines. 3 balls provided, 1 lost the ability to hold air early in the first quarter, a second ball suffered the same fate later on in the game.

Dan Holt #371


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Doncaster Mustangs

100 yard field with blue markings.

A Miller #124

15/05/16 v Sandwell Steelers

Wembley Stallions

100 yard field with rugby goalposts. The surface was a bit deep in some parts of the field because of rain. Game manager introduced herself with the game balls 1,5 hours before kickoff and was very helpful all day. Chain crew was a bit erratic sometimes.

Viktor Janvari #63

15/05/16 v London Blitz B

London Olympians

Well marked 100-yard field with very faint other sport markings in blue. Numbers at correct depth but too large and too widely spaced. Hashmarks and inbounds lines not always 1 yard apart and inbounds lines faded considerably as the game progressed. No limit lines and coaching line too close to sideline and not parallel to it so another sport line was used. Two trip hazards in one end zone were repaired by game management prior to kickoff. Problems finding officials' assistants lead to delays starting both halves.

Tim Ockendon #481

01/05/16 v South Wales Warriors

London Blitz B

Lines quite faint; Some main lines had been painted twice, one at a considerable angle. Field quite muddy with swamp present at 45 yard line of extremely dark mud about 6 - 9 inches deep in places. Changing rooms for both teams and officials not available due to groundsman failing to turn up until 11:40 for a 12:00 kick off. Kick off was suspended until 12:45 which meant game finished after Blitz A v Farnham was supposed to have started.

Phil Clarke #262

01/05/16 v London Hornets

Bournemouth Bobcats

There were no numbers or 9 yard marks on the field. One of the balls provided was found to not hold its pressure during the 1st quarter. An alternative could not be sourced so we continued with the other two.

Euan Paterson #165

08/05/16 v Hastings Conquerers

Aberdeen Roughnecks

Team areas marked between 35 yard lines, but game management adjusted to the correct size with cones

Ian Sneddon #427

01/05/16 v Carlisle Sentinels

Yorkshire Rams

No limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

22/05/16 v Manchester Titans

London Warriors

90-yard field reasonably well marked, but had some rugby markings also in white. No 9-yard marks or numbers. No coaching boxes or team areas marked. Field surface somewhat uneven. Balls not new or nearly new and only provided 10 minutes before kickoff. We are not certain that the changing rooms were locked, but they probably were. Note that due to low headroom, part of the officials' changing room is only accessible to short officials. Home team changing room was a conventional one, but visiting team changing room was a tent. One of the ball boys was poor. Game management did not introduce themselves to the officials, which led to some difficulties in sourcing chain crew and ball boys and in securing the changing rooms, though we were still able to kickoff on schedule. Running clock for entire second half.

Jim Briggs #31

01/05/16 v Farnham Knights

Sandwell Steelers

Goals located approximately two yards behind end line. Game management excellent.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

01/05/16 v Peterborough Saxons

Crewe Railroaders

Markings for soccer pitch visible in same colour as football field, inaccurate markings from 10 Yard to Goal Line in one direction of the field.

Mike Cavanagh #465

15/05/16 v Chester Romans

Chester Romans

Marks were painted bright red with the exception of the endline which was white. White rugby markings also on field.

Aminul Hasan #534

01/05/16 v Halton Spartans

London Blitz

Lines very faint. At midfield there is an area of mud but we avoided it throughout the game

Brian Yates #29

08/05/16 v South Wales Warriors

Oxford Saints

Nine yard marks were marked near the hashmarks. No numbers on the field. Changing room was too small for a five man crew and not enough seats for all officials.

Mike LeFevre #341

03/07/16 v Bristol Apache


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Paul Sutton


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