BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 19/16

13th May 2016

2016 EXAM

The exam period is now closed. Results will be sent out via e-mail to members registered addresses on the afternoon of Saturday 14th May. If you have any queries about your results, please contact and not the sender of the e-mail.

Paul Sutton


Now that the Annual Examination is complete the process of selecting the 21 members of the BEP can commence. Should you wish to be considered then you must apply in writing to the Director of Operations at Applications will be accepted immediately and the closing date is Friday 4th June 2016.

Applications will only be considered from Qualified BAFRA members who meet specific criteria. Full details of the criteria can be found in the Elite Programme Policy in Section 7 of the Members Handbook. An Elite Training Day is already planned for 29th May with others to be confirmed shortly.

Also, as part of the criteria includes your rating on the Selection Spreadsheet, which must be 80% or above, I would also recommend you read the Scheduling and Selection Policy which can be found in Section 6 of the Members Handbook. If you wish to know your current rating on the Selection Spreadsheet before making your decision on whether or not to apply, please send an email to and I will come back to you very quickly with a detailed breakdown of your scores.

If it is your intention to apply then I would recommend that you read the document in full. If you are considering applying and would like an informal discussion please contact either me or Ben Griffiths who is the BEP Co-ordinator.

Richard Vernon


The next BAFRA Elite Training Day is being held at the Premier Inn, London Victoria on 29th May 2016. The programme includes sessions on CARRYING OUT ASSESSMENTS, PRE-GAME TALKS, RULES and MECHANICS.

Doors open at 9:45, the clinic will start at 10:00, refreshments and lunch will be provided and we plan to finish around 16:00. All Elite Panel members are expected to attend and all BAFRA members are welcome to attend. There are only a few places left and it will be first come, first served so please register by emailing as soon as possible.

The full address is The Premier Inn, 82-83 Eccleston Square (Off Gillingham Street, London, SW1V 1PS

Ben Griffiths & Pete Thom


Congratulations to Liam Macdonald and Richard McEwen on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to Tim Ockendon, Kevin Stanton and all those who are helping with their training.

Pete Thom


Special thanks to Lynne Day, Game Manager at Halton Spartans for offering to, and driving, 15 miles to pick up one of our officials crew who had been unfortunately stranded on his train due to a suicide on the line near Warrington and delayed from arriving for over two hours. Her actions meant the crew could get on with officiating the game at normal kickoff while our colleague was being taken care of. A fabulous gesture from Lynne and her team which meant our colleague only missed the first quarter and was able to slot in as soon as he arrived.

Many thanks!

Mike Cavanagh










New this week

Matthew Napier


Yorkshire Rams



Threw a punch at an opponent after a minor altercation

22/05/16 v Manchester Titans

Samuel Oldfield


Hastings Conquerors



Made contact with the crown of his helmet to the head area of a Bournemouth receiver.

15/05/16 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

John Kelly


Bournemouth Bobcats



Player committed 2 unsportsmanlike acts.

15/05/16 v Maidstone Pumas

Steven Clements


Essex Spartans



Player grasped the facemask of and threw punches at an opponent.

05/06/16 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Ahmed Omer


Wembley Stallions



Player grasped the facemask of and threw punches at an opponent.

15/05/16 v London Blitz B

Richard Carr


Newcastle Vikings



Player contacted defenceless QB with forcible helmet-to-helmet contact.

15/05/16 v Northumberland Lightening

Steve Price


Farnham Knights



Player committed 2 unsportsmanlike acts.

22/05/16 v London Olympians

Previous weeks

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

James Benson


Lincolnshire Bombers



Head-butted on opponent.

15/05/16 v Shropshire Revolution





New this week

Sussex Thunder

The game kicked off 15 minutes late. The medical cover was delayed by heavy traffic heading into Brighton.

Jim Briggs #31

03/07/16 v Hertfordshire Chetahs

Swindon Storm

Width was greater than 160ft. Several lines were crooked and the short yard line extensions went over one sideline. The inbound hash marks were 59ft from one sideline and 61ft from the other.

Euan Paterson #165

05/06/16 v Bristol Apache

Glasgow Tigers

Team areas were marked out incorrectly as coach's box and player area were too close to sideline. Some sideline hash marks did not match inbounds lines.

Shawn Sombati #15

12/06/16 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

Bristol Apache

Field is generally well marked out, but the limit lines are too close to the sidelines (approx 6 foot), and the coaching areas are only marked out to the 30 yard lines.

Amir Brooks #593

15/05/16 v Swindon Storm

Nottingham Caesars

90 yard field, no limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

22/05/16 v Doncaster Mustangs

South London Renegades

Game could not take place as home team did not have enough players

Pete Thom #200


Bournemouth Bobcats

The game kicked-off 30mins late due to traffic congestion. Despite away team and officials allowing for this and leaving home earlier, the New Forest and roads to Bournemouth were very busy due to the fantastic weather this weekend. Hastings Head Coach requested a running clock in the second half.

Siman Ryan #408

19/06/16 v Berkshire Renegades

Buckinghamshire Wolves

This was the best marked field I have officiated on, with a full 120 yards of field length.

Viktor Janvari #63


Maidstone Pumas

Well marked 90-yard field, although markings were quite faint. Coaching line at incorrect depth. No numbers but 9-yard marks present. Field area was taped off approximating to a limit line that was sometimes at the incorrect depth. Goals were too wide, not tall enough and crossbar was too low.

Tim Ockendon #481

15/05/16 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Essex Spartans

Well-marked 90 yard field missing only limit lines and with numbers slightly too big. Good size changing room but with no private toilet or shower and not lockable. One officials' assistant changed in the first half due to inability to remain neutral.

Tim Ockendon #481

05/06/16 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Oxford Lancers

Lightening was seen during the last play of the first half and so half time was extended to 30 minutes.

Keith Wickham #423


London Warriors Youth

Prior to the match there was a youth rugby tournament on the same field, this caused some confusion and about a 15 minute delay on the kickoff. It is a 90 yard field, a bit hard, but OK, was painted adequately.

Viktor Janvari #63


Outstanding items from previous weeks

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 Conquerors

Chester Romans

Red lines used with the exception of the endline which was white. Other white markings also on field. Lines began to fade following the junior game and rainfall.

Aminul Hassan #534

22/05/16 v Walney Terriers

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

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

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

Birmingham Bulls

One goal was regulation. The other was a Gaelic football goal with a lower crossbar. The main lines are red and highly visible but the inounds lines are grey and faint

Brian Yates #29

15/05/16 v Nottingham Caesars

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

Yorkshire Rams

No limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

22/05/16 v Manchester Titans

Bristol Aztecs

Field is generally well marked out, but the limit lines are too close to the sidelines (approx 6 foot), and the coaching areas are only marked out to the 30 yard lines.

Amir Brooks #593

22/05/16 v South Wales Warriors

Solent Thrashers

Field was marked as yellow lines. some yard marking doubled up. No 9 yard marks. Plane of the cross bar approximately a yard into the endzone. Dressing room was large and perfect except the inner doors to the next dressing room was not locked during the game. Game played in generally a good spirit by both teams. Game went to a running clock in the second half.

David Knight #135

15/05/16 v Colchester Gladiators

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

London Blitz B

The game did not take place as the field was marked for rugby with no football markings whatsoever.

Pete Thom #200

05/06/16 v Ipswich Cardinals

Humber Warhawks

No 3 yard mark, limit lines at 12 feet, one ball boy changed at half time.

Dan Holt #371

22/05/16 v Staffordshire Surge

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


Play of the week will return next week.




Contact for details


May 29th (Sun)

BAFRA Elite Training Day

July 23rd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

August 27th (Sat)


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

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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