BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 20/16

19th May 2016


All exam results were sent out last weekend. If you have not received yours, please let me know.

Paul Sutton


Unfortunately, our Director of Recruitment, Kevin Stanton, has had to step down from the role for personal reasons. I am sure that all members will wish to join the directors in thanking Kevin for the significant contribution he made to BAFRA during his tenure.

This leaves a vacancy for this vital role. Expressions of interest are invited and should be sent to me by 31st May. By our Regulations, the directors may appoint to the role until the next AGM but it will be for the member to make an appointment of their choice at that time.

John Griffin has offered to cover the role until an appointment is made and will be happy to remain as deputy to the new director. However, he has indicated that he is not in a position to accept the post on a full time basis.

If you are considering the role and want more information, please contact me by e-mail.

Paul Sutton


Rule 13-4-1-c-1 covers children (under 18s) acting as chain crew and ball boys. It states that:

"Officials' assistants under the age of 18 remain the responsibility of game management at all times, and must be supervised by a responsible person appointed by game management."

There has been some debate about what constitutes "supervision" by game management. It is not required that this supervision be close - it is NOT necessary, for example, for the children to have the responsible person standing next to them all the time. It would normally be enough for the responsible adult to have the children in their sight and perhaps to check on them periodically. The rule is intended as much to emphasise that it is NOT the officials' responsibility to supervise the children, beyond the normal interaction with the chain crew and ball boys.

This is a rule that should be interpreted with common sense. 14-year olds generally need more support and guidance than 17.5-year olds, and a child's chronological age may not match their level of physical or emotional maturity. Common sense says that you don't allow anyone (adult or child) on the chain crew to become upset, stressed or bullied. If you observe that happening from any quarter, suspend the game and inform game management.

Jim Briggs


Plaudits to the Carlisle Sentinels game management on their first home game of the season. At Christmas the city was flooded and pictures circulated on social media showed the water level just below the crossbar of the posts at the teams previous venue, the team kit was ruined and written off by environmental health officers. Boosted by a justgiving fund where a number of other teams gave donations today they played their first game at a new venue in the city. Only gaining access to the pitch at 4pm on Saturday the team rallied to mark out the field and concrete in supports for the posts so they would be ready for kickoff at 2:30 on Sunday.

Lee Taylor










New this week

Savior Williams-Onuorah


Kent Exiles Jnr



The player was seen throwing a punch.

Next fixture

Eoin Hunt


Kent Exiles Jnr



The player was seen throwing a punch.

Next fixture

Richard Keir


Merseyside Nighthawks



Player verbally taunted an opponent after a play. Later the player shoved an opponent clearly after the ball was dead in an action that was not part of the game action.

22/05/16 v East Kilbride Pirates

Jack Watson


Lancashire Wolverines



Player kicked a prone opponent studs first.

22/05/16 v Sheffield Predators

Previous weeks

Matthew Napier


Yorkshire Rams



Threw a punch at an opponent after a minor altercation

22/05/16 v Manchester Titans

Steven Clements


Essex Spartans



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

05/06/16 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Steve Price


Farnham Knights



Player committed 2 unsportsmanlike acts.

22/05/16 v London Olympians





New this week

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. Changing facilities not lockable and officials were given the staff bathroom to change in as the away team complained about their changing room so were moved to the one normally given to the officials. Ball person changed in 2nd quarter as they were more interested in talking to spectators about 20 yards away from the sideline, replacement ball person drove off at halftime and took the game ball with them; so a third replacement ball person was supplied along with a new game ball.

Phil Clarke #262

12/06/16 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Maidstone Pumas

Goals are soccer goals with metal poles on top so crossbar too low and too wide. Lines have been repainted but some wonky. Coaches lines too close to pitch. No numbers but marks about 8-9 yards from sideline

Ellis Bowyer #502

05/06/16 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Carlisle Sentinels

The posts were about 2 yards behind the back line at each end of the field apart from this it was a well marked pitch. The officials changing room may be a little small for a crew of 5 if all wanted to change at the same time

Lee Taylor #183

12/06/16 v Newcastle Vikings

Hastings Conquerors

Kickoff delayed due to balls being sourced and brought up to standard. No access to officials changing rooms at half time. Had to wait 20 minutes after end of game to gain access to changing facilities.

Phil Hume #52

19/06/16 v Maidstone Pumas

Birmingham Bulls

One goal is regulation, the other is a Gaelic football goal.

Brian Yates #29

19/06/16 v Sandwell Steelers

Merseyside Nighthawks

All American Football markings were in yellow, there were a number of non-football markings close than 4 feet to the end line and goal lines. No coaching lines marked, however blue rugby markings were in approximately the correct position.

Ben Griffiths #228

22/05/16 v East Kilbride Pirates

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.

Colin Edwards #76

10/07/16 v Torbay Trojans

Solent Thrashers

Crossbar and uprights 1 yard inside end line.

Julian Mallia #336

12/06/16 v Bury Saints

Manchester Titans

Following the agreement of both coaches, prior to the game the quarters were reduced to 12 minutes. This was because of a lack of available ineligible linemen for Gateshead. The field was very sandy in places. The field markings were in blue and there were other white non-football lines.

Aminul Hassan #534

12/06/16 v West Coast Trojans

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

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

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

Nottingham Caesars

90 yard field, no limit lines.

Dan Holt #371

22/05/16 v Doncaster Mustangs

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

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

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

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



New this week

Play: Third and 4 on B's 8. The score is A20-B21 with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Team A is in a scrimmage kick formation. Holder A16 rises to catch a high snap and immediately grounds the ball with a forward pass. Two seconds remain on the clock.

Last week

Play: A's ball, 3nd and 8, on B's 30. QB A17's legal forward pass is muffed by B38 near the sideline. A88 then voluntarily goes out of bounds to get around B38. A88 runs back into the field of play, catches the ball and advances for a touchdown.

Ruling: A's ball, try, on B's 3. Touchdown. The rules do not specify when the Team B player must touch the pass in order for A88 to regain eligibility. The touching of the ball by B38 need not occur after A88 went out of bounds (7-3-4). A88 is an inbounds player as he comes back into the field of play before catching the ball (4-2-1). See AR-7-3-5-I.


New this week

Game Situation: Ball relay. On a 4 man crew the wing official will almost always be covering a dead ball spot near the sidelines. How should the referee and umpire work together to ensuring that a ball be brought quickly into the new inbounds spot.
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 4th and 10, Team A are punting from a scrimmage kick formation. Punter A4 initially muffs but than catches a low snap. A4 takes one step forwards and punts the ball. B78 is rushing A4 and runs into his kicking leg just after the ball has been kicked away. A4 is displaced from his kicking position. Ruling?
Answer: M-3-2-7-a. Generally, contact with the kicker's kicking leg will be considered as running into the kicker, and contact with his plant leg will be considered as roughing the kicker. This is running into the kicker, 5 yards from the previous spot (9-1-4-a).




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