BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 24/16

16th June 2016


The BAFRA Selection Panel is pleased to announce that the following officials have been selected to serve for the next year on the BAFRA Elite Programme:

Please join with the Panel and Directors in congratulating these officials on their appointment to the BAFRA Elite Programme.

Richard Vernon


The Elite Programme selection process has now been completed. I can now send out the spreadsheet information requested by many members.

If you have not received a full breakdown of your spreadsheet scoring by next Thursday 23rd June then send me a reminder.

Richard Vernon


The next BAFRA Elite Training Day will be held at the Premier Inn, Glasgow (Argyle Street) on 30th July 2016. The clinic will start at 10:30 and finish around 16:30, refreshments and lunch will be provided. All Elite Panel members are expected to attend and all BAFRA members are welcome to attend.

If you wish to attend, please register by emailing

Ben Griffiths & Pete Thom









New this week

Lee Baxter


Berkshire Renegades



During a punt return, player delivered a blind side block in the head area of an opponent

19/06/16 v Bournemouth Bobcats

David Mead


Lancashire Wolverines



In 2nd quarter, player committed two dead-ball Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fouls

19/06/16 v Sheffield Predators

Neil Upton


Portsmouth Dreadnaughts



Player blocked with the crown of the helmet during the kickoff.

19/06/16 v East Kent Mavericks





New this week

London Blitz

No 9 yard marks or numbers. Hash marks extend into the end zone on both sides of the field and at each end. Game suspended for 1 hour with 11:56 left in the 2nd quarter for a player injury; game resumed with no further adjustments to the timing/game clock but the half time break was shortened to 10 minutes with agreement of both head coaches.

Phil Clarke #262

19/06/16 v London Olympians

Manchester Titans

The start of the second half was delayed as the chain crew had been replaced and required briefing.

Ben Griffiths #228

26/06/16 v Edinburgh Wolves

Kent Exiles

Plaudits to the game day staff for remarking lines between games which had become faint in the heavy rain of the first game.

Lee Wood #517

10/07/16 v Solent Thrashers

Solent Thrashers

Field markings were faint in comparison with some other sports' lines. Goals beyond end line by about a yard.

Jim Briggs #31

17/07/16 v Sussex Thunder

South Wales Warriors

The field was generally well marked out, but the field markings had been faded due to overnight rain. The inbounds has marks were too thin and difficult to see from the sidelines. No nine yard marks, small numbers on one side only and positioned approx 4 yards from sideline.

Amir Brooks #593

26/06/16 v London Warriors

Glasgow Tigers

Endzones were 8 yards.

Shawn Sombati #15

03/07/16 v Dundee Hurricanes

Farnham Knights

No limit lines. Other than that, a well marked field.

Pete Parsons #321

26/06/16 v London Blitz

Lincolnshire Bombers

On arrival I was informed only 1 set of goal posts were available. So all offensive plays were played towards the goal. 4 different colours painted on field and the ones we use were in dark red and not that visible. 90 yard pitch only.

Larry Rigby #269

17/07/16 v Humber Warhawks

Cornish Sharks

The field is generally well marked out, although the sideline yard marks were too short. The goals were soccer goals with long planks strapped to the uprights, and are therefore wider than regulation (24', rather than 18'6"), and the crossbar is lower than regulation (8' rather than 10'). Only one ball boy was provided by the home team, leading to the down box man acting as ball boy. With approximately 6 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, the game was suspended for 10 minutes to treat a suspected neck injury. He later requested to re-enter the game which the home team head coch initially disagreed with. After lengthy discussion between the head coaches and medical staff (which led to the half time interval lasting for more than 30 minutes), the registered paramedic who was providing medical cover cleared him to play.

Amir Brooks #593

10/07/16 v Oxford Saints

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Humber Warhawks

Limit Lines at 12', no 9yd marks or numbers.

Chris Jarvis #10

26/06/16 v Lincolnshire Bombers

Dundee Hurricanes

The balls presented by the home team did not have white stripes - the away team did not object or offer any alternate balls.

Ian Sneddon #427

24/07/16 v Northumberland Lightening

London Blitz B

There was no team area. Hash marks went into the endzone (although the centre markings were erased by the team) and the down box broke during the day preventing a 1st or 2nd down being shown

K Wickham #423

03/07/16 v Wembley Stallions

Essex Spartans

Changing rooms not lockable, no private shower/toilet. Numbers marked on field are too wide - although correctly placed with the top at 9 yards.

Phil Clarke #262

10/07/16 v London Blitz B

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

The game was played at Havant Rugby Club. This match was played on an outer pitch, later in the season they will be playing on the 1st XV pitch. Each end zone was only 7 yards deep. Not all hash marks were the same distance apart. No limit lines. Some bare patches of earth on the field. One of the ball boys was very good but the other was poor.

Jim Briggs #31

19/06/16 v East Kent Mavericks

London Warriors

90-yard grass field, although surface was uneven with patches of bare earth interspersed with large tufts of uncut grass. No numbers, 9-yard marks or limit lines and team areas marked out with cones. Two of the game balls provided were under-inflated and all were well worn. Away team were offered the option to provide game balls in better condition but declined. Away team changing rooms were a tent compared with the home team changing indoors. Prior to the officials taking the field there were reports of altercations between players interfering with opponent's practices by entering their half of the field.

Tim Ockendon #481

03/07/16 v London Olympians

Jurassic Coast Raptors

This was the first game ever for the chain crew but despite this they performed very well. It is hoped that they will come on during future games as they are going to do all their home games.

Julian Mallia #336

26/06/16 v Cornish Sharks

West Coast Trojans

Due to a motorway incident the away team was delayed, and the kick off was 30 minutes later than scheduled.

Ian Sneddon #427

26/06/16 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

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

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

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

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

Shropshire Revolution

Field marked approximately 15 yards too short.

J. Brookes-Lewis 395

19/06/16 v Staffordshire Surge

Merseyside Nighthawks

Field markings in yellow - generally very good but not always level across field

Mike Cavanagh 465

17/07/16 v Tamworth Phoenix

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: In overtime, it is 4th and 10 from the Team B 25 yard line. A5 throws a legal forward pass towards A99. While airborne, A99 bats the pass backwards towards A79, who catches the ball at the Team B 16 yard line. A79 then advances the ball to Team B's 12 yard line, where he is tackled. Ruling? (This was Q58 on this year's BAFRA exam).

Last week

Play: On the last play of the 1st quarter, Team A gain a first down at Team B’s 40 yard line. Time expires during the down. Prior to the Ready for Play being blown at the start of the 2nd quarter, Team A snap the ball. Ruling? (This was Q57 on this year's BAFRA exam).

Ruling: 1st and 10 for Team A and the Team B 45 yard line. The 5 yard penalty for the Delay of Game by Team A is assessed before the line to gain is established, since the ball was not yet ready for play (5-1-2-b & 5-2-7). Therefore the line to gain is only established after the 5 yard penalty is marched off, as such it is still 1st and 10, but 5 yards further back. See AR 5-2-7-V.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 on the A40. QB A3 throws a legal forward pass to A88 on the B45. A88 rises to catch the ball and falls to the ground holding the ball. On a 4 man crew, the only official with a view of the catch is the Linejudge. As A88 comes to the ground the Linejudge can see that the player has possession of the ball until he hits the ground. The ball then disappears from the Linejudge's view as A88 contacts the ground heavily. A88 then gets up and is holding the ball. Ruling?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: After a play that ends near the sideline, the linejudge on a 5 man crew calls A88 for taunting the opposition bench. Which official is responsible for recording this penalty?
Answer: M-5-12-1. All officials must record all players who have been called for an unsportsmanlike conduct foul. This ensures that all officials are aware when a player could suffer a mandatory ejection for a second such foul.




Contact for details


July 23rd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 30th (Sat)

BAFRA Elite Training Day

August 27th (Sat)


19th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Charlie Dean Young


Richard Vernon


James Meredith


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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