Issue 04/19                                                                                6th February 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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I can now confirm our Annual Convention and Training weekend will take place on the above dates.  As such there will be plenty of details and information appearing in Newsflash over the coming weeks. Every year our attendance numbers have grown and I’m positive this year will be no exception. Let’s keep the momentum going and make sure you keep up to date via Newsflash.

Once again, the BAFRA Board have put together a fantastic accommodation package as you will see below.  Lunch and an evening meal on the Saturday will be provided at no additional cost to our members.

Administering the registration process and processing payments is a time-consuming task given our high attendance figures.  As such I would request you register and make your room payments as early as possible.


The Convention will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL.  Yarnfield Park is a leading Training and Conference centre in the heart of the UK.  I would recommend that you look over the facility on their website where you can also find details of the location and directions:


To register to attend the Convention, you need to send an email to Krister Halvorsen at  Again, we will be making up personalised Convention Packs, ID Badges, Presentation handouts, Programme of Events, Game Day Paperwork, etc. As such you do need to pre-register.


In our efforts to make the Convention more accessible to everyone, this year we have again negotiated excellent rates for accommodation which are detailed below.  In addition, the BAFRA Board has agreed to provide some funding to keep down the costs. The rates indicated are per room and include all discounts and a full breakfast.

Remember, to take advantage of the above rates you must book your room with Krister at

Important Information required

When you send your email to Krister, please provide the following information:


Payment for Convention rooms are due by 22rd March. Payment can be made either electronically or by cheque.  Cheques should be for the full amount, made payable to BAFRA Ltd and sent to Stuart Tabberer, 3.07 Royal Parade, Elmdale Road, Bristol, Avon, BS8 1SZ.

If paying electronically, please ensure your payment reference is your full name and BAFRA number e.g.  “Roger Brown 469” and use the Account Number 10255350, sort code 16-16-11, BAFRA Ltd, RBS, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

It is appreciated that some people may wish to spread the cost and make multiple payments over the weeks leading up to 23rd March.  Please use the same instructions as above.  If you wish to make multiple payments, then you must make the payments electronically and not by cheque


Please let us know how you wish to pay by including this information in your email to Krister at when you register.

Unfortunately, payment for the Convention cannot be taken from Game Fees.  The administration work involved is far too time consuming and does not fit well with our electronic process of paying Games Fees by direct transfer to your bank account.

Friday Night

Again, last year many attendees stayed on the Friday night to save an early rise and travel on the Saturday morning.  As such the above rates are available for both the Friday and Saturday nights. As the event promises to be our biggest and best for a while, I would recommend booking your room as early as possible.  You can do this at the same time you register to attend.

Davie Parsons










New this week

Previous weeks

Nathan Obayori


Bristol Barracuda



On a play where the ejected player was also seen to be holding, he and the player he held continued their contact out of bounds. On the way to the ground #4 was seen to throw a punch into the side of his opponent.

17th Feb 2019 v Worcester Royals





New this week

Kent Falcons

Chain set broke on several occasions.

Ben Gadsby #564

10th Feb 2019 v QMBL Vipers

Lincoln Colonials

90 yard field marked with spray paint. Lines were all straight, although sideline hashes were much too short. Goal posts were very short and were attached to the existing soccer goals, using the 8ft soccer crossbar height.

Joseph Foxon #473

10th Feb 2019 v Staffordshire Stallions

Portsmouth Destroyers

90 yard field with 7 yard end zones. The field was extremely deep and muddy, lots of times the players slipped, and it was hard for us too to stay on our feet. There was a problem before the match with clashing jersey colours, but Portsmouth somehow obtained white jerseys in which they could play.

Viktor Janvari #63

10th Feb 2019 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Warwick Wolves

Due to problems with the normal field marking equipment, the hash marks were marked in white tape while the rest of the field being marked in blue. Access to the field was delayed due to the previous event, a soccer match, going in to extra time, and this resulted in a delay to kickoff as the tape for the hash marks needed to be put down once that event had cleared the field. Apart from a few repairs at half time, the hash marks held up well during the game and plaudits to Warwick for ensuring that all the required mandatory markings were present to allow the game to be played. There were no numbers or nine yard marks and no limit lines.

Peter Parsons #321

10th Feb 2019 v Loughborough Students

City Wolfpack

Originally laid out as a 110 yard field with goal posts on goal lines. Rearranged toa  90 yard field leaving hash marks in the End Zone. There were unaligned NFL-width hash marks and blue markings that were difficult to see. Numbers were painted, but at incorrect depth and not matching their actual yard line (including 2x 50 yard numbers) The chain broke on multiple occasions. Pitch started firm and frosty but quickly turned into a low-grip muddy field.

Game Management were very proactive in resolving issues promptly.

James Ford-Bannister #479

17th Feb 2019 v BNU Buccaneers

Oxford Lancers

Game postponed on Thursday 31st January (day before game) due to an unplayable field.

Peter Parsons #321

17th Feb 2019 v Gloucestershire Gladiators

Royal Holloway Bears / UCL Emperors

Game played at RHUL. Upon arrival the pitch was frozen, however with efforts from both sides clearing the field, the crew deemed the pitch playable. RHUL in particular should be commended for their efforts to get the game on. NFL hash marks. The chain crew were slow and at half time there would have been a replacement ball boy had another one been available due to one not meeting standards. Changing rooms were shared with the public and therefore not lockable.

Oliver Maskell #221

24th Feb 2019 v Greenwich Mariners

Coventry Jets

Field marked in red, the harsh marks disappeared in the mud early in the game meaning we had to rely on the pylons to help spot the ball.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395


Edinburgh Sapphire Series

Both fields marked out in cones. Snow and ice on field, but caused no significant issues.

Michael Prentice #393


Greenwich Mariners

90 yard field which was generally well marked. Coaches boxes were too big. Markings are in blue with other sport's markings in various colours. All of the game balls presented were under inflated and game management were unable to rectify this prior to kickoff so the away team provided all 3 balls. Official assistants were not forthcoming so the away team provided a ballboy. Chain crew also failed to return in time for the 2nd half, again the away team offered up volunteers.

Henry Young #486


Sheffield Sabres

90 yard field excellently marked out in black.

Ian Wainwright #567


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Glasgow University Tigers

Game suspended for around half an hours to allow treatment to an injured Glasgow player during the second quarter. There was a further half hour stoppage at the start of the 3rd quarter to allow the injured player to be transferred to a second ambulance for transfer to hospital for tests.
Henry Richardson #25

10th Feb 2019 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Leeds Beckett

80 yard field. No 3 yard marks, 9 yard marks or numbers. Sidelines hashes were missing. Coaching boxes not present but were marked out using cones. Changing room was too small for 5 people.

David Hewitt #607

10th Feb 2019 v Durham Saints

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field, the field is well marked, but they are in red. This makes them difficult to see especially with the floodlights. Floodlights are not great.

Ian Wainwright #567

10th Feb 2019 v UCLan Rams

Canterbury Chargers

Well marked 90-yard field marked in blue with other sport markings in red, white & yellow. No limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks. 8-yard end zones and coaching line at incorrect depth. Changing room spacious but not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

10th Feb 2019 v UEA Pirates

MMU Eagles

There was no coaching line or team area markings. All three game balls were significantly below the legal pressure and the home team did not have a pump with which to inflate the balls. As a result of the kick off being delayed a pump was eventually found and the balls inflated to a legal pressure. The visiting team (Lincoln Colonials) wore a mixture of different Jerseys. Some were Navy with Yellow Numbers and some were black with White Numbers. The home team occupied the two changing rooms allocated to the teams as a result the visiting team only gained access to changing facilities one hour prior to the scheduled kickoff time. The kick-off was delayed for 1 hour and 6 minutes as the booked medical cover did not turn up on time. To allow the visiting team bus to leave on time, the game was reduced to 10 minute quarters. One member of the chain crew was repeatedly filming the game from his mobile phone while operating the chains. He ignored multiple requests to stop so at half-time we asked the home team to replace the individual, which they did. The 3 yard mark was located 8 yards from each goal line.

Ben Griffiths #228

10th Feb 2019 v Huddersfield Hawks

Sussex Saxons

The chain set broke once.

Ben Gadsby #564

10th Feb 2019 v City Wolfpack

Edinburgh Predators

Coaches area and team area not marked properly.

Shawn Sombati #15

10th Feb 2019 v Teeside Cougars

Essex Blades

No Numbers or 9yard marks. No team areas or coaching box on either sideline.

Phil Clarke #262

10th Feb 2019 v ARU Rhinos

UWE Bullets

Kick off was delayed by 35 minutes due to the late arrival of the game’s medic. The chain crew was changed at half time. The game was played at UWE's new venue. Officials visiting for future games should note that footwear restrictions are in place - no flat or dimple-soled shoes should be worn, only cleats / studs. No footwear inspections were carried out on the day though. Field markings were generally good, but there were no team areas marked (only coaching boxes) and no limit lines.

Amir Brooks #593

16th Feb 2019 v Swansea Titans

Bangor Muddogs

The game was suspended for almost 20 minutes in the 4th quarter for treatment to an injured player.

Tim Vickers #129

17th Feb 2019 v Leeds Gryphons

Keele Crusaders

Despite being advised at their first game home game of the season, and reminded during the week, on arrival the end zone was too small. The field was shortened to 80 yards using the 5 yard line as the goal line Both teams played in very similar kit, kit, Only way to tell difference DMU had a Reddish black top , while Keele was Red white white numbers.

Andrew Lovell #559

17th Feb 2019 v Huddersfield Hawks

Bradford Bears

After receiving an email from Bradford at the beginning of the week I was informed that this game was a 2.00pm kick off. In actual fact there was a local soccer game taking place on the field that didn't finish until approx 1.56pm,meaning kickoff had to be delayed until 2.30pm.All the field equipment (pylons,line numbers etc...) had been left in a box so the officials set about getting everything set up. The field itself was marked out as a 100 yard field but since that would have left no endzones the field needed to be shortened. It was then noted that the field was completely missing 5 yard lines which Bradford informed us was impossible to rectify. After conferring with the Director of Operations to double check the rule, the crew informed both teams of the situation,that minimum standards were not been met and left the venue.

David Hewitt #607

17th Feb 2019 v Liverpool Bears

UEA Pirates

With 6:13 remaining in the 2nd quarter a player fell injured with a neck injury an ambulance was called at 13:20.  After a further 90 minutes the player was still down injured another call for an ambulance was made as he was now continually shivering. Both coaches agreed to abandon the game.

Larry Rugby #269

17th Feb 2019 v Kent Falcons

University of Nottingham

Excellent marked field (in yellow). Goal posts are shortened pipes attached to the fence.

Ian Wainwright #567

17th Feb 2019 v Stirling Clansmen

Bath Spa Bulldogs

At half time Bath Spa had suffered some injuries and as the crew came out ready to start the second half the Bath Spa Head Coach head coach informed me that they were not able to continue the game as a result of the mounting injuries to an already small squad. Both coaches were happy to abandon the game at that point. We spoke with both coaches and we offered to stay on to give players the chance to scrimmage rather than just wrapping up then so we had about an hour where the players, from both teams, had the chance to run a few plays before heading off. The score at the half was Bath Spa 0 – Oxford 22.

Julian Mallia #336

17th Feb 2019 v Solent Redhawks

Birmingham Lions

Home team informed referee that game was cancelled due to visiting team (Portsmouth Destroyers) being unable to travel 2½ hours before scheduled kickoff.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

23rd Feb 2019 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Bristol Barracuda

While enroute to the venue, Bristol rang the officiating crew to inform them that Bath Spa had called him and stated they would not be travelling for the game because of lack of players, so the game had been cancelled..

Francis Bevan #474

24th Feb 2019 v Gloucestershire Gladiators

Solent Redhawks

Goalposts overhang the end-zones by a couple of yards. It was noted that at the end furthest from the changing rooms, the posts were showing visible signs of rot, and this may cause an issue in the future. The home team said they were aware and would be looking to repair it.

Oliver Maskell #22

24th Feb 2019 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Brunel Burners

NFL width hash marks and no numbers. The game started 15 minutes late due to late arrival of medics. The Surrey coach forfeited the game with 6 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.

Graham Coleman #177

24th Feb 2019 v Kingston Cougars

Newcastle Raiders

Played at Gateshead Stadium. The field is showing signs of wear, with parts of the surface lifting up in areas, some having to be filled with sand before the game, there are now 4 sets of hash marks, one of which appears to have been marked by a someone was was inebriated, veering off severely to one side. The ground staff have moved the endline, which previously put a wall in the middle of the end zone. The field of play was shortened at one end to avoid any complications with the wall and the game played towards one goal only. Team and player areas not marked and some other sports markings on the field, although these didn’t cause confusion.

Liam Wooton #478

24th Feb 2019 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

QMBL Vipers

Prior to the game, the groundsman had to be asked to complete the final 5 hashes, and the end line, in order to meet the minimum field standards. There were numerous REPORT conditions met: Field too wide (estimated 180ft) resulting in large space between hashes, which had been painted the correct distance from the sideline No nine yard marks White field markings for other sports within 4 feet of endline Chain broke approximately 10 times.

Ben Gadsby #564

24th Feb 2019 v UEA Pirates

Royal Holloway Bears

Royal Holloway played this match on the Greenwich Southwood site, because their own was waterlogged. The field is marked properly, but the American Football markings are dark blue on the green 3G artificial grass, which is not really visible, mainly because there are bright colour markings on the field too.

Viktor Janvari #63

24th February 2019 v Greenwich Mariners

Kingston Cougars

100-yard grass field marked in white. No limit lines and team areas marked with cones. Goal posts had rotated through 90 degrees but this was rectified by game management prior to kick off. Down box below regulation height and had been crudely repaired with gaffer tape such that the operator had to prop it up. Playing surface at one end of the field was very muddy to the point where the correct lateral spot could not always be used. The other end of the field remained playable throughout.

Tim Ockendon #481


Huddersfield Hawks

On the day before the game. Huddersfield contacted me to inform me that a floodlight had exploded at their venue leaving shards of glass all over the field rendering it unsafe to play on. All officials were assigned elsewhere.

Ben Griffiths #228


Staffordshire Stallions

Referee’s changing rooms unavailable due to another event being held at sports centre. Changing rooms assigned as staff rest area and an office. Kick Off was delayed by 20 mins as medical cover not booked, and appropriately qualified cover was found.

Andrew Lovell #559




New this week

Play: 1st and 10 from Team A’s 6 yard line.  QB A8, standing in his end zone throws a forward pass which is muffed by A2 at Team A's 4 yard line and then caught by A99 at Team A's 8 yard line.  A99 advances the ball to Team A's 18 yard line where he is tackled. Prior to the pass, A65 had advanced 6 yards downfield.  Ruling?


Last week

Play: Team A score a Touchdown as time expires in the 4th quarter, the score is A20-B21. The fourth quarter is extended for the try. During the Try A88 catches a legal forward pass in the field of play and taunts B26 with the ball prior to crossing B's goal line.

Ruling? This is a live ball foul, Team B will accept the penalty and the try will be repeated from the B 18 yard line (9-2-1-a-1-b)


New this week

Game Situation: Prior to the game, the home team only provide 4 officials assistants by the scheduled kick-off time and the start of the game is delayed. The home team state “League rules say the visiting team should provide one ball person”

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: None Published

Answer: None Published




Contact for details


February 23rd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

April 6th (Sat)


May 11th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 20th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 16th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Richard Vernon


Lee Taylor


Tzvi Lindeman

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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