Issue 09/19                                                                                13th March 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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Week 5 Update

Registration figures are still nudging towards the 100 mark; not long now to register and pay. Remember that choices of room are limited, as we are not the only organization using Yarnfield Park  on the weekend of  6/7 April. Also please remember that you need to register with us to get the discounted room prices.



You will need to sharpen your brain cells for Saturday night as Krister is organizing another quiz. He has promised not to include any questions about teams Henry played for, or Magic Roundabout  questions for Ronnie ‘Chase’ Gaffin.


35th Anniversary

As noted previously this will be our 35th year, and we are planning a memento for members attending the Convention.



The following 82 members have registered to attend the Convention. If you are not listed, it may be because you have only recently confirmed your place in the last couple of days. An updated list will be issued next week.


Francis Bevan, Jim Briggs, Jed Brookes-Lewis, Roger Brown, Derek Burridge, Alan Christopher, Phil Clarke, Martin Cockerill, Graham Coleman, Alisha Darkins, Ian Davies, Alan Dobson, Steve Egan, Tim Fisher, James Ford-Bannister, Ben Gadsby, Gordon Galloway, Kenny Glover, Roger Goodgroves, Ben Griffiths, Jack Hallinan, Krister Halvorsen, David Hewitt, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Philip Hume, Viktor Janvari, Chris Jarvis, Albert Lambert, Bill LeMonnier, Steve Leonard, Tzvi Lindeman, Andrew Lovell. Richard Madge, Julian Mallia, Ollie Maskell, Ali May, Jason Mead, Richard Moger, Russell Newton, Mark Niven, Dave Norton, Tim Ockendon, Peter Parsons, Davie Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Austin Pickles, Michael Prentice, Steve Rains, Henry Richardson, Mike Roberts, Graham Smith, Ian Sneddon, Shawn Sombati, Leanne Spencer, James Statham, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Andrew Swift, Stuart Tabberer, Susannah Taylor, Lee Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Paul Todd, Steve Tonkinson, Richard Vernon, Tim Vickers, Ian Wainwright, Perry Wayman, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Lee Wood, Mike Woolnough, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, Brian Yates, Stuart Young, Henry Young,


Guest Speaker

We have managed to bring back Bill Le Monnier for what is likely to be a final visit. He is not only very knowledgeable, but also a very popular presenter. Although Bill is currently best known as ESPN Rules Analyst, he previously had a stellar career in the Big Ten Conference, including 17 Post Season Bowl Games. He also has more than 12 years experience in training and motivational/public speaking, in more than 10 countries; and he received the 2013 Gold Whistle Award recognizing contributions beyond sports officiating. A full bio has been released separately.



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 Convention Packs, ID Badges, Presentation handouts, Programme of Events, 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.

Twin Room: £50.00 per night (So if you share with someone it will only cost you £25.00 per night)

Single Room:  £45.00 per night

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 is 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.

Ian Sneddon - Convention Delivery Team


As always, the Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited will be held at 5:00pm on the Saturday of the Convention, 6th April. It is open to all members. A full agenda and accompanying reports will be circulated to members this week. If you have not received yours by Saturday 16th March, please contact me.

As always, there is the opportunity at the AGM to question each of the directors about their individual and collective responsibilities. It is helpful if you have any questions for these to be sent to me in advance. I can then make sure that the relevant director(s) have the opportunity to fully answer the question, in particular if the answer requires some investigation. However, this does not remove the right for members to ask un-notified questions on the day.

Part of the AGM is the election of directors for the Company. This year, four directors are standing down having completed their term of office: Director of Finance, Director of Operations, Director of Recruitment and Director without Portfolio #2.  

By the closing date, the following nominations had been received.

Director of Finance:

Roger Brown #469; Nominated by David Knight #135; Seconded by Philip Hume #52.

Director of Operations:

Roger Goodgroves #602; Nominated by Tzvi Lindeman #381; Seconded by Richard Vernon #103

Krister Halvorsen #217; Nominated by Dave Norton #1; Seconded by Jason Mead #172

Henry Richardson #25; Nominated by Roger Goodgroves #602; Seconded by Richard Vernon #103

Director of Recruitment:

Oliver Maskell #221; Nominated by Roger Brown #469; Seconded by Lee Taylor #183

Susannah Taylor #335; Nominated by Steve Leonard #370; Seconded by Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

Director without Portfolio #2

Krister Halvorsen #217; Nominated by Dave Norton #1; Seconded by Jason Mead #172

Steve Tonkinson #99; Nominated by James Ford-Bannister #479; Seconded by Roger Brown #469

If you are unable to attend the AGM, you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. Only qualified members are permitted to vote and proxy forms will be sent to all qualified members by 16th March. Again, if you have not received yours by then, please let me know.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary


Applications are invited from qualified BAFRA members who would like to work on this important committee. It’s role include the selection of officials for all UK Bowl Games, NFL Chain Crews, Officials Of The Year Awards as well as IFAF and Elite Panel. Terms of reference and full details of the roles and responsibilities are on the website in the Members Handbook section 5  - Scheduling and Selection.

In accordance with the rules of this committee two places are vacated every year and as a result two places will shortly be available. Please submit an Expression of Interest to me by no later than 10pm on Sunday 31st  March 2019.

If anyone is considering applying who has not served previously on a BAFRA Committee, you are welcome to contact me for an informal discussion about the role and requirements.


Richard Vernon - Director of Operations


The minutes of the February Board Meeting of BAFRA Limited are available in the members’ area of the BAFRA website at 

Paul Sutton – General Secretary


We received this letter of thanks from one of the coaches in the Sapphire Series:

I can honestly say that in the 20 plus years I have been involved in the game the crews this year have been the best I have seen.

As a measure of this over the course of the season there were 10 calls I thought they got wrong but after checking the tape they were right 9 times, I was right once and even that was close and was more of an angle issue. They were always willing to discuss both before the games and more briefly of course during the game.

I always make sure to thank the officials but please I also know that this is a team effort and reflects what happens behind the scenes so thank you all for a great season. 

I think we can all agree that it is great to hear such a positive response from the coaching community.

Tzvi Lindeman - Director of Training










New this week

Anthony Black


Nottingham Trent University Renegades



With 9:09 remaining in the 3rd, NTU scored. #69 for NTU and #36 for Sheffield Hallam both earned Unsportsmanlike penalties for a dead ball incident. After the resulting 2 point try #69 for NTU was seen to shove an opponent after the play was over resulting in a 2nd Unsportsmanlike penalty.

17th March 2019 v Coventry Jets

Previous weeks

Zac Newton


Essex Blades



As time expired in the 3rd quarter after the player was tackled he was seen to kick out at the opponent's chest with his studs whilst still on the floor.

17th March 2019 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Chase Warren


Imperial Immortals



The player was the second to join in a tackle, but made forcible contact with the crown of his helmet.


*Mr Warren is due to serve his suspension in the next game he is registered to play in. This is either the next regular season game for Imperial Immortals or the first regular season game of a Senior/Junior team if he registers for a Senior/Junior team.





New this week

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

Field is 80 yards in length well marked but in red.

Ian Wainwright #567


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Leeds Gryphons

No three yard marks and the blue markings were hard to see in the middle of the field. Hash marks were NFL-width.

Tim Vickers #129

17th Mar 2019 v Staffordshire Stallions

UWE Bullets

UWE now play at a new venue, which is well a marked venue. A section of the goal line at one end is faint, while there are team areas marked but these are not extended. There are no limit lines and there are other sports markings on the field in a variety of colours.

Richard Moger #472

17th Mar 2019 v Leeds Beckett Carnegie

Worcester Royals

NFL width hash marks present. Officials changed in toilet block near sideline that was open for public use during the game. Changing rooms without electricity so no lighting. As always - one crossbar was bent slightly downwards and one slightly upwards.

Krister Halvorsen #217

17th Mar 2019 v Royal Holloway Bears

Swansea Titans

Heavy rain had left the field markings rather faint.

Amir Brooks #593

17th Mar 2019 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes



New this week

Play: Team A’s 1st & 10 at the B-25. During the first possession series of Overtime, Quarterback A12 throws a forward pass to A1 at the B-5. B1 intercepts the pass at the B-5 and returns it for an apparent touchdown. The Head Linseman has a flag down for an illegal formation by Team A and the Umpire has a flag down for a block below the waist by B2 at the A-20 during B1’s run.


Last week

Play: On a try attempt at Team B's 3 yard line, B1 intercepts Team A's legal forward pass and runs it to midfield. During the run back after the interception, B2 clips in the Team B end zone.  Ruling?

Ruling: The penalty is declined by rule, the try is not replayed and the down is not replayed.  Note that penalties for flagrant personal fouls, dead-ball fouls and live-ball fouls treated as dead-ball fouls are enforced on the succeeding kickoff or at the succeeding spot in extra periods.  (10-2-7-c & AR 8-3-4-II)


New this week

Game Situation: The game is played at a venue with only one stand at the side of the field. The game is not being broadcast. The home team choose to use the sideline opposite this stand. While the Head Linesman is briefing the chain crew. The Home Team Head Coach states “we want the chains run on the other side of the field so they don’t get in our way”.

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: What are the 3 ways to mark a dead ball spot (and their order of desirability)?

Answer: M5.7.1 In descending order of desirability, 1: with a ball (placed so its axis is parallel to the sideline); 2: with your foot; 3: with a bean bag.




Contact for details


April 6th - 7th (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention 

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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