Issue 10/19                                                                                20th March 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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Week 6 Update

Registration figures are beginning to plateau. I expect to be able to finalise numbers next week.


Registration and Payment

This is your last chance to register and pay for the Convention at our discounted price. If you haven’t registered yet, you need to go for it now. If you have already registered and still have to pay, then please remember that the cut-off date for payment is this Fri (22nd March). We need to confirm rooms with Yarnfield Park by that date so any registration/payments made after that will be at their standard rates.



The following 85 people 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. A final 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, Benita Grant-Booker, Ben Griffiths, Jack Hallinan, Krister Halvorsen, David Hewitt, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Philip Hume, Barbara Jacquin, 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, Andrew Murrell, 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, Peter Roberts, Richard Samples, Owen Samuels, Graham Smith, Ian Sneddon, Shawn Sombati, Leanne Spencer, James Statham, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Andrew Swift, Stuart Tabberer, Susannah Taylor, Lee Taylor, Pete Thom, 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


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




Can all officials ensure they update Arbiter immediately so that the Operations Team have an accurate picture of who is available on this date when there are 21 games being played

Richard Vernon - Director of Operations



Congratulations to Daniel Clarke on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to Tim Ockendon and Euan Paterson and all those who are helping with Daniels training.

Tzvi Lindeman - Director of Training









New this week

Alexander Roach


Coventry Jets



With just under one minute remaining in the first half. Coventry #97, at the end of the play away from the ball, delivered a headbutt with the crown of their helmet to an NTU player.

31st March 2019 v UEA Pirates

Joshua Holmes


UEA Pirates



With 1 min 38 sec left in the game, UEA #86, at the end of the play, was seen to throw a punch at an opponent.

31st March 2019 v Coventry Jets

William McKeown


Leeds Gryphons



With seven and a half minutes remaining in the first quarter, Staffordshire ran a swing pass play to a running back. The running back was grasped by a Leeds player who was stopping the ball carrier’s forward progress. Leeds #55 ran in and initiated forcible contact with the crown of the helmet to the head of the ball carrier.

31st March 2019 v Liverpool Raptors

Paul Matthews


Leeds Gryphons



Following the disqualification of Leeds #55 for targeting, as play was about to resume, the Leeds Head coach stepped onto the field and faced the Head Linesman and loudly said “We’ve got a cheat out here”, indicating directly at the Head Linesman.

31st March 2019 v Liverpool Raptors

*As this was a disqualification of a non-player, this is a whole game day suspension. Mr Matthews may not be present at the game site in any capacity.

Previous weeks

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

Essex Blades

No team areas marked. Chains were originally 9.5 yards long. With the help of a knife from the medic we were able to cut through robust zip ties and correct. Down box operator changed at half time. Changing rooms a long walk from the field.

Steven Leonard #370

31st March 2019 v RHUL Bears

Leeds Gryphons

Field of play was only 80 yards. The nine yard marks were approximately 15 yards from the sideline. There were no team area markings. All three game balls provided, were well below the minimum legal pressure. The changing rooms were not lockable.

Ben Griffiths #228

31st March 2019 v Liverpool Raptors

Berkshire Renegades

90 yard field with short end zones and narrower field then it should be. Changing rooms are not lockable.

Viktor Janvari #63

14th April 2019 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

DMU Falcons

Although a superb facility the field markings are very faint.

Brian Yates #29


UCL Emperors

The game started 40 minutes late due to UCL traffic delays. Game was abandoned with 0:56 left in the 4th Quarter due to the floodlights turning off. Game could not continue due to this being an evening game.

Liam Macdonald #565


Outstanding items from previous weeks



New this week

Play: The score is A17-B20. Neither team has any timeouts. During the previous play, A22 wss tackled inbounds at the B-4 making it A 4th and Goal at the B-4. 0:13 remain in the 4th quarter when A22 is tackled. Team A rushes the field goal team onto the field. Team B attempts to match the substitution, but B76, the 12th player, is two steps from the sideline in an attempt to get off the field. Team A’s field goal is good as time expires. Team B’s head coach is upset that he was not given an opportunity to substitute and throws his headset onto the field.


Last 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.

Ruling: No score for Team B. The fouls will offset and the down is not replayed. Team A’s possession series is over and Team B will snap the ball at the 25 (3-1-3-g-2 and 3-1-3-g-3).


New this week

Game Situation: How should a 3 man crew line up for and cover the return on a kick off?

Answer next issue…

Last 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: The request is denied. The chains must be run on the side opposite the press box (1-2-7). If there is not a formal press box, the location of the press box is determined by the location of the majority of spectators not by which side of the field the home team chooses to use (M8.2.2).

Note - if the game was being broadcast, the main TV camera may be located opposite the stand (in order to have the stand in the background of shot), therefore it would be correct to run the chains on the side of the stand in this case.




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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