Issue 14/19                                                                                17th April 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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The minutes from the AGM are now available in the member’s area of the website at:  In addition, the directors held a short Board meeting on the second morning of the Convention and the minutes from that may be found, also in the member’s area of the website, here:


Paul Sutton – General Secretary

2019 EXAM

The 2019 examination period for 2019 has now commenced. The paper both in written and audio versions) and a blank answer sheet are available in the members; area of the website. If you have any difficulty in accessing these, please contact the webmaster via All qualified members (whether currently active or not) must sit the exam to retain their qualified status and associate members are encouraged to sit the exam to assess their progress and to help identify areas to work on with their mentor. All instructions for returning the exam are on both the exam paper and answer sheet.


Dean Wright – Examination Committee Chair


When a player is disqualified in a Tournament game (multiple games played on the same day) they must serve their suspension in the next game their team plays. If a player is suspended from any other game except their team’s final game of the day they must serve their suspension the same day as the disqualification. If they are disqualified from their team’s final game of the day, they must serve their suspension in the first game of the next tournament their team plays. If a game is not played, for example if the opponents forfeit, that game does not count towards serving a suspension.

When reporting a disqualification via the Electronic Paperwork, please include details of which game the player was disqualified from and whether or not they have served their suspension.


Phil Clarke - BAFA Disciplinary Officer


1. As I said at the Convention, none of the league regulations have changed this year (i.e. those where the rules allow the league to specify how a game should proceed in certain circumstances). The full list at is up-to-date.

2. However, a reminder that junior football (i.e. U19) has reverted to 12 minute quarters, and that next BUCS season (2019-2020) there will be no extra periods played in regular season games.

3. A quick reminder of something that changed last season: additions to the roster are no longer allowed. The roster for a team is fixed by the BAFA Registration system on the preceding friday and that is the one the officials should work to. This is for identification and insurance purposes. Rule 13-8-1 sets out that no player who is not on his team's roster form may participate. The penalty for this is disqualification.

4. I was asked a question at the Convention about what play clock is used if Team B runs an interception or fumble recovery back for a touchdown. I can confirm that like any other touchdown, this will be followed by a 40-second play clock.

5. Finally, just to let everyone know that we are planning a new edition of the Manual of Football Officiating for 2020. In previous seasons, we have done most of the work over the winter. This time we are starting earlier so that the new edition is ready for other countries where their season preparations start earlier than for us in Britain. If you have suggestions for new mechanics, or ways the existing mechanics can be improved, please let me know sooner rather than later.

Jim Briggs - BAFA Rules Committee










New this week

Freddie Pelling


Bedford Blackhawks (Youth)



Game one the player verbally abused an opposition player for a first Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul, then a couple of plays later verbally abused another opponent for his second Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul. He served his suspension in the second game of the tournament.

Suspension Served

Collins Imuetinyan


Manchester Titans North (Youth)



The player received his first Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul for forcibly pushing an opponent's head into the ground after a tackle. He received a second for squaring up to and pushing an opponent a few plays later. He served his suspension in the final game of the tournament.

Suspension Served

Luke Summers


Dumfries Hunters



With 2.03 left in the first quarter, the ball carrier was down by contact when No. 50, who is also the Dumfries head coach, came in late and there was excessive helmet to helmet contact, by rule No. 50 was disqualified from the game.

21st April 2019 v        Inverclyde Goliaths

*Mr Summers is a Player/Coach. As Mr Summers was disqualified for an act while a player. His suspension is a playing suspension only. He may not play in his Team’s next game however he may still be present in the Team Area on Game Day.

Thomas Chapman


Clyde Valley Blackhawks



6.38 left in the second quarter, the QB was running with the ball, he started to slide, therefore giving himself up. No. 44, who was coming in to make the tackle, made no attempt to lift his head, initiated helmet to helmet contact, by rule, No. 44 was ejected from the game.

21st April 2019 v Darlington Steam

Craig Million


Gateshead Senators



In what was becoming a chippy game, Gateshead Assistant Coach verbally reacted in an aggressive manner. It was reasonable to assume that all spectators could have heard the outburst resulting in a Flagrant Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty. It should be noted that there were a number of Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties called for taunting or arguing with officials (mainly against the opposition team), which may have been a contributory factor to the reaction.

5th May 2019 v Yorkshire Rams

Jordan Hall


Crewe Railroaders



After the play was over, #56 was seen to kick an opposing player who was lying on the ground.

19th May 2019 v Staffordshire Surge

Previous weeks

The Following Players were disqualified at the end of the 2018 BAFANL Season

Rhys Lody


Farnham Knights



During an altercation the player punched an opponent.

21st April 2019 v London Warriors

Anthony Naughton


Tamworth Phoenix



The player was seen by the Video Judge to hit a defenceless player in the head and neck area and with the crown of the helmet

21st April 2019 v Sheffield Giants

Daniel Emberson


South Wales Warriors



Player disqualified for 2 USC fouls. The first was for dissent directed towards an official. The second was for retaliation against an opposing player who he felt had fouled him.

28th April 2019 v South Wales Warriors





New this week

Doncaster Mustangs

90 yard field with 8 yard end zones. The officials changing room was not lockable and upon returning after the game one of the crew found his game payment had been stolen from his wallet. This was reported to game management who paid another £45 which was a very nice gesture. It would be advisable to future crews not to leave any valuables in the changing rooms.

David Hewitt #607

21st April 2019 v Shropshire Revolution

Bury Saints

Well marked field but no limit lines. Game suspended for 45 minutes in the second quarter to treat an injured player

Pete Thom #200

28th April 2019 v

Ouse Valley Eagles

Shropshire Revolution

The game kicked off 40 minutes late owing to the medical cover breaking down on the motorway. One of the Revolution coaches who is a qualified paramedic agreed to forego his coaching role for the afternoon in order to be the recognised medical cover.

Tim Vickers #129

28th April 2019 v Sandwell Steelers

Solent Thrashers

The game was played on an 100 yard field, There were no numbers or 9 yard marks, while the 10 yard lines were marked in blue, with the other markings in yellow. The goalposts overhang into the end zones.The game was suspended with 56 seconds left in the first half due to a serious injury to a Thrashers player that required an ambulance. After just over an hour the player was stretched off the field and the game then restarted to a finish.

Richard Moger #472

5th May 2019 v Sussex Thunder

Berkshire Renegades

90 yard field with 7 yard end zones. Due to issues identified at a pre-season fixture with the field width there were two sets of sideline markings, with the outer set used on the visiting team sideline and the inner set on the home team sideline as these made the field the correct width and made the sidelines the correct distance from the uprights and the inbounds lines. There were no limit lines.

Peter Parsons #321

12th May 2019 v Oxford Saints

Chester Romans

Game was suspended for 10 minutes at the start of the 3rd quarter as the medic mysteriously vanished from the sideline. Field was well marked apart from the 3 yard marks which were closer to 1.5 yard line.

John Roberts #145

12th May 2019 v Lancashire Wolverines

Gateshead Senators

Very well organised gameday. Field markings all in place with the exception of limit lines as there is no space between the field and the running track.

Daniel Johnston #347

12th May 2019 v Glasgow Tigers

Sussex Thunder

End zone was marked out as 12 yards deep. These markings put the end line too close to the fence - and no padding was available. Helpfully, there are markings of a slightly different colour that were available to use as an alternate end line. This made the end zones closer to 10 yards in size and provided enough distance from the fence in which to play the game safely. This was the case at both ends of the field.

Dean Wright #553

12th May 2019 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Swindon Storm (Youth)

Tournament played as a single round of 3 teams due to one of the scheduled attendees withdrawing. Plaudits to Swindon for a very well marked field and a well organised tournament.

Peter Parsons #321


Outstanding items from previous weeks

London Warriors

A very well marked field, except the team areas run to the 20's. Officials assistants were very good.

Steven Leonard #370

21st April 2019 vs Farnham Knights



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