Issue 17/19                                                                                8th May 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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2019 EXAM

The 2019 examination period for 2019 concludes at 5:00pm this coming Saturday, 11th May. Answer papers received after this date will still be marked up until the answers are in the public domain, but will have a penalty applied to the mark scored Any qualified member who does not submit their paper by the closing date will receive an e-mail explaining what is required going forward. 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.

By 10:00pm on 7th May the following papers had been received:

Stuart Alger; Graham Baker; Lee Baker; Francis Bevan; Andrew Binns; Shaun Blake; Roger Brown; Derek Burridge; Mike Cavanagh; Nathan Coates; David Cochrane; Martin Cockerill; Colin Edwards; Steve Egan; Martin Gibson; Muz Gibson; Steven Hall; Mike Hansford; Gareth Hughes; Jon Ikins; Viktor Jánvári; Chris Jarvis; David Knight; Mike LeFevre; Andrew Lovell; Richard Madge; Julian Mallia; Will Marriage; Ollie Maskell; Ali May; Jason Mead; Lee Mills; Dave Moore; Andrew Murrell; Tony Newsham; Mark Niven; Dave Norton; Richard Prattley; Larry Rigby; Tony Rivers; John Roberts; Mike Roberts; Conrad Russell; Graham Smith; Shawn Sombati; Jack Spicer; Anthony Tagg; Lee Taylor; Pete Thom; Richard Vernon; Ian Wainwright; Mark Wilson; Lee Wood; Brian Yates.

Please note that all answer sheets are acknowledged. If you think you should be on the above list and are not, please contact

On behalf of Dean Wright – Examination Committee Chair










New this week

Ross Young


Edinburgh Wolves



With 1:29 remaining in the first half, Edinburgh player no 33 made forcible contact to the head and neck area of a defenceless Sheffield player.

12th May 2019 v Merseyside Nighthawks

Richard Molico


Manchester Titans Juniors



With 10:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, #12 and an opponent were blocking each other away from the play. They took each other to the ground. As they were untangling Mr Molico was seen to attempt to strike his opponent with his foot.

19th May 2019 v Highland Wildcats Juniors

Previous weeks

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

Dan Storey


Berkshire Renegades



Early in the 3rd quarter Berkshire #13 was flagged by both the Umpire and Head Linesman for continuing to dispute a call. After this the player continued to dispute calls that went against his team. Late in the 3rd quarter after a long run down the sideline the Head Linesman called a player out of bounds near the 5 yard line and then the ball carrier ran into the endzone. Berkshire #13 trailing the play in the centre of the field and in no position to see the outcome of the play, continued to dispute the call drawing attention to himself. The player was asked by the referee to "claim down" but he ignored this request and continued to comment on the validity of the call and was given a second unsportsmanlike penalty for his continued provoking of ill will towards the officials

12th May 2019 v Oxford Saints

Matias Peinado Greco


London Hornets



Player lead with his helmet and made forcible contact against the head of the ball carrier, who was already in the grasp of an opponent, and who's forward progress had been stopped.

19th May 2019 v Colchester Gladiators





New this week

Cambridge Pythons

Officials assistants changed at half time without any notice given. The changing room was not big enough for the size of the crew and could not be locked. The game balls were pumped up before the game but by half time, pressures had dropped below the minimum. Some marked yards were longer than a yard, so penalty enforcement was done by pacing. NFL hash marks.

Ben Gadsby #564


Cornish Sharks

90 yard field. No limit lines. Played in a soccer stadium with soccer markings on field.

Richard Madge #485

26th May 2019 v Bristol Apache

Halton Spartans

Slight delay during the first half when chain set broke soon after being contacted by players in the act of making a tackle. An excellent facility. Tribute must go to the Gameday Management who made the officials day, and the running of the event for the spectators, as smooth and as enjoyable as possible.

Krister Halvorsen #217

12th May 2019 v Knottingley Raiders

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Changing room for officials is very small and cramped with just about enough room to change in, but not to hold a pregame. Field was very well marked.

Andrew Murrell #608

2nd June 2019 v         Solent Thrashers

Lancashire Wolverines

Field is only 80 yards long, but is well marked. Officials assistants only provided 10 minutes before kickoff.

John Roberts #145

19th May 2019 v Doncaster Mustangs

Lincolnshire Bombers

Lincolnshire advised during the week that they may not have their second set of posts fitted in time for the game. On arrival at the venue, this was the case so one all offensive plays took place towards this goal. This should be resolved for their next home fixture. Officials changing room is only big enough for two people so the crew used the home team's room after they had vacated it. This was not lockable.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

30th June 2019 v Birmingham Bulls

London Blitz

All provided balls were not new or nearly new and were under inflated - we were informed the actual game balls had been stolen so we had spare normally used in practice. Chain crew and ball persons were provided after scheduled kick off time and often swapped around amongst themselves. Field looks to have been marked in abnormally long yards or meters as the normal chain set only covered 9 yards against the painted lines. Medic had some issues gaining access with their vehicle.

Phil Clarke #262

23rd June 2019 v London Warriors

London Olympians

Field markings were very faint at the hash marks and the markings were at NFL distance. Field was 90 yards and the team area was marked with cones. Ball supplied needed to be inflated to the correct pressure.

David Knight #135

12th May 2019 v London Blitz

London Warriors

Team areas marked to 20 yard lines. No limit lines. Changing room not lockable and shared with users of the University gym.

Peter Parsons #321

19th May 2019 v Bristol Aztecs

Manchester Titans Juniors

Field of play was only 80 yards and there were non-football white field markings closer than four feet to the end zone lines. The teams areas were marked between the 20 yard lines. The changing rooms were not lockable.

Ben Griffiths #228

23rd June 2019 v East Kilbride Pirates Juniors

*Manchester Titans Juniors are scheduled to be the home team in a game on 19th May 2019, however this game will take place at a neutral venue

Solent Thrashers

Kick off was delayed by 30 minutes due to a longer than expected Junior game.

Oliver Maskell #221

9th June 2019 v Berkshire Renegades

Yorkshire Rams

80 yard field. No 3 yard or 9 yard marks or numbers. No team areas but these were added using cones. The officials changing room was too small for a crew of five. The whole chain crew was replaced at half time for a variety of reasons.

David Hewitt #607

26th May 2019 v Northumberland Vikings

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

Cobham Cougars Juniors

The Start of the Game was delayed by 30 minutes due to the non-arrival of either of the first two medics (one to respond to an emergency, one who had public transport issues).

No team areas and NFL style hash-marks but otherwise a high quality field in good weather. Changing rooms are a reasonable walk away from the field. One ball person was removed from the opposition sideline for swearing at the coach and was quickly replaced. The down-box was also held together by gaffer tape.

Cobham’s Head Coach, who acted as gameday manager for this game, was helpful and willing in resolving any and all problems the crew had on gameday issues.

James Ford-Bannister #479

26th May 2019 v London Warriors

Essex Spartans

90 yard field, all inbounds hash-marks were missing on arrival at ground - team/ground staff marked them before Kick Off however they were extremely wide so just used as guiding reference points for spotting the ball. Referees' changing room at Thames RFC is designed for just one person, so we used a team changing room which was not lockable. Down box operator returned late after the half time break, which had been extended for a team presentation by agreement, forcing a stand in replacement for a few downs. Both teams decided to forego a card/roster check before the game.

Phil Clarke #262

23rd June 2019 v East Kent Mavericks

Highland Wildcats Juniors

No limit lines, no numbers or marks at 9 yards. Game stopped twice for 45 minutes to allow injured players to be treated and transferred to local hospital.

Henry Richardson #25

9th June 2019 v Etone Jaguars

Humber Warhawks

Well marked 100 yard field. No limit lines, 9 yard marks or numbers. The field had no posts so both teams agreed to play the game as a no post contest. The changing facilities were best described as woeful, being a building in the middle of a park. Apparently Humber don't plan to play here again.

David Hewitt #607

19th May 2019 v Birmingham Bulls

London Hornets

Surface of the field was very rough. Had to obtain a shovel before the game to flatten the edges of some depressions and even the surface out. Multiple changes of ball persons and chain crew during the game, though this was in part because there was an an agreement between the teams that the away team would supply their own ball boy. No suitable changing room was available at the venue, officials made use of a weights room after players had vacated it.

Dean Wright #553

12th May 2019 v Colchester Gladiators

Morecambe Bay Storm

Field was marked in red and was very faint, this could have been due to Saturdays storm Hannah.

Lee Taylor #183

9th June 2019 v         Halton Spartans

Northumberland Vikings

On arrival there was an issue with changing facilities, due to Glasgow having some female players. This was quickly resolved by ourselves and the Glasgow staff. Most of the field has been remarked, however, some sections of solid lines haven’t been due to proximity to soccer markings, we managed to work around this with barely visible old markings completing the lines, but have requested all lines be fully marked for the next game. No 3 yard marks or 9 yard marks, hash marks are very short and not always one yard apart. There were two changes to the chain crew during the game. The Vikings intended to live stream their home games, initially they’d set up their sideline opposite the camera, given the proximity of the camera to the opposition team area, they switched to the other side of the field. As always with games at Druid Park, it’s very easy to lose footballs after a PAT attempt as they head into the adjacent hotel grounds.

Liam Wooton #478

19th May 2019 v Gateshead Senators

Nottingham Caesars

With 54 seconds remaining in the 2nd Quarter, the game was stopped to treat an injured Chester player, this resulted in a delay of 25 minutes. For future crews there will be a parking charge at Harvey Hadden this will be in place from start of June.

Ian Wainwright #567

26th May 2019 c Doncaster Mustangs

Sheffield Giants

Well marked field with NFL hash marks.

Ian Wainwright #567

12th May 2019 v Manchester Titans

Staffordshire Surge

The game was suspended for 20 minutes for treatment to an injured player with 11.00 left in the third quarter

Tim Vickers #129

9th June 2019 v Lincolnshire Bombers

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

Thames Valley Tigers Juniors

The game was played at a ‘neutral venue’ as part of a doubleheader at Royal Holloway.

Minor issues from first game of doubleheader mostly resolved. No team areas and NFL style hash-marks but otherwise a high quality field in good weather. Changing rooms are a reasonable walk away from the field. Down-box was replaced by a new one provided by Thames Valley.

James Ford-Bannister #479

2nd June 2019 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Worcestershire Black Knights

Only one set of goalposts was available; the second set having been condemned at short notice. The field was very well marked except that there were no numbers or 9 yard markings.

Darryl Morton #493

2nd June 2019 v Cornish Sharks

Yorkshire Academy Juniors

Well marked 100 yard field. No 9 yard marks or numbers.

David Hewitt #607

9th June 2019 v Manchester Titans Juniors



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