Issue 31/19                                                                                14th August 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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I am pleased to inform members that we raised a total of £1200 for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of Norman Cox who passed away earlier this year.  Steve Tonkinson will be writing to Norman’s family to let them know of the amount raised in his memory.  Thanks again to all who contributed.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary










New this week

Benjamin Collis


London Hornets



During the 4th quarter number 1 received a second unsportsmanlike penalty and was disqualified.

*Mr Collis 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 Darlington Steam or the first regular season game of a University Team if he registers for a University Team.

Adam McClure


Solent Thrashers



After making the tackle, and whilst laying upon the prone player, #62 struck the opponent with the flat of his palm in an upwards motion to the underside of the facemask.

18th August 2019 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Previous weeks

Andrew Carr


Chorley Buccaneers



With just over 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter, #20 head butted a Highland Wildcats receiver.

*Mr. Carr 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 Chorley Buccaneers or the first regular season game of a University or Adult Team if he registers for a University or Adult Team.

Alex Coatsworth


Darlington Steam



Immediately following a pass Darlington player #33 struck the Dumfries passer's head with his forearm.

*Mr Coatsworth 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 Darlington Steam or the first regular season game of a University Team if he registers for a University Team.

Leslie Adufo


Portsmouth Dreadnoughts



With 2.23 remaining in the 2nd quarter, #45 was seen to initiate a helmet to helmet block. As this came from the blindside, the offended player was deemed defenseless and #45 was ejected under rule 9-1-4.

*Mr. Adufo 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 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts or the first regular season game of a University Team if he registers for a University Team.





New this week

Cambridgeshire Cats

With 10 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, the game was suspended for 35 minutes due to lightning. Also, with 1:58 left in the 4th quarter, Cambridge ahead by 12 points and a Sussex player being treated for an injury, the Sussex head coach asked to end the game, the Cambridge head coach agreed and the game ended.

Pete Thom #200


Essex Spartans

Well marked 90-yard field in white. Limit lines were missing and numbers were incorrect size. Game balls were in perfect condition but not inflated to the correct pressure. Down box operator was changed just before kickoff at the request of Game Management and a replacement had to be quickly trained. Good size changing room but no toilet and not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

18th August 2019 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Halton Spartans

The game was suspended for 20 minutes in the third quarter because of a serious injury to a Halton player.

Tim Vickers #129

18th August 2019 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Northumberland Vikings

Both Goal Lines finished about 6" short of pylons. Game management was able to use tape to complete lines. American Football field markings were mainly in yellow with some lines in white from other sports. Due to heavy rain some lines were slightly faint in some areas but visible enough. Only front line of coaches box marked out and no team area marked out.

Shawn Sombati #15


Norwich Devils

Blocked toilet and no showers. Changing room a 3 minute drive from field.

Brian Yates #29


Solent Thrashers

Plane of the crossbar overhangs into the endzone

David Knight #135

18th August 2019 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Dumfries Hunters

90 yard field well marked in red, it was noted by the referee that all main lines and sideline hash marks stopped the required distance from the sidelines.

Lee Taylor #183


Leeds Bobcats

Marked in blue, infield markings very faint.

Liam Wooton #478


London Blitz

With 33 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter, the game was suspended for 70 minutes due to a serious lower leg injury to a Blitz player that required an ambulance to be called. Then with 1:49 remaining in the 4th quarter, an Olympians player suffered a serious arm injury which also required an ambulance. After 60 minutes, there was no sign of an ambulance so the score was declared final.

Andrew Murrell #608


London Hornets

A full quota of official's assistants were not available until just before kick off. One was changed early in the first quarter. 90 yard field, NFL hash marks, no limit lines and team areas were painted to the 20 yard line.

James Ford-Bannister #479


Manchester Titans

Well marked field however lines were very faint at kick off. In some areas the hash marks had disappeared before the end of the game.

John Roberts #145


Shropshire Revolution

Most 5 yard lines not straight. Changing rooms not locked, no private toilet. Game played in excellent spirit by both teams.

Andrew Lovell #559


Sussex Thunder

Well marked 90-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white and red. Marked end lines were too close to the boundary fence so a soccer line was used instead which reduced the end zone depth to 9 yards and meant that the goals were not in the plane of the end line. Team areas marked with cones. Changing room was a good size but lacked facilities and was not lockable, however Game Management did provide a separate lockable room where the officials' kit could be stored during the game. Game balls provided were in good condition but one was below regulation pressure.

Tim Ockendon #481


Tamworth Phoenix

Some members of the chain crew and ball persons were replaced at halftime resulting in delay to the second half kickoff.

Shawn Sombati #15

18th August 2019 vs London Blitz

Torbay Trojans

No 3 yard lines. No 9 yard lines. Chains broke twice during the game. No lock on changing room.

Richard Madge #485




New this week

Play: Team A 1st and 10 at the A-45 yard line. There are 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Team A do not inform the officials that they are going “to take a knee” however they line up in a typical “Victory formation”. Quarterback A12 takes the snap under centre, he fakes taking a knee and then throws a pass to Tight End A80 who is uncovered by the defense and is able to advance the ball across Team B’s goal line. There is no time remaining on the game clock.

Last week

Play: Team A free kick at the A-35. During the free kick, B21 signals for a fair catch at the B-10 while moving backwards. He muffs the kick into the air at the B-9 and completes the catch (before it hits the ground) at the B-7.

Ruling: Team B’s ball, 1st and 10 at the B-10, clock on the snap. B21 signals for a valid fair catch, however, he muffs the ball and does not complete the process of the catch until he is at the B-7. By rule (6-5-1-b and AR 6-5-1-III), if a Team B player makes a valid fair catch signal and muffs the kick, and he or another Team B player, subsequently catches the kick the ball is placed where B21 first touched the kick. The clock will start on the snap.


New this week

Game Situation: Team A, 4th & 12 at the B-24. Team A attempt a forward pass. A9 catches the ball close to the sideline at the B-9 yard line, there is 2:09 remaining on the game clock in the 2nd quarter. The game is being played with a Video Judge.

As this is a close call the covering official reports over the crew radio that he ruled it a catch because he saw A-9 get one foot down in-bounds with possession of the ball prior to going out-of-bounds. Without stopping the game, the Video Judge then confirms he has seen a replay that confirms the call is correct.

The Team B Head Coach then takes a timeout to request a review of the play.

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 at the A40, team A run an option play.  While under pressure at the A35 quarterback A3 throws a backwards pass to A20, who muffs the ball at the A30.  The ball then bounces on the ground and goes out of bounds at the A32.  How should the covering officials make use bean bags to indicate spots of interest in this play?

Answer: A covering official should not use beanbags to mark the spot of any backward pass or muff in the backfield M21.2.2.f.  This is because possible enforcement spots include the previous spot or the spot of the foul, but not the end of the related run.  Since the ball went out of bounds following a backward pass, the ball will next be put in play by team A at the A32, 2nd and 18. (7-2-4-a)




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17th - 18th August (Sat-Sun)

Adult Flag Finals - Belle Vue Sports Village

25th August (Sun)

Junior Division 2 Finals - Stourbridge RFC

31st August (Sat)

Adult Division 2 South Final - New River Stadium

31st August (Sat)

Adult Division 1 Final - New River Stadium

1st September (Sun)

Junior Division 1 Final - New River Stadium

1st September (Sun)

Premier Division Final (Brit Bowl)  - New River Stadium

7th September (Sat)

Adult Division 2 North Final - Druids Park

7th September (Sat)

Youth Flag Finals - Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park

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Cadet Flag Finals - Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park

16th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting 


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BAFRA Convention 

4th April (Sat)


BAFRA Directors


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General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Roger Goodgroves


Ollie Maskell


Tzvi Lindeman

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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