Issue 42/19                                                                                30th October 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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We are now in the renewal period which runs to 31st October.

Thank you to those who have already renewed. As of 10:00pm on Tuesday 29th October, 170 members had renewed.

We are entering the final days of the renewal period so please ensure your renewal reaches me on time or you will incur additional costs in re-joining.

Anyone who does not renew will be removed from membership on 11th November and not permitted to officiate after that date. An initial lost has been sent to the Director of Operations and this will be updated at the end of the renewal period.

Following guidance from the Data Protection and Compliance Officer, I will not be publishing an ongoing list of renewals in Newsflash. Instead, I will be sending a weekly list to members only via email. This week’s will be sent after the closure of the renewal period.

In the unlikely event that you are not renewing, please let me know (with your reasons if you wish to share them).

Paul Sutton – General Secretary










New this week

Previous weeks

The Following Suspensions are outstanding from the 2018-19 BUCS Season

Tyi Bullen Cole


Hertfordshire Hurricanes



At the 2 minute warning the player in question head butted an opponent

3rd Nov 2019

 v UWE Bullets

Chase Warren


Imperial Immortals



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

3rd Nov 2019

v Kent Falcons

Ocean Tsui


Keele Crusaders



#41 received his 1st USC during 3rd Qtr, when two officials witnessed #41 aggressively pushing an opposing player with his feet during dead ball situation. During Q4 #41 received his 2nd USC when an official witnessed #41 aggressively pushing an opposing player to the ground during dead ball situation.

10th Nov 2019 v Nottingham 2nd Team

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. #55 of Leeds ran in and initiated forcible contact with the crown of his helmet to the head of the ball carrier. The ball carrier was judged to be a defenceless player so #55 was disqualified for targeting under both 9-1-3 and 9-1-4.

3rd Nov 2019

 v Sheffield Sabres

Paul Matthews


Leeds Gryphons



Following the aforementioned disqualification 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” while indicating directly at the Head Linesman. He was therefore disqualified for a Flagrant Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul.

3rd Nov 2019

 v Sheffield Sabres

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

Henrique Borges


Sheffield Sabres



With exactly 2 minutes of Q1 remaining #31 was seen to deliver a blow to the head of a defenceless receiver with the shoulder. Although Sheffield have submitted a roster it wasn't noticed that it was listed in alphabetical order 1-44 rather than with jersey numbers until after the game.

The name Henrique Borges was provided later.

3rd Nov 2019

 v Leeds Gryphons

Shimizu Genki


Sussex Saxons



With 11.37 remaining in the 4th quarter #15 initiated a blindside block which involved forcible contact to the head/neck area of an opponent.

3rd Nov 2019

 v UCL Emperors





New this week

Cardiff Cobras

Moved from a waterlogged grass field to a 4G pitch. A controlled scrimmage was held with the sidelines marked with cones.

Kieran Smith #102

17th November v Bath Killer Bees

Dunfermline Kings

The visiting team (Aberdeen University Bulls) arrived late, and when we asked to speak to their Head Coach we were advised that he was on his way. They did eventually manage to contact their coach, who advised that his car had broken down on the way to the game, and would not make it to the game. The game had to be abandoned as Aberdeen did not have a licenced coach.

Ian Sneddon #427


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Leeds Beckett Carnegie

80 yard field. No nine yard marks or numbers. Team areas were missing but these were created using cones and other sports lines.

David Hewitt #607

3rd Nov 2019 v Coventry University Jets



New this week

Play: Team A are leading 20-13 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game with the clock running. Neither team has any timeouts remaining. 2nd and 3 at Team A’s 12-yard line. A5 runs to Team A’s 16-yard line where he fumbles and the ball rolls out of bounds at Team A’s 20-yard line. Whilst the ball is loose, A65 holds B4 at Team A’s 17-yard line to prevent him from recovering the ball. When will the clock start following enforcement of the penalty?


Last week

Play: Team A attempt a 1 point try after a score. The kick is blocked behind the neutral zone where B86 recovers the ball and runs it across Team A’s Goal line. During B86’s run, A72 blocks B56 below the waist.

Ruling: The foul is declined by rule as it is not a flagrant personal foul. Team B are awarded with 2 points. If time remains in the game, the next play will be a a kick-off from the A-35 (10-2-7A R 8-3-2-VII-c).


New this week

Game Situation: Midway through the 2nd quarter, a person arrives at the game site. They dress as a player wearing number 25. They enter the field of play and score a touchdown on Offense.

Before the Try, the Team B Head Coach takes a timeout to request a Head Coach’s conference, during which he asserts that A25 should not have been permitted to play as he had arrived late and not presented himself to the opposition side line.

A person matching the identity of A25 is listed on the roster under jersey number 25.

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 for Team A at midfield.  There are only 30 seconds left on the clock and Team A are winning by 10 points.  Team B have no timeouts remaining.  Team A declare that they will ‘take a knee’.  However after they snap the ball they throw a quick pass out to the wide receiver, who gains 20 yards before being forced out of bounds.  Ruling?

Answer: Officials should remind teams who declare that they are going to ‘take a knee’ that doing anything else is considered Unfair Tactics (9-2-2 & M3.8.9.c).  Team A should be penalised 15 yards from the previous spot.  Any player from either team who tries to take advantage of the situation to either gain yards (Team A) or punish an opponent (Team B) must be penalised (M3.8.9.f).




Contact for details


16th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting 


4th - 5th April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention 

4th April (Sat)


BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

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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