Issue 43/19                                                                                6th November 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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Congratulations to Benita Grant-Booker on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Alisha Darkins and all those who are helping with Benita’s training.

Tzvi Lindeman - BAFRA Director of Training










New this week

Jack Stodel


UCLan Rams



With 1:40 remaining in the game #82 was heard to use foul and abusive language towards an opponent. Then with 0:54 remaining he was heard again to use foul and abusive language towards an opponent drawing the second foul. This led to some pushing and shoving from both teams at which point the officials called time on the game.

17th Nov 2019 v Leeds Gryphons

Previous weeks

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

Ocean Tsui


Keele Crusaders



In the Third Quarter, two officials witnessed #41 aggressively pushing an opposing player with his feet during a dead ball situation. During Q4 #41 received a second Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty when an official witnessed #41 aggressively pushing an opposing player to the ground during a dead ball situation.

10th Nov 2019 v Nottingham 2nd Team





New this week

Bristol Barracuda

100 yard field with a rubber crumb surface and hash marks that are difficult to judge. Chain crew changed 1 minute prior to kick off, which led to a short delay to the start of the game.

Richard Madge #485

8th Dec 2019 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Canterbury Chargers

Well marked 90 yard rubber crumb field marked in blue with other sport markings in white, yellow & red. No limit lines, numbers or nine yard marks. Eight yard end zones and coaching line at incorrect depth. Changing room was not lockable and not available on arrival - due to being used by players. Home team only had 2 legal game balls. A third was provided by the away team but all were under-inflated. Chain crew were provided late and were still being trained at scheduled kick-off time.

Tim Ockendon #481

24th Nov 2019 v Greenwich Mariners

Chester Legion

The field was originally marked as 100 yards with 5 yard end zones. This was shortened to 90 yards to create 10 yard end zones. Changing area is small for four officials.

Tim Vickers #129

24th Nov 2019 v Staffordshire Stallions

Edinburgh Predators

Coaches box marked with cones. Field markings were a blue colour and were faint, especially under the floodlights. With 1.47 left in the 2nd quarter, there was a serious injury to an Edinburgh player, the game was stopped for 20 minutes to allow the paramedics to deal with the injured player.

Gordon Galloway #7

10th Nov v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Kent Falcons

No limit lines or nine yard marks. 4G field with other sports markings in different colours. American football markings are quite faded. Due to other events, the changing rooms were not available until one hour before kick off.

Henry Young #486

17th Nov 2019 v Essex Blades

Leeds Gryphons

80 yard field. No nine yard marks or numbers. Team areas were missing but these were made using cones. The chain set required repair prior to kick off.

David Hewitt #607

17th Nov 2019 v UCLan Rams

Northumbria Mustangs

No nine yard marks or numbers. The players box was missing. One ball seemed to deflate during the game and was replaced. There was a 20 minute delay due to player injury in 3rd quarter.

Daniel Johnston #347

24th Nov 2019 v Edinburgh Predators

Nottingham Students 1st Team

Goals attached to perimeter fence, pitch markings faint and difficult to see in the sun. Chains broke early on but were fixed.

Brian Yates #29

10th Nov 2019 v Durham Saints

Southampton Stags

Goals are attached to a fence approximately 2 yards behind the end lines. Game balls had to be returned to be reinflated. Great game played by two teams in the correct spirit of the game.

David Knight #135

1st Dec 2019 v Cardiff Cobras

Staffordshire Stallions

80 yard field. No team areas were marked.

Paul Todd #289

10th Nov 2019 v Lincoln Colonials

UCLan Rams

Well marked 100 yard field in blue, although there were no coaches or players boxes. With 0:54 remaining in the game, following a large number of Unsportsmanlike Conduct fouls and with the agreement of both coaches, the Referee called time on the game.

Lee Taylor #183

1st Dec 2019 v Sheffield Sabres

UWE Bullets

No limit lines. Coaching box is fully marked but team area does not have lines at the side or back of it. The officials changing rooms are too small for a crew of 5.

Peter Parsons #321

26th Jan 2020 v UEA Pirates

UWE Bullets 2nd Team

No limit lines. Coaching box is fully marked but team area does not have lines at the side or back of it. The officials changing rooms are too small for a crew of 5.

Peter Parsons #321

2nd Feb 2020 v Bristol Barracuda



New this week

Play: 1st and 10 at Team A’s 20-yard line. The snap goes to A4, who completes a quick pass to A81. A81 is then running in the open field before B20 tackles him by launching himself, leaving his feet in an upward direction and making forcible contact with his shoulder against A81’s head.


Last 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?

Ruling: 2nd and 7 at Team A’s 8-yard line. As the clock has been stopped to complete a penalty by the Team ahead in the score and there is less than two minutes remaining in the half, Team B may elect to have the clock start on the snap otherwise it will start on the Ready for Play.

(9-3-3-b, 10-2-1, 10-2-2-c-2, 10-2-2-d-1-b, 10-2-6, 3-4-3, AR3-4-3-VI)


New this week

Game Situation: Ball relay.  On a 4 man crew the wing official will almost always be covering a dead ball spot near the sidelines.  How should the Referee and Umpire work together to ensuring that a ball be brought quickly into the new inbounds spot.

Answer next issue…

Last 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: Under BAFA Regulations there is no requirement for a late arriving person to present himself. As long as the person is listed on the roster at the start of the game, they may participate in the game.(BR5.1).

As no rule enforcement has been changed, Team B will be charged with a full team timeout (3-3-4)




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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