Issue 45/19                                                                                20th November 2019

BAFRA Newsflash

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Because of health issues, Tzvi Lindeman is having to step down as Director of Training with immediate effect. Pete Thom has kindly agreed to fill the role until the AGM when members will have the opportunity to appoint a new director.

The Board would like to take the opportunity to thank Tzvi for his input as Director of Training and also for the many other contributions he has made to BAFRA at a local and national level going back many years. The directors, and I am sure all members, wish him well for the future.

Any e-mails to are now going to Pete and members should contact Pete rather than Tzvi with regard to training issues going forwards.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary


We are now a few weeks into the BUCS season, so I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the officials who had once again made themselves available.

Despite us not covering all the BUCS games, I want to make it clear that we are covering around 25 games per week and this is ahead of where we would expect to be (21 games).

I also want to say thank you to all the officials who have worked with the influx of new officials who are taking the field for the first time. Due to the great work carried out by Ollie and his team in recruitment during the summer, as well as their mentors who have got them through their competency exam, we now have the nice problem of a large number of new officials needing to be shadowed on their first games.  Once we get these officials bedded down, we should have the ability to cover even more games as we ramp up to take on the challenge of the growth in the game.

We have had some issues with Arbiter of late, with operations are not being notified if you decline games.  Could you therefore, please email should you be unable to accept a game you are assigned to.

We have also noticed that Arbiter is no longer showing 'pending' games in light blue on your schedules.  This has been reported as an issue to their support.

The women's Opal (flag) and Sapphire (kitted) tournaments are in the schedule now and we would appreciate you making yourselves available on Saturdays to cover these and the occasional BUCS games too.

December 15th is the last scheduled weekend of BUCS fixtures before the Christmas break. Games resume on January 19th.  Can you make sure any dates you can't make are blocked on Arbiter.

It is the current plan of BUCS to hold the Division One and Premier Finals on Wednesday March 25th (4pm and 7pm respectively) at the University of Nottingham, as part of 'BUCS Big Wednesday'.  BUCS has all it's Premier and Div 1 finals that day.

If you would like to be considered for these games, can you please check your availability for this date. Everyone who is not available please block it in Arbiter (this is the only mid-week date you need to block).  The selection committee will be meeting early with a view to providing as much notice as possible should you be selected.

Roger Goodgroves - Director of Operations


I am pleased to announce that Liam Wooton has accepted the, newly created, 'Head of Mentoring' position as part of the expanding BAFRA Recruitment Team.

Liam's role will see him work closely with Mentors across the UK to ensure everyone has the support they need, giving them a dedicated central point of contact for any issues that may arise. Liam will be "bedding in" to the role over the next few weeks but can you join me in welcoming him to the role.

Ollie Maskell – Director of Recruitment 









New this week

Ignacy Prystupa


Derby Braves



During the fourth quarter, #11 was seen to launch himself at the ball carrier making forcible contact with the crown of his helmet.

1st Dec 2019 v Warwick Wolves

Rashod Richards


UWE Bullets



After receiving an initial unsportsmanlike conduct penalty earlier in the fourth quarter, with 7:39 remaining, #3 tackled a ball carrier near the opponents sideline. He then stood over him and, as the tackled player tried to stand up, walked forward causing the player to fall back down.

1st Dec 2019 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Tre Simon-Brown


UWE Bullets



With 4:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, just after UWE conceded a safety, #75 was seen to drive into the knees/lower leg of a Birmingham player with force.

1st Dec 2019 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Previous weeks

Paul Dantinne


QMBL Vipers



With 11:45 remaining in the third quarter, during a Free Kick Return, #2 was seen to launch and make forcible contact to the head/neck area to a defenceless opponent.

24th Nov 2019 v Kent Falcons





New this week

Bath Spa Bulldogs

Solid lines ten yards apart and the hash marks on the sidelines didn't line up with those marked in the middle of the field. No coaches or team areas marked out.

Mike LeFevre #341

8th Dec 2019 v Solent Redhawks

Cardiff Cobras

Due to a flooded field at the normal Cardiff home field, the Game Management team were excellent in communicating updates and securing a field at Bristol Pride's home field. New field was artificial turf with excellent, if faded, markings in black and traditional yellow gridiron goal posts. Limit lines incorrectly marked and no numbers marked. Officials traditional changing rooms unavailable due to a broken electronic lock so a new room was made available, after about 20 minutes, in the main building. This was lockable and well proportioned for five officials, with private toilet and showers.

James Ford-Bannister #479

8th Dec 2019 v Worcester Royals

Derby Braves

Kick-off delayed by 30 mins due to NTU's late arrival.

Andrew Lovell #559

8th Dec 2019 v Loughborough Students

Durham Saints

Coaches box marked out with cones. Team area marked with rugby lines. Multiple lines, in other colours, on the field. Goal posts were approximately 1.5 yds beyond end line.

Shawn Sombati #15

1st Dec 2019 v Coventry Jets

Edinburgh Napier Knights

With just over one minute remaining in the first quarter, the game was suspended for 10 minutes whilst the medic removed an injured player from the playing area.

Ian Sneddon #427

1st Dec 2019 v Newcastle Raiders

Greenwich Mariners

90 yard 3G field with no nine-yard marks or numbers. Field markings in blue with other sports markings in different colours. One cluster of floodlights is faulty and strobes about 2-3 times per second - coaching staff advised to report to University as it could cause an adverse reaction persons with certain medical conditions. Game kicked off approximately 20 minutes late due to adverse traffic conditions delaying the arrival of three officials.

Phil Clarke #262

26th Jan 2020 v ARU Rhinos

Heriot-Watt AFC

Player and coaching boxes were not painted, so were marked with cones. The kick off was delayed for 15 minutes due to late arrival of medical cover.

Ian Sneddon #427

1st Dec 2019 v UWS Pyros

Kent Falcons

Well marked 90 yard field in red, although markings had faded considerably since last year. Other sport markings in white, yellow and blue. No limit lines, numbers or nine-yard marks. Rugby markings approximated for team area line and other sideline markings were done with cones. Changing room small, sufficient for a four-man crew, but well appointed and lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

24th Nov 2019 v QMBL Vipers

Leeds Gryphons

80 yard field. No team or coach areas marked. Short stoppage in the third quarter to tape the down maker back together after a collision with a player. Game was abandoned at the end of the third quarter after the away team chose to forfeit the fourth quarter due to lack of players.

John Roberts #145

23rd Nov 2019 v LJMU Fury

Lincoln Colonials

No private officials changing room. Some sideline hash marks missing, not all hash marks one yard apart. All solid lines wonky. No team areas. Crossbar at wrong height. Game suspended for 30 minutes due to an injury.

Joseph Foxon #473

8th Dec 2019 v Nottingham Outlaws 2nd Team

Liverpool Raptors

The field markings were very faint and, as the game moved on, became progressively difficult to see, especially under the floodlights. This is presumably due to the rain but, if not remarked before the next game, it could be possible that the game would not be able to proceed. The game had to be suspended for 40 minutes in the fourth quarter because of a neck injury to a player.

Tim Vickers #129

8th Dec 2019 v Bradford Bears

Loughborough Students

Goal lines and end lines well marked but rest of the lines faint. Team areas marked with cones.

Brian Yates #29

24th Nov 2019 v DMU Falcons

Newcastle Raiders

Lines on the field were in red and difficult to see under the floodlights. Coaches boxes on both sides were marked with cones. This was a well contested game played in good spirit by both teams.

Gordon Galloway #7

2nd Feb 2020 v Northumbria Mustangs

Nottingham Outlaws 2nd Team

Very poor field markings in yellow.

Mike Roberts #32

1st Dec 2019 v Huddersfield Hawks

OBU Panthers

90 yard field marked in red. No team areas or limit lines marked. Numbers marked two feet from the sideline. Chains had to be repaired frequently throughout the game. One game ball lost its pressure during the game. Changing room was communal for use by sports centre patrons.

Euan Paterson #165

2nd Feb 2020 v Oxford Lancers

Plymouth Blitz

NFL-width hash marks 90 yard 3G field. Soccer posts at end of field. Strips of wood used as goal posts.

Richard Madge #485

1st Dec 2019 v Bath Spa Bulldogs

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Hashes were marked at NFL width. There were no three-yard marks. Field markings were dark blue and difficult to see. The hash marks on the sideline were approximately a foot from the sideline. The team areas were marked with cones. The visiting team arrived late and the KO was put back by 30 minutes.

David Knight #135

8th Dec 2019 v Surrey Stingers

Sheffield Sabres

90 yard pitch on 4G artificial turf, marked in black. No coaches or players boxes but both teams were very disciplined. The down box was slightly shorter than the head line so occasionally could not be seen to clarify the down. The officials changing room is not big enough for a crew of 5 but there are plenty of coat hooks.

Lee Taylor #183

8th Dec 2019 v Leeds Gryphons

Solent Redhawks

Home Team requested to use a drone (to game film) that was to be flown over an adjacent field approx. 1.5 fields away but still within the Sports Facility. However, after discussion and being unclear whether this was within the Rules, the Home Team were advised not to use the drone, which they complied with. Referee advised Home Team to email a detailed breakdown of how/where the drone would be used so that the details could be forwarded to Rules Chair (who has knowledge of the venue layout) for clarification.

Albert Lambert Jnr #461

26th Jan 2020 v Bournemouth Bobcats

UCL Emperors

Game was played at Kingston due to a waterlogged field at UCL, who remained the designated home team. UCL game balls supplied, but slightly below pressure so pumped up to make them legal. Kick off was delayed to 1:30 as that was when medical cover was arriving. This reduced the quarters to 10 minutes, due to sunset rules. Given the unusual circumstances, and late assignment of the crew, plaudits to both institutions to enable the game to take place.

Andrew Murrell #608

1st Dec 2019 v OBU Panthers

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bath Killer Bees

90 yard field. Reasonably well marked. No team areas present, marked with Cones. Three-yard marks incorrectly placed at two yards. Due to a building site at one end preventing ball retrieval, one-goal mechanics were used at the agreement of both Head Coaches.

Stuart Tabberer #348

24th Nov 2019 v Southampton Stags

Bradford Bears

The 90 yard field was marked in red with no coaching/player areas marked, however these areas were marked with cones prior to KO. There are faint white hash marks five-yards inside each end-zone, no three-yard marks or limit lines. There are no goal posts at either end. The three balls presented were old and worn. One deflated and burst when trying to inflate it to the correct pressure. A replacement ball was not available but the away team supplied one nearly new ball for the game. Two chain crew assistants were replaced at half time.

Chris Jarvis #10

15th Dec 2019 v MMU Eagles

Brighton Panthers

Well marked 100-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white and yellow. No limit lines or numbers and team areas marked with cones. Goals set back about three-yards from end line and lashed to fence surrounding field. Chain too long fixed by Linesman prior to kickoff. Game Balls were all in excellent condition but overinflated. Game suspended for 33 minutes with 6.48 remaining in the thirrd quarter to treat a player with a neck injury.

Tim Ockendon #481

24th Nov 2019 v Royal Holloway Bears

Bristol Barracuda

100 yard field with Rubber Crumb surface. Hash marks difficult to judge. Chain crew changed 1 minute prior to kick off, which led to a short delay of game for a few minutes

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 very small - even for four officials.

Tim Vickers #129

24th Nov 2019 v Staffordshire Stallions

Edinburgh Predators

No coaching area, cones were used to mark the area on both sides. Field markings were faint and with the floodlights on were increasingly difficult to see.

Gordon Galloway #7

1st Dec 2019 v Hull Sharks

Keele Crusaders

Keele advised Referee that game was cancelled less than 24 hours prior to KO.

Andrew Lovell #559

24th Nov 2019 v Huddersfield Hawks


No team or coaches areas. No three-yard marks, no nine-yard marks or numbers.

John Roberts #145

1st Dec 2019 v Sheffield Hallam Warriors.

MMU Eagles

90 yard field marked in blue, no coaching or players boxes marked

Lee Taylor #183

26th Jan 2020 v Aberystwyth Tarannau

Northumbria Mustangs

No nine yard marks or numbers. Missing player’s box. One ball seemed to deflate during the game and was replaced. 20 minute delay due to player injury in 3rd quarter.

Daniel Johnston #347

24th Nov 2019 v Edinburgh Predators

Nottingham Outlaws

90 yard field with yellow markings, goal posts are fixed to the perimeter fence.

Ian Wainwright #567

15th Dec 2019 v Coventry Jets

NTU Renegades

90 yard field. Team area shorter than it should be. Changing room not locked.

Paul Todd #289

23th Nov 2019 v Warwick Wolves

QMBL Vipers

Field was originally marked with five-yard endzones, This was corrected, prior to the arrival of officials, to a 90-yard field with ten-yard endzones but with yard marks and three-yard marks inside the endzone. Field markings in blue with other sport markings in white. No nine-yard marks, numbers or limit lines. Team areas marked with cones. Chain broke twice during game and chain did not respond well to HL's instructions. Ball supplied were from previous season and worn but in reasonable condition and correct pressure.

James Ford-Bannister #479

1st Dec 2019 v Brunel Burners

Reading Knights

Excellent field markings, a credit to the ground crew. Some holes in the field had been filled (and compacted) with sand and there were some other sporting markings in blue. Consistent rain during the game did cause the surface to tear up and become boggy by the end of the game.

James Ford-Bannister #479

30th Nov 2019 v Brighton Panthers

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

80 yard field. No nine-yard marks or numbers. Team areas not marked but these were made using cones and other sports markings.Game management were asked to remove a spectator who was abusive to an official.

David Hewitt #607

24th Nov 2019 v UCLan Rams

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

Changing rooms small, only one chair and only one coat hook.

Andrew Lovell #559

1st Dec 2019 v Leicester Longhorn

Stirling Clansmen

Due to ongoing construction, temporary changing room made available which had plenty of room and all necessary facilities. Both teams wore dark uniforms (Stirling green and Leeds black) but enough difference to not cause a major clash.

Shawn Sombati #15

24th Nov 2019 v Coventry Jets

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 - as some of the home team players appeared to take the loss very hard and the officials felt this could have led to a potential unsafe playing environment

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

UWS Pyros

Coaching and team areas were not marked out so had to be marked with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

26th Jan 2020 v York Centurions



New this week

Play: Team A’s ball, 4th and 4 at their own 38-yard line. A4 punts the ball. While the ball is in the air, B47 gives an invalid fair catch signal by waving his arm sideways across his body signalling that he won’t try to catch the kick. B12 muffs the kick at Team B’s 15-yard line and the ball is recovered by A7 at Team B’s 23-yard line.

Team A have five players in the back field at the snap during a scrimmage kick.


Last week

Play: 1st and 10 midfield, A32 runs for 15 yards and gains a first down. At the end of the play, A54 is penalised for a dead ball personal foul. A78 and B98 are then each penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct fouls before A54’s penalty can be completed.

Ruling: 1st and 10 for Team A at the A-35 yard line. Any number of dead ball personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct acts committed by both teams offset and cancel. (10-1-5-exp)


New this week

Game Situation: Name the 3 categories of Offensive Holding.

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: Name the 6 categories of Defensive Pass Interference.

Answer: M3.3.8.a

  • Not Playing the Ball
  • Playing Through an opponent
  • Grabbing an arm
  • Arm bar
  • Cut Off
  • Hook and turn




Contact for details


25th March (Wed)

Premier & Division 1 BUCS Finals 

4th - 5th April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention 

4th April (Sat)


BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Roger Goodgroves


Ollie Maskell

Training (interim)

Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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