Issue 3/20                                                                                29th January 2020

BAFRA Newsflash

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Week 2 Update

We have had a great response to registration, with bookings already up to 45. If you are a rookie, or have not attended a Convention yet, have a chat with your local officials or crew members if you have a game. They can tell you that the Convention is suited to all levels, and, hopefully, everyone can learn from both the sessions and meeting other officials from around the country. Everyone is welcome.


The Convention will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL.  Yarnfield Park is a leading training and conference centre in the heart of the UK.  I would recommend that you look over the facility on their website where you can also find details of the location and directions:


Please note we have introduced a change to the registration process

You can now register to attend the Convention at the undernoted website and book accommodation if required:

Administering the registration process and processing payments is a time-consuming task given our high attendance figures.  As such I would request that you register and make your room payments as early as possible.


In our efforts to make the Convention more accessible to everyone, this year we have again negotiated excellent rates for accommodation which are detailed below.  In addition, the BAFRA Board has agreed to provide some funding to keep down the costs. The rates indicated are per room, per night and include all discounts and a full breakfast.

Remember, to take advantage of the above rates you must book your room via


Payment for Convention rooms are due by 14th March. Payment can be made either electronically or by cheque.

It is appreciated that some people may wish to spread the cost and make multiple payments over the weeks leading up to14th March.  Please use the same instructions as above.  If you wish to make multiple payments, then you must make the payments electronically and not by cheque.

Unfortunately, payment for the Convention cannot be taken from Game Fees.  The administration work involved is far too time consuming and does not fit well with our electronic process of paying Games Fees by direct transfer to your bank account.

Friday Night

Again, last year, many attendees stayed on the Friday night to save an early rise and travel on Saturday morning.  As such the above rates are available for both the Friday and Saturday nights. I would recommend booking your room as early as possible.

Ian Sneddon - Convention Delivery Team


Nominations are now open for the Official of the Year award for the year just past (2019). Any member may nominate any other member for the award. The principal guidelines are listed below:

Thank you to those who have already submitted nominations. Any further nominations should be sent to me by 31st January and should include your reasons for nominating the individual. If you have any queries before making your nomination, please contact me. The successful nominee will receive their award at the awards dinner on the Saturday of the Convention.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary


A new edition of the communications setup guide has been produced. This will be of benefit to members who have purchased a Retevis RT24 radio - a different image file is required to program those.

See for details.

Jim Briggs and Ben Griffiths









New this week

Marvin Obi


Birmingham Lions



Upon seeing a teammate and an opponent continuing to engage each other away from the play, #59 reacted angrily by forcibly charging into the opponent, standing over him and yelling while he was on the floor.

8th Feb 2020 v UEA Pirates

Max Lee-Sang


Bournemouth University Bobcats



With 1:09 left in the second quarter, the player taunted an opponent who was prone on the ground. After the official threw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct (taunting), the player continued with a tirade of foul language and abuse to the official, this resulted in a second unsportsmanlike conduct foul.

2nd Feb 2020 v Gloucestershire Gladiators

Jarrod Roscoe


UCLan Rams



With 0:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, player was seen to make forcible contact with an official.

9th Feb 2020 v Leeds Gryphons

Previous weeks

Bolu Alade


Liverpool Raptors



Following a play, #66 was seen to move towards a player on the ground and deliberately stand on his leg.

2nd Feb 2020 v Edge Hill Vikings





New this week

Bath Spa

Well mannered game played in atrocious conditions (heavy rain & mud), although credit to the ball persons for attempting to keep spare balls as clean & dry as possible. Field marked just before game, in very wet conditions, so there were a number of marks missing. All other lines were marked in blue and the End/Side and Goal Lines remained visible throughout the game,  the hash marks were quickly lost in the mud down the middle of the field. There was an issue with the chains having to be repaired.

Albert Lambert Jnr #461

23rd Feb 2020 v Solent Redhawks

Bradford Bears

No team area or coaches boxes marked. 90-yard field marked in very faint red lines. The hash marks were so faint that they were almost invisible once the lights came on. There were four sideline hashes in each end zone for an unknown reason. Crew changing was the gym, which was not lockable and provided no private shower or toilets.

Lee Taylor #183

9th Feb 2020 v Bangor Muddogs

Chichester Spitfires

Due to the late arriving medical cover the game was reduced to ten minute quarters. The game finished just before the light became unplayable. The home team only provided two balls, which were in poor condition, a third was provided by the away team. During the game, one ball was switched several times as it became flat. An already torn up surface deteriorated as the game went on. Changing rooms not locked and we were informed that the sports centre was closing approximately 30 minutes after the game had ended.

Oliver Maskell #221

16th Feb 2020 v Sussex Saxons

Coventry Jets

Although well marked, the lines became very faint in the rain. Field marked in IFAF yards.

Brian Yates #29

2nd Feb 2020 v Durham Saints

Edinburgh Predators

No coaching or team boxes marked out with lines, cones were used. Game started 30 minutes later than planned due to late arrival of officials from game at another venue.

Shawn Sombati #15


Exeter Demons

Field is a long way from the changing rooms, but was well marked and has reverted to correct width hash marks (had been NFL-width for recent games) in the middle of the field. The recent weather meant the field cut up pretty badly, and the blue coloured hashes were soon lost to the mud in the middle of the field. Both teams and crew coped well with the conditions.

Francis Bevan #474

2nd Feb 2020 v Worcester Royals

Glasgow Tigers

Team and coaching areas not marked out, so game management placed cones at the 25-yard lines.

Ian Sneddon #427

9th Feb 2020 v UWS Pyros

Greenwich Mariners

90-yard rubber crumb field with no nine-yard marks or numbers. Field markings in blue with other sports markings in different colours.

Viktor Janvari #63


Kent Falcons

90-yard rubber crumb field marked in red but very faded. They were difficult to see in daylight but harder to see under floodlights. Other sport markings in different colours. No limit lines, numbers or nine-yard marks. Coaches box marked with cones. Chain set broke multiple times throughout the game, but assistants were very competent.

James Ford-Bannister #479


Leicester Longhorns

There were multiple issues. The changing room was very small and only seats two officials. The kickoff was delayed for 45 minutes due to late arrival of ambulance. Chain set length and ten-yard field marking did not align. No marked coaches nor team areas and NFL-width style hash marks.

Andrew Lovell #559

9th Feb 2020 v Keele Crusaders


Field was marked with yellow lines, which were very faded, and became difficult to see later on in the game when the floodlights were turned on. This was mentioned in the previous report and the home team have been advised that this must be rectified by the next home game.

Peter P Roberts #87

2nd Feb 2020 v Leeds Gryphons

MMU Eagles

The field was marked out in blue on black rubber crumb, so the lines could be hard to distinguish. The groundsman said that the rain had 'raised the black crumb which made the blue hard to see. Team areas were marked out with cones.

Tim Vickers #129

2nd Feb 2020 v Manchester Tyrants

QMBL Vipers

Well marked 90-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white. No numbers nine-yard marks or limit lines and team areas marked with cones. One end line was poorly marked and will need remarking before the next game at this venue. Changing area had no private shower or toilet but was otherwise well appointed and lockable. One ball person changed in first half.

Tim Ockendon #481

2nd Feb 2020 v Kent Falcons

Solent Redhawks

Field was well marked and newly repainted so there was good visibility of markings. Posts are outside the endzone but uprights overhang the endzone by one yard.

Roger Brown #469

9th Feb 2020 v Plymouth Blitz

Swansea Titans

The usual changing room wasn't available so the officials had to use a public changing room - at times this was shared with some, rather noisy, five-a-side football players, which briefly disrupted our pregame.

Amir Brooks #593

9th Feb 2020 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

UCL Emperors

The away team (Winchester Silverbacks) failed to turn up. Informed of this at 12.45pm, 45 minutes before scheduled kickoff.

Alisha Darkins #573


UWE Bullets

The chain crew had two replacements made at the end of half time delaying the kickoff and those two people left unannounced at the end of the third quarter and required replacing again. The box person remained on duty for the whole game.

Graham P Hedges #219

2nd Feb 2020 v Swansea Titans

York St. John Jaguars

90-yard field with no three-yard or nine-yard marks, limit lines or numbers. Team and coaching areas were incorrectly marked out between the 20 yard lines.The changing room was too small for four officials, although a second room was made available.

David Hewitt #607


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Birmingham Lions

Faded black field markings difficult to see. No nine yard marks. Team areas marked out using cones.

Euan Paterson #165

8th Feb 2020 v UEA Pirates

Chester Legion

The field markings were all present but the hash marks were very faint, probably owing to the overnight frost. They were also in blue so could be difficult to see at times. The chain crew proved to be a challenge and the down box operator had a habit of chasing after the runner!

Tim Vickers #129


Derby Braves

Field marked in blue but markings clearly visible. Cones used to show team areas.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

9th Feb 2020 v DMU Lions

Edge Hill Vikings

Field was marked in dark navy on grass. Field markings were slightly faint and will need remarking before the next game at this venue. The inbounds area of the field was very well marked, including the correct four inch gap between five yard lines and the sideline. There were no coaching lines or team area markings. The chain broke on numerous occasions, and after it was repaired (by either the chain crew or the visiting team). The changing rooms were not lockable and were shared with gym staff members.

The visiting team’s bus did not arrive to transport them to the ground so an alternative vehicle was sought, this resulted in the visiting team arriving only 10 minutes before the scheduled kickoff. The kickoff was delayed by 30 minutes. As this was the first game of a double header, the quarters were reduced to 8 minutes in length with the mutual agreement of both Head Coaches. The crew were not paid and should’ve been.

Ben Griffiths #228

16th Feb 2020 v Manchester Tyrants

Essex Blades

90 yard field, faint but present end lines, no team areas marked.

Lee Wood #517

9th Feb 2020 v Kent Falcons

Heriot-Watt AFC

Field was marked in blue, under the floodlights it became increasingly difficult to see the lines. No team areas were marked so cones were used.

Gordon Galloway #7

9th Feb 2020 v Sunderland Spartans

Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Lines faint especially under lights. Team areas marked with cones. Second half started late due to non-appearance of a member of the chain crew.

Brian Yates #29

2nd Feb 2020 v UEA Pirates

Imperial Immortals

The field was marked to 100 yards with five-yard endzones so the playing size was reduced to 90 yards by moving the goal lines to the previous five-yard lines. The hash marks were present every five yards but were only about 12 yards from the sideline. There were no team areas marked.

Keith Wickham #423

9th Feb 2020 v QMBL Vipers

KCL Regents

90-yard rubber crumb field with no nine-yard marks or numbers. Field markings in blue (and very faint) with other sports markings in multiple colours. One cluster of floodlights is faulty and strobes about 2-3 times per second - one ball person had to be changed due to an adverse reaction to the lighting. Changing room available at the end of the game was too small for five officials.

Game kicked off approximately 40 minutes late due to an over-run on the crew's previous game. Quarters shortened to ten minutes due to time restrictions on the field.

James Ford-Bannister #479

9th Feb 2020 v Cambridge Pythons

Lancaster Bombers

80-yard field. The markings did fade somewhat as the light faded and the rain and hail continued. There are no floodlights for the pitch so an early kickoff is required to complete the game at this venue. It should also be noted that the trip from the changing room to the field involves a rather treacherous slope in the wintry conditions often experienced at Lancaster.

Lee Taylor #183

9th Feb 2020 v Manchester Tyrants

Leeds Beckett Carnegie

80-yard field. No three or nine-yard marks or numbers. Team areas were marked out with cones as they were missing. Officials changing room had no private toilet and too few coat hooks.

David Hewitt #607


Manchester Tyrants

90-yard field marked in faint blue, this will need remarking, prior to the second half of the season, as under the floodlights the lines became very difficult to see.

Lee Taylor #183

23rd Feb 2020 v Aberystwyth Tarannau

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 with both teams.

Gordon Galloway #7

2nd Feb 2020 v Northumbria Mustangs

University of Nottingham

Lines well marked but very faint. Coaching box was only three feet from the sidelines. Goals attached to perimeter fence. Chain set broke twice.

Brian Yates #29

2nd Feb 2020 v Leeds Beckett Carnegie

University of Nottingham 2nd Team

Field markings continue to fade and become more difficult to see, goalposts are fixed to the perimeter fence. All assistants made available before arrival on the field and the chain crew’s enthusiasm was appreciated.

Ian Wainwright #567

9th Feb 2020 v Staffordshire Stallions

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

Oxford Lancers

Game played at Wolfson College due to lack of playable pitches. 90 yard field. No goals. Team areas marked with cones. Third & fourth quarters shortened to ten minutes due to pending darkness. Credit to Oxford for a well marked field and making arrangements for the game to go ahead at short notice.

Euan Paterson #165

9th Feb 2020 v Kingston Cougars

Portsmouth Destroyers

90-yard grass field which, due to the heavy rain in the days prior to the game, was very wet at the offset of the game. By the time the game was over, the entire middle of the field was a muddy bog with no grass left and this made it hard to see the hash marks. There were also issues seeing the sidelines in places. The field markings are in blue and the hash marks in the centre are at NFL-width. The hash marks on the sideline are marked but are about a foot away from the sideline. Team areas marked with cones. Balls supplied were under-inflated and had to be inflated to the correct pressure. Changing room was not lockable during the game.

David Knight #135

9th Feb 2020 v Reading Knights

RHUL Bears

100-yard grass field marked reasonably well in dark blue. No limit lines, numbers or nine-yard marks and the three-yard marks were at four yards. Team areas not marked so were indicated with cones. Light nearly became an issue in the last three minutes due to storm clouds and no flood lighting. Balls were slightly worn. Changing rooms impressively refurbished but open to the public and not lockable (although lockers are available if you provide your own padlock).

James Ford-Bannister #479

9th Feb 2020 v Surrey Stingers

Sheffield Sabres

The American Football markings were marked in black, there were markings for other sports in multiple colours including white field markings closer than four feet to some end zone lines. There were no team area markings of any sort. Two changing rooms were provided, combined they had capacity for four officials to change in. There was, however, a small seating area in which a pre-game could be held. The changing rooms were not lockable however lockers were provided.

Ben Griffiths #228

9th Feb 2020 v LJMU Fury

Staffordshire Stallions

Only one chair in changing room. Blue field markings on grass (mainly mud) field and difficult to see. This was compounded by missing yardage markers outside the sideline.

Austin Pickles #590


Stirling Clansmen

Yard lines marked in a mix of blue and white markings.

Ian Sneddon #427

9th Feb v University of Nottingham

Sussex Saxons

Member of the chain crew changed at half time but crew was not informed until after half time, so the second half was delayed whilst the new member was briefed.

David Knight #135

2nd Feb 2020 v Kingston Cougars

UCLan Rams

The coaching box was marked out with cones. The top of the down box broke off in the third quarter and had to be carried separately for the rest of the game. UCLan conceded the game with 0:55 remaining in the game due to injuries and a small squad size.

Tim Vickers #129

9th Feb 2020 v Leeds Gryphons

UEA Pirates

Coaching boxes too close to the sideline.

Alisha Darkins #573


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

Warwick Wolves

Game delayed in third quarter due to an injury to a Warwick player that necessitated the use of a stretcher. 100 yard field marked in blue.

Krister Halvorsen #217

9th Feb 2020 v Loughborough Students



New this week

Play: 1st & 10 at the A-30 yard line. Team A run a sweep play. Linebacker B55 is moving towards the ball carrier when he blocks offensive lineman A68 in the back at the A-35.  B55 tackles the ball carrier at the A-32.


Last week

Play: 4th & 20 at Midfield. Team A punt the ball. The ball bounces at the B-1 and then crosses the goal line; before the ball touches the ground in the end zone, gunner A34 stands with his feet in the field of play, reaches across the goal line and bats the ball backwards the ball bounces at the B-2 where it is recovered and downed by A44.

Ruling: 1st & 10 for Team B at the B-20. The result of the play is a touchback. Rule 9-4-1-c states it is a foul for an illegal bat if any player bats the ball in any direction if the ball is in the end zone, however there is an exception to this rule (6-3-11). If a scrimmage kick, untouched by Team B after crossing the neutral zone, is batted in Team B’s end zone by a player of Team A, it is a violation for illegal touching (6-3-2). The spot of the violation is Team B’s 20-yard line. This is a special case of batting in the end zone and is not a foul.


New this week

Game Situation: On an 8 man crew the Sidejudge is covering receiver A88 who is running a post pattern directly towards him.  Just as Quarterback A5 releases a pass towards A80 who is running a different route on the other side of the field, defensive back B20 holds A88 and restricts his movement for several seconds.  Ruling?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: On a 5 man crew, what fouls should be recorded (in writing) by which officials?

What details of the fouls should be recorded?

Answer: (M5.12.1) All officials should record all the fouls they call, all fouls that involve a disqualification and all Unsportsmanlike fouls. (M5.12.2) On a 5 man crew the Line Judge should record all fouls called by all members of the crew.

  • The following details of fouls should be recorded:
  • Time & Quarter
  • Player’s Number and Team
  • The foul committed
  • Whether the penalty is accepted, declined, canceled, offset or picked up/waved off.




Contact for details


22nd February (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

24th March (Tues)

BUCS Premier Bowl (University of Nottingham)

24th March (Tues)

BUCS Division 1 Final (University of Nottingham)

4th - 5th April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

4th April (Sat)


9th May (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

18h July (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

5th September (Sat)

BAFA NL Division 2 South Final (Tilsey Park Stadium)

5th September (Sat)

Junior Britbowl (Tilsey Park Stadium)

6tth September (Sun)

BAFA NL Division 2 North Final (Halton Stadium)

12th September (Sat)

BAFA NL Division 1 Final (New River Stadium)

12th September (Sat)

Britbowl (New River Stadium)

14th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Roger Goodgroves


Ollie Maskell


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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