Issue 6/20                                                                                19th February 2020

BAFRA Newsflash

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BAFRA ANNUAL CONVENTION – SAT 4th AND SUN 5th APRIL 2020

Week 5 Update

I think the recent storm has hit our registration process as my system has stalled. Hopefully I can get it started in time to get the names to BAFRA members later, and expect to have it fixed for next week’s Newsflash. On the upside I can confirm that we will be having our Awards dinner on the Saturday evening, 4th April. In case you don’t win an award you will have a chance to win the quiz, or a raffle prize (remember to have some money on Saturday morning, when we will try to entice you with a choice of coloured raffle tickets).

Location

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: www.yarnfieldpark.com.

Registration

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:  www.bafraconvention.com

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.

Accommodation

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 www.bafraconvention.com


Payment

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

AGM OF BAFRA LIMITED

As always, the Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited will be held at 5:00pm on the Saturday of the Convention, 4th April. It is open to all members. A full agenda will be circulated to members nearer the time. Part of the AGM is the election of directors for the Company. This year, four directors are standing down having completed their term of office: President, General Secretary, Director of Training and Director without Portfolio #1.

These positions are open to all qualified members and nomination forms will be circulated electronically to qualified members and should by now have been received. They should be returned in accordance with the instructions on the form. If any qualified member has not received their forms they should contact me.

The present incumbents have notified that they will be seeking re-election for the positions of President and Director without Portfolio #1 but the General Secretary and the Director of Training will be standing down when their term of office expires at the end of the AGM.

The Directors encourage all qualified members to consider applying for one of the above four positions. If you are considering standing and would like more information about what is involved, please contact me or, if you prefer, another director for more details.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary

secretary@bafra.info

BAFRA POLO SHIRTS

The end of February is approaching so make sure to get your orders placed before the deadline!

This year we will again be organising a bulk order of BAFRA Polo tops for delivery at the 2020 convention. Those of you eligible for free Bowl Game shirts will be contacted shortly to confirm your status. In addition, all officials will have the chance to place an order.  

The shirt choices we will be offering are as follows:

- Plain Black Polo with embroidered BAFRA Logo - NO TEXT - £12

- Coloured Polo with Embroidered BAFRA Logo and upto two lines of customisable text - £17

Payment will be required in advance and there may be a small charge for P&P for anybody who orders and fails to collect/ask someone to collect at the convention. Prices are based on expected size of order and are subject to change depending on orders received.

To register interest for this years order please fill out the following google form:

https://forms.gle/fFLq4gZ5DzoH1GA4A

You will be contacted to confirm your order, shirt colour/s and to request payment towards the end of the month.

Stuart Tabberer - Deputy Director of Finance

finance@bafra.info

 


DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Irebomi Olukoya

52

Birmingham Lions

FGT

4

After a try, a pile formed in the endzone where #52 was seen to kick a prone opponent who was in the pile of players.

Unknown - First Game of Playoffs.

Stuart Crouch

AC

Brighton Panthers

TUF

4

After several plays, where coaching staff believed their players were being held, a couple of coaches began using foul and abusive language towards the officials. After one coach had been flagged for Unsportsmanlike Conduct, for his continued abusive language and drawing attention to himself, he increased his abusive language and directed it loudly at the referee. This resulted in a second Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.

Unknown

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

Mr. Crouch is due to serve his suspension in the next game he is eligible to participate in. This is either the next regular season game for Brighton Panthers or the first regular season game of a Senior Team if he registers for a Senior Team

Connor Tooke

4

Brighton Panthers

TGT

2

With 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, and with a pile of players developing, #4 entered the pile leading with the crown of his helmet and contacted an opponent.

Mr. Tooke is due to serve his suspension in the next game he is eligible to play in. This is either the next regular season game for Brighton Panthers or the first regular season game of a Senior Team if he registers for a Senior Team

Gamal Toseafa

97

Brighton Panthers

FGT

2

With 2:51 remaining in the second quarter, #97, whilst in contact with an opponent, headbutted the opposing player.

Mr. Toseafa is due to serve his suspension in the next game he is eligible to play in. This is either the next regular season game for Brighton Panthers or the first regular season game of a Senior Team if he registers for a Senior Team

Alex Voith

53

Leeds Beckett Carnegie

TGT

2

With 11:48 remaining in the second quarter, #53 ran in (to make a tackle) but lowered his head and delivered a blow to the head of the opposition player with the crown of his helmet.

23rd Feb 2020 v Coventry Jets

Previous weeks

Max Lee-Sang

17

Bournemouth University Bobcats

TUF

2

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.

22nd Feb[a] 2020 v UWE Pellets

Ethan Myers

11

Essex Blades

FGT

4

With 8:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, the player was seen to kick an opponent whilst in the pile at the end of the play.

TBC

* This is Mr Myers' second Disqualification in the last 12 months. He is suspended from the next two competitive games that he is eligible to play in.

Robin Barrett

13

RHUL Bears

TGT

3

#13 was seen to make forcible contact to the head/neck area of a defenceless receiver.

19th Feb 2020 v Portsmouth Destroyers

Jarrod Roscoe

19

UCLan Rams

ASS

4

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

23rd Feb 2020 v Leeds Gryphons

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Bradford Bears

80-yard field with no nine-yard markings. Some of the lines on the pitch are extremely faint however, they became easier to see under the floodlights. Field is marked in red.

Daniel Holt #371

Unknown

Brighton Panthers

Changing room was too small and locked with a code that was used in previous weeks, so bags were placed in cars. Team areas marked with cones, hash marks on side lines had no gaps and were much longer than required. Goals were approximately two yards behind the end line and attached to a fence. Whole chain crew changed at half time, which required a stoppage for another briefing. Second half chain crew performed much better than the first half chain crew.

David Knight #135

Unknown

Cardiff Cobras

During the second quarter, one of the game balls became deflated. Fortunately, gameday management had presented four game balls to the officials, prior to the match, so this didn't affect the game.

Amir Brooks #593

Unknown

Coventry Jets

Played at Nottingham University. Faint lines and coaching box unmarked. Goals attached to perimeter fence

Brian Yates #29

Unknown

Durham Saints

No three-yard marks. Coaching and Team areas were missing but cones were used. One game ball was replaced after deflating.

David Hewitt #607

Unknown

Newcastle Raiders (9th Feb 2020)

Changing room is very small, even for a four man crew. Multiple lines from other sports on the field with Football lines in red. Coaches/Players boxes marked using cones. Game declared over with 0:56 remaining in the fourth quarter due to a serious injury requiring an ambulance.

Daniel Johnston #347

Unknown[b]

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts (Sapphire Series)

Field was too narrow on arrival, due to field restrictions the games were shortened, initially to 15-minute halves, then again to 12-minute halves.

Oliver Maskell #221

Unknown

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

The field has duplicate hash marks which can cause a little confusion when spotting the ball. 80-yard field.

Ian Wainwright #567

Unknown

UH Sharks

Cancelled due to high winds rendering pitch area unsafe in the opinion of UH ground staff.

Mark Wilson #558

Unknown

UWE Pellets

100-yard rubber crumb field in excellent condition despite. Football markings in black and other markings in white. No numbers, nine-yard marks or team areas (teams used the area behind the marked coaches’ boxes). The game was affected by heavy rain and wind throughout. Chain broke multiple times and the supplied balls included one very worn ball, and all were below legal pressure. Officials changing rooms are only suitable for two to three officials, but two separate rooms were offered.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

Worcester Royals

Game cancelled due to flooded pitch 2.5 hours before the scheduled kick off.

Euan Paterson #65

23rd Feb 2020 v Southampton Stags

Outstanding items from previous weeks

ARU Rhinos

Goal posts were not correctly located.

Larry Rigby #269

Unknown

Bath Killer Bees

90-yard field with no nine-yard marks nor limit lines. Coaches and Team areas were marked out with cones. Ball provided were underinflated and led to a minor delay in the start of the game. Due to building works one goal mechanics were required. There was fencing relatively close to the field at the end with the goal that was not used. Have re-recommended that some sort of padding or mats are secured to the fencing. Due to rain prior to the game, the hash marks between the goal line and five-yard line at the Sports Training Village end became lost in the mud and will need repainting prior to the next home game. Changing room not lockable and shared with other officials but roomy with provided showers. Bags were left in cars.

James Ford-Bannister #479

23rd Feb 2020 v Exeter Demons

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 marking missing, including numbers, nine yard marks, limit lines and team area markings. All other lines were marked in blue and the End/Side and Goal Lines remained visible throughout the game. However, the attempted 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

Bristol Barracuda

Game was shortened to 10 minute quarters due to light requirements with a double header. Game was briefly stopped due to yard markers encroaching on the field. Kieran Smith #102

Unknown

Brunel Burners

Game called off on arrival at the venue.

Graham P Hedges #219

Unknown

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

Unknown

City Wolfpack

Team did not inform BAFRA via the correct method that the game had been called off, due to a waterlogged pitch. E-mail notification only sent to Referee which was not seen until after arrival at ground.

Phil Clarke #262

Unknown

Derby Braves

Team Areas marked with cones.

Brian Yares #29

23rd Feb 2020 v Warwick Wolves

Edinburgh Napier Knights

Because of the recent rain, and muddy field, the field markings were fair at the beginning of the game but deteriorated during the game.

Ian Sneddon #427

Unknown

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

Unknown

Essex Blades

Visiting team coach broke down on the way. Game delayed by 20 minutes.

Alisha Darkins #573

Unknown

Exeter Demons

90-yard field with rubber crumb surface. No three or nine-yard markings. Other sports markings were on the pitch.

Richard Madge #485

Unknown

Glasgow University Tigers

As a result of strong winds the goal posts were turning at an angle away from the middle of the field. The decision was made from part-way through the 1st Quarter to not use them and no Field Goal or Try Kicks were to be attempted for the remainder of the game. Both coaches gave their consent. Game was stopped with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter due to a serious injury. The delay lasted 42 min before play resumed. Coaches boxes were not marked out and using cones was not possible due to the strong winds.

Shawn Sombati #15

Unknown

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

Unknown

Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Markings faint but all present. Team areas marked with cones. There was an issue with the chain crew changing at half time and the away team assisting with getting the game going before home team members could be found.

Brian Yates #29

Unknown

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 blue, yellow and white. 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

Unknown

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

Unknown

Liverpool Raptors

90-yard field with no players box marked. One of the end zone pylons was not weighted, and would not stand up, so it was placed on the back corner to avoid any issues. There was difficulty with the box operator during the first half and there was a slight delay to the second half kickoff when he failed to reappear. A replacement was briefed and the second half ran much more smoothly.

Lee Taylor #183

Unknown

LJMU Fury

90-yard field, which had been remarked since the previous game played at JMO, although no players box were marked. One of the end zone pylons was not weighted, and would not stand up, so it was placed on the back corner to avoid any issues.

Lee Taylor #183

Unknown

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

MMU Eagles

The field was unmarked when the crew arrived. After discussion with Game Day Management, they admitted they would not be able to get the field marked nor provide an alternate venue, so the game was forfeited.

Austin Pickles #590

Unknown

Team areas were marked out with cones.

Tim Vickers #129

Nottingham Students

Field markings continue to fade as the season progresses. Coaches boxes only three yards from the field and goalposts attached to the fence.

Ian Wainwright #567

Unknown

Oxford Brookes University Panthers

There was no padding on the goal post resulting in a 20 minute delay to Kick Off. With Chichester suffering numerous injuries the coaches agreed to shorten the second half to 0 minutes

Andrew Murrell #608

Unknown

Oxford Lancers

As the venue was not the normal Oxford field there were no Goalposts but both teams agreed to proceed on that basis. Both teams played in Blue shirts.

Andrew Murrell #608

23rd Feb 2020 v UCL Emperors

Portsmouth Destroyers

Changing rooms are not locked during the game. Weather was terrible. With the score at 8-0 at HT the teams discussed ending the game, after further discussion the third quarter was played with no addition to the score and the time remaining in the fourth quarter was reduced to 0 minutes.

David Knight #135

Unknown

QMBL Vipers

Team areas marked in cones. Well-marked field, had clearly been marked fresh on the day of the game. No numbers, but clearly had been significantly re-assessed prior to this game. Chain crew provided close to kickoff but were capable.

Michael Hansford #594

Unknown

Southampton Stags

Some hash marks in the middle don't align with those on the sideline. Some are marked out a lot shorter than a yard.

Oliver Maskell #221

Unknown

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

Unknown

Stirling Clansmen

Field markings are blue rather than white, otherwise a well marked out field.

Ian Sneddon #427

Unknown

Sussex Saxons

Well marked 90-yard field in blue missing only numbers and limit lines 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 were marked with cones which due to the windy weather were blown across the field on multiple occasions. Changing room was a good size and lockable but lacked facilities. One game ball provided was significantly under inflated but Game Management were able to provide a suitable replacement.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

Swansea Titans

Kickoff was delayed by 15 minutes due to the late arrival of the visiting team. This was caused by the motorway heading towards Swansea being closed because of the very high winds.

Amir Brooks #593

Unknown

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

Unknown

UEA Pirates

Coaching boxes too close to the sideline.

Alisha Darkins #573

Unknown

UEL Phoenix

Game abandoned 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff as heavy rain had washed away several mandatory markings, coupled with multiple patches of standing water further damaging other markings. No ground staff were available to attempt any restorative works.

Phil Clarke #262

Unknown

York St. John Jaguars

90-yard field with no three-yard or nine-yard marks, limit lines nor 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

Unknown

END ZONE

PLAY OF THE WEEK:

New this week

Play: 4th & 10 at the A-25 yard line. There is a strong wind blowing towards Team A’s goal line. Team A line up to punt the ball, A49 punts the ball the wind affects the flight of the ball and it lands one yard beyond the neutral zone at the A-26 where it is blown backwards to the A-15 yard line. A49 and defender B56 scramble to recover the loose ball, B56 is first to get to the ball, but he muffs the ball in his attempt to recover it. A49 then lands on the ball at the A-14 yard line. What is the next down and distance, what is the status of the clock?


Ruling?

Last week

Play: Team A,  2nd & 5 at the A-45. A6’s pass is complete to A82 at the B-30 where he is tackled. B27 is flagged for defensive pass interference, but Team A declines the foul and takes the result of the play. Video clearly shows that A82 stepped on the sideline without any contact from Team B and returned inbounds before the pass was thrown. The Video Judge stops the game for a review. What is the next Down & Distance, what is the Clock Status?


Ruling: Team A’s ball, 3rd & 5 at A-45, the Clock will start on the Ready for Play. A82 steps out of bounds on his own and is the first to touch a legal forward pass. This touching is illegal and results in loss of down at the previous spot (7-3-4). This is a reviewable play as illegal touching of a forward pass by an originally eligible receiver who has gone out of bounds, as is the case with A82, is by rule reviewable  (12-2-3-f). There isn’t a foul for defensive pass interference, as defensive pass interference can only be on a legal forward pass against an eligible receiver (7-3-8-c). Because A82 stepped out of bounds on his own, he is no longer eligible (7-3-3-d). There isn’t an offset of the penalties as defensive pass interference is no longer an option. The clock will start on the ready for play after completion of the penalty (3-3-2-e-4).

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: Upon arrival at the game site, there is a strong wind blowing and one set of goal posts has fallen down and broken. They cannot be repaired. The Team A Head Coach requests that they “play both ways” and that both teams will relocate to the end of the field with goal posts for kicking plays. How should the crew handle this?


Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: The game is played at a venue with only one stand at the side of the field. The game is not being broadcast. The home team select to use the sideline opposite this stand. While the Head Linesman is briefing the chain crew. The Home Team Head Coach states “we want the chains run on the other side of the field so they don’t get in our way”.


Answer: The request is denied. The chains must be run on the side opposite the press box (1-2-7). If there is not a formal press box, the location of the press box is determined by the location of the majority of spectators not by which side of the field the home team chooses to use (M8.2.2).

Note - if the game was being broadcast, the main TV camera may be located opposite the stand (in order to have the stand in the background of shot), therefore it would be correct to run the chains on the side of the stand in this case.

CALENDAR

Date

Event

Contact for details

2020

22nd February (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

24th March (Tues)

BUCS Premier Bowl (University of Nottingham)

operations@bafra.info

24th March (Tues)

BUCS Division 1 Final (University of Nottingham)

operations@bafra.info

4th - 5th April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

convention@bafra.info

4th April (Sat)

BAFRA Ltd. AGM

secretary@bafra.info

9th May (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

18h July (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

5th September (Sat)

BAFA NL Division 2 South Final (Tilsey Park Stadium)

operations@bafra.info

5th September (Sat)

Junior Britbowl (Tilsey Park Stadium)

operations@bafra.info

6tth September (Sun)

BAFA NL Division 2 North Final (Halton Stadium)

operations@bafra.info

12th September (Sat)

BAFA NL Division 1 Final (New River Stadium)

operations@bafra.info

12th September (Sat)

Britbowl (New River Stadium)

operations@bafra.info

14th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

BAFRA Directors

President

David Parsons

president@bafra.info

General Secretary

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info

Finance

Roger Brown

finance@bafra.info

Operations

Roger Goodgroves

operations@bafra.info

Recruitment

Ollie Maskell

recruitment@bafra.info

Training

Pete Thom

training@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

dwp1@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

dwp2@bafra.info

The opinions expressed in this Newsflash are those of the contributors, and not necessarily of BAFRA or its Directors.

All Incident Reports to be submitted via www.bafra.info.

Deadline for articles submitted by email (newsflash@bafra.info) is midnight Tuesday.

Editor: Ben Griffiths - Email: newsflash@bafra.info

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[a]This game was originally schedueld for the 9th Feb and has been postponed until the 22nd Feb

[b]This game report came in too late for 5/20