Issue 11/20                                                                                1st April 2020

BAFRA Newsflash

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Given that it will not be possible to have a physical AGM this year, the directors have agreed that all of the business that would usually be conducted at the AGM will be conducted electronically so no-one has to leave their own home to participate.  All members should have received an email explaining how to submit questions to the AGM and how to vote for the BAFRA Charity for 2020. In addition, qualified members should have received ballot papers relating to Director elections and the appointment of the Company Accountant. If you have not received yours, please check your junk mail folder and if you still can’t find it, please email me.

The dates for AGM questions and the return of the voting papers are all detailed.  Please note that the questions must be submitted via me and the votes sent to the BAFRA Returning Officer via

It is my intention to publish an AGM report at the conclusion of the process.

Paul Sutton – General Secretary 


It is with great pleasure that I can announce on behalf of the selection committee that the winners of this year's BAFRA member awards are as follows:

The Official of the Year - Liam Wooton

Alan Wilson Award - Leanne Spencer

Normally, these awards would be kept secret until our awards presentation at the convention.  As we won't be having our convention at the normal time, the board wanted to ensure that the winners were recognised for their contribution to BAFRA as soon as possible and not have to wait until the revised convention date.

Please join me in congratulating them both.  They will receive their plaques at the convention in October.

Roger Goodgroves - Director of Operations


In previous years, the BAFRA annual exam was made available at 17:00 on the Saturday of the BAFRA convention weekend. Although the convention will not go ahead as planned, all qualified members are required to sit the exam and the exam period will commence as originally planned at 17:00 on 4th April 2020. The exam will be made available in the examination area of the BAFRA members website.

As always we encourage associate members to sit the exam as well, please discuss with your mentor.

This year there are two noteworthy differences:

  1. The exam period is 2 weeks longer than in previous years. It will not be possible to get printed rule books to members before the exam (and possibly not before its conclusion) because of the current restrictions due to Covid-19.  These documents are already available electronically (the online locations can be found on the front page of the exam). The deadline for submitting all answer papers is 5:00pm 23rd May 2020

  1. The exam format has changed. Although the exam is still marked out of 100, there are now 80 questions (some are worth 2 marks). This includes multiple choice questions and fill-in-the-blank questions. A document describing these changes will also be available in the exam area of the BAFRA website on Saturday.

Due to the Coronavirus, we have had to adapt our plans slightly but as agreed with the board, we feel that the additional 2 weeks to complete the exam this will adequately allow for the disruption caused.

Please read the first pages of the exam (and the answer sheet instructions) especially carefully this year as there are several additions to accommodate the new format.

As always, questions during the exam period can be sent to

Kind regards,

Stuart Young - Chair, BAFRA Examination Committee



New this week

Play: 4th & 6 at the B-16 yard line. There are five minutes remaining in the 1st quarter. Team A line up in a field goal formation. The snap is high and hits the holder in the facemask and bounces forward, while the loose ball is rolling about players from both teams scramble to recover the ball, players from both teams muff the ball in the process, the ball is not recovered and rolls out of bounds at the B-8. What is the next down and distance? What is the clock status?


Last week

Play: Late in the first half Team A is out of timeouts. A pass play on third down ends inbounds at the B-25 short of the line to gain with the game clock showing 0:10. Facing fourth down and three, Team A immediately hurries its field goal team onto the field. Should the officials prevent the snap to give Team B an opportunity to substitute?

Ruling:  Team B should reasonably expect that Team A will attempt a field goal in this situation and should have its field-goal defense unit ready. The umpire will not stand over the ball, as there should be no issue of the defense being uncertain about the next play. (AR3-5-2-VIII)


New this week

Game Situation: On a normal scrimmage down team A line up in an I-formation with 5 linemen numbered 50 through 79, and 3 receivers.  A wide and a slot receiver line up on the Line Judge's side of the field.  The wide receiver indicates to the Line Judge that he is on the line, the slot receiver makes no signal to the official and it is not clear if he is lined up on or off the line of scrimmage.  Team A run a pass play, all receivers run patterns more than 3 yards down field and the QB throws a legal forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage.  Ruling?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: What are the 3 categories of Offensive Holding?

Answer: M3.3.1.b

  • Grab & Restrict
  • Hook & Restrict
  • Takedown




Contact for details


16th 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)

6th 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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