Issue 26/20                                                                                14th October 2020

BAFRA Newsflash

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As you are aware, we are now in the membership renewal period. Renewal forms have now been sent to all members. If you have not received yours please check your spam folder and if you still cannot find it, please contact me. Details of payments, which as always include the BAFRA and BAFA fees, will be on the form along with details on how to pay. Those recently joined are exempt from payment and this was made clear in the email along with details of anyone due a rebate.

If you anticipate having difficulty in paying, please contact the Director of Finance (via to discuss a payment plan. This will only be seen by the Director of Finance, and his deputy, in the strictest of confidence.

As always, there will be an annual survey of membership that goes along with the renewal process which you are requested to complete. Information gathered from this exercise is used to inform BAFRA policy going forwards.

Thank you to those who have already renewed, a list of those who have renewed will be circulated separately. If your name does not appear on this list, and you believe it should, please contact me. In addition, please note that all renewals are acknowledged.

In the unlikely event that you are not renewing, please let me know (with your reasons if you wish to share them).

Richard Moger – General Secretary


This has been updated on the website to reflect a couple more additions that have come to light over receipt months.  Thanks in particular to one of our longest serving members, Dave Allan for a piece of information from the very early days that he sent in via Steve Tonkinson.

The updated list may be found in the members’ area of the website at:

As always, if you can add to this database, please send your information to

Paul Sutton – Assistant General Secretary



New this week

Play: 2nd & 8 at Team’s B 40-yard line. 1:56 remains in the second quarter. A66 snaps the ball high to quarterback A10 who has to jump to control the snap. Whilst still airborne at Team B’s 45-yard line, A10 pitches the ball forwards to A88 who has run across the front of A10. A88 runs wide to the right and runs out of bounds at Team B’s 30-yard line. During A88’s run, B24 blocks A73 below the waist 6 yards beyond the neutral zone.

What is the next down and distance? What is the game clock status?


Last week

Play: Team A kick off to start the game. B88 makes a fair catch at Team B’s 12-yard line. A30 was offside at the kick. If Team B wish to keep the ball where will the next snap take place.

Ruling: It will be Team B’s ball, 1st & 10 at Team B’s 25-yard line. B88’s fair catch means the succeeding spot is Team B’s 20-yard line (6-5-1-a-Exception). The offside foul is added on from there (10-2-4) which places the ball on the 25-yard line.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 at the A40, team A run an option play.  While under pressure at the A35 quarterback A3 throws a backwards pass to A20, who muffs the ball at the A30.  The ball then bounces on the ground and goes out of bounds at the A32.  How should the covering officials make use of bean bags to indicate spots of interest in this play?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: Team A break the huddle with 20 seconds remaining on the play clock. The Umpire notices that Tight End is not wearing knee pads, how should the crew handle this?

Answer: The player is notified that he must leave the game. The play clock (and game clock if running)  should not be stopped. If possible, the referee should use his microphone to make a brief announcement identifying the player and his team and the reason why he must leave the field. This announcement should be made from the referee’s position to officiate the next play, and must not delay the start of the next play. If Team A cannot substitute a player quickly enough, then it will suffer a Delay of Game penalty. (AR1-4-8:IV & M3.4.11.b)




Contact for details


14th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting


27th - 28th March (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Richard Moger


Roger Brown


Roger Goodgroves


Ollie Maskell


James Ford-Bannister

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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