Issue 10/21                                                                                25th March 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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The Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited will be held virtually at 10:30am on Sunday 28th March 2021. Please note that the clocks are due to go forward an hour over this weekend.

The AGM is open to all members. A full agenda and a link to register has been circulated to all members. If this has not reached you then please contact me. A useful how-to guide for the software platform being used to hold the AGM is available on the home page of the members area of the website.

The voting period for qualified members for the Election of the Director of Recruitment and the company accountants has now closed. The results of this will be announced during the AGM.

After the AGM has finished there will be a Q&A session with the Board.

If you are unable to make the meeting and wish to send your apologies please contact me.

Richard Moger – General Secretary


The annual BAFRA exam period officially begins at 17:00 on Saturday 27th March. The exam paper and supporting materials will be made available in the exam area of the BAFRA Website. The exam period will be 5 weeks and will close at 17:00 on Saturday 1st May.

Please be aware that all qualified members (including affiliate members) must sit the exam to retain their status. As always, associate members are encouraged to attempt the exam.

An email to members will be sent with further details specific to this year’s exam.

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

Stuart Young  – Chair, BAFRA Examination Committee



New this week

Play: Team A, 1st and 10 at the B-40. A68 lines up at Tight End. Quarterback A16 drops back to pass and A68 runs a pass route beyond the line of scrimmage. A16 throws the ball towards A68, Defensive End B51 is pass rushing and is in the offensive backfield at the B-45 yard line, he attempts to block the pass and he tips it with his hand. The ball continues in flight beyond the neutral zone where it is caught at the A68 at the B-32 yard line. A68 evades a tackle and advances the ball across Team B’s goal line.


Last week

Play: 2nd & 8 at the B-15 yard line. With under a minute remaining in the 2nd quarter the clock is running. A77 commits a False Start, charging into B61. B61 slugs A77 in response. The clock is stopped with 7 seconds left in the period and neither team has any timeouts remaining.

Ruling: The half is over, the 15 yard penalty will be enforced on the opening kick-off of the 2nd half, B61 is disqualified. A77’s foul incours a 10 second runoff which Team B will accept, as Team has no timeouts, the half is over. By interpretation, B61’s personal foul occurred after the half has ended (AR3-4-4:V)


New this week

Game Situation: Team A, 4th and 30 at Midfield. Team A line up with two receivers on either side of the formation. Team B line up with 3 defensive linemen, all other defensive players are lined up near the line to gain. On a 7 man crew which official will key on the widest player on the press-box side of the formation at the snap?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 at Midfield, Team A have been running a high temp offense all game. Team A completes a long pass and the ball carrier is tackled in bounds at the B-15. The Umpire places the ball at the succeeding spot, and backs away to his position. Team A, snap the ball.

All officials are in position, however the down box is still moving and is approximately at the B-17 yard line when the snap occurs, the chains are still at the B-30 yard line when the snap occurs.

How should the officials react?

Answer: There is no requirement for either the down box or the chains to be in position at the snap, while not ideal, play should be allowed to continue.

As all officials are in positions and the down-box is near the line of scrimmage the Umpire should step away from the ball and be in position for the next snap (M1.3.4.a & M10.9.c.13). The Line of Scrimmage and Line to gain is established when the Umpire steps away to his position after spotting the ball (2.21.2, 5.1.2.b & 2.2.4.b).

In order to prevent unnecessary delay, the Linesman should remind the Chain Crew that their normal pace should be at a jog (M22.1.8).

If the down box is not in position at the snap, the Linesman may subtly drop a bean bag at the line of scrimmage.




Contact for details


28th March (Sun)


15th May (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

17th July (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

13th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

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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