Issue 16/21                                                                                        19th May 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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With the conclusion of the Annual Examination period, the process of selecting the members of the BEP can commence. Should you wish to be considered, then you must apply in writing to me at

The closing date for applications is 5pm Saturday 5th June 2021.

Applications will only be considered from Qualified BAFRA members who meet specific criteria. Full details of the criteria can be found in the amended Elite Programme Policy in Section 6 of the Members' Handbook. Also, as part of the criteria includes your rating on the Selection Spreadsheet, which must be 80% or above, I would also recommend you read the updated Scheduling and Selection Policy which can be found in Section 5 of the Members Handbook. If you wish to know your current rating on the Selection Committee Spreadsheet before making your decision on whether or not to apply, please send an email to as soon as possible to request your current score.

Due to no games being played in the past year, the only factor of the Selection Spreadsheet that will be amended will be the results of the exam, all other scores will be carried forward.

If it is your intention to apply then I would recommend that you read the documents in full as there have been some changes. If you are considering applying and would like an informal discussion please contact me.

Roger Goodgroves - Director of Operations


Congratulations to the following officials for fulfilling the requirements for being upgraded.

Level 2: Daniel Mahoney

Level 3: John Burns

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training


The Board Minutes from the latest Board Meeting can be found in the Members’ Area of the website here: 

Richard Moger – General Secretary


After the recent Board meeting a new interim Deputy Director of Finance, Roger Brown, has been appointed to this role. Roger has plenty of experience both on and off the field for BAFRA and was the Director of Finance for a number of years. If you would like to be a part of the Finance team, please contact the current Director, Stuart Tabberer, at I hope the membership will join me in welcoming Roger to this position.

Richard Moger – General Secretary



New this week

Play: Fourth and three at the B-7, A20 fumbles the ball at the B-5 and the bouncing ball is batted towards B’s end line at the B-3 by B40. The ball is recovered in the end zone by A23.


Last week

Play: A - 1st & 10 @ A-30.  Prior to the snap, B75 jumps into the neutral zone, no Team A players react and B75 remains in the neutral zone at the snap.  A10 steps back into the pocket and throws a pass to A88 who is at the A-34, where B24 has his right arm wrapped around the hip of A88 and twists him well before the pass arrives.  The pass is muffed by A88 and falls incomplete.

Ruling: A - 1st & 5 at A-35.  There are two live ball fouls by Team B, however only one can be enforced (10-1-3). B75 commits an offside foul (7-1-5-b-1) and then B24 commits a DPI foul (7-3-8-c). The DPI foul is a spot foul that carries an automatic first down. Enforce 1st & 5 at A-35, it is a much better option than 1st & 10 at A-34.


New this week

Game Situation: How many signals should a covering official give when a player near the sideline either (a) catches a pass inbounds and goes out of bounds (b) catches a pass and is downed inbounds (c) drops a forward pass to the ground.  Which signals should be given in each case?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 at Midfield. Wide Receiver A87 catches a pass in the open field and is running towards Team B’s endzone. Prior to crossing the goal line, at the B-5, A87 celebrates by clenching his fist and pointing it to the sky and he shouts “Touchdown”. The nearest Team B defender is at the B-20 yard line and the gesture by A87 is not directed at anyone. A87 then runs across the goal line.

Answer: There is no foul on the play and the score stands.

Celebrating prior to a score is not a foul in itself. It only becomes a foul if the player commits one of the specifically prohibited acts in 9-2-1-a. An act that isn’t on the list is probably legal, so be tolerant of it, unless you believe it is abusive, threatening or obscene, provokes ill will, or demeans the game (M3.5.1.e).




Contact for details


17th July (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

13th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting


2nd - 3rd April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

2nd April (Sat)


BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Richard Moger


Stuart Tabberer


Roger Goodgroves


Kieran Smith


James Ford-Bannister

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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