Issue 17/21                                                                                        3rd June 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



New this week

Play: A - 2nd & 5 at the B 20 yard line.  A11 throws a pass from the B-23 and A22 touches the pass at the B-24 and completes the catch at the B-22.  During the pass, A66 is a pulling guard and blocks B99 below the waist from the 10-2 position towards the Team B goal line.  After the block, A66 stands over B99 taunting and screaming obscenities when A22 is just crossing the goal line. The Referee has a flag for taunting but is not sure when the foul occurred in relation to A22 crossing the goal line.


Last 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.

Ruling: Team A should not benefit from a fourth-down forward fumble, so when A23 recovers it, it is returned to the spot of the fumble. B’s ball at the B-5. The bat is legal so can be ignored. (AR7-2-4-III)


New this week

Game Situation: After a forward pass has been thrown, how much time should the umpire spend continuing to observe the action in the vicinity of the line of scrimmage before turning to assist deep and wing officials with the pass?

Answer next issue…

Last 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: M11.4.b.11.  When ruling on pass receptions a wing official should give only one signal.  Either (a) the timeout signal (S3) , (b) the start the clock signal (S2) or (c) the incomplete pass signal (S10).




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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