Issue 19/21 23rd June 2021
UPDATED COVID GUIDANCE
The Government's postponement of its "Step 4" in England has not changed BAFA's Return to Play plans. However, BAFA has revised slightly the Temporary Rule Changes for COVID-19 and made a similar change to the Officiating Adjustments.
The new guidance makes wearing face coverings in the team area "recommended" rather than required. This reflects current government guidance. This also applies to officials' assistants (chain crew and ball persons).
Like huddles, face covering is an issue for the teams to manage, not for the officials to penalise.
Revised documents can be found at http://rules.bafra.info/covid-19/index.html.
If anyone has any questions, please get in touch.
Jim Briggs - BAFA Rules Editor
NOTE FOR REFEREES - UPDATED ASSOCIATE OFFICIAL PROCEDURE
Competent Associate Officials’ progress will now be reported via the Online Gameday Paperwork. Relevant officials will auto populate into the new “Rookie Log'' section.
Referee’s will need to fill out the following information for all Rookies on the crew:
This replaces the Induction Book that was previously issued. Copies of this information will be available to the Competent Associate official via their BAFRA Website profile (just like Coaches Cards) as well as the Training & Mentoring team.
If Referees & Competent Associates would like to keep a paper copy prior to entry into the Online Gameday Paperwork, a paper equivalent covering all the required information is available in the gameday forms area of the website: https://www.bafra.info/members/paperwork/paperwork.php.
If anyone has any questions or requires a demonstration, please contact me directly.
James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training
As we start to return to football I thought it pertinent to remind everyone of a few of our financial processes.
Firstly, there is a wealth of information on the BAFRA website to assist ‘White Hats’ in their preparation. These can be found here: Members - Gameday - Finance Area. You will find breakdowns of our typical game fees for Larger Crews, Crews with Rookies and Tournaments. If you have any additional queries after consulting this information, please email Finance.
Under Gameday you will also find the Pre-Paid Teams list. This list will indicate which teams are considered to be Pre-Paid for that weekends fixtures. The list will be finalised on the Friday before Weekend Games and the status should reflect that. Referees are not to assume that teams are pre-paid. If they are not on the list they should be invoiced on the day. Should any disagreement arise please advise them to contact BAFRA Finance and record the details on the Crew Request for Payment form.
BAFRA regularly analyses the Travel Expenses data. Officials are reminded of the need to record accurate mileage etc even if there is no monetary claim being made. To this end, the Expenses Form in the Gameday Paperwork will become a mandatory form. Please also accurately record the BAFRA fee amount and how it is to be paid to BAFRA.
Finally, the matter of payment. If any officials have changed Bank Details in the last 18 months then they should contact Finance ASAP. We will endeavour to run a weekly Payment Run on the Weds/Thus of the week following a game. If the Referee has not submitted the paperwork in time, you will be paid in the following weeks run.
Stuart Tabberer - Director of Finance
2021 JOHN SLAVIN AWARD
With the start of the reduced 2021 Senior season about to start, it has been decided that there will be no awarding of the John Slavin award this senior season. The intention is for the award to be restarted when the 2021/22 BUCS season starts.
Richard Moger – General Secretary
New this week
Ran 15 yards to punch an opponent multiple times.
27th June 2021 v Tamworth Phoenix
Threw a punch at an opponent on the ground.
27th June 2021 v Nottingham Caesars
With 2.23 remaining in the 2nd quarter, #45 was seen to initiate a helmet to helmet block. As this came from the blindside, the offended player was deemed defenseless and #45 was ejected under rule 9-1-4.
27th June 2021 v Bournemouth Bobcats
With 1:24 remaining in the third quarter, #17 was seen to forcibly lead with the crown of his helmet into the head/neck area of an opponent.
27th June 2021 v Sussex Thunder & 18th July 2021 v Sussex Thunder
Immediately following a pass Darlington player #33 struck the Dumfries passer's head with his forearm.
27th June 2021 v DC Presidents
During the 4th quarter number 1 received a second unsportsmanlike penalty and was disqualified.
11th July 2021 v Oxford Saints & 18th July v Hertfordshire Cheetahs
Retaliated to a punch from Northants #43
11th July 2021 v Lincolnshire Bombers
South Wales Warriors
After the game Mr Webb was charged and found guilty of committing 3 seperate Flagrant Fouls during a game.
25th July 2021 v Worcestershire Black Knights, 8th August 2021 v Birmingham Bulls & 15th August 2021 v Swindon Storm
Clyde Valley Blackhawks
The player was seen to headbutt an opponent after the play was over
15th August 2021 v Dumfries Hunters
With approximately 4:30 left in the second quarter Mr Strachan was seen to headbutt and opponent.
15th August 2021 v East Kilbride Pirates
The player was abusive and threatening towards an official after being removed from the field for an equipment violation.
*The Maidstone Pumas are no longer active. If Mr Barnard has transferred to another team, he should serve his suspension in the first game for his new team.
GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
NEXT HOME GAME
New this week
Outstanding items from previous weeks
PLAY OF THE WEEK:
New this week
Play: 2nd & 10 at the B-30 yard line. Quarterback A10 is in a shotgun formation. He muffs the backward pass from the snapper and the ball is picked up by A79 inside the tackle box. Under a heavy rush, A79 gets outside the tackle box and at the B-38 throws the ball incomplete beyond the line of scrimmage; there is no eligible receiver in the area.
Play: 3rd & 10 at Team A's 4-yard line. A25 carries the ball to Team A's 2-yard line and fumbles the ball which is recovered by B13 at Team A's 6-yard line. B13 then fumbles the ball at Team A's 3-yard line and the ball rolls into Team A's end zone. A1 recovers the ball and, while still in the end zone, throws a forward pass which is caught by A88 who runs out of bounds at Team A's 25-yard line. During B13's run, Team B's Head Coach commits an Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul. What is the result of the play? What is the next down?
The pass by A1 is illegal as it is after a change of possession (7-3-2-c). The penalty results in a safety (8-5-1-b). The unsportsmanlike conduct foul is treated as a dead ball foul (9-2-1) so does not offset the live ball foul by Team A (10-1-6-b).
New this week
Game Situation: What are the five mandatory uses of intra-crew radios during a game?
Game Situation: Prior to the game, when visiting the home team Head Coach he informs the Referee and Umpire that if his team will start the game with an onside kick if they are to kick-off.
At the Coin toss the visiting team wins and elects to receive; should the crew move to onside kick positions?
Answer: No. It is not “obvious” that an onside kick will be attempted.
An onside kick is only likely or obvious if it is late in the game and the team kicking off is behind in the score (M9.1.a.1).
While the crew may be expecting an onside kick, outside observers (including the receiving team) will not be. Switching to Onside Kick positions at a time when it is not obvious could “tip off” the receiving team and grossly disadvantage the kicking team.
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