Issue 21/21                                                                                        7th July 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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Can I please remind all Referees that paperwork, and any fees payable to BAFRA, should be submitted/sent off as soon as possible after the game. Please do not leave any cheques languishing at the bottom of a soggy kit bag for an entire season... (This has happened). If you are transferring Game Fees to BAFRA via BACS, it would be helpful if you could pen a one line email to finance letting us know which game it is for.


There are several documents on the website to assist you in allocating the correct fees. These can be found under Members - Gameday - Finance. A separate document detailing rookies' fees on tournaments is being drafted - please email finance for guidance in the meantime. When assigning fees to rookies, please enter the value onto the form for all games and check the 1st/2nd game button if no fee is to be paid.

Stuart Tabberer - Director of Finance


Just a short note to inform you that a small update has recently been made to the BAFRA website, which adds historical information about the Board of Directors. Minor changes to the menu used to access the history section have also been made.

As ever, if you have any historical information that helps fill the gaps we have in our archives about past BAFRA members names and numbers, Bowl game venues and crews, then please pass that on via

Steve Tonkinson - BAFRA Archivist


I have received a message of thanks to the crew who worked the Merseyside Nighthawks and the Chester Romans game. Despite a lengthy delay caused by lightning the crew were commended for doing all they could to get the game finished which they managed to do. Thank you to those members who were a part of this.

Richard Moger – General Secretary


An ex member has contacted me to say that he has a wide range of officiating equipment available for sale.

If you would like more information on this please contact me.

Richard Moger – General Secretary


In last week's Newsflash (20/21) it was reported that Mr Matthew Taylor of Sussex Thunder was disqualified from the game. Upon re-examination of the roster it was determined that it was Mr Luke Terry who was disqualified from the game.

Ben Griffiths - BAFA Disciplinary Officer









New this week

Rory Gallagher


Bournemouth Bobcats



Mr. Gallagher was seen to punch an opponent in the head during a live play. The act was not seen to be part of a "football move"

18th July 2021 v Rushmoor Knights

Graham Owens


Lincolnshire Bombers



Loudly abused an official.

11th July 2021 v Scunthorpe Alphas

Cameron Hampton


Somerset Wyverns (U16)



During the second game of the tournament, Mr Hampton received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was disqualified. The suspension was served during the third game of the tournament.


Previous weeks

Paul Ross


Clyde Valley Blackhawks



The player was seen to headbutt an opponent after the play was over

15th August 2021 v Dumfries Hunters

David Strachan


Inverclyde Goliaths



With approximately 4:30 left in the second quarter Mr Strachan was seen to headbutt and opponent.

15th August 2021 v East Kilbride Pirates

Benjamin Collis


London Hornets



During the 4th quarter number 1 received a second unsportsmanlike penalty and was disqualified.

11th July 2021 v Oxford Saints & 18th July 2021 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Nicholas Tomaszewski


Scunthorpe Alphas



Retaliated to a punch from Northants #43

11th July 2021 v Lincolnshire Bombers

Max Lee-Sang


Solent Thrashers



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.

18th July 2021 v Sussex Thunder

*Mr Lee-Sang was disqualified while playing for the Bournemouth Bobcats, as he has transferred his suspension should be served with his new team’s next game.

Nate Webb


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

Luke Terry


Sussex Thunder



With 13:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, after a tackle, #63 head butted his opponent whilst lying prone on top of them.

18th July 2021 v Solent Thrashers





New this week

Bournemouth Bobcats

No nine yard marks.

Oliver Maskell #221

8th August 2021 v Solent Thrashers

Bristol Aztecs

One sideline had a double red line rather than a single line.

Stephen Egan #466

15th August 2021 v         Worcestershire Black Knights

Cornwall Monarchs

80-yard field. Small changing room. One suspension, of around ten minutes, for two injured players on the same play.

Richard Madge #485

1st August 2021 v Bristol Apache

Crewe Railroaders

First time that this new venue has been used. Local Council marked the field as being 100 yards long, despite only being 80 yards. Kick off was delayed by 25 minutes, as height restrictions meant ambulance could access the field, and local council hadn't left keys to remove height restriction. Game suspended when a dog ran on to the pitch, Dog was not associated with either team.

Andrew Lovell #559

25th July 2021 v Leicester Falcons

Gateshead Senators

Goal posts were strongly tilted on one side

18th July 2021 v Darlington Steam

Leicester Falcons

At the two minute warning, a Shropshire player collapsed in the end zone and the game was suspended for an hour and ten minutes. With mutual agreement the half time break was taken at that point on the understanding that we would play out the last two minutes and go straight into the third quarter. As the delay progressed, we were made aware of a large storm front and could hear peals of thunder in the distance. As we were getting ready to resume, I spoke to the coaching staff of both teams and explained the lightning protocol. I advised that if we were to observe lightning, we would have a further prolonged and indeterminate delay after the injury delay and it would be impractical to continue the game, meaning that it would be abandoned. Both teams' staff agreed. As we were lining up for the second half kick off, a lightning strike was observed some way off but with the storm heading our way. The game was abandoned.

Brian Yates #29

28th August 2021 v Tamworth Phoenix

Lincolnshire Bombers

Game suspended for 45 minutes due to thunderstorm.

Joseph Foxon #473

1st August 2021 v Scunthorpe Alphas

Merseyside Nighthawks

With 7:00 remaining in the third quarter, the officials stopped the game due to lightning. After a 75 minute delay the game was restarted and, with the agreement of both coaches, the final seven minutes were played and the fourth quarter shortened to 10 minutes.

Lee Taylor #183

18th July 2021 v Manchester Titans

Poole Dolphins (U16)

A few holes needed to be filled on the playing surface before the tournament. The changing rooms were available to officials before, but not after.

Oliver Maskell #221


Sheffield Giants

No changing facilities were available due to covid restrictions so players and officials had to travel in uniform. The game was abandoned at half time with the agreement of both coaches due to a huge and extremely violent thunderstorm. The score at the time was 20-6 to Sheffield.

David Hewitt #607

18th July 2021 v Leeds Bobcats

Sheffield Giants (U19)

Due to covid restrictions there were no changing facilities at the venue. It meant players and officials had to travel in uniform. Otherwise, everything was excellent.

David Hewitt #607

1st August 2021 v Yorkshire Academy Assassins

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Chorley Buccaneers (U19)

80-yard field with 8-yard end zones. Team areas marked with cones and spectators area marked with pylons.

Lee Taylor #183

18th July 2021 v Sheffield Giants

DC Presidents

Game played at Maiden Castle, well marked field, missing coaches and team areas & 3-yard marks.

Liam Wooton #478

18th July 2021 v Northumberland Vikings

Hertfordshire Cheetahs

The changing room is only adequate for 3 officials.

Pete Thom #200

25th July 2021 v London Hornets

Hertfordshire Cheetahs (U19)

The changing room is only adequate for 3 officials. Chain crew changed before the game began

Pete Thom #200

22nd August 2021 v SE Legion

Knottingley Raiders

There were no nine-yard marks or numbers. The try-down mark was on the 2-yard line at both ends. The teams areas had been marked correctly for a non-COVID affected game (i.e. between the 25 yards lines, with the coaching line at 6 feet and the players line at 12 feet). The start of the game was delayed for two reasons. Firstly a visiting team player injured his leg during warm-ups and it was not until 45 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time that he was moved from the field of play. Secondly the booked medical cover did not turn up and replacement medical cover had to be sought. The game kicked off 85 minutes late; with the mutual agreement of both Head Coaches the game was reduced to 10 minute quarters.

Ben Griffiths #228

15th August 2021 v Yorkshire Rams

Lancashire Wolverines

On arrival it was noted that the chain set was only nine yards in length, this was quickly rectified by the home team. There were no team areas or coaches boxes marked.

Lee Taylor #183

18th July 2021 v Halton Spartans

London Blitz B

Changing rooms are currently being rebuilt and we had some issues locking our valuables as the changing room was not lockable.

Viktor Janvari #63

18th July 2021 v Wembley Stallions

London Blitz (U16)

Field suffered from various divots and holes but anything dangerous was resolved by game management before any games started. Field marked using 11v11 lines with thin red lines where no existing lines were available. No official’s assistants.

James Ford-Bannister #479


South London Renegades (U19)

Poorly marked 90-yard field in blue with other sport markings in white and red. One end zone 9 yards and the other 7 yards. Line breadth less than half regulation size. No sideline hashmarks and those at inbounds lines were too long and never 1 yard apart. No team area markings, limit lines, numbers or 9-yard marks. Goals too wide with posts too short.

Tim Ockendon #481

25th July 2021 v Kent Exiles

Staffordshire Surge

Several divets in the field filled before kick-off.

Andrew Lovell #559

25th July 2021 v Shropshire Revolution

Sussex Thunder

One of the game balls provided had to be returned due to the incorrect pressure. Team replaced the ball on request. Chain broke a couple of times during the game. Other than these small incidents all was well.

David Knight #135

25th July 2021 v Bournemouth Bobcats



New this week

Play: On arrival at the venue, both Head Coaches approach the officials and state that they have agreed to not implement the running clock rule if the score margin is greater than 34 points. Ruling?


Last week

Play: During Team warm-ups it is observed that the home team coaches are using radio head-sets to communicate to each other. The visiting team complains to the officials that they do not have radio head-sets and it is the home team’s responsibility to provide them and if they cannot provide them for both teams, the neither team’s coaches should be allowed to use radio head-sets.

Ruling: The home team coaches may continue to use their radio head-sets, there is no requirement for them to be provided to the visiting team. Coaches’ phones and headsets are not subject to playing rules penalties before or during the game (1-4-12).


New this week

Game Situation: Team A 3rd & 5 at Midfield. Tight End A83 is lined up to the left of the formation. Defensive End B91 lines up immediately opposite A83

Team A attempt a sweep to the right hand side of the field. A83 charges takes one step forward and attempts to block B91. A83 is out of position and blocks B91 in the back.

Running back A25 gains 6 yards before he is pushed out of bounds at the B-44 yard line.

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: Midway through the 2nd quarter, a person arrives at the game site. They dress as a player wearing number 25. They enter the field of play and score a touchdown on Offense.

Before the Try, the Team B Head Coach takes a timeout to request a Head Coach’s conference, during which he asserts that A25 should not have been permitted to play as he had arrived late and not presented himself to the opposition side line.

A person matching the identity of A25 is listed on the roster under jersey number 25.

Answer: Under BAFA Regulations there is no requirement for a late arriving person to present himself. As long as the person is listed on the roster at the start of the game, they may participate in the game.(BR5.1).

As no rule enforcement has been changed, Team B will be charged with a full team timeout (3-3-4)




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

The opinions expressed in this Newsflash are those of the contributors, and not necessarily of BAFRA or its Directors.

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