Issue 23/21                                                                                        21st July 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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NEW GAME REPORT FORMS - 5v5 & 7v7 TOURNAMENTS

The standard BAFRA Game Report form is designed for a single game between 2 teams, and therefore does not work well for the many 5v5 and 7v7 tournaments we now cover. As such, new Game Report Forms have been created specifically for these formats. The forms provide space for signatures of up to 4 Head Coaches and information for up to 2 crews. They can be downloaded from the Game Day Paperwork area in the Members Section of the website:

https://www.bafra.info/members/paperwork/paperwork.php

We are working on updating the online paperwork to reflect the structure of these new forms, but in the meantime, please use them at tournaments from now on.

Pete Parsons - Director without Portfolio #1

dwp1@bafra.info

UPDATED RADIO COMMUNICATIONS GUIDES

Thanks to Roger Goodgroves and Pete Parsons, we have now added more models of radio to the guidance on radio communications that can be found at https://www.bafra.info/members/crewcomms/index.php.

To make things clearer, we've separated out the stuff that is specific to a particular model of radio from that which is general guidance.

If your radios are already working, you don't need to make any changes to them. The update is just to reflect new models.

If anyone has bought a model of radio not already listed (and got it to work successfully) please let us know so that we can share the information with other members.

Jim Briggs

radio@bafra.info

LATEST BOARD MINUTES

 

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

https://www.bafra.info/members/minutes/eb20210717.pdf

 

Richard Moger – General Secretary

secretary@bafra.info

 

DISCIPLINARY CLARIFICATION

A query has recently been raised as to how suspensions and fines should be handled in the case of a multi-game same-day tournament. When a player is disqualified from a multi-game tournament they should serve their suspension in the next game their team plays. Under BAFA Regulations a player is not normally allowed to return to playing until they have paid the fine associated with the disqualification. However, if after serving a suspension their team still has remaining games to be played on the same day, this is not practical. Therefore the player should be permitted to play in any remaining games in that tournament. They may not play in any further games or tournaments until the fine is paid. For example; if a team is playing a 3 game tournament and a player is disqualified from their first game, the player should serve their suspension in game two, they may then play in game three. Thereafter they may not play in any future games until the fine is paid.

If a player has previously been disqualified from a game or committed any other fixed penalty offence in the last 12 months, their suspension may be longer than one game. As a reminder it is a team's responsibility to know which of their players are suspended and for how long, it is not the responsibility of BAFRA Officials to know or inform the team.

Ben Griffiths - BAFA Disciplinary Officer

discipline@britishamericanfootball.org


DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Ryan Williams

9

DC Presidents

FPF

2

During the continuing action, after a tackle out of bounds, #9 was seen to kick an opponent whilst both were lying on the ground.

1st August 2021 v Gateshead Senators

Previous weeks

Paul Ross

69

Clyde Valley Blackhawks

FPF

1

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

15th August 2021 v Dumfries Hunters

David Strachan

46

Inverclyde Goliaths

FPF

2

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

15th August 2021 v East Kilbride Pirates

Danny Townsend

75

South East Legion (U19)

TUF

1

With roughly nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, #75 received a second USC for taunting an opposition player away from the play.

25th July 2021 v Thames Valley Tigers (U19)

Nate Webb

85

South Wales Warriors

n/a

1

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

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Chorley Buccaneers (U16)

Field well marked with pylons. Missing markers for the middle of the field and at 12 yards.

Richard McEwen #206

Unknown

Chorley Buccaneers (U19)

80 yard field with no team or coaching areas marked.

Lee Taylor #183

12th September 2021 v Manchester Titans (U19)

DC Presidents

No team areas marked out but we were able to use existing rugby markings for these. Game abandoned at halftime due to injury concerns for DC Presidents.

Kenneth Glover #71

1st August 2021 v Gateshead Senators

Doncaster Mustangs

This is a 90-yard Field with 7.5yd end zones, the lines are becoming faded and could do with a repaint soon. Excellent Game management. Changing room with sanitizers and plenty of water available. We had a 10 minute delay in the second quarter due to the Chains being heavily damaged. With some improvised repairs we were able to resume.

Chris Jarvis #10

1st August 2021 v Leeds Bobcats

Lancashire Wolverines

Lancashire had a new chain set since their first game, this was slightly too long but easily rectified by the officials. 80 yard field with no team or coaching areas marked.

Lee Taylor #183

12th September 2021 v Merseyside Nighthawks

London Blitz

Well marked 100-yard field in white missing numbers, 9-yard marks and team area markings. Main yard lines were all present but not always straight. Sideline hash-marks well spaced but hash-marks at inbounds lines were not always 1-yard apart. Goals too wide. Two areas of the field were repaired by Game Management prior to kickoff. Changing room had no facilities but was lockable. Both halves delayed due to lack of chain crew personnel.

Tim Ockendon #481

1st August 2021 v London Olympians

London Blitz B

Well marked 100-yard field in white - missing numbers and 9-yard marks. Team areas marked with cones. Main yard lines were all present but not always straight. Sideline hashmarks well spaced but hashmarks at inbounds lines were not always 1-yard apart. Goals too wide. Changing room had no facilities but was lockable. Second half delayed due to lack of chain crew personnel.

Tim Ockendon #481

8th August 2021 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

London Blitz (U19)

Well marked 100-yard field in white - missing numbers, nine-yard marks, and team area markings. Main yard lines were all present but not always straight. Sideline hashmarks well spaced but hashmarks at inbounds lines were not always 1-yard apart. Goals too wide. Two areas of the field were repaired by Game Management prior to kickoff. Changing room had no facilities but was lockable. Both halves delayed due to lack of chain crew personnel.

Tim Ockendon #481

1st August 2021 v South London Renegades (U19)

Sheffield Giants (U16)

Well marked 5v5 field with markings for both five yards from Goal Line and 12 yards from Goal Line. On one side the field slopes from around mid-field to the corner of the endzone.

Perry Wayman #504

Unknown

Shropshire Revolution

Multiple divets in the field.

Andrew Lovell #559

8th August 2021 v Sandwell Steelers

Solent Thrashers

No nine-yard marks, no PAT lines, and goals overhang end zones by about a yard.

Oliver Maskell #221

1st August 2021 v Sussex Thunder

Somerset Wyverns

Changing rooms were only suitable for two officials to change socially-distanced. NFL width hash marks but this should be resolved for the next home game. Field is numbered but tops of numbers are significantly more than nine yards from the sideline. Coaching box line marked 12 feet from sideline.

Euan Paterson #165

8th August 2021 v Cornwall Monarchs

Torbay Trojans

90 Yard grass field, well marked out. Crew were well looked after with access to a large Air Conditioned room for pregame as well as having drinks and hot food provided post game!

Francis Bevan #474

25th July 2021 v Somerset Wyverns

Yorkshire Assassins (U19)

Short delay to kick off whilst awaiting the medic.

Liam Wooton #478

12th September 2021 v Sheffield Giants (U19)

Yorkshire Rams

Well marked field. Changing room is small for a crew of five.

Liam Wooton #478

12th September 2021 v Knottingley Raiders

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

Essex Spartans

The Essex Spartans roster includes a player whose photo in no way matches his appearance. The player did not participate in the game and has been reported to BAFA.

Ben Gadsby #564

25th July 2021 v East Essex Sabres

Hereford Stampede

Team areas were only three feet from the side-line. Game abandoned with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter due to an injured Birmingham player who couldn't be moved until the ambulance arrived.. Both coaches agreed to the calling of the game.

Russell Newton #324

8th August 2021 v Bristol Aztecs

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 South East Legion (U19)

Humber Warhawks

The venue is not the stadium you’ll notice as you arrive. The changing rooms are a distance from the car park, beyond the field, and were the home teams storage facility. Field was generally well marked

Liam Wooton #478

25th July 2021 v Sheffield Giants

Kent Exiles

The field was not marked accurately with different distances between 5 yard lines and on either side of the field. The team areas were marked with pre-covid distances.

Keith Wickham #423

25th July 2021 v London Warriors

Kent Exiles (U19)

The field was not marked accurately with different distances between 5 yard lines and on either side of the field. The team areas were marked with pre-covid distances.

Keith Wickham #423

8th August 2021 v London Blitz (U19)

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

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

Rushmoor Knights (U19)

Field marked with white lines, across a white-lined running track. Additionally the endline and sidelines in the endzone were marked with cones only. Some ruts in the field were levelled off, and a bird that had met an unfortunate end in the night was also removed. Changing rooms were not available after the game, and most of the school gates had been locked, meaning a long walk back to the cars.

Oliver Maskell #221

31st July 2021 (U19)

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 (U19)

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 (U19)

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

END ZONE

PLAY OF THE WEEK:

New this week

Play: Team A, 1st & 10 at half-way. There is 0:50 remaining in the 4th quarter. Neither team has any timeouts remaining and the score is A14 – B14. A1 takes the shotgun snap and throws a swing pass to Running Back A20. A20 catches the pass at the A-48 and runs to the B-43 where he is tackled inbounds with 0:40 remaining on the clock. Right Tackle A77 is injured on the play.


Ruling?

Last week

Play: A goal-line pylon is lying diagonally inbounds, with its base still partially in its normal position. The ball carrier dives towards it and the ball touches the nearest point of the pylon (which is about 12 inches short of the goal line) before the player flies over the pylon and first touches the ground in the end zone. Ruling?


Ruling: Under the modified pylon rule (1-2-6), we need to consider whether this is a displaced pylon. It is NOT, because part of it is still in its normal position. It is however out of bounds, so when the ball touches it, the ball becomes dead immediately. Since the ball has not at that point broken the plane of the goal line, no touchdown is scored. The succeeding spot is the 12-inch line where the ball touched the pylon.

Note that the ball or the ball carrier touching a pylon merely extends the plane of the goal line (Rule 8-2-1-a) - it does not move it. So the ball still needs to cross the plane to score a touchdown and it needs to do this before the ball is dead.

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: Late in the first half, with the clock running, Team A take a timeout. After the Timeout is granted, they immediately indicate they are ready to resume play and line up in formation. When the timeout is granted Team B huddle near their sideline. Team A state that as it’s “their” timeout, so they shouldn’t have to wait for the defense to be ready. Should the Referee declare the ball ready for play immediately?


Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: When should the uncatchable pass signal (S17) be used?

Answer: It should be used when contact that would have been pass interference occurs on a pass that is uncatchable (M11.4.12, M12.4.13, M13.4.11, M14.4.13, M15.4.12).

It should not be used when the pass was uncatchble but any contact was not pass interference.

CALENDAR

Date

Event

Contact for details

2021

13th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

2022

2nd - 3rd April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

convention@bafra.info

2nd April (Sat)

BAFRA Ltd. AGM

secretary@bafra.info

BAFRA Directors

President

David Parsons

president@bafra.info

General Secretary

Richard Moger

secretary@bafra.info

Finance

Stuart Tabberer

finance@bafra.info

Operations

Roger Goodgroves

operations@bafra.info

Recruitment

Kieran Smith

recruitment@bafra.info

Training

James Ford-Bannister

training@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

dwp1@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

dwp2@bafra.info

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

All Incident Reports to be submitted via www.bafra.info.

Deadline for articles submitted by email (newsflash@bafra.info) is midnight Tuesday.

Editor: Ben Griffiths - Email: newsflash@bafra.info

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