Issue 25/21                                                                                        4th August 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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New this week

Jack Curry


Darlington Steam



With 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, following a dead ball foul committed against Darlington, #66 ran onto the playing field and threw punches at an opponent.

8th August 2021 v Gateshead Senators

Jack Watson


Lancashire Wolverines



Mr Watson was reported for an act of Misconduct after the game for making disparaging comments towards an official.

29th August 2021v Manchester Titans

* As this was a disqualification of a non-player, this is a whole game day suspension as opposed to just a playing suspension. Mr Watson may not be present at the game site in any capacity.

James Robson


Gateshead Senators



With just over one minute left in the third quarter, Gateshead #75 stamped on a prone DC player.

8th August 2021 v Darlington Steam

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

Nate Webb


South Wales Warriors



After the game Mr Webb was charged and found guilty of committing 3 seperate Flagrant Fouls during a game.

8th August 2021 v Birmingham Bulls & 15th August 2021 v Swindon Storm





New this week

Colchester Gladiators

The game was suspended for 30 minutes in the third quarter for lightning.

William Marriage #293

29th August 2021 v Norwich Devils

Cornwall Monarchs

Field of play was only 80 yards.

Richard Madge #485

5th September 2021 v Somerset Wyverns

DC Presidents

The field was marked for several different sports, but otherwise was marked out very well. There were no coaching or team areas marked out. The plane of the goals were slightly behind the end line.

Ian Sneddon #427


Doncaster Mustangs

The field was 90 yards in length and well marked. Following an injury with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the home team leading by 29 points, it was agreed with both head coaches to end the game.

Paul Todd #289


Dunfermline Kings

Coaches and Player boxes were marked out using standard rulebook measurements and not the current COVID revision.

Shawn Sombati #15

29th August 2021 v Dumfries Hunters

London Blitz

Lines on the field were not straight and in one place a 5-yard line split into two. There were patches of standing water on the field.

Keith Wickham #423

19th September 2021 v London Warriors

London Blitz (U19)

Lines on the field were not straight and in one place a 5-yard line split into two. There were patches of standing water on the field.

Keith Wickham #423

29th August 2021 v South London Renegades

London Hornets

90-yard field with NFL-width hash marks, team areas were not marked out.

Richard Moger #472

15th August 2021 v Wembley Stallions

Norwich Devils (U16)

Well marked pitch ball person and the down box person was very good.

Larry Rigby #269


Rushmoor Knights (U16)

Generally a well marked field, however there were some other lines used for soccer on the field, this included a parallel painted line that was near the midfield - cones allowed for these lines to be distinguished. Only one game took place as part of this tournament due to the withdrawal of Berkshire and Swindon in the run up to the tournament

Richard Moger #472


Sandwell Steelers (U16)

Fields well marked, credit to Sandwell for achieving this, especially as their line marker had broken so this was done with spray cans. Nuneaton withdrew from the tournament after the first game due to an injury. Sandwell withdrew from their final game at half time.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395


Sheffield Giants (U19)

90-yard field. No 9-yard marks or numbers. No changing facilities available due to covid restrictions at the venue.

David Hewitt #607

15th August 2021 v Chorley Buccaneers

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Birmingham Bulls

Field marked in a mixture of red and white but otherwise well done. Team areas only extended to the 25-yard lines.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

8th August 2021 v South Wales Warriors

Birmingham Lions Academy (U19)

Well marked field. No nine yard or three yard marks. Team areas are marked to the 25-yard lines.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

15th August 2021 v Nottingham Caesars

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

Chorley Buccaneers (U19)

80 yard field with no team or coaching areas marked.

Lee Taylor #183

12th September 2021 v Manchester Titans (U19)

Crewe Railroaders

The council had marked a 100-yard field scaled down into a smaller space. This resulted in markings which are shorter than a standard IFAF-yard. The chains were shortened to match the markings of the field.

Paul Todd #289

8th August 2021 v Tamworth Phoenix

East Essex Sabres

At the end of the half time period the Head Coach of Sussex Thunderbolts informed me that he could only field 6 players on defence due to injuries. Consequently, he was conceding the game. After consulting with the crew, the game was abandoned.

William Marriage #293

22nd August 2021 v Essex Spartans

Essex Spartans

The game was suspended for 40 minutes towards the end of the third quarter due to the presence of local thunder and lightning.

William Marriage #293

15th August 2021 v South East Squadron

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 (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

Kent Exiles

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

Keith Wickham #423

22nd August 2021 v London Olympians

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

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

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

Leigh Miners

Posts were outside the end zones; this was discussed with game management for future matches. Team areas only marked to the 15-yard lines and too close. Game delayed due to late arrival of medical cover

Kenneth Glover #71

22nd August 2021 v Chester Romans

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 Olympians

Well marked 90-yard field in white with other sports markings also in white. No team or coaching areas, no numbers, nine-yard marks, or three-yard try marks. Game start time was initially moved to 16:00 to 16:15 due to the late arrival of the away side.

Thunder was already audible prior to meeting with the coaches but a first visible lighting strike occurred at 15:55. This continued multiple times until 16:30 when the coaches mutually agreed to abandon the game before kick-off due to the availability of the field and the continued forecast for lighting in the area.

James Ford-Bannister #479

5th September 2021 v London Warriors

Shropshire Revolution

Multiple divets in the field.

Andrew Lovell #559

8th August 2021 v Sandwell Steelers

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

South London Renegades (U19)

Well marked 90-yard field in white with other sports markings also in white. No team or coaching areas, no numbers, nine-yard marks, or three-yard try marks. One ball person was inattentive and went missing with a game ball prior to the senior game (he was later found).

James Ford-Bannister #479

5th September 2021 v Kent Exiles

Staffordshire Surge

With 12 mins remaining in third quarter, Staffordshire forfeited the game due a low number of players medically fit to play

Andrew Lovell #559

8th August 2021 v Leicester Falcons

Sussex Thunder

The chain set broke a number of times during this second game of a double header - they did not break at all in the first game. Otherwise, it was a close game played in a very sporting manner. Praise to both teams.

David Knight #135

22nd August 2021 v Rushmoor Knights

Tamworth Phoenix

90-yard field. No nine-yard marks or numbers. Coaches boxes were located too close to the sideline but there was enough space to move them back with the use of other sports lines.

David Hewitt #607

15th August 2021 v Shropshire Revolution

Wembley Stallions

With 7:30 remaining in the second quarter, the game was suspended due to lightning. With 2:31 remaining in the second quarter, the game was suspended for a second time due to lightning. During the second suspension, the 30 minute timer was reset three subsequent times due to lightning. After the third reset, and a discussion between the two coaching staffs, the game was abandoned.

Peter Parsons #321

5th September 2021 v London Hornets

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



New this week

Play: Team A's Ball - 4th & 2 at the B-7. A1 runs to the B-4 and fumbles the ball. B55 bats the ball at the B-3 into the end zone where A32 recovers it.


Last week

Play: It is 2nd & 10 at the B-30 yard line. Team A takes a timeout, during the timeout it is observed that a Team A player is wearing a microphone. The player states that this device has no transmission capabilities and is only recording for personal purposes.

Ruling: 2nd and 25 at the B-45 yard line. The Team A player is disqualified (1-4-10).


New this week

Game Situation: On a 4 man crew, Player A34 is in position to catch a forward pass near the sideline.  He jumps to catch the ball and comes down with it either in or out of bounds.  How should a covering wing official watch the play in order to ensure the best possible coverage of the action?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: On a crew of 5, what should each official do during a timeout?


  • The Referee should inform the offensive captain of the time and the number of timeouts his team has remaining (M17.1.8.e).
  • The Umpire should remain with the ball at the secudding spot (M17.1.8.a).
  • The Line Judge and Head Linesman should inform the Head Coach of the team on their side of the field of the number of timeouts remaining for each team and the time remaining (M17.1.8.b). If a team huddles near the sideline or leaves the field of play, they should stand near enough to them so that they can inform them when approximately 15 seconds of the timeout remain (M17.1.8.c).When alerting a team that approximately 15 seconds of a time out remain, it is advisable not to use the phrase “15 seconds” as a team may mistakenly confuse this with 15 seconds remaining on the play clock. Instead you should use phraseology such as “The timeout’s nearly over, let’s get your Offence/Defence back out there”.
  • The Back Judge should Inform the defensive captain of the time and the number of timeouts their team has remaining (M17.1.8.e).




Contact for details


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BAFRA Board Meeting


2nd - 3rd April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

2nd April (Sat)


BAFRA Directors


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General Secretary

Richard Moger


Stuart Tabberer


Roger Goodgroves


Kieran Smith


James Ford-Bannister

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Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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