Issue 26/21                                                                                        11th August 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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RULES & MECHANICS UPDATE

A couple of safety-related issues have been brought to my attention recently;

HALF-TIME DURATION

There is a misconception that the half-time interval can be routinely shortened from its normal 20 minutes. This is not so. Half-time is an important period for players (and officials) to recuperate. Any shortening of it may have implications for the players' stamina in the second half, and consequently for their safety.

There are exceptions, including where the competition authority agrees before the game that half-time can be shortened to solve a scheduling problem (Rule 3-2-1-b). The referee can also shorten half-time if darkness may be a problem (Rule 3-2-2). Otherwise, the duration should only be shortened in exceptional circumstances (Rule 3-2-2-a) - one example might be if there had been a long delay during the second quarter due to lightning or an injury, which had already provided the players with a rest.

Please, if you're shortening half-time, don't.

COVID MECHANICS

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many teams are not being particularly bothered about maintaining social distancing within the team area - that's their choice. Where they don't get a choice is with regard to the safety of the officials.

I'm pleased to see that some officials are exercising their personal choice to wear a face-covering on the field, but we can do more.

Remember that:

Whether you are vaccinated or not, there is still a pandemic on and we all need to think of each other's safety.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jim Briggs - Rules Editor

rules@britishamericanfootball.org

QUALIFIED - ROBIN BOYD

Congratulations to Robin Boyd on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Chris Jarvis and all those who are helping with Robin’s training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info

QUALIFIED - RIAZ FAZAL

Congratulations to Riaz Fazal on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Alan Dobson and all those who are helping with Riaz’s training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info


DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Danny Reynolds

19

East Kent Mavericks

FGT

4

With 5:23 remaining in fourth quarter, significantly after the whistle, the player was seen punching at the kidney area of the ball carrier. Both the manner of the punches and the time at which they occurred went beyond a legal attempt to dislodge the ball.

22nd August 2021 v Sussex Thunderbolts

Raymond Panda-Noah

45

East Kent Mavericks

FUC

4

With 4:20 remaining in fourth quarter, the player was seen to violently kick at an opponent after the play.

22nd August 2021 v Sussex Thunderbolts

Daniel Stokes

1

Rushmoor Knights

FPF

3

With 10:00 remaining in the third quarter, #1 was seen to punch an opponent on the ground.

15th August 2021 v Sussex Thunder

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

Jack Watson

HC

Lancashire Wolverines

MIS

O

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.

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.

15th August 2021 v Swindon Storm

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Birmingham Bulls

With 6:08 remaining in the third quarter, the game was suspended for 30 minutes to treat an injured player.

Amir Brooks #593

29th August 2021 v Swindon Storm

Bournemouth Bobcats

The chain set broke a few times in the second half. One ball-boy was re-briefed at half-time due to an inadequate first half performance.

Oliver Maskell #221

22nd August 2021 v Solent Thrashers

Crewe Railroaders

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

Paul Todd #289

29th August 2021 v Staffordshire Surge

Darlington Steam

90-yard field. No nine-yard marks or numbers. Team areas marked with cones to the 20-yard lines but were corrected prior to kick off.

David Hewitt #607

29th August 2021 v DC Presidents

East Kent Mavericks

90-yard field. One ball person changed at half time. With 4:20 remaining in fourth quarter, the captains agreed to move to a running clock to prevent frustrations resulting in further ejections. At 15:58, the players, crew and spectators were treated to a fly past by the red arrows en route to the Folkestone airshow.

Ben Gadsby #564

12th September 2021 v Sussex Thunderbolts

East Kilbride Pirates

Field was marked out using NFL lines/measurements (inbounds/PAT line). Coaches/Players boxes were not lined with correct COVID rule adjustments and cones were used instead. Blue lines used to mark the field as white was used for rugby lines. Field was only 80 yards with 13-yard end zones. Game was suspended for 30 min in the second quarter due to severe weather. As there were no changing rooms for teams, they were advised by game management to return to their personal vehicles/team bus. Officials were allowed to use a room in the clubhouse.

Shawn Sombati #15

15th August 2021 v Inverclyde Goliaths

Jurassic Coast Raptors

Jurassic were told they could not use one goal by the owners of the site due to neighbour concerns.The game proceeded with all offensive plays taking place towards the other goal.

Stephen Egan #466

15th August 2021 v Somerset Wyverns

Kent Exiles (U19)

One goal had a very bent crossbar. Balls supplied were under inflated and had to be corrected by the team. Everything else was good.

David Knight #135

22nd August 2021 v South London Renegades

Leeds Bobcats

80-yard field marked in blue, there were also rugby markings on the field in white which did not run parallel with the blue football markings. The sideline ended midway into the end zone but this was rectified by the home team prior to kickoff. As the netting behind one of the posts was damaged, and with the agreement of both head coaches, one goal mechanics were used.

Lee Taylor #183

22nd August 2021 v Doncaster Mustangs

Leicester Falcons (U16)

Fields well marked. Down boxes and operators provided for all fields.

CK Nam #586

Unknown

Leicester Falcons (U19)

Fields well marked. Down boxes and operators provided for all fields.

CK Nam #586

Unknown

London Blitz B

Game did not proceed due to multiple areas of standing water on the field. Goal posts at one end not straight.

Joseph Foxon #473

26th September 2021 v London Hornets

London Warriors

There were three changes of ball person. The chain crew was changed prior to the second half without any notice before we had prepared for kick off.

Keith Wickham #423

22nd August 2021 v London Blitz

Manchester Titans (U19)

80-yard field. Multiple markings for other sports, in various colours. Team/coaches areas marked for pre-covid dimensions. No numbers or nine-yard marks. No three-yard marks.

John Roberts #145

15th August 2021 v Yorkshire Academy Assassins

Nottingham Caesars

80-yard field with some wavy lines and some inconsistent distances between hash marks. No numbers or nine-yard marks.

Brian Yates #29

19th September 2021 v Scunthorpe Alphas

Nottingham Caesars (U19)

80-yard field with some wavy lines and some inconsistent distances between hash marks. No numbers, nine-yard marks, pylons, or yard line markers.

Brian Yates #29

5th September 2021 v Tamworth Phoenix

Salisbury City Marauders (U16)

Fields were well painted, although the light-blue paint used faded as the day progressed and rain fell. No coaching areas marked out.

Oliver Maskell #221

Unknown

Shropshire Revolution

Field marked in blue with white athletics markings also present. An additional solid line was also marked approximately ten yards from the actual sideline on one side of the field. There were several divots from athletics events but these had been filled with sand. Team areas marked to pre-covid dimensions. Posts have a definite lean forward at one end of the field. With 3:00 remaining in the third quarter, the game was suspended for 70 minutes due to a serious injury to a Shropshire player. Plaudits to both teams in dealing with a difficult situation in a professional manner.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

5th September 2021 v Tamworth Phoenix

South East Squadron

Goals were soccer goals with uprights attached. Only one side had both posts so all offensive plays took place towards that goal. Dog excrement had to be removed from the field prior to kick off. No parking available on site. Changing room was lockable however there was no separate toilet and too few coat hooks. Game stopped for four separate injury incidents, each lasting about four minutes. No 9 yard marks, no numbers, no 3 yard try line. Grass long, however playable.

Lee Wood #517

12th September 2021 v East Essex Sabres

South Lincolnshire Lightning

First home game for South Lincolnshire. Very well marked 90-yard field, although no team areas - so cones were used. Chain crew were generally slow and twice moved on a flagged play, which caused difficulty for the crew.

Joel Pearson #405

19th September 2021 v Northants Knights

Staffordshire Surge

Due to low player numbers, the game became a controlled scrimmage. Numerous divots in the field were fixed prior to kick off.

Andrew Lovell #559

15th August 2021 v Crewe Railroaders

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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)

Cornwall Monarchs

Field of play was only 80 yards.

Richard Madge #485

5th September 2021 v Somerset Wyverns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLAY OF THE WEEK:

New this week

Play: On second and seven at the A-35, A14 drops straight back to pass. At his 25-yard line, unable to find a receiver but not under a heavy rush, he throws the ball up into the stands to stop the clock. The clock is stopped at 1:04.


Ruling?

Last 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.


Ruling: Either, Team A's Ball, 1st & Goal at the B-4, with the clock starting on the snap or a Safety with Team A scoring two points. Team B kickoff at the B-20.

The result of the play is a Safety (8-5-1-a). B55’s bat is responsible (8-7-1) for the ball being behind Team B’s goal line where the ball becomes dead by rule.  The fourth down fumble rule is also in effect (7-2-2-a-Exception 2).  A1 does not recover the ball in the Team B end zone. Therefore, by rule the ball will be returned to the spot of the fumble, which is beyond the line to gain, resulting in a first down for Team A. B55’s bat is legal as it is backwards (9-4-1-c).  Team A has two options and both should be discussed with the Team A head coach.

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: Team A completes a forward pass inbounds with the clock running. They hurry to the line and get set; immediately before the snap, receiver A87 who is standing in front of the Line Judge commits a false start which the Line Judge flags. At the same time the Head Coach of Team A, who is standing on the Linesman’s side of the field requests a timeout.


Answer next issue…

Last 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: M11.4.c.1.  A wing official should watch a player's feet first when an airborne player attempts to catch a ball close to the sideline.  If the player lands in bounds, the official should then look to the player's hands to see if he had control.  If the official looks at his hands first he may miss the instant when his feet first touch the ground.  The same mechanics are true of large crews, but when working larger crews officials should attempt to establish eye-contact with their sideline colleague before ruling on the pass.

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.

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

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