Issue 27/21                                                                                        18th August 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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BAFRA CHARITY WEEKEND 2021

The Bank Holiday weekend games (28th-29th August) have been selected as the annual BAFRA Charity Weekend. The charity this year is the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation. It was chosen by the membership in memory of long-time member, Tzvi Lindeman, who sadly passed away in 2020. As with previous years, should you wish to contribute some or all of your game fee to the charity or, if you have no game, to make a donation as you see fit.

There are a number of ways in which you may make your donation:

Officials can donate all or part of their Game Fees to the BAFRA Charity.

To facilitate this, an amendment to the Crew Request for Payment form has been made. Referees, when submitting the paperwork, if an official is making a donation, please fill the form out as normal then tick the relevant box and enter the amount to be donated. Please also send an email to Finance, finance@bafra.info, detailing the donations just in case the new system does not work as intended.

If you wish to send a donation electronically send it to: Sort Code: 16-16-11 Account Number: 10255350

Please use Charity and your membership number as a reference.

Finally, you may send a cheque (made payable to BAFRA Limited) for the amount you wish to donate to:

BAFRA Finance, 30 Clover Ground, Bristol, BS8 4UH Please write your membership number and Charity on the rear of the cheque.

Over the years we have raised significant amounts for our chosen charities. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause.

Richard Moger – General Secretary

secretary@bafra.info

FINANCE MATTERS

Updated documents have been uploaded to the Finance Area of the website to assist referees. These documents include crew fee breakdowns for standard fixtures and tournaments. With the high number of associates training at the moment please ensure that you check the correct game fee breakdown so the crew gets paid correctly.

As the BUCS season approaches the Finance Team are looking for volunteers to join us as Finance Assistants. Duties will initially include invoicing Universities and monitoring Team Payments. For further details or to register interest please contact finance.

Stuart Tabberer - Director of Finance

finance@bafra.info

RULES & MECHANICS UPDATE: EQUIPMENT ENFORCEMENT

I have heard there has been some confusion about how to deal with a player wearing illegal equipment or failing to wear mandatory equipment.

Some officials may have forgotten there was a new approved ruling in 2020, AR 1-4-8:IV, which states:

"An official discovers a player wearing illegal equipment or not wearing mandatory equipment. RULING: The official notifies the player that he must leave the game. The official is not to stop either the game clock or the play clock. If possible, the referee will use his microphone to make a brief announcement identifying the player and his team and the reason why he must leave the field. This announcement should be made from the referee's position to officiate the next play, and must not delay the start of the next play."

Bottom line - do not stop either clock to deal with this.

Of course, the best time to tell a player is just after the end of a play, and not just before the next snap.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jim Briggs - BAFA Rules Editor

rules@britishamericanfootball.org

COACHES CARDS

I’ve had feedback from various officials and coaches that coaches cards are not always being distributed before every game. Please remember this is a requirement for the crew. This should be done by the Referee when they meet with the Head Coach of each team during the pre-game.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info

QUALIFIED - DARREN URBEN

Congratulations to Darren Urben on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Richard Vernon and all those who are helping with Darren's training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info


DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Hammed Abidemi Osho

6

London Olympians

TGT

4

With 11:52 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter London #6 contacted an opponent with forcible contact with the crown of the helmet.

22nd August 2021 v Kent Exiles

Nigel Westbrooks

3

Merseyside Nighthawks

TUF

3

During the second quarter, #3 was penalised for using abusive language towards an opponent. During the third quarter, he was penalised with a second unsportsmanlike conduct foul for dunking the ball over the goalposts.

29th August 2021 v Sheffield Giants

Previous weeks

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

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.

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.

22nd August 2021 v Sussex Thunder

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Chester Romans

The venue's groundsman had painted a 90-metre field. This resulted in end zones which were too shallow with a depth of approximately five yards. Accordingly, the five-metre lines were designated as goal lines and the field was shortened to 80 metres. The chain did not align with the painted markings, since the crew were unable to extend its length to ten metres. During the second quarter, one of the ball persons was changed.

Paul Todd #289

29th August 2021 v Leigh Miners

Dumfries Hunters

The team areas were not marked to the ten-yard lines, so cones were used to extend these areas. With 1:21 remaining in the game, a Clyde Valley player received an injury that required an ambulance, which was going to take some time to arrive, so both coaches agreed to abandon the remainder of the game.

Ian Sneddon #427

12th September 2021 v Dunfermline Kings

East Kilbride Pirates

Player and Team area lines marked using standard rulebook measurements and not adjusted to covid changes. Field 80-yards using blue lines and 40-yard line used White Centre line which was not in sync with rest of lines.

Shawn Sombati #15

5th September 2021 v Glasgow Tigers

Essex Spartans

Early in the third quarter the SE Squadron coach informed the crew that his team could not carry on due to a lack of players. Game was abandoned with the score: Essex Spartans 18 - 0 SE Squadron.

Larry Rigby #269

29th August 2021 v East Kent Mavericks

Jurassic Coast Raptors

Well marked 100-yard field with nine-yard markings. Issue with a neighbouring property means only one set of goal posts were in position so one-goal mechanics were used. Otherwise, there were no issues with the field. Officials had valuables locked in the Gameday Officer's vehicle as changing rooms could not be locked.

Francis Bevan #474

22nd August 2021 v Cornwall Monarchs

Knottingley Raiders

90-yard field with ten-yard end zones. The Team and Coaching areas are marked to the 25-yard lines. No nine-yard marks or numbers. There was a five-minute delay to the kick off time as the Medics were held up in traffic. There was a single change of Chain Crew personnel, which did not cause any issues.

Chris Jarvis #10

5th September 2021 v Leeds Bobcats

Highland Stags

90-yard field.

Henry Richardson #25

29th August 2021 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

London Hornets

Well marked 90-yard field in white. Numbers were present but hash-marks were NFL width. No nine-yard or three-yard marks. No Team Areas marked, these were later added with cones. Changing room was suitable for six officials but not lockable. Start was delayed by approximately five minutes due to a shortage of volunteers for chain/ballpersons delaying the card check.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

Manchester Titans

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

John Roberts #145

5th September 2021 v Chester Romans

Manchester Titans (U19)

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

John Roberts #145

Unknown

Poole Dolphins (U16)

Generally well marked field, although one one-point try mark had been marked at two feet rather than two yards. A yellow line was put at the correct place prior to the start of the first game. With 2:56 remaining in the second half, the final game of the tournament was abandoned due to injuries with the score Essex 46 - Poole 16.

Peter Parsons #321

Unknown

Solent Thrashers

There was no one available to lock the changing room so bags were placed in cars. No nine-yard marks. Cross bar encroaches approx. one yard into the end zone.

David Knight #135

5th September 2021 v Rushmoor Knights

South East Legion (U19)

Well marked 90-yard field in white with 8-yard end zones. Coaching line at twelve feet had been added but all other team area markings were absent. Numbers too small and at inconsistent depths. Hedge behind one set of goalposts from which balls could not be retrieved, so all kicks at goal were agreed to be at the other set of posts. Game suspended for 65 minutes with 11:39 remaining in the second quarter in order to treat a seriously ill player. Plaudits to both teams for the way they handled this difficult situation and the high levels of sportsmanship in the game in general.

Tim Ockendon #481

12th September 2021 v Wembley Stallions (U19)

Sheffield Giants

No numbers or nine-yard marks on an otherwise well marked field. Due to covid restrictions and construction work there are no changing rooms. There are portaloos on site.

Brian Yates #29

Unknown

Sheffield Giants (U19)

No numbers or nine-yard marks on an otherwise well marked field. Due to covid restrictions and construction work there are no changing rooms. There are portaloos on site.

Brian Yates #29

Unknown

South Wales Warriors

A generally well-marked field, except that one three-yard mark was on the two-yard line. The team areas weren't painted, and were marked out using the rugby five-metre lines (which were the correct distance from the football sidelines) and plastic posts at the ten-yard lines. Kickoff was delayed by around five minutes due to the late arrival of the chain crew.

Amir Brooks #593

22nd August 2021 v Bristol Aztecs

Staffordshire Surge

Well marked 80-yard field in white. A couple of divots filled prior to kick off.

Perry Wayman #504

Unknown

Swindon Storm (U16)

Two well-marked 40-yard fields with eight-yard end zones back-to-back with adequate spacing between them. Coaching lines clearly marked. One field had a well-run down box.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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 (U19)

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

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

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

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 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 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 (U19)

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

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 2021

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 (U19)

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

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 (U19)

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

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: 2nd Goal at the B-6 -yard line. Ball carrier A33 is downed at the one-yard line and then B98 piles on. A33 retaliates by punching B99.


Ruling?

Last 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: 3rd and 17 at the A-25. This is intentional grounding under rule 7-3-2-g, the penalty is loss of down at the spot of the foul.

Newsflash Play of the week 25/21 clarification

Newsflash 25/21 featured the following play of the 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 Correction: The answer given in Newsflash 26/21 stated that Team A have two options, 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.

This answer is incorrect, BAFA & IFAF Rules include AR 7-2-4:III (which is not extant in the 2020 NCAA rules) which states that Team A should not benefit from a fourth-down forward fumble in this situation. Therefore the ball is returned to the spot of the fumble and it will be 1st & Goal at the B-4.

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: When should the Referee give a preliminary signal following a penalty? What should the other officials be doing while the Referee is giving a preliminary signal?


Answer next issue…

Last 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: The charged Team timeout should be granted, there is no foul for false start. If in doubt, a charged team timeout precedes a foul that prevents the snap (M6.1.12).

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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