Issue 30/21                                                                                        8th September 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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Thank you to those who have already donated to BAFRA’s charity this year 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.


There is still time for members to donate, the closing date for donations is Friday 10th September, and can be done so through the following methods:

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.

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


Congratulations to Emma Payne on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Euan Paterson, and all those who are helping with Emma's training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training


Congratulations to Darryl Morton on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training


Newsflash (28/21) reported that London Blitz U19 player Khalid Adisa was disqualified from their game on 22nd August. The London Blitz appealed this disqualification and Mr Adisa was permitted to continue to play pending the outcome of his appeal. The appeal committee have reviewed the submitted footage and have unanimously agreed that Mr Addisa’s actions to tackle the ball carrier did not go beyond making a legal tackle therefore they do not believe that Mr Addisa’sactions meet the criteria for Targeting and making Forcible Contact with the crown of the Helmet (Rules 9-1-3 & 2-35). Therefore they have upheld Mr Adisa's appeal.

Ben Griffiths - BAFA Disciplinary Officer









New this week

Cadan Brown


Cornwall Monarchs



With approximately five minutes remaining in the third quarter, and with Monarchs in their own end zone, after the play was over and whistled dead #77 was still engaged with an opponent and was clearly seen to headbutt an opponent.

12th September 2021 v Bristol Apache

Phil Wright


Staffordshire Surge



With 5:21 remaining in the third quarter, after Leicester had scored a touchdown, #84 charged into the back of a Leicester player then proceeded to confront another Leicester player whom he headbutted.

*Mr. Wright is due to serve his suspension in the next game he is registered to play in. This is either the next regular season game for Staffordshire Surge or the first regular season game of a University Team if he registers for a University Team.

Jackson Turnbull


Wembley Stallions (U19)



With 2:56 remaining in the second quarter, the player targeted and made forcible contact with his helmet against the helmet of a defenseless opponent.

12th September 2021 v South East Legion

Previous weeks

Tyler Corn


Ipswich Cardinals



After being disqualified for two Unsportsmanlike Conduct fouls Mr Corn committed a further act of Misconduct as he threw his helmet towards the officials. This is a second Fixed Penalty offence and Mr Corn has been given a further two game suspension.

12th September 2021 v Norwich Devils & 19th September 2021 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Emmanuel Falola


Kent Exiles



With 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, #52 ran forcibly into a pile of players and joined in the fight which included forcibly pulling people off the pile.

19th September 2021 v London Olympians

Marlon Smith


Kent Exiles



With 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, #44 was seen to throw a punch at an opposition player who was on the ground.

19th September 2021 v London Olympians

Tyriq Taiwo


Kent Exiles



With 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, after the play was over, #12 committed a late hit away from the ball and proceeded to fight an opponent.

19th September 2021 v London Olympians

Eryk Kozlowski


Swindon Storm



Having committed a previous unsportsmanlike act, and during the first quarter, #16 ran from his Team Area (where he was a non-playing participant at the time having come off the field after the previous play) to retaliate physically against a Birmingham player who had committed a late hit out of bounds.

19th September 2021 v Bristol Aztecs





New this week

Birmingham Lions Academy (U16)

The final game of a three game tournament was stopped with 7:39 remaining in the second half due to an official being unable to continue due to injury.

Mike Lefevre #341


Bristol Apache

Field markings in red and becoming quite faded. Team areas are not marked out to current COVID rules. Game abandoned at half time due to a number of injuries suffered by the away team.

Amir Brooks #593

12th September 2021 v Cornwall Monarchs

Bristol Aztecs

Field markings in red and becoming quite faded. Team areas are not marked out to current COVID rules.

Amir Brooks #593

3rd October 2021 v South Wales Warriors

Cambridgeshire Cats

Very well marked 100-yard field. COVID sideline markings correct.

Joseph Foxon #473

12th September 2021 v Ouse Valley Eagles

Cornwall Monarchs

Well marked out but only an 80-yard field. Good sized changing rooms were available.

Francis Bevan #474


East Kilbride Pirates

90-yard field. Team areas marked to the 20-yard line. One stoppage of ten minutes to allow treatment to an injured player who was later transferred to Hospital.

Henry Richardson #25


Edinburgh Wolves

Coach and player boxes were not marked to ten-yard lines but cones were placed at the line. Otherwise a well marked out field.

Ian Sneddon #427

3rd October 2021 v East Kilbride Pirates

Hereford Stampede

Game suspended for 25 minutes to deal with an injury to a player.

Richard Whitby #136


Humber Warhawks

95-yard field.

Mark Burrows #292


London Olympians

No coaching box or players area marked. Some rugby field markings which were approximately 12ft back from the sideline were used in combination with some cones to mark the relevant areas.

Peter Parsons #321

19th September 2021 v Kent Exiles

Manchester Titans

Field of play was only 80 yards and there were non-Football white field markings closer than four feet to end zone lines. The team areas were marked between the 20-yard lines, with the coaching line and team area lines marked at pre-COVID distances. The kick-off was put back by 20 minutes due to the finish time of the preceding Junior game. Immediately before the new kick-off time, the visiting team stated they would be unable to play until a card check had been conducted. This caused a further delay. The game kicked off 30 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time. One ball person was only provided at the rearranged kick off time; he was slow to re-appear for the second half.

Ben Griffiths #228

26th September 2021 v Merseyside Nighthawks

Manchester Titans (U19)

80-yard field marked in faint white lines. Multi-sport pitch so various other sport markings, including rugby, which are also in white. Coaching boxes marked as pre-COVID guidelines.

Lee Taylor #183


Nottingham Caesars

The field was 80 yards in length, however yards were unevenly spaced. With 3:59 remaining in the second quarter, the home team's head coach indicated that he wished to call the game due to the diminishing number of players available to him.

Paul Todd #289

19th September 2021 v Scunthorpe Alphas

Shropshire Revolution

Multipurpose field with non-football lines in the same colour as football lines. No three-yard PAT marking. Multiple divots filled prior to arrival. One ball person changed as they were too young.

Andrew Lovell #559

12th October 2021 v Crewe Railroaders

Somerset Wyverns (U16)

Slightly different width fields for the two pitches and centre lines were missing/faint.

Francis Bevan #474


Sussex Thunderbolts

Game played at Falmer Sports Complex as normal home field unavailable. 100-yard field marked in blue with other sports markings in white and yellow. No numbers or nine-yard marks. Three-yard marks marked at the two-yard line. Goals one yard from the end line and strapped to the playing enclosure. Team areas were extended for COVID-rules by using cones. Only two games balls were originally presented, a third was found later and close to the scheduled kick-off. Kick-off was delayed by four minutes due to padding needing to be applied to fold-away soccer goals and the goal posts fixed to the playing enclosure. One ball person changed at half time. The chain broke once during the game.

BAFA gave prior permission for some members of the Sussex Thunder roster to participate for the Sussex Thunderbolts team for their remaining three games. They were presented on separate team rosters for card check but amalgamated for the BAFRA roster copy.

At 15:20, toward the end of the third quarter, it became clear that spectators had set up behind the away team’s team area due to a spectator being heard to call out abuse at an official relating to a call. This was inside the playing enclosure and less than 18’ from the sideline, inside of where you would expect limit lines to be marked. Game management were informed to handle the situation and the accused spectator left voluntarily. This caused a delay of six minutes.

James Ford-Bannister #479

19th September 2021 v East Essex Sabres

Wembley Stallions (U16)

Generally well-marked fields in white. Five-yard lines were solid rather than dashed. No marked team areas. Down boxes (& personnel) provided and very competent.

James Ford-Bannister #479


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Birmingham Bulls

90-yard field marked in red. Secure changing rooms big enough for four provided by the home team.

Krister Halvorsen #77

19th September 2021 v Hereford Stampede

Chester Romans

The game kicked off ten minutes late due to the late arrival of the officials' assistants, who were members of the home team's junior team. The game was suspended for more than five minutes on a number of occasions in order to treat injuries, mainly for the away team. The field was marked out by the groundsmen in metres instead of yards (90 yard field marked as 80 metres). End zones were only marked six metres deep, so the field was shortened to 80 yards by moving the Goal Line up to the five-yard lines. This was despite previous advice given at the prior home game.

Peter Roberts #87

12th September 2021 v Manchester Titans

Chorley Buccaneers (U19)

80 yard field with no team or coaching areas marked.

Lee Taylor #183

12th September 2021 v Manchester Titans (U19)

Darlington Steam

90-yard field with nine-yard end zones. Field width was 55-yards. No nine-yard markings or numbers.

Robin Boyd #191

19th September 2021 v DC Presidents

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 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

Essex Spartans

Well marked 90-yard field in white. Limit lines were missing and numbers were incorrect size. Good size changing room but no toilet and not lockable, although bags were able to be stored in a separate lockable room.

Tim Ockendon #481


Highland Stags

Although most of the lines were marked in yellow, the end lines and centre line were marked in white. There were other rugby lines mixed with the American football lines. The team did make a good effort with team and coaching boxes.

Ian Sneddon #427

3rd October 2021 v Dumfries Hunters

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

The Referee was advised prior to the game that the issue with the netting behind the post, which would stop the game balls being lost in the wilderness that is over the fence, had not been repaired. As both teams wanted to kick, it was decided to play all offensive plays towards the other end of the field. 80-yard field marked in blue with rugby markings in white that intersect the American Football lines in places. With under one minute remaining, the game was ended following a Doncaster score as Leeds had sustained a number of injuries and informed the referee that they would only knee out the game if asked to play on.

Lee Taylor #183

12th September 2021 v Sheffield Giants

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 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

19th September 2021 v Kent Exiles

Northumberland Vikings

90-yard field. No nine-yard or three-yard marks. Team Areas had not been extended for COVID. Game was abandoned, at the request of the coaches in the fourth quarter with 6:11 running clock remaining, after a head and neck injury to a Darlington player, which required an ambulance. Kudos to the Vikings medical team and the Vikings staff who looked after the injured player for two hours until the ambulance arrived.

Roy Davis #44

19th September 2021 v Gateshead Senators

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

Scunthorpe Alphas

90-yard field. Team areas were marked incorrectly but were extended with cones. At various points during the game it was noticed that the game ball pressure had decreased so needed reinflation by the home team.

David Hewitt #607

12th September 2021 v Northants Knights

Somerset Wyverns

Well marked 100-yard field, but on arrival three-yard lines were missing. These were added by Game Management. Nine-yard numbers were too far infield. Changing room was very small in size, allowing only for two at a time.

Francis Bevan #474

12th September2021 v Jurassic Coast Raptors

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)

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

Sussex Thunder

Well marked 90-yard field, except the end-line is marked too close to the perimeter fence, so another sport line is used.

This fixture was the second game of a double header, with the previous game finishing less than 20 minutes before the scheduled kick off time. Kick off was delayed to allow the officials adequate time to rest, and to brief the new chain crew. As the revised kick off time kicked off less than 3.5 hours before the facility closing time, rule 3-2-1 was applied and the playing time was reduced to 12-minute quarters. Injury to an official meant the crew setup differently in the second half.

Oliver Maskell #221

19th September 2021 v Rushmoor Knights

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: 4th & 18 at the A-32. Team A Punt the ball and, in an attempt to catch the kick, returner B85 muffs the ball at the B-15. A32 recovers the ball at the B-20 where he advances across the Goal Line. While in the Endzone A32 celebrates by performing a mid-air somersault. The Line Judge throws his flag for this act by A32 for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.


Last week

Play: 4th & 10 at the A-25 yard line. Team A line up to punt the ball, A49 punts the ball and it is blocked by defender B94. The loose ball is recovered by B51 at the A-11 yard line. At the snap Team A had five players in the backfield.

Ruling: At the choice of Team B, either 1st and 10 and the A-11 yard line for Team B or 4th & 15 at the A-20 yard line for Team A.

As the kick did not cross the neutral zone, there is no option to enforce the penalty at the spot where the subsequent dead ball belongs to Team B (Tack On) (6-3-13). Therefore the only enforcement option is to enforce the 5 yard penalty from the previous spot and replay the down. Team B will very likely decline the penalty and the enforcement of this should be considered obvious (M19.4.2.c).


New this week

Game Situation: Prior to kick-off; on a 5 man crew which official is responsible for briefing the medical personnel on what signals are to be used to summon them onto the field.

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: What are the 3 categories of Offensive Holding?

Answer: M3.3.1.b

  • Grab & Restrict
  • Hook & Restrict
  • Takedown




Contact for details


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


Susannah Taylor


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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