Issue 32/21                                                                                22nd September 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS - ADVANCE NOTICE

Membership renewals are due from 1st October, please do not try to renew before this date, the forms will be sent out to all members before the end of September. Details of payments, which as always include both the BAFRA and BAFA fees, will be on the form in addition to details of how to pay.

As always during the renewal process, there will be the annual members survey which a link for will be included with the renewal letter.

All renewal information will be sent electronically so please ensure that your email address is up to date on the website.

Richard Moger – General Secretary

secretary@baf

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR NOTICE

As BAFRA is approaching the end of its financial year, there will be a minor adjustment to our routine next week.

Payments will be made in the morning of  Tuesday 28th September. It is essential that all paperwork is submitted by the evening of Monday 27th. Claims submitted after this date will be held and remain unpaid until the first payment run in October (6/7 Oct).

In addition, I need all outstanding monies owing to BAFRA (Game fee Cheques/BACS) to be sent immediately. If by post, no later than Monday Morning, first class post.

If there are any issues, please contact finance@bafra.info urgently.

Stuart Tabberer – Director of Finance

finance@bafra.info


NFL CHAIN CREWS – INTERNATIONAL SERIES 2021

I received 25 requests from officials to work these important assignments. The following officials have been chosen to perform chain crew duties at the two NFL games in London this year:

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets

Oct. 10, 14:30 - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Miami Dolphins

Oct. 17, 14:30 - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Paul Todd

James Ford-Bannister (Crew Chief)

Joel Pearson

David Moore

Owen Samuels

Graham Smith

David Parsons (Crew Chief)

Krister Halverson

Martin Cockerill

Liam Wooton

All selected officials must notify me as soon as possible if they become unavailable as individual accreditation is required for each member of the chain crew for each game.

I would like to thank all the members that applied for this role. I realise some of you have applied before but, unfortunately, it is not possible to offer a position to everyone due to the demand. I hope you will not be too disappointed but re-apply if the opportunity arises in the future, as I remain committed to giving all dedicated officials a chance to be on the Chain Crew.

Roger Goodgroves - Director of Operations

operations@bafra.info

QUALIFIED - BRADLEY CARRIGAN

Congratulations to Bradley Carrigan on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to David Hewitt, and all those who are helping with Bradley’s training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info

QUALIFIED - SCOTT CASTLE

Congratulations to Scott Castle on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Richard Moger, and all those who are helping with Scott’s training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info

QUALIFIED - IAIN GLEN

Congratulations to Iain Glen on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Liam Wooton, and all those who are helping with Iain’s training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training

training@bafra.info

DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Edward Dimuna

17

Bournemouth Bobcats

FGT

3

With 1:30 remaining in the third quarter, during a widespread melee, Mr. Dimuna was seen to punch an opponent multiple times. Later on in the game, Mr. Dimuna was asked to leave the facility by game management having loudly shouted abuse at the officials.

Mr. Dimuna is due to serve his suspension in the next competitive game he is eligible to play in. This is expected to be the next regular season game for the Bournemouth Bobcats.

Jordan McCabe

56

Darlington Steam

FPF

2

With approximately 4:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter, #56 was seen to deliver a headbutt to an opponent.

26th September 2021 v Gateshead Senators

Mark Quinn

3

DC Presidents

FPF

3

With approximately 9:28 remaining in the third quarter, #3 was seen to deliver a headbutt to an opponent.

Mr. Quinn is due to serve his suspension in the next competitive game he is eligible to play in. This is expected to be the next regular season game for the DC Presidents.

Patryk Maciazek

80

Glasgow Tigers

FGT

3

With 8:38 remaining in the third quarter, #80 was seen to react to taunting from #7 East Kilbride Pirates by headbutting him.

3rd October v Inverclyde Goliaths

Kypese Aulmes

17

Oxford Saints (U16)

FUC

1

During the first game of the tournament, in the first half, after scoring on a two-point try, after the ball became dead, #17 reacted to his jersey being grabbed by an opponent and the opponent attempting to swing him around by throwing the ball directly at the opponent with a level of force. This was #17's second Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul of the game after committing a foul for taunting an opponent earlier in the game, however it was an act considered flagrant and therefore sufficient to require disqualification on its own. #17 served a suspension by sitting out Oxford's second game of the tournament.

Mr. Aulmes is due to serve his suspension in the next competitive game he is eligible to play in. This is expected to be the next regular season game for the Oxford Saints (U16).

Phil Barrett

2

Solent Thrashers

FGT

3

With 1:30 remaining in the third quarter, during a widespread melee, Mr. Barrett was seen to forcefully shove an opponent to the floor, having left the team area without a helmet on.

26th September 2021 v Rushmoor Knights

Cameron Dwyer

62

Yorkshire Academy Assassins (U19)

FPF

3

With 6:11 remaining in the third quarter, after the play was over and 15+ yards from the play, #62, after blocking an opponent to the ground, dove on top of that player.

26th September 2021 v Chorley Buccaneers

Previous weeks

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Birmingham Bulls

Field was generally well marked, albeit with red lines. Team areas were not marked out according to current COVID guidelines.

Amir Brooks #593

Unknown

Darlington Steam

90-yard field. No nine-yard marks or numbers. No limit lines. Team areas went to the goal lines but were shortened using cones.

David Hewitt #607

26th September 2021 v Gateshead Senators

Glasgow Tigers

Not all lines had been marked accurately causing the chains to not correspond correctly at certain parts of the field.

Kenneth Glover #71

10th October 2021 v Edinburgh Wolves

Highland Wildcats (U16)

Both fields' games were stopped for 40 minutes while medical dealt with serious injury. Once the ambulance arrived, games restarted.

Michael Prentice #393

Unknown

Inverclyde Goliaths

Coach and Team areas were not marked out so game management used cones to indicate areas. Game started 20 mins late due to a motorway crash which delayed the away team's arrival at the venue.

Ian Sneddon #427

3rd October 2021 v Glasgow Tigers

Lancashire Wolverines

80-yard field with no coaching or players boxes marked. As this was the Wolverines’s final home game the pitch had not been remarked so the lines were faint but still visible compared to the rugby markings.

Lee Taylor #183

Unknown

London Blitz

The lines on the field were uneven and not all ten yards apart. The hash marks were painted in yellow and not at the correct distance from the sideline. In places the field was uneven and, whilst there were no trip hazards, there were times when the ground was not where you would expect. The crossbar at one end was higher on the right than the left.

Keith Wickham #423

Unknown

London Olympians

90-yard field marked faintly in white with other sport markings also in white. No numbers, nine-yard marks, limit lines, or team area markings. Rugby lines approximated for coaching lines and the ends of team areas were marked with cones. One of the game balls provided had a slow leak and was replaced. Kickoff  was delayed by 15 minutes due to the late arrival of the chain crew. A new chain crew was trained at half time and there were multiple changes of ball persons.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

Sandwell Steelers

The goalposts were offset a short distance from the end line. Otherwise, a well marked 90-yard field.

Paul Todd #289

Unknown

Solent Thrashers

With four minutes remaining in the third quarter, there was a 50 minute delay due to a serious injury to a Bournemouth player, requiring an ambulance to attend. The player bled onto the field whilst receiving treatment, so the surface was fully sanitized (with approval from a medical professional) before the game restarted. Following some disqualifications, a disqualified player was heard to be loudly shouting abuse at the officials from just outside the perimeter fence. A member of the players sideline was asked to move him along but they were unsuccessful. Game management were reluctant to move the player on but did so eventually.

Oliver Maskell #221

Unknown

South Lincolnshire Lighting

No numbers, nine-yard marks, or team areas painted. Team areas marked with cones.

Joel Pearson #405

26th September 2021 v Lincolnshire Bombers

Sussex Thunderbolts

90-yard artificial field. There were multiple events happening at the same time, so parking was not easy and was far away, but stewards were helping.

Viktor Janvari #63

Unknown

Swindon Storm (U16)

A perfectly marked 5v5 field, including limit lines.

Peter Parsons #321

Unknown

Wembley Stallions

Team areas were marked with non-COVID markings, with extensions marked down to the ten-yard lines.

Peter Parsons #321

Unknown

Yorkshire Academy Assassins (U19)

Nine-yard markings missing.

Robin Boyd #191

26th September 2021 v Chorley Buccaneers

Yorkshire Rams

Nine-yard markings missing.

Robin Boyd #191

26th September 2021 v Sheffield Giants

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bristol Apache

Field marked in red, which was slightly faded in places, but did not cause too much of an issue.

Stuart Tabberer #348

26th September 2021 v Somerset Wyverns

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

Dumfries Hunters

Lines are becoming faint and coaching/team areas were not marked to the ten-yard lines.

Ian Sneddon #427

17th October v Highland Stags

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

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

London Blitz B

The lines on the field were uneven and not all ten yards apart. The hash marks were painted in yellow. In places the field was uneven and, whilst there were no trip hazards, there were times when the ground was not where you would expect. The goalposts at one end were higher than the other.

Keith Wickham #423

26th September 2021 v London Hornets

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

Rushmoor Knights

Very professionally marked 90-yard field with multiple mole holes that were filled up and compacted, so posed no problem. In the endzone closer to the changing rooms, there are stingy bushes 6 feet from the endline and also an oak tree branch which is hovering just inside the endzone at about 2,5 meters height. We agreed to treat it as an inadvertent whistle if the ball hits that branch. At halftime, there was a knights show and a gender reveal party, so we had a 25 minute halftime as agreed before the match.

Viktor Janvari #63

26th September 2021 v Solent Thrashers


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PLAY OF THE WEEK:

New this week

Play: During the 2nd quarter running back A38 carries the ball for 10 yards and then he is substituted, he is slow to leave the field and a few plays later the Team A Head Coach informs the Wing Official on Team A’s side line that A38 is being assessed for a concussion by the medical practitioner. After half time when the teams return to the field, it is observed that A38 is not fully kit while his team mates are.

Midway through the third quarter Team A have 1st and Goal at the B-5. Running back A38 re-enters the field of play and carries the ball into Team B’s end zone for a Touchdown. None of the crew have been informed that A38 is cleared of a concussion diagnosis. The Referee speaks to the medical practitioner and they inform the Referee that they have not cleared A38 to return to the game.


Ruling?

Last week

Play: Team A 4th and 30 and the A-20 yard line. Team A line up in a scrimmage kick formation and punt the ball. The ball travels 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage where B38 is positioned to catch the kick. B38 muffs the ball and gunner A85 dives on the loose ball and recovers it at the A-35 yard line. Which team will snap the ball next, what is the next down & distance. What is the status of the play clock and game clock?


Ruling: It will be Team A’s ball - 1st and 10 at the A-35 yard line. The game clock will start on the snap and the play clock will be set to 40 seconds.

As the kick has crossed the neutral zone the continuity of the series of downs is broken (5-1-4-b), therefore whichever team ends the down in legal possession will be awarded a new series (5-1-1-e-2). B38’s muff makes Team A eligible to recover the ball (6-3-3)

The game clock will start on the snap as a legal kick down has occurred (3-3-2-d-8). None of the reasons for a 25 second play clock listed in 3-2-4-c apply so the play clock should be set to 40 seconds and start when the ball is declared dead.

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: What is the “Silent Wind” and when should a Referee be using it?


Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: As Team A are huddling before a PAT, the Line Judge on a 5-man crew notices that the Referee is rolling his hands above his head.  What is the Referee trying to signal?  How should the Line Judge respond?

Answer: This is supplementary signal Sup10, signaling that team A are 'going for it' rather than kicking for 1 point.  The Line Judge should quickly move so that he is positioned underneath the post on his side of the field.  The Back Judge should move across accordingly.

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

Susannah Taylor

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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