Issue 33/21                                                                                29th 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 for which have been sent out to all members, if you have not received yours please contact me as a matter of urgency.

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 to has been provided to for members to complete.

Richard Moger – General Secretary

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DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Luke Greenshields

22

Birmingham Bulls

TUF

3

After receiving his first UC in the first quarter, with 14:44 remaining in the third quarter, a flag was thrown for an illegal block in the back by #22. After review, the calling official rescinded the flag and, whilst explaining to the player the flag would be waved off, #22 swore at and insulted the official.

M. Greenshields 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 Birmingham Bulls

Sebaya Iyayi

92

East Essex Sabres

TGT

3

The opposition runner was in the grasp, and therefore defenceless, when number #92 made forcible contact with the runner with the crown of his helmet.

Mr Iyayi 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 East Essex Sabres

Rolen Andreas

2

London Blitz

TGT

4

With 1:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, Blue #2 led with the forearm and made forcible contact to the head/neck area of a defenceless prone player.

Mr Andreasis 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 London Blitz B team

Sam Fossey

8

Manchester Titans

TUF

3

With 1:50 remaining in the second quarter, the player entered the field of play from the team area, without a helmet, to participate in the celebration of a score, incurring his first UC penalty. WIth 8:09 remaining in the third quarter, he incurred a second UC penalty for taunting an opponent after the play.

Mr Fossey 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 Manchester Titans

Previous weeks

GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Team and coaching boxes not marked to the ten-yard lines.

Ian Sneddon #427

24th October 2021 v Dunfermline Kings

Darlington Steam

Field markings were faint, but were adequate for kick off time.

Gordon Galloway #7

Unknown

East Essex Sabres

Field markings were hastily painted prior to kick off resulting in some of the lines not being entirely straight.

William Marriage #293

Unknown

East Kent Mavericks

90-yard field with eight-yard end zones marked in blue and other sport markings in red and white. No numbers, nine-yard marks, limit lines, or team area markings. Rugby lines approximated for coaching lines. One ball person provided by the away team. Changing rooms were not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

East Kilbride Pirates (NWFL)

Ground Staff had marked out a pitch that was completely incorrect. Home management had made us aware prior to the day and a mixture of the painted lines and cones were used instead

Kenneth Glover #71

Unknown

East Kilbride Pirates (U16)

The field had been marked by the local grounds keeper no more than three yards from the field that would be used at the women's tournament at the same time. The field was marked out with the wrong dimensions with a playing field of 70 yards long and 45 yards wide with 10 yard end zones. The one-point and two-point extra point reference lines were marked two and five yards from the end line in the end zones instead of in the playing field. Game management did a great job on the day to arrange for a field to be marked up using cones, and the game was played in good spirits from both teams.

Christian Olsson #178

Unknown

Knottingley Raiders

90-yard field with ten-yard end zones. Three-yard marks marked at the two-yard line. The team areas were marked to the 25-yard lines and were extended using cones prior to the game.

Chris Jarvis #10

Unknown

Leigh Miners

Some markings were missing. Field marked in blue, with rugby lines marked in white.

Andrew Lovell #559

Unknown

London Blitz

100-yard field predominantly marked in white. No nine-yard marks or numbers and three-yard marks marked at the two-yard line. Team areas were not marked to COVID guidelines so yard markers were used. The hash marks were painted in yellow and not at the correct distance from the sideline, these quickly faded during play making them difficult to see. In places the field was uneven but had improved from prior weeks. The crossbar at one end was higher on the right than the left. Game start was delayed by 55 minutes due to overrunning prior fixture and media requirements. Fixture played as a friendly exhibition with 12-minute quarters. Chain broke once.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

London Blitz B

100-yard field predominantly marked in white. No nine-yard marks or numbers and three-yard marks marked at the two-yard line. Team areas were not marked to COVID guidelines so yard markers were used. The hash marks were painted in yellow and not at the correct distance from the sideline, these quickly faded during play making them difficult to see. In places the field was uneven but had improved from prior weeks. The crossbar at one end was higher on the right than the left. Game start was delayed by 15 minutes due to the late arrival of the visiting team and the medic. Chain broke on multiple occasions.

James Ford-Bannister #479

Unknown

Manchester Titans

80-yard field with rugby markings, also in white, causing confusion on a few occasions spotting the ball.

Peter Roberts #87

Unknown

Nottingham Caesars

Field markings were very faint, one five-yard side hash section barely visible. Some hash marks were not aligned with each other. No three-yard marks, numbers or nine-yard marks. Game was suspended for approx. 15 minutes following a neck injury to a Nottingham player.

Joel Pearson #405

Unknown

South East Squadron

90-yard field with 8-yard end zones marked in blue with other sport markings in red and white. No numbers, 9-yard marks, limit lines or team area markings. Rugby lines approximated for coaching lines. One ball person provided by the visiting team. Changing rooms not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

Torbay Trojans

Field was generally well-marked out in clear white lines. 90-yard field with nine-yard end zones. No nine-yard marks, number on one side of the field only and too close to the sideline (approx. five yards). Team areas extended out to the ten-yard lines in line with current COVID guidance, but coaches boxes were six feet from the sideline (they could not be taken out any further due to constraints of the playing enclosure).

Amir Brooks #593

Unknown

Yorkshire Academy Assassins (U19)

No nine-yard marks or numbers. Team areas marked between the 15-yard lines. One endzone shortened to eight-yards due to uncovered paving stones close to the end line.

David Hewitt #607

Unknown

Yorkshire Rams

No nine-yard marks or numbers. Team areas marked between the 15-yard lines. One endzone shortened to eight-yards due to uncovered paving stones close to the end line.

David Hewitt #607

Unknown

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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PLAY OF THE WEEK:

New this week

Play: During the first possession series of extra-periods B37 intercepts a forward pass and has a clear field to the goalline when he makes an obscene gesture toward the nearest opponent.


Ruling?

Last 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: The Touchdown stands, A38 is disqualified from the game. This is a dead ball penalty however there is no yardage component for this penalty. The next play will be the Try down from the B-3.

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: On 4th Down Team A line up to punt from the A-45 yard line. Returner B-89 lines up to return the punt at the B-9 yard line. On a crew of 5 where should the Back Judge stand?


Answer next issue…

Newsflash Mechanics 32/21 correction

Newsflash 32/21 featured the following play of the 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 Correction: This is supplementary signal Sup10, signaling that team A are 'going for it' rather than kicking for 1 point.

The rest of the answer should have read:  The Line Judge and the Back Judge should remain in their normal scrimmage down positions..

Last week

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

Answer: The “Silent Wind” should be used by the Referee when the game clock has stopped between plays and should run when the ball is ready for play (3-3-2-e).  The referee should indicate to the timekeeper that the clock should run by using signal S2, there is no need to blow a whistle unless there is a need to attract the attention of the clock operator (MM 9.9.c.9.a.ii).

There is no need for the on-field timekeeper to echo the “start the clock” signal. If visual confirmation is required he may use signal Supplementary Signal 12 (M5.6.8).


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.

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

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