Issue 34/21                                                                                6th October 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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As you are aware, we are now in the membership renewal period. Renewal forms have now been sent to all members. If you have not received yours please check your spam folder and if you still cannot find it, please contact me. Details of payments, which as always include the BAFRA and BAFA fees, will be on the form along with details on how to pay.

Those recently joined are exempt from payment and this is made clear in the renewal email along with details of anyone due a rebate.

If you anticipate having difficulty in paying, please contact the Director of Finance (via to discuss a payment plan. This will only be seen by the Director of Finance and his deputy in the strictest of confidence.

As always, there will be an annual survey of membership that goes along with the renewal process which you are requested to complete. Information gathered from this exercise is used to inform BAFRA policy going forwards.

Thank you to those who have already renewed. I will, from next week, publish a list of renewals. In addition, please note that all renewals are acknowledged.

In the unlikely event that you are not renewing, please let me know (with your reasons if you wish to share them).

Richard Moger – General Secretary





New this week

Dunfermline Kings

Well marked 100-yard field. Sideline personnel and game balls were made available 20 minutes prior to kick off. Game played in good spirits.

Gordon Galloway #7


Edinburgh Napier Knights (U16)

Two youth fields were marked out too short. Adjustments were made using cones and two fields with correct measurements were ready for kickoff.

Shawn Sombati #15


Edinburgh Wolves

Coach and team areas were not marked to the 10-yard lines. Otherwise a very well marked out field.

Ian Sneddon #427


Kent Exiles (U16)

50-yard field with nine-yard end zones marked with cones. Team areas marked with different cones. Ball persons provided for both sidelines along with a Down-Box Operator. Changing room was lockable but had no facilities as they are being redeveloped.

Tim Ockendon #481


Outstanding items from previous weeks

Clyde Valley Blackhawks

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

Ian Sneddon #427

24th October 2021 v Dunfermline Kings

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



New this week

Play: 4th & 10 at midfield. Team A line up to punt. Punter A1 catches the snap and, in order to escape onrushing B56, carries the ball outside the tackle box before punting it downfield. After A1 has kicked the ball, B56 makes forcible contact to the head and neck area of A1. B20 fair catches the kick at Team B’s 20-yard line.


Last 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: Team B’s score is cancelled and the penalty is carried over. Team B begins its possession series on the 40-yard line, 1st and 10. (Rules 3-1-3, 10-2-7-a and 10-2-7-b, AR3-1-3:XIV)


New this week

Game Situation: On an 8 man crew the Sidejudge is covering receiver A88 who is running a post pattern directly towards him.  Just as Quarterback A5 releases a pass towards A80 who is running a different route on the other side of the field, defensive back B20 holds A88 and restricts his movement for several seconds.  Ruling?

Answer next issue…

Last 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: When the Punt returner is inside Team B’2 10-yard line the Back Judge should be in an initial position on the goal line in the middle of the field. M12.7.b.2




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

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