Issue 35/21 13th October 2021
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 email@example.com) 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
The role of Mentoring Coordinator has become vacatant and we are seeking applications from any qualified member to take on this role. Full details of the role may be found on the website.
The role primarily involves matching new officials to mentors and the holder will have the opportunity to shape the future of mentoring at BAFRA. The time commitment required for this role is substantial and variable, depending on the number of applicants, however the role holder will have the support of myself and the wider recruitment team. Those who are interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline of how you would approach the role and any ideas you have for improving mentoring at BAFRA. I will contact you back to set up a call or zoom meeting to discuss your application.
Susannah Taylor - Director of Recruitment
New this week
With 1:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, #66 aggressively removed his helmet, threw it to the ground and used threatening language to an opposition player. He had to be restrained by teammates to prevent him from fighting with an opposition player after an off the ball incident.
Mr Walls 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 Edinburgh Wolves
GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
NEXT HOME GAME
New this week
Great venue for football, changing facilities were first class. Well marked field.
Gordon Galloway #7
31st October 2021 v Inverclyde Goliaths
Manchester Titans (NWFL)
Both pitches marked with cones so no team areas marked. There was limited room between the pitches due to the bigger squads of Cheshire and Birmingham being allocated the middle sidelines, although this had limited impact with both teams staying very disciplined.
Chris Jarvis #10
With 0:41 remaining in the first half, the police evacuated the field and the match was abandoned due to an incident in the local area.
Stephen Egan #466
Wembley Stallions (NWFL)
Two well marked fields in white lines with other markings also in white.
Wembley vs London Warriors: Part of the corner of a soccer pitch overlapped with part of one sideline, resulting in a second white line running parallel with the sideline about a yard infield. The half time interval was extended due to the primary medical personnel transporting an injured player from the other field. The game continued once alternative appropriately qualified medical cover was sourced from one of the teams to the satisfaction of the Referee and Game Management. The second round of games were both abandoned prior to kickoff as neither Kent nor Hertfordshire had sufficient fit players.
Peter Parsons #321
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
Lines are becoming faint and coaching/team areas were not marked to the ten-yard lines.
Ian Sneddon #427
17th October 2021 v Highland Stags
PLAY OF THE WEEK:
New this week
Play: 1st and 10 at B’s 25 yard line. Running Back A34 receives the hand-off and is running in the open field. At the B-10. Safety B42 attempts to dislodge the ball by punching, with a closed fist, A34’s ball carrying arm and the ball. The ball is not dislodged and A34 runs with the ball across Team B’s goal line.
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.
This is not Roughing the kicker because A1 carried the ball outside the tackle box (9-1-16-a-4) however A1 is defenceless (2-27-14-c) so this is targeting (9-1-4). This is not a post-scrimmage kick enforcement as the previous spot is listed in the penalty of 9-1-16 for personal fouls against the kicker (including targeting). AR 9-1-16-VII covers this type of scenario.
New this week
Game Situation: Team A break the huddle with 20 seconds remaining on the play clock. The Umpire notices that Tight End is not wearing knee pads, how should the crew handle this?
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: Though everywhere is considered the point of attack on a pass play before the pass is thrown (M3.3.2.a), once the ball has been thrown to the other side of the field, defensive holding should not be thrown unless it is a clear attempt to restrict a player who is making a lead block for the ball carrier (M3.3.2.f & M3.3.2.g). In this case, the Sidejudge should most likely not call B20 for holding, unless the play comes towards his side of the field and B20's restriction prevents A88 from blocking.
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