Issue 36/21                                                                                21st October 2021

BAFRA Newsflash

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As you are aware, we are well into the membership renewal period. Renewal forms have 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, the annual survey of membership runs alongside the renewal process you are requested to complete this as information gathered from this is used to inform BAFRA policy going forward.

Thank you to those who have already renewed. I am publishing a list of renewals separately.

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


Production of the 2022 edition of the rulebook has started.

Most NCAA changes have been incorporated, the IFAF rule change process is well advanced, and the BAFA Rules Committee is about to ponder our national variations.

If you would be willing to proofread and check some sections, please let me know. The more people who volunteer, the less each person needs to do. You don't have to be a rules/mechanics expert to do this. However, it is a good way to learn the rules and mechanics at a very detailed level, so even rookie officials would be able to do it. Full instructions are provided.

Please let me know whether you are willing to help.

Jim Briggs - BAFA Rules Editor


Congratulations to Andy Loch on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Liam Wooton, Chris Jarvis, and all those who are helping with Andy's training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training


Congratulations to Lawrence Grugeon on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to James Ford-Bannister, Roger Goodgroves, and all those who are helping with Lawrence's training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training





New this week

Dumfries Hunters

Field markings were very faint and getting difficult to see. Team areas marked to the 25-yard lines but cones were used to extend these.

Kenneth Glover #71


Inverclyde Goliaths

The distance between each 44-yard line and midfield line was approximately 1.5- yards.

Shawn Sombati #15


Rushmoor Knights (U16)

Field marked in white. Five-yard and 12-yard marks were not marked correctly so cones were used. Midfield line was marked with cones. Down box operator provided. Changing rooms were not lockable, or with wash facilities, but provided ample room. Field is a moderate walk from the facilities.

James Ford-Bannister #479


Worcestershire Black Knights

Worcestershire home game played at Ledbury RFC. Well marked field in blue. One member of the chain crew changed at half time.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395


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

Glasgow Tigers

Great venue for football, changing facilities were first class. Well marked field.

Gordon Galloway #7

31st October 2021 v Inverclyde Goliaths



New this week

Play: Team A are leading 20-13 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game with the clock running. Neither team has any timeouts remaining. 2nd and 3 at Team A’s 12-yard line. A5 runs to Team A’s 16-yard line where he fumbles and the ball rolls out of bounds at Team A’s 20-yard line. Whilst the ball is loose, A65 holds B4 at Team A’s 17-yard line to prevent him from recovering the ball. When will the clock start following enforcement of the penalty?


Last 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.

Ruling: Touchdown, Try is attempted from the B-3.

There is no foul. The punch is not fighting, as the attempt to strike the opponent is in a manner related to football. (2-31-1) The punch is an attempted bat and is a valid attempt to dislodge the football and cause a fumble (2-11-3 & 2-11-1)


New this week

Game Situation: If there is no visible game clock, when is it mandatory for the on-field timekeeper to relay the game clock via the crew radios?

Answer next issue…

Last 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?

Answer: The player is notified that he must leave the game. The play clock (and game clock if running)  should not be stopped. If possible, the referee should use his microphone to make a brief announcement identifying the player and his team and the reason why he must leave the field. This announcement should be made from the referee’s position to officiate the next play, and must not delay the start of the next play. If Team A cannot substitute a player quickly enough, then it will suffer a Delay of Game penalty. (AR1-4-8:IV & M3.4.11.b)




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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