Issue 23/22                                                                                15th June 2022

BAFRA Newsflash

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DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

Previous weeks

Ryan Kingsley

73

DC Presidents

FPF

4

Following a heavy tackle, as two players unpiled, #73, whilst still laid on the ground, was seen to deliberately kick the player who had just tackled him in the groin area.

3rd July 2022 v Gateshead Senators

Gavin Yarde

58

Essex Spartans

FPF

1

At the end of the first quarter, when getting up from a pile, #58 headbutted an opposition player who was on the floor.

26th June 2022 v London Blitz B

James Cherry

6

London Warriors

FGT

3

At the end of a punt play, in the third quarter, #6 was seen to react to being shoved in the back by an opponent by throwing a punch at the opponent.
Mr Cherry’s appealed hsi disqualification, his appeal was found to be on unreasonable grounds therefore his sanction was doubled in accordance with BAFA Regulation 3.4.7

19th June 2022 v London Blitz

Alex Eager

28

Manchester Titans

FGT

3

After a kick off return, which ended in a touchdown, a scuffle was noticed by the Line Judge where #28 was astride a prone Tamworth player throwing punches. There were 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

19th June 2022 v Merseyside Nighthawks

Ian Ellis

HC

Sussex Thunder

TUF

3

With 7:47 remaining in the third quarter, the coach was penalised for repeated dissent relating to an official's ruling. After being penalised, he was heard to make a disparaging remark about the calling official as a secondary act.

19th June 2022 v London Hornets

* As this was a disqualification of a non-player, this is a whole game day suspension as opposed to just a playing suspension. Mr Ellis may not be present at the game site in any capacity.

Karl Burgess

HC

Tamworth Phoenix (U19)

TUF

4

With 1:41 remaining in the game, the visiting team scored a touchdown. The Tamworth head coach strongly suggested to the Line Judge that the player was celebrating as he entered the endzone and wanted a flag. Despite attempts by the Line Judge to explain or discuss the play, the coach then made remarks to the official which drew an unsportsmanlike foul. The remarks continued after this drawing a second UC penalty.

19th June 2022 v Yorkshire Academy Assassins

*As this was a disqualification of a non-player, this is a whole game day suspension as opposed to just a playing suspension. Mr Burgess may not be present at the game site in any capacity.


GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Hertfordshire Tornados (NWFL

Two well marked 50-yard fields with 10-yard end zones, however field width was too wide at 40-yards. No coaches raised any objection and the tournament proceeded with the fields as marked. Home team area marked with cones but others were missing. Limited space around sideline for all teams except the home team but players and coaches coped with it admirably. Down box and operator provided for both fields. Wembley v Birmingham fixture forfeited by Wembley and played as a controlled scrimmage.

Tim Ockendon #481

Unknown

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Berkshire Renegades

Well-marked 100-yard field. Team areas marked to the ten-yard lines, but this was rectified with cones prior to kick off. Game delayed slightly due to late arrival of medical cover. At half-time, the remaining quarters were shorted to 0 minutes at agreement of both Head Coaches.

Kieran Smith #102

3rd July 2022 v East Kent Mavericks

Birmingham Bulls

Major lines marked in Red, inbounds short yard-line extensions in White. Changing rooms secure during game. Brief delay in second half when chain set broke, which was fixed quickly.

Krister Halvorsen #77

19th June 2022 v Shropshire Revolution

Chester Romans

90 yard field marked in blue. Goal posts comprising extensions to existing soccer goal posts with correct width between uprights.

Perry Wayman #504

19th June 2022 v Halton Spartans

Cornwall Monarchs

80 Yard field, marked with blue lines with 11 yard end zones. Goalposts were 1-2 yards beyond end line and some yard lines were inconsistent distance from others - at this new (for American football) venue. Changing rooms were in nearby gym/sports hall and could not be locked so bags and valuables were put in car.

Francis Bevan #474

19th June 2022 v Somerset Wyverns

DC Presidents

All field markings were very faint, the home team head coach was advised it would need remarking prior to the next home game. There were no three-yard marks and the crossbar of the posts sit approximately two-yards behind each end zone.

Lee Taylor #183

17th July 2022 v Gateshead Senators

East Kent Mavericks

Good quality 90-yard artificial field with various colour markings for different sports. The home team had a hard time finding chain crew and ball persons, so the kickoff was delayed.

Viktor Janvari #63

26th June 2022 v South East Legion

East Kilbride Pirates

Team areas marked to 25-yard lines but amended with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

19th June 2022 v Northumberland Vikings

East Kilbride Pirates (U19)

Team areas marked to 25-yard lines but amended with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

19th June 2022 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Edinburgh Napier Knight (U19)

Team areas marked to 25 instead of the 20-yard line.

Kenneth Glover #71

2nd July 2022 v Gateshead Senators

Gateshead Senators

90-yard field with ten-yard end zones. The goal posts were moveable rugby goalposts and, due to the uneven surface at one end, leant to the side. This was not an issue for either of the teams, so the games were played in both directions. No nine-yard markings or numbers. There was only three feet of space for the officials before the coaches line but no coaches box marked. Team areas were marked to the 25-yard lines.

Robin Boyd #191

3rd July 2022 v DC Presidents

Inverclyde Goliaths

Team areas were marked to the 25-yard lines but were adjusted to the correct lines with cones.

Ian Sneddon #427

19th June 2022 v Glasgow Tigers

Kent Exiles

No nine-yard or three-yard markings. Team areas only had one box marked out. Chain set broke several times during the game. Field was uneven and noticeably slanted.

Oliver Maskell #221

19th June 2022 v Bristol Aztecs

Lancashire Wolverines

80-yard field with end-zones slightly less than ten-yards. No nine-yard mark sand the coaching & team areas were marked with cones between the 25-yard lines. The two-yard marks were marked at the three-yard line.

Chris Jarvis #10

3rd July 2022 v Inverclyde Goliaths

Leicester Falcons

Markings faint but visible. No coaches boxes or team areas marked. No numbers or nine-yard marks. Used away team’s footballs. One of the chain crew had to be advised to put away their mobile phone at the request of the away team’s head coach due to the possibility of data being transferred across to the home team e.g. plays, formations.

Brian Yates #29

26th June 2022 v Birmingham Bulls

Leigh Miners

Well marked 80-yard field with no limit lines present. Spacious changing room that was secured during the game. Hospitality by the home club was excellent - with a cup of tea provided on arrival and the officials were made aware there would be food provided after the game (as we all had to leave immediately post game - the kind offer was not taken up).

Krister Halvorsen #77

19th June 2022 v Staffordshire Surge

Lincolnshire Bombers

Very well marked out 90yd field, only issue was a non lockable changing room.

Dan Chandler #250

19th June 2022 v Scunthorpe Alphas

London Blitz

There were a lot of holes on the field from the shot put but these were filled before kick off. The surface was uneven in places.

Keith Wickham #423

19th June 2022 v Solent Thrashers

London Blitz (U19)

Game delayed by 15 minutes until a chain crew could be provided.

Mike Roberts #32

17th July 2022 v Wembley Stallions

London Hornets

Team areas marked with cords and poles. Officials room, although large, was dirty and had no separate showers. During the second half, the ball boy on the visiting teams side got into a conversation with the away teams coaching staff and decided his day was over. He was replaced with a volunteer from the away team.

Brian Yates #29

26th June 2022 v Cambridgeshire Cats

London Olympians

Well marked 90-yard field with 10-yard end zones, marked in blue with other sport markings in white and yellow. Marks at 9-yards and no team area markings, although rugby lines approximated for coaching lines and the ends of the team areas were marked with cones. KO delayed by 15 minutes with the consent of both coaches due to players and officials being caught up in the backlog resulting from a serious RTA. One ball person changed at half time.

Tim Ockendon #481

19th June 2022 v London Warriors

Northumberland Vikings

90-yard field. Markings were faint but no problems otherwise.

Gordon Galloway #7

26th June 2022 v Glasgow Tigers

Ouse Valley Eagles

Three-yard marks marked at two-yards.

Joseph Foxon #473

19th June 2022 v Colchester Gladiators

Rushmoor Knights

90-yard field with markings in blue. Lots of white lines present for youth athletics.

Viktor Janvari #63

26th June 2022 v Oxford Saints

Sandwell Steelers

Field marked in black with some lines in yellow. Grass was & field surface was a little uneven. No numbers, 9 yard marks or limit lines.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

26th June 2022 v Sheffield Giants

Sheffield Giants

Field marked in black but clearly visible. Other sports markings present in white. No numbers, nine-yard marks, team areas, or limit lines were marked. Two small changing rooms were provided. These were not lockable but did contain lockers that could be utilised. The crew completed pregame in the changing room foyer as it allowed more space.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

26th June 2022 v Sandwell Steelers

Staffordshire Surge

Several holes in field needed to be filled prior to game.

Andrew Lovell #559

3rd July 2022 v Leigh Miners

Solent Seahawks (U19)

Field marked mostly in yellow apart from the 10 yard lines at both ends, which were mostly in blue, and yellow near the sidelines, and the midfield line, which was white. Team areas marked to the 25 yard lines. Both goal posts overhung the end zone in bounds. The officials changing room is small for a crew of 5. At the end of half time, with the agreement of both head coaches and the Referee, the 3rd and 4th quarters were shortened to zero minutes under Rule 3-2-2-a.

Peter Parsons #321

24th July 2022 v South East Legion

Solent Thrashers

Field marked mostly in yellow apart from the 10 yard lines at both ends, which were mostly in blue, and yellow near the sidelines, and the midfield line, which was white. Team areas marked to the 25 yard lines. Both goal posts overhung the end zone in bounds. The officials changing room is small for a crew of 5.

Peter Parsons #321

26th June 2022 v Kent Exiles

Somerset Wyverns

100-yard field. Played in a public park. Coaches boxes were six yards from the sideline

Richard Madge #485

3rd July 2022 v Bristol Apache

South East Legion (U19)

100-yard field with only one goalpost at one end of the field. Game played with one-goal mechanics.

Viktor Janvari #63

3rd July 2022 v Wembley Stallions

South East Squadron

Only one set of goal posts so one-goal mechanics were used. Team areas were not marked out correctly and cones were used instead. Changing facilities are fairly basic with no shower facility, though they were, at least, spacious. Balls and officials assistants provided very late.

Dean Wright #553

19th June 2022 v East Essex Sabres

South Wales Warriors

Crew got changed in the stadium's medical suite, which wasn't locked and has no private toilet or shower. 90-yard field with 8-yard endzones. The lines have been recently remarked, but were noticeably faint in one corner - it appears as though the grass was cut after the lines were marked. This did not cause any issues on the day.

Amir Brooks #593

19th June 2022 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Sussex Thunder

90-yard field in blue with other markings in white, yellow, and red. No nine-yard marks or numbers. End lines are too close to the fence and therefore, as usual at this venue, the Soccer goal line was used as the end line. Team areas marked with cones. Short yard line extensions at the hash marks, between each 15-yard line and goal line, are so faded that they are almost impossible to see in direct sunlight. Spotting was assisted by the hash mark pylons but the field must be remarked to be playable in future. Supplied balls had to be inflated to correct pressure. Chain broke twice.

James Ford-Bannister #479

19th June 2022 v London Hornets

Tamworth Phoenix

Field markings in orange and feint. Team area ends marked by cones. Officials’ changing room was occupied by players on arrival but game management soon cleared it. Changing room dirty but usable. Used lockable shed next door to store bags.

Brian Yates #29

18th June 2022 v Sandwell Steelers

Tamworth Phoenix (U19)

Field markings in orange and feint. Team area limits marked with cones. Changing facilities have seen better days.

Brian Yates #29

3rd July 2022 v Nottingham Caesars

Torbay Trojans

90-yard field. Only one officials’ changing room was available, which was suitable for three officials maximum. However, game management did provide a suitable room to have the pregame conference with refreshments.

Euan Paterson #165

24th July 2022 v Somerset Wyverns

Wembley Stallions

With approximately 1:30 left in the third quarter, the game was suspended for 55 minutes due to a serious injury to a Wembley player which required the complete attention of the gameday medical personnel.

Andrew Murrell #608

26th June 2022 v Sussex Thunder

Yorkshire Academy Assassins (U19)

The west endzone is bordered by a pole vault area, the 'hole' for the pole was uncovered and represented a possible trip hazard for a player running out of the end zone. The area was marked with barriers.

Robin Boyd # 191

19th June 2022 v Tamworth Phoenix

Yorkshire Rams

The west endzone is bordered by a pole vault area, the 'hole' for the pole was uncovered and represented a possible trip hazard for a player running out of the end zone. The area was marked with barriers.

Robin Boyd # 191

19th June 2022 v Lancashire Wolverines

END ZONE

END ZONE

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: A 1st and 10 and the B-25. Running Back A32 received the hand-off and carries the ball across B’s Goal Line. During A32’s run B99 clips A88 at the B-10.


Ruling: Team A has the option of the penalty being enforced on the try, the succeeding kickoff, or from the succeeding spot in extra per iods 10-2-5-a-a, AR 10-2-5:I

MECHANICS:

New this week

Game Situation: Team A completes a forward pass inbounds with the clock running. They hurry to the line and get set; immediately before the snap, receiver A87 who is standing in front of the Line Judge commits a false start which the Line Judge flags. At the same time the Head Coach of Team A, who is standing on the Linesman’s side of the field requests a timeout.


Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: When should the Referee give a preliminary signal following a penalty? What should the other officials be doing while the Referee is giving a preliminary signal?

Answer: The Referee should give a preliminary signal when the enforcement of a penalty is not obvious (M19.3.1.c). While the Referee is giving a preliminary signal, the Wing and Deep Wing officials on the sideline of the non-offending team should explain to the Head Coach what the foul was and what options he has. They should then convey his decision to the Referee (preferably via Radio) (M19.3.2).

CALENDAR

Date

Event

Contact for details

2022

16th July (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

12th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

2023

1st April (Sat)

BAFRA Ltd. AGM

secretary@bafra.info

1st-2nd April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

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

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

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