Issue 40/22                                                                                9th November 2022

BAFRA Newsflash

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New this week

Louis Richardson


Canterbury Chargers



During a play, with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter, the player was punched and then threw a retaliatory punch and ripped off the opponents helmet, starting a fight.

20th November v Greenwich Mariners

Ishmael Asankomah


Kingston Cougars



With 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, #6 used threatening language towards an official.

13th November 2022 v Greenwich Mariners

Gareth Thomas


Southampton Stags



With 0:03 remaining in the third quarter, Mr Thomas earned two unsportsmanlike conduct flags in quick succession. The first for loudly remonstrating with an official, drawing attention to himself. The second for reacting to the flag by throwing his hat to the floor and swearing loudly at the official.

13th November 2022 v Bristol Barracuda

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

Aaron Wade


UCL Emperors



During a play, with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter, the player threw a punch at an opponent. This started a live ball fight.

27th November 2022 v KCL Regents

Paul Ravey





With 2:16 remaining in the second quarter, at the end of a running play, after the ball was dead, #51 punched the ball carrier, who was on the ground and defenceless.

20th November 2022 v Heriot-Watt AFC

Previous weeks

Flinn Kays


Bath Spa Bulldogs



On the last play of the third quarter, Bath Spa #14 was seen to throw a punch after an opponent prevented him from getting up. The opponent received a UC foul for their action.

13th November 2022 v Worcester Royals

Kaan Array


Bournemouth Bobcats



With 0:09 seconds remaining in the third quarter, #1 was seen to kick an opponent. The incident was part of a wider scuffle in the Bournemouth team area following a late hit.

13th November 2022 v Swansea Titans





New this week

Bangor Muddogs

The were a number of white field markings for other sports within four feet of some endzone lines. There were no numbers or nine-yard marks. The team areas were marked between the 25-yard lines and there were no coaching lines at six feet. No towels were provided for the ball persons when they were needed due to intermittent rain. The changing rooms for the officials were only big enough for two persons, however, the venue provided two changing rooms for the officials to change in. They also provided an unused bar area in which to hold a pre-game conference. About 20 minutes prior to kick-off, no medical cover was present. Upon inquiring with the home team, they stated that they had received no contact from the medic, however, they had been told by their University that medical cover had been booked. The home team had no details of the booked medic and were unable to contact the medic. The visiting team then stated they had managed to contact the medic who had covered the earlier game at the same venue and that they had only just left the venue and they would turn around, return and cover the game. At exactly the scheduled kickoff time, the medic booked by the home team arrived. The game kicked off only one minute late.

Ben Griffiths #228

13th November 2022 v Lancaster Bombers

Birmingham Lions

Changing rooms not lockable so items stored in cars. No team areas marked. All field markings in black. Inbounds markings at the hashes were extremely faint, such that another week of wear would potentially result in them not being visible and a game being unable to take place.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

12th November 2022 v Cardiff Cobras

Bristol Barracuda

Swan-neck posts awaiting repair so field was shortened to 90-yards to make use of rugby posts, resulting in short yard line extensions extending into the End Zones for five yards. Field marked in black with white midfield line and end lines - other sports markings white, red, and yellow. No three-yard marks or numbers but rugby markings approximated for nine-yard marks. Coaching and tema areas not marked and approximated using field furniture. Two lockable changing rooms provided - each suitable for three officials.

Kick off delayed by thirty minutes due to driver strike delaying Swansea team coach. Bristol played in two kit styles of similar colour.

James Ford-Bannister #479

13th November 2022 v Southampton Stags

Cardiff Cobras

The two teams agreed amongst themselves to bring the kickoff time forward an hour, but did not inform the crew or BAFRA about this. In the end, the game kicked off approximately 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, but only after the crew had conducted their pregame and finished pregame duties and briefings.

90-yard field with seven-yard endzones (this is due to the proximity of the fence surrounding the field). No nine-yard marks or numbers. The goals are set back approximately five yards from the endline, in line with the fence. Field markings are permanent, in yellow, and were quite difficult to see from certain directions due to glare from the sun. The chain set is in a bad state of repair and needed fixing at the start of the game. One ballboy was changed at half time.

Amir Brooks #593

20th November 2022 v SGS College Pride

City Wolfpack

Kickoff delayed by 20 minutes on agreement of both Head Coaches. 100-yard well marked grass field . No limit lines or team areas marked. One member of the chain crew was swapped at half time. Changing room not lockable and shared with other officials. The field is a five minute walk from the changing rooms.

Henry Young #486

20th November 2022 v KCL Regents

Coventry University Jets

No team areas marked, a combination of rugby marks and cones were used.

Joel Pearson #405

27th November 2022 v Loughborough Students

DMU Lions

Nottingham Roster had players assigned same number - this was brought to their attention and corrected. Changing rooms secured throughout game.

Krister Halvorsen #77

4th December 2022 v Lincoln Colonials

Essex Blades

Nine-yard marks missing. Chain crew changed at half time. Team areas not marked.

Martin Cockerill #345

20th November 2022 v Kent Falcons

Gloucester Gladiators

NFL-width hash marks, cones were placed at both end lines to compensate. Chain crew not provided until the very last minute and consisted of three spectators.

Mike Lefevre #341

29th January 2023 v UWE Pellets

Greenwich Mariners

Well marked 90-yard field with eight-yard end zones in blue with other sport markings in yellow, white, & red. No numbers or limit lines and rugby markings approximated for nine-yard marks. Changing rooms not lockable.

Tim Ockendon #481

13th November v Greenwich Mariners

Heriot-Watt AFC

Game was delayed for approximately 25 minutes due to a UWS injury, this had a knock on effect for the second half as the field had to be vacated by a certain time to allow a soccer game to start. UWS finished the game with 11 healthy players, but to their credit they did finish the game

Gordon Galloway #7

5th February 2023 v Sunderland Spartans

Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Very faint markings and team areas marked with cones. No numbers or nine-yard marks.

Brian Yates #29

13th November 2022 v Oxford Lancers

Lancaster Bombers

Team areas marked to the 15-yard lines. Otherwise, a well marked 80-yard field.

Paul Todd #289

20th November 2022 v York St Johns Jaguars

Leeds Gryphons

The field is 80 yards with 8 yard end zones there were no Team Areas marked, however this was rectified with cones prior to kick off, the field markings were in yellow and faded in the middle of the field.

Chris Jarvis #10

27th November 2022 v Hull Sharks

Manchester Tyrans

The game was technically a home game for the Manchester Tyrants, however, it was played at LMJU’s venue. The were a number of white field markings for other sports within four feet of some endzone lines. There were no numbers or nine-yard marks. The team areas were marked between the 25-yard lines and there were no coaching lines at six feet. No towels were provided for the ball persons when they were needed due to intermittent rain. The changing rooms for the officials were only big enough for two persons, however, the venue provided two changing rooms for the officials to change in. They also provided an unused bar area in which to hold a pre-game conference.

Ben Griffiths #228

27th November 2022 v SHeffield Sabres

Newcastle Raiders

No limit lines. No coaching box or team area lines. Coaching and team areas marked with cones Newcastle chose to forfeit the game with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Henry Richardson #25

11th December 2022 v Durham Saints

Northumbria Mustangs

90-yard field. No numbers or nine-yard marks. No limit lines.

Henry Richardson #25

13th November 2022 v Leeds Gryphons

NTU Renegades

Field marked in red but reasonably visible. No team areas or nine-yard marks.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

Plymouth Blitz

Game played on a muddy field. Hash marks and sidelines really faint. Both teams wearing blue jerseys. One dark blue and the other bright blue.

Richard Madge #485

4th December 2022 v Bath Spa Bulldogs

Sheffield Sabres

90-yard field with eight-yard endzones. No nine-yard marks or numbers. No coaches or players areas marked out but both teams were disciplined and kept mostly to the correct areas of the sideline. The changing room was only big enough for two officials but another small changing room was available next door so the crew split up whilst changing.

David Hewitt #607

20th November v MMU Eagles

UCLan Rams

No coaching areas marked out. Nine-yard marks present but no numbers.

Tim Vickers #129

13th November 2022 v Bradford Bears

UCL Emperors

Kick off was moved to 14:00, upon arrival this was pushed to 14:15. As per rule, quarters were shortened to ten minutes prior to kick off - as sunset was at 16:23. Canterbury coaches were concerned as medic had to leave at 16:00. At half time, the medic extended to 16:30. With 3:20 remaining in third quarter, there was a fight during a scoring play. Before the penalties could be assessed, the Canterbury head coach came onto the field and withdrew his team from the game. On confirming this with the Head Coach, that he was forfeiting the game the score was declared final.

Lee Wood #517

11th December 2022 v City Wolfpack

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bath Spa Bulldogs

Markings were blue on a grass field and were very faint. The inbounds marks were at NFL-widith.

Julian Mallia #336

22nd January 2023 v UWE Pellets

Bournemouth University Bobcats

End line incomplete, but was painted before kick off. Changing room was also being used by other sports officials who had been given keys for the same room. During the game, one ball boy and one chain assistant were swapped.

Oliver Maskell #221

13th November 2022 v Swansea Titans

Brunel Burners

On arrival, the home team had discovered that the field had been marked as a 75-yard field with one 10-yard end zone and one 15-yard end zone. The home team adapted this by painting a new goal line (in blue) along with short yard-line extensions at the hash marks and a mark at three yards for tries. It was further discovered that the yards, as marked, were not always one yard apart. The team areas were marked beyond the 20-yard lines. The changing room is at the main Sports Centre, a five minute walk from the field and is shared with officials from other sports.

Peter Parsons #321

13th November 2022 v Essex Blades

Canterbury Christ Church Chargers

90 yard field with multiple sports markings. Team area line parallel to sideline is easy to confuse with the sideline. Canterbury's new jerseys are yet to arrive so players mixed and matched across three different sets of fetching jerseys, none of which clashed with their opponents. Changing room not lockable.

Ben Gadsby #564

20th November 2022 v Greenwich Mariners

Glasgow University Tigers

On arrival, it was found that the original field had been vandalised, but that a secondary field was made available. On inspection, there were no short yard extension lines at both sidelines and at the hash marks. The field was too wide and both endzones stopped right on concrete boundaries and wood land areas. A team was despatched to get paint supplies. Kudos to home management, the field was sorted by kick off time. It was decided to shorten the field to 80 yards and narrow the field to league minimum of 144 feet. There were no posts, but the away team were made aware of this during the week and there were no issues. It was agreed to shorten the game to four 10-minute quarters because of the 14:00 kickoff, the weather conditions, and the lack of floodlights. The changing facilities were inadequate for a large crew and officials had to share with soccer officials. A big thank you goes to both teams for the patience and determination to sort the problems.

Gordon Galloway #7

22nd January 2022 v Northumbria Mustangs

Leeds Beckett Carnegie

Field of play was only 80-yards and there were white non-Football field markings closer than four feet to end zone lines. The field was originally marked as a 90-yard field with the goals in the middle of the end-zones. Home team game management had already moved the pylons to make an 80 yard field with the Rugby Try Line becoming the end line. There were no team area markings. The chain set was had two separate 10-yard chains attached and one chain had to be removed prior to kick-off.

The changing room for officials was locked and the venue only unlocked the changing room one hour prior to kick-off. The changing rooms were then not lockable during the game.

With 7:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Visiting Team Head Coach informed the officials that he had run out of offensive lineman. With the mutual agreement of both Head Coaches, the time remaining in the quarter was reduced to 0 minutes and the fourth Quarter and the game ended.

Ben Griffiths #228

14th November 2022 v Durham Saints

Liverpool Raptors

90-yard field with a couple of wonky main lines. Although the lines were faint, they were visible but the venue staff were advised that they would need to be repainted prior to the next game. No numbers, nine-yard marks, or limit lines but the spectator areas are fenced off from the pitch. The officials were allocated two small changing rooms and the pre-game was held in a closed bar area, which was available next to these and allowed privacy for discussion.

Lee Taylor #183

20th November 2022 v York Centurions

Loughborough Students

Very well marked field but coaches boxes and team areas marked with cones at the 20-yard lines.

Brian Yates #29

20th November 2022 v NTU Renegades

Nottingham Green

One of the pylons marking the hashmarks extended was absent.

Paul Todd #289

4th December 2022 v Derby Braves

QMBL Vipers

Well marked 90-yard field in blue. No numbers or nine-yard marks and inbounds lines at incorrect depth. Home team’s sideline team areas were marked with cones. No team area markings on visiting team’s sideline. Good size changing room but no facilities and not lockable, as it was being shared with other sport officials. Kickoff delayed by 15 minutes with the consent of both coaches due to traffic problems for the visiting team.

Tim Ockendon #481

20th November 2022 v Brunel Burners

RHUL Bears

Only public changing rooms were available.

Keith Wickham #423

20th November 2022 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Swansea Titans

Game played at SGS due to a booking problem with Swansea's usual venue. Both teams played in white jerseys, with the home team wearing white helmets and pants, and the visiting team wearing maroon helmets and pants. Under BUCS regulations, the home team is responsible for changing their colours in the event of a clash, therefore Swansea were penalised according to Rule [1-4-5]. The down box operator was changed at half time.

Amir Brooks #593

29th January 2022 v Exeter Demons

UCH Sharks

The field had NFL-width hash marks and was missing three-yard marks, nine-yard marks, and numbers. Coaching and players’ areas were missing. The chains were 11 yards in length and required shortening. All three game balls were brand new and required inflating prior to the game. The changing room was too small for four officials but another small changing room was available so the crew split between the two whilst changing.

David Hewitt #607

13th November 2022 v Glasgow Tigers

UEA Pirates

Changing room small for five (or four) officials. Field surface balding in places

Lee Wood #517

27th November 2022 v SGS College Pride



New this week

Play: On arrival at the venue, both Head Coaches approach the officials and state that they have agreed to not implement the running clock rule if the score margin is greater than 34 points. Ruling?


Last week

Play: Only two qualified officials turn up to a game. A sideline assistant of one of the participating teams who used to hold a BAFRA certificate of competency but is no longer registered with BAFRA volunteers to be appointed to assist them in officiating the game.

Ruling: The individual MAY NOT be appointed - only persons who are currently registered with BAFA as an official or coach meet the minimum officiating requirement (Rule 13-9-6-d & AR 13-5-5:I)


New this week

Game Situation: Upon arrival at the game site, there is a strong wind blowing and one set of goal posts has fallen down and broken. They cannot be repaired. The Team A Head Coach requests that they “play both ways” and that both teams will relocate to the end of the field with goal posts for kicking plays. How should the crew handle this?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: On a 5 man crew, what fouls should be recorded (in writing) by which officials?

What details of the fouls should be recorded?

Answer: (M5.12.1) All officials should record all the fouls they call, all fouls that involve a disqualification and all Unsportsmanlike fouls. (M5.12.2) On a 5 man crew the Line Judge should record all fouls called by all members of the crew.

The following details of fouls should be recorded:

  • Time & Quarter
  • Player’s Number and Team
  • The foul committed
  • Whether the penalty is accepted, declined, cancelled, offset or picked up/waved off.




Contact for details


12th November (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting


1st April (Sat)


1st-2nd April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

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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