Issue 42/22                                                                                24th November 2022

BAFRA Newsflash

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The Board Minutes from the latest Board Meeting can be found in the Members’ Area of the website here:

Richard Moger – General Secretary


Congratulations to Dan Monger on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to Steve Egan and all those who are helping with Dan’s training.

James Ford-Bannister - Director of Training









New this week

Uzo Ndukwe


Durham Saints



With 9:52 remaining in the third quarter, #94 head butted a Stirling player as he was getting up from the ground at the end of a play.

27th November 2022 v Newcastle Raiders

Ridwan Balogun


Solent Redhawks



With 9:36 remaining in the third quarter, between downs where live ball activity had been over for a considerable time, #43 was observed to grab and pull an opponent to the floor by his facemask.

4th December 2022 v Chichester Spitfires

Lewis Smith


Stirling Clansment



With 3:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, #56 received his second unsportsmanlike foul.

27th November 2022 v Leeds Beckett Carnegie

Previous weeks

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





New this week

Brighton Panthers

Home team were not expecting officials but were grateful for receiving them. Artificial field marked in blue. Lines were faint and difficult to see in low sun - they will need repainting soon. No numbers but nine-yard marks present. Team areas marked with cones. Collapsable soccer goals are mounted to the field enclosure close to the end line so required padding to protect against any potential collision.

Changing rooms are tight for a crew of four but team are often able to open up a separate room if required.

James Ford-Bannister #479

22nd January 2023 v Surrey Stingers

Cardiff Cobras

The goals are set back from the end line because there is insufficient space between the goals and the perimeter fence. The chains were in poor condition with one end being made up with cable ties, shoe laces, and similar to achieve the full 10-yards. Following earlier reports from previous games, this was checked prior to kick off with sufficient time to make and repairs. The field is marked with yellow lines and with the low sun this became invisible from one side line and otherwise difficult to see unless you were close to the lines.

Julian Mallia #336

5th February 2023 v Birmingham Lions

City Wolfpack

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

Tim Ockendon #481

29th January 2023 v UEL Phoenix

Derby Braves

Kickoff was delayed by 15 minutes due to the late arrival of the visiting team. Team areas were absent. Pylons at the hashmarks extended were absent. Otherwise, a well marked 90-yard field.

Paul Todd #289

11th December 2022 v DMU Lions

Exeter Demons

Well marked field with narrow blue lines on an artificial field as the team are not allowed wide or permanent markings on the field, which has a number of markings for other sports. The lines stayed visible throughout as there was no rain. Lockable changing rooms a modest walk from the field.

Francis Bevan #474

27th November 2022 v Swansea Titans

Leeds Beckett Carnergie

80-yard field. No three-yard marks, nine-yard marks, or numbers. Several other sports markings on the field and in close proximity to the endzone. No player or coaching areas but these were marked out with cones. 30 minute injury delay with six minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Robin Boyd #191

5th February 2023 v Newcastle Raiders

Leicester Longhorns

Hashmarks were marked at NFL-width, so cones were placed on endlines and used as visual aid to correct width. No team areas marked out, but cones were used as an approximation for the coaches lines. One brief stoppage for a chain repair.

Andrew Murrell #608

11th December 2022 v Lincoln Colonials

Lincoln Colonials

Field markings are very good but very faint. Team areas marked to 25-yard lines. No numbers or nine-yard marks. No three-yard marks. Changing room very small for a crew of four and no shower or washing facilities. Goals are soccer goals with 15 foot high uprights attached to them, hence the height of the crossbar is eight feet.

Brian Yates #29

22nd January 2023 v Cambridge Pythons

Liverpool Raptors

No coaches box and team box short, although coaches mostly kept inside their areas.

John Roberts #145

5th February 2023 v Bradford Bears


No coaches box and team box short, although coaches kept inside their areas.

John Roberts #145


Northumbria Mustangs

Field markings are in red with other coloured lines on the field. No three-yard lines and team areas marked with cones. The whole facility is excellent with good changing facilities adjacent to the field and the playing surface is first class. The game was played with a great spirit from both teams and coaches.

Gordon Galloway #7

29th January 2023 v Edinburgh Predators

RHUL Bears

Field marked in blue with white rugby markings also present. No marked team areas or coaching box - cones were used. No limit lines. No numbers or nine-yard marks. Only public changing rooms were available. With 2:33 remaining in the third quarter, the game was suspended for more than five minutes to treat an injured player on the field.

Peter Parsons #321

22nd January 2023 v Oxford Lancers

Sheffield Sabres

No nine-yard marks or numbers. No team areas marked but sideline discipline was very good, if a little vocal at times. Changing rooms were lockable by a staff member, however he was difficult to track down at half time and also later in the game when the floodlights needed turning on. Chainset and down box need replacing.

Dan Chandler #250

4th December 2022 v LJMU Fury

Solent Redhawks

Kick off delayed by 30 minutes due to late arrival of the away team. Other sports markings present in different colours. Goals overhang the end zone slightly.

Oliver Maskell #221

11th December 2022 v Winchester Silverbacks

Stirling Clansmen

Team areas not marked but cones places at appropriate points.

Ian Sneddon #427

27th November 2022 v Leeds Beckett Carnegie

Sussex Saxons

90-yard artificial field. Blue lines on green where, in some areas like the hashmarks, the markings are not very visible in artificial light.

Viktor Janvari #63

4th December 2022 v Oxford Lancers

Tarannau Aberystwyth

Upon arriving, it was found that the front gates to the venue were locked as the university staff member with the keys was running late. This meant that the teams and officials didn't have access to the changing rooms until less than 90 minutes before kickoff. The field has NFL-width hash marks, and the goals appear to be too wide. The game kicked off approximately ten minutes late due to the late arrival of the chain crew and ball girls. With 8:06 remaining in the second quarter, the visiting head coach informed the officials that they were forfeiting the game due to a number of injuries that had left his squad badly depleted.

Amir Brooks #593

11th December 2022 v Bath Killer Bees

UWE Bullets

Game was widely advertised as a 18:30 kick off on the day of the game, but game management had advised the Referee of 18:00 during the week. The game kicked off at 18:30. Two small changing rooms provided for a crew of eight which were find but wouldn't be suitable to hold a pregame at the venue.

Oliver Maskell #221

26th November 2022 v Cardiff Cobras

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bangor Muddogs

No coaches box.

John Roberts #145

27th November 2022 v Edge Hill Vikings

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

Birmingham Lions

All lines re-marked from last week but no numbers or 9 yard marks. Team areas absent. we were herded from last weeks changing room to the much smaller officials room and were advised that we should be changing in the sports centre however the location of the sports centre was not revealed.

Brian Yates #28

3rd December 2022 v UWE Bullets

Bristol Barracuda

Due to swan neck post damage, field length shortened to 90 yards as Rugby Posts erected within the end zone. The goal line was adjusted to the 5-yard line, meaning short yard line extensions extended into the end zone. Only six pylons provided, cones utilised for the final two. Due to a delayed delivery, Bristol played in two Jersey styles both in contrast to the opponent.

Stuart Tabberer #348

4th December 2022 v Bournemouth Bobcats

Chichester Spitfires

90-yard field, short yard-line extensions were two yards long and not at the correct inbounds positions. Umpire adjusted ball position to be correct. Endzones were of the legal minimum depth. Fourth quarter was shortened to zero minutes with 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, by mutual consent of Referee and both Head Coaches, due to an injured player on the field could not be moved.

Roger Brown #469

4th December 2022 v Solent Thrashers

Coventry University Jets

Field marked in blue but clearly visible. No team areas marked. Fourth quarter was shortened to zero minutes with 6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, by mutual consent of Referee and both Head Coaches, due to an away team player receiving an injury requiring lengthy medical treatment.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

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

Edge Hill Vikings

Due to the late arrival of medical coverage, kickoff was delayed by around 25 minutes. In order to complete the game before sunset, the playing time was reduced to ten minutes per quarter. Field markings were in blue and were very faint in places. Team areas were absent. Pylons level with the hash marks were absent. During the game, one stake of the chains was broken through a collision from a player.

Paul Todd #289

4th December 2022 v Lancaster Bombers

Greenwich Mariners

Game kicked off 15 minutes late due to late arriving Referee.

90-yard field with multiple sports markings, not all Football markings were the same colour. No team areas etc. Changing room was not lockable. In the first quarter, there were injury delays of eight and five minutes.

Ben Gadsby #564

4th December 2022 v UCL Emperors

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

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

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

90-yard field on 4G surface. Team and player areas marked with cones. Lines are yellow and in need of repainting. Lines clear enough to play, low sun can make them harder to see. No numbers or nine-yard marks.

Lee Wood #517

27th November 2022 v Sussex Saxons

Kent Falcons

Well marked 90-yard field in red with other sport markings in yellow, blue, and red. Team area perimeters marked out with cones and rugby lines approximated for team area lines. No numbers, nine-yard marks, or limit lines.

Tim Ockendon #481

27th November 2022 v QMBL Vipers

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 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

Nottingham Green

One of the pylons marking the hash marks extended was absent.

Paul Todd #289

4th December 2022 v Derby Braves

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

Portsmouth Destroyers

No three-yard marks and other sports lines present in different colours. Chain set broke twice. Changing rooms shared with team and not lockable. The Sussex Saxons jersey contains a white chequered area around the shoulders (1-4-5-b-2).

Oliver Maskell #221

4th December 2022 v Royal Holloway Bears

Sheffield Hallam Warriors

The field markings were faint red on dark green. They were difficult to see in daylight and, after the sun set, they became almost impossible to see. There were white field markings closer than four feet to an end zone line. There were no team areas marked. Two changing rooms were provided each with space for only two persons, neither were lockable.

Ben Griffiths #228

22nd January 2022 v LJMU Fury

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

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

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

Worcester Royals

Field was found to be 153ft in width, with no nine-yard marks or limit lines. Markings were blue on a green field. Changing rooms secured throughout game and a massive improvement on Worcester's previous venue, with plentiful supplies of electricity, running water and seating available.

On arrival it was discovered that the nearside side line had not been marked entirely straight. Two attempts had been made to mark the sideline, with the second one clear and usable. Both teams were alerted to the issue and no problems were encountered during the game itself.

Krister Halvorsen #77

4th December 2022 v Bath Killer Bees



New this week

Play: 3rd & 10 at Team A's 4-yard line. A25 carries the ball to Team A's 2-yard line and fumbles the ball which is recovered by B13 at Team A's 6-yard line. B13 then fumbles the ball at Team A's 3-yard line and the ball rolls into Team A's end zone. A1 recovers the ball and, while still in the end zone, throws a forward pass which is caught by A88 who runs out of bounds at Team A's 25-yard line. During B13's run, Team B's Head Coach commits an Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul. What is the result of the play? What is the next down?


Last week

Play: After a play, defensive lineman B98 slugs offensive lineman A78. B98 is disqualified for fighting and is removed from the team area. After enforcement of the penalty, team A has 1st and Goal at the B–8 yard line. A12 throws an incomplete pass. The game is being played within an area surrounded by a metal chain link fence and B98 takes a position outside of the fence and, after the 1st down play, he makes offensive remarks towards the nearest official.

Ruling: 1st and Goal for Team A at the B-4. Even after his disqualification B98 remains a person subject to the rules (1-1-6-b), therefore B98 has committed an Unsportsmanlike Conduct Foul under rule 9-2-1-a. The additional foul by B98 should be reported to BAFRA and BAFA along with the disqualification report. The game should be suspended and not resumed until B98 is removed from within sight of the field.


New this week

Game Situation: On a crew of five, Team A take a timeout. Both teams huddle near their respective sidelines. Team B is on the press-box sideline.

The Umpire informs the crew that the timeout is nearing its end and the wing officials on both sidelines encourage their respective teams to return to the field. Team A return to the field. The Line Judge has been reminding Team B that the timeout is expiring and they should return to the field, but they are still huddling around a Coach.

The timeout expires and the ball is declared ready for play. Team A are ready and in position for their next offensive play, Team B are not.

How should the officials react?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: Should the Umpire should give a tipped ball signal (S11) when a ball kicked from a punt is partially blocked at the line of scrimmage?

Answer: No, the Umpire should not give a signal in this situation.  The Umpire should give the ball tipped (S11) signal only if the kick is touched (but not forced touched) by Team B beyond the neutral zone  (M10.8.d.2).




Contact for details


18th February 2023

Board Meeting

1st April (Sat)


1st-2nd April (Sat-Sun)

BAFRA Convention

13th May 2023

Board Meeting

15th July 2023

Board Meeting

11th November 2023

Board Meeting

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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