Issue 37/23                                                                                21st September 2023

BAFRA Newsflash

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The BAFRA Board of Directors are delighted to announce the appointment of Davie Parsons to the new role of BAFRA Elite Programme and Development Supervisor (BEPDS)

During 2023 we took some time to review and update our Elite Programme Policy, Operational Framework, and update the previous Role of Elite Programme Coordinator (BEPC) with the new BEPDS Role and Role Description. The programme has been running for more than 15 years and has been very successful, however; the time had come to reassess our aims and objectives, along with our expectations of a successful applicant.

Davie is well known and respected within International Officiating circles through his on and off-field activities within BAFRA and IFAF (International Federation of American Football). He brings to the role a wealth of experience from his 37 years as an on field official, where he has worked more than 1200 games; including numerous World and European Championships through to his various management and training roles at national and international levels.

We were delighted to have the guidance and support of Bill LeMonnier (Former NCAA B1G Referee & current IFAF Coordinator of Officials) for both the updated Role and the appointment of Davie, calling our “internal leadership” an “example for other federations globally.” He advised that “to raise the bar and hold yourself accountable … the game requires a leadership role of supervisor. I am confident that Davie will help BAFRA raise the bar and continue to be a world leader in officiating training and development” before offering his congratulations to Davie and BAFRA on the appointment.

Reporting to, and working with, the Director of Training, Davie’s Initial task will be to develop the overall Elite Programme strategy, delivery, and resource model. We anticipate this will be completed for Board review and approval by the end of 2023.

On accepting the post Davie said “I am delighted to take on such a critical role within BAFRA. We have a reputation for developing high-quality officials who go on to Officiate at the top level in both the UK and on the world stage. We must continue to provide our members with a clear progression pathway and the opportunity to excel. My role will be to facilitate those opportunities by providing our Elite Officials with the necessary support, mentoring, and resources.

Please join us in congratulating Davie on his appointment and we’re certain that it goes without asking that we all support him as the role develops.

James Ford-Bannister – Director of Training (On behalf of the BAFRA Board)


New this week

Play: The game is being played with a Video Judge. 1st and 10 at Midfield, there are 1:30 seconds left in the game. The clock is not running, the score is tied. Team A attempt a pass play and it is intercepted by B38 at the B-29. B38 returns the ball to A’s end zone for a Touchdown.

After the play the video judge reviews the pay and sees clear evidence of a false start prior to the snap.


Last week

Play: 3rd and 2 at the B-32. The game clock is running and there are 6 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Team B has 12 players in the formation, and no Team B player is attempting to leave the field. The ball is ready for play, both teams are in formation and the snap is imminent. Quarterback A10, late in the play clock, is struggling to read the defence and calls a timeout.

Ruling: A 1st and 10 at the B-27. Team B are penalised for a substitution infraction. The crew will offer Team A their timeout back. If Team A have their timeout returned the game clock will start on the Ready for Play, if Team A still want their timeout, the game clock will start on the snap. (3-5-3-b, AR:3-5-3-VII)


New this week

Game Situation: When setting up to pass, the potential passer is hit from their blindside. When in doubt is it a pass or a fumble?

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


11th November 2023

Board Meeting


6th April (Sat) 2024


6th-7th April (Sat-Sun) 2024

BAFRA Convention

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Richard Moger


Stuart Tabberer


Oliver Maskell


Susannah Taylor


James Ford-Bannister

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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