Issue 44/23                                                                                9th November 2023

BAFRA Newsflash

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New this week

Sandy Lever


Heriot Watt Wolverines



With 10:54 remaining in the second quarter, #58 launched and made forcible contact with their shoulder to the head/neck of the passer as they released the ball.

12th November 2023 v Stirling Clansmen

Alex Gibson


Loughborough Students



With 1:52 remaining in the second quarter, Leeds scored a TD. With a number of players in a pile on the ground, #53 sat up and despite, a warning from the HL, repeatedly struck a prone player in the head.

v12th November 2023 v Durham Saints





New this week

Birmingham Lions

Black markings on green turf. As the evening progressed, it became more and more difficult to see any markings at all, especially the inbounds lines. The home team area was marked with cones but the away team area was unmarked. No nine-yard marks or numbers. The down box snapped following a collision with a player.

Brian Yates #29

9th December 2023 v UWE Bullets

Durham Saints

No team areas were marked but these were marked with cones.

Kenneth Glover #71

12th November 2023 v Loughborough Students

Imperial Immortals

90-yard field with no numbers or nine-yard marks. No marked coaching boxes or team areas. No limit lines. Three-yard marks marked were at the 1.5-yard line. The short yard-line extensions at the sidelines were less than 24 inches long, touched the sidelines and, in some places extended beyond the sideline. The ball person on the visiting team's sideline was changed at half-time. The changing rooms were not lockable during the game.

Peter Parsons #321

19th November 2023 v Canterbury Chargers

Kent Falcons

Field has multiple sports markings with American Football markings in various colours. Changing rooms were not large enough for the whole crew, but two were provided (lockable, private shower). With 8:29 remaining in the third quarter, the floodlights failed and it was too dark to resume without them. Play resumed following a 73-minute delay while an electrician resolved the issue

Ben Gadsby #564

26th November 2023 v UEA Pirates

Lancaster Bombers

80-yard field with no limit lines. The field had been originally marked out as 90 yards but had to be reduced to 80 to accommodate the end zones so the hash marks continued into the end zones. The game was suspended for ten minutes in the second quarter due to a head injury to a Lancaster player. After being assessed by medical personnel he did not return to the game.

Tim Vickers #129

21st January 2024 v Keele Crusaders

Leeds Beckett Carnegie

80-yard field. No three-yard marks, nine-yard marks, or numbers. Team areas were missing but the use of other sports lines plus cones solved any problems.

David Hewitt #607

19th November 2023 v Newcastle Raiders

OBU Panthers

This was the second game of a doubleheader with a published kickoff time of 15:30 at a second venue. There were roadworks and road closures and some of the crew were delayed as the 30-40 journey took 75 minutes. Proper pre-game preparation was curtailed and the game did not kick off until after 18:00. The venue had artificial lights and both teams wanted to play a full game so the game was not shortened.

Julian Mallia #336

26th November 2023 v Surrey Stingers

Oxford Lancers

The limit lines were marked with timber posts and rope. However, this was set at a constant distance from the sideline and end line. As a result, this meant that there was very limited space for the team areas and there were a couple of occasions where the chain crew were knocked over because they had players behind them preventing them from backing away from the sideline.

With 5:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, a spectator had to removed from the area around the field as he was causing a disruption to the game. There was a 10 minute suspension to deal with this.

Julian Mallia #336

26th November 2023 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

RAF Mustangs

A well-marked out 100-yard field, but the lines had been considerably faded by recent heavy rain.

Amir Brooks #593


Sheffield Sabres

Game was delayed until 12:30 due to the late running of the preceding soccer fixture. Field markings in black - alongside the same coloured lines for the lacrosse field. No team areas were marked. The crew were provided with two changing rooms (that were lockable) - between them, there was enough seating for three officials.

Krister Halvorsen #77

10th December 2023 v Sunderland Spartans

Southampton Stags

Hash marks were repainted to correct the issue from last week.

Oliver Maskell #221

26th November 2023 v Bath Killer Bees

Surrey Stingers

90-yard field with dark blue markings (not very visible) and narrower pitch than standard but, whilst legal, there would have been enough space to have a correct width field. Facility administrators didn't want to give the crew the officials’ changing rooms, as they said the team hadn't requested them. After the team intervened, the crew received a lockable changing room.

Viktor Janvari #63

3rd December 2023 v Solent Redhawks

Tarannau Aberystwyth

The home team were unable to provide a medic so this was provided by the visiting team by prior arrangement before the game. One of the game balls presented by the home team before the game was of a poor standard and kept deflating, so a third ball was provided by the visiting team. The chain crew was changed at half-time.

Amir Brooks #593

26th November 2023 v Bath Spa Bulldogs

UEA Pirates

The normal changing room was unavailable. However, a large classroom was supplied for the pregame.

Brian Yates #29

12th November 2023 v Essex Blades

UWE Bullets

Excellently marked field - only minor issues were the team areas marked to the 25-yard lines and other sports lines present. Three-yard marks very faded.

Oliver Maskell #221

11th November 2023 v Birmingham Lions

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Bangor Muddogs

A well-marked 90-yard field with no team areas. Officials changing rooms were very small. The crew of four were split into two rooms. With 9:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, the time remaining was reduced to 0:00 by mutual agreement of both Head coaches due to the number of injuries to the Bangor Squad.

Steve Hall #512

19th November 2023 v UCLan Rams

Brighton Panthers

100-yard artificial field with dark blue football marks.

Viktor Janvari #63

3rd December 2023 v OBU Panthers

Brunel Burners

Field was marked with NFL-width hash marks and the team area areas extended to the 15-yard lines. Otherwise, the field was well-marked, particularly considering the recent wet conditions.

Andrew Murrell #608

10th December 2023 v Hertfordshire  Hurricanes

Cardiff Cobras

Field markings are in yellow and can be quite difficult to see depending on the angle of the sun. The swan-neck goalposts are situated some five yards behind each end line - due to this distance, padding is not required (an exception to rule [1-2-5-e]). The chain set is in a poor state of repair.

Amir Brooks #593

19th November v UWE Bullets

City Wolfpack

15 yards of short yard-line extensions at the sideline and hash marks had to be repainted. Field marked in red paint. Several holes were filled before kick off. Changing rooms were not lockable. Changing rooms are not in the East London RC but next door in Memorial Field.

Graham Smith #149

26th November 2023 v Canterbury Christ Church Chargers

Coventry University Jets

Game played at Warwick's Home Field at Cryfield Pavilion (which is understood to be where Coventry will be playing all home games this year). No three-yard marks. A minute's silence was held before kick-off in memory of Richard Prattley, which was impeccably observed by both teams.

Krister Halvorsen #77

12th November 2023 v NTU Renegades

Essex Blades

No team area markings. NFL-width hash marks.

Alisha Darkins #573

19th November 2023 v QMBL Vipers

Glasgow Tigers

There were no suitable goalposts but both teams agreed to play without them.

Ian Sneddon #427

12th November 2023 v Edinburgh Napier Knights

Loughborough Students

Team areas missing but other sports markings were approximately where they should be, so these were used as a guide.

Brian Yates #29

26th November 2023 v Nottingham Gold

Manchester Tyrants

100-yard field marked in dark blue. Numbers & limit lines were present and team areas were marked out with cones. The original medic booked by the home team was not present at kickoff; so an alternate medic was sourced by the home team - who assured us they had the relevant qualifications. At half-time, the crew were notified that the alternate medic was in fact not sufficiently qualified and a second alternate medic was sourced which delayed the start of the second half by 30 minutes. The chain crew were very poor and the ball persons were changed three times over the course of the game.

Andrew Swift #403

12th November 2023 v Leeds Gryphons

MMU Eagles

On arrival, there was one set of short-yard line extensions - located in the centre of the field. The home team were able to obtain paint to rectify this before the scheduled kickoff time. The field is marked as 80 yards in red. Team areas were absent.

Paul Todd #289

19th November 2023 v LJMU Fury

Newcastle Raiders

Lines were painted red with other non-football lines in other colours. No coaches or team areas were marked out. Changing room shared with officials from another sports game being played. The game was suspended in the second quarter with 0:52 remaining, due to an injury of an official. Both coaches agreed to start the halftime interval and then resume the second quarter after the break. The third-quarter kickoff took place immediately after the end of the second quarter. A big thank you to both team's medical personnel for the care given to the injured official.

Shawn Sombati #15

26th November v Durham Saints

Portsmouth Destroyers

Portsmouth played this game on the artificial field at Langstone for the first time. One ball was changed as it lost pressure during the game. There was a stoppage of around five minutes as the medic left the area without notice to help an injured player into a car - they were quickly found and returned to the field.

Oliver Maskell #221

12th November v Cardiff Cobras

QMBL Vipers

A well-marked 90-yard field in blue with other sports markings in white. No limit lines, numbers, or nine-yard marks. Team areas are marked with cones. Good size lockable changing room but no private shower or toilet. Multiple changes of chain crew and ball persons at half time.

Tim Ockendon #481

10th December 2023 v Kent Falcons

York Centurions

100 IFAF-yard field. Ten-yard end zones. No team area markings.

Robin Boyd #191

12th November 2023 v Bradford Bears


New this week

Play: A play ends inbounds with 1:03 left in the 4th quarter and the game clock continues to run. Five

seconds later, an official sees an injured player and stops the clock.


Last week

Play: 4th &  15 and the A-25. Team A line up to punt, Punter A11 punts the ball, and the then B-98 runs into the punter; returner B33 catches the ball at the B-30 and advances to the B-35.

Ruling: Either B’s Ball 1st and 10 at the B-35 or A’s Ball 4th & 10 at A-30. The statement of penalty for running into the kick includes the spot of enforcement, therefore this is not a basic spot foul, therefore PSK does not apply. It is Team A’s choice to either repeat the down with the penalty enforced from the previous spot or to decline the penalty, giving Team B the ball at the Dead Ball Spot.


New this week

Game Situation: On a crew of 5, what should each official do during a timeout?

Answer next issue…

Last week

Game Situation: How many different lateral positions should the ball be spotted at? How are they denoted?

Answer: There are five lateral positions at which the ball should be spotted (M5.7.9), They are denoted as follows:

  1. Hash mark on the press box side
  2. Goal post on the press box side
  3. Centre of the field
  4. Goal post opposite the press box side
  5. Hash mark opposite the press box side




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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