British American Football Association BAFA Rules Committee

BAFA Rules Committee

Proposed changes to Rule 13

From Brian Yates

Rule 13-4-1-C

a) It is strongly recommended that all games not played at a venue with adequate artificial lighting shall kick off no later than four hours prior to local sunset.

b) In the event of the opening kick off for a game sheduled to start later than four hours prior to local sunset being delayed by more than five but less than thirty minutes, the referee shall invoke rule 3-2-2 and the game shall be of forty-eight minutes duration, divided into four equal quarters of twelve minutes per quarter.

c)  In the event of the opening kick off for a game sheduled to start later than four hours prior to local sunset being delayed by thirty minutes or more, the referee shall invoke rule 3-2-2 and the game shall be of forty minutes duration, divided into four equal quarters of ten minutes per quarter.

We may need a couple of approved rulings to show that a game scheduled to kick off less than four hours prior to local sunset which starts four or five minutes late should still be a full sixty-minute game.

My reasoning is that I've used this as a rule of thumb for several years, but feel something "official" should be in place. As a referee, I have to factor in the issue of (a) possible injuries to players and (b) the possibility of overtime during games in November-February.

The other issue is for referees; where to discover local sunset time. The best place to start is BBC weather. As most officials (I assume) contact teams and crew members via email, it is not beyond their ken to include this information. Perhaps a link to the BBC's webpage may help.