BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 07/14

20th February 2014


Let’s Get Registered

Important! Even if you are not taking advantage of the excellent accommodation available at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre you still need to register to attend the Convention. To register please contact Charles Young at Full details of the Convention and accommodation rates can be found at the following link:

Lunch and Evening Meal

Lunch and an evening meal will be provided at the Convention on the Saturday only. This will be provided free of charge to BAFRA Members. However, we do need to advise the Conference Centre of numbers by mid-March if we want to retain the discounted rate they have offered. As such, if you want lunch and the evening meal then you will need to register your intention to attend the Convention with Charles no later than Friday 14th March. So don’t delay if you don’t want to pay.


Payment for Convention rooms is due by 20th March, and cheques should be made payable to BAFRA Ltd and sent to Charles Young at 8 Shaw Square, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 6SF. Cheques may not be cashed till this date.

If you wish to pay out of game fees please let know. If paying electronically please quote booking reference and name and use the account numbered 10255350, sort code 16-16-11, BAFRA Ltd, RBS, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Please let us know by email if you use this method to

33 and counting

The following 33 members have booked their places at the Convention. If you are not listed it may be because you have only recently confirmed your place in the last couple of days. An updated list will be issued next week.

S Alger, M Allen, A Binns, J Brookes-Lewis, R Brown, D Burridge, D Carr, P Clarke, G Coleman, S Egan, T Fisher, K Glover, J Gravely, J Griffin, B Greiffiths, D Hewitt, D Holt, A Lambert, L Lebolt, T Lindeman, M Prentice, S Sombati, K Stanton, D Sterling, P Sutton, L Taylor, P Thom, F Thomson, S Tonkinson, D Walsh, A Wilson, M Wilson, B Yates.

Davie Parsons


The decision has now been taken to extend the University regular season in order that teams can complete their fixtures and catch up on games that were called off earlier in the season. It will now end one week later than originally planned concluding over weekend 1st /2nd March. This will mean that play-offs will take place over the following three weekends and there will not now be an empty weekend on 22nd/23rd March. Bowl Finals will be played on 29th March at South Leeds stadium.

As a result a new set of fixtures are currently being compiled and it is unlikely officials will be notified of their assignments before next Monday, much later than we would like. Please ensure your Arbiter availability for this date is correct.

Richard Vernon


The 2014 BAFA rulebook has now been published online. The rulebook itself plus a list of the rule changes plus other supporting documents can be found at You will also find 8-on-8, 5-on-5 and flag rules there (though the flag rules haven't changed this year).

Guidance on new medical requirements is at

You will only need to apply the new rules if you are working a National League pre-season game. The 2013 rules will continue to be in force for the remainder of the BUCS League season. I will go through the changes in detail at the Convention.

Email me if you have any questions.

Jim Briggs


Please remember that:-

Some officials have been charging incorrect fees and applying different mileage rates. Officials at the following games will have fees paid to them this week:

MMU Eagles, Swansea Titans, Leeds Met Carnegie, Cambridge Pythons, Loughborough Students, Bradford Bears, Bristol Barracuda, Coventry Jets, UCLan Rams, York Centurions, Solent Redhawks, OBU Panthers, Derby Braves, Southampton Stags, UWE Bullets, Surrey Stingers

Please note due to work commitments this week I'm unable to post the cheques for the below games until Saturday. Sorry for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

Jonathan Ikins


Congratulations to Steve Egan on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to Julian Mallia and all those who are helping with Steve‘s training.

Pete Thom


Glasgow Tigers 0-75 Stirling Clansmen

Leeds Carnegie 15-14 Hull Sharks

Bradford Bears 0-40 Durham Saints

Huddersfield Hawks 8-20 Sunderland Spartans

Teesside Cougars 12-20 Leeds Celtics

York Centurions 6-20 Northumbria Mustangs

Derby Braves 80-0 Lancaster Bombers

Sheffield Sabres 35-7 LJM Fury

UCLan Rams 36-0 Bangor Muddogs

MMU Eagles 9-6 Staffordshire Stallions

Nottingham Outlaws 0-14 Birmingham Lions

Coventry Jets 24-49 NTU Renegades

Leicester Longhorns 0-56 Warwick Wolves

Wolverhampton Wildcats 12-30 DMU Falcons

Loughborough Aces 62-6 Worcester Royals

Swansea Titans 30-0 Cardiff Cobras

Bristol Barracuda 22-14 Tarannau Aberystwyth

UWE Bullets 15-9 Gloucester Gladiators

Solent Redhawks 28-54 Brighton Tsunami

Surrey Stingers 0-22 Portsmouth Destroyers

OBU Panthers 22-16 Sussex Saxons

Southampton Stags 63-6 Oxford Lancers

Greenwich Mariners 0-59 Kingston Cougars

KCL Regents 33-0 City Sentinels

RHUL Bears 28-0 LSBU Spartans

Westminster Dragons 12-36 Brunel Burners

Cambridge Pythons 22-6 UEA Pirates









New this week

Firas Iskandarani


Brunel Burners



While the ball was live, the Brunel assistant coach entered the field and used abusive language towards the Back Judge. He was removed from the team area under Rule 13-7-2.


Ben Griffin


Northumbria Mustangs



After a play was over, the player committed a flagrant personal foul against an opponent.

23/02/14 v Newcastle Raiders

William Farrow


Staffordshire Stallions



Player received his second unsportsmanlike penalty when at the end of the game he ignored clear warnings from the officials that the opposition were taking a knee and engaged an opponent.

23/02/14 v Derby Braves

Previous weeks – none





New this week

Swansea Titans

The game was played on a 3G field at Llandarcy Academy due to other fields in the area being waterlogged. The field was correctly marked out but the markings were in blue and had faded due to heavy rain. The field also had permanent rugby markings in white and soccer markings in yellow.

Amir Brooks #593


Leeds Met Carnegie

BAFRA had been told that the game would be a 4pm kick off but the away team thought that it was 5pm. In the end the teams agreed to kick off at quarter past four, after the away team arrived at quarter to four. After the first quarter finished the chain crew left without warning. After enforcing the delay of game penalty, we had to use three of the home teams coaching staff to run the chains for the rest of the game. The teams agreed on having a ten minute half time but neither team was ready until nearly twenty minutes had passed. There were no nine yard marks, no 3 yard mark, no team areas or coaching boxes and there were no hash marks at the sidelines. The goal lines were also incomplete.

Dan Holt #371


Bradford Bears

Changing room was not available until 45 minutes before kick off, crew had a pregame in the Mcdonalds up the road from the ground. The pitch was well marked out at kick off, but some of the lines slowly disappeared as a lot of the pitch turned into mud.

Dan Holt #371


MMU Eagles

Changing rooms not available until 45 mins before KO due to another rugby tournament taking place. Field only available 10 minutes before KO, but as teams had already warmed up we were able to progress straight to the coin toss. Only 1 game provided by home team, with the away team providing the other 2.

John Roberts #145


Nottingham Outlaws

The following Lines were missing: 9 yards marks, Hash Marks to the centre of the field, 3 yard PAT marks and limit lines. Team or Coaching Areas not Marked. Endzones shortened to 7.5 yards as the end lines are too close to the fence. No goal posts available. Changing Room was too small for 4 officials. Multi-sport lines in white, red and yellow, with the red football lines being very faint.

Chris Jarvis #10


York Centurions

All markings in Red which are very difficult to see. The following lines were missing: 9 yard marks or numbers, team and coaching lines/areas, limit lines, 3 yards PAT marks. There were only 8 Pylons.

Chris Jarvis #10


UCLan Rams

No towels provided for ball persons by home team. The home team only provided one ball-person, fortunately the visiting team were able to provide one assistant. The ball persons were provided after kick-off time. The chain crew were provided less than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled kick-of time. The start of the game was delayed for 10 minutes while ball-persons were provided and the visiting team (Bangor) provided a correctly numbered roster. The crew were not paid and should have been.

Ben Griffiths #228


Solent Redhawks

Some hash marks slightly out of alignment with each other. Ball persons not very effective at ball relay.

Jim Briggs #31


Westminster Dragons

Game played at Orpington RFC. 80-yard field. Many markings faint to begin with, and disappeared as the game progressed. No team areas. One ball new or nearly new, the other two very worn. Changing room very dirty. No private shower or toilet.

Alan Dobson #308

23/02/14 v Greenwich Mariners

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Kingston Cougars

Played at Orpington RFC as Kingston's regular ground was not available. Pitch was 80 yards in length and 170 yards in width with 9 yard end zones. Hashmarks only on one sideline. No 9-yard marks or inbounds lines only marks on the main yard lines to mark the inbounds spot. No team area markings. Game suspended with 3 minutes remaining in the first half as the ambulance wanted to ferry injured players to hospital leaving the game without medical cover. After a discussion with their base and both head coaches the ambulance crew agreed to delay transporting the injured players and remain and cover the game.

Timm Ockendon #481


Tarannau Aberystwyth

Only two game balls were provided by the home team - the third ball was provided by the away team.

Amir Brooks #593

23/02/14 v Bath Spa Bulldogs

Bangor Muddogs

After inspecting the field, game management where asked to fill in divots in the middle of the field with sand. Other than this the markings on the 100yd field where in place, including numbering. The space for the team area opposite the pressbox side is inadequate - at it's maximum approximately 6 yds deep. The team occupying this area was asked to spread outside of the team area along the sideline to allow for the chains to be positioned and a clear sideline maintained.

One of the stakes on the chains had a missing extension pole so this was taken from the down box, the down box was held by the operator in the air.

By half time the field had deteriorated significantly and after a conference with both coaches it was decided to reduce the length of the field to 80 yds and not utilise the area between each 40 yd line.

Plaudits to both teams for competing in the conditions and playing the game in good spirit! The crew have suggested that the field conditions could be described as 'squidgy'

Kevin Stanton #157

23/02/14 v MMU Eagles

Worcester Royals

Medical cover never arrived for the game. After waiting approximately one hour with no foreseeable solution, and after consultation with both head coaches, the game was abandoned

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

23/02/14 v Lincoln Colonials

Imperial Immortals

Field was very muddy but actually held up surprisingly well given the quantity of rain that fell during the game. Play was held up for a few minutes in the first half after a small foot-sized hole was discovered in the playing surface that had to be filled in.

Dean Wright #553


Portsmouth Destroyers

Crew arrived at the venue 1 hour and 45 minutes before kick off - it was noted that the home team was present but the away team had not arrived yet. After consultation with the home team it was clear that they were making many attempts to contact the opponents. As there was no response from the away team the crew had no alternative than to invoke rule 13-4-7a and wait 60 minutes after the scheduled kick off time. During this 60 minutes no response was received from the visiting team despite continuous attempts from the home team to make contact. After the 60 minutes the game was called off by the officials. I would like to thank the patience of the coaching staff, the players and the supporter of Portsmouth, the medical staff and the rest of the crew during this process.

David Knight #135


Leeds Celtics

All markings were in pink/red. No limit lines. Team areas were marked between the 20 yard lines. Balls were provided around 15 minutes before kick off and all three were below the recommended pressure. The official's assistants were not provided as early as we would have liked and one of the ball boys was very unresponsive,

Dan Holt #371

23/02/14 v York Centurions

Warwick Wolves

Game switched to an artificial pitch due to recent rain. Field marked out using duct tape and a number of lines were missing. There were also no posts. Warwick played in a mixture of different white shirts as both teams usually wear red. Plaudits must go to Warwick though for their efforts in ensuring that this game was played.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

23/02/14 v Coventry Jets

Brighton Tsunami

Well marked out field, though no coaching box or team area markings: cones were used instead. Goals right up against perimeter fence.

Changing rooms were the usual portable ones and remained unlocked. We were offered a lockable changing room, but this would only have accommodated 20% of the crew! Ball persons not very good.

Jim Briggs #31

23/02/14 v OBU Panthers



New this week

Play: A's ball, 3rd and 23, on A's 27. B93 grasps A19's face mask on A's 22 in a twisting action. A19 breaks away and subsequently completes a legal forward pass to A88 who is downed on A's 44. Ruling?

Last week

Play: A's ball, free kick, on A's 30. The kicked ball bounces on A's 38. The ball is over A's 42 when A66 bats the ball backwards to A's 40 where A55 recovers. No Team B player touches the ball and the ball never touches the ground beyond B's 40. Ruling?

Ruling: A's ball, 1st and 10, on A's 40. The ball touched a player beyond Team B's restraining line. Therefore, A55 may legally recover the ball but may not advance. The bat by A66 is legal since the ball was batted backward.


New this week

Game Situation: On punt play covered by a 5 man crew, which official(s) must know if the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage by knowing what the ball first touched beyond the neutral zone?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: Name the 6 fouls that are 'obvious' – i.e. fouls that although are not serious and do not create a significant advantage, they are so obvious to anyone watching that officials would look foolish to not call them.
Answer: M-3-7. i) illegal substitution when a player leaves the field other than across his own sideline, ii) illegal substitution when a team has 12 or more men in the huddle for more than 3 seconds (but don't nit pick the 3 second limit), iii) intentional illegal touching of a forward pass, iv) false start by a tight end or wide receiver, v) offside by Team B at their restraining line on a free kick, vi) free kick out of bounds.




Contact for details


March 29th (Sat)

BUCS Final

April 5th (Sat) & 6th (Sun)

BAFRA Annual Convention 2014

May 10th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 19th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 15th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Andrew Lovell


Richard Vernon


James Meredith


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Martin Cockerill

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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