BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 08/14

27th February 2014


To our new Members

The Convention is open to all BAFRA members and entrance is free. It’s a great opportunity to meet Officials from all over the UK and please be assured you will be made very welcome. You will also gain considerably from the presentations and Break-out sessions we have arranged. If you need any additional information please contact me directly or talk to your trainer or local officials.

54 and counting

The following 54 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 Briggs, J Brookes-Lewis, A Brooks, R Brown, D Burridge, M Burrows, D Carr, M Cavanagh, P Clarke, G Coleman, S Egan, T Fisher, K Gambrill, K Glover, J Graveling J Griffin, B Griffiths, D Hewitt, R Hill, D Holt, H Horner, J Ikins, C Jarvis, A Lambert, L Lebolt, T Lindeman, A Lovell, C Olsson, D Parsons, P Parsons, E Paterson, M Prentice, A Price, H Richardson, I Sneddon, S Sombati, D Sterling, P Sutton, K Stanton, L Taylor, P Thom, F Thomson, S Tonkinson, D Walsh, A Wilson, M Wilson, H Wiltshire, L Wood, L Wooton, B Yates & C Young .


I need a few volunteers to help out during both days of the Convention to make sure everything runs smoothly. This will involve moving everyone around between Break-Out Sessions, staffing the Sign-In Desk and also keeping the programme on schedule. Drop me an email if you can help.

Let’s Get Registered

Important. If you are not taking advantage of the excellent accommodation rates 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:


Payment for Convention rooms are 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 send an email to 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

Davie Parsons


I'm sure that there are officials, active & retired, who have extra/spare equipment that they don’t use that’s taking up space at home?

I have been given permission, by the BAFRA Board, to try to organise an Equipment Sales Stall at this year’s Convention and I need feedback on how many officials would be interested in taking part/selling their extra/spare equipment?

We have had quite a few new members join over the last year and I’m sure many would welcome the opportunity to add to their kit.

The stall would be staffed outside of training events i.e.. During tea breaks, lunch breaks, before the morning session or after the AGM on Saturday or final session on Sunday.

I have put together a list of suggested prices for the more common items, based on current Honig's Europe prices converted to Pounds with a 50% markdown. This should save the 'haggling' element. If you don't see an item that you want to sell, I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to work out a price!

If you are interested in taking part or just want to feedback your thoughts on this idea, please contact me at

Albert Lambert Jnr



Solent, Swansea, Cambridge, Warwick, Northampton, Exeter, Aberystwyth, Nottingham Trent, Bath, Royal Holloway, Derby, Newcastle, Essex, Brighton, City, Stirling

Not all requests filled out correctly noted officials' first or second games. Please remember to state on crp if this is the case. A couple of cheques for a member where sent to another member's address. If this ever happens please contact finance team so we can get the mistake sorted and get payments sent out correctly.

Jonathan Ikins


This is a reminder that the Annual General Meeting of BAFRA Limited will take place at 5:00pm on 5th April 2014 at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL during the Convention. Please note that all members are entitled to attend although only qualified members may stand for election or vote.

I will maintain details of the director posts up for election at this AGM showing who has been nominated. As of 10:00pm on Tuesday 25th February, the position is as follows:

Nominated for President

David Parsons (#425); proposed by Steve Tonkinson (#99), seconded by Les Connor (#152)

Nominated for General Secretary

Paul Sutton (#312); proposed by Mike Cavanagh (#465), seconded by William Marriage (#293)

Nominated for Director of Training

Pete Thom (#200); proposed by Brian Yates (#29), seconded by Ian Papworth (#366)

Nominated for Director without Portfolio #1

No nominations yet received.

All nominations must be with me by 5:00pm on 8th March 2014. The directors encourage qualified members to put themselves forward for all of the above posts. Nomination papers have gone out to all qualified members electronically. If you believe that you should have received such papers and they have not arrived by the time you read this, please contact me.

Paul Sutton


Following on from the past two years when a total of nearly £2500 has been raised, BAFRA will again select a charity to support this year.

All members are invited to suggest a charity for us to support in 2014 and a ballot to decide which is to be this year’s charity will be held on the Saturday of the Convention. All members present will be entitled to vote on this. If you have a suggestion, please let me know via e-mail by 17th March. Include the name of the charity, a short description of the charity’s purpose and a link to their website.

Paul Sutton


Congratulations to Mark Niven and Chris Treacy on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Congratulations to both on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to Mike Cavanagh and all those who are helping with Chris’s training. Thanks to Dan Holt and all those who are helping with Mark’s training.

Pete Thom


Napier Knights 31 – 0 UWS Pyros

Stirling Clansmen 56 – 0 Edinburgh Predators

Leeds Celtics 26 – 28 York Centurions

Newcastle Raiders 42 – 0 Northumbria Mustangs

Hull Sharks 37 – 0 Teesside Cougars

Derby Braves 26 – 14 Staffordshire Stallions

Keele Crusaders 0 – 57 LJM Fury

Manchester Tyrants 14 – 42 Hallam Warriors

NTU Renegades 26 – 13 Nottingham Outlaws

Warwick Wolves 14 – 0 Coventry Jets

Bath Killer Bees 29 – 0 UWE Bullets

Exeter Demons 20 – 0 Gloucester Gladiators

Tarannau Aberystwyth 56 – 7 Bath Spa Bulldogs

Brighton Tsunami 24 – 0 OBU Panthers

City Sentinels 0 – 36 Imperial Immortals

RHUL Bears 26 – 6 KCL Regents

Westminster Dragons 6 – 15 Greenwich Mariners

Cambridge Pythons 44 - 6 Canterbury Chargers

Essex Blades 7 – 22 ARU Rhinos

Northampton Nemesis 0 – 21 UEA Pirates









New this week

Nick Wykes


OBU Panthers



Coach was flagged in the 3rd quarter for unsportsmanlike was because he came onto the field of play shouting at the Head Linesman in an aggressive manner and drawing attention to himself. With one minute left in the 4th quarter a second flag was thrown on the head coach for unsportsmanlike conduct. The head coach was asked to leave the team area because his behaviour was prejudicial to the orderly conduct of the game.


Previous weeks

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.






New this week

UH Sharks

100 Yard Field with the following line problems: no 9 yards marks or numbers and NFL style hash marks in the centre of field. Entire Chain Crew changed at half time due to a "party". Plaudits to both teams for playing the game in a very sportsmanlike manner with good humoured banter.

Chris Jarvis #10


Brighton Tsunami

Outer hash marks were directly on the side lines without any spacing. The goals were attached to a fence a few yards behind the end line. The changing rooms were poor and the showers were not usable.

David Knight #135


City Sentinels

80-yard field with markings extending into the end zones. Changing room very dirty, no private shower or toilet.

Alan Dobson #308

02/03/14 v Westminster Dragons

Royal Holloway Bears

Royal Holloway's field is marked to the width of a rugby field rather than a football field.

Keith Wickham #423


Manchester Tyrants

Field not available until 35 mins after scheduled start time. Line to gain indicators were 9 3/4 yards, no down indicator, so used a person with a beanbag to denote the downbox. Game balls old and worn. No team area markings.

Mike Cavanagh #465


Exeter Demons

Officials were advised beforehand that only 1 set of goalposts were available, so all offensive series drove towards the goalposted end. Field was a substitute 3G field due to usual venue being flooded, which meant no usual markings. Team did a good job creating lines & hash-marks with duct-tape which lasted well for the entirety of the game.

Simon Ryan #408


Westminster Dragons

The game was played on an 80 yard field, with no numbers or 9-yard marks and hashmarks in the middle only marked by a line intersecting each main line at the correct position from the sideline. There were no coaching boxes or team boxes marked, nor were there any limit lines. The game kicked off 20 minutes late while awaiting the provision of sufficient officials' assistants, resulting in a game management delay penalty being enforced on the opening kickoff. The BAFRA Admin fee was not paid on the day as the team stated they were paying it by electronic means. The changing room was not lockable and required sweeping prior to use.

Pete Parsons #321


Northampton Nemesis

Northampton played in black jerseys and pants, UEA played in navy blue jerseys and pants. The field markings and team area markings had all washed away in the rain, although the marks were still just visible where they had been.

Brian Yates #29


Swansea Titans

Game played at Llandarcy Academy of Sport. Field had been re-marked and markings were much clearer than the last game. However, PAT marks were at the 2-yard line, and coaches areas were too close to the side lines.

Amir Brooks #593


Solent Redhawks

Some hash marks slightly out of alignment with each other. Kickoff was scheduled for 18:30 but the medical personnel were delayed by an RTA so we actually kicked off at 19:14. At 20:30, with 0.03 remaining in the second quarter, the game was suspended due to a severe injury. We took the interval then, and were unable to resume until 21:37. With a floodlight deadline of 22:30, both head coaches agreed to reduce the length of the 3rd and 4th quarters to 7 minutes.

Two members of the chain crew and both ball persons had to be replaced at this point.

Plaudits to the crew and both teams for sticking it out over the course of a long evening, and Solent's fightback in the fourth quarter made it a tense and exciting finish.

Jim Briggs #31

02/03/14 v Oxford Lancers

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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


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


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




New this week

Play: A's ball, 3rd and 16, on A's 29. A23 takes the snap from the centre and runs toward the sideline. When he is unable to find an eligible receiver, he throws the ball into the sidelines. The pass as thrown from outside the tackle box and crossed the neutral zone extended. B33 held A88 on A's 36 during A23's run.

Last 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?

Ruling: A's ball, 1st and 10, on A's 42. The 15-yard penalty for twisting the facemask of A19 is not roughing he passer because A19 was not a passer when the foul occurred. Therefore the 15 yard penalty cannot be added to the end of A88's run. (Rule 9-3-4-e)


New this week

Game Situation: Which official has responsibility for ensuring that the game balls are made available before the game?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 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: M-11-7-a-1. The Head Linesman has sole responsibility for ruling on if the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage on a punt play of this kind. This is the Head Linesman's top priority during the play.




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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