BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 11/14

20th March 2014


Not Long Now

Only 2 weeks to go now till the main event of our year. Let’s hope all this bad weather has passed by then and we don’t have any travel issues. Preparations are going well and I’m sure it will all go to plan on the day. There are many dedicated people working in the background to make it a success. Every year the number of people staying at the Convention on the Friday night increases and this year has been no different. We have now reached 62 which is fantastic! I look forward to meeting everyone again.

94 and counting

The following 94 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. If name is not on the list please send an email to

S Alger, M Allen, J Bennett, F Bevans, A Binns, J Briggs, J Brookes-Lewis, A Brooks, R Brown, D Burridge, M Burrows, C Caroll, D Carr, M Cavanagh, P Clarke, A Cockerill, M Cockerill, G Coleman, L Connor, T Cripps, I Davies, R Davis, S Egan, T Fisher, G Galloway, K Gambrill, M Gibson, Mz Gibson, K Glover, R Goodgroves, R Grace, J Graveling, J Griffin, B Griffiths, P Haddad, S Halls, D Hewitt, R Hill, D Holt, H Horner, P Hume, J Ikins, B Jacquin, C Jarvis, D Knight, A Lambert, L Lebolt, S Leonard, T Lindeman, A Lovell, J Malia, J Merideth, D Morton, A Newsham, R Newton, D Norton, T Ockendon, C Olsson, D Parsons, P Parsons, E Paterson, M Prentice, A Price, H Richardson, J Roberts, P Roberts, R Samples, C Sandle, I Sneddon, S Sombati, K Stanton, D Sterling, P Sutton, S Tabberner, L Taylor, S Taylor, P Thom, F Thomson, P Todd, S Tonkinson, R Vernon, I Wainwright, D Walsh, M Ward, K Wickham, C Willox, A Wilson, M Wilson, H Wiltshire, L Wood, L Wooton, D Wright, B Yates & C Young.

Convention Details

Full details of the Convention will be in next week Newsflash however I understand some people have been asking about the start time on the Saturday. Well the Welcome Desk will open at 9:00am with the Convention starting at 9:30 prompt. As such you need to be there for 9:00am. There are travel details and directions on the Convention Centre Website:

I had a conference call with the Convention Centre last night and they have agreed to extend the closing date to Monday 24th March, so you still have some time to register. Full details of the Convention and accommodation rates can be found at the following link:


If you have not paid for your accommodation can I ask that you please do so by Monday 24th March.

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


There are problems with the e-mail addresses at the moment. If you have sent anything to any of these addresses in the past week or so, please check it has reached the intended recipient.

Please only use personal e-mails until this is resolved (these may be found in the member’s section of the website). Colin is working with the server host to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Paul Sutton


13th April will be the start of the first weekend of the new season. There are only 10 games on this day so we will assign quite a few crews with seven officials and we know many of you want to gain experience of working these games.

The following two weekends have lots more games so it is really important that you make sure that your availability on Arbiter is correct.

Richard Vernon


A notice regarding the AGM was sent to all members last Friday. If you did not receive yours, please contact me.

Paul Sutton


Championship Playoffs

Stirling Clansmen 48 v Sheffield Sabres 7

Hertfordshire Hurricanes 36 v Bath Killer Bees 18

Brighton Tsunami 0 v Imperial Immortals 14

Birmingham Lions 41 v Durham Saints 2

Trophy Playoffs

Swansea Titans 38 v UCLAN Rams 6

Leeds Carnegie 14 v Exeter Demons 27

Royal Holloway Bears 28 v Hull Sharks 20

Kent Falcons 7 v Glasgow Tigers 10









New this week – none

Previous weeks

Andrew Messiha


Sunderland Spartans



After the play was over player grabbed the facemask of an opponent and pulled it sharply to the ground in an obvious attempt to injure.


Steven Kilgannon


Liverpool Fury



Player was seen punching an opponent during a dead ball melee






New this week

Royal Holloway Bears

The field is approximately 190 feet wide. The hash marks are still marked at the right location in relation to the sidelines, meaning that there is a very large gap between the hashes in the centre of the field. The Referee and Back Judge should expect to do a lot of running to cover sideline-to-sideline. The sunny weather, proximity of the field to the local halls of residence and provision of a BBQ meant that there was a larger-than-usual crowd at the game, well over 100 people.

Dean Wright #553

23/03/14 v Glasgow Tigers

Leeds Carnegie

Field of play was 80 yards in length. No coaching line and team area not marked between 25 yard lines. The home team were initially only able top provide two of the required five officials assistants. Two members of the chain crew were provided by BAFRA, eventually a Leeds Carnegie coach acted as ball-person. He was replaced at half-time after another BAFRA trainee arrived. At one point the other ball-person refused to retrieve two balls that had been kicked over a fence (following back-to-back field goal attempts). The game was suspended for 7 minutes in the third quarter to treat an injury.

Ben Griffiths #228


Kent Falcons

Played at Park Wood field. 90-yard field marked out in red with rugby markings in white which lead to some problems with players being unable to locate the sidelines during play. Numbers too small and at incorrect distance from sideline but field otherwise well marked. No team are markings so team areas were marked out with cones.

Tim Ockendon #481


Swansea Titans

Field was originally marked out as 100 yards with 5 yard endzones - this was shortened to 90 yards with 10 yard endzones. The field had NFL hash marks. Field markings were in red and faint, with white rugby markings also on the field.

Amir Brooks #593

23/03/14 v Exeter Demons

Outstanding items from previous weeks - none



New this week

Play: A's ball on A's 20, free kick after a safety. A9's punt goes high and is blown backward. B22 attempts to catch the kick at A's 18 where he is contacted by A66 prior to catching the ball. A59 recovers on A's 23. Ruling?

Last week

Play: A's ball on B's 8, 3rd and 2. The score is tied with ten seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. A23 advances to B's 7 where he is downed. B76 is offside. Two seconds remain on the clock. Ruing? Clock?

Ruling: The clock was stopped to complete a penalty. If this was a 4th down play, the clock would also have been stopped to award a first down to Team B and the clock would start on the snap. However this was not a fourth down play. A's ball on B's 4, 1st and goal. The clock starts on the ready for play.


New this week

Game Situation: Key systems. How much time should an official spend following his key after a play has began, and one that time has elapsed, how should the official direct his attention to best cover downfield players on a developing pass play?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 1st and goal on team B's 9 yard line. How should the Back Judge position himself and then move to ensure the best possible coverage of the developing play?
Answer: M-12-5-b. When the ball is snapped between the 7 and the 15 yard line the Back Judge should position himself in the end zone and be prepared to move to the goal line; unless a pass into the end zone develops, in which case he should move to cover the pass or whichever line (goal or end line) it is nearest.




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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