BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 12/14

27th March 2014


The Convention is now just a week away. All the preparation work is done (almost) and all we need to do now is turn up and make the most of the weekend. 95 members have registered to attend.

Welcome Desk

The Welcome Desk will be open between 9:00am - 9:30am on the Saturday morning and will be located in the main reception area. A few things will happen when you arrive at the Welcome Desk. Firstly you will need to sign-in and then pick up your Convention Pack. This will contain the following items:

You will then be shown to the Main Convention Hall where Tea and Coffee will be available. We have quite a lot to get through during the day so I would ask that everyone makes the effort to be there as early as possible. We will start at 9:30am prompt.

Prize Draw

We will be running a Prize Draw again this year and have prizes worth over £150.00 to give away. So remember to pick up some Raffle tickets at the Welcome Desk. They are only £1.00 each and the money collected will be reinvested in next year’s prizes.

Housekeeping Notes

Rooms will be available from 2:00pm on your day of arrival. We will probably have a room available where bags can be stored until you check-in. I will arrive at the Conference Centre around 5:00pm on the Friday. If you have any problems please let me know. Directions can be found at:

Kit for sale

I have been contacted by Colin Carroll who has had a officiating career ending injury just after he bought a load of equipment/uniform and he is looking to sell it. He is hoping to sell his equipment and is therefore bringing it along to the convention weekend. Colin can be contacted at colin@carroll1999 and the following kit will be available to buy:

And Finally

I look forward to meeting everyone and hopefully we will have an enjoyable weekend.

Davie Parsons


Applications are invited from BAFRA members who would like to be a member of this important committee. It’s roles include the selection of officials for all UK Bowl Games, NFL Chain Crews and IFAF Panel.

In accordance with the rules of this committee two places are vacated every year and as a result two places will shortly be available.

Please submit an Expression of Interest to me by no later than 2nd April 2014.

If anyone is considering applying who has not served previously on a BAFRA you are welcome to contact me for an informal discussion about the role and requirements.

Richard Vernon


Thank you for your suggestions for a charity for BAFRA to support in 2014. The following were received:

Access Sport

Age UK

Cancer Research UK

Help for Heroes



Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

All members attending the Saturday of the Convention will receive a ballot paper to select which of the above we will support this year. Please have a look at the website for each charity to help you to make an informed decision.

Paul Sutton


Championship Playoffs

Stirling 48 v Imperial 0

Hertfordshire 21 v Birmingham 26

Trophy Playoffs

Swansea 31 v Exeter 8

Royal Holloway 26 v Glasgow 12









New this week – none

Previous weeks – none





New this week

Swansea Titans

The same field markings were used as last week, with faint red lines and NFL hashmarks which extended into the endzone due to the field being originally marked out as 100 yards with 5 yard endzones.

Amir Brooks #593


Royal Holloway Bears

The field was marked out to rugby pitch width - estimated to be 68 yards (204 feet) wide. On several plays during the game, RHUL ball carriers were able to "turn the corner" on the defence - something they would have been unable to do on a normal width field because the ball carrier would have been forced out of bounds. Glasgow were disadvantaged when trying to conserve time because their receivers had further to go to get out of bounds.

In my view (shared by others on the crew), the width of the field gave RHUL an unfair advantage. Glasgow lodged a protest with me before the game, but by rule I was forced to play the game and then report it.

No coaching box or team area markings. Some patches of the field were bare of grass. No private changing room was provided for the officials. One ball person had to be replaced due to incompetence.

Jim Briggs #31


Outstanding items from previous weeks - none



New this week

Play: A's ball on B's 40, 4th and 20. The score is tied with ten seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. A18's legal forward pass is complete to A88 who advances to B's 18 where he fumbles. A74 recovers on B's 17. B67 roughs the passer. Two seconds remain on the clock. Ruling?

Last 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?

Ruling: Interference with opportunity to catch a scrimmage kick only apply when the kick is beyond the neutral zone (6-4-1). There is no neutral zone during a free kick and so interference can happen anywhere on the field. A66 commits an interference with B22's opportunity to catch the kick on Team A's 18 yard line. The penalty is 15 yards from the spot of the foul. B's ball on A's 9, 1st and goal.


New this week

Game Situation: On a 6 or 7 man crew, which officials should escort the team captains into the centre of the field for the coin toss?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 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: M-12-4-b. An official should switch from man-to-man coverage (watching his key) to zone coverage immediately after the initial action – this is normally about 2-3 seconds. The official's progression on the play should be (1) his key, (2) his zone and finally (3) the intended receiver. Each official's zone of coverage on a basic scrimmage down is shown in M-24-2. Once the ball has been thrown though, it is the priority of all officials who had keys if to rule on whether the pass was complete or incomplete. As such each official's priority must then be on the intended receiver.




Contact for details


March 29th (Sat)

BUCS Final

April 2nd (Wed)

Deadline for Selection Committee applications

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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