BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 17/14

30th April 2014

EXAM 2014

The 2014 exam is now available on the website. All instructions are on the exam which must be returned by 5:00pm on 10th May at the latest. In exceptional cases, a short extension may be granted at the sole discretion of the Director of Training ( Please note, no other person has the authority to grant an extension.

Just a reminder that all qualified officials MUST sit the exam; failure to do so will mean the loss of qualified status. Other members are strongly advised to attempt the exam. For associate members in particular, it gives an opportunity to assess your own progress and will allow you to identify any areas of weakness to work on with your mentor.

As of 11:30 am on Wednesday 30th April the following people have returned their exam papers:

Stuart Alger, Mark Allen, Derek Burridge, Alan Christopher, Martin Cockerill, Stephen Egan, Cameron Gibson, Murray Gibson, Roger Goodgroves, John Griffin, Jon Ikins, Anton Jarbol, David Knight, Michael LeFevre, Julian Mallia, Lee Mills, Mark Niven, Ian Papworth, Alun Price, Larry Rigby, John Roberts, Norval Scott, Anthony Tagg, Lee Taylor, Ian Wainwright, Mark Wilson, Brian Yates

If you think your name should have been ion the above list and it isn’t please contact me as a matter of urgency. Please note that I acknowledge all papers received.

Paul Sutton


Two things this week. Firstly a BAFA Disciplinary Committee has found Nick Wykes, Head Coach of Oxford Brookes Panthers, guilty of three charges of bringing the game into disrepute. The charges relate to incidents during a game at Brighton on 23rd February during which Mr Wykes was removed from the playing enclosure because of his behaviour towards the officials.

Mr Wykes has been suspended for 1 game, fined £50 and warned about his future conduct.

The second item is that we have had two firsts this week: the first player to be penalised for targeting an opponent; and the first player to be penalised based on video evidence - and they were one and the same.

The player in question is James Walter (#7) of Oxford Saints. Having seen some clips of the game video, the referee reported a flagrant foul (targeting) as per Rule 9-6-3. This was dealt with under Article 2-11 of the Disciplinary Code, which allows BAFA to take action under a range of circumstances such as this.

Two other cases are under investigation where the opposing team raised a complaint about a player's conduct. These are still in progress.

Jim Briggs


Those who attended the Convention will no doubt have spent some time exploring the BAFRA History Display set up by Steve Tonkinson. Part of that were the all-time list of members and the all-time list of bowl crews. Both of these items inevitably have gaps in them although some of these have since been filled. Both of these items are in the members area of the website at: and respectively.

Are you able to assist in filling in some of the gaps in either of these? Is so, please send any information you have to me so I can update these documents. Thank you in advance for any assistance in this.

Paul Sutton


Congratulations to David Hewitt on completing all of the requirements necessary to become qualified. Thanks to Dan Holt and all those who are helping with David‘s training.

Pete Thom


Lincolnshire Bombers 6-19 Oxford Saints

Peterborough Saxons 23-16 Shropshire Revolution

Clyde Valley Blackhawks 75-0 Aberdeen Roughnecks

Dundee Hurricanes 12-19 Glasgow Tigers

Manchester Titans 22-25 Chester Romans

Crewe Railroaders 6-45 Staffordshire Surge

Merseyside Nighthawks 33-13 Walney Terriers

Ouse Valley Eagles 37-0 London Hornets

Torbay Trojans 0-26 Bournemouth Bobcats

Cornish Sharks 0-51 Farnham Knights

Bristol Apache 0-46 Solent Thrashers

Nottingham Caesars 0-56 Tamworth Phoenix

Coventry Jets 14-0 Gateshead Senators

London Blitz 43-0 South Wales Warriors

Cambridgeshire Cats 20-28 East Kent Mavericks









New this week

Matthew Napier


Pennine Panthers



This occurred in the final game of a 5v5 youth tournament. Player committed two acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Suspension will be served in the first game of the next tournament the club is scheduled for.

Russell Lingwood


Shropshire Revolution



Player threw a punch at an opponent, threw the player to the ground pulling his helmet off, then kick the player twice in the face.

04/05/14 v Leicester Falcons

Steve Davey


Bristol Apache



Player was observed headbutting an opponent after a play.

04/05/14 v Swindon Storm

Joe Brammer


Coventry Jets



Swearing at an official.

03/05/14 v Birmingham Bulls

James Walter


Oxford Saints



Video evidence of targeting foul. Penalty issued 30/04/2014.

18/05/14 v Leicester Falcons

Previous weeks

David Saul


Sheffield Predators



Made defamatory comments about an opposing team and a BAFRA official.

11/05/2014 v Yorkshire Rams

Anthony Ellis


Essex Spartans



Act of unsportsmanlike conduct immediately after the game that was his second UNS. This was his third disqualification offence within 12 months hence a 12 month ban.

Suspended until 06/06/14





New this week

Manchester Titans Junior

Prior to the game Manchester queried the minimum roster size; Chester only had 15 registered players and only 14 in kit. Officials stated that they were aware BAFANL has minimum roster sizes, but it was a league rule and not a playing rule.

Later the the Manchester game day manager asked me to take a phone-call on her phone from Steve Whitter (BAFANL Junior Contact). He stated that as Chester did not meet the minimum roster requirements they automatically forfeited that game. However if both coaches agreed the game could still take-place as a non-competitive/non-league game (with the result not counting towards the league standings). Steve Whitter stated that the officials did not have to officiate the game if they wished not to. All the officials were happy to officiate the game whether it counted towards the league standings or not. Both coaches agreed to play and the game was played.

The game was played under 8-a-side rules on a pitch marked up for an 11-a-side game (90 yard pitch). One end zone was used and for the other end zone the 10 yard line was used as the goal line and the goal line was used as the endline, this meant the short yard extension marks extended into one endzone. The field of play was 40 feet too wide. There were right rugby markings within one yard of the goal line. The team area was not marked between the 25 yard lines. The coaching line was 8 feet from the side line and the team area marking was only 10 feet from the side line.

Ben Griffiths #228

22/06/14 v Burnley Tornadoes

Manchester Titans

With 9.30 remaining in the 4th quarter a home spectator came within a few yards of the field and directed abuse towards the away team players. He was asked to move back behind the team area, and when he refused game management was asked to remove him from the sideline. He then relocated to the spectator area behind the away team and the game continued.

John Roberts #145

04/05/14 v Crewe Railroaders

Merseyside Nighthawks

Walney Terriers arrived 12.45 for a 13.00 kickoff. Actual kickoff at 13.40 and away team assessed a 15 yard DOG penalty on the kickoff in acc. with Rule 3.4.1a.

Mike Cavanagh #465

01/06/14 v Staffordshire Surge

Lincolnshire Bombers

All field markings were in red, with other sports markings in white and blue. 90 yard field, end zones were reduced to 7 yards because the end line was too close to the perimeter fence. No nine yard marks, no limit lines, no coaches box or team area. Only one set of goal posts. Changing room not big enough for more than two people and not lockable.

Dan Holt #371

18/05/14 v Peterborough Saxons

London Blitz

Well marked field with several small areas that were potential trip hazards attended to by game management prior to kickoff. Fixed athletics equipment within the limit lines by one corner of the field was well padded, plane of goals not in the plane of the end line and team area lines were replaced by 6-foot wide tarpaulins staked into the ground.

Tim Ockendon #481

08/06/14 v London Olympians

Cambridgeshire Cats

With 0:29 to go in the 2nd quarter a serious on-field injury occurred. With the agreement of both head coaches, we took the extended 45 minute injury delay as the half time interval before completing the 2nd quarter and the remainder of the game.

Plaudits to both teams to their patience and understanding during this time allowing the on-site and emergency ambulance staff to stabilise and transport the injured player from the field. Also, plaudits to Cambridgeshire for their game management and overall excellent field markings which scored only 1 on the audit - the only issue was they only had the sideline yardage markers on one side of the field.

Phil Clarke #262

04/05/14 v London Blitz

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Berkshire Renegades

The field did not have 5 yard lines at every 5 line interval (although there were some) and NFL style hashmarks. This was due to them playing on a temporary field and the contractors who marked the field failing to use the diagram provided by the team.

Keith Wickham #423

11/05/14 v London Olympians


Play of the week is suspended during the exam period.




Contact for details


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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