BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 38/14

25th September 2014


By the time you read this, you should have received your membership renewal and survey forms. If you have not, please contact me as a matter of urgency. All the details are on the renewal form but, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. A gremlin seems to have offered a rather underwhelming answer to Q26 in the annual survey on some forms. Apologies for this – please feel free to replace it with your own answer! All forms and payment (or an arrangement with the Director of finance) should be returned by 31st October at the latest. If anyone is not renewing, it would be appreciated if you could let me know with your reason(s) which can remain confidential if you so wish.

Paul Sutton


What promises to be a very busy college football season commences on 2nd November with 28 games. There will be a similar number of games every Sunday (see NOTE below) until early December. Can all officials make sure they update Arbiter as quickly as possible as we would like to assign officials to the first three weeks of the season very soon. If any official is not going to be available for the majority of games in November/December, for whatever reason, then it would be appreciated if you could let me know, also show yourself unavailable on Arbiter.

NOTE: Could officials on Wembley Chain Crew duty on 9th November just show themselves unavailable on Arbiter for both 8th and 9th November.

Can ALL officials note that every game scheduled for this weekend is now scheduled on Saturday 8th November. So can all officials make sure they update Arbiter for Saturday 8th as we have 27 games due to be played on this day.

Richard Vernon


The programme and speakers for the SOUK national conference and awards evening on Thursday 30th October have now been confirmed. Both events take place at Staverton Park, near Daventry.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be sports psychologist Duncan Mascarenhas. He will be followed by workshop sessions on e-learning for sports officials; managing people and situations; psychology of officiating; and the art of communication. The programme is designed to be invaluable to officials from all sports, especially those wishing to improve their officiating and rise up the ranks.

The awards dinner will feature an all-star speaker line-up: Howard Webb (football), Waynes Barnes (rugby union) and Richard Illingworth (cricket). Awards in various categories will be presented during the evening.

It would be good to see a good turn out of BAFRA members there. More details at or contact me. Book online at £150 for both events, or £100 for the conference and £60 for the dinner. Let me know if you do so that we can co-ordinate.

Jim Briggs



I would like to make a request for volunteers, though I apologise I have no budget, to join our colleagues at the upcoming Opal Series, women's flag football championship. I have already had Jed Brookes-Lewis, Martin Cockerill, CK Nam, Tim Ockenden, Amir Brookes and Phil Clarke committed to some tournaments, but with 6 tournaments and 3 pitches at each, we're going to need all the help we can get, as this aspect of the game grows.

If you haven't officiated a flag game before, we can pair you up with an experienced colleague for some on the job training. If you are interested contact me on or preferably message me via Facebook.

Venues to be confirmed but highly likely to be:

October 25th Northampton

November 8th Hertfordshire and Manchester

November 22nd London and Teesside

December 6th Nottingham

Andrew Gambrill



New this week

Play: 4th and 5 at the Team B 22 yard line. Team A line up to kick a field goal. After the snap, B90 rushes past the offensive line and towards the holder. B90 kicks the ball out of the possession of holder A12 as he is holding it in place for the kick. There is a scramble for the ball, and eventually the ball is blown dead with A12 in possesion at the Team B 29 yard line. Ruling?

Last week

Play: On a try attempt at Team B's 3 yard line, Team B is flagged for lining up in the neutral zone at the snap. B80 blocks the kick, recovers the ball, and returns it until A18 tackles him at Team A's 45 yard line by grasping and twisting his facemask. Ruling?

Ruling: If both teams foul during the down and Team B fouls before the change of possession, the fouls offset and the down is replayed. Team A's ball at the B 3 yard line, replay the try down. (8-3-3-a).


New this week

Game Situation: Team A attempt a field goal. How should the linesman react move after the successful kick to ensure best coverage of the continuing action?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: On a 4 man crew on a punt play, the Linejudge often ends up a long way from the end of the kick. How

can the ball boy be instructed before the game to help the Linjudge in this regard?
Answer: M-22-3-8. The ball persons should be instructed before the game that they may be asked to retrieve an official's bean bag if it has been dropped some distance from the end of the play. In this instance the ball boy can retrieve the bean bag that the Linejudge has dropped at the end of the kick. Instruct the ball boy that they must never touch the bean bag without being asked to do so.




Contact for details


September 28th (Sun)

NFL @ Wembley (Miami v Oakland)

October 26th (Sun)

NFL @ Wembley (Detroit v Atlanta)

November 1st (Sat)

Xplosion 2014 – Birmingham v Hertfordshire

November 9th (Sun)

NFL @ Wembley (Dallas v Jacksonville)

November 15th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

March 28th & 29th

BAFRA Annual Convention

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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