BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 41/14

16th October 2014


Thank you to all who have renewed. I have also updated the list with the automatic renewals. As at 2:00pm on Wednesday 15th October 2014 we have had 81 members register for 2015. They are:

Dave Allan, Mark Allen, James Arthur, Robert Banks, Andrew Binns, Bill Bowsher, Christopher Brice, Mark Bridgham, Jim Briggs, Mark Burrows, Mike Cavanagh, Graham Coleman, Ian Davies, Stephen Egan, Ziad Ewais, Mike Fenton, Greg Freeman, Barry Gent, Martin Gibson, Muz Gibson, Roger Goodgroves, Ray Grace, John Graveling, Sam Gretton, John Griffin, Gerry Grunska, Paul Haddad, David Hewitt, Heather Horner, Jon Ikins, Chris Jarvis, Fletcher Kinnie, David Knight, Bruce Leatherman, Mike LeFevre, Simon Love, Alex Maynard, Frank McParlin, Jason Mead, Clyde Messenger, Adrian Miller, Lee Mills, Richard Moger, Darryl Morton, CK Nam, Dave Norton, Tim Ockendon, Francis Oldfield, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Colin Payne, Austin Pickles, Richard Prattley, Stephen Quick, Larry Rigby, Tony Rivers, John Roberts, Richard Samples, Ester Sandiford, Nobby Scott, Ian Sneddon, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Keith Stevens, Paul Sutton, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Steve Tonkinson, Richard Vernon, Harald von Sydow, Sean Welsh, Richard Whitby, Rose Wilford, Alan Wilson, Mark Wilson, Dean Wright, Lee Wood, Brian Yates, Stuart Young.

If your name is not on the above list and you believe that I should have received your renewal by that time, please contact me. I acknowledge all renewals when received.Finally, a number of people are making their renewal payment either electronically or by some other arrangement with the Director of Finance. May I remind those people that I also need the renewal form sent to me (either electronically or by post) so that we can finalise the renewal. If anyone has any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Paul Sutton


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






New this week

Carlisle Sentinels

Field only 80 yards between goal lines. High-school hash marks were marked between one goal line and one 20 yard line. Proper NCAA hash marks correctly marked between both goal lines.

Ben Griffiths #228


Outstanding items from previous weeks – none



New this week

Play: A's ball, 4th and 4, on A's 45. A's punt rolls to B's 10 where A21 tries to recover, but muffs the ball and it rolls to B's 12. B19 picks up the ball on B's 12 and runs to B's 40 where he fumbles. A20 recovers the ball on B's 35 and runs for a touchdown. During B19's run, B35 held A23 on B's 30. Ruling?

Last week

Play: A's ball, 4th and 1, on B's 6. The score is tied with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. A4's attempted Field Goal is wide. Team B was offside at the snap. The penalty is enforced with seven seconds on the clock. The referee starts the clock on the ready for play and time expires before the ball is snapped.

Ruling: The clock was stopped at the end of a legal kick play and so should have started on the snap (3-3-2-d-8). Timing errors on the game clock may be corrected but shall be corrected only in the period in which they occur (3-2-2-b). It is reasonable to assume that this is still the 4th quarter even though time has expired. The referee, after restoring order, will put seven seconds on the clock and give the ready for play signal. The period is not extended with an untimed down. A's ball, 1st and goal, on B's 3. The clock starts on the snap.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and goal at the B2, team A run a quarterback sneak. The umpire sees the ball-carrier clearly break the plane of the goal line before falling down, however both wing officials' views are obscured by other players. How should the umpire communicate that a touchdown has been scored?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: Mid-way through the 2nd quarter and during a timeout, the Head Linesman notices that the head coach of the team on his sideline is standing 5 yards on the field talking to his players. The coaches on the other side of the field are remaining in their coaching area during the timeout. How should the official respond to this situation?
Answer: It is prohibited for coaches to be outside of their team area on the field during the game (9-2-1-b-1). However, during a timeout coaches that come on to the field, remain within 9 yards of the sideline and don't draw attention to themselves should not normally be regarded as a problem (MM 3-9-7). As the timeout comes to an end though, the official should consider reminding the coach to remain in his team area, since this will likely avoid potential conflicts with the coaches of the other team during timeouts later in the game. If a coach does cause any commotion, then he should be asked to return to his team area.




Contact for details


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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