BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 44/14

6th November 2014


This date sees 29 games currently scheduled to be played including two in Scotland and two in Wales and six in the London area. With games being played in every part of the UK can I ask everyone to make every effort to assist in meeting this very heavy schedule of games. After these games there will only be two more Sundays before the mid-season break. Your continued co-operation is much appreciated.

Richard Vernon


While we make every effort to ensure Arbiter has all the correct information regarding every game, I strongly advise all Referees to confirm game details with the University contact. Every team who contacts us is asked to complete the BAFRA Fixture Notification Form from the website and we then update Arbiter so it has the latest team information.

Richard Vernon


A BAFA Disciplinary Committee has found Tony Bainbridge, Head Coach of the Kent Exiles, guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. Mr Bainbridge pleaded guilty to a charge of posting an inappropriate message on Facebook and has been issued a written warning regarding his conduct.

BAFA would like to remind all participants in the sport of their responsibilities as members under the BAFA Code of Conduct. Article 7 of the Code states that:

"A BAFA participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute, including ... misconduct before, during or after a BAFA event, including violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour"

Coaches are held to standard higher than others because they are additionally bound by the BAFCA Code of Ethics. Further, the prologue to the BAFA Disciplinary Code states that:

"All participants in the sport, but especially coaches, players and officials, should expect to show appropriate levels of respect towards each other. Those participating in a situation that is physically confrontational by the nature of the sport should play hard and fair while the ball is live, but show restraint and care for their opponents at other times."

Jim Briggs


Durham Saints 28-14 Stirling Clansmen

Sheffield Sabres 21-23 Loughborough Students

Brighton Tsunami 7-27 Bath Killer Bees

Birmingham Lions 23-0 Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Newcastle Raiders 0-9 Glasgow Tigers

Sunderland Spartans 50-0 Teesside Cougars

UWS Pyros 12-20 Edinburgh Predators

Manchester Tyrants 12-20 Staffordshire Stallions

Bangor Muddogs 6-12 LJM Fury

MMU Eagles 0-34 Lancaster Bombers

Huddersfield Hawks 60-22 Leeds Celtics

Lincoln Colonials 12-26 Hallam Warriors

York Centurions 10-20 Leeds Carnegie

Northampton Nemesis 25-6 DMU Falcons

NTU Renegades 46-6 Coventry Jets

Worcester Royals 35-0 Wolverhampton Wildcats

Nottingham Students 68-6 Leicester Longhorns

Swansea Titans 28-0 Plymouth Blitz

Bristol Barracuda 63-0 FXU Tridents

Exeter Demons 7-14 Cardiff Cobras

UWE Bullets 16-0 Gloucestershire Gladiators

Portsmouth Destroyers 14-10 BNU Buccaneers

Surrey Stingers 24-6 Solent Redhawks

Brunel Burners 17-2 Greenwich Mariners

Reading Knights 18-0 Kingston Cougars

OBU Panthers 6-12 Kent Falcons









New this week

Akintunde Adeleye


Sheffield Sabres



After the play was over the player grabbed and twisted the face mask of an opponent then ripped it off, and threw it to the ground.

08/11/14 v Durham Saints

Junior Erejuwa


Coventry Jets



This player and an opponent were both penalised for an unsportsmanlike confrontation. Jets #52 then made abusive comments to the referee and continued to do so from the team area. Player was ejected for flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct.

16/11/14 v Worcester Royals

Kornel Poplowski


Coventry Jets



Head-butted an opponent.

16/11/14 v Worcester Royals

Gavin Donald


UWS Pyros



Player was was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct as he was running the ball in for a touchdown. Following the conclusion of the play he made abusive comments to an official and was disqualified for two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

08/11/14 v Napier Knights

Jordan Eaton


Sheffield Hallam Warriors



Player repeatedly punched an opponent after the end of a play. This caused a fracas and 2 more ejections (see below)

08/11/14 v York Centurions

Joseph Pinkstone


Lincoln Colonials



Following on from the ejection above, player was ejected after joining in the fracas.

16/11/14 v Bradford Bears

Dean Robert Turner


Lincoln Colonials



Following on from the ejections above, player took his helmet off, threw it to the ground and waded into the fracas.

16/11/14 v Bradford Bears

Previous weeks – from previous seasons

James Cherry


Kingston Cougars



After the end of the play on which time expired in the 4th quarter, player flagrantly targeted an opponent above the shoulders who was defenceless due to the fact that he was standing out of bounds and was no longer participating in the play. Following his disqualification it was found that the person listed as #3 on the Kingston roster was not the player who had been wearing #3 during the game. Second disqualification during 2013-2014 means a 2-game suspension. Not on roster adds a further game suspension.

08/11/14 v LSBU Spartans; 16/11/14 v Westminster Dragons; 23/11/14 v Greenwich Mariners

Jake Wickham


Royal Holloway Bears



Player committed 2 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls during the game

16/11/14 v City Sentinels; 23/11/14 v Westminster Dragons

Andrew Messiha


Sunderland Spartans



After the play was over #78 grabbed the facemask of an opponent and pulled it sharply to the ground in an obvious attempt to injure.

09/11/14 v Northumbria Mustangs

Chris Geldard


BNU Buccaneers



After a play was over 81 head butted an opponent.

16/11/14 v Bournemouth University Bobcats

Nick Wykes


OBU Panthers



Found guilty of three additional charges of bringing the game into disrepute relating to an incident during a game at Brighton.

16/11/14 v Cambridge University

In addition the following persons MAY have registered for a BUCS team for 2014-2015. If so, they have a 1 game suspension carried forward (unless stated otherwise):

Ashmore, Josh - Coventry Jets Juniors

Evans, Gareth - London Hornets

Lewis, Sean - London Olympians

Musana, Willis - London Olympians

Odei, Koby - London Olympians

Oshibote, Ayotunde - London Olympians (2 game suspension)

Russell, Nathan - Hastings Conquerors





New this week

Worcester Royals

Wolverhampton's kit hadn't arrived, so they played in Worcester's second strip. No officials' changing area - crew had to arrive in uniform. No parking available at venue, need to use pay and display car park and walk 500+ yards

Andrew Lovell #559

23/11/14 v Nottingham Outlaws

Bangor Muddogs

Approximately 14 feet from the sideline there was a steep slope with a drop of 10 feet. This meant there was very little space for the home team to congregate on their sideline. There were no limit lines or Team Areas marked. Ball persons were only provided about 2 minutes before kickoff. Bangor did not provide a roster until the scheduled kickoff time and when they did it had no Jersey numbers listed so the roster was returned while they amended the roster, resulting in the kickoff being delayed by 7 minutes. The lines were well marked at kickoff but deteriorated and will need remarking before the next game played on it.

Ben Griffiths #228

23/11/14 v UCL Rams

Newcastle Raiders

No nine yard marks/numbers on pitch. No coaching areas/restraining lines marked. One game ball extremely worn and the other two had seen significant use also. Crew and admin fee not paid. We were informed game management had already left when we returned their game balls to changing room 35 mins after game concluded.

Ian Cubit #457

16/11/14 v Napier Knights

Swansea Titans

Field markings were in blue, and had become very faint due to heavy rain prior to kickoff.

Amir Brooks #593

25/01/14 v Bristol Barracuda

Brighton Tsunami

No team areas or coaching boxes marked: used cones instead. Goals tied to high fence about 2 yards beyond end line. Three very old balls provided. Brighton said they had ordered some new ones. Ball boys changed several times during game. Construction of Brighton's long-awaited new changing rooms has begun. You need to walk behind the building site to get to the field.

Jim Briggs #31

30/11/14 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

Northampton Nemesis

Crew arrived for a 1pm kick off - away team arrived at 12.50 for a 2 pm kick off. Kick off occurred at 13.50 with acceptance of both teams.

Official changed in a good-sized changing room and were later advised their belongings had been moved to a smaller room as the original room was needed for the Away team. On going to change after the game belongings had been moved, however room was full of other items and there was not enough room or setting. No toilet in new changing room.

With 7.37 remaining in the third quarter the down box operator was replaced at the request of the referee as the operator was squaring up with the away team head coach and had been goading the away team.

Lee Wood #517

30/11/14 v Nottingham Outlaws

OBU Panthers

No goal posts. Coaches agreed to play anyway. No 9 yard marks.

Coleman #177

07/12/14 v Essex Spartans

Huddersfield Hawks

Upon arrival at the ground, we immediately noticed that there were no goals...but there were a few bits of drainpipe on the ground at one end. By the time we went back out to the field, said drainpipe had been secured to the perimeter fence by cable ties, but they hadn't fashioned a drainpipe crossbar. As this could not be used, both coaches agreed to a no post game. The field was marked in red, there were no five yard lines, three yard mark, numbers or nine yard marks. There were also no coaching or team areas.

Dan Holt #371

07/12/14 v Hull Sharks

York Centurions

The field is marked out with the usual RED markings making it very difficult to see them especially when the sun shines! The Following Lines were missing: Limit Lines, Team and Coaching areas, 3 yard Marks, Nine Yard marks. 3 Game Balls were offered but by the KO time 1 had become deflated and the Home Team could not offer a replacement, therefore the Way Team supplied the 3rd Game Ball. There were only 7 pylons available, therefore the 8th was replaced by a soft low cone to the back of 1 endzone.

Chris Jarvis #10

16/11/14 v Huddersfield Hawks

Brunel Burners

Field marked in dull red paint. No 9-yard marks or numbers. NFL hashmarks. One chain pole now has a major bend in it due to a collision. One football very worn.

Alan Dobson #308

08/11/14 v Westminster Dragons

MMU Eagles

The field markings were in yellow and appeared to be very good, but when the sideline numbers had been added by the home team it was noted the pitch was longer than last season. Last year it was 90 yards and this season it appeared to have grown by 10 yards. When the officials measured the chains they did not match the field markings, they appeared to be 11.5 yards long. This was consistent along the length of the pitch although both endzones were 10 yards. With the agreement of both coaches the chains were shortened to match the field markings to avoid confusion and the home team was asked to correct this prior to their next home game.

Lee Taylor #183

16/11/14 v Tarannau Aberystwyth

Outstanding items from previous weeks – none



New this week

Play: A's ball, 3rd and 6, on A's 45. Runner A23 is being tackled on B's 44 but is not down when A84 punches the ball out of A23's possession with his fist. The ball is rolling on the ground when A66 attempts to kick it, misses it and strikes B74's leg on B's 33. The ball rolls out of bounds on B's 32. Ruling?

Last 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?

Ruling: B's ball, 1st and 10, on B's 10. Team A will decline the penalty for B35's holding foul since the 10-yard penalty would take the ball from the spot of the foul, B's 30, to B's 20. Team B will then elect to take the ball at the spot of illegal touching, B's 10. If B35's foul was a personal foul, The touchdown would stand and Team A would have the option of penalty enforcement on the try or the succeeding kickoff.


New this week

Game Situation: It is the opening kick off of the game, the game is covered by a 4 man crew and the kick off is being returned by B23 up the pressbox side of the field. The Linejudge is following behind the B23. At what point in the run should the Linejudge be prepared to give up B23's forward progress to the Umpire?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 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: M-10-5-c & M-10-5-d. The umpire should establish eye-contact with the wing officials and give the 'double thumbs up' signal (sup25) to indicate a touchdown. It is convention that the umpire never give a touchdown signal on a normal scrimmage down, although he may if the wingman has fallen over or is otherwise well out of position.




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