BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 45/14

13th November 2014


Production of the 2015 edition of the IFAF rulebook has started. NCAA/IFAF changes are being incorporated and need to be checked. If you would be willing to proof read some sections, please let me know. A few people have already volunteered, but I am aware that not everyone saw the advert because of the technical issues with BAFRA emails.

For information, at this stage we are not planning to print a BAFA rulebook for 2015 - it is expected that the changes will be distributed as a list of amendments, supported by a PDF version of the book.


Jim Briggs


Congratulations to Hallum Wiltshire, Barry Gent and Derek Welsh on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified.

Thanks to all their mentors all those who are helping with their training.

Pete Thom


Derby Braves 2-19 Stirling Clansmen

Durham Saints 42-6 Sheffield Sabres

Imperial Immortals 12-6 Brighton Tsunami

Birmingham Lions 44-6 Bath Killer Bees

Edinburgh Predators 18-24 Glasgow Tigers

Northumbria Mustangs 7-26 Sunderland Spartans

Keele Crusaders 0-44 Tarannau Aberystwyth

Lancaster Bombers 28-12 Bangor Muddogs

LJM Fury 6-34 UCL Rams

Hull Sharks 27-0 Bradford Bears

Leeds Carnegie 40-28 Huddersfield Hawks

Sheffield Hallam Warriors 14-0 York Centurions

Warwick Wolves 14-12 Nottingham Outlaws

Bath Spa Bulldogs 0-50 Bristol Barracuda

Bournemouth Bobcats 0-35 Surrey Stingers

Southampton Stags 28-34 (OT) Sussex Saxons

Kingston Cougars 68-0 LSBU Spartans

Brunel Burners 14-18 Westminster Dragons

City Sentinels 12-14 (OT) KCL Regents

UEA Pirates 34-0 Canterbury Chargers

Oxford Lancers 64-0 Anglia Ruskin Rhinos









New this week

Daffyd Gape


Bath Spa Buldogs



After an out of bounds run, B68 attacked the ball carrier violently, hitting him in the back.

16/11/14 v Swansea Titans

Previous weeks – from previous seasons

Kornel Poplowski


Coventry Jets



Head-butted an opponent.

16/11/14 v Worcester Royals

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

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.

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

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

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





New this week

UEA Pirates

Team areas were 25 to 35 yard lines. Ball boys and change crew had 9 changes during the game. Both teams wore black jerseys, the only difference were the numbers white or gold.

Larry Rigby #269

23/11/14 v ARU Phantoms

Oxford Lancers

No goal posts or 9 yard marks.

Coleman #177

Keele Crusaders

Pitch was changed at 24 hours notice due to a waterlogged pitch at the primary venue. The game was played at Newcastle-Under-Lyme College. The team had access to the pitch at noon and marked out lines with duct tape. The pitch was marked to be an 80-yard field but was shortened by 10 yards prior to kickoff as the sideline on one endzone was incomplete. One midfield line present, the chains were used as the only reference points. No nine-yard marks or hash marks, team areas were not marked out adequately. Credit must be given to game management at Keele for getting a pitch marked out at such short notice. The game itself was played in a very competitive and sporting spirit and plaudits go to both sets of players.

Pete Roberts #87

25/01/15 v UCL Rams

Warwick Wolves

Game was played at the University of Nottingham due to a last-minute switch after the field at Coventry was water-logged. The 4G astro-turf on Nottingham campus has no goal-posts, but is otherwise an excellent surface that's well-marked. There were no numbers on the field. Kudos to the both teams for being able to re-arrange the venue for the fixture at such short notice and making sure everything went relatively smoothly.

Dean Wright #553

30/11/14 v Wolverhampton Wildcats

Northumbria Mustangs

No numbers or 9 yard marks. No coach or team area marked, although other markings on the field gave a line to use approximately 10 yards from the sideline.

Both goals were situated behind the end line with the plane of the crossbar about 4 yards beyond the endline. Towards the end of the first half a coach of the home team was seen with a radio headset behind the goals. Prior to the start of the second half he was asked to relocate to the pressbox.

John Roberts #145

30/11/14 v UWS Pyros

Liverpool Fury

No nine yard marks or numbers. No coaching line or team area markings. Changing rooms were not lockable and they were shared with soccer officials.

The home team were only able to provide one ball person, the visiting team provided the other ball person. The home team only provided two suitable game balls, the visiting team provided a third game ball.

Following a kicked try in the second quarter, one game ball went over the fence behind the goal, before the ball person could retrieve the ball it was nicked by a local. The home team were unable to provide a replacement and the remainder of the game was played with just two game balls. The field markings were faint at kickoff, following a rain shower in the second half they were barely visible at all and will need remarking before the next game.

Ben Griffiths #228

07/12/14 v Keele Crusaders

Bath Spa Bulldogs

Field marked in blue but all markings were very faint, partly due to yesterday's rain. Several lines were crooked. One end zone was 11 yards deep. Few hashmarks were exactly 1 yard apart. No numbers or 9-yard marks. No team areas, coaching boxes or limit lines. Field audit score was 198. Balls provided were initially very low in pressure.

No proper changing room - we were given a classroom in a building that was a couple of minutes drive away from the field. No washing or shower facilities.

Visiting team complained that they had nowhere to obtain water from. Good chain crew, but ball boys were frequently inattentive and kept being changed.

Jim Briggs #31

16/11/14 v Swansea Titans

Bournemouth Bobcats

With 8 minutes and 59 second left in the 4th quarter and the score 35 - 0 in favour of Surrey Stingers a Bournemouth player was seriously injured. He was stabilized and an ambulance called to take him to hospital. Taking into consideration the time it would take to get him safely from the field the time needed for the players to warm up, the weather conditions and the time of the day it was felt that it would not be feasible to re-commence the game due to the lack of day-light and it was agreed by all parties that the game would be ended at that time with the score final.

Julian Mallia #336

16/11/14 v BNU Buccaneers

Derby Braves

Only 1 set of goal posts so all drives were towards that goal. Lines only every 10 yards, no intermediate 5 yard lines.

Brian Yates #29

23/11/14 v Loughborough Aces

City Sentinels

This was City's home game, but rearranged for KCL's home ground at Twyford Avenue. An 88-yard field had been marked between the goalposts, with the "5-yard lines" 4 yards from the posts, and an end zone behind. The field was then reduced to 80 yards with 9-yard end zones. No team areas. NFL hashmarks. The field is approximately 250m from the changing rooms.

Alan Dobson #308

16/11/14 v Royal Holloway Bears

Leeds Carnegie

The field is 80 yards with 2 x 10 yard end zones. The following lines were missing: 3 yard PAT, Team Areas and coaching box, both of which were marked out by safety cones. All lines are extremely faint and hard to see under floodlights.

Chris Jarvis #10

01/02/15 v Leeds Celtics

Imperial Immortals

90-yard field marked in yellow with rugby markings in white. Main yard lines every 10 yards with extended hashmarks every 5 yards. Hashmarks and inbounds lines in correct position but too short and too narrow. No numbers or 9-yard marks although rugby markings in approximately correct position sufficed. Team areas marked out with cones and another rugby line served as a coaching line.

Tim Ockendon #481

23/11/14 v Birmingham Lions

Lancaster Bombers

Lancaster have moved off the carpet onto grass this season. Due to the inclement weather on Friday night the pitch could best be described as squidgy, a late field change also meant there were no posts. Both coaches areas were missing and there were no players boxes, that said both teams were well disciplined and kept well back from the sidelines. With 7 seconds remaining in the first half the game was stopped due to an injury to a Bangor player and the kickoff for the second half was delayed to allow the air ambulance to land and take him to hospital, the crew would like to send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bangor #11.

Lee Taylor #183

30/11/14 v Keele Crusaders

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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

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

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

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



New this week

Play: A's ball, 4th and 10, on B's 30. With the ball on the hash mark away from their sideline, Team A substitutes 10 players and all go to that hash mark. Subsequently, with a delay, the 11th Team A player enters and sets at the nine yard mark on his team's side of the field. There is a 3-5 second delay after he has set and the ball is snapped. A pass is thrown to this 11th player for a touchdown. Ruling?

Last 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?

Ruling: A's ball, 3rd and 10, on A's 41. The clock starts on the ready. The ball is returned to the spot of the fumble, B's 44. Team A commits two live ball fouls. Only one penalty may be enforced. A ball in player possession may not be batted forward by a player of that team. No player may strike an opponent with his feet or any part of his leg that is below the knee. The first foul carries a 10 yard penalty and the second carries a 15-yard penalty. There is no loss of down for a ball batted out of a teammate's possession (9-4-4), so Team B will accept the penalty for the personal foul. The penalty is enforced from the end of A23's run, B's 44.


New this week

Game Situation: How should a 3 man crew line up for and cover the return on a kick off?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 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: M-10-1-c-5. The Linejudge should be in a position to mark the forward progress of the runner between the Team B goal line and the Team A 2 yard line. The Umpire should then have the forward progress of the runner between the Team A 2 yard line and the end zone. It is important for the two officials to work together to keep the action bracketed between them on a return. Remembering the zones in which you have the forward progress of the runners helps officials to maintain a position that should naturally allow the play to be bracketed from two angles.




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