BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 46/14

20th November 2014


There have been three instances in the past two weeks of game day paperwork being sent to the wrong address. Please note that all game day paperwork should be sent to:


Bowland House

Wagon Road




This has been the address to use for the past two years. There is no way of retrieving information sent to the former Barrowford or Uttoxeter addresses after this length of time of them not being used by BAFRA. If people are using up a stock of old paperwork, please ensure that the address is amended or download the current paperwork from the member’s area of the website:

I also take this opportunity to remind members that paperwork should be submitted on the day after the game please.

Paul Sutton


The following teams are pre-paid:

Aberystwyth, Leeds Beckett, Bath, Lincoln, Bath Spa, LSBU, Bangor, Loughborough, Birmingham, Bournmouth, MMU, Bristol, Brunel, Newcastle, Cambridge, Northampton, Cardiff, Northumbria, City London, Derby, Edinburgh, Essex, Reading, Exeter, Royal Holloway, Leicester, NTU, OBU, Portsmouth, Gloucester, Southampton, Greenwich, Stirling, Hallam, Sussex, Hertford, Imperial, UWE, Keele, Warwick, Kings London, Kingston, York, Surrey, UCLAN

Charlie Dean Young


The first half of the college season ends on this date with 28 games. This includes; four games in North West; four games in Yorkshire; four games in West London and three in Bristol/Bath area. Clearly we need as many officials as possible to be available so we can cover as many games as possible. Scots/North East officials please not that there is currently only one game in your area.

Please update Arbiter now as we will be assigning for these games shortly.

Richard Vernon


Please note that the kick of times and team locations on the Arbiter system are not always completely up-to-date, since they rely on the teams updating the information themselves. In order to avoid confusion, please can all Referees check with the teams before travelling to games to find out about the time and locations of matches.

Richard Vernon


A gentle reminder that someone (normally the referee) needs to "witness" a suspension. They can do this by filling in the form at Where BAFRA do not cover a game, the suspended player's team is responsible for completing the report.

Jim Briggs


Sheffield Sabres 12-28 Derby Braves

Birmingham Lions 67-0 Brighton Tsunami

Hertfordshire Hurricanes 22-12 Imperial Immortals

Edinburgh Predators 12-20 Northumbria Mustangs

Newcastle Raiders 24-12 Edinburgh Napier Knights

UWS Pyros 6-0 Teesside Cougars

MMU Eagles 28-30 Tarannau Aberystwyth

UCLan Rams 9-0 Staffordshire Stallions

Manchester Tyrants 60-0 Keele Crusaders

Bradford Bears 20-13 Lincoln Colonials

Leicester Longhorns 26-21 Northampton Nemesis

Coventry Jets 6-31 Worcester Royals

NTU Renegades 26-6 Warwick Wolves

FXU Tridents 0-53 Gloucestershire Gladiators

Cardiff Cobras 14-11 UWE Bullets

Bath Spa Bulldogs 0-57 Swansea Titans

Southampton Stags 26-18 Portsmouth Destroyers

Bournemouth Bobcats 14-3 BNU Buccaneers

LSBU Spartans 0-7 Greenwich Mariners

Kingston Cougars 26-0 Westminster Dragons

KCL Regents 32-26 (3OT) Brunel Burners

City Sentinels 19-46 RHUL Bears

Kent Falcons 7-6 Oxford Lancers

Essex Blades 2-8 UEA Pirates

Cambridge Pythons 0-10 OBU Panthers









New this week

Mason Francois


Brunel Burners



After the play was over this player was seen to intentionally kick a prone player.

30/11/14 v Royal Holloway Bears

Previous weeks

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.

23/11/14 v Greenwich Mariners

Jake Wickham


Royal Holloway Bears



Player committed 2 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls during the game

23/11/14 v Westminster Dragons





New this week

Essex Blades

No 9-yard marks or field numbers. Team areas marked between 15 yard lines at each end of the 90 yard field with coaching box less than 6 feet and team area less than 12 feet from sideline. Down box operator replaced during 2nd half after they walked away.

Phil Clarke #262


Cambridge Pythons

Upon arrival and on checking the field, we found very faint or non existent lines, the field had been marked out but the rain and cutting of the grass, wiped out most of the lines. The game kicked of 5 minutes late due to lines being marked.

Larry Rigby #269


Cardiff Cobras

Game was played on Cardiff's new 4G field. The teams and crew arrived at the venue to find that the ground staff had only marked out the inbounds hash marks, and had inexplicably refused to mark the rest of the field despite Cardiff's game management having been in contact with them throughout the week to ensure this had been done properly. In the end, a member of Cardiff's staff had to purchase gaffer tape from a local store to mark out goal lines and side lines (both head coaches agreed to play the game without any five or ten yard lines). The delay in marking out the field resulted in the game kicking off some 15 minutes late. The lines were crooked and the tape came loose in places.

Although the venue has proper swan-neck goalposts, these have been incorrectly sited a number of yards behind the end lines despite Cardiff's game management repeatedly instructing them as to their correct position. To make matters worse, a set of soccer goalposts had been placed in front of the football posts - although these were adequately padded at late notice, their location made it impossible for the Line Judge to position himself to correctly rule on field goal attempts.

Despite all these problems, credit has to go to Cardiff's gameday management for going to such great lengths to ensure the game could go ahead after being let down so badly by their athletic union and ground staff.

Amir Brooks #593


Sheffield Sabres

There were only one goal so all offensive plays took place towards the goal. Field of play was only 80 yards in length. There were no nine yard marks or numbers. There were no limit lines, coaching lines or team area markings. The changing rooms were not lockable.

Be Griffiths #228


Bournemouth Bobcats

Kickoff delayed slightly because mini rugby was being played on the same field until 30 mins before our scheduled kickoff time. No 9-yard marks or numbers. Home team penalised on second half kickoff because some of the chain crew had disappeared and there were difficulties replacing them.

Jim Briggs #31


Coventry Jets

Field was only 80 yards long but otherwise well marked. Ball boys had to swap sides as the Worcester coach complained that the ball boy on their side was obstructing his teams defensive signals. Crew not paid, game management stated that payment was made by the student union and they were not willing to allow such a large amount of cash be carried around on the day. Coventry Jets realised that they would have to pay an additional £25

Mike LeFevre #341


Northumberland Lightening

This game did not go ahead as minimum medical cover could not be provided.

Henry Richardson #25

07/12/14 v West Coast Trojans

KCL Regents

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.

Richard Vernon #103


Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Right footed kicker A11 places the ball on the tee in the centre of the field for a free kick with four team mates to the left side of the ball and six team mates to the right side of the ball. The ball blows off the tee, and A55 - who was lined up to the left of the ball - holds the ball on the tee for A11. No other Team A players move. When the ball is kicked by A11, A55 is to the kicker's right. Ruling?

Last 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?

Ruling: A's ball, 4th and 25, on B's 45. Unfair tactics (intent to deceive) foul by Team A (9-2-2-b). No tactic associated with substitutes or the substitution process may be used to confuse opponents. The 15-yard penalty is enforced from the previous spot. If all 11 players had entered at once and one stopped, the play would be legal. If the 11th player enters late but joins the formation, it is legal as long as the substitution rules are met. The fact that the 11th player delays with direct intent to hide out is a foul. AR-9-2-2-III


New this week

Game Situation: How should the Linejudge on a 4 man crew position himself during a punt in order to ensure best coverage of the play?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: How should a 3 man crew line up for and cover the return on a kick off?
Answer: M-23-2. The Linejudge should take the kicking team's restraining line, the Linesman the receiving team's restraining line. The referee should be downfield in the centre of the field covering the goal line. The Linejudge and the Linesman have responsibility for marking forward progress on their entire respective sidelines.




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