BAFRA Newsflash

Issue: 47/14

27th November 2014


The following teams are pre-paid:

Aberystwyth, Leeds Beckett, Anglia Ruskin, Lincoln, Bath, Loughborough, Bath Spa, Bangor, MMU, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Bradford, NTU, Bristol, Northampton, Brunel, Northumbria, Cambridge, OBU, Cardiff, City of London, Portsmouth, Derby, Reading, Edinburgh, Leicester, LSBU, Royal Holloway, Essex, Solent, Exeter, Southampton, Gloucester, Stirling, Greenwich, Surrey, Hallam, Swansea, Hertford, Imperial, Keele, UWE, KCL, Kingston, Warwick, Staffordshire, Sussex, Teeside, UCLAN, York

Here is a list of games that are pre-paid:

02-11-14 Exeter Demons

08-11-14 Bournemouth Bobcats

08-11-14 Bath Spa University

08-11-14 Teeside Cougars

08-11-14 Kingston Cougars

23-11-14 UEA Pirates

23-11-14 LSBU Spartans

23-11-14 Greenwich mariners

23-11-14 Derby

23-11-14 Worcester

23-11-14 Tarannau Aberystwyth

23-11-14 Bristol

23-11-14 Kent Falcons

23-11-14 Exeter Demons

23-11-14 Teesside Cougars

23-11-14 Lincoln Colonials

23-11-14 Staffordshire Stallions

23-11-14 Hertfordshire Hurricanes

23-11-14 Imperial Immortals

23-11-14 Reading Knights

23-11-14 Stirling Clansmen

23-11-14 Nottingham Renegades

Charlie Dean Young


In order to be paid for working prepaid teams the Referee needs to submit a Crew Request for Payment following the game on line. Forms received by Tuesday lunch time will be processed that week; forms received after Tuesday lunch time will be processed the following week. Please ensure all information is entered correctly as this will be used to make payments, particularly:

1. Team Names

2. Officials Names and Numbers

3. Fees due, esp Associate officials working their first 2 games

With typically 70 to 80 payments being made each week we cannot guarantee to correct these mistakes, and Referees will be asked to resubmit with corrections which may delay payment to Officials.

Going forward we will provide a summary each week confirming what games will be paid and highlighting any issues with the form. Also please review the Travel Expenses policy, particularly on:

1. Requirement for Officials to travel together to games

2. Requirement for prior approval if Travel Expenses are expected to exceed £100, overnight accommodation and air fares

Requests outside of policy will not be paid. Thanks for your help.

Andrew Lovell


If you are having issues with accessing the members area of the website or you haven't received emails from BAFRA membership lists could you please contact where the relevant people can reissue passwords or check whether you are still on the relevant mailing list. It is also worth checking spam folders to make sure emails haven't been redirected there. By doing this your query will be able to be dealt with promptly.

BAFRA Admin Team


Please remember that these should be submitted for each game please. Also please complete the full

audit rather than just send a score as the former is more useful when giving feedback to teams.

Paul Sutton


Congratulations to Austin Pickles and Jaeson Bennett on completing all of the requirements necessary to become Qualified. Thanks to all those who are helping with their training.

Pete Thom


A BAFA Disciplinary Committee has found Brian Faller, a coach with London Blitz, guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. Mr Faller admitted an offence which involved posting videos online having previously given specific assurances that he would not. He has been issued with a formal written warning regarding his conduct.

Jim Briggs


Derby Braves 10-26 Loughborough Students

Stirling Clansmen 77-0 Sheffield Sabres

Hertfordshire Hurricanes 42-7 Bath Killer Bees

Sunderland Spartans 33-0 Newcastle Raiders

Teesside Cougars 14-42 Northumbria Mustangs

Glasgow Tigers 32-6 Edinburgh Napier Knights

Staffordshire Stallions 35-6 MMU Eagles

Tarannau Aberystwyth 30-24 LJM Fury

Lancaster Bombers 30-28 (2OT) Manchester Tyrants

York Centurions 20-25 Huddersfield Hawks

Leeds Celtics 0-48 Hallam Warriors

Lincoln Colonials 12-35 Leeds Carnegie

DMU Falcons 14-20 Coventry Jets

Leicester Longhorns 0-40 Warwick Wolves

Worcester Royals 12-28 Nottingham Outlaws

NTU Renegades 42-0 Wolverhampton Wildcats

Exeter Demons 17-6 Bath Spa Bulldogs

Bristol Barracuda 21-28 Cardiff Cobras

Solent Redhawks 15-12 Sussex Saxons

Reading Knights 8-2 KCL Regents

Greenwich Mariners 6-35 Kingston Cougars

Kent Falcons 51-0 Essex Blades

Canterbury Chargers 0-58 Cambridge Pythons









New this week

Michael Church


Glasgow Tigers



After being tackled near the sideline the player head butted an opposing player.

30/11/14 v Sunderland Spartans

Patrick Heathcote


Kent Falcons



Player delivered a blind-side block whilst moving towards his own goal line by launching into an opponent and contacting him above the shoulders.

07/12/14 v UEA Pirates

Previous weeks

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





New this week

Imperial Immortals

The game was called off at about 11am, with both teams and the crew present, because the groundsman declared the field unplayable.

Alan Dobson #308

08/02/15 v Hertfordshire Hurricanes

LSBU Spartans

On arrival at the field and after consultation with the groundsman it was felt that the standing water on the field, the general wetness of the area and the continuing rain would make it dangerous for a player knocked to the ground under a pile to be able to get clear of water or mud. Therefore the game did not go ahead.

Keith Wickham #423

01/02/15 v Reading Knights

Derby Braves

Several issues:

1, Changing rooms not locked

2, No 5 yard lines - BAFA exception for Derby applied

3, One set of goal posts

4. Team areas not marked

Otherwise a very good game well played by both teams

Andrew Lovell #559

25/01/15 v Durham Saints

Lincoln Colonials

The field is marked in red and is 80 yards with 2 x 8 yard endzones. The following lines are missing: Team/Coaching box lines at 25 yard lines, limit lines, 9 yard marks.

There are only one set of Goal Posts which consist of 2 drain pipes tethered to a set of football goal posts. The Changing Rooms are not lockable and is too small for 4 persons and is full of old rugby boots and other equipment. Both teams only have one set of shirts which are very close in colour but the home team shirts have white No's with different coloured Helmets so there was just enough difference for the game to proceed. The Down Box is only 4' high and is very difficult to see.

Chris Jarvis #10

15/02/15 v York Centurions

Greenwich Mariners

The field was 80 yards long, markings were very faint and hashes disappeared in the first quarter. No team areas or pylons. Had a delay of game whilst waiting for officials assistants, who were very slow. Only 2 balls and 1 ball person. Also both teams played in predominantly black jerseys, only difference were the white and gold numbers. At the start of the 2nd half the Greenwich coach informed the crew and the opposition coach his QB was injured and his centre had no helmet as he locked it in the car with his keys, so he asked for a running clock for the 2nd half and both coaches agreed.

Larry Rigby #269

25/01/15 v Royal Holloway Bears

Leeds Celtics

The field is marked out with red lines which can be difficult to see when it is muddy or the sun is low. The balls presented by Leeds were very old and worn so Hallam provided their game balls. The chain crew were three cheerleaders who did their best but often got confused, didn't know which way they should be going or moved when they shouldn't! Apparently they also spent some time on mobile phones! Only one ball boy was provided.

Tim Vickers #129

07/12/14 v Lincoln Colonials

Bristol Barracuda

80 Yard field, chains kept breaking, lines very faint and when facing the sun non-existent.

Coleman #177

07/12/14 v Exeter Demons

Kent Falcons

Played at Park Wood field. 90-yard grass field with markings in red, visibility of which stood up well under difficult conditions. Numbers incorrectly positioned. No 9-yard marks, team areas or limit lines. Game balls provided were all under-inflated but this was rectified by game management prior to kickoff. Excellent job done by the ball persons to keep the game balls dry enough to be playable under difficult conditions.

Tim Ockendon #481

22/02/15 v Cambridge Pythons

Outstanding items from previous weeks

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

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

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

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, 1st and 10, on A's 35. QB A10's backward pass from A's 33 is muffed by A44. A67 is about to recover the ball when B83 pushes A67 in the back (above or below the waist). B83 recovers the ball on A's 29 where he is downed. Ruling?

Last 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?

Ruling: AR-6-1-2-II, Foul by Team A for illegal formation at the kick. Penalty - Five yards from the previous spot or five yards from the spot where the subsequent dead ball belongs to Team B.


New this week

Game Situation: After a forward pass has been thrown, how much time should the umpire spend continuing to observe the action in the vicinity of the line of scrimmage before turning to assist deep and wing officials with the pass?
Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: How should the Linejudge on a 4 man crew position himself during a punt in order to ensure best coverage of the play?
Answer: Be behind and to the side of the deepest receiver, so that you can look through him and see the ball kicked while also being out of his way and close enough to observe any touching or kick catch interference. About five yards behind and five yards to the side is an appropriate distance, between the receiver and your side line. Be prepared to adjust your position according to the strength and direction of the wind, and the ability of the kicker. Have a bean bag readily available and a second one to hand. M-11-7-b-3




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