Issue 08/17                                                                                17th March 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


Week 4 Update

There are only a few days left to register, so if you haven’t already booked your place, now is the time to sort out travel, and confirm that you want to come along. You will all be very welcome.

91 and counting

The following 91 members have registered to attend the Convention. If you are not listed, it may be because you have only recently confirmed your place in the last couple of days. An updated list will be issued next week.

Stuart Alger, Jason Bennett, Jim Briggs, Amir Brooks, Jed Brooks, Roger Brown, John Burns, Derek Burrige, Alan Christopher, Phil Clark, Martin Cockerill, Steve Currie, Alisha Darkins, Ian Davies, Roy Davis, Steve Egan, Barbara Favre-Derez, Tim Fisher, James Ford-Bannister, Ben Gadsby, Ronnie Gaffin, Martin Gibson, Kenny Glover, Roger Goodgroves, Ben Griffiths, Steven Hall, Krister Halvorsen, Graham Hedges, David Hewitt, Rob Hill, Dan Holt, Heather Horner, Martin Hughes, Philip Hume, Jon Ikins, Viktor Janvari, Chris Jarvis, Daniel Johnston, Damien Jurzyk, James Kilbane, David Knight, Keith Lakeman, Steve Leonard, Tzvi Lindeman, Andrew Lovell, Julian Mallia, Oliver Maskell, Frank McParlin, James Meridith, Adrian Miller, Scott Milway, Richard Moger, Darryl Morton, Andrew Murrell, Mark Niven, David Norton, Christian Olsson, Davie Parsons, Pete Parsons, Euan Paterson, Jack Pearce, Vladimir Platonov, Michael Prentice, Wojciech Ratajczak, Henry Richardson, Tony Rivers, John Roberts, Mike Roberts, Peter Roberts, Richard Samples, Ian Sneddon, Jack Spicer, Kevin Stanton, Darran Sterling, Paul Sutton, Lee Taylor, Susannah Taylor, Pete Thom, Frank Thomson, Paul Todd, Richard Vernon, Ian Wainwright, Perry Wayman, Keith Wickham, Mark Wilson, Lee Wood, Liam Wooton, Dean Wright, Jon Wyse, Brian Yates, Stuart Young.


The Convention will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL. Yarnfield Park is a leading Training and Conference centre in the heart of the UK.. Please look over the facility on their website where you can also find details of the location and directions. 


To register to attend the Convention, you need to send an email to Sean Welsh at at your earliest opportunity. Again we will be making up personalised Convention Packs, Presentation handouts, Game Film DVD, Programme of Events, Game Day Paperwork, etc. As such you do need to pre-register.


As mentioned above we are trying to make the Convention more accessible to everyone with excellent rates for accommodation which are detailed below. In addition, the BAFRA Board has also agreed to provide some funding to keep down the costs. The rates indicated are per room and include all discounts and a full breakfast.

Twin Room: £40.00 per night (So if you share with someone it will only cost you £20.00 per night)

Single Room: £40.00 per night

Remember, to take advantage of the above rates you must book your room with Sean at


Payment for Convention rooms are due by 19th March and payment can be made electronically or by cheque.

By cheques; with full payment included, should be made payable to BAFRA Ltd and sent to Charles Young at 25 Daffodil Close Haslingden Rossendale BB4 6NG. Cheques may not be cashed till this date.

By electronic payment; please ensure your payment reference is your full name and BAFRA number e.g. “Roger Brown 469” and use the account number 10255350, sort code 16-16-11, BAFRA Ltd, RBS, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

By electronic payment plan; It is appreciated that some people may wish to spread the cost and make multiple payments over the weeks leading up to 19 th March. Please use the same instructions as above. If you wish to make multiple payments, then you must make the payments electronically and not by cheque.

Please let us know how you wish to pay by including this information in your email to Sean Welsh at when you register.

Game Fees

Unfortunately, payment for the Convention cannot be taken from Game Fees. The administration work involved is far too time consuming and does not fit well with our newly introduced process of paying games Fees by direct transfer to your bank account.

Friday Night

Last year 85 people stayed on the Friday night to save an early rise and travel on the Saturday morning. As such the above rates are available again for both the Friday and Saturday nights.

As the event promises to be our biggest and best for a while we would recommend booking your room as early as possible. You can do this at the same time you register to attend.

Ian Sneddon & Susannah Taylor

Convention Delivery Team


With a number of pre-season games being played, it is worth reminding everyone that the 2017 BAFA rules came into effect on 1st March (except for the remaining BUCS games).  While BAFRA members won't get their printed rulebooks until the Convention, a PDF can be downloaded from A list of rule changes can also be found there.

Please note that there have been important changes to the medical facilities rules - see for details.

Finally, for flag officials, please note that a new IFAF flag rulebook has been published. It is also available from

Jim Briggs 


Applications are invited from qualified BAFRA members who would like to work on this important committee. It’s role include the selection of officials for all UK Bowl Games, NFL Chain Crews, Officials Of The Year Awards as well as IFAF and Elite Panel. Terms of reference and full details of the roles and responsibilities are on the website in the Members Handbook – 6.Scheduling and Selection.

In accordance with the rules of this committee two places are vacated every year and as a result two places will shortly be available. Please submit an Expression of Interest to me by no later than 10 pm on Sunday 19th March 2017.

If anyone is considering applying who has not served previously on a BAFRA Committee, you are welcome to contact me for an informal discussion about the role and requirements.

Richard Vernon 



Can officials note that although the BUCS regular season has ended there are still plenty of Varsity Games; Pre-season Senior League Games; Sapphire Series Tournaments as well as Regional Finals and National Finals being played over this weekend.  So it is vital you ensure Arbiter correctly reflects your availability. This is also the perfect opportunity to gain valuable experience working a new position.


Richard Vernon 




The week after the BAFRA Convention (April 8th/9th) sees Week 1 of the BAFA NL Senior League Season.  Again can I ask all officials try to make themselves available for assignments. We expect to received the confirmed fixtures shortly and will assign crews soon afterwards.

Richard Vernon 


The minutes of the February Board meeting are now available in the member’s section of the website at: 

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Stephen Connolly


Sheffield Hallam Warriors



After a punt, with the ball well downfield,the player blatantly punched an opponent..

19/03/17 v Leeds Beckett

Georgi Rusev


Coventry Jets



Made abusive comments towards the opposition twice in the 4th quarter.

19/03/17 v Leeds Gryphons

Previous weeks - none





New this week

Worcester Royals

Officiating Crew were only supplied with one Chain Crew Member. Worked around this by having him stand on Line to Gain with Down Box whilst Head Linesman marked Line of Scrimmage with Beanbag.

Krister Halvorsen #217


KCL Regents

80-yard field marked in red with other sport markings in white. No team areas or limit lines and end zones too large. Inbounds lines at incorrect depth and unevenly spaced. Numbers too large and at incorrect depth. Chain crew changed at half time resulting in a slight delay.

Tim Ockendon #481


Napier Knights

Field very muddy, crew dropped down to 5 in the 3rd quarter, due to an injury to the LJ.

Liam Wooton #478


Portsmouth Destroyers

Field markings were poor and the field had standing water. The standing water was cleared and a couple of the lines were retouched. The team areas were marked in cones and the endzones were 8yards. Field cut up quite quickly but was playable throughout the game.

19/03/17 v Cardiff Cobras

Nottingham Outlaws

Officials allocated 3 2-person changing rooms so pre-game was held in the sports centre cafe. Field in general very well marked however goals were strapped to the fence ~4 yards from the end line. Coaches' line was also too close to the sideline.

Jen Brookes-Lewis #395


Brunel Burners

Well marked 90-yard field in white missing team area line, limit lines and numbers or 9-yard marks. 3 chain crew and 1 ballperson changed at half time resulting in a slight delay to the second half.

Tim Ockendon #481

26/03/17 v Plymouth Blitz

Stirling Clansmen

90 yard field, no limit lines, no 3 yard marks. Issues getting back into the changing room every time we needed access.


Leeds Gryphons

80 yard field.  No limit lines or 3 yard marks.  Coaching boxes were missing but team areas were sorted by using other sports markings.  On arrival it was noted that the main lines, including goal lines, were incomplete.  The groundsmen were located and were able to rectify the problem prior to kick off.  Kick off delayed by 30 minutes due to the late arrival of Bangor but this presented no problem for either the venue or officials.  Sideline hash marks were missing on both sides of the field.  Plaudits to the Leeds game day management for attempting to solve pitch marking problems by sending assistants to buy spray paint to complete the lines prior to the groundsmen being located. Additionally HL Darran Sterling ran farther down the sideline on a play than he had to!

Dan Holt #371

19/03/17 v Coventry Jets

Outstanding items from previous weeks - none



New this week

Play: Team A's ball, 4th and 16, on the Team A 30. A6's punt is blocked. The ball is rolling on Team A's 14 yard line when B83 bats the ball forwards to prevent A6 from recovering the ball. The ball hits Team A's goal line pylon. Assume that the penalty is accepted. Ruling? Clock?


Last week

Play:  A's ball, free kick, on the Team A 35 yard line. The score is A28-B28 with one second remaining in the fourth quarter. A4's free kick comes to rest at the Team B one yard line.  Before the ball is ruled dead, B86 dives on the ball. The ball then hits the goal line pylon before B86 gains control of the ball. Time expires during the down.

Ruling: The game over. The final score is A30-B28. The kick ends when the ball hit the goal line pylon, as the ball is dead behind Team B’s goal line (4-2-3-b). The impetus for the kick being there is the muff by B86 when the ball was at rest in the field of play (8-7-2-b-2). The result of the play is the safety. The clock started when the ball is touched by B84, and as such a second ran off the clock.


New this week

Game Situation: During the coin toss, the Referee, Umpire (and deep wing officials on a 7 man crew) are in the centre of the field with the players.  Where should the wing officials and the Back Judge be positioned during this time?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Play: 4th and 20 at the A23, team A are punting.  Right-footed punter A12's punt is blocked and the ball goes into the backfield.  How should the referee and wingmen be positioned and react in order to cover the subsequent action?  It is a 7 man crew.

Answer: M-9-7-b-2, referee should be on the kicker's foot side.  M-13-7-c-8, the wingman on the side of the field opposite the referee should move into the backfield to assist the R.  The official on the far side should be aware of this and be prepared to cover the LOS.




Contact for details


March 26th (Sun)

BUCS Finals

April 1st & 2nd (Sat / Sun)

BAFRA Convention Weekend

April 1st (Sat)


April 9th (Sun)

BAFANL Season Begins

May 6th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

July 22nd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

November 18th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Charlie Dean Young


Richard Vernon


James Meredith


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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