Issue 12/17 14th April 2017
BAFRA EXAM 2017
We are now in the examination period. The Exam may be found here: http://www.bafra.info/members/exams/exam2017/exam2017.pdf. Before attempting the exam, please read all of the rubric on the first two pages. This will answer quite a number of the queries that people may have. In particular, please note the two new entries in the section “Unless specifically stated otherwise, assume the following for ALL questions”.
As a reminder, all qualified members must sit the exam to retain their qualified status. Associate, affiliate and overseas restricted members are not required to sit the exam but you are welcome to should you wish to do so. In particular, it will allow associate members and their mentors to assess their progress and help identify areas for further training.
As a matter of interest, the first completed answer sheet was submitted at 23:49 on 4th April!
Berkshire, Birmingham Lions Juniors, Bournemouth, Bristol Apache, East Kilbride, Hastings, Oxford Saints, Sussex, Swindon Wembley and Worcester have all prepaid.
Charlie Dean Young
RULE BOOKS AND MECHANICS MANUALS
Rule books have now been posted out to those qualified and associate members who were unable to attend the Convention and mechanics manuals to all qualified and associate members. They were sent to the address you have notified for communications. They should have arrived by the time you read this. If they have not arrived by 18th April, please let me know.
YOUNGEST QUALIFIED OFFICIAL
A question came up at the AGM about the youngest fully qualified official BAFRA has ever had. Such records are not retained going back to 1984 so it was agreed I would ask via Newsflash. Not counting junior members (who could only qualify at junior level), does anyone know of a member who fully qualified before their 20th birthday and, if so, what their age was when they qualified? If you are not certain of the age, a best estimate in years and months would suffice. Just let me know by e-mail. Thanks for any assistance you are able to provide.
For those not at the awards dinner at the Convention, congratulations to Henry Richardson, who was our Official of the Year and Daniel Johnston who won the Alan Wilson Award for the upcoming new official. More information about the awards and previous winners may be found on our website at: http://www.bafra.info/info/handbook/officialsawards.php.
New this week
Player headbutted a member of the opposing team.
16/04/17 v Swindon Storm
After the player was tackled he struck the helmet of an opponent.
16/04/17 v Cambridgeshire Cats
Player used flagrantly unsportsmanlike language towards opponent(s) in the heat of the moment. Player showed remorse for the comments and apologised after the game.
23/04/17 v Gateshead Senators
Previous weeks - none
GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
NEXT HOME GAME
New this week
Team and coaches areas not marked out. Asked team to use cones, which they did before kick off.
John Griffin #598
16/04/17 v Ipswich Cardinals
90 yard field marked with NFL hash marks. Not all marks at the sideline 1 yard apart. 3 yard mark for PATs not in correct spot. Toilet in Official's changing room was not in a usable state.
Adrian Miller #124
23/04/17 v Carlisle Sentinels
Played at Hastings & Bexhill RFC. Well marked 90-yard field missing only numbers & limit lines. Coaching line depth so bad as to make it unusable. Changing rooms cramped, lacking facilities and not lockable.
Tim Ockendon #481
25/06/17 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts
Field markings faint. only one set of goals so all drives were toward that goal. changing room small, cramped and dirty. no team areas marked
Brian Yates #29
16/04/17 v Crewe Railroaders
The changing room was very small, it was cramped with 4 officials however the team did say that in future other changing facilities will be available.
07/05/17 v Leeds Bobcats
Field is shorter than usual, painted with blue lines and has huge soil patches in 3 places. Chain broke multiple times.
Viktor Janvari #63
23/04/17 v Hastings Conquerors
Outstanding items from previous weeks
Worcestershire Black Knights
Following a series of serious injuries throughout the game for Welwyn-Hatfield, both head coaches decided to end the game at 8:39 left in the 4th quarter.
Euan Paterson #165
23/04/17 v Jurassic Coast Raptors
A pitch inspection was conducted preface and in the words of Doc Roberts once you got through the water it was firm underneath so the game was given the go ahead. Unfortunately further heavy rain after kick off and a run heavy first half rendered the pitch unplayable by half time when the game was called early.
Darren Carr #326
23/04/17 v Morecambe Bay Storm
Returns after the BAFRA exam period...
Contact for details
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BAFRA Board Meeting
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BAFRA Board Meeting
November 18th (Sat)
BAFRA Board Meeting
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