Issue 12/17                                                                                14th April 2017

BAFRA Newsflash

http://www.bafra.info

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!

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info 

PREPAID TEAMS

Berkshire, Birmingham Lions Juniors, Bournemouth, Bristol Apache, East Kilbride, Hastings, Oxford Saints, Sussex, Swindon Wembley and Worcester have all prepaid.

Charlie Dean Young

finance@bafra.org 

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.

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info 

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.

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info 

AWARDS

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.

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info 

DISCIPLINARY CASES

NAME

#

TEAM

CODE

Q

OFFENCE

SUSPENDED

New this week

Cadan Brown

66

Cornish Sharks

FGT

2

Player headbutted a member of the opposing team.

16/04/17 v Swindon Storm

Bami Falana

30

London Olympians

FGT

4

After the player was tackled he struck the helmet of an opponent.

16/04/17 v Cambridgeshire Cats

Tom McKale

52

Northumberland Lightning

FUC

4

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

HOME TEAM

REPORT

NEXT HOME GAME

New this week

Essex Sabres

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

Knottingley Raiders

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

Hastings Conquerors

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

Lincolnshire Bombers

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

Carlisle Sentinels

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

Bournemouth 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

Walney Terriers

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

END ZONE

Returns after the BAFRA exam period...

CALENDAR

Date

Event

Contact for details

2017

May 6th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

July 22nd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

August 26th (Sat)

Britbowl

November 18th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

secretary@bafra.info

BAFRA Directors

President

David Parsons

president@bafra.info

General Secretary

Paul Sutton

secretary@bafra.info

Finance

Roger Brown

finance@bafra.info

Operations

Richard Vernon

operations@bafra.info

Recruitment

Lee Taylor

recruitment@bafra.info

Training

Pete Thom

training@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

dwp1@bafra.info

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

dwp2@bafra.info

The opinions expressed in this Newsflash are those of the contributors, and not necessarily of BAFRA or its Directors.

All Incident Reports to be submitted via www.bafra.info.

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Editor: Dean Wright - Email: newsflash@bafra.info

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