Issue 16/17                                                                                12th May 2017

BAFRA Newsflash


The examination period is now closed. Results will be sent out on Monday 15th May to all members who submitted a paper. Any members who failed to submit an answer sheet should note that, provided they sent it in before the results are issued it will still be marked but a penalty will be applied for late submission.

Having received your results, if you have any queries, these should be directed to and not to any other e-mail address.

Paul Sutton 

27th/28th MAY – NO GAMES

The Coaches Convention takes place over this weekend so no games are scheduled, which is a perfect opportunity for everyone to rest and be ready for what promises to be a very busy period in June and July.

We have a number of rookie officials who have recently passed the competency test. We will be looking to assign them to games whenever possible in the next few months

Your continued assistance and support is much appreciated.

Richard Vernon 


Thank you to all who sent in suggestions. It would seem that the youngest fully qualified official known about was just over 18 years 3 months old on qualifying.

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Sandeep Rajput


London Blitz B



After the teams on the field began scuffling number 4 was seen to leave his team area and hit an opponent before being ushered off the field by teammates

14/05/17 v Essex Spartans

Mike Gair


Carlisle Sentinels



Player disqualified himself when he received an unsportsmanlike conduct for dissent and then his 2nd for throwing his helmet.

14/05/17 v Morecambe Bay Storm

Barry Watters


Carlisle Sentinels



Player disqualified himself when he committed his 2nd unsportsmanlike foul of the game.

14/05/17 v Morecambe Bay Storm

Chris Butcher


Ipswich Cardinals



Player committed a flagrant personal foul after the play was dead. The player was not part of the original foul and joined from a distance

21/05/17 v London Blitz B

Steve Cox


Essex Spartans



Player came on from the bench to join and participate in a dead ball aggression between the two teams.

14/05/17 v London Blitz B

Ricky Pease


Essex Spartans



Player came on from the bench to join and participate in a dead ball aggression between the two teams.

14/05/17 v London Blitz B

Joshua Johns


Essex Spartans



#4 of Essex Spartans deliberately and flagrantly hit #56 of Hertfordshire Cheetahs who then retaliated by punching #4. Both players disqualified themselves by their actions.

21/05/17 v Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Frank DelCiampo


Hertfordshire Cheetahs



#4 of Essex Spartans deliberately and flagrantly hit #56 of Hertfordshire Cheetahs who then retaliated by punching #4. Both players disqualified themselves by their actions.

21/05/17 v Essex Spartans

Previous weeks

Daryus Linch


Bristol Apache



Player ran after an opponent, jumped on his back and repeatedly struck him in his head. This started a brawl, after which #15 was ejected.

14/05/17 v Jurassic Coast Raptors





New this week

Jurassic Coast Raptors

Game was played on an 80 yard field. Well-marked field but it was well-worn in patches from previous usage as a rugby pitch over the winter.

Simon Ryan #408

14/05/17 v Bristol Apache

Worcester Black Knights

The field was excellently marked out, but a number of small divots were found that needed to be rectified by gameday management before the game.

Amir Brooks #593

14/05/17 v Cornish Sharks

Humber Warhawks

100 yd field. No 3 yd marks. Limit lines too close to sideline. Due to renovation at facility changing rooms were in main building which required drive to field. Humber provided children's entertainment. During 4th Quarter spectators verbally abused officials. Gameday manager (HC) informed and spectators removed from field.

Daniel Johnston #347

21/05/17 v Lincolnshire Bombers

Essex Spartans

90 yard field, has field numbers present of the correct size but they incorrectly start at the 5-yard line each end [10 on 5, 30 on 25 etc]. Changing rooms not lockable. Several delays during the game requiring suspension to treat injured players.

Phil Clarke #262

04/06/17 v East Essex Sabres

Burnley Tornados

80 yard field. The field was incorrectly marked resulting in a 2 yard gap at midfield which was 'filled ' by 3 solid lines.  Deciding which one was the correct half way line was a matter of opinion. The home team only possessed composite balls so real leather ones were provided by Dunfermline. No 9 yard marks or numbers. One ball person changed at half time.

David Hewitt #607


Tamworth Phoenix

Field well marked, only small issue is that the team areas only being marked to the 30 yard lines. Chain crew changed at half time. Parking v. limited at the venue.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

04/06/17 v Sheffield Giants

Merseyside Nighthawks

Youth: Hashmarks too wide, being approximately 1 yard too close to the sidelines. Cones were placed at the back of each endzone to mark the correct placement for spotting the ball.

Senior: The chain set did not match the field markings as they were slightly too long, the pitch was accurately marked for a 90 yard pitch and the chain was shortened accordingly. Team areas were marked but no coaches boxes on either sideline although both teams were well disciplined in keeping coaches and players back from the sidelines

John Roberts #145

14/05/17 v Lancashire Wolverines (Senior)

Kent Exiles

Well marked 100-yard field missing only numbers, 9-yard marks and limit lines. Changing rooms lockable but with no private shower or toilet.

Tim Ockendon #481

21/05/17 v London Olympians

Doncaster Mustangs

Team areas marked between 20 yard lines,otherwise an excellently marked field.Field length 90 yards.

David Hewitt #607

04/06/17 v Manchester Titans

Solent Thrashers

Field markings faint - no 3 yards marks - crossbar out of line with the end line.

David Knight #135

18/06/17 v South Wales Warriors

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Northumberland Lightening

Changing rooms some distance from field. Major arm injury to Leeds player in 3rd quarter. Game delayed by 35 minutes. Ambulance was called but advised that they would not send ambulance as was not on priority list. Credit to Northumberland player (specialist) who assisted in immediate medical care on field.

Daniel Johnston #347

11/06/17 v Walney Terriers

Shropshire Revolution

Field well marked except for javelin & shot put markings across one half. There is an immovable metal storage unit at one end of the field (~11 feet from the endline) however this was adequately padded by game management.

Jed Brookes-Lewis #395

04/06/17 v Humber Warhawks

Gateshead Senators

Other markings on the field, also in white, no team area marked on one sideline. Down box doesn't show 1&2 correctly, chains broke several times during the game. 1 change of chain crew.

Liam Wooton #478

11/06/17 v Carlisle Sentinels

Swindon Storm

90 yard field. Team areas reached the 20 yardline instead of the 25. Hashmarks were also in a big curve, so the Umpire used the pylons to position himself. Field surface was very dry and hard.

Viktor Janvari #63

25/06/17 v Torbay Trojans

London Warriors

Field marked in blue lines apart from the midfield line and end lines. No numbers, 9-yard marks, coaching boxes, team areas or limit lines. Changing rooms not lockable. Officials assistants and game balls provided less than 10 minutes before scheduled kick off time and there were several changes to the chain crew throughout the game which caused a few tempo issues.

Phil Clarke #262

09/07/17 v London Blitz

Glasgow Tigers

Very small changing room shared with soccer officials. Team areas marked too close to sideline however rectified with cones prior to officials arrival. Some hash marks were more/less than 1 yd. 1 crossbar had slight bend.

Daniel Johnston #347

14/05/17 v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Bournemouth Bobcats

Holes from soccer goals had to be covered. NFL hash marks. Top of numbers at 13 yards. Fencing approximately 12 feet from the sideline had to be padded.

Philip Hume #52

11/06/17 v Maidstone Pumas

Cornish Sharks

Field only 80 yards long with 7 yard End Zones. No numbers or 9 yard marks. Team Area marked to 20 yard line so cones used to show correct end point. Other (Rugby) marking also in white but faded enough not to cause confusion.

Albert Lambert #461

21/05/17 v Torbay Trojans

Torbay Trojans

Last week’s team area issue had been corrected - so well done to the team. Grass was a little long but field was well marked. Field is tight in the surroundings and game was stopped on a couple of occasions as a small child encroached too close to the field.

David Knight #135

14/05/17 v Swindon Storm

Walney Terriers

Field did not appear to have been re-marked since the previous weeks game and there was a large number of daisies at the clubhouse end of the pitch. While this did not cause issues during the game it was noted on arrival that as daisies are white and so were the field markings some of the central hash marks could not be seen from the sideline.

14/05/17 v Leeds Bobcats

Dumfries Hunters

90 yard field, no limit line.

Henry Richardson #25

14/05/17 v Aberdeen Roughnecks

London Olympians

90-yard field with 9-yard end zones marked in white with other sport markings in white and yellow. No limit lines or numbers. No hashmarks at inbounds lines but lateral position marks on every main line. Other sport markings approximated for 9-yard marks and coaching lines. Other team area lines marked with cones.

Tim Ockendon #481

04/06/17 v Colchester Gladiators

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


Returns next week...




Contact for details


July 22nd (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

August 26th (Sat)


November 18th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Richard Vernon


Lee Taylor


Pete Thom

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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

Deadline for articles submitted by email ( is midnight Tuesday.

Editor: Dean Wright - Email:

Page  of