Extension to team registration period and changes to 2020/2021 Competition Rules
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Update from BAFA Operations Manager Clive Dobbin
unfortunate decision has been taken to cancel the 2020 season now for all
formats, work is already underway for the 2021 season. This includes reviewing and updating the
BAFA has reviewed team registrations, and has extended the current team
registrations until 30 September 2021. This means that all teams who have paid
the team registration fee for 2019/2020 will be automatically covered for next
season and will not have to pay the registration fee again in November
registrations will be announced shortly hopefully next week (after a meeting of
the BAFA Board on Monday 3 August 2020).
also carried out its annual review of the competition rules. The updated
competition rules can be found here. The table
at the front of the document summarises the main changes which have been made.
firstly changed the names of the league. The following changes have been made:
- Youth contact becomes U16, or U16
- Junior contact becomes U19, or U19
- Cadet Flag becomes U14 Flag;
- Youth Flag becomes U16 Flag;
- Sapphire becomes Women’s Contact;
- Opal becomes Women’s Flag.
The flag age
groups are subject to the review of age ranges which is currently taking place.
We also wanted
to give teams as much notice as possible of these changes as some important
changes have been made. For example, the deadline for registering teams is
contained at rule 3.2, and for most formats is 5pm on the second Friday in
November, so for 2020 that will be 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020. Knowing
which teams are entering the league at an early stage is an essential part of
the fixture setting process, and is required to ensure we can deliver on our
commitment to confirm fixtures to teams as early as possible. Teams not registered by this deadline will
not be permitted to enter the league, and will not be included in the fixture
In light of
the extension to the team registration period announced above, this will only
affect those teams who haven’t yet paid the team registration fee for
2019/2020. These teams will therefore need to register prior to the date
specified in rule 3.2, and that this will then cover both the 2019/2020 season
and the 2020/2021 season.
For 2021 we
have also introduced minimum numbers for coaches and players. Minimum numbers
have worked well in the associate process, and it is now being introduced for
existing league teams. The minimum
numbers are contained at rule 4.3, and these minimum numbers must be reached by
5pm on the second Friday in February, so for 2021 by 5pm on Friday 12 February
2021. It is hoped that by introducing these minimum numbers, we will reduce the
number of games which are forfeited because a team has insufficient numbers to
field a squad. Teams who do not meet these minimum numbers will not be able to
participate in the 2021 season.
new, we have made clear that clubs need certain documents which must be
uploaded as part of the registration process. For example, clubs must prepare
accounts – see rule 4.5.
I am very
grateful to the following people for assisting with the review of the
- Faye Eastwood and Amanda McDonald,
- Warren Smart, Game Development;
- Stuart Potts-Perkins, Youth/Junior
- Kyle Taylor, Adult Flag Commission
- Sreeni Shaji and Chris Towler –
Cadet/Youth Flag Commission Lead;
- Arran Harrison, Women's Contact Commission Lead.
It is hoped
that the changes made, particularly relating to minimum numbers, will improve
the quality of the league in 2021.
should be directed to myself Clive Dobbin, Operations Manager
Dobbin, BAFA Operations Manager