Rule 1-4-10 in the BAFA rulebook states that “players may not be equipped with any electrical, mechanical or other signal devices for the purpose of communicating with anysource.”
The league has recently found a player of an undisclosed team (which we know to be the Edinburgh Wolves) to be in breach of this rule and have sent out a reminder to clubs explaining that the only exception is hearing aids and health monitoring devices.
In what was a quality piece of media content for the sport, the Wolves had placed a microphone on one of its players during an official game. Had this offence been picked up by the refs, the player would’ve been ejected. Ironically he was ejected anyway for targeting.
BAFA rightly decided to not take any further action as they saw the spirit in which the action was intended. The team where not trying to gain competitive advantage, they just wanted to create a great new piece of innovative media.
This rule is one that is applied to NCAA and IFAF teams, BAFA has said any further breach would result in disciplinary action against the team and player.
Full Statement from BAFA:
BAFA Operations – rules reminder
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
A reminder from BAFA operations that players may not be equipped with microphones during league games.
BAFA recently became aware that a team had placed a microphone onto one of their players during an official BAFA League game. We would like to remind all our clubs that this is not allowed under BAFA Rules.
Rule 1-4-10 states: “Players may not be equipped with any electronic, mechanical or other signal devices for the purpose of communicating with any source.” The only two exceptions to this rule are hearing aids and health monitoring devices.
The penalty for breaching this rule is the disqualification of the player concerned and 15yds against the offending team.
We have no doubt that the intentions behind this breach were entirely based around trying to emulate NFL-style mic’d up entertainment and nothing more sinister, so we have decided not to take action against the club concerned in this instance.
However, with this reminder we are now drawing a clear line – and any further breach will result in disciplinary action against both the player and the club involved.