TIMESLOTS AND GAME STRUCTURE
The following are the timing rules for all SUPER-LEAGUE winter season.
All games shall consist of:
All games (standard season) – 50-minute timeslot
- 4 x 10-minute playing quarters (2 minutes warm up, 1-minute ¼ & ¾ break, 2-minute half time break)
- All games (standard season, incl crossovers) – 50-minute time schedule
- No time outs in the last minute of any quarter except the 4th. No substitutions in the last minute of any quarter except the 4th, unless compulsory substitutions. The Clock does not stop in the 1st half.
- The clock shall stop in the last 3 minutes of the 4th quarter of the game on all whistles.
- Overtime is played within SUPER-LEAGUE. There are no drawn games. Standard season & playoffs
All games (Playoffs) – 60-minute timeslot
- Clock stops on all time outs
- The clock shall stop in the last 1 minute of the 1st half, and in the last 3 minutes of the 2nd half of the game on all whistles.
All overtime games – 5-minute timeslot
- Overtime shall be played for all drawn games and consist of, 1-minute break after regular time, 5 minutes of overtime.
- All team and personal fouls to remain as per finish of regular time.
- Each team granted 1 time out in overtime.
- The clock shall stop in the last 3 minutes of overtime on all whistles.
It is the Referee’s responsibility to ensure that games start on time provided teams have been given a minimum of two minutes warm up time.
If the previous game is running late, it is the Referees responsibility to ensure that the two minutes warm-up time is given before the clock is started.
A team that is not ready to commence playing when the match clock is started shall be penalised for a “late start”.
For all games, including finals, each team must have a minimum of five (5) players in correct uniform on the court at the commencement of play.
REPLACEMENTS, TRADES, PENALTIES and FINES
If a franchise is unable to field four players or more, the General Manager can secure a fill in replacement player. The fill in player must be of the same or lower value, of the player they are replacing and must be approved by the league prior to the replacement player being eligible to play.
For a late start, a penalty of one point per minute or part thereof will be imposed on the franchise responsible for the late start. If both teams contribute to a late start, the team that is latest to be ready to commence will be penalised the difference. i.e. if Team A is 5 minutes late and Team B is 6 minutes late, then Team B will have a one-point penalty imposed
Late Start penalties must be applied before the start of the game. Referees have no discretion in applying these penalties.
All Players must play 4 games to qualify for finals. Or provide a documented medical certificate.
All player trades must be completed, with documented acknowledgement from league officials before round 7.
CODES OF CONDUCT
Each team is responsible for and may be penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct by its players, general managers and support persons on the court and in the precincts of the court.
The General Manager must be clearly identified on the scoresheet and be made known to the referees. Only the General Manager may approach a Referee during the game, at an appropriate time (e.g. time out, end of period of play) and in an appropriate manner (e.g. 1 question, 1 answer, play on) for clarification of any ruling by the Referee during the game.
TECHNICAL FOULS & PLAYER TOLERANCE
Any obvious form of disapproval such as disputing calls, critical comments towards Referees or their calls, bad language by a player or general manager shall be penalised with a Technical Fouls.
If a referee hears a player or general manager use inappropriate language, the offender will be IMMEDIATELY penalised with a technical foul.
The use of inappropriate language is to be penalised regardless of the volume at which it is spoken, or the circumstances. e.g. A player missing a shot and using inappropriate language (in frustration) is to be treated in the same manner as a player using words loudly to criticise an opponent, referee, spectator or scorer. There will be no warning.
If a referee sees a player punch, kick or slam the ball in disgust at a call, slapping of the floor and/or equipment, then such offence will IMMEDIATELY incur the penalty of a technical foul.
If a referee is being harassed by a player or coach (or Team Official i.e. Manger/Score bench), the referee will IMMEDIATELY penalise the offending team with a technical foul.
When a player/coach (or Team Official i.e. Manager/Score bench) is penalised with a technical foul they must also spend time in the SIN BIN.
The SIN BIN is 5 minutes out of the game where the player/coach (or Team Official) must sit on the opposite side of team bench timed by scorer/referee.
Players can be replaced by a substitute.
Second similar offence results in the player/coach (or Team Official) being disqualified from the game.
Whilst a player/general manager has been ‘sin-binned’ they can still incur further technical fouls.
Time outs are not part of the 5 minutes sin bin penalty
In the event of a spectator using inappropriate language/harassing referees or otherwise, the referees are entitled to ask this person to leave. If the spectator refuses to leave, penalties may be imposed on the spectator’s team in the form of a bench technical.
Should further incidents occur from a previously penalised team or its supporters, then the game shall be forfeited with a result of 20 – 0 being recorded against the offending team.
“Un-Sportsman like” fouls will also have the “Sin Bin” rule applied. This may be enforced at the referee’s discretion. Referees will decide the intent and severity of the situation and apply this penalty as necessary. If a player is Sin Binned for excessive/unnecessary contact causing an unsportsmanlike foul, this will count towards their 3 Tech Foul Tally.
Players who receive three technical fouls throughout the season will receive a one match ban. Un-sportsmanlike fouls will be documented and assessed at referee’s discretion, based on the severity of the players actions.
Player Registrations are to be completed online. All players must pay in full or enter a PayLater agreement for a payment plan. ALL player fees must be paid in full prior to the commencement of the draft.
Players may register for a position in more than one SUPER-LEAGUE location. Thereby paying each individual fee per competition
Players must be 16 years old at the time of registration to be eligible to play within the SUPER-LEAGUE. Underage players may apply for a position with the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Any player entering the competition after the season has begun (player replacement), or who is new to the league must provide their name, address, phone number date of birth and email address to league management prior to the commencement of their first game. They also must make payment in full or have entered into a PayLater agreement.
Players playing at a senior representative level with any association (e.g: NBL, WNBL, Big V etc) may not register in the SUPER-LEAGUE domestic competition. This doesn’t include VJBL junior players. Enforceable at the discretion of the league.
ON COURT INJURY
Any player who suffers an injury during the course of a game, which openly bleeds, must leave the court and may not resume playing until the Referee is satisfied that the bleeding has stopped, and blood is removed, from both player and uniform.
Each franchise General Manager is responsible for attending to his or her own injured player. If an ambulance is required either a consenting adult associated with the player or a team official or in the case of senior players, the player themselves, must accept responsibility for payment of ambulance fees.
Players are covered ONLY under public liability insurance. SUPER-LEAGUE can provide
income protection in case of injury, but this is a case by case bases and incurs a further cost.
In the event of a player being injured during the season, SUPER-LEAGUE may provide a refund. The refund amount is dependent on when and how the injury took place and at what point in the season the injury took place
SUPER-LEAGUE expects that players with a long period of injury consider the team & consider stepping down from their position. This will allow the league to source a replacement player.