2019 SEJ By-Laws - AFL South East

2019 SEJ By-Laws - AFL South East
South East Juniors



By-Laws
Adopted 2 December 2009
Updated March 2019
To be read in conjunction with the AFL Laws of the Game (Schedule 1) and the AFL
Junior Football Match Guide (Schedule 15)
CONTENTS
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1.    DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION .............................................................................................................. 1
2.    LAWS OF AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL .................................................................................................................. 1
3.    AFFILIATION FEE ............................................................................................................................................. 1
4.    PLAYER REGISTRATION .................................................................................................................................. 1
5.    FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS ............................................................................................................................. 7
6.    FIXTURES........................................................................................................................................................ 7
7.    LADDERS ........................................................................................................................................................ 8
8.    FINALS ............................................................................................................................................................ 9
9.    MATCH CANCELLATION – ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS ........................................................................ 10
10.   GROUND INSPECTIONS ................................................................................................................................ 11
11.   UMPIRES ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
12.   UNIFORMS ................................................................................................................................................... 14
13.   TEAM LISTS .................................................................................................................................................. 14
14.   CONDUCT OF MATCHES ............................................................................................................................... 17
15.   INTERLEAGUE MATCHES .............................................................................................................................. 21
16.   ALCOHOL AND SMOKING ............................................................................................................................. 22
17.   COMPLAINTS AND PROTESTS ....................................................................................................................... 22
18.   COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE ........................................................................................................................... 23
19.   INVESTIGATION OFFICER .............................................................................................................................. 24
20.   MEDIATION .................................................................................................................................................. 25
21.   REPORTABLE INCIDENTS .............................................................................................................................. 26
22.   INDEPENDENT TRIBUNAL ............................................................................................................................. 31
23.   APPEALS BOARD .......................................................................................................................................... 32
24.   PLAYER TRANSFER ....................................................................................................................................... 33
25.   COACH REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................... 34
26.   BEST AND FAIREST VOTES ............................................................................................................................ 35
27.   PRESENTATION NIGHT TICKETS .................................................................................................................... 35
28.   CLUB ACCOUNTS .......................................................................................................................................... 36
29.   MEETINGS .................................................................................................................................................... 37
30.   UNAUTHORISED MEDIA STATEMENTS ......................................................................................................... 37
31.   FINE FOR BREACHES ..................................................................................................................................... 38
32.   FINE FOR BREACHES – APPEALS ................................................................................................................... 38
33.   POLICIES AND CODES OF CONDUCT ............................................................................................................. 38
34.   ARRANGEMENTS FOR MATCHES .................................................................................................................. 38
35.   EMERGENCY GROUND ................................................................................................................................. 38
36.   CONTROL AT MATCHES ................................................................................................................................ 38
37.   CONDUCT UNBECOMING, PREJUDICIAL OR LIKELY TO BRING GAME INTO DISREPUTE ................................. 38
38.   AFL VICTORIA POLICIES ................................................................................................................................ 39
39.   MISCELLANEOUS .......................................................................................................................................... 39
40.   ALTERATION TO BY-LAWS ............................................................................................................................ 40
41.   FINES FOR BY-LAW NON-COMPLIANCE ........................................................................................................ 40
1. DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

1.1    In these By-Laws unless the contrary intention appears:

        The term…                        Means…
        SEJ                              South East Juniors Incorporated. In these rules
                                         referred to as “SEJ” or “the League”.
        Laws of Australian Football      the laws of the game of Australian Football
                                         adopted by the Australian Football League as
                                         modified for the League, set out in By-Laws
                                         Schedule 1.
        Competitive Competitions         Refers to the U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U17
                                         and U12, U14, U16 & U18 Girls age groups.

1.2    The appendices and schedules attached should be read in conjunction with and
       form part of the By-Laws of the South East Juniors.

2. LAWS OF AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL

All games shall be played in strict accordance with the “Laws of Australian Football” as
determined by the AFL, as adopted in Schedule 1 by the league.

3. AFFILIATION FEE

3.1    Each Affiliated Club shall pay as an annual affiliation fee of the sum prescribed by
       AFL South East from time to time.

3.2    All monies due to be paid to the league by Affiliated Clubs shall be payable in full
       no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the invoice issued by the league
       unless contrary arrangements are specifically authorised by the league.

3.3    In the case of clubs failing to make full payments on time, unless acceptable
       alternative arrangements are made with the league, no team of that club will be
       eligible for match points until the account is remitted in full. Percentages for any
       game played while ineligible for match points will be calculated on final scores
       submitted for each game and awarded as per By-Law 7.3.

4. PLAYER REGISTRATION

4.1    General
(a)    No person may play in any matches authorised or conducted by the league,
       unless that person has:

       (i)    Attained the age of seven (7) years of age by 30th April in each year. A
              players age group shall be based on a players age as at 1st January in
              each year.

       (ii)   Lodged an application for registration online and upload a copy of proof of
              age with the league for an Affiliated Club; and received notice from the
              league that he or she is registered to play for the nominated Affiliated Club.


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(b)   A person who has never played competitive football may register with the league
      after the 1st day of July. All players are still required to qualify for finals under By-
      Law 4.3.


(c)   In accordance with the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic), females are permitted
      to play in matches authorised or conducted by the league however, females who
      reach the age of 14 years as at 1st January in the year of play are specifically
      excluded from playing in any competition that is not a female competition.

      See: Schedule 12


(d)   Any player found to have participated in a match authorised or conducted by the
      league without the appropriate registration granted pursuant to By-Law 4.1 may
      be dealt with by the league in accordance with By-Law 4.2 and the club whom
      fielded that player may be dealt with in accordance with By-Law 4.2.


(e)   Any player who has played or registered with a club at any time must obtain a
      transfer from the club and League with which he/she last played (as determined by
      the National Player Transfer Regulations) before playing with their new club (Refer
      to National Player Transfer Regulations Page 70).

      Any player not having played during the previous 24 calendar months is free to
      register with the club of his/her choice provided the transfer application is
      processed as determined by the National Player Transfer Regulations.

      Transfers can be lodged from 1st November until 12:00am on 30th November and
      then reopen from 1st February until 12:00am on 30th June in any given year.

      See: Schedule 5


(f)   Each transfer application shall be signed in his/her own handwriting by the
      applicant player and if such player be under the age of eighteen (18) years the
      transfer application shall be endorsed by the player’s parent or guardian and
      lodged with the Club with which he/she desires to play; the club shall forthwith date
      the application and enter into the Competition Management system. Destination
      club must keep a record of the original application signed by the player or
      parent/guardian. If requested the destination club must produce to the League a
      copy of the original application by no later than 5.00pm next business day following
      such request. The Former club has six (6) Business Days, commencing from when
      the application to Transfer is lodged through AFL Footyweb, to object the Transfer
      application. If the Former Club does not object within six (6) Business Days (or if
      the Former Club approves the Transfer within six (6) Business Days), the transfer
      will be automatically approved and finalised. Once a player’s application for a
      transfer and/or registration has been granted:–

      (i) the player shall become eligible to register with the Club to whom he/she has
      sought the transfer registration; and



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(ii) once the player’s online registration form has been completed with the
      destination Club, the League will allow him/ her to play.

      A player whose application for a clearance has been lodged, as provided for under
      these rules, shall not be permitted to lodge an application to play with another club
      until finality has been reached regarding his/her original application.

(g)   A players age group shall be based on the players age as at January 1 each year.

      Example: a player that is 8 years of age as at January 1 and therefore turning 9
      during the year would play in the U9 age group.

(h)   A Player who wishes to apply for dispensation to play in a Competition below their
      applicable age group on the basis of a Disability or for Physical Size or
      Development Considerations must make an application through the Player’s Club,
      to the League.

      Application is to be made on the prescribed form and must be supported by a
      Certificate from an appropriately qualified Medical Specialist in an area of practice
      that is directly related to the dispensation being sought. Such Certificate must state
      the basis for and reasons to support the request for the Player to play down a
      Competition age group, having regard to all relevant matters pertaining to the
      Player, including:

       (i) the Player’s Disability and/or;
       (ii) the Player’s Physical Size or Development Considerations; and
      (iii) the qualifications of the person providing the Certificate.

      In accordance with the AFL National Age Dispensation Policy, the League may:
      (i) approve the application including for a specified period of time;
       (ii) refuse the application;
       (iii) request additional information from the Player or from the Club, to enable it to
      more fully consider the application.

      Refer Schedule 28 for the AFL National Age Dispensation Policy


(i)   Clubs shall only permit players to play up an age level when their physical capacity
      and social sense enable them to compete adequately at the higher level. The
      decision whether a player should play up, should be based on the advantages to
      be gained by the player. Where this is applicable players are not permitted to play
      more than 2 years above the age group for which the player qualifies by age.

      The intention of this rule is for players to fill in for teams who may be short players
      on match day, or for clubs who are not able to field a team in each age group.
      Where possible players should be playing in their rightful age group in accordance
      with by-law 4.1 (h)

      Example: U12 can play U13 or U14’s.




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(j)   Each Affiliated Club shall pay to the league a registration fee as determined by the
      league for each active player as at 1st July, in each season.

      Example: An active player is defined as a player who has played at least one South
      East Juniors match with a club in that registered year.

(k)   Any registered player of an Affiliated Club who is in a situation where their parents
      have separated and have special custody arrangements, may be eligible to apply
      to the league for a permit to play at a second or alternate club where that club isn’t
      in the same league as their original club and is 100kms away from their original
      club.

      A player eligible under this permit may only participate in one game per weekend
      and may be eligible for finals providing they have qualified under the leagues
      provisions, however they may only play in one finals series per weekend.

      The ultimate verification and approval of this special Family Permit will rest with the
      league after lodgement of the request along with proof of separation and residence
      of both parents.

      Family permits cannot be applied for after 30th June in each year and is only
      applicable for that year.

      Applications are required in writing from the Club Secretary to the Operations
      Manager.

(l)   In accordance with Schedule 21 – League Team Nomination, Assessment and
      Team Formation Policy, once a team is formed players will remain in that team
      from season to season. Clubs can submit an application (on the prescribed form)
      from 1st February for the coming season, to the League to move a player from one
      team to another where the following exists;

       • Players are not returning to the team and therefore team numbers are low
       • Special family circumstances

      Before submitting the application, clubs must ensure that the player and the
      parents    are      engaged        in    the    decision-making      process.

      Refer Schedule 21 for full policy


4.2   Penalty for Playing Non-Registered and/or Non-Eligible Players

(a)   Any Affiliated Club that allows a player to play in any home and away games or
      finals series, in accordance with By-Law 4.3, where that player is:
      (i)     not registered with the league; or
      (ii)    not registered to play with that Affiliated Club; or
      (iii)   is ineligible (for example under suspension or hasn’t been given
              permission by the league to change teams)




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(b)   Shall be liable to:
      If the Club wins the game:
      (i)     fine not greater than $250
      (ii)    reversal of match points
      (iii)   loss of all points “For” pertaining to the game, and


(c)   May be subject to further penalty as determined by the League
      If the Club loses the game:
      (i)     Fine not greater than $250
      (ii)    Loss of all points “For” pertaining to that game, and
      (iii)   May be subject to such further penalty as determined by the League

(c)   reported player may continue to play with their Affiliated Club until their case is
      heard by the Independent Tribunal and any suspension that may be given shall
      date from the date of the Tribunal’s decision and the player shall serve the
      suspension in the grade in which the player was reported. A player is not eligible
      to play in any competition conducted by the controlling body (SEJ) or any other
      competition until the suspension is served in the team in which the player was
      reported.

      Refer Law of the Game Law 19.4.4 (a)

(d)   Players seeking to transfer to another league whilst under suspension must adhere
      to the AFL National Transfer Regulations.

      Once the player has transferred they will serve the suspension out in the
      competition that they have transferred to.


4.3   To Participate in Home and Away, and Finals Matches

(a)   No player may participate in two games in the same age group in the same
      round, even if the two games are in different divisions of the age group or are
      played on separate days.

(b)   Clubs with more than one team in the same age group may drop a player down
      one division (for example from division 1 to division 2 or division 2 to division 3)
      providing that the player has played less than 3 matches in the higher division
      team.

(c)   Clubs with more than one team in the same age group and division cannot
      interchange players.

(d)    Any player who competes in 7 or more matches in a higher age group is
      ineligible to drop down or return to a lower age group. For example a player that
      is eligible to play U14’s plays 7 matches in the U15’s will not be permitted to
      compete in the U14’s and must remain in the U15’s for the remainder of the
      season.


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4.3.2 Finals Matches

(a)      No player may participate in two games in the same age group in the same finals
         round, even if the two games are in different divisions of that age group or are
         played on separate days.

(b)      Any player that plays 10 or more games in the TAC Cup under 18 competitions is
         ineligible to play in SEJ finals.

(c)      Players must play at least 4 matches with their affiliated Club in the division and
         age group in which he or she competes in the home and away season matches.

                (i) To qualify to play finals in another division or age group, a player must
                play six (6) matches in the division or age group.

(d)      Subject to 4.3.2 (a), (b) and (c), should a team have less than;

            •   20 players for the mixed competitions
            •   16 players for the female competitions


         The Club Secretary may apply to the Operations Manager to consider granting
         permission for the team to play unqualified players to a maximum of;

            •   20 players in the mixed competitions
            •   16 players in the female competitions

         Players from other teams who previously played with that team in that season will
         be deemed the first qualified player, in this instance.

         Applications are required in writing from the Club Secretary and to be lodged by no
         later than 10am the Friday before the round of matches.


4.4      Misrepresentations

(a)      Any player or club representative who makes any misstatement or
         misrepresentation in applying for:

         (i) Registration, or

         (ii) A player transfer approval

(b)      May be dealt with by the league by way of:

         (i) A Fine for breach not exceeding $500, and/or

         (ii) Disqualification from the competition, and/or

         (iii) Loss of all premiership points obtained in matches in which the player played
         and the awarding of those points to the appropriate opposing teams.


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Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

5. FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS

5.1   Affiliated Clubs shall nominate teams in accordance with Schedule 21 which shall
      be organised into competitions by the league.
5.2    Team Nominations

       All Affiliated Clubs shall advise the Football Operations Manager no later than 1
       March in each year, the number of teams it intends to field in the coming season
       in the appropriate age group. Clubs will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit with
       the amount prescribed by the league from time to time based on each team
       nomination received.

5.3    Ground Equipment
       The home Affiliated Club shall be responsible for due appointment and marking
       of grounds and the provision of suitable bell or siren and other usual and suitable
       equipment, the failing therein shall be reported and be subject to the same
       procedure and penalties as provided in the case of an Affiliated Club not ready to
       commence play.
       This includes but is not limited to goal and behind post padding, line marking and
       one (1) approved stretcher per oval.
       See: Schedule 1 and 20

5.4    Applied Match Rules
       South East Juniors competitions are conducted under the following rules

              (a) AFL Laws of the Games
              (b) Junior Match Football Policy

6. FIXTURES

6.1    Preparation

The league shall be responsible for the organisation of matches in each division by
preparing fixtures for each team in each division for each season. The league may
amend a fixture as required.

6.2    Home and Away Season

(a)    The league shall conduct a number of assessment rounds (to be determined by
       the league from time to time) for the competitive age groups to determine the
       make-up of the divisions for the remainder of the home and away season.
(b)    The league shall conduct home and away matches (to be determined by the
       league from time to time) for the competitive age groups to determine which
       affiliated clubs shall be entitled to compete in the finals matches to be arranged to
       decide the Premierships.



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(c)    The League shall produce a fixture of matches (to be determined by the League
       from time to time) for the non-competitive age groups as outlined in the AFL
       Junior Match Football Policy.

6.3    Alterations

Clubs may request to conduct matches on a day or time other than that published by the
league in the official fixture providing they satisfy that:

(a)    All appropriate licenses and permissions to conduct the game have been
       received and copies forwarded to the league office prior to the game

(b)    Approval is obtained in writing from the opposing team and is included in the
       request to the league.

(c)    The request is submitted in writing to the league no later than 10am the Monday
       before the match.

7. LADDERS

7.1    Point Allocation and match ratio calculations

(a)    The league shall prepare a weekly ladder for each competitive competition. The
       ladder will be a match ratio ladder which reflects;

           •   The number of wins by each team against the number of matches played
               by each team to give a percentage of matches won. (% Won)

           •   The number of points scored by the team, divided by the number of points
               kicked against the team to give a percentage. (%)

       In the event that selection for the finals series is between teams with the same
       percentage of matches won (% Won), the team with the highest percentage (%)
       will be entitled to participate in the finals series ahead of a team with lower
       percentage.


7.2    Scores Used to Calculate

The scores used by the League to calculate the percentages for each ladder shall be
based upon the scores contained in the goal umpires cards. Should these scores
disagree, the timecards may be referred to.

7.3    Forfeit Calculations

In the event of a game being forfeited, the defaulting team shall not include the game in
club playing records. The team against whom the forfeiting team was to play, shall be
awarded the win and shall be entitled to include the game in the records of its players.
Scores will be calculated by taking the average winning score and average losing score
from matches played in that division during that round and be awarded accordingly.




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7.4   Non-Completion of Matches

(a)   If a match is unable to commence or continue within the time scheduled for the
      match for reasons beyond the control of either team (including circumstances
      where it is unsafe for the match to proceed as deemed by the match day
      checklist) please refer to the Laws of the Game 10.6.2 – Incomplete Match for
      procedure.

(b)   Should any affiliated club fail to fulfill its engagement to play in any match for
      points, the league may disqualify from further matches or shall render the club
      liable to a Fine for Breach in accordance with Schedule 20, unless a satisfactory
      reason is received in writing by the league from the club before 5:00pm on the
      Monday following the arranged match.

      Fine for Breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

(c)   Any affiliated club failing to fulfill its engagement shall pay all umpires expenses
      relative to the said fixture plus an additional Fine for Breach in accordance with
      Schedule 20 as set by the league.

      Fine for Breach: In accordance with Schedule 20


8. FINALS

8.1   Arrangements

(a)   On completion of home and away matches, the affiliated clubs gaining first,
      second, third or fourth positions on the premiership ladder of each Grade shall
      form the final four, except where altered by the league, and shall compete to
      determine the premiership under the system adopted by the league.

(b)   All finals matches shall be played at venues with grounds that are fully fenced to
      be decided by the league and where a charge for admittance can be made.

8.2   Draw

(a)   In the event of a draw in any finals series game, including grand finals, two
      further periods of five minutes each shall be played to achieve a result. There
      shall be no break for team instructions either between the completion of normal
      match time and the start of the first additional five minute period; nor between
      additional five minute periods. Teams will exchange scoring ends of the field
      following the first additional five minute period only.

(b)   In the event that the scores remain tied at the end of the second additional five
      minute period, the game will continue without signal from the timekeepers until
      the next score is achieved by one team, whereon the timekeepers will
      immediately signal the completion of play by sounding the siren




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8.3    The League

The league shall exercise full control in relation to the arrangement of the times and
places of the playing of all finals matches.

8.4    Entrance Fees

The league shall be responsible for the fixing and collection of all entrance fees at all
finals series matches. The league may delegate its authority for the collection of
entrance fees from time to time.

8.5    Finals Uniforms

(a)    The team placed highest on the ladder prior to the commencement of the finals
       series shall wear their registered guernsey and home (coloured) and the
       opposing team shall wear white shorts, unless this is varied by the league or its
       appointee.
(b)    The team placed highest on the ladder prior to the commencement of the finals
       series shall use the home team rooms unless this is varied by the league or its
       appointee.

8.6    Finals Eligibility

All affiliated clubs participating in final series matches must be financial with the league
before the conclusion of the home and away matches. In the event that a participating
club is not financial, the league may at its discretion, remove all or any of its teams from
their position in the final series matches and promote the next entitled financial teams in
their place to participate in the finals series.

8.7    Finals

All clubs fielding teams in any grade of the Finals series, must lodge with the League a
list as accurate as possible showing the number and name of all registered players likely
to participate in the finals match for inclusion in the record at least 10 days prior to the
playing of the first finals series game. Failure to comply shall render the club liable to a
Fine for breach.

Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20



9. MATCH CANCELLATION – ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

9.1    If the air temperature, as published by the Bureau of Meteorology on their
       website, is below 5 degrees Celsius or in excess of 35 degrees Celsius on a
       training night, players and umpires are not to train.

9.2    If the air temperature, as published by the Bureau of Meteorology on their
       website, is below 5 degrees Celsius or in excess of 35 degrees Celsius, one hour
       prior to the scheduled start time of an official South East Juniors match in any



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division, the game will be cancelled unless, in the opinion of the match manager
       and the umpire/s, the game should proceed.

9.3    In the event that any game is cancelled in accordance with these By-Laws
       (“Match Cancellation”) a match ratio shall be applied to the ladder for that division
       in that grade, consistent with By-Law 7.1(a).

9.4    If two or more games are cancelled or abandoned due to adverse weather in the
       same grade and division, the round will be declared void and no premiership
       points, percentages or best and fairest votes will be awarded or applied for that
       round.

9.5    If the league, during the review of a match, is not convinced that match should
       have been cancelled or abandoned or the reason for the cancellation or
       abandonment was not in good faith, it reserves the right to award points or any
       penalty as it sees fit.

9.8    Match Suspension
In the event of severe inclement weather, immediately prior to commencement or during
a match, such as lightning, very heavy rain, hailstorm or fog, the game can be
suspended upon the agreement of the match manager and the umpires; for such time as
they consider appropriate, but not for a time exceeding 30 minutes. The game should
recommence at the point on the ground at which the game was suspended.
Refer: AFL Laws of the Game 10.6.2 – Incomplete Match if the match cannot
recommence in the above time frame.

10. GROUND INSPECTIONS

10.1. On the day of any official match arranged by South East Juniors, the team
      manager from each team from the first match of the day must make a full
      inspection of the ground on which the match will be played prior to the
      commencement of the match. After the inspection is completed by both team
      managers the home club must complete the official AFL Match Day checklist
      online.

10.2. If on the day of any match, the umpire and both team coaches deem that the
      playing surface is unsafe for play to commence or continue, the game will be
      cancelled or abandoned.

10.3. In the event that a game has commenced, the provisions of By-Law 7.4 shall be
      applied.

10.4. The League retains the right to take whatever action it deems necessary to
      address any issue arising from the ground inspection report, including but not
      limited to; moving the game to another venue, cancelling the game or re-
      scheduling the game to another day or time.




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11. UMPIRES

11.1      General

(a)       Team Officials including the Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Manager may lodge
          a ‘Report on Field Umpire’ for all official matches played by that team. Feedback
          is to be submitted on the form supplied by the league and by 8pm the Sunday
          following the match. Sanctions will apply to any official that provides inappropriate
          comments or feedback.

          Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

(b)       The League shall appoint the Field Umpire(s) for each home and away and finals
          match for the competitive age groups.

(c)

      (i) The League may appoint Boundary Umpires for a home and away match, with the
          exception of the U8 up to and including the U13, Junior and Youth Girls age groups
          where the following will apply for out of bounds;

          •   If the ball goes out of bounds from a kick, hands or if there is doubt, the
              umpire shall call a ball-up 10m in from the boundary unless they deem that
              action to be deliberate.

          The above rule will also apply in the U14, U15 and U17 age groups where official
          league umpires are not appointed.

      (ii) The League may appoint Goal Umpires for a home and away match for the U14,
           U15 and U17 age groups. Each club is responsible for providing a goal umpire
           where this does not occur.

          Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20


(d)       The League shall appoint the Goal and Boundary Umpires for finals matches and
          Emergency Umpires where it sees fit.

(e)       Field, Goal and Boundary umpire fees shall be set annually based on the South
          East Juniors’ recommendation.

(f)       In the event of a match not taking place, other than where the League has
          cancelled a match or round or in the case of a forfeit, umpires shall receive half of
          their usual fees.

(g)       In the event of a match not taking place because of a forfeit, the Affiliated Club
          giving the forfeit must pay all of the umpire fees unless the umpires receive notice
          that the match will not take place at least twenty-four hours before the scheduled
          commencement time for the match.

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(i)    Umpires shall be on the playing field five minutes before the scheduled starting
       time of each match. The Secretary of an Affiliated Club shall notify the League of
       any infringement of this By-Law.

(j)    The field umpire shall report any breaches of the Rules or By-Laws by an
       Affiliated Club or official of an Affiliated Club to the League.

(k)    Umpires shall be required to attend meetings when notified by the Umpiring
       Department. Any umpire not present at roll call may be dealt with by the
       Umpiring Department as it deems fit.

11.2   Goal and Boundary Umpires and Scores

The following shall apply to the goal and boundary umpires;

(a)    The goal umpires shall record the scores on the cards provided by the League
       and check the scores on the cards between quarters and at the conclusion of the
       match.
       A Fine for breach (In accordance with Schedule 20) shall be imposed by the
       League if the card supplied by the League is not used.
       Any discrepancy between the scores shall be rectified as soon as possible in
       consultation with the field umpire. The cards shall be properly completed and
       signed by the goal umpires. If the goal umpires disagree on the score, but the
       timekeeper’s score is the same as one of the goal umpires’ scores, this score
       shall be recognized as the official score of the match. Failing which, any disputes
       shall be referred for hearing and determination by the League.

(b)    Club goal umpires shall be attired in white coats. Club boundary umpires shall as
       a minimum be attired in a white top and, as far as practicable, in white clothing.
       Any Affiliated Club not having its umpires so attired shall be Fined for breach.

(c)    In all competitive matches the home club shall be responsible for a scoreboard
       which shall be in operation throughout the whole game. The scoreboard must be
       clearly visible to the goal umpires who shall check its accuracy at the conclusion
       of each quarter. Umpires shall report to the Operations Manager, via the
       Umpires’ Report, any occasion on which an Affiliated Club fails to operate a
       scoreboard and a Fine for breach shall be imposed by the League.

(d)    For all official games, clubs are required to lodge on-line with the League the final
       scores, best players and goal kickers by no later than 8pm Sunday of that round.

       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

(e)    Any club who submits incorrect final scores to the League, may be liable to a
       Fine for breach in accordance with Schedule 20.

11.3   Official Powers

Umpires shall have the following powers during matches;

(a)    All umpires appointed by the Umpiring Department shall have the power to
       report players, clubs and officials in accordance with such of the AFL “Laws of


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Australian Football” adopted by the League from time to time and for any
       breach of these By-Laws.




11.4   Escorts

At all matches both competing clubs shall supply an Escort for umpires who shall:

(a)    Escort the umpires onto the ground for commencement, from the ground at half
       time, onto the ground to commence the second half and at the completion of the
       game

(b)    Where the club is the home club, offer umpires cool drinks between each quarter

(c)    Remain in the centre of the ground with the umpires during quarter time and
       three quarter time breaks

(d)    Show courtesy at all times

(e)    Be over the age of 18 years, and

(f)    Wear the League approved bib at all times whilst officiating as an umpires escort.

Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

11.5   Penalty for Assaulting

In the event of a player or club official of any Affiliated Club being found guilty on a
charge of assaulting any umpire appointed to officiate by the Umpiring Department, the
club to which he/she belongs may be also dealt with by the League by way of:

(a)    A Fine for breach not exceeding $500; and/or

(b)    Disqualification from the competition; and/or

(c)    Loss of all premiership points obtained in matches in which the player played and
       the awarding of those points to the appropriate opposing teams.

12. UNIFORMS

12.1   General

The following shall apply to uniforms;

(a)    The colours of the League shall be Dark Blue and Red and are at the discretion
       of the League.

(b)    Each club must register its colours and uniforms at the beginning of the season
       and they shall not be changed without the approval of the League.




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(c)    The teams of each club shall wear their registered club guernseys as approved
       by the League from time to time and at all games.

(d)    If two clubs compete in the same division and those clubs' colours are the same
       or similar and are drawn to compete against one another, the away club must
       change its jumper, upon instruction from the General Manager.

(e)    In the event of teams whose colours are the same or similar meeting in finals, the
       club finishing higher on the ladder at the completion of the season will retain its
       jumper.

(f)    All teams shall wear their registered club coloured shorts, at all home games. All
       teams visiting as the away team are required to wear white shorts. All shorts
       shall be supplied by manufacturers as approved by the League from time to time.

       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20.


12.2   Sponsor Logos

The following shall apply for sponsor logos

(a)    The teams of each club shall wear their registered club coloured guernseys,
       bearing the League logo, at all games.

(b)    Clubs may apply to the League for approval to incorporate sponsors’ logos on
       their guernseys.

(c)    Such logos shall be located:
       (i)    a minimum of 2 cm either above or below the player number and have a
              maximum height of 10 cm and a maximum width of 30cm, and/or

       (ii)   on the front of the Guernsey on the breast opposite the approved SEJ
              logo and of a maximum size of 64 square cm (8cm x 8cm).

       No logos will be approved for addition to the back of playing shorts.

       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

(d)    Application may be made by clubs for logos, outside of the above listed
       dimensions, which may be approved at the absolute discretion of the League.

(e)    The teams of each club shall wear their registered club coloured shorts, bearing
       the League logo, at all games.

       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

(f)    The teams of each club shall wear their registered club coloured socks at all
       games.

       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20



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(g)      No player will be permitted to compete in any official League match without a
         number on the back of the playing guernsey. No two players in the one team
         shall have the same number. Each number shall be a whole number greater than
         zero (0) with a maximum of two digits.

         Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20


      13. MATCH DAY PAPERWORK

13.1     Team Sheets
(a)      Prior to the commencement of each match, each team of a club shall prepare a
         team list of all players and officials participating in the match.
         (i)    The following officials must be selected using the competition
                management system;
                       •      Coach
                       •      Assistant Coach
                       •      Runner
                       •      Team Manager
                       •      Trainer
         These officials are not permitted to be hand written onto a team sheet.
         (ii)   The list must contain an accurate statement of the players and the
                numbers that they are wearing for that match


         (iv)   Each player participating in the match must sign two (2) printed team
                sheets adjacent to their name.


         (v)    Players that did not play must have the letters DNP written on the team
                sheet adjacent to their name.

         (vi)   A signed team sheet must be provided to the umpire (not applicable for U8,
                U9 & U10) and the opposition team manager before the start of the match.

                Players who arrive late can sign the team sheet up until the start of the
                second quarter.

13.2     Conclusion of Match
(a)      At the completion of the match the away team manager will lodge with the home
         team manager the goal umpires’ score cards. The home team manager will then
         put all the goal umpire cards into the Match Day envelope located in the umpires’
         room and sign the back of the match day envelope.




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(i)      Club Secretaries or Registrars must ensure that the match day paperwork
                has been placed into the Match Day envelope for every match that is played
                at their venue that day.

13.3   Results Entry

(a)    Home team managers are responsible for entering the scores for both teams and
       each team manager is responsible for entering their player statistics as indicated
       in the table below.

U8, U9, U10 & U12 Girls
 Function                  Mandatory Time Frame        Notes
 Quarter by quarter scores Yes       8pm Sunday        Will not display on website
                                                       for U8, U9 & U10
 Update team sheet       Yes         8pm Sunday        Ensure all players who
                                                       played are entered in
                                                       Footyweb.Remove players
                                                       in Footyweb who did not
                                                       play.
 Dispute team sheet      No          10am Tuesday      *Clubs must notify SEJ if
                                                       the opposing teams online
                                                       team sheet doesn’t match
                                                       the paper team sheet
 Best Players            No                            Do not enter
 Goal Kickers            No                            Do not enter
* Team Manager must notify the Club Secretary who must then notify the Operations
  Manager in writing.

U11- U17 & U14, U16 & U18 Girls

 Function                Mandatory          Time Frame        Notes
 Quarter   by    quarter Yes                8pm Sunday        Will display on website
 scores
 Update team sheet       Yes                8pm Sunday        Ensure all players who
                                                              played are entered in
                                                              Footyweb. Remove players
                                                              in Footyweb who did not
                                                              play.
 Dispute team sheet           No            10am Tuesday      *Clubs must notify SEJ if the
                                                              opposing teams online
                                                              team sheet doesn’t match
                                                              the paper team sheet.
 Best Players                 No            8pm Sunday        May be entered
 Goal kickers                 No            8pm Sunday        May be entered

* Team Manager must notify the Club Secretary who must then notify the Football
 Operations Manager in writing. Clubs will use this process if a team plays with more than
 10 transfer points on match day.




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14. CONDUCT OF MATCHES

14.1    Entering Coaching Boxes

No non-playing Affiliated Club Official or unauthorised person shall enter the coaches’
box during a match, except:

(a)     Second trainers and other authorised Affiliated Club Officials during ¼ time and
        ¾ time intervals

(b)     Medical practitioners, members of St. John Ambulances or other approved first
        aid attendants when and for so long only as necessary to attend an injured
        player.

Umpires shall record any infringement of this rule on their online match report.


14.2    Timekeepers

All clubs are to supply a timekeeper.
(a)     Each timekeeper is required to use Live Scores in Footyweb to record the score
        for each team including any send offs there may be.
(b)     The home team manager is required to log into Live Scores and timekeepers
        must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
(c)     Time keepers are not required to keep the score for the U8, U9 and U10 age
        groups as this is recorded on the team sheet by the team manager for each
        team.
Fine for Breach: In accordance with Schedule 20



14.3    Evening Up of Players

Where a team has between 14 and 18 players for the mixed competitions and 8 and 12
for the female competitions and the second team has more players than the first team,
both teams shall field the same number of players, therefore an equal number of players
shall take the field.

(a)     Up to and including Under 13 teams, clubs must loan or accept the number of
        players required to even up the teams. Loaned players need to be regular players
        in the team with the higher numbers and cannot be younger players from the same
        club that do not normally play in that team.

(b)     Team Managers, particularly from the team that requires the evening-up to apply,
        MUST ensure that the process is organised as early as possible and prior to the
        teams taking the field. They MUST also ensure that the field umpires are informed.

(c)     In the Under 14, 15, U16 Girls, U17 and 18 Girls age groups, if players are not
        offered to the team with less than 18 players, then playing numbers must be
        reduced so that both teams field the same number of players. If players are offered,



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but not accepted, then the team with the greater number of players is not required
       to reduce playing numbers, i.e the evening up rule does not apply.

(d)    Where one team has more players during the match due to an injury, playing
       numbers shall be evened up for the remainder of the game. A player should join
       the game from the Interchange Bench, if available, if not; a player from the
       team with the greater number of players must be removed from the field as
       soon as they are notified by the opposition team manager.

(e)    Players who play with other teams from other clubs, who are short of numbers
       shall have their names added to the bottom of the team’s sheet to which the
       player was loaned.

(f)    (vi) The evening up rule does not apply during finals. Clubs that have teams in this
       situation can apply for permission to play unqualified players in accordance with
       by-law 4.3.2 (d).


14.4   Centre Square

(a)    Coaches are not permitted to enter the centre square while the Umpires are there
       for the duration of the game (unless going to their position for the game).

(b)    Coaching huddles are not permitted inside the centre square at any stage before,
       during or after the match unless all the umpires have left the field.

14.5   Water Carriers

(a)    A team may have no more than a combined total of three traners and water
       carriers.

(b)    Water carriers must be between 11 and 17 years of age.


       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20


14.6   Trainers

(a)    All trainers are required to register online with their affiliated club using the
       competition management system and selecting the member type ‘official’ by no
       later than 30 March each year.

       Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20

14.7   Practice Matches

Clubs may organise practice matches against other teams either within South East Juniors
or with teams from other leagues for the U13, U14, U15, U16 (Girls), U17 and U18 (Girls)
age groups.
The following is required to be organised by the club before the match may take place;



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(a)    Ground approval received in writing from the relevant council or committee of
       management
(b)    Official umpires are sourced from either SEJ or from the league of the club being
       played.
(c)    Details of the match including the date, time, age group and venue to be submitted
       to the Operations Manager, using the online form.
The duration of practice matches are to follow that of a normal home and away match for
that age group. Where SEJ umpires are sourced clubs will be invoiced 60% of the normal
home and away match fee.


14.9   Match Footballs
Below are the match footballs to be used during SEJ matches. All match footballs are to
be ordered through the league through SEJ Direct.

(a)    The home team manager to present two Ross Faulkner footballs containing the
       league and sponsor logo to the umpire before the game; sized as follows:

        Age Groups                                      Football Size
        Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 & U12 Girls          Size 2 synthetic
        Under 11                                        Size 3 synthetic
        Under 12                                        Size 3 leather
        Under 13, Under 14 & Under 14, Under 16 & Under Size 4 leather
        18 Girls
        Under 15 & Under 17                             Size 5 leather

(b)    the field umpires shall submit the two footballs to the captain of the away team,
       who shall select the football to be used.

14.10 Players on Match Day

(a)    Below is the number of players permitted on match day;


       Age Groups                        On the Field              On the Bench
       Under 8 & Under 10 Girls          12 players                up to 4 players
       Under 9 & Under 10                15 players                up to 5 players
       Under 11 – Under 17               18 players                Up to 6 players
       Under 12 Girls                    12 players                up to 8 players
       Under 14, Under 16 & Under        16 players                up to 4 players
       18 Girls

(b)    The runner, captain or acting captain of a Team may at any time during a Match
       request that the field Umpire count the number of Players of the opposing Team
       who are on the Playing Surface.

(c)    Where a request is made under 14.10 (b), the field Umpire shall carry out the
       procedure in line with law of the game 5.5.2 (a)




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(d)     The maximum number of Players permitted on the Playing Surface at the same
        time is 18 per Team (for the U11 to U17 mixed competition) 16 per team (for the
        U14, U16 & U18 Girls competition), and 12 per team (for the U12 Girls competition)
        or, in circumstances where a Player(s) has been ordered from the Playing Surface
        under Law 20, the maximum number of players permitted on the field less the
        Player(s) ordered from the Playing Surface

(e)     Where a Team has more than the permitted number of Players on the Playing
        Surface, the field umpire shall apply law of the game 5.5.3


15.     INTERLEAGUE MATCHES

15.1    Selection of Players

The league may select any players registered with the league from time to time to
participate in Interleague matches to represent the league.

15.2    Participation of Selected Players

Any player selected to participate in Interleague matches must play for the league and
any failure to do so shall be dealt with by the league as it sees fit.

15.3    Selected Players who Fail to Take the Field

If any person selected to play in Interleague matches fails to take the field in the match
for which the player was so selected the matter shall be referred to the Tribunal which
may disqualify the player from playing in premiership matches for such period as may be
determined.

15.4    Exemptions

In all cases under 15.3 of this Rule shall be sufficient to answer:

(a)    That the Football Operations Manager received from the player not less than two
       clear days before the date of the match a written explanation of the player’s
       inability to play satisfactory to the league.

(b)    That the Football Operations Manager received within two days after the date of
       the match a medical certificate that the player was unfit owing to illness or injury to
       play.

15.5    Home & Away Fixture

The league may continue with home and away matches not withstanding any
representative fixture on the same day. No player selected for a representative team
shall take part in a home and away match on the same day.

15.6    Eligibility for Interleague

No person shall be qualified to play in any Interleague team unless the player qualified
to play for a league affiliated club in matches played under the auspices of the league.



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16. ALCOHOL AND SMOKING

16.1   Consumption of Alcohol

(a)    The consumption of alcohol at grounds shall not be permitted during any official
       SEJ match. Clubs with licensed gaming venues may apply for an exemption at t
       he discretion of the SEJ. Clubs shall be responsible for the conduct of their
       members, supporters and followers. Breaches of this By-Law will be considered
       serious and may attract monetary Fine for breaches and other penalties at the
       discretion of the league and in accordance with Schedule 20.

16.2   Smoking

(a)    Officials are not permitted to smoke whilst wearing their officials bibs and must
       adhere to the legislation regarding appropriate places to smoke at the ground

See: Schedule 9 for smoking and alcohol regulations.

Fine for breach: In accordance with Schedule 20


17. COMPLAINTS AND PROTESTS

17.1   General

In accordance with the Rules, a registered player, club, league registered umpire,
member of the Umpiring Department or at the direction of the league, may raise a
complaint with the office of the league concerning the result of a match or any act,
matter or thing involving any club, registered player or official (“Complaint”).

17.2   Lodgment of Complaints

(a)    Complaints must be investigated and endorsed by the club before being lodged
       with the Football Operations Manager.
(b)    Once the complaint has been endorsed by the club it must be lodged by the Club
       Secretary in writing with the Operations Manager and accompanied with the bond
       in accordance with by-law 17.4 by no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday following
       the date when the alleged incident occurred.
(c)    Copies of all relevant documents and/or a detailed description of the event and
       circumstances must be provided as part of the complaint.
(d)    A club may request the league to deal with the complaint in accordance with by-
       law 17.3.

17.3   Complaints Procedures

At the discretion of the League the compliant may be referred to;
       (a)    the Investigation Officer to be dealt with under By-Law 19
       (b)    the Complaints Committee to be dealt with under By-Law 18



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(c)    the Independent Tribunal to be dealt with under By - Law 22
       (d)    Mediation to be dealt with in accordance with By-Law 20; or
       (e)    the Racial and Religious Tolerance Policy
       (f)    the member club who lodged the complaint to work with the other member
              club to      resolve the matter

17.4   Bond

(a)    The Notice of complaint must be accompanied by a payment of $550.00 inclusive
       GST which will be dealt with as follows:


       (i) $300.00 inclusive GST will be for a bond which shall be dealt with as follows;
              (a) Where the complaint is proven this sum shall be refunded
              (b) Where the complaint is deemed to be frivolous or vexatious in which
              case the Football Operations Manager in his or her absolute discretion
              may retain whole or part of the bond.


       (ii) An administration fee of $250.00 inclusive GST shall be dealt with as follows:
              (a) In the case of a complaint being referred to the Independent
              Tribunal or Complaints Committee which results in a guilty finding, the
              club to which the guilty party belongs shall be charged the administration f
              ee of $250.00 inclusive GST and any other fines that are applicable.
              (b) If the guilty party is not the complainant the administration fee
              lodged by the complainant shall be fully refunded.
(b)    In the case of the Complainant being a league registered umpire or member of
       the Umpiring Department, the lodgment of a bond is not required.


(c)    If the league receives more than one Complaint on substantially the same matter,
       the Operations Manager at their discretion may treat all subsequent Complaints
       in the same manner as the initial Complaint and shall inform the body to which
       the matters were referred of the new complaint.


18. COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE

The league may from time to time appoint persons to the Complaints Committee to be
known as the “Complaints Committee”19

18.1   Once a Complaint has been referred by the Football Operations Manager to the
       Complaints Committee, it shall be dealt with by the Complaints Committee in
       accordance with this By-Law (“Complaint”).

18.2   The Football Operations Manager shall take all reasonable steps to bring the
       Complaint to the attention of the player, club and/or official, the subject of the




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Complaints Complaint (“the Respondent”) within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt
       of the Complaints Complaint.

18.3   No later than ten (10) working days after receipt by the Football Operations
       Manager of the Complaint the Football Operations Manager shall convene a
       hearing into the Complaint by the Complaints Committee, such hearing to take
       place at a time, date and location at the discretion of the Football Operations
       Manager. The Football Operations Manager will take all reasonable steps to
       notify the parties involved of the time, date and location of the meeting of the
       Complaints Committee.

18.4   The operation of the Complaints Committee shall be in accordance with the
       Complaints Committee Procedures annexed to these By-Laws (Schedule 3)

18.5   After the consideration of the evidence put before it, the Complaints Committee
       shall give a decision to resolve the Complaint.

18.6   The Complaints Committee may:

       (a)    Impose a Fine for breach on the Respondent up to a maximum of $500 for
              each matter complained of; and/or

       (b)    Suspend the Respondent from participating in any match or event
              organised by the League; and/or

       (c)    Recommend to the League that match points awarded to the Respondent
              in a relevant match, if a club, be deducted; and/or

       (d)    Recommend to the League that the Respondent be suspended or
              expelled by the League from the League in accordance with the Statement
              of Rules.

19. INVESTIGATION OFFICER

19.1   Any Complaint received by the league may be first referred to the Investigation
       Officer, before it is dealt with by the Independent Tribunal or the Complaints
       Committee, in accordance with this By-Law.

19.2   The Investigation Officer shall investigate any matter which has been deemed
       relevant by the Football Operations Manager to whether or not a person may
       have committed a reportable incident.

19.3   For the purpose of conducting an Investigation under this By-Law, upon request
       by the Investigation Officer, any person shall:

       (a)    Fully cooperate with the Investigation Officer

       (b)    Truthfully answer any questions asked by the Investigation Officer, and

       (c)    Provide any document in that person’s possession, power or control
              relevant to the Investigation, whether requested to do so or not by the
              Investigation Officer.



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