TOOHEYS NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE 2018 RULES & REGULATIONS

TOOHEYS NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE 2018 RULES & REGULATIONS

TOOHEYS NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE 2018 RULES & REGULATIONS

Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 0 | P a g e TOOHEYS NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE 2018 RULES & REGULATIONS _ _ CONTACTS Chief Executive Officer mharris@newcastlerl.com.au Matt Harris 0428 038 644 Football Operations Coordinator adevcich@newcastlerl.com.au Adam Devcich 0410 413 332 Compliance Coordinator communications@newcastlerl.com.au Dave Hatchwell 0427 570 983 Referee Operations Manager shayne@nrl.com.au Shayne Hayne 0429 311 555 Newcastle Rugby League Office Hours 9.00am – 5.00pm Newcastle Rugby League Office Phone 02 49100849 Newcastle Rugby League Postal Address PO Box 329 New Lambton NSW 2305 Newcastle Rugby League Street Address 294 Turton Road Broadmeadow NSW 2292

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 1 | P a g e 2018 Newcastle Rugby League Rules & Regulations The Newcastle Rugby League Competition rules and regulations are to be used in conjunction with the 2018 New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) Junior Rugby League Policies and Procedures. Where these rules and regulations are silent on any issue, the NSWRL Junior League Association policies and procedures will apply. For the avoidance of doubt, where there is a conflict between the NSWRL Junior League Association policies and procedures and the Newcastle Ruby League rules and regulations, the Newcastle Rugby League, rules and regulations will prevail.

The full document is available at https://www.nswrl.com.au/siteassets/documents/nswrl-pp-manual- 2018-final.pdf The NSWRL rules form the basis of Newcastle Rugby League’s rules and regulations. Local rules and regulations and important information specific to Newcastle Rugby League are outlined in this document. The NSWRL rules are available on the Newcastle Rugby League website: www.newcastlerugbyleague.com.au/forms

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 2 | P a g e Newcastle Rugby League Contacts – 2018 Season NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Crooks Chairman Charlie Haggett Deputy Chairman Graham Bailey Director Mark Hanlon Director Mike Rabbitt Director Mark Singleton Director Brooke Hill Director DISTRICT CLUBS & PRIMARY CONTACTS CLUB NAME EMAIL MOBILE Central Newcastle Heath Anderson heath1601@hotmail.com 0415155820 Cessnock Cherie Douglas cdo85761@bigpond.net.au 0417 430 670 Kurri Kurri Rodger Burgess kurrifootball@rvburgess.com 0417 851 517 Lakes United Craig Whitton craig.whitton@realbalance.com.au 0448 712 303 Macquarie Steve Woodbridge macquarie.scorps60@gmail.com 0421 203 880 Maitland Frank Lawler frank@hunterpetroleum.com.au 0407 949 788 South Newcastle Ross Hodge ross@spectrumacoustics.com.au 0412 023 455 Western Suburbs Neil Scarr n.scarr@hotmail.com 0435 892 305

TOOHEYS NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE 2018 RULES & REGULATIONS

Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 3 | P a g e TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 ADMINISTRATION 1.1 RULES OF THE LEAGUE 6 1.2 ENTRY INTO COMPETITIONS 6 1.3 REGISTRATION 6 1.4 SALARY CAP 7 2 PLAYER POINTS SYSTEM 2.1 PLAYER POINTS SYSTEM CATEGORIES 9 2.2 PLAYER POINTS SYSTEM RULES 10 2.3 PLAYER POINTS SYSTEM ADDITONAL INFORMATION 13 3 PREMIERSHIP COMPETITION 3.1 COMPETITION RULES 14 3.2 GRADES & COMPETITION STRUCTURE 14 3.3 COMPETITION POINTS 14 3.4 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS 14 3.5 MATCH TIMES & CONDITIONS 14 3.6 RESCHEDULING HOME MATCHES 15 3.7 MATCH CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING AND POSTPONEMENT 15 3.8 MATCH FOREFITS 18 3.9 UNIFORMS AND PLAYER EQUIPMENT 19 4 GAME DAY POLICIES 4.1 GROUND MANAGER, INTERCHANGE & HIA OFFICIALS 19 4.2 REPLACEMENT/INTERCHANGE PLAYERS 20 4.3 DISMISSED PLAYERS 21 4.4 TRAINERS 21 4.5 TIME OFF 24 4.6 ON REPORT SYSTEM 24 4.7 SIDELINE AREA AND BENCH LOCATIONS 25 5 FINALS SERIES 5.1 FINALS SERIES RULES 25 5.2 TEAM QUALIFICATION 26 5.3 PLAYER QUALIFICATION 26 5.4 FORMAT 27 5.5 EXTRA TIME 27 5.6 TIMES OF PLAY 28 5.7 TIME OFF 28 5.8 MATCH VENUES 28

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 4 | P a g e 6 REPRESENTATIVE FOOTBALL 6.1 ELIGIBILITY 28 6.2 DEFERRAL OF LEAGUE MATCHES 28 7 CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT 7.1 DIFFERENCE IN CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES 28 7.2 NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE PROCEDURES 29 8 JUDICIARY MATTERS 8.1 OFFENSES 29 8.2 TIMING DEADLINES 31 8.3 DEMERIT SYSTEM 32 8.4 REQUEST FOR MATCH REVIEW 32 9 DISCIPLINARY MATTERS 9.1 NATIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT 33 9.2 CODE OF CONDUCT BREACH NOTICE TIMINGS 33 9.3 CODE OF CONDUCT MELEE POLICY 33 9.4 PUNCHING POLICY 34 10 APPEALS 10.1 LEAVE TO APPEAL JUDICIARY & DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS 34 11 ADMINISTRATION AND COMMITTEES OF THE LEAGUE 11.1 ADMINISTRATION 35 11.2 COMMITTEES 35 12 REFEREES 12.1 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 36 12.2 REFREE QUESTIONS/COMPLIANTS PROCEDURE 37 12.3 REFEREE SECURITY POLICY 37 APPPENDIX A NRL HEAD INJURY GUIDELINES 38 B NRL MANAGEMENT OF CONCUSSION IN RUGBY LEAGUE 39 C CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT FIRST GRADE MATCHES ONLY 46 D NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT – ON FIELD PROCEDURE 49 E NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT – POST MATCH PROCEDURE 50 F NSWRL GROUND MAINTENANCE OFFICER PRE GAME/TRAINING CHECKLIST 51

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 5 | P a g e Definitions Board means the Board of Directors of Newcastle Rugby League Limited. CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the League. Club means an organization, which is a member of or affiliated to the League. NSWRL means New South Wales Rugby League Limited. Knights means Newcastle Knights Pty Limited. League means Newcastle Rugby League Limited. Newcastle Rugby League means Newcastle Rugby League Ltd. Rules means the rules, regulations, by laws, policies, determinations and decisions of the Newcastle Rugby League which are made and amended from time to time.

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 6 | P a g e 1. ADMINISTRATION 1.1 RULES OF THE LEAGUE 1.1.1 Made by the Board pursuant to clause 39(b) of the Newcastle Rugby League Ltd Constitution for the current rugby league season. 1.2 ENTRY INTO COMPETITIONS 1.2.1 Each Club must submit a Competition Application and Entry Criteria form available from the Newcastle Rugby League. 1.2.2 All district clubs are required to have delegates for their affiliate clubs. This is to ensure relationships are formed and properly maintained through an active formal process.

1.3 REGISTRATION 1.3.1 All player registrations must comply with the National Online Registration policy, which is designed to: (a) Achieve consistency and accuracy of data collection (b) Ensure compliance in reporting statistics (c) Improve communication between the NRL / Governing Bodies and participants (d) Deliver a national registration system for participants at all levels of the game (including volunteers) (e) Improve timeliness of data capture (f) Reduce workload and pressure on volunteers and paid administrators to have data entered within specific timeframes (g) Acceptance of National Terms, Conditions and NRL Policies for every participant within the database.

1.3.2 The Policy applies to all participants registering to play, officiate, coach or participate as a Sports Trainer and/or volunteers at all clubs / Leagues / Associations. 1.3.3 A participant may be registered to an Association on the NRL National Database from the first working day in November until the following 30 June. 1.3.4 Once a registered player takes part in a match or any part of a match they shall remain registered for the remainder of the season even if they do not participate in any more matches throughout the season.

1.3.5 A player must be registered on the NRL National database before he or she can participate for a club.

By registering and accepting the Terms and Conditions, a player agrees to abide by all NRL and State League Policies which may be amended from time to time. 1.3.6 The registration is completed as follows:

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 7 | P a g e (a) A player returning to the club with whom they were registered in the previous season must use the online platform to complete the self- registration process (b) A player registering for the first time with a Rugby League club must use the online platform to self-register. At which time the identification that will be produced to the club may be scanned and attached to the form. i. Following registration, the player must be able to provide confirmation of the details entered online by producing a birth certification, passport or driver’s license to the club prior to participating in matches.

ii. Once the club is satisfied with the player’s identification the system administrator will approve the pending player as a club participant for the season b) A player clearing from another club from which they were registered in a previous season must complete the approved national registration form and authorise the clearance section of the form.

i. The player must provide the club with evidence of name and age by producing a birth certificate, passport or driver’s license ii. The club must request the clearance and once approved, the player must access their profile and update their details on the NRL National database to finalise the registration – (Refer Online Clearance Policy). 1.3.7 A player’s district club shall be the district in which that player has played the majority of seasons of junior competition commencing from his under 13s season. Whereby a player has not competed in a majority of seasons within one (1) district the player’s district club shall be deemed the district in which he played his last season of junior competition commencing from the age of under 13s.

1.4 SALARY CAP AND CONTRACTS 1.4.1 All clubs entering the premiership competition will be subject to a salary cap of $160,000 for coaches, assistant coaches and players match payments during the premiership rounds of that competition. Teams that progress through to the semi-finals, finals and grand final can continue with match payments only (as per the premiership rounds) and only for the weeks they are in the finals. 1.4.2 Each club must submit to Newcastle Rugby League and the NSWRL the official NSWRL playing contract for each player and coach participating within the first- grade premiership competition.

The contract shall be submitted to both Newcastle Rugby League to communications@newcastlerl.com.au AND to NSWRL contracts@nswrl.com.au prior to the first competition match. 1.4.3 Each club must submit to Newcastle Rugby League the official NSWRL playing contract for each player and coach participating within the reserve grade, open grade, under 19’s and ladies league tag premiership competition. The contract shall be submitted to both Newcastle Rugby League to communications@newcastlerl.com.au prior to the fifth competition match.

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 8 | P a g e 1.4.4 A first-grade player shall be deemed to be unqualified if they participate in any competition match prior to NSWRL and Newcastle Rugby League receiving the playing contract. 1.4.5 Reserve grade, open grade, under 19s and ladies league tag players shall be deemed to be unqualified if they participate in any competition match after Round 4, if Newcastle Rugby League have not received their playing contract. 1.4.6 The following penalties may apply should any club have to renegotiate their contracts with any of their players throughout the playing season: (a) For every $1,000 the offending club would have exceeded the salary cap, on a projected analysis, based on their original payment schedules, and the number of wins/draws they had during the competition rounds, the club will lose one (1) competition point in all grades.

(b) The offending club will also automatically lose one hundred (100) points off its allotted points for the next season no matter where it finishes at the end of the competition rounds.

(c) The offending club will be fined 50% of the amount calculated from the original contracts as being over the salary cap. (d) Should contracts need to be renegotiated, this is to be put in place with the knowledge of the Newcastle Rugby League before June 1 of the season involved.

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Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 9 | P a g e 2. PLAYER POINTS SYSTEM 2.1 PLAYER POINTS SYTEM CATEGORIES 1 Australian/ New Zealand/ Great Britain International or State of Origin Representative within the last three (3) years. 400 pts/player – 1st Year 300 pts/player – 2nd Year 100 pts/player – 3rd Year 2 NSW RL City/Country Origin or QRL equivalent within the last two (2) years.

300 pts/player – 1st Year 150 pts/player – 2nd Year 75 pts/player – 3rd Year 3 National Rugby League first grade player who has played ten (10) or more games in any one (1) season within the last two (2) years. 200 pts/player – 1st Year 125 pts/player – 2nd Year 75 pts/player – 3rd Year 4 NSW / QLD / NZ Residents. QLD Country Representative within the last two (2) years.

150 pts/player – 1st Year 100 pts/player – 2nd Year 50 pts/player – 3rd Year 5 A NSW Cup / QLD Cup player who has played ten (10) or more games in any one (1) season within the last two (2) years. 100 pts/player – 1st Year 75 pts/player – 2nd Year 50 pts/player – 3rd Year 6 English Super League who has played ten (10) or more games in any one (1) season within the last two (2) years. 100 pts/player – 1st Year 75 pts/player – 2nd Year 50 pts/player – 3rd Year 7 QLD Country Divisional Representative and NZ equivalent within the last two (2) years.

100 pts/player – 1st Year 75 pts/player – 2nd Year 50 pts/player – 3rd Year 8 A NSW Jersey Flegg or Newcastle Rugby League First grade player who has played ten (10) or more games between these two competitions, in any one (1) season within the last two (2) years.

75 pts/player – 1st Year 50 pts/player – 2nd Year 10 pts/player – 3rd Year 9 A Newcastle junior player from another district club or its affiliates. Allocation of points commences the calendar year he turns 18 years of age OR the year “the player” plays his first game in grade (open grade, reserve or first grade), and runs for three (3) consecutive years.

100 pts/player – 1st Year 50 pts/player – 2nd Year 25 pts/player – 3rd Year 10 A Ron Massey Cup / FOGS Cup / New Zealand domestic competition player who has played ten (10) or more games in any one (1) season within the last two (2) years. 50 pts/player – 1st Year 25 pts/player – 2nd Year 10pts/player –3rd Year 11 A lower grade player** from another Newcastle club who has played more than ten (10) games in any one (1) season within the last two (2) years. 5 pts/player – 1st Year 0 pts/player – 2nd Year 12 A player from a South Pacific Island Nation (e.g.; Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands or PNG) who have represented their country at National Level in rugby league.

50 pts/player – 1st year 25 pts/player – 2nd Year 0 pts/player –3rd Year 13 A player from a South Pacific Island Nation (e.g.; Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands or PNG) who have not represented their country but have played local football in that countries domestic competition. Nil Points *Player Points System Categories 14- 17 outlined on next page ** Lower grade refers to reserve grade and open grade only

Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 10 | P a g e 2.2 PLAYER POINTS SYSTEM RULES 2.2.1 A JUNIOR PLAYER’S DISTRICT CLUB (a) Shall be determined as the district in which that player has played the majority of seasons of junior competition commencing from U13 through to and including U17.

(b) Whereby a player has not competed in a majority of seasons within one (1) district the player’s district club shall be deemed the district in which he played his last season of junior competition commencing from the age of U13.

2.2.2 INTER-DISTRICT JUNIOR PLAYER TRANSFERS No more than two (2) junior players shall be allowed to transfer from one (1) Newcastle Rugby League district to another Newcastle Rugby League district club in any one (1) year. Newcastle Rugby League district means Newcastle Rugby League district club and its affiliates. This rule only applies to: (a) Junior players in their first year out of U17 (the calendar year they are turning 18 years of age) or (b) If 17 years or younger, those who are registering with a district club for the first time.

*Player Points System Categories 1-13 outlined on previous page 14 A player from another code.

Nil Points 15 A player released by the Knights in the draft system. Nil Points 16 A junior from own club or subsidiary feeder club. A senior/junior player from outside of the Newcastle Rugby League area that does not meet any other criteria above. A junior returning to own club after selection at higher grade in any competition regardless of length of absence from club or level achieved. Nil Points 17 If a club finishes higher on the first-grade competition ladder (at the end of the premiership rounds) than another club in the previous year and the club that finishes higher signs and/or registers a player from another club that finished below it, then the player’s value doubles in the particular category that they are categorised in.

# Doubling of points only applies for the first year

Newcastle Rugby League Rules and Regulations April 2018 11 | P a g e (c) For the avoidance of doubt, more than two (2) junior players could transfer out of district “A” in the same year. Example: • Two (2) transfer out to district club “B” • Two (2) transfer out to district club “C” • Two (2) transfer out to district club “D” Dispensation from this rule may be considered upon written application from a player or player’s parent/guardian to Newcastle Rugby League. The relevant district club (junior’s nominated district club) would then be contacted and afforded the opportunity to submit a written response prior to any review taking place.

2.2.3 GRETA BRANXTON RULE (a) If a player comes from Greta Branxton having not played any of his junior rugby league (U13 – U17 inclusive) with a Newcastle district club or any of its affiliates within the Newcastle Rugby League, that player will be entitled to elect a Hunter Valley based club (Cessnock, Kurri Kurri or Maitland) as their senior district club. (b) That registration for the senior district club will be allowed to occur at nil points under the player points system for the Newcastle Rugby League. (c) If a player at the completion of their junior commitments (U17) intended to return to the Newcastle senior grade competition and had played with Greta Branxton JRLFC along with another Newcastle Rugby League district club or any of its affiliates at an International Level (U13 – U17), the player will be deemed a junior of that district club.

(d) Should a player have played at more than one (1) club under 2.2.3 (c), rule 2.2.1 (Junior player’s district club) will come into effect in all instances. 2.2.4 FATHER/SON DISPENSATION To be eligible for father/son dispensation the player’s father must have participated in at least 100 grade games for the respective district club. If eligible, the player’s points (as calculated per rule 2.1 Player points system categories) are reduced by 50%. 2.2.5 SIGNING A NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE FIRST GRADE PLAYER A Newcastle Rugby League district club (that finished in the top five) for the preceding year can only sign up a maximum of one (1) “first grade” player from any other Newcastle District Club for the following year or playing season.

A “first grade” player is defined as a player who has been selected in ten (10) or more games in first grade in either of the past two (2) seasons.