Rule Adaptations

GAME MANAGEMENT ADAPTATION

CAUTION (Rules 6.1.6 (i) and 13.1)  

  • Umpires are no longer required to hold time to caution a player or use the ‘caution’ hand signal when issuing a caution. 
  • In addition, umpires are no longer required to caution a player for delaying play (rule 12.2.1 (i)) or intimidation (rule 13.2.1 (iv)). 
  • Delaying Play: A Penalty Pass shall be awarded which is advanced (unless the non-infringing team is disadvantaged). The sanction may be advanced up to half a third (this may be to inside the goal circle if the infringement is in the goal third). The infringer stands out of play at the new position. If this is in an offside area the infringer moves to the edge of this area. 
  • Intimidation: Penalty pass awarded. 

SUSPENSION (Rule 13.1.2) 

  • The suspended player is permitted to return to the team bench for the duration of the suspension (2 minutes). 
  • With the exception of the above change, all other parts of Rule 13.1.2 apply. 

Reserve umpire protocol:

  • A suspended player remains under the control of the reserve umpire during the suspension and will indicate to the player when to re-enter the court. 

Bench official protocol: 

  • When the umpire signals to the Official Bench a player has been suspended, start suspension timer already set at 2 minutes when play recommences. 
  • During the suspension stop the suspension timer for any stoppage or held time and intervals. 
  • Advise reserve umpire when 2 minutes playing time has expired.
  • Stop, clear and re-set suspension timer. 

Additional Game Management umpire protocols:

  • Umpires to ensure microphones are not covered at any stage during a match – e.g. when talking to players or implementing game management sanctions. 

TEAM BENCH IN-MATCH ENGAGEMENT

  • At any point in time while play is in progress, any one (1) member of the team bench (players and team officials) listed on the official score sheet shall be permitted to move up and down their team bench within the bench zone to communicate with their on-court or off-court players. All other bench players and team officials (listed on the official score sheet) shall remain at the team bench while play is in progress. Only one (1) shall be permitted to move around at any point in time. 
  • As per rule 5.1 (iii), bench players may continue to leave the team bench during play for a valid reason (such as to warm up).
  • All other parts of Rule 13.3 Discipline of Team Officials and Bench Players remains the same and the umpire shall penalise accordingly. 
  • Breach: The Match Delegate shall monitor each team bench throughout the course of the match. 
    • Should a Team breach the rule, the Match Delegate will report to SSN League Operations Management at the conclusion of the game.
  • Umpires are not responsible for monitoring or sanctioning teams based on the above breach. 

TIME OUT RULE & PROTOCOLS

Time Out 

  • Each Team is entitled to request up to two Time Out breaks per half.
  • The Time Out is for 90secs. This is a set time period, not up to 90 secs. 
  • The umpire will hold time when requests a Time Out.
  • A Time Out can only be requested by an on-court player after a goal is scored (but before the centre pass is taken). The appeal may be made to either umpire. 
  • The next Time Out can be called by either team after the scoring of another goal.
  • The umpire shall blow the whistle and signal to the Official Bench using the Time Out hand signal (new) – fingertips together in a triangle, while verbally stating ‘Time Out – Team X and pointing to the requesting team bench
  • Both teams may utilise the Time Out once requested by one team.
  • All on court players must stay on court during the Time Out. 
  • Any bench player listed on the official score sheet may move on to the court during the Time Out.
  • Any team official listed on the official score sheet may move on to the court during the Time Out.
  • Medical treatment may be provided during the Time Out, so long as it is done within the 90 second timeframe. Medical treatment may take place on the court by the Primary Carer. 
  • Hydration may be provided during the Time Out, but water bottles may not come on court.
  • Both teams have the right to make substitutions and/or team changes during the Team Break.
  • Players are to return to their positions when the umpire blows the 10sec warning whistle. All bench players and team officials must immediately leave the court. Play will not resume until the 90secs has finished.

Umpire Protocol

  • Any on court player may request a Time Out to the umpire, by verbally stating ‘Time Out. A ‘Time Out’ may only be requested between the scoring of a goal and before the restart of play. The appeal may be made to either umpire. 
  • The umpire shall blow the whistle, signal to the Official Bench using the Time Out hand signal (new) – fingertips together in a triangle, while verbally stating ‘Time Out – Team X and pointing to the requesting team bench’. This will ensure the teams, official bench and broadcast are aware and can action appropriately.
  • Upon either umpire blowing the whistle and indicating to Timer 1 that Time Out time is to be taken:
  • the umpire controlling the team bench side line takes up a position that allows a clear view of the team and team bench on his/her right-hand side.
  • the co-umpire moves to a position on the same side line that allows a clear view of the opposing team and its team bench (on the left-hand side).
  • both umpires maintain a clear view and monitor the court and its surrounds during the Time Out.
  • Both umpires check that: 
  • no on-court player leaves the court during the Time Out; and 
  • only bench players and team coaches listed on the official score sheet enter the court area during the Time Out.  
  • Timer 1 will notify the umpires when 10 secs remain of the Time Out, and a warning whistle will be blown for the players to take up their positions for the restart of play. The umpires will return to their positions at this time for the restart of play.
  • At the expiration of Time Out (90 seconds), the controlling umpire will blow his/her whistle and signal to the official bench to restart play, indicating the direction of the pass.
  • The teams must be on Court and be in position ready for the restart of play and all bench players and team officials must be off the court. 
  • If a team delays taking the court after a Time Out when requested by the umpires, the umpire shall penalise the team for delaying as soon as play resumes. The umpire shall blow the whistle for the centre pass and then immediately blow for the delay.
  • Sanction: Penalty pass that may be advanced unless it disadvantages the non-infringing team.  

Official Bench Protocol

Timer 1

  • When the umpire signals to hold play by using the Time Out hand signal (new) – fingertips together in a triangle, while verbally stating ‘Time Out – Team X’), stop match timer and start stoppage timer for 90 secs duration.
  • On Stoppage Form record under the team concerned:
  • the time showing on match timer (i.e. time remaining in quarter)
  • reason for time (Time Out)
  • Advise umpire when 10 seconds remain (12 secs on timer). On Umpire’s signal, restart match time; stop, clear and re-set stoppage timer.  

LADDER EVOLUTION

Allocation of bonus points for matches in SSN2018, introducing incentives for quarter wins. We recommend that we allocate points to teams after each match according to the following table.

1 Win Four (4) points
2 Draw Two (2) points
3 Loss Zero (0) points
4 Winning a quarter One (1) point BONUS
5 Drawing or losing a quarter Zero (0) points
  • The change in points for a win (2 to 4) and a draw (1 to 2) ensures that the winning team always scores more points than the losing team. 
  • The winning team for any one match will be allocated between 5 and 8 points, depending on how many quarters they have won during the match. 
  • The losing team for any one match will be allocated between 0 and 3 points, depending on how many quarters they have won during the match.

LENGTH OF BREAKS BETWEEN QUARTERS

2017 – 4, 12, 4 minutes

2018 – 5, 15, 5 minutes

NOTIFICATION OF SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Team needs to stipulate specific person from the bench to pass on information re substitution. Minute before the restart but initially no penalty to be imposed if coach was 10 second late. If team is consistently late then this needs to be looked at.