Rules – Fill-ins and Timing
We understand that players cannot make games some weeks due to work, holidays and sickness etc, and we strongly encourage all players to offer their assistance if teams are short and need a helping hand.
However to make things fair for all teams, the following rules apply:
Team Members Required
Teams must have 4 original team members on court by the start of the 2nd quarter to constitute a match (maximum of 3 fill-ins allowed). If not, the team will LOSE ON FORFEIT. This does NOT mean they will lose their forfeit deposit. They only lose the deposit if a team is not fielded at all to play a match. If the game doesn’t start on time, the 2nd quarter starts when it usually would (i.e 10 mins after the scheduled start time).
For Example: Mel’s Team ( 3 Original members, 4 Fill in players) 35 beat Charlene’s Team 25. Charlene’s team will receive the 3 points for a win, Mel’s Team will receive 1 point for a Loss On Forfeit and the score recorded will be 15-0.
Fill-ins must ALWAYS play out of position
To make it easier / clearer to umpires, you must play at the other end of the court to where you play for your own team.
GS/GA must never shoot/attack for a team which isn’t their own. They should play C,WD,GD or GK.
GK/GD must never defend for a team which isn’t their own. They should play C,WA, GA or GS.
C shouldn’t play C/WA/WD.
WA shouldn’t play WA/C/GA/GS.
WD shouldn’t play WD/C/GD/GK.
If you play on two teams, and have paid to be on both, please make this clear to the umpires, so they don’t think you’re doing a sneaky and filling in for someone in your usual position!
This applies across both nights – so if you’re a GS on Weds usually, you can’t fill in as GS/GA/WA on Monday either.
If you notice someone playing in their own position, bring it up with an umpire so they can check that player is aware of the rules. Thanks!
If in doubt, don’t shoot!
For those players who say “But I play every position / lots of positions”…if that is the case, please DO NOT SHOOT for another team. GA and GS generally have the biggest impact on the score of the game, so please do NOT play them for any other team!
Semi and finals games
In addition to the above rule, on semi-final and finals weeks, A grade players cannot fill in for B grade teams, on either night.
Registered and paid for 2 teams
If a player is registered on and has paid for 2 teams, they are allowed to play their best position in both of those teams without fill-in rules applying. They must make umpires aware that they are registered on two teams.
Penalties for Teams Running Late
Teams have to have 5 players (including fill-ins) to start playing and the other team receive a goal a minute until the team has 5 players on the court.