SHEFFIELD BASKETBALL LEAGUE RULES
RULE 1 - LEAGUE OF COMPETITION
1.1 Two points shall be awarded for a win and zero points for a loss.
1.2 Rules of play shall be the current rule of FIBA with the additions and exceptions contained in the League Rules of Play.
1.3 Division winners shall be the team securing the greatest number of league points on a completion of the competition. In the event of an equality of points, ties shall be broken as per FIBA rules.
1.4 The League Committee shall decide the organisation and formation of the League and divisions. Promotion and relegation from season to season will be at the discretion of the League Committee based on results and information gathered from clubs as to their expected team strength for the upcoming season. New teams will normally enter at the lowest tier of competition, but the Committee can place new teams higher up the ladder based on knowledge of the strength of teams. At all times the balance of competition and number of fixtures for each team in the league will be the guiding factors.
1.5 Trophies shall be awarded each season. These trophies shall remain the property of the League. The trophies shall be returned immediately upon request and in any case no later than 14 days after the written request. Any damage shall remain the responsibility of the club in possession at the time and cost of repair/replacement must be made by that club.
1.6 Postponements and fixture alterations will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Any team wishing to postpone a match must contact the League Secretary at least 7 days before the game is due to be played, whose decision shall be final. The League Secretary will rearrange the fixture as soon as possible. Any game cancelled without notifying the League Secretary will be considered an unauthorised postponement and opposing team will be awarded the game.
1.7 Any team that defaults by non-attendance shall be deemed to have lost the fixture and no points shall be awarded to that team. The opposing team shall be recorded as winners with a score of 20-0. The decision of the League Committee shall be final.
1.8 Any team that defaults by non-attendance three times shall be disqualified from the League except in exceptional circumstances as directed by the League. In these circumstances all games played shall be expunged. Any fees already paid by a team may be retained by the league.
1.9 If a team has not paid their league fees and game night fees they shall not be allowed to participate in a fixture. Should this occur, it will count as a forfeited game. The referees on the night are responsible for collecting any game night fees from participating teams before tip-off.
1.10 Tip-off times are to be set by the Committee. Both teams must have the opportunity to have a minimum of 5 minutes warm up period subject to the start of a game.
1.11 In the event of a colour clash the team listed as the home team shall change.
RULE 2 - REGISTRATION, PARTICIPATION AND TRANSFER
2.1 Teams must register all participating players with the league, The league will be responsible for registering players with England Basketball and checking that all players are registered.
Where a player, coach or official has registered with England Basketball through another organisation, evidence of registration must be provided to the league secretary before participation in the league's competitions will be permitted.
2.2 Each team must submit a League Player registration form to the League Secretary at least 2 weeks before their first game of the season. Additional players can be registered throughout the season up until March 31st. After March 31st, teams may request the registration of further players only if their ability to fulfil their remaining fixtures can be shown to be in doubt. Such additions will be subject to approval by the League Committee.
2.3 Clubs with more than one team in the league shall provide the League Secretary with a list of five players who may play only for the 'first' team. None of these five players should be under 17 on January 1 of that season, unless the club does not have five players outside of this restriction. The Management Committee may request that a club changes their list of five players if they feel that the club are going against the spirit of the rule by 'playing down' their stronger players.
2.4 In a club with more than one team, senior national league player licence holders may only play for 'first' team. The League Secretary should be notified of these players as soon as possible.
2.5 There is no limit on registration of national league player licence holders for a club. However, only two senior national league player licence holders may participate for one team on court at any one time. No senior national league player licence holders may participate in the bottom division of the league competition structure.
2.6 Any new players joining the league throughout the season must register with the League Secretary prior to participating in their first game.
2.7 A player may only play for one club within the league. Players wishing to transfer from one club to another must first request approval from the League Secretary. A fee of £10 will be incurred for every transfer and a player may only transfer up to two times in any given season. A player must not play for the new team until approval has been granted. A ban of that player and possible forfeit of the fixture may occur if this rule is broken.
2.8 Where it is apparent that teams are consistently struggling to field the minimum number of players required the Committee may require the team to take actions to address the situation or withdraw from the league completely.
RULE 3 - OFFICIALS
3.1 The league will be responsible for the appointment of officials.
3.2 Qualified officials shall be appointed by the Committee to all fixtures; this may include newly qualified officials who are taking ‘qualification’ games.
3.3 Where an appointed referee fails to arrive, a suitable replacement if available should be found to ensure that the game proceeds. If a substitute referee cannot be found either team or the other referee may opt not to play the game. A game can take place with only one referee if BOTH teams are in agreement prior to tip off. If the game does not take place due to the failure of official(s) to turn up, the League Secretary must be informed within 48 hours and a further date will be arranged for the game to be replayed.
RULE 4 - CONTROL OF MATCHES
4.1 The league shall provide an official score pad and keep a cumulative visual record of the scores throughout the game.
4.2 All teams shall wear a consistent kit with clearly marked numbering in line with FIBA regulations (4-15 preferred). All shirts should be consistent.
4.3 Where the scoresheet has been signed under protest a written explanation must be sent within 48 hours to the League Secretary. The referee is also required to send a report within this timescale. Other officials are not required to submit a report unless requested to do so by the League Secretary.
RULE 5 - KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS
5.1 A knockout cup competition(s) will be held during each season the format and venues to be decided upon by the Committee.
5.2 Under no circumstances will a player be permitted to play for more than one team in the cup competitions. This includes players within a club with more than one team, each player may only represent one of the teams in knockout competitions. Players who transfer to a new club after having played in a knockout game will be 'cup tied'.
5.3 All League rules of play apply where applicable.
5.4 If the knockout competitions include a 'Play In' round (winners into one competition, losers into another) teams are expected to do their best to win any 'Play In' fixtures. Teams are not permitted to try to lose a game in order to be entered into the lower ranked competition. If a team is suspected of trying to lose a game on purpose the Committee shall have the power to bring disciplinary action against the team.
Any team that forfeits their Play In game will not be allowed to participate in any related knockout competitions that season.
RULE 6 - LOSS OF MATCHES
6.1 A loss of match by score 20-0 score shall be incurred for the following offences -
Non-attendance at match (subject to Rule 1.7)
Playing a player under a false name
Team walk off from a match or other inappropriate behaviour
Playing an individual not registered with the league
Failing to pay league fees and/or game night fees prior to fixture
RULE 7 - FINES
7.1 The league committee shall set the amount of any fines. All disciplinary matters will be dealt with by the Disciplinary Officer (DO) and League Committee.
7.2 All fines must be received by the League Treasurer within 14 days of the notice of fine being received by registered post by the team secretary. Failure to comply will result in the fine being increased every 14 days until payment is received.
7.3 Fines will generally be a standard amount based on the infraction. The amount can be increased at the discretion of the DO or League Committee if the action is deemed worthy of a larger penalty -
Playing an individual not registered with the league - £10 per player per game
Disqualifying foul - £10 and one game ban
Team failure to turn up for game without notifying the league 7 days in advance - full game fee
RULE 8 - MATCH ORGANISATION
8.1 Should any match be postponed for any reason players who were ineligible will remain ineligible for the re-arranged fixture. If a scoresheet is completed for the game and for whatever reason the game is abandoned and replayed, then only players on the original scoresheet will be eligible to play unless prior permission is sought from the League Secretary.
8.2 The table officials are responsible for ensuring that the scoresheet is correctly filled in with the names of the players to allow the League to ensure that only registered and eligible players participate in games.
RULE 9 - PLAYER DISCIPLINARY POLICY
9.1 All disciplinary matters to be sent to the disciplinary officer (DO), who will then have the power to choose a sub committee of three (3) people (includes DO) to liaise, ponder, and judge on any action to be taken. The members must not have any connection to the incident which they are judging.
9.2 For in game incidents (including any disqualification) reports by the game officials are to be sent to DO within 72 hours of the incident in writing/e-mail.
9.3 All disqualifications, other than for Unsportsmanlike fouls, will carry an automatic one-match ban, which the Committee will notify the team concerned / match officials of the game in which the player is to miss. This ban cannot be appealed against.
9.4 Nothing in rule 9.3 prevents the DO and Committee from taking disciplinary action against a player for being disqualified from a game for two unsportsmanlike fouls.
9.5 All participants of the League are also subject to the League's Social Media Policy and infringements of this policy are to be dealt with by the DO in a similar manner to as described above.
9.6 Any team wishing to appeal will be required to submit a cheque for £25 along with the appeal letter to the DO. If received the DO will have a further look into the original reports with a further 2 members of the committee or if no one available 2 independent members of the league. Providing all time scales are met a decision will be made within 72 hours following receipt of the appeal. If successful teams will be notified of the new decision their monies returned. However if not successful the original decision will stand, teams will be notified accordingly and the league will retain the appeal fee.
RULES UPDATED AUGUST 2013