(April 2024) SWAN ACTIVE BEECHBORO

1. INTERPRETATION

1.1. All current FIBA rules shall apply unless otherwise provided for in these By-Laws.

1.2. Day to day interpretation of these By-Laws shall be the responsibility of Swan Active staff present at the time.

1.3. Appeals against interpretation shall be taken up with the on duty Sports Program Team Leader on the day.

1.4. Unresolved appeals against interpretation can be lodged in writing to Swan Active.

1.5. Zone defence is not permitted in Under 8’s, Under 10’s & Under 12’s competitions. For the purposes of these By-Laws, zone defence means 3 or more players defending an area in the keyway.

1.6. Back court defence is not permitted in Under 8’s and Under 10’s.

1.7. Defence in the backcourt is not permitted for a team on inbounds when they hold a lead of 25 points or greater for Under 12’s and Under 14’s divisions.

2. REGISTRATION

2.1. Teams must register via either the Sportfix website or app. https://www.swanactive.com.au/sports/juniors/

2.2. The team representative registering a team on Sportfix must accept the Competition By-Laws and Swan Active Conditions of Entry.

2.3. After the season has commenced, to register a new player to the team an email must be sent to Swan Active.

2.4. Team registrations must be submitted to Swan Active Centre Management before close of business Tuesday prior to the season commencement date.

2.5. Team registrations are accepted on a ‘first-come-first served’ basis.

2.6. Team registrations submitted after this date will be accepted at Swan Active’s discretion.

2.7. All players must have current first and last names and date of births as required on Sportfix.

2.8. Any changes to registered teams which include withdrawal and/or adding players to the team must be submitted in writing to Swan Active.

2.9. In the event of a player writing their name on the scorecard to play a fixture game, the date of birth must be provided in brackets next to their name. Failure to do so will result in the player being unable to take the court.

2.10. If a player, fill in or guest player, has not provided sufficient information on Sportfix for the purposes of official correspondence, including the processing of a Management Inquiry, then the designated team contact will be required to take the responsibility of identifying and informing that player of any issues which arise, in relation to that player’s involvement in games.

2.11. Failure to assist in these matters may result in disciplinary action against the team, including withdrawing the team from the competition.

2.12. Grading and regrading of teams will be the sole responsibility of Swan Active. Grading is subject to change up to three (3) weeks after grading has been completed.

2.13. A team cannot contain more than 3 age appropriate Division 1 or Division 2 WABL players. Teams with more than this number of players, within the Under 12, 14, 16 or 18 grades, must register for the grade above the
players age appropriate level.

3. FORFEIT FEES

3.1. For all divisions except Open Division, if the team has paid game fees for a match that does not occur because the opposing team forfeits, the team can choose to:

3.1.1. if Swan Active is able to arrange for an alternative scratch match to be played — play that scratch match. Game fees are payable for scratch matches; or
3.1.2. have the game fees refunded to the team.

3.2. Any team forfeiting twice in any one season may be replaced without notice at the discretion of Swan Active.

3.3. Registrations for new seasons will not be accepted from teams with outstanding debts.

3.4. If a team in the Open Division wants to forfeit they must notify Swan Active by providing a minimum of 48 hours’ notice in writing to avoid incurring a forfeit fee.

3.5. For Open Division, if no match is played, then a forfeit fee of one (1) team game fee will apply to the team responsible for the forfeit in the event that less than 48 hours’ notice is provided.

3.6. For Open Division, if the team has paid game fees for a match that does not occur because the opposing team forfeits the match, the team can choose to:

3.6.1. if Swan Active is able to arrange for an alternative scratch match to be played — play that scratch match. Game fees are payable for scratch matches;
3.6.2. have the game fees refunded to the team; or
3.6.3. have the game fees applied as a credit for the next game fees that are payable by the team in the current or following season.

3.7. Any team in the Open Division forfeiting twice in any one season may be removed from the competition without notice at the discretion of Swan Active.

3.8. Any team in the Open Division that has two unpaid forfeit fees outstanding at once will be removed from the competition without notice.

3.9. Premiership points that are not awarded due to outstanding forfeit fees will not be able to be recouped once payment is made. Forfeit fees must be paid by the next fixtured game.

3.10. Registrations for new seasons will not be accepted from teams in the open division with outstanding debts.

4. TEAM UNIFORMS

4.1. All players in each team are required to present themselves in conforming uniforms for each match (same colour, design and non- clashing of numbers).

4.2. A three (3) week grace period will be allowed from the commencement of a season for players to produce conforming uniforms. If players are not in correct uniforms after this time a two (2) point penalty will be enforced for each offending player to a maximum of ten (10) uniform points.

4.3. A team joining after the grading period will be required to have conforming uniforms (matching colours, design and non-clashing numbers) by their first game.

4.4. In the event of two teams with similar coloured uniforms, the team listed second on the draw must wear uniforms provided by Swan Active. No uniform points will be given.

4.5. Players are not permitted to wear durags or other headwear deemed to be unnecessary by the staff present at the time.

4.5.1. Board shorts, denim shorts/jeans and track pants are not considered as suitable attire.
4.5.2. Player’s shoes must be enclosed; leisure based, non-marking and not contain steel caps.

4.6. Fill in players must wear similar uniform to avoid penalties against the team. The decision to impose any penalty will be at the discretion of the Sports Program Team Leader on duty.

5. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

5.1. Players must be five (5) years old or older at the commencement of the season to register as a player in the junior basketball competition.

5.2. Players must be a minimum of 16 years old at the commencement of the season to register in the Open Division.

5.3. Teams are required to ensure that the full names of players who are present and ready to play in the match are displayed on the official match scoresheet before the commencement of play. Parents or guardians of minors who register for the Open Division must sign the Social Adult Sport Permission Form before registration will be accepted.

5.4. The penalty for including the names of players who are not present and ready to play in the match is a loss of all premiership points accrued for that season.

5.5. Late arrival players who are ready to play (wearing appropriate footwear, uniform and are financial) may have their name included on the official match scoresheet before half time. Should it be discovered during the course of a match that the name of an on-court player does not appear on the scoresheet, the player’s name may be added without penalty.

5.6. Players must only play for their registered team. Any registered player shall not be permitted to play for another team in the same grade unless approved by Swan Active.

5.7. A substitute player who is present and ready to play (wearing appropriate footwear and uniform) but does not actually participate in the match shall be considered a legal player as long as they are financial (i.e. paid their game fee) and has their name on the scoresheet.

5.8. Any club with two or more teams in the same grade shall not be permitted to interchange players from one team to another without Swan Active’s approval. If this occurs it will result in an immediate forfeit. The game may continue to be played with no refunds given.

5.9. Players are ineligible to fill in for the same and/or lower ranked grades than their registered team. If this occurs it will result in an immediate forfeit. The game may continue to be played with no refunds given.

5.10. A player may play in more than one age grade provided they are age appropriate or younger.

5.11. If a team changes age groups during the season, the opposition team will be given a bye on the game played at Swan Active’s discretion.

5.12. A fill in player is only permitted to play to assist a team to avoid a forfeit. A fill in player is defined as a player who is registered to another team in the competition (age group).

5.13. A non-registered player is only allowed to play for one team within an age group on the day provided they are age appropriate or younger. A non-registered player is defined as a player who is not registered to a team in the competition (age group).

5.14. A non-registered player who wishes to continue playing in the competition must be registered to the team they have played for before the next fixture game. A team that fails to register the non-registered player by the specified time will forfeit subsequent games.

5.15. For Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 divisions registrations will not be accepted in the last six weeks of the regular season.

5.16. A team must have at least three (3) registered players for a game to proceed. A maximum of two (2) fill-ins only is permitted to make up a team of six (6). There are no limitations on non-registered players.

5.17. Fill in players are ineligible for finals. Should other team members arrive and take the court the “fill in” must leave the court.

5.18. Players must play in an age grade based on the age appropriate grades in by-law 20. Failure to do so will result in an immediate forfeit. The game may continue to be played with no refunds given.

5.19. Girls are permitted to play in both a girl’s division team and an open division team within the same age group. Should Swan Active become aware that the by-laws on eligibility are not met by a team subsequent to a game, the points will be forfeited after conclusion of the game.

5.20. Players are permitted to move from one team to another in a division only once during a season.

6. FINAL MATCHES

6.1. To qualify for finals matches, a player must have played a minimum of six (6) regular season matches for that team.

6.2. For Open Division a player must have played a minimum of four (4) regular season matches for that team.

6.3. Finals eligibility will not accumulate until a player has been registered in writing to Swan Active.

6.4. Swan Active has the right to ask for proof of identification for any player believed to be playing under another name.

6.5. Swan Active has the right to approve a player for finals who has not played six (6) regular season games.

6.6. Due to a team’s inability to play finals, Swan Active has the right to approve teams to play in place of the team unable to play.

7. TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

7.1. All coaches must collect receipts from players prior to the start time and hand to the umpires present.

7.2. All teams must provide a competent scorer for the duration of the game during the regular season. Failure to provide a scorer will result in a person from the opposing team being required to take the place of the scorer.

7.3. In the event of a finals match, the team listed first must provide a competent scorer for the duration of the game to assist Swan Active staff. Swan Active staff will control the score sheet and the assisting competent scorer will take direction from Swan Active staff by operating the score box. Decisions from Swan Active staff are final. Failure to provide a scorer will result in a person from the opposing team being required to take the place of the scorer.

7.4. All coaches, players and spectators must abide by the Conditions of Entry and these By-Laws. Failure to do so may result in removal and/or suspension from the location.

7.5. A team shall be held responsible for the conduct of its members and spectators. Umpires and Swan Active have the capacity to penalise teams based on the conduct of its members and spectators.

7.6. A team representative must distribute copies of the Swan Active junior basketball information pack to all players and supporters.

7.7. All players must ensure, to the satisfaction of the umpires present, that fingernails, rings and other apparel do not present a hazard to other players. (This may include cutting, taping, removal or making safe the hazard).

7.8. It is the coach’s responsibility

8. PLAYER REPORTS BY OFFICIALS

8.1. Players, teams, team officials and spectators shall be subject to a Management Inquiry for any form of misconduct.

8.2. If Swan Active receives a written complaint about any player, team, team official or spectator or if Swan Active deems it necessary, then they may tender a case against that player, team, team official or spectator for misconduct.

8.3. Misconduct shall include but not be limited to abusive language, unsporting conduct, undue rough play, resisting, striking and attempted striking or any action or behaviour that contravenes the Conditions of Entry or Competition By-Laws.

8.4. The Swan Active official shall complete an Incident Report Form which shall be lodged at the location where the incident occurred.

8.5. Swan Active may deem it necessary, at its s discretion, to conduct a Management Inquiry.

8.6. All players, teams, team officials, parents and supporters are required to participate in a Management Inquiry and provide requested information to Swan Active if asked to do so. Failure to cooperate with a Management Inquiry by the reported person or other relevant participants without prior written notification to Swan Active may be interpreted as an admission of guilt and Swan Active may hand down any penalty it considers appropriate in that person’s absence.

8.7. A player, team official or spectator found guilty from the Management Inquiry may appeal the decision.

8.8. The appellant player, team official or spectator must lodge the appeal in writing to Swan Active within 48 hours with sufficient grounds for the appeal as well as an appeal fee of one match payment.

8.9. All appeal decisions will be final.

9. ABANDONED MATCHES

9.1. In the event of misconduct by players, substitutes, coaches or spectators, Umpires have the authority to abandon matches. Decisions in relation to the outcome of abandoned matches will be determined by Swan Active.

10. ILLEGAL PLAYERS

10.1. If a team includes illegal players in a game, then that team will automatically forfeit any match in which the offences occurred. No refunds will be given to forfeited matches due to illegal players.

10.2. Illegal players are defined as follows:

  • Playing in a grade for which they are ineligible.
  • Playing in age group for which they are ineligible.
  • Failing to pay the appropriate game fee.
  • Playing under an assumed name.
  • Non-compliance of the qualifications criteria for finals matches.
  • Playing while under suspension.
  • Playing while under suspension by any affiliated club, association or organisation.

11. PREMIERSHIP POINTS

11.1. Points shall be awarded on the following basis

  • Win 3 points
  • Draw 2 points
  • Bye 2 points
  • Loss 1 point
  • Forfeit 0 points

11.2. Teams joining the competition after the commencement of the season will start on no points and nil for or against scores.

11.3. Grading is not to be based solely on ladder position and as a result, final team grades are based upon Swan Active’s discretion.

11.4. Premiership points will not be awarded to non-financial teams. Once the team pays its outstanding debt, the premiership points that would have accrued during the period that the team was non-financial will not be backdated.

11.5. Premiership points are not awarded during the grading period.

11.6. Premiership points that have been accumulated post grading period will carry across to a team’s new division should they be regraded.

12. PROTESTS

12.1. Protests from teams or players are to be lodged in writing to Swan Active within two (2) days of the alleged incident.

13. COMMENCEMENT OF MATCHES

13.1. Each team must have a minimum of four (4) players for the match to commence. As soon as both teams have four (4) players ready to play, the match must commence.

13.2. If a team does not have four (4) players ready to start a penalty of two (2) points per minute or part thereof will be awarded to the opposing team until four (4) players are on the playing court ready to start.

13.3. Should the other player/s arrive ready to play before the expiration of ten (10) minutes after the official starting time, the match will proceed as a normal game. If no other players arrive within ten (10) minutes of the start
time the game will be considered a forfeit and points awarded to the opposition team accordingly.

13.4. The final score awarded for a forfeit will be twenty (20) points to nil.

14. DRAWN MATCHES

14.1. In the event of an equal score at the conclusion of full time of any non-final match, then the match will be considered a draw and each team will be awarded two (2) premiership points.

14.2. In the event of a draw during semi-final matches, one (1) additional five (5) minute time period will be played until a draw does not occur.

14.3. In the event of a draw during Grand final matches, one (1) additional five (5) minute time period will be played with the final two (2) minutes being fully timed until a draw does not occur.

15. TIME CLOCK OPERATION

15.1. In final matches play shall only be stopped for an injury at the umpire’s discretion for a period not exceeding three (3) minutes after which the match shall be recommenced.

15.2. In minor round matches time cannot be held for injury.

15.3. Any injured player who cannot be moved from the court should not be. If the game is abandoned due to injury, Swan Active shall decide the outcome of the match.

15.4. Grand Final and Semi-Final matches will be fully timed in the last two (2) minutes of the second half only. FIBA rules will apply in relation to clock operation.

15.5. The stop clock operation will be abandoned (see 15.4) if one (1) team is twenty (20) points or more ahead with two (2) minutes of game time remaining.

15.6. No time outs may be taken in the last two (2) minutes of the final half except for grand finals where time outs are permitted during the fully timed two (2) minutes.

15.7. A three (3) minute time period will commence immediately after the conclusion of the previously scheduled game. This time period may be modified at Swan Active’s discretion.

16. LENGTH OF MATCHES

16.1. All matches shall consist of the following times unless indicated otherwise by Swan Active. Two (2) twenty (20) minute halves with a half time interval of two (2) minutes.

17. PRIZES

17.1. Prizes shall be awarded to the championship team and finalists to a maximum of ten (10) players.

18. HANGING ON RINGS/NETS

18.1. Any player/person found continuously hanging on the ring or net before, during or after a game will be suspended from the location. The length of the suspension will be determined by Swan Active.

19. WARNINGS, DISQUALIFICATIONS AND REPORTS

19.1. Swan Active officials enforce the FIBA rules based on the severity of the incident to determine the appropriate warning or disqualification.

19.2. Players, team officials and spectators can be reported by any official for any form of misconduct.

19.3. Swan Active officials may report a player, team official or spectator without first issuing any warnings/disqualifications.

19.4. Any player, team official or spectator ejected from the game will be removed from the location and an automatic one-week suspension will be in place. Any further suspension for a specified number of consecutive games in the current or following season will be based on severity of incident and Management Inquiry outcome.

19.5. Swan Active may in its sole discretion decide to remove any team from the competition having regard to the conduct and behaviour of the team or any player, official, spectator of the team, the safety of other teams, Swan Active staff and patrons, the result of any report prepared under by-law 19.2, or any misconduct under by-law 8.

20. AGE APPROPRIATE GRADES

20.1. Boys must be under the age of the division at seasons end, including the grand final date.

20.2. For Mixed Divisions, Under 12’s divisions and older, girls may be younger than or the same age as the division for seasons end, including the grand final date.

20.3. For Girls’ Divisions, girls must be younger than the age of the division at seasons end, including the grand final date.

20.4. For Under 8’s and Under 10’s divisions, girls must be under the age of the grade including the grand final date.

21. WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

21.1. All clubs and teams participating in junior sporting competitions at Swan Active must comply with the Working With Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. Swan Active reserves the right to request information regarding a coach or other club/team representative’s compliance with the Working With Children Act 2004.

22. PHOTOGRAPHY

22.1. Photos are permitted of your child only. Filming is not permitted during game play.

22.2. Photos and videos taken by Swan Active staff are for educational purposes and the purpose of promoting the City of Swan and Swan Active. Swan Active will seek your consent prior to taking photos or videos where your child can be identified in the images or footage.

23. FEE INCREASE

23.1. Fees and charges are subject to change annually and are effective in July each year (mid- season).

24. FIXTURES

24.1. Fixturing of games will be at the sole discretion of Swan Active.

24.2. Swan Active reserves the right to change fixtures where necessary during the season.

24.3. Fixtures are available online. It is each player’s responsibility to ensure each player has a current copy of the fixtures.