Competitions shall be organised each season, in accordance with these rules, for the grades above.
Governance & Committee
Each competition will be overseen by a committee, which consists of
The committee shall meet at least three (3) times per season (beginning, middle, end)
The purpose of the committee is to organise the competitions, maintain smooth functioning, and collaboratively identify opportunities for improvement.
Teams & Players
Entry to the competition is via promotion and relegation.
Clubs may enter a team into the competition in collaboration with one or more clubs from within their region, subject to the approval of the Competition Committee.
An invoice for the team entry fee tand deposit for match official costs will be issued annually, in the 1st week of July.
There is no maximum squad size, but the minimum is five (5) players, and a Team Coach and Team Manager, who must hold the necessary association accreditation.
Transfers & Loans
Players can only be transferred with the agreement of both teams involved and the player, within the following Transfer & Loan Window, open twice a season.
In exceptional circumstances, such as enabling a competition to go ahead or addressing a club losing a significant number of players, the National Competition Committee may give approval outside of the Transfer Window.
Newly registered players may participate in the competition at any point of the season.
Each team in the competition shall play each other team once at home or away, as scheduled by the Competitions Committee.
Qualification to the Finals Phase shall be determined by league table position at the end of the phase.
Home & Away
Teams in the Group shall play each other team in the Group once at home or away, as scheduled by the Competitions Committee.
The highest placed team shall be Group Champions.
Relegation Play Off.
The highest ranked non Premier League clubs in each region league, shall be invited to play off against positions 13 to 15 in the League Phase, to gain any unallocated places in next seasons competition.
Match Officials & Rules
All matches shall be conducted per the WorldSkate Rules of the Game, with variances per association Bylaws.
All competition matches shall be officiated by referees appointed by the Competition Committee.
Referees will be reimbursed expenses in accordance with the published association Expenses Policy.
Teams in the competition will equally share the cost of reimbursing the association as follows:
All Matches must be presided over by at least 2 Table Officials, ideally 3, being.
Host clubs are responsible for providing at least 2 Timekeepers of required accreditation to officiate. Away teams have the right to provide a Timekeeper, but not the obligation.
Code of Conduct & Disciplinary
Code of Conduct
All teams and officials are expected to uphold the highest standards of conduct both on and off the rink.
Any player receiving a red card in a match will be suspended for the following match and the Disciplinary Committee will determine if any additional sanction is to be applied, per Bylaws.
Referees are directed to issue an immediate Red Card to any match participant that threatens or swears at a Match Official before, during, or after a match.
Match Organisation & Broadcasting
Scheduling – Region League
The Region Competitions Committee shall issue Team Managers with the match schedule within 14 days of entries closing.
Team Managers are required to confirm the venue of each home tournament date as booked to the Region Competition Committee within twenty-one (21) days.
Subsequent alteration of the tournament/match schedule is only permitted in situations of ‘Force Majore’ and exceptional circumstances relating to venue availability and is at the sole discretion of the Region Competition Committee to approve.
Any match dates that remain unconfirmed will be determined at the sole discretion of the Region Competition Committee.
Scheduling – National League Finals
The National Competitions Committee shall issue Team Managers with the match schedule within 7 days of qualification closing.
Subsequent alteration of the tournament/match schedule is only permitted in situations of ‘Force Majore’ and exceptional circumstances relating to venue availability and is at the discretion of the National Competition Committee.
Venue and Equipment
The host club is responsible for providing the venue and match equipment, ensuring at least 2 suitable match balls for each match.
The National Competitions Committee is responsible for providing the venue and match equipment, ensuring at least 2 suitable match balls for each match of the tournament.
Team lists must be submitted to the organiser.
Tournament hosts are encouraged to charge a fee for spectators.
Players and Officials of teams competing in any tournament shall be exempt from any charge, so long as they are identified on the official Team List published by the association.
Sponsorship and Advertising
Teams are responsible for adhering to association guidelines related to sponsorship logos and messages on team kits.
Matches may be broadcast or streamed live, subject to the Associations media and broadcasting policies.
The tournament host is responsible for coordinating and ensuring all necessary facilities and access are provided.
Tournament hosts are strongly encouraged to arrange for the recording and streaming online of all competition fixtures, providing the Competition Committee with a link to enable publicity.
At the end of each season, awards will be given for region and national top goal scorer, best goalkeeper, player of the season, coach of the season, and match official of the season.
Any team or player may lodge a formal complaint or seek review of a decision made in the competition or the disciplinary committee. The process for doing so is defined within the association Bylaws.
All fans are expected to uphold the same standards of sportsmanship and respect as the players and teams.
Interpretation & Amendment
The National Competitions Committee reserves the right to interpret and apply these rules as they see fit.
Competition Rules may be amended or added at any time by a majority vote of the National Competitions Committee.
These rules are subject to annual review and can be adjusted as needed based on feedback from teams, players, and fans. The rules aim to provide a clear and fair framework for competition while promoting sportsmanship, financial sustainability, and professionalism in the organisation of matches.