1.1 All players are responsible for reading and understanding the competition rules for their sport.
1.2 Competition rules are to be understood by each participant prior to commencement of competition.
1.3 All decisions made by officials are final.
1.4 Any competition rule not mentioned is defaulted to the international body rules –
1.5 All players are responsible for reading the terms and conditions.
2.1 All players must be registered online via Revolutionise prior to entering the court.
2.2 Registration will be made on a first in basis. If our competition is full, you will be placed on a waiting list.
2.3 Priority registration is given to returning teams for the first two weeks of registrations opening. Returning teams who register in this time will guarantee their teams registration.
2.4 No guarantee is given to returning teams if they do not register in the priority registration period.
2.5 Priority registration deadlines are communicated via email to all past team captains, prior to registrations commencing.
2.6 La Trobe Sport reserves the right to accept or reject any registrations received.
2.7 La Trobe Sport reserves the right to accept or reject any team names submitted. Team names may be rejected to the below reasons, but not limited to:
2.8 Teams will be notified if their team’s name has been rejected. Teams will have the opportunity to select a different name prior to the competition date. Teams who do not select an alternate team name by the competition start date will receive a default name as set out by La Trobe Sport.
2.9 Each participant is responsible to register with the state association if applicable. The below competitions require a state body registration fee:
a) Monday Men’s Futsal
b) Monday Mixed Futsal
c) Thursday Open Futsal
2.10 It is the responsibility of the team to ensure all players have signed up to the state body registration. Players who have not registered via the state body will be ineligible to participate.
2.11 Teams may only register a maximum of 10 players for basketball and futsal competitions. Teams may only register a maximum of 12 players for netball competitions.
2.12 Team registrations are accepted until the following is achieved:
a) maximum team numbers as determined by La Trobe Sport
b) La Trobe Sport deems a competition to have sufficient numbers post grading
2.13 Team registrations may be accepted beyond grading matches, as deemed appropriate by La Trobe Sport.
2.14 Late team registrations may apply.
2.15 Upon registration, the team captain agrees to pay the team registration fee of $99 (unless otherwise specified), even if the team does not compete in the competition.
2.16 Failure to register players may result in suspensions as set out in the Suspension Guidelines.
2.17 Players can only be registered with one team in each competition type. Players may be registered with multiple teams over different competitions (Example: Mixed and Men’s).
2.18 If at capacity, a team is only allowed to swap a registered player out of the team for a new registered player if –
(a) The registered player has not met the eligibility threshold for finals matches.
(b) The registered player is unable to take further part in the competition and has provided a medical certificate.
3.1 Teams may use fill ins, given the below provisions:
(a) The player is registered online
(b) If the player plays in the same competition, they must play at a lower division level. Example – a division 2 player can fill in for a division 1 competition only. In the event of a competition having only one division, players may fill-in for another team, only with the approval of the opposition team, as well as provisions in section 3 being met.
(c) The player is added as a ‘fill in’ on the team sheet prior to the game commencing
(d) The referee is notified of any fill ins prior to the game commencing
3.2 Teams may only use a maximum of two (2) fill-ins per match.
3.3 The same fill-in may only be used four (4) times in the season for 16+ week competitions, and only three (3) times for semester-based competitions.
3.4 A fill in may play over the game limit for a fill-in, providing they:
(a) Register as a member of the team
(b) Are not registered in another team in the same competition
(c) Do not exceed the team’s maximum registration numbers
3.5 Fill ins are not eligible for finals. To be eligible, they must meet the provisions set out in 3.5, as well as the finals eligibility provisions.
3.6 The team bears the responsibility of any fill-ins for their team. In the event of any incident involving the fill-in, the team are held liable as if it was one of their own registered players. It is important that teams are familiar with the fill-ins that they may use.
3.7 Teams who do not follow the policies around suspensions may face point deductions, forfeiture of matches, or suspension from the competition, as set out in the Suspension Guidelines.
Please note, the below section relates to individual registrations, where individuals sign up to be placed in a team with other individual registrants.
4.1 By registering as an individual, you agree to pay all fees associated with the competition, upfront, and prior to the season starting.
4.2 The season fee must be in the following two ways:
(a) Online, through the PayPal portal on Revolutionise
(b) In person, at the reception desk prior to the first match
4.3 It is the individual’s responsibility to make this payment. If an individual has not paid their fee, they will not be able to partake in the competition.
4.4 An individual who does not pay their season fee will be automatically removed from the team if the fee hasn’t been paid:
(a) When grading has finished, or:
(b) Three matches have been played for competitions without grading
4.4 Payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis. If on a payment plan, fees are still due regardless of participation in competition. If a player, who on a payment plan, decides to depart from the competition, the player must pay for any remaining unpaid fees, except for circumstances described in (4.5)
4.5 No refunds are available if a player leaves the competition early, regardless of the number of matches played.
4.6 Only in extenuating circumstances is when a refund can be considered. These circumstances are:
(a) Medical reasons that preclude a player from participating in the rest of the competition, such as an injury or illness.
(b) A personal matter, that precludes the player from competing in the rest of the competition.
(c) Any other circumstance as deemed appropriate by La Trobe Sport
4.7 The below process needs to be followed in such circumstance:
(a) In writing, the player is required to notify email@example.com
(b) A medical certificate, or relevant documents must be provided.
4.8 If deemed appropriate, La Trobe Sport will provide a pro-rata refund based on the amount of games left in the competition, from when the refund request was submitted.
4.9 No refunds are available for one-off games/ multiple games during the season missed (even due to injury/ illness, unless specified in 4.5).
4.10 If a team disbands, members of the team will be offered a credit for the current season, or future seasons.
4.11 No credits or refunds will be given for bye rounds; these are factored into the registration costs.
4.12 No refunds or forfeits are available for games that are forfeited for, and forfeited against.
5.1 La Trobe Sport reserves the right to determine a player’s eligibility for participating in the competition.
5.2 Players must be at least 16 years of age, at the time of participating in the competition. Players who register may be 15 years old, providing:
(a) They will be at least 16 years of age at the competition start date
(b) They will be at least 16 years old by their first competition match
It is the team’s responsibility to ensure all players are at least 16 years old, including fill-ins.
5.3 La Trobe Sport reserves the right to ask for identification documents for age purposes.
5.4 Players must not have a competition suspended to be eligible to play.
5.5 All players must be registered online via Revolutionise prior to competing.
5.6 Each participant is responsible to also registering to the state association if applicable.
5.7 Players must only be registered in one team for each competition type.
5.8 Fill-ins must follow the fill-in policies as set out by 3.1 – 3.8.
6.1 Please consult La Trobe University Sport: Our Commitment to Open Participation for more information on gender eligibility.
7.1 Only players who meet the eligibility criteria below are eligible for finals:
(a) Registered to the team
(b) Not registered to any other team in the same competition
(c) Have played at least five (5) matches for the team for 16+ week competitions or played at least three (3) matches for semester-based competitions.
(d) Are not serving any competition suspensions
7.2 It is the team’s responsibility to ensure it is signing in each game. La Trobe Sport is not liable for teams who do not sign into their matches, and potentially disrupt their finals eligibility.
7.3 It is the team’s responsibility to know who is eligible, through their administrative captain’s login online. Teams may request eligibility throughout the season, or before finals.
8.1 Payments may be taken in the below methods:
(a) For Bundoora competitions, either a weekly online payment via the PayPal portal on Revolutionise, or an up-front season payment via the reception desk prior to the first match.
(b) For Bendigo competitions, either a weekly match fee payment at reception, or an up-front season payment via the reception desk prior to the first match.
8.2 Card and transaction fees apply for online payments.
8.3 For teams paying weekly, it is the responsibility of the team to ensure payments are made prior to the match. Teams who do not make payments prior to their match, will face the following consequence:
(a) Inability to start the game on the first instance.
(b) For a second infringement, inability to start the game, as well as a $20 fine.
(c) For three or more infringements, removal from the competition.
8.4 For teams who choose to pay upfront, this must be done on the first night of competition. Failure to pay will result in inability to start the game.
8.5 Teams who do not pay their registration fee will not be able to participate in the competition until the fee is paid.
8.6 Any forfeit fees must be paid prior to the following match, If these are not paid, please refer to 8.3.
8.7 Any team who owes more than $195 will be removed from the competition. Teams can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any issues with payment.
8.8 It is the team’s responsibility to ensure payments are up to date.
8.9 Registrations will be rejected for teams and individuals who owe money from prior seasons.
8.10 Individual registrants will be unable to take the court if they have not paid their registration fee.
9.1 There will be no refunds given for La Trobe League, except in the following circumstances:
(a) As outlined in 4.5 for individual registrations
(b) If a team has paid a weekly fee, and the opposition team have forfeited in the last week of competition.
(c) If a team who has paid in bulk, and only played 75% or less matches. Please see 9.3 for more information.
(d) A competition doesn’t go ahead, with fees already paid.
9.2 Credits will be given for teams who pay a weekly match fee, and the opposition team has forfeited.
9.3 For teams paying in bulk, the expectation is there will be byes and forfeits for the season. Teams who pay in bulk will not be eligible for a refund, unless:
(a) The team plays in 75% or less games they have paid for (rounded down). Games that have been forfeited by the team will count as a game played.
Example – A team pays a season fee in bulk for a competition with 16 matches. With byes and forfeits against, the team only plays 13 matches. The team have played 13 matches out of 16, which is 81.25%, which is above the refund threshold.
9.4 If satisfied in 9.3, teams will be eligible for a 10% refund on the season fee paid at the start of the season.
Example - A team pays a $1,120 season fee in bulk for a competition with 16 matches. With byes and forfeits against, the team only plays 12 matches. The team have played 12 matches out of 16, which is 75%, which meets the refund threshold. The team will be given a $112 refund.
9.5 Teams are not eligible to a refund if they have paid the season in bulk and leave the competition early.
10.1 A game will be a forfeit if a team cannot fulfil the minimum player requirements to start a game (after a certain period of time - see competition specific information).
10.2 The team captain must notify La Trobe League management as soon as possible about a forfeit to give adequate time to notify opposing teams and match officials.
10.3 The below process is to be followed if a team needs to forfeit a match:
(a) If outside of 24 hours (and not a weekend), an email needs to be sent to email@example.com from the team captain.
(b) If inside 24 hours, or post 3pm Friday for a weekend match, a phone call needs to be made to La Trobe Sport (9479 2973).
10.4 A team that incurs two (2) forfeits within 72 hours will be removed from the competition.
10.5 A team which incurs three (3) forfeits, even if notified, will be removed from the competition.
10.6 Team captains will be notified of a forfeit by text message.
10.7 The following costs are applied when a forfeit occurs.
(a) Forfeit outside of one week – 1 x match fee.
(b) Forfeit within the week – 1.5 x match fee.
(c) Forfeit within 72 hours – 2 x match fee.
An extra $20 fine will be given for any teams who fail to notify La Trobe Sport of a forfeit.
10.9 Teams must pay the forfeit fee before the commencement of their next game.
10.10 Teams withdrawing from the competition early will incur a $150 season forfeiture fee. This fee covers administration and fixturing costs.
10.11 Any unpaid fees are required to be paid regardless of leaving the competition.
10.12 For teams or individuals who have unpaid fees, they will be unable to join the competition the next season until those fees have been paid, this includes:
(a) A team captain in charge of the team payments
(b) A team member, who may not be in charge of the payments but still a registered member
(c) An individual participant who has owing fees on their registration, including any payment plans.
10.13 If a team withdraws from the competition, La Trobe Sport reserves the right to amend upcoming fixtures, opponents, and fixture times. The below process will occur:
(a) A forfeit win will occur for any teams notified within a notification period of less than one (1) week.
Example – A team has pulled out of a Thursday competition on a Friday. La Trobe Sport will then send notification to the opposition team that they will have a forfeit win, as notice was given inside a week.
(b) A BYE will occur for any teams past the one (1) week notification period.
Example – A team has pulled out of a Thursday competition on Friday. La Trobe Sport will send notification to the opposition team for the following week a forfeit win. All matches beyond that will be turned into a BYE.
11.1 For team registrations, the person who signs up the team is the nominated team captain.
11.2 The team captain is responsible for all communications between La Trobe Sport, match officials, and any competition supervisors.
11.3 The team captain is responsible for ensuring team payments are paid on time. In the event of any unpaid fees, the burden of the debt falls onto the team captain.
11.4 The team captain is responsible in aiding La Trobe Sport in the event of an incident review. This includes collating witness statements from teammates and responding to La Trobe Sport in a timely manner.
11.5 The team captain is responsible in ensuring all playing members are registered, and all players have signed into the match.
12.1 All players should meet competition wide uniform and etiquette policies, including:
(a) Non-marking shoes being used at all times in the venue
(b) Shorts with no pockets or zips.
(c) No jewellery except for a medical alert bracelet or wedding ring to be worn at any time. Facial piercings must be taped.
(d) Nails must be short and smooth or taped using the approved material tape. Satisfactory taping method is one piece of tape over the top/end of the nail and one piece around the nail.
12.2 Teams are to provide their own uniform and meet the minimum uniform expectations set out for each competition. Each competition specific uniform policy is set out in the competition rules.
12.3 La Trobe Sport and match officials reserve the right to refuse participants taking the court if these rules are broken or not complied with.
12.4 Gloves may be worn in netball.
13.1 All players and spectators must conduct themselves in a respectful, safe, and appropriate manner.
13.2 La Trobe Sport does not accept rough play, abusive or derogatory language, any negative behaviour, backchat or challenge of the official’s authority.
13.3 Team captains are responsible for their team and must ensure action is taken to ensure matches are contested in the spirit of the game and of the competition.
13.4 No player or spectator can be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while competing in the La Trobe League as well as within La Trobe University Sporting venues.
13.5 The match official and La Trobe Sport has the right the remove a player if they are exhibiting any of the above behaviours, as well as any other behaviours set out in the Suspension Guidelines, competition rules, or at the discretion of match officials and staff.
13.6 La Trobe Sport reserve the right to take appropriate disciplinary action, as set out in the La Trobe League Incident Review Process and section 14.
13.7 It is agreed that spectators fall under the team’s responsibility. Should any incident arise with a spectator, warnings or bans may be given to the team, as well as the spectator.
14.1 All incident reviews fall under the La Trobe League Incident Review Process.
14.2 La Trobe Sport reserves the right to suspend or ban any player.
14.3 By signing up to the competition, you agree to all of the terms set out in the La Trobe League Incident Review Process.
15.1 All players and teams are to be ready to play at the time of the match.
15.2 Five (5) minutes prior to the allocated match, or after the previous match has commenced, the team captain is to sign all players in via the iPad at the score bench.
15.3 It is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure all players are registered and have signed in. Players that are either unregistered, or haven’t signed in, will not be able to take the court.
15.4 Late penalties apply for teams not ready to start the match at the designated time. This includes if a team is either absent, or unable to field a team due to not meeting the player or uniform requirements.
15.5 Forfeits apply for teams not ready to start the match after a certain period of time. This includes if a team is either absent, or unable to field a team due to not meeting the player or uniform requirements:
(a) Basketball competitions: 10 minutes
(b) Futsal competitions: 10 minutes
(c) Netball competitions: 9 minutes
16.1 Each competition match is played for competition points, including grading matches.
16.2 Each competition has a different points structure:
(a) Basketball: Four (4) points for a win. Four (4) points for a bye. Two (2) points for a draw. Zero (0) points for a loss.
(b) Netball: Four (4) points for a win. Four (4) points for a bye. Two (2) points for a draw. Zero (0) points for a loss.
(c) Futsal: Three (3) points for a win. Three (3) points for a bye. One (1) point for a draw. Zero (0) points for a loss.
16.3 The team who has been awarded a forfeit win, will be allocated the full allotment of competition points for a ‘win’ in their sport.
16.4 The team who has forfeited, will be awarded zero (0) competition points.
16.5 In the event of a competition with uneven teams (7, 9, 11, 13 teams), La Trobe Sport cannot guarantee that all teams will play the same number of games, due to a different number of byes. Teams will be allocated points for having a bye.
17.1 A ladder will be generated through our website. The ladder reflects the most up to date scores. The input of scores may be delayed for review reasons.
17.2 The ladder is inclusive of grading rounds for competition points only.
17.3 For all competitions, unless stated otherwise, the top four (4) of each competition after the conclusion of the home and away season will be involved in finals.
17.4 At the conclusion of the home and away season, the ladder will be audited the day after the home and away season concludes. The audit will include confirmation of results from the prior two weeks of competition. If a score is wrong from prior to those two weeks, this needs to be notified in writing to La Trobe Sport to be taken into consideration, prior to the audit taking place. Ladder positions may change from the conclusion of the home and away season, and the audit of results.
17.5 The ladder, post grading, will include competition points earnt in grading. Wins, losses, draws, points for, and points against will rest on the ladder.
17.6 In the case of teams being on the same competition points, the following order is used to determine a ladder position:
17.7 If two teams are on the same competition points, and have the exact same points difference, points for, against, and past match ups, a playoff match will take place.
18.1 All fixtures will be made available on the Team La Trobe Website.
18.2 All fixtures on the Team La Trobe website are the most up to date fixtures.
18.3 For grading matches, fixtures will be released at most 72 hours prior to the fixtured matches, that is:
(a) 6pm Monday for Thursday matches
(b) 4pm Thursday for Sunday matches
(c) 6pm Friday for Monday matches
18.4 Grading matches are to be released weekly.
18.5 For regular season matches, fixtures are to be released in 4–6-week blocks, throughout the season.
18.6 Fixtures are subject to change.
18.7 If a fixture needs to be changed within the week of competition (that is seven (7) days within that game), the team captain will be notified through an automated text message.
18.8 If a fixture needs to be changed outside of a week of that fixture, the team captain will not be notified. It is the responsibility of the team captain and the team to check their fixture within the week of their match.
18.9 No accommodations will be made for teams not checking their fixture within the week of competition, and subsequently arriving late or missing their match. Normal forfeit protocols will come into play.
18.10 The fixture will attempt to be as even as possible, however, La Trobe Sport makes no guarantee that all teams will play the same number of games, have the same number of byes, or have an even spread of matches vs certain opponents.
18.11 Teams cannot request a timeslot for their matches.
18.12 La Trobe Sport does not guarantee an even spread of match times throughout the season.
19.1 Finals are played for each competition at the conclusion of each season.
19.2 Finals are played over two weeks, in a top 4 format:
(a) Semi Finals: (A)1v4, (B)2v3
(b) Grand Finals: Winner of Semi Final A and Semi Final B
19.3 To be eligible to play finals, players must meet the requirements as outlined in 7 (Finals Eligibility).
19.4 It is the team’s responsibility to know who is eligible, through their administrative captain’s login online. Teams may request eligibility throughout the season, or before finals.
19.5 Competition rules will remain the same for finals matches, except for timing rules in extra time/ over time, or the interpretation of time wasting by match officials. Please see sport specific competition rules for more.
20.1 Grading matches are used to determine a team’s level of competition.
20.2 The first four weeks of competition is reserved for grading. La Trobe Sport reserves the right to add an additional week of grading if it is required.
20.3 Competition points earned in grading will carry over to the regular season.
20.4 Points for, against, and difference earned in grading, will not carry over to the regular season.
20.5 At the conclusion of grading, the ladder will be reset, with competition points earned only carried over.
20.6 La Trobe Sport has the right to determine a team’s grade, based on a number of factors, including:
20.7 La Trobe Sport has the right to move teams up/ down divisions if it is believed the team has tanked during grading, or purposely misled La Trobe Sport. Competition points earned will not be carried over in this instance.
20.8 Whilst teams may be able to enter a competition post grading, La Trobe Sport has the right to refuse a team entry.
20.9 Teams cannot request a division change after grading has concluded. The divisions are set. In extraordinary circumstances, La Trobe Sport can move a team into an alternate division if they believe it is of the benefit of the competition.
21.1 A player may call ‘time’ due to injury or illness, however the decision to stop play is at the discretion of the match officials.
21.2 It is the responsibility of the player or a teammate to immediately inform the referee or duty manager of any injuries.
21.3 An injured player is to leave the court as soon as reasonably as possible. Once they have left the court, their position may be filled by another player.
21.4 An injury that causes a stoppage 50% or greater of a game, it will result in the abandonment of a match, and draw recorded. The game result will stand if more than 50% of the game has been played.
21.5 A player is to vacate the court immediately if bleeding occurs and may not return until the bleeding has stopped. If blood is visible on a player's uniform, the item of clothing must be replaced or the player with blood effected uniform will not be permitted back onto the court.
21.6 A team may play less than the required players needed on the court (refer to specific competition rules) if an injury has caused this to happen after the game has commenced. The opposition team may choose to substitute a player to even the numbers up, but it is not compulsory.
21.7 A player should report to La Trobe Sport Staff for first aid if necessary and fill out an incident report form.
22.1 To the extent of the permitted by law, the liability of La Trobe and its employees, contractors or agents for a breach of any warranty or liability which by law cannot be excluded, restricted or modified, or under any express warranty, is limited, at La Trobe's option to:
a) Replacement, repair or reimbursement for goods or a suitably determined equivalent; and/or
b) provision or reimbursement for services or a suitably determined equivalent Insurance and Limitation of Liability Disclaimer
22.2 Except to the extent that any loss, damage or injury is caused by the negligence of La Trobe University, its employees, officers, representatives or agents La Trobe University, will not in any way be liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered by a participant while playing a La Trobe League match and using La Trobe Sport facilities; irrespective of whether loss, damage, or injury is self-inflicted, caused by a member of your team, an opponent, or a person not associated with La Trobe League.
22.3 Participants agree to indemnify La Trobe University, its employees, officers, representatives or agents from and against all loss, expense, damage or otherwise any liability arising from any injury or death and damage to property.
23.1 In case of venue unavailability or inclement weather (such as heat), team captains will be notified via a text message.
23.2 If there is a match cancellation, La Trobe Sport will endeavour to reschedule the match. If we are unable to reschedule a match, a draw will be declared.
24.1 La Trobe League participants consent to the use of their name, image, photographs, videos and comments in any publications and marketing in relation to La Trobe League and La Trobe Sport.
24.2 All players consent to all matches being live streamed and available to watch by the public.
24.3 If you do not consent to being used in our publications and marketing, or live streams, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
25.1 All participants agree to being captured on cameras, which are live streamed onto the Team la Trobe website. This website is accessible to anyone.
25.2 Participants who wish not to be live streamed are recommended not to partake in the competition.