1.1 The League shall be called the Bristol and West Water Polo League, formerly known as the Bristol and District Water Polo League, and shall be affiliated to Gloucestershire ASA, ASA South West and governed by ASA Law.
2.1 The objects of the League shall be to promote the game of Water Polo in accordance with ASA Law.
3.1 Membership shall be open to clubs affiliated to the ASA or Welsh ASA.
3.2 Clubs wishing to be members shall make a written application to the Hon. Secretary before November 1st in the year prior to the year of competition in which membership is sought.
3.3 The acceptance of any such application shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee and subject to the conditions set out in Rule 17.
4. The Officers
4.1 The Officers of the League shall comprise: President, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Match Secretary, Hon. Referees’ Co-ordinator), to be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
5.1 A Management Committee consisting of the President, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Match Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Referees’ Coordinator, plus a delegate representing each division (but a minimum of three) as elected at the Annual General Meeting (five to form a quorum) shall manage the League.
5.2 The Committee has full executive powers to manage the League’s business in all matters. Decisions of the Committee shall be taken by a simple majority vote, with each member of the Management Committee exercising one vote and subject to the provisions of Rules 6 and 7. 5.2.1 The Committee shall have authority to amend any League Rule, which is affected by changes to the Rules of Water Polo.
5.2.2 All fines and expenses ordered by the Committee shall be paid to the Hon. Treasurer who shall reimburse none-offending clubs as directed the Committee when appropriate.
5.2.3 The Committee may suspend from the activities of the League, any club that fails to pay, within 28 days of notification, any monies owed.
5.2.4 The Committee shall have the power to deal with any matter referred to the League by any ASA County, Regional Association or the ASA.
6. Conflict of Interest and Chairman’s Vote
6.1 The Chairman of any meeting shall have a vote in his own right, and a Chairman’s casting vote.
6.2 Any member of the Management Committee member that has a conflict of interest in any decision to be voted upon by the Committee shall declare that interest prior to any vote taking place. Any member of the Management Committee who declares an interest in any matter shall not be permitted to vote in relation to any determination of the matter in which an interest has been declared.
7. Annual General Meeting
7.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be held on or before December 31st, or within 30 days of this date, and no alteration deletion or addition to rules shall be made except at such meeting or Special General Meeting.
7.2 Notice of any proposed change to rules must reach the Hon. Secretary in writing on or before November 1st preceding the Annual General Meeting or 28 days prior to a Special General Meeting.
7.3 A Special General Meeting shall be called on the written request of a minimum of five playing clubs or a decision of the Committee. A meeting must be called within six weeks of receipt of such a request. Only items specified in the request for a meeting may be discussed.
7.4 Proceedings at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting will be the subject of one vote per member of the Management Committee, and each Club Association shall be entitled to one vote.
7.5 No resolution for change of rule shall be adopted unless carried out by a two-thirds majority of the officers and delegates present and voting. Member Club Associations shall be advised of the date and venue of the Annual General Meeting or any Special General Meeting at least 21 days prior to the date thereof.
7.6 Other delegates may attend the Annual General Meeting and any Special General Meeting and shall be entitled to speak on an issue, but not vote.
7.7 Club Associations are required to return League Trophies before the Annual General Meeting, and a failure to do so and / or a failure to return them in a clean and sound condition will result in the imposition of a fine of not more than £50.00.
8.1 The quorum at any Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting shall be 50 per cent of the Member Club Associations entitled to be present.
9.1 Nominations for individuals to serve on the Management Committee shall be sent to the Hon. Secretary at least 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
10. Annual Fixture Meeting
10.1 The Hon. Secretary shall convene a meeting of Member Club Associations in December or January to arrange fixtures for the forthcoming season. Member Club Associations may arrange fixtures prior to the meeting.
10.2 All fixtures are to be in the hands of the Hon. Match Secretary at the end of the Fixture Meeting. Any competing team that fails to send a delegate to the Fixture Meeting shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £50.00.
11.1 The subscription for each season shall be decided at the Management Meeting immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting. The subscription and any fines due shall be paid to the Hon. Treasurer not later than 31st January in the year of competition. Failure to pay the annual subscription by the due date may result in a fine not exceeding £50.00.
12.1 The Competition shall be conducted annually on a home & away basis and will be completed before 31st October in the year of competition. An extension of the playing season may granted in extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the Hon. Secretary and Hon. Match Secretary.
12.2 Each Member Club Association shall be responsible for their own travelling expenses.
12.3 Two points shall be awarded for a win and one point for a draw.
12.4 In the event of a match not being played, the Management Committee shall decide the outcome. Should two or more teams have equal points at the end of the competition, the final position shall be decided by:
a. The results of matches between the two equal teams or, should that be identical;
b. The most goals scored in the games between those sides or, should that be identical:
c. Goal difference.
12.5 The Premier Division will be played on a home & away basis with the addition of a final round of matches played at a central venue unless otherwise decided by the Management Committee. The pool hire & referees expenses will be jointly paid for by all Member Club Associations with teams competing in that Division.
13.1 The Management Committee shall decide the compilation of each division. However, the winner of a lower division (although not the second team of a Member Club Association competing in a higher division) shall be entitled to promotion.
14.1 The secretary of the home team shall advise the secretary of the away team, the referees and any other officials, if specially appointed, of the venue and time at which the match is to commence. This notice must be given at least 10 days prior to the match.
14.2 Member Club Associations contravening this rule shall be liable to a fine not less than £20.00 and not exceeding £50.00. The Management Committee shall have discretion not to apply a fine on the first three occasions in any one calendar year where a Member Club Association fails to provide the requisite notice in accordance with this Rule 14. For the fourth and every subsequent occasion that a Member Club Association fails to provide the requisite notice in accordance with this Rule 14 the Management Committee shall only be permitted to exercise its discretion not to apply a fine where there are extreme and unforeseen circumstances, otherwise a minimum fine of £20.00 shall be applied to each and every occasion of default.
14.3 A Member Club Association wishing to change the date of a fixture after the Annual Fixture Meeting can only do so after having informed the opposition Member Club Association in writing and by obtaining the permission of the Hon Match Secretary in writing. If agreement to postponement is given by the Hon Match Secretary the match shall be rearranged and the Hon. Match Secretary, Secretary of the opposition Member Club Association, Referees’ Co-ordinator and the originally appointed referees must be notified of the new date, venue and time of fixture within 14 days of the agreement to postpone. Member Club Associations contravening this rule shall be liable to a fine of £35.00. For the avoidance of doubt there shall be no requirement to provide the aforementioned '10 day notification' in respect of a match which has been re-arranged in accordance with this Rule 14.
14.4 Each club will only be allowed to postpone a fixture on one occasion before the fixture is considered as an “Unplayed Fixture” and the outcome determined by the Management Committee in accordance with rule 21.
14.5 Games will consist of four quarters of seven minutes playing time with two minute intervals but otherwise will comply with ASA Rules.
15. Delayed Start
15.1 If a fixture is delayed beyond 15 minutes of the notified start time the Member Club Association responsible shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £30.00.
15.2 The Management Committee shall exercise its discretion not to award a fine due to a Member Club Association arriving late where circumstances beyond the control of the defaulting Member Club Association resulted in the default.
15.3 In the event of a Member Club Association failing to have seven players available to start a match within 15 minutes of the notified start time; the non-offending team or the referees may abandon the match. In this event, the referees and the secretary (or in the absence thereof Coach and / or Captain) of each team shall within three days submit a written report to the Hon. Match Secretary who in turn shall place the facts before the Management Committee. Clubs contravening this rule shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £50.00.
16.1 All players must be registered with the League. Such registration shall include each player’s full name, ASA or WASA registration number, gender and, for junior players, date of birth.
16.2 Registrations must be sent to the Hon. Match Secretary in writing at least seven days prior to a match taking place, and no later than 31st January in the year of competition.
16.3 Applications for the registration of new players during the season must be received in writing seven days prior to playing and will be subject to a £1 administration fee per player and will also be subject to review in relation to the list of “starred” players below.
16.4 A player who is registered with a University team in a lower division and is a bona fide student at that university may also register as a player in a higher division for his home Club Association. A player from a team in a lower division may also register for a team in a higher division, except where his home Club Association has a team in the top Division. Any student or player registered for more than one Club Association may not be a starred player.
16.5 Registration for the Senior Knockout Handicap competition shall be confined to one Member Club Association, and this must be declared by the player concerned in writing to the Hon Secretary prior to 31st January in the year of competition. A failure to abide by this Rule will result in the player concerned being prevented from participating in the Senior Knockout Handicap competition for the season respect of which there was non-compliance with this Rule 16.
16.6 Club Associations participating in more than one senior division shall register with the Hon. Match Secretary their nine best players as “starred” players, none of whom shall subsequently play in a lower division, unless permission to re-register as a lower division has been granted by the Hon. Match Secretary. In that event, another player must be “starred” in his place. The Management Committee shall approve the list of registrations and nine “starred” players. This rule shall not apply to junior players as defined by ASA Law.
16.7 If a player registered with one Member Club Association wishes to move to another Member Club Association during a playing season, and if both Member Club Association secretaries have confirmed their agreement in writing and no monies are owed by the player to his or her current Member Club Association, then with the permission of the Match Secretary (not to be unreasonably withheld), the player may transfer to the new Member Club Association.
16.8 In the Junior Division players must be 16 years of age or under on 31 December in the year of competition.
16.9 Any Member Club Association playing an unregistered player shall forfeit any points gained in the match to their opponents and, further, be liable for a fine of £10.00 per unregistered player. The non-offending team shall have the choice of either a 0-0 score, or the score as recorded to stand.
17. Referees Panel
17.1 The Management Committee shall elect annually referees to be invited to become members of the League’s Panel of Referees.
17.2 Each referee must be a member of a club affiliated to the ASA or Welsh ASA.
17.3 Each Member Club Association will be required to ensure that at least one of their members is available to be elected to this panel. Furthermore, on receipt of written notice from the Hon. Match Secretary each Member Club Association will be required to ensure that referees from their club carry out a minimum number of refereeing appointments which will be proportional to the number of games played by all teams from the Member Club Association. The minimum number of appointments will be determined by the Management Committee acting so as to ensure that all Member Club Associations are treated fairly and equitably in this regard.
17.4 Failure to fulfil the minimum number of appointments may result in a fine not exceeding £35.00 for each unfulfilled appointment (up to a maximum of £350.00 in a season) or, in extreme circumstances, expulsion from the League.
17.5 The Member Club Association that is the 'home team' shall pay each referee his expenses. At the end of the season, the referees’ expenses shall be totalled by the Hon. Match Secretary and equalised between the Member Club Associations in each division by reference to the number of teams that each Member Club Association has entered within each division.
18.1 The Hon. Match Secretary shall appoint two referees from the League’s Panel to each match. The Hon Secretary and Referees’ Co-ordinator shall each have the power to appoint referees if necessary.
18.2 Should one referee fail to appear for a match, the remaining referee and the two captains shall, by unanimous agreement, appoint another referee from the League’s panel. If this is not possible, the referee and two captains may, by unanimous agreement, appoint any other referee or agree for the original referee to conduct the match alone.
18.3 Should both referees fail to appear, two others shall be appointed by the captains, preferably from the League’s panel, but if this is not possible, any qualified referee may be appointed by the agreement of the two captains. If only one referee is available, the game shall be conducted with one referee.
18.4 Should both referees fail to appear and the captains fail to agree upon a suitable referee, each Member Club Association shall bear its own expenses as if the game has been played. In these circumstances a report shall be sent to the Hon. Match Secretary within seven days by each club, and the match rearranged in accordance with Rule 14.
19.1 It will be the duty of the promoting club to provide:
19.1.1 Competent Timekeepers and Recorders;
19.1.2 Equipment in good serviceable order and to the requirements of the game;
19.1.3 It is recommended that each club provide caps for its own use. This does not exonerate the home club of its responsibility to provide caps for both teams.
19.2 Referees are required to report any deficiencies on the match record sheet. Clubs that fail to provide adequate officials, equipment, etc. shall be liable to a fine of £30.00.
20. Match Record Sheets
20.1 At all the matches, each captain, before entering the water, shall give to the Recorder a list, in writing, of his or her players with cap numbers. At the end of each match, the Referees shall sign an official form to be completed by the Recorder.
20.2 A copy of the form shall be sent to the Hon. Match Secretary by each Member Club Association and one referee within seven days of a match, whether the game is played or not. Any Member Club Association, which fails to report as prescribed, shall be fined £10.00 on each occasion.
20.3 It shall be the duty of each Member Club Association to complete, in confidence, the League’s evaluation of referees for each game played. Any Member Club Association that fails to report as prescribed shall be fined £5.00 on each occasion.
20.4 Where a Member Club Association awards a “Deficient” evaluation of a referee, that Member Club Association shall be required to submit a detail report within 30 days to the Hon. Match Secretary.
21. Unplayed Fixtures
21.1 In the event of a match not being played for any reason, both Member Club Associations and a referee shall notify the Hon. Match Secretary in writing of the facts and circumstances within three days and make arrangements for the match to be replayed in accordance with the procedure laid out for re-arranging a fixture as prescribed in Rule 14. In the event that a match remains not played after the match having been rearranged pursuant to Rule 14 or for any other reason, the Hon. Match Secretary shall place the facts before the Management Committee, who shall have the powers to make all or any of the following orders:
21.1.1 Order the award of match points to the non-offending team, together with a two goals to nil victory.
21.1.2 Order payment of a fine not exceeding £35 by the offending team or teams plus the payment of any additional expenses incurred by the non-offending team on submission of an invoice or invoices to the Management Committee.
21.1.3 Order the deduction of points from the total of the offending team as follows: for the first offence, two points and for the second and any subsequent offence in the same season, four points.
22. Annual Tournaments
22.1 The Senior Handicap shall be competed for annually. Each Member Club Association shall be entitled to enter one team; any Member Club Association not wishing to participate shall notify the Hon. Secretary prior to or at the Annual General Meeting. The President at the Annual General Meeting shall make the draw for the competition. Member Club Associations shall be equally responsible for arranging fixtures in the Knockout Competition. Failure to arrange and play a fixture by the given deadline will result in both Member Clubs Associations being fined of £50.00 and disqualified from the competition.
22.2 Games shall only be played after the dates fixed for each round at the discretion of the Hon. Secretary and the Hon. Match Secretary and confirmed in writing. Member Club Associations contravening this rule shall be liable to a fine of £50.00.
22.3 The Junior Tournament shall be competed for annually, if held at the discretion of the Management Committee. Each Member Club Association shall be entitled to enter a junior team.
22.4 The management committee will be responsible for setting a team’s handicap at each stage of the competition; for setting the venue of the Handicap Final and Junior Tournament and making all necessary arrangements.
22.5 In the event of scores being level at the end of normal time in a Handicap match, the result shall be decided by a penalty competition.
23. ASA Law
23.1 Anything not covered by the above rules will be dealt with according to ASA Law.