National Championships

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The Senior National Provincial Championships (NPC) held annually, is to determine the best Australian Football League in New Zealand at a senior level.

Teams from Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland, and Otago compete for national honours and the opportunity to be selected in New Zealand national teams.

Past Winners:

2014: Canterbury    2013: Auckland    2012: Canterbury    2011: Canterbury

2010: Canterbury    2009: Wellington    2007: Auckland    2006: Auckland

2004: Auckland

Tournament Information

The Senior National Provincial Championship tournament is to be held in Auckland at Hutt Park, Wellington on December 10th and 11th 2016.

Provided below is a summary or running sheet of responsibilities for the tournament to assist with your organisations preparation.

Each section will have relevance to different groups and I have highlighted action points accordingly.

Tournament Costs:

Each Provincial League will be levied $400 (excl. GST) for entry costs for the National Provincial Competition. Otago, Wellington, Auckland and Canterbury Leagues have accepted invitations to participate.

Team Management:

All Leagues are required to forward details of team management staff including Coach/ Assistant Coaches/Team Manager/ Runners and Medical Staff to football@aflnz.co.nz by October 30th 2016. Please nominate an individual from each league for further communication.

Costs associated with team medical supplies, medical kits, physiotherapists are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting.

There will be no managers meeting preceding the matches. Please work on getting all the questions out of the way now before the tournament commences.

Alcohol Policy:

Each League must have in place an alcohol policy relating to the 2016 Senior NPC Tournament. A template is available at the from the following link to be completed and returned to football@aflnz.co.nz by October 30th 2016.

Under 18 participation:

All players aged under 18 as of December 11th 2016, must have written consent from their parents to compete in the Senior NPC tournament. The consent form must include recognition from the parents of the alcohol policy utilised by the league as well as medical consent. A template is available at the from the following link to be completed and returned to football@aflnz.co.nz by November 13th 2016.

 

Team Squads:

A team squad list should be forwarded to AFL New Zealand by October 30th  2016, with a finalised team list required by November 13th 2016 for programme completion. A template is available at the from the following link to be completed and returned to football@aflnz.co.nz

All players who have lived or played football in Australia must also be noted.

Each squad will have a minimum of 24 players and a maximum of 26 players for the tournament. 18 players will participate on field with the bench consisting of 6 players. Benches can be extended only if agreed upon by both team coaches and tournament director advisement.

Flights:

Costs associated with flights are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting. Internet fares are generally the cheapest and the earlier the flights are booked, the cheaper they will be. With the new fast check in facilities available at all airports, counter check in and identification are only needed for those with more than hand luggage.

Bus Transport:

AFL New Zealand is happy to assist with the coordination of ground transportation.  Before this can happen we will require details of flights and accommodation and on receipt we can supply estimated costs to the participating leagues. Flight times will be required by October 30th 2016.

Accommodation:

Costs associated with accommodation are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting. Accommodation details will be required by October 30th 2016.

Suggested Accommodation in Wellington:

Hotel Waterloo Backpackers

Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park

Wellington YHA

Meals:

Costs associated with meals are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting.

There will be a compulsory group meal scheduled at 5.30pm on Saturday December 10th 2016 that caters for all players, team management and tournament officials. The cost of the meal will be $30 + GST per person with each League invoiced for a minimum of 20 attendees.

Team Managers are to advise of meals required by November 13th 2016. Other meals that require organisation include Sunday breakfast and lunch. Catering contacts will be provided to the leagues to assist with organisation.

Uniforms and Playing Equipment and resources:

Costs associated with uniforms and playing equipment are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting. Any team desiring to vary or alter its colours, uniform or design shall first apply for and obtain the permission from via football@aflnz.co.nz . All jumpers must display numbers on the back.

Drink bottles, footballs and medical kits are resources that each League and Club should have available for use.

Please note: Each League is to provide a new KB Sherrin Football for the tournament.

Trophies:

A ‘Best and fairest’ trophy will be arranged for each competing team as well as a:

  • Tournament Best and Fairest
  • Tournament Leading goal kicker
  • NPC Tournament Winners trophy

Umpires:

All NPC matches require two goal umpires, two field umpires, and two boundary umpires. A panel of ten umpires in full uniform for the tournament would benefit all concerned with rostering between goal, boundary and field so we don’t have too many tired bodies.

Flights and accommodation for umpires will be catered for by AFL New Zealand with meal costs the responsibility of the individuals. Available umpires – please contact football@aflnz.co.nz  regarding availability ASAP.

Grounds preparation:

AFL New Zealand to work in conjunction the host league and council

  • Line markings
  • Goal posts and erection
  • Goal post padding
  • Scoreboard
  • Umpires changing rooms
  • Changing rooms and showers for four teams
  • Public address system
  • Siren and time Keeping
  • A place close to the venue that can supply ice.
  • Presentation area for Sunday afternoon (rain option)
  • Rubbish bins
  • Team benches and seating (rain option)
  • Seating for officials, interchange steward, scoreboard attendant and administrators to be assessed.
  • Availability of food and drinks for sale at the ground

Local League Responsibilities – Wellington Australian Football League

Volunteer assistance in the following areas will aid the tournament greatly.

Ground Transportation for Umpires                                                                                        One Volunteer

Scoreboard Operator – Time Keeper – Siren                                                                         One Volunteer

Interchange steward – Scorecard, Goal Kicker / Best and Fairest Collection                 One Volunteer

Photographer                                                                                                                                 One Volunteer

Dressing room allocations                                                                                                           One Volunteer

Medical Personnel (Qualified)                                                                                                    One Volunteer

AFLNZ will work with WAFL for the provision of volunteer requirements

Tournament Rules

Times of commencement of matches:

At all matches played in the NPC competition, unless otherwise arranged, a siren or other approved device shall be sounded when the Umpires enter the ground and when the game is started. The siren or other approved device shall be again sounded at the proper time for the termination and announcement of each quarter and at the end of the match.

Playing time:

Each game will be played over four 15 minute quarters with NO time on except for stretchers. The breaks will be 5 minute (1/4 and 3/4 time break) with a 10 minute half time break.

Points allocation:

At the completion of the round robin the teams will be positioned firstly on games won and secondly on points for and against.

The following points will be allocated per match during the round robin: Winning team Four (4) points/ Losing team Zero (0) points/ Draw Two (2) points

Rules:

Normal game rules apply. The umpires prior to the game will advise of any variation.

Team sheets:

The finalised team squad will have been completed prior to the tournament including full names and jersey numbers of each player. Before each game the team manager will advise the tournament director who from the squad is not playing.

Full names of the official Team runners, Coach, Manager, Medical person and up to (3) official trainers or water carriers will also be provided prior to each game.

The balance of players not participating in the game are permitted to be utilised as runners provided their names have been provided prior to the match.

Ineligibility:

If a player is deemed ineligible to play and the team fails to comply with these rules, and the player participates in a match then their team shall lose all its points in that game. The Tournament Official will peruse each team’s list of players as submitted, or whenever requested to do so, to satisfy AFL New Zealand requirements that the lists are correct and will adjudicate in any areas of dispute by teams.

Official Runner:

Each team shall be entitled to use two (2) runners in each game.

Runners Obligations:

The runner’s role is solely to deliver messages from the coaching staff to players on the playing arena. The runner must immediately vacate the playing arena once the message has been delivered. The runner must not interfere with the course of play. This includes standing in and filling a space at set plays.

The runner is not permitted to coach or remain on the field barracking and will be asked to leave. If the runner fails to immediately respond to any request relating to the above points then a free kick may be awarded against his team at the spot of the infringement or where the ball is at that time, whichever is the greater penalty.

Only one runner from each team will be permitted entry to the playing arena at any one time. Access to and from the playing arena must be through the official interchange area in the same manner players are interchanged.

A runner must wear the required attire, as specified by the tournament official. Generally fluorescent yellow, green or orange is acceptable. A suspended player or nominated coach may not act as a club runner, trainer or water carrier.

Water carriers:

Each team shall be entitled to use three (3) water carriers in each game.

Water carriers obligations:

The water carrier’s role is solely to deliver water to players on the playing arena. The water carrier must immediately vacate the playing arena once water has been delivered. They must not interfere with the course of play. This includes standing in and filling a space at set plays.

The water carrier is not permitted to coach or remain on the field barracking and will be asked to leave. If the water carrier fails to immediately respond to any request relating to the above points then a free kick may be awarded against his team at the spot of the infringement or where the ball is at that time, whichever is the greater penalty.

A runner must wear the required attire, as specified by the tournament official. Generally fluorescent yellow, green or orange is acceptable. A suspended player or nominated coach may not act as a club runner, trainer or water carrier.

Drawn matches:

In the event of a draw both teams will receive 2 points. There will be no extra time.

Swearing, abuse and disputing decisions:

Any player swearing, abusing or disputing an umpiring decision will have a free kick awarded against his team. If a free kick has been awarded then a fifty metre penalty will apply.

Send off rule

The send-off rule will be in force during the NPC tournament.

The umpires will utilize the ‘send-off rule’ in cases of unduly rough play, repeated infringements, unsporting behaviour, fighting and melees. The card allocated will be determined by the umpires opinion on the severity of the infringement.

A yellow card will result in a player being sent from the field for a period of ten minutes. No substitute can be used to replace this player during the ten minute period.

A red card will result in a player being sent from the field for the remainder of the current match. No substitute can be used to replace this player for the remainder of the match.

Tribunal

Any player receiving a red card must face a tribunal hearing to determine his availability for the remainder of the tournament. The tribunal will consist of the Tournament Advisor.

Evidence is to be presented by the player red carded and the reporting umpire and third parties from the opposition team only if required. Both the umpire and player may have one representative present to speak on their behalf.