National Provincial 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.

Tournament Rules

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  Wellingotn 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.

Itinerary

Saturday December 10th 2016

1.30pm                                 GAME 1                Wellington vs Auckland

3.00pm                                 GAME 2                Canterbury vs Otago

5.00 – 6.30pm                    NPC Function

Sunday December 11th 2016

9.30am                                 GAME 3                Auckland vs Otago

11.00am                               GAME 4                Canterbury vs Wellington

12.30pm                               Lunch

1.30pm                                 GAME 5                Wellington vs Otago

3.00pm                                 GAME 6                Canterbury vs Auckland

4.30pm                                 Presentations    Best player for each team | Leading Goal Kicker | Tournament Best Player | Tournament winner

5.00pm                                 Tournament Concludes

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.

Newlands Coach Services provide transportation options that are disappearing fast, through Courtney Fairbank at CourtneyF@manacoach.co.nz Charter Sales Consultant, ph 478 8315 HOURS OF WORK 8.30am to 4.00pm

Transfers range between $260 to $280 per transfer. Airport to ground/ Ground to accommodation/ Accommodation to ground and Ground to airport should be considered. Depending on group size the buses could accommodate two teams and so the airport run could be shared.

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.

Suggested Accommodation in Wellington:

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 13th2016. Other meals that require organisation include Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Saturday and Sunday packed lunches options are available from Wellington Backpackers by contacting Sylvia at gm@hotelwaterloo.co.nz. Please remember you will require Sunday breakfast

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.

Sherrin Football

All leagues must supply one new Sherrin football for the competition.

Team Management registration

Leagues must ensure all management complete the following registration form by October 30th 2016. Management Registration

Player registration

Each team can consist of a maximum of 26 players. Each game will comprise of 18 players on field and a bench of six players. This can be extended only by mutual agreement of both teams.

Leagues must ensure all players in tournament squads ( can contain more than 26 players initially) complete the following registration form by November 13th 2016. Player Registration

A final team list of 26 players will be required from the each League featuring the playing numbers for Programme production by November 27th 2016.

Code of Conduct

A Player Code of Conduct and a Coaches & Management Code of Conduct will be included in the respective registration forms.

Under 18 Consent

Player aged under 18 years of age must have guardian consent to compete in the Senior National Provincial Championships. This is also included in both management and player registration forms.

Alcohol Policy

An Alcohol policy for the vent has been designed by AFL New Zealand and is part of the management and player registration forms. If your league disagree with this policy please advise AFL New Zealand immediately and provide a suitable alternative.

Physiotherapy

Each team will have in attendance physiotherapy staff to attend to on field and off field injuries. A stretcher will be required (AFLNZ to consult with WAFL) for serious injuries and in these cases the game will be stopped once a stretcher enters the field.

In the case of more serious injuries medical staff (AFLNZ to consult with WAFL) will be consulted in regards to movement of the injured person as well as further action including ambulance requirements.

Physio assistance

For those who would like assistance AFL NZ can source appropriate personnel with a charge of $250 + GST as well as associated supplies to be added to this. Please advise ASAP if you require assistance and if no assistance is required have your nominated physio complete the management registration form.

Ice

Please forward details of your hot/ cold and ice bath requirements. This usually requires a budget of $20 per game. We will provide contact details with the ice delivery on notice of your requirements.

Medical Consent

A medical consent form is part of the management and player registration forms.

Finances

An NPC Levy of $400+ GST has been forwarded to all Leagues with payment due immediately.

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.