1.     FORWARD

2.     COMPETITION FORMAT

3.     ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.     PLAYER ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY

 5      GROUND AND HOSTING REQUIREMENTS

6      DISPENSATIONS

7.     TEAM & PLAYER NUMBERS

8.     GAME ON

9.     CHANGE OF FIXTURE

10.   DEFAULTS

11.   TEAM SHEETS

12.   SERIOUS INJURY REPORTING

13. COMPETITION POINTS, COMPETITION TABLES & DETERMINING WINNERS IN PLAYOFF AND FINALS MATCHES

14.   DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

15. COMPETITION RULES BREACH PROCESS

16. MISCELLANEOUS COMPETITION RULES

       16.1      REFEREE MATCH REPORTS

       16.2      REFEREE INSPECTION

       16.3      ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE

       16.4      MATCH BALLS

       16.5      CLASH OF JERSEY COLOUR

       16.6      BLUE CARD CONCUSSION

       16.7      NIGHT GAMES

       16.8      LIGHTNING SAFETY

       16.9      ABSENCE OF REFEREE

       16.10    HAKA PROTOCOL

17. APPENDICES

14. DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

14.1    THE BLACK BOOK​​​​​​​

14.1.1:    (Senior Rugby) The New Zealand Rugby Disciplinary Rules “The Black Book” provides all of the rules and regulations for incidents of yellow cards, red cards, complaints of poor behaviour within the playing enclosure, misconduct or matches called off for all of our senior players (colts and above). 

14.1.2:    For all junior and secondary school players, a new Junior Rugby Judiciary Trial has been introduced in the Bay of Plenty region.  This new policy will apply for all junior and secondary school players who are Ordered Off, receives 3 or more Yellow Cards in the same competition and/or is subject to a Misconduct Complaint. They also apply to a Match involving Players that is called off.  A copy of the Junior Rugby Judiciary Trial Policy document can be found at appendix “16”.

14.2    RED AND YELLOW CARDS

All red and yellow card reports for all grades are to be reported by the referee on the official forms provided and submitted to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union within 48 hours from the completion of the match.  (Disciplinary Match Official Report)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION APPLIES TO SENIOR RUGBY ONLY.  FOR ALL JUNIOR AND SECONDARY SCHOOL RUGBY, REFER TO APPENDIX "16". 

14.2.1:    Any player who receives a yellow card three times during the season, following written confirmation from Bay of Plenty Rugby Union, shall receive an automatic one week (equating to one playing day) stand down period, immediately after that fixture.

14.2.2:     For any player who is receives a red card shall, upon receipt of the report, have their matter referred to the Complaints Review Officer who can either:

14.2.2.1:    Suspend the player for two weeks or

14.2.2.2:    Call for a Disciplinary Hearing to be held.

14.3    MATCHES CALLED OFF BY THE REFEREE

14.3.1:  Any games called off by the referee or postponed (excluding disciplinary incidents), shall be dealt with by the relevant competitions committee.

14.3.2:  If a match is called off by the referee as a result of persistent or serious foul play and/or persistent or serious misconduct (Rule 46 NZR Disciplinary Rules) by players or team officials, the referee shall report the matter to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union within 48 hours of the completion of the match via the completion of a “Match Called Off” report.  These types of reports will be dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee via the Complaints Review Officer.

14.4    HELPING TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS

The Disciplinary Committee is independent group of volunteers of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and have many years of experience in the disciplinary process.

14.4.1:     What cases does the judicial committee hear?

The Judicial Committee can hear the following cases;

14.4.1.1:       Ordering Offs (Red Cards) and/or Misconduct* issued by a referee

14.4.1.2:       Yellow cards if the BOPRU Complaints Review officer deems this to be a higher offence than reported

14.4.1.3:       Match called off by a referee

14.4.1.4:       Complaints of poor behaviour lodged by a person other than the referee (refer to the Poor Behaviour Report on our website)

*Misconduct means any conduct, behaviour, statements or practices on or off the playing enclosure during or in connection with a match that is unsporting, cheating, unruly, ill-disciplined or has the potential to bring the sport into disrepute.

14.5    WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

The process of preparing for a hearing is the same no matter whether the case is the result of a red card, misconduct, match called off or a complaint.  The Referee and/or Assistant referee complete an online report to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union within 48 hours of the game.

14.5.1:       Rule 14.2.2 outlines what happens when a red card is issued.

14.5.2:       A club or school will be notified of the result of the Complaints Review Officer’s decision as soon as possible after the decision is made.

14.5.3:       A club or school has the right to bypass the Complaints Review Officer step in the process if a two-week suspension is imposed and request a Disciplinary Hearing be held.  If you wish to do this, a representative needs to lodged a formal request for a Disciplinary Hearing within 48 hours of the conclusion of the match.

14.5.4:       A Bay of Plenty Rugby Union staff member will email reports/correspondence to the appropriate person within the club or school.  At this stage the club/school has the following choices:

14.5.4.1:    You can attend the disciplinary hearing.  It is recommended that the player and a representative who can talk about the player’s general conduct attend the hearing, as well as any relevant witnesses.

14.5.4.2:    You can defer the hearing until the following week.  The relevant player/s will be suspended from play until the hearing takes place.

14.5.5:       The player or any representative may enter an early plea. This is where they are satisfied the player has committed the conduct and is guilty of the offence.

14.5.6:       You have the option of not attending a disciplinary hearing at all and leave it to the disciplinary panel to decide on the outcome in the player’s absence.

14.5.7:       If you attend a hearing, any evidence/photos/reports/videos etc. that you wish to produce at the hearing should be emailed to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union before 12.00pm, the Wednesday of the hearing so this can be passed onto the disciplinary panel.

14.5.8:       In some cases, a hearing is postponed to the following week in order for clubs/schools to gather more information.  In this instance the player or person involved is suspended from all forms of rugby until the hearing has taken place.

14.6    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A HEARING AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

14.6.1:       A disciplinary hearing provides a forum to discuss the incident and the disciplinary committee has the responsibility of hearing and determining all matters that comes before it within the Unions jurisdiction.  In the end, the committee looks to reach a reasoned decision in accordance with the Black Book.

14.6.2:       The hearing will almost always take place via an online video conferencing system where details of the link will also be sent to all participants and the Disciplinary Committee personnel.

14.6.3:       A player, club or school representative CAN request a face to face hearing.  If this is the case, the venue may be the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Head office, 52 Miro Street, Mount Maunganui on a Wednesday night.

14.6.4:       Generally, there is more than one hearing per night so it is important you log on in plenty of time.  Our online video conferencing system has the ability to place people in a waiting room.  This is where you will be until you are let in the virtual hearing.

14.6.5:       The hearings generally start at 6.00pm and are then scheduled one after the other.  The following gives you a rough idea of what a disciplinary hearing looks like;
 

14.6.5.1:  The Disciplinary Chairman will first ask whether the red card was properly awarded.  If you wish to defend on this question, the only thing that can be argued is that the player did not do what is alleged, or that it is a case of mistaken identity.

14.6.5.2:   Everything else is mitigation and does not come under the Chairman’s first questions, for example “the punch wasn’t that hard” or “I was provoked” or “He’s a really good club man, no prior record etc”.  All of this will come under the mitigation section which will eventually conclude with the length of the suspension.

14.6.5.3:   The chairman will usually give the decision orally at the end of the evening, but sometimes they need to discuss the sanction further.

14.6.5.4:   The decision or sanction will be in writing via email to the club/school by the Friday.Anchor


14.7    RIGHT OF APPEAL

14.7.1:   If any player or person or club or school wishes to appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Committee or the Competitions and Emergency Committee, they must do so in writing to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union within seven (7) days after the date on which the written decision was issued by the relevant committee.

14.7.2:    The cost of an appeal is $1,000.00 bond.  This is to be deposited into the following bank account: Account Name: Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Incorporated. Account Number: 020466-0329270-00. 

14.7.3:    The appeal must include  proof of payment of the $1,000.00 bond and of the details explaining the grounds for the appeal.

14.7.4:    The appeal letter and documentation will be provided to the Appeals Committee who upon receipt will review the contents and advise the author as to whether there are valid grounds for an appeal and the next steps, which may include attending an Appeal Committee Hearing.

14.7.5:    The $1,000.00 bond will be either:

14.7.5.1:       Retained if your appeal is unsuccessful, or

14.7.5.2:       Return if your appeal is successful, or

14.7.5.3:       Part returned if your appeal is part successful, the decision to be assessed by the Appeals Committee.