Rules

Responsibility of Players
All players are responsible for reading and understanding the rules contained herein and on their respective sports tabs. If there are any rules that are not clear, please discuss these with the referee prior to the commencement of the game or at half time. Due to time constraints the referees will not discuss rules or rulings during the game. Only registered players may take the court.
Insurance
Please be aware all participants are responsible for their own insurance cover. UTS Union will not be liable for any claims that may arise from participation in its competitions. All players must agree to a waiver upon registration.
Penalty Offence
All sports are subject to yellow and red penalty cards. There is a zero tolerance to referee abuse and sledging of the opposition or of your own team members. Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in penalty or ejection.
Consequences:

  • ​Yellow cards
    • ​1 card: In accordance to sporting rules
    • 3 cards: 1 match ban
    • 6 cards: Ejection from competition
  • Red cards
    • 1 card: In accordance to sporting rules
    • 2 cards: 1 match ban
    • 3 cards: Ejection from competition

Draw and Ladder
The draw and ladder tabs can be found under their respective sports. It is the responsibility of the team manager and individual team members to check the draw regularly for any updates. All correspondence will be through the team manager.
Finals Round
At the conclusion of the regular rounds, all teams will have the opportunity to play in the finals round. The teams standing in the top 2 positions in the ladder will play for 1st and 2nd place, while the remaining teams will be placed by their position in the ladder after finals round. Players must have played in 1 regular round prior to the finals to be eligible. Fill-ins are not permitted in the finals round.
Points
Two (2) points will be awarded for a win, one (1) points for a draw, and zero (0) point for a lose. Teams who lose by forfeit will have two (2) points deducted and the opposition will receive a forfeit win denoted by the points below. Any bye games will be awarded a two (2) point win with a friendly game organised at the discretion of the ActivateSocialSports organiser.
Forfeits
If a team has more than 2 players absent of the required *-a-side within 5 minutes of game start time then the team will forfeit with penalty. A friendly game may continue, with the result shown as:

  • Basketball/Wheelchair Basketball: A 15-0 forfeit win to the non-offending team.
  • Dodgeball: A 5-0 forfeit win to the non-offending team.
  • Futsal: A 5-0 forfeit win to the non-offending team.
  • Netball: A 10-0 forfeit win to the non-offending team.

If you know in advance that your team has to forfeit please contact the office as early as possible so we can inform the opposing team. A game forfeit with notification will be considered as zero (0) point lose.
'No shows' and penalties are a waste of players' and referees' time. Teams with two (2) consecutive penalties may be removed from the competition.
Game Commencement
Teams should arrive 10 minutes prior to the commencement of their match to allow for smooth transition of games. All players must sign-in at the registration desk before taking to the court. Players must only sign-in for themselves and not for anyone else. Signatures may be cross-checked for consistency.
Timing
Unless stated otherwise, games consist of 2 by 12 minute halves with a 2 minute half time break. No clock stoppages will be made except under exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances will be at the sole discretion of the referee. In all circumstances, games must finish at the scheduled time therefore game durations will be adjusted accordingly.
Fill-Ins
Fill-ins are permitted during regular rounds and must be registered players in the competition. A forfeit still applies if a team is not able to field enough 'original' players (irrespective of fill-ins) as denoted above. Fill-ins are limited to field a full team plus an additional two (2) substitutes. ActivateSocialSports is a social competition and players are encouraged to make friends with other teams. If players are deemed to be abusing the fill-in policy they may lose the fill-in privilege.
Uniforms and Jewellery
Teams should wear a uniform comprising of similar coloured tops; however if this is not possible bibs will be supplied to differentiate teams. It is the responsibility of the team manager to ensure that all equipment is returned to the referee after the game.
Players must wear appropriate covered footwear and are not permitted to wear any type of marking sole shoes, including, but not limited to, leather shoes, Raben shoes, or Dunlop Volley shoes. All watches, necklaces, dangling earrings, bracelets, or non-band rings must be removed prior to the game. The referee will ask any player breaking these rules to leave the court until rectified.