JaVA Premier League Rules
JAVA PREMIER VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE COMPETITION RULES
- The 2018/2019 JaVA Premier Volleyball League will commence on March , 2018 and will be played on Saturdays through to the culminating finals on May 2018 at The National Arena.
- For the season, all Clubs currently affiliated to JaVA who have met their financial obligations to JaVA by the deadline for registration are eligible to participate.
- For subsequent seasons, along with the above criteria, JaVA intends to employ a “Sporting Merit” system in tandem with other efforts to establish Parish Associations. The Sporting Merit system will allow for parish-level teams to advance to the Premier League, as well as resulting in the relegation of teams at the bottom of the Premier League table.
- In the Preliminary Round of both the male and the female competitions Clubs will play each other once.
- The top four (4) teams from the Preliminary Round will advance to the Knock Out Round to determine the winner.
- Participating teams are required to submit, along with their registration, the court that will be used as their home court for ratification by JaVA. The minimum acceptable standard is an indoor area with a smooth concrete surface. Bathroom facilities should also be available.
- Once the venue is approved by JaVA for competition, it is the responsibility of the home team to ensure the availability and timely set up of the court, with all the necessary amenities, for the match.
- Changes in venue can only be approved by JaVA and such request must be submitted in writing at least forty eight hours (2) days prior to the match date
- All matches will be played using the FIVB Official volleyball rules 2013 – 2016 approved by the 33th FIVB Congress 2014 (please see website for more information at (http://www.fivb.org/EN/Refereeing-Rules/RulesOfTheGame_VB.asp ).
- All teams MUST be properly attired prior to participation in the JAVA leagues and failure to meet this requirement will result in automatic omission from the playing schedule, with the match being awarded to the opposing team, and points awarded per the forfeiture rule.
- All matches will be played as a best 3 of 5 sets.
- Point standing will be determined based on match results.
- Points will be awarded as follows:
- 3 – 0 set victory: 5 points for winner: Loser 0 point
- 3 – 1 set victory: 4 points for winner; Loser 1 point
- 3 – 2 set victory: 3 points for winner; Loser 2 points
- In the event of forfeiture, a score of 25-0, 25-0, and 25-0 will be awarded to the opponents and will be used to compute the point standings.
- The following will be used to determine the higher placed team in the event of ties:
- Win/loss record
- Set differential
- Set points differential
- Teams MUST register all players they intend to use during the competition prior to the start of the competition. A total of 18 players may be registered.
- Clubs will be required to release Players called for National Duties. If any National Team is participating in the Premier League, the Clubs will be obliged to release their players to the participating National Team.
- Clubs that have three or more of their players on National Duty may request a postponement of matches.
- Teams are required to be present and ready for their matches at least 45 minutes before the scheduled start time to allow for the match protocol to take place without delaying the match.
- All players must present a valid ID issued by the JaVA in order to play.
- Teams that are not present in time for the start of the match protocol will be deemed to have forfeited the match. A fifteen (15) minute grace period will be given. This policy will be enforced even if both teams are absent.
- Decisions made by the Competitions Committee to enforce the forfeiture rule above may be submitted to the Appeal Commission for review at the discretion of the affected team, after the payment of a $5000 fee.
- Where players are sanctioned for misconduct, the administrative process will be dealt with through their parent club.
- ALL participating teams MUST submit the name of one referee and one scorer who will be available to officiate during the League.
- No two teams may submit the same referee or scorer.
- JaVA’s Officials Manager will roster the submitted officials to ensure that the officiating requirements for all matches are met.
- Red card offences will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary proceedings which may result in a fine or other disciplinary sanction (s).
- Withdrawal from the League after Registration has been submitted will attract a fine of $20,000
- Failure to complete a match without permission from the match referee will attract a fine of $10,000.
- Forfeiture of a match will attract a fine of $5000 and late arrivals will be charged at $2,500.
- All fines must be paid before further participation in the League.
- All participating teams must complete the attached Registration Form and Player Passport Form and submit to the JaVA Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight on Friday, February 9, Hard copies may also be delivered directly to the JaVA office at the National Arena.
- The Registration Form is to be signed by each player, as well as by two (2) Club officials.
Digital photos must also accompany the Registration Form.
- ID’s will be issued for eligible players.
- Teams are allowed to register up to 18 players. All 18 players will remain eligible for inclusion in the final team on match days.
- Each team will be required to pay a flat competition registration fee of $15,000, which, along with all other pertinent fees, which must be paid at the time of registration. Each additional player will be charged at $10,000.
- No player may be registered for more than one Club in one competition year. If such malpractice occurs, both the player and Club involved will be subject to disciplinary proceeding. If both parties are found guilty, fines of $3000 and $8000 will be levied, respectively.
- Clubs and players may be deemed ineligible for participation if there are outstanding disciplinary charges against them.
- A Late Registration Fee of $2000 will be applied for registrations submitted up to one week after the deadline and $3000 for submission between one and two weeks. No submissions will be accepted beyond two weeks after the deadline.
- All payments are to be made directly to the JaVA NCB account, account # 35 185 7501, after which proof of payment must be submitted to the JaVA Treasurer by email or in person.
All Referee fees will be paid by the JaVA.
- Teams will be required to honour their affiliation obligations before being deemed eligible to participate in the League.
- Cash. The following cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female teams:
- 1st place: $60,000
- 2nd place: $40,000
- 3rd place: $30,000
- Trophies and Medals. Trophies and medals will be awarded as follows:
- 1st place: Winners trophy and 15 gold medals
- 2nd place: 15 silver medals
- 3rd place: 15 bronze medals
- Corporate Area teams will be given a mobility grant of $8,000. Teams travelling from outside the Corporate Area will be given an increment not to exceed $12,000.00. These grants will be given only if the association receives sponsorship for the league.
- The Award Ceremony for the competitions is tentatively scheduled for TBD at a venue TBD.
- JaVA intends to encourage the movement of players among Clubs for both the players development and the development of the Clubs. With this in mind two (2) transfer windows will be presented during the League.
- The first transfer window will open from the (TBD). The second window will open for two (2) weeks after the end of the first round of competition (i.e. after all teams have played each other once). The date for the second transfer window will become clearer when registration is completed and the fixtures are developed.
- To initiate a transfer the Receiving Club is required to request the transfer of the player(s) from the Club of Origin. The Player Transfer Certificate must be signed by a designated Officer from the Club of Origin, that is, the Club releasing the player.
- The negotiation will end with the signing of the Player Transfer Certificate (attached).
- The duly completed transfer certificate, along with the appropriate registration documents, is to be filed with the JaVA Secretariat by the Receiving Club who will then be required to pay the Administrative Fee(s) before the player(s) is eligible to play for the Receiving Club. Any breech of this rule will result in disciplinary proceeding being initiated and the levy of a fine not exceeding $10,000.00 if found guilty.
- Clubs will be limited to purchasing only two (2) players during the season. There is no restriction on the amount of players that may be sold but all transfers must occur during the transfer windows.
- For amateur players, a transfer fee not exceeding $8,000.00 will be set for players who have not had national team representation at any level (whether for Jamaica or otherwise). The cap for players with national team experience at any level should not exceed $15,000.00.
- Transfer fees for players on contract should not exceed $50,000.00
- Subsequent to the conclusion of the transfer, the Receiving Club must resubmit their Registration Form with the new list of 18 players.
- For all transfers, an Administrative Fee of $2,000.00 will be charged by JaVA. This will be obligation of the Club purchasing the player(s).
- Transfer Disputes
- In the event that a contracted player wishes to be transferred but the transfer request is denied by the Club of Origin, the Receiving Club or the player may request the intervention of JaVA’s Competition Committee. If agreement is still not reached at this level the matter may be referred to the Appeal Commission for final arbitration.
- For the purpose of protecting the players’ and Clubs’ interests, national level players will remain contractually obligated to their Clubs for 24 months from the date they last represented the Club. Non-national players will be obligated to their Clubs for 12 months from the date they last represented the Club. Players under the age of 16 will be transferred free of charge, and the transfer must be signed by a Parent or Guardian.
- Players who have become Free Agents by virtue of non-representation as described above may play for whichever Club they choose, provided that JaVA is duly notified.
MEDICAL AND INSURANCE
- Clubs are responsible for ensuring that their players are in good medical health and have medical insurance.
- All participating teams will provide basic first aid support for injuries, for their own players, which occur during League matches. Movement to hospital and associated fees are the responsibility of the Clubs.