Rules Sweet F.A - Season 25 Rules

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    Sweet F.A - Season 25 RULES

    BIGFOOTY SPECIFIC

    1.Basic Conduct and Etiquette - Bigfooty

    1A) Race, Ethnicity and Nationality
    Race, Ethnicity, Nationality or any other abuse directed at a player’s ethnic, cultural or religious background will not be tolerated and remains subject to disciplinary measures from BigFooty’s administrators or site owners.

    1B) Sexual Orientation
    As per rule 1A, abuse with regards to sexual orientation is also forbidden. Comments about a person’s sexual preference will be strictly prohibited and any such person who breaks this rule will be subject to disciplinary measures from BigFooty’s administrators or site owners.

    1C) Abuse
    Using serious abuse (very coarse, threatening or demeaning language) towards a person or persons will not be condoned on this site. Any posting deemed to be threatening or that constitutes serious abuse as per Bigfooty site rules will be subject to disciplinary measures from Bigfooty's administrators or site owners.

    1D) Profanity and Smut:

    Our community is held to BigFooty Rule 5 (see below). Sweet F.A moderators may hand out warnings and/or day off bans for breaching this rule.

    1E) Bigfooty Site Terms of Service:
    https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/help/terms

    SFA SPECIFIC

    2.Basic Conduct and Etiquette - SFA

    2 Abuse
    This is a game, attack the persona all you want but don't attack the person behind the persona. This is the most essential rule in the SFA. The line is the same here as anywhere on BigFooty so don't cross it. Posting that breaks site rules listed 1A, 1B or 1C may be considered abuse. If the league administrator considers posting to constitute mild abuse, the poster will receive one warning, followed by a ban for any subsequent offence (based on severity of abuse and the poster's history). Any posting deemed to be serious abuse by the administrator will result in a ban from the first offence (based on severity of abuse and the poster's history).

    All posting on the Sweet FA board may be subject to these in-game disciplinary measures by the administrator. Any penalties will be served on top of any Bigfooty site measures/discplinary actions. The line between person and persona should never be breached, and if in doubt the post can be cleared by a moderator.

    3. Squad Management/Player Movement

    3A) Squad Management
    Captains need to submit final squads by the deadline set by administration. After this deadline, all signings and delistings must be noted in the squad submission thread. Squads lists must also be altered (preferred) or re-posted (if original poster unavailable) to reflect these signings/delistings before they are allowed to play.

    Squads also must contain a minimum of 23 players and a maximum of 27 players. It is the captain's duty to ensure that their squad meets this criteria.

    If a player changes their BigFooty username during the season, both the team sheets and squad submission thread must continue to use the same username that the player was originally registered with at the squad submission deadline. The player will continue to be listed in the sim with their original name.

    3B) Trades
    May only occur during the trade period specified by administration. Trades must be player/s for player/s, and the player/s must have been listed in a squad prior to the trade period. Both clubs and player/s must agree to the trade for it to take place. Trades must then be approved by the admin. It is at this stage that the trade becomes official.

    3C) Eligibility to sign players
    After the team submission deadline, players are linked to their club. Players can only be signed to a club within the season once they have satisfied the criteria of Restricted Free Agency.

    Restricted Free Agency

    Any players delisted during the season (that were on the original squad) can be signed as a delisted free agent by any other club (including the original club).
    - The player must enter the team sign up thread and the same rules apply as if the delisted free agent were a new or returning player to the Sweet FA.
    - A "delisted free agent" is only identified if they have been delisted by their club, not if they have walked out. Delisted free agency eligibility ends four rounds prior to finals.
    - The admin must approve the signing of any delisted player by his/her new team and reserves the right to defer to the committee for any further discussion should it be required.
    - If a delisted player does not qualify for Restricted Free Agency then they can only be re-signed by their original club for that season. This can be done freely with the agreement of both parties.

    During the season, any new/returning players in the sign-up thread will be signed to the club of their choice. The signing will only become official after a 24 hour "bidding process" where the new/returning player will make a final call on which club they want to join. New/returning players will only be found to have nominated once they fill out the application form in the OP of the sign up thread and the 24 hour period is from the time this is posted.

    Unrestricted Free Agency


    Unrestricted free agency occurs between seasons. Free agents may only be signed with permission. Player movement between clubs is unrestricted with permission (of the player).

    Any player movement not specified in the rules is not considered legal. In the event of uncertainty, the club must contact the administrator for consideration with the committee.

    3D) Penalties For Incorrect Handling Of Squad Submission/Player Movement

    Major Offense (instant 4 point penalty):
    Failing to submit a squad in the official squad submission thread by deadline.
    Failing to satisfy the minimum squad list requirement (23 eligible players)

    Minor Offense (1 game captain suspension):
    Squad lists over 27 eligible players
    Failure to follow correct protocol for signing a player (3B + 3C)
    Failure to adhere to squad management procedures outlined in 3A

    4. Team Submission

    4A) Submission Rules
    Teams need to be submitted by the time specified in the OP. If no time is specified in the OP, it can be assumed that the deadline for submission is the Thursday 11:59 PM Melbourne Time before a match. Teams must contain 20 eligible players, be submitted by the deadline and state "Official Team Sheet" in the same post. Teams must note positional changes from the previous round, including where the player played last round and where they are playing this round. Failure to submit a team sheet in the correct format (20 eligible players, positional changes, correct spelling of every name within the whole team sheet and "official team sheet" in same post), or AT ALL will result in one of the following punishments based on the appropriate grading:

    High Impact (results in an instant four point penalty):
    Failure to submit a complete team sheet by the deadline.
    Editing the team sheet after team sheet deadline to amend player or positional changes.
    Omitting 'Official Team Sheet' from the team sheet.

    Medium Impact (one match suspension for captains):
    Incorrect positional changes.
    Naming an ineligible player.

    Low Impact (alternative penalty decided in tribunal - see Rule 6):
    Incorrect spelling of player names.
    Incorrect team sheet positional acronyms.

    A further clarification, these penalties apply to ALL potential team submission errors.

    The administrator may apply a lesser penalty such as a suspended sentence for medium impact offenses if there are mitigating factors deemed to be at play e.g. a captain self reporting.

    4B - Sheet Positioning
    Team sheets must be displayed with the following positional acronyms (shown as bolded below). No other format will be accepted:

    B: Back Pocket (BP) - Full Back (FB) - Back Pocket (BP)
    HB: Half Back Flank (HBF) - Centre Half Back (CHB) - Half Back Flank (HBF)
    C: Wing (W) - Centre (C) - Wing (W)
    HF: Half Forward Flank (HFF) - Centre Half Forward (CHF) - Half Forward Flank (HFF)
    F: Forward Pocket (FP) - Full Forward (FF) - Forward Pocket (FP)
    R: Ruck (Ruck) - Ruck Rover (RR) - Rover (R)

    INT: Interchange (INT) - Interchange (INT)

    Please note: The bracketed acronyms, and only these, MUST be used when signifying a players positional change.

    4C) Eligibility
    Players are subject to eligibility rules as per rule 3. If a player becomes ineligible after the team sheet submission deadline (rule 4) they will be allowed to play the match they are named in and will be considered ineligible for any subsequent matches after that. Players that receive BigFooty site bans (red cards) should not be named in team sheets where possible. Players who receive 'Day Off' bans will only be considered ineligible for one match should it be a direct result of breaching rule 1 or 2 on the SFA Board and should not be named in team sheets where possible. All other day off bans will be not render players ineligible.

    More than one 'Day Off' bans given for breaches of Sweet FA board rules in one season will result in the offending player ruled ineligible for individual awards of that season.

    Should a club claim to have been unaware of a banned player, the Administrator reserves the right to waive a penalty.

    An eligible player must have an active BigFooty account by the submission deadline. Closed or permanently banned accounts are not consider to be active and therefore those players must be removed from the submitted squad and the squad minimum criteria must still be met.

    4D) Team Validity
    In the event that two or more team sheets are posted, the simmers will use the team sheet submitted before the deadline by the clubs captain or co-captain. Should a club have both co-captains post a team sheet, the latest team sheet will be used. If neither captain or co-captain have submitted a team sheet, the simmers will use the latest team sheet submitted by any player listed by the club.

    In the event of no team being posted by the deadline the simmers must use the previous weeks team sheet except for round one matches where the team must provide a new team sheet urgently.

    5. Bringing the game into disrepute

    If the administrator feels that a poster is bringing the game into disrepute due to their actions ie. whinging about the simmer or rules, manipulation of the rules, excessive trolling or spam etc then the committee and the admin will convene on a suitable punishment. Penalties will range from an official warning to match suspension/s, depending on the severity of the offence as adjudicated by the Administrator and the committee.

    6. The Sweet FA Tribunal

    The tribunal has three main functions:
    - All cases of Rule 5 will be heard before the appointed committee representatives and voted on. A clear majority is required for a GUILTY verdict, a tied vote will result in a NOT GUILTY verdict.
    - If a captain is handed down a penalty relating to Rule 3 and 4 by the administrator, a captain has the right to appeal the decision to the tribunal. They can do this by informing the administrator via a Private Message. The administrator will then commence the tribunal hearing whereby the committee representatives vote on whether to overturn the decision. The decision can be overturned with a clear majority vote in the tribunal.
    - In the event of a captain makes a team sheet submission error under Rule 4 that is deemed low impact. The tribunal will convene to sentence an appropriate punishment that is of less severity than a suspension or points penalty for the offending captain.

    7. Alias

    A player may only have one account as a listed player in the Sweet FA. No aliases allowed. Any attempt to use more than one account will result in a minimum suspension of 8 games being applied.

    8. Finals Team Submission

    During the Sweet F.A Finals Series, teams are subject to Team Submission rules as per rule 4. Failure to submit a correct team (20 eligible players, correct positional changes, correct spelling of every name within the whole team sheet and "official team sheet" in the same post) by the match deadline in finals will result in a 2 goal penalty applied to the offending team as well as a one week match suspension for the clubs captain or co-captains.

    9. Administrator Decisions

    The Administrator reserves the right to add to the rules as the season progresses. If a team/player breaks a "future" rule (rule not outlined above) then the admin will consult with the committee and determine an outcome (which may still include penalties). If any player or captain is unaware of the specifics of any rule or believes there is a situation not covered by the rules, it is their responsibility to seek approval from the administrator or find themselves subject to rule 9.

    10. Administrator Conduct

    If a player feels the administrator is blatantly abusing their power then they may contact all SFA captains stating their case. If the majority of captains believe the administrator is abusing their power (51%+) they can ask the administrator to stand down. If the significant majority of captains (76%+) in the belief that the administrator is abusing their power they can forcibly remove the administrator of the competition.

    11. New Clubs

    Anybody wishing to enter a new side into the Sweet F.A. must apply to be admitted into the Sweet F.A. The new clubs must have:
    - A nominated captain
    - Unique club colours and mascot
    - A nominated home ground
    - A basic logo/emblem and jumper design
    - A minimum of 15 players at the time of application
    - A minimum of 23 players by the deadline in the list submission thread.

    Any club not meeting the following criteria will not be admitted. No club will be admitted once a season has commenced. New teams must make a formal submission to the Administrator at least one month prior to the league commencing for a new season. Applications can be made during a season but the new club will not be admitted until the following season. The SFA administrator will have the final say on all applications.

    12. Match Validity

    All matches simulated and posted by the league's simmer/s (or otherwise specified by the Administrator) will be deemed final.

    A captain may request a re-sim in the following cases:
    - glitch occurs in the simming application where a quarter ends earlier than normal
    - players are not named in the correct on field positions according to the official team sheet
    - a non-existent player is named in the sim

    This must be requested via a Private Message to the league Administrator within 24 hours of the match being posted.

    The following cases are not valid grounds for a re-sim and will be rectified via a find-replace function or no action is deemed necessary:
    - incorrect spelling of a player name
    - incorrect entry of home/away team
    - glitch occurs in the simming application where there is a timeskip within a quarter


    13. Practice Matches
    Practice matches are encouraged during the off season but must be confined to the pre-season or season team thread for one of the teams involved. By request, and at the discretion of the admin, a match thread may be created if the match is deemed to have historical significance, is for charity or may be used as advertisement for the Sweet FA. Any threads started without the admins permission will be deleted on sight.
     
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  2. Cloud_

    Cloud_ Dear Leader

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    Amendments (Pre-season):

    1E) Bigfooty Terms of Service included

    "In the event that a disgruntled player is refusing to play for their original club, they must still be traded for a player or players from another team's squad. The disgruntled player can attempt to get to their preferred club in the above way. If the teams cannot come to agreement, the disgruntled player will be announced to the committee, where each club is able to make an offer. If no offer is forthcoming, the administrator has the power to waive the need for an inactive player to agree to a trade for the disgruntled player. This scenario can only occur with permission from the disgruntled player's original club." Removed from 3B.

    4A amended, minor offenses will no longer warrant an official warning but be given alternative penalties.

    4C amended to include attach consequences to 'Day Off' bans for breaches of SFA Board rules.

    Rule 6 - Appeals replaced by the Sweet FA Tribunal

    10 - Administrator Conduct amended, standard to forcibly remove administrator lowered from unanimous to 76% majority.

    12 - Match Validity amended to specify cases which will warrant a re-sim and cases which don't

    Amendments (In season):

    "If a delisted player does not qualify for Restricted Free Agency then they can only be re-signed by their original club for that season. This can be done freely with the agreement of both parties." Added to 3C

    "The administrator may apply a lesser penalty such as a suspended sentence for medium impact offenses if there are mitigating factors deemed to be at play e.g. a captain self reporting." Added to 4A

    Section 3D added to summarise penalties in relation to breaches of Rule 3

    Penalties for incorrect squad management moved from 3A to 3D

    High Impact Team Sheet Submission penalty "Failing to submit a squad in the official squad submission thread by deadline." moved from 4A to 3D

    Slight wording adjustments made to Rules 3C, 4A, and 6 for better clarity
     
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    Cloud_ Dear Leader

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    Penalty Summary:

    Round 1: low impact offense by Gumbies FFC - misspelling of player name on the team sheet, co-captains Golumless and SM handed an alternative penalty by tribunal

    Round 2: medium impact offense by Fighting Furies - naming/listing an ineligible player, co-captain Wacky Tiger handed a one game ban, and co-captain 3121 premiers has been handed a 4-week suspended one game ban.

    Round 3: medium impact offense by Las Vegas Bears - listing a player on the squad list without correct procedure, co-captains JoshWoodenSpoon and AngryRanga handed one game bans
    The ban was appealed to the Sweet FA Tribunal - found guilty as charged

    Round 4: low impact offense by Mount Buller Demons - incorrect positional acronyms, captain cats2rise handed an alternative penalty by the tribunal

    Round 4: low impact offense by Las Vegas Bears - incorrect spelling of player name, co-captains JoshWoodenSpoon and AngryRanga handed an alternative penalty by the tribunal

    Round 5: AngryRanga has failed to satisfy the conditions of the alternative penalty and will receive a 1 game ban.

    Round 6: low impact offense by Roys FFC - incorrect positional acronyms, captain fitzroybowiedog handed an alternative penalty by the tribunal

    Round 7: low impact offense by Mount Buller Demons - misspelling of player name on the team sheet, captain cats2rise handed an alternative penalty

    Round 13: high impact offense by Gumbies FFC - 4 premiership points deducted

    Round 14: low impact offense by Gold City Royals - misspelling of player name on the team sheet, captain Blacky handed an alternative penalty

    Round 15: high impact offense by Gumbies FFC - 4 premiership points deducted
     
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  4. Dennis Confetti

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    Reserved
     
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  5. LicoriceAllsorts

    LicoriceAllsorts Hall of Famer

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    What about movie spoilers?
     
  6. Dawn to Dark

    Dawn to Dark Premiership Player

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    We have rules
    You wouldn't think so
     
  7. ClarkeM

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    Rules are way too long
     
  8. Wise Guy Sam

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    I’m just posting because I know Clarkey probably loves seeing his name each time he visits at the top of the page.

    He will love seeing my name even more.

    Also I am enjoying the tribunal so far. That’s pretty cool.
     
  9. Cloud_

    Cloud_ Dear Leader

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    Rule 3C amended
     
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    Cloud_ Dear Leader

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    A number of amendments were made to clarify the wording of rules in light of recent Las Vegas Bears appeal
     
  11. General Soreness

    General Soreness Awkward Squad

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    A question: is there anything that can be done if I've decided to stop participating in the SFA but the team captain refuses to drop me from the side?
     

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  12. NaturalDisaster

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    Public execution.
     
  13. dogs105

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    Cloud_- please bring disrepute charges against this captain.
     
  14. rfctiger74

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    Youre ******

    This is the rule which keeps the furies alive - do you think any of us are here by choice??
     
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  15. General Soreness

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    But if my persona were to die they couldn't play, right?
     
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  16. NaturalDisaster

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    Are you playing due to community service like rfctiger74 is?

    He played a role in the Bomber Thompson scandal.

    What role did you play in the Jordan De Goey scandal?
     
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  17. General Soreness

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    I think you're talking about a convention that I'm not aware of.

    I was simply invited to play and agreed to give it a chance, with the understanding that I could opt out at any time.
     
  18. U2tigers

    U2tigers Norm Smith Medallist

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    Hawks in crisis.

    5 Rounds in and already losing their best poster/player.
     
  19. General Soreness

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    ... and I asked to be delisted/removed from the SFA 2 rounds ago.
     
  20. NaturalDisaster

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    Have you given it a chance though? From what I've seen youve barely posted.

    Anyway, just wait it out. It's not like its an actual game and you're being dragged out onto a field by the ear and forced to play. Youll get delisted for inactivity eventually. No one is forcing you to post either.
     
  21. dogs105

    dogs105 Premium Platinum

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    Let him out if he wants. Who is the captain anyway?
     
  22. General Soreness

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    Loonerty.
     
  23. General Soreness

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    Barely posted because I'm barely interested - even when I remember there's a game on I don't bother to check the game day thread to find out when the match is on or what's going on. I'd rather my spot went to someone who finds the SFA fun and/or interesting.
     
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  24. Ant Bear

    Ant Bear Brownlow Medallist

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    To be fair, I don't think you've been played for the last couple of games. Loonerty just copy/pasted the team list from their team thread into the latest game thread.

    Just tag Loons and ask him to officially delist you.
     
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  25. Mr Poopybutthole

    Mr Poopybutthole Ooooooooooo weeeeeeeeee

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    Disgusting from Loonerty.

    You're at peace now, consider yourself delisted.
     
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