Heat Policy

Climate Policy Excerpt – Timing Reg

IMPLEMENTATION

Between 30 and 34.9 degrees:

1st Half

  • Set Clock for 9 minutes
  • At duration of 9 minutes there will be a 1 minute break
  • Set Clock for further 9 minutes
  • At duration of 9 minutes it will be half time (2 minute break)
2nd Half – Repeat 1st Half

Between 35 and 39.9 degrees:

1st Half

  • Set Clock for 8 minutes
  • Referee Time-out on the first dead-ball or score after the 4 minute mark (clock stops for 1 minute)
  • At duration of 8 minutes there will be a 1 minute break
  • Set Clock for further 8 minutes
  • Referee Time-out on the first dead-ball or score after the 4 minute mark (clock stops for 1 minute)
  • At duration of 8 minutes it will be Half-Time (2 minute break)
2nd Half – Repeat 1st Half

40 Degrees and Above:

Games Abandoned – Record on score sheet ‘GAME ABANDONED WITH TIME & COURT TEMP’

1) Any game cancelled prior to the beginning of the game, or abandoned during the first half, shall be declared a nil-all draw.

 

OR
2) Any game abandoned at half time or in the second half shall be declared a nil-all draw unless the margin is ten points or greater, in which case the team leading by ten points or more shall be declared the winner, and the score shall stand.

 

General Rules Still Apply:

Coaches are still entitled to 2 time-outs per half, clock still stops in the final 2 minutes of the game and team fouls are for the duration of the each half regardless of the re-setting of the clock.

 

RULE EXCERPT

TIMING REGULATIONS IF TEMPERATURE IS 30 DEGREES PLUS BUT LESS THAN 35 DEGREES INSIDE A VENUE

At this range of temperature, inside a venue, the following rules shall be applied:

In each half, the clock shall be set for 9 minutes at which time, on the buzzer, there will be a 1 minute break for rest and hydration. The clock shall then be re-set for a further 9 minutes. Both teams shall be entitled to their 2 time-outs per half.

There is no discretion in the rule, the application of which shall be made by the venue supervisor, or if no venue supervisor, the most senior referee at the venue, whether officiating or not.

 

TIMING REGULATIONS IF TEMPERATURE IS BETWEEN 35 DEGREES AND 39.9 DEGREES INSIDE A VENUE

At this range of temperature, inside a venue, the following rules shall be applied:

In each half, the clock shall be set for 8 minutes, but at the first whistle or score after the 4 minute mark the bench shall signal a time-out and the clock shall stop. After 1 minute the game shall resume until the buzzer sounds indicating the conclusion of the 8 minutes. There will then be a 1 minute break and the clock will re-set at 8 minutes. The same break shall occur again at the first whistle or score after the 4 minute mark. All these breaks shall be considered referee time-outs. Teams shall still be entitled to their 2 time-outs per half and the foul count shall remain for the second 8 minute block. The clock will stop as normal in the last 2 minutes of the game.

There is no discretion in the rule, the application of which shall be made by the venue supervisor, or if no venue supervisor, the most senior referee at the venue, whether officiating or not.

 

CANCELLATION OF GAMES IF INDOOR TEMPERATURE REACHES 40 DEGREES

Without discretion, if the indoor temperature at a venue reaches 40 degrees, the game shall be abandoned. If the game is abandoned before it commences or before half-time, it is counted as a draw. If the game is abandoned at or after half-time, the game score stands as the final result.

The Club responsible for the venue shall be responsible for informing the EDJBA. Once games are abandoned at a venue, they are abandoned for a minimum of four games. All other games are presumed to be played. Any further cancellation of games requires a three game notification to the EDJBA. On days where the indoor temperature may exceed 40 degrees at some venues, the EDJBA shall keep a log of cancelled venues and times cancelled, on the EDJBA web site.

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