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Premier League Finals Eligibility
From 2018 Bi Laws for those interested
4.4 Player Eligibility for the Major Round
To satisfy a player's participation in a Premier League game the player must satisfy the following requirements:
(a) The following must occur for the duration of the Premier League game:
i. The player’s name is recorded on the scoresheet.
ii. The player is present on the team bench.
iii. The player must be wearing an official playing uniform.
iv. The player must meet all other By-Law and rule requirements with respect to being able to be subbed onto the court, including those relating to uniforms, jewelry, footwear, hair, casts and braces.
(b) At least one of the following must occur:
i. All 'Foreign’ or ‘Restricted’ players must be substituted onto the court for the Premier League game, as evidenced by the court time indicated on the official game statistics.
ii. Players who are not deemed as ‘Foreign’ or ‘Restricted’ must be subbed onto the court for another game in the SA District competition in the same week as the Premier League game.
(c) To be eligible to play for a team in the major round of the Premier League, a player must play a minimum of 40% of minor round games for that team in the Premier League competition, where the number of games is always rounded up to the nearest whole number.
(d) To be eligible to play for a team in the major round of the Premier League, a player can play a minimum of 40% of minor round games in the Premier League Reserves competition, where the number of games is always rounded up to the nearest whole number.
(e) Games played in the Premier League and Premier League Reserves competitions cannot be aggregated to enable qualification for the Premier League major round, except in the instance of returning college players.
(f) College players who have returned to their club of origin must play a minimum of six (6) minor round games in either the Premier League or Premier League Reserves competition to qualify for the major round in the Premier League.
(g) Players under the age of 18 who participate in the SA District competition will automatically be eligible to participate in the major round in both the Premier League and Premier League Reserves with no minimum requirement of minor round matches to be played.
(h) It is the clubs responsibility for maintaining eligibility criteria for their Premier League players and ensuring they have enough players eligible for the major round.
(i) A player who fails to qualify for a major round due to medical reasons, a clash with ‘Higher Level Commitments’ (as defined in the SA District By-Laws) or in exceptional circumstances, may apply for permission (via their club secretary) to play in the major round. The request must:
i. Be submitted a minimum of 14 days prior to the commencement of the major round.
ii. Clearly state the games missed and the reason/s.
iii. For medical issues, be supported by a medical certificate from a medical practitioner that documents the extent and duration of the issue.
(j) Exemptions to this By-Law will only be considered if a player has played a minimum of 50% of the required number of minor round qualifying games in that division.