TUHA By-Laws


TUHA By-Laws

Version 2.5

December 2013


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction.. 1
  2. Aim.. 1
  3. Structure. 1
  4. Conduct 2
  5. TUHA Registration.. 3
  6. Changing Grades. 3
  7. Grading Committee. 6
  8. Duties of TUHA team captains. 6
  9. General information.. 7
  10. Team penalties. 8
  11. State teams. 9
  12. Best and Fairest nomination and awarding. 10


1.    Introduction

This document lists the rules that govern the running of competitions within the Tasmanian Underwater Hockey Association (TUHA).


2.    Aim

To foster a fair and even competition within each Grade, where players are encouraged to develop their skills and are able to move between Grades.

3.    Structure

The competition is structured to have four grades to cater for various levels of skill and fitness. These are:

A-Grade: expert players with high skill levels, physical fitness and a highly competitive attitude.

B-Grade: experienced players with moderate skills, fitness levels and a reasonably competitive attitude

C-Grade: novice players, or those more experienced players who would rather play in a more relaxed competition

D-Grade: entry level for players.

4.    Conduct

4.1               The conduct of all members of the Tasmanian Underwater Hockey Association (TUHA) and any of their guests shall be of a standard that will not detract from TUHA’s good reputation at any time they may be representing TUHA (i.e. during training sessions, competition nights, social functions, travel, tournaments etc.).

4.2               Theft from the association.  Where a member is found to have stolen from the association, either equipment, or by non-payment or avoidance of payment of pool entry or other fees, the member will be required to reimburse the association to the value of the equipment or avoided cost together with a fine of $100, or an amount as determined by the committee (this could include their team forfeiting when they play). Failure to pay the fees and fine will result in cancellation of the members TUHA membership and they will not be allowed to re-join until the fees are paid in full.

4.3               No individual participating in a TUHA organised event shall unduly interfere with another individual associated with either the event, or with the TUHA.

4.4               A player or official who unduly interferes with, or assaults, or strikes, or uses abusive, threatening, or insulting language or behaviour towards another player, an official, or a member of the public, may be reported by any TUHA member to the Executive Committee. Such a report must be in writing, and should be delivered within 72 hours of the incident in which the offence occurred (though in extenuating circumstances, reports may be accepted by decision of a majority of the TUHA Committee up to seven days after the event).

4.4.1          On receipt of a report, the receiving member of the Executive Committee shall, in conjunction with another Executive Committee member:

4.4.2          Notify the offending individual(s) that they have been reported and the nature of the report;

4.4.3          Either take immediate action to have the offender(s) removed from the facility; or

4.4.4          Caution the offender(s).

4.5               Within seven days of receipt of a misconduct report, the TUHA Chief Referee shall convene a tribunal for the purpose of dealing with the misconduct charge, with the following people present:

The Offender(s);

The Captain(s) of the Offender’s Team(s);

The Person making the Report;

Any Witnesses;

The TUHA Chief Referee or another L2 or L3 Referee as decided by the TUHA Committee* and

Two Members of the TUHA Executive Committee.

*  only in situations where the TUHA Chief Referee is unavailable, or is involved in the misconduct charge (either as a team Captain or as an offender).

4.6               The TUHA Chief Referee and two TUHA Executive Committee Members shall constitute the tribunal, and upon hearing all relevant details, shall decide upon an appropriate course of action to deal with the reported misconduct.

4.7               Notwithstanding the above, where any individual is found guilty of one of the infractions listed below, the minimum penalty shall be as shown(game points are taken from the team they were playing for at the time, if the offence occurred separate from a game then no game points are deducted):

Proven Misconduct Action Minimum Penalty
Verbal abuse of a TUHA Referee 1 week suspension, plus 1 game point
Physically ‘handling’ a Referee 2 week suspension, plus 2 game points
Striking another player 3 week suspension, plus 3 game points
Striking any TUHA member 3 week suspension, plus 3 game points
Striking any member of the public 5 week suspension, plus 5 game points


5.    TUHA Registration

5.1.1               All players participating in any TUHA organised Pennant competition must be registered before playing a fifth game in any one calendar year.

5.1.2   Players must pay the requested team fee for each team they are registered to play in for each pennant before the 5th game played of that pennant.

5.2               Players who do not meet this criterion when playing shall cause any team they play for to forfeit that game.

5.3               Players must be registered to play for any team in the Pennant finals.

5.4               There are four (4) levels of registration, these are:

5.4.1              Full Registration: Compulsory for all senior players.

5.4.2              Junior Registration: Compulsory for all junior players (under 18 years old at the first day of April of the year).

5.4.3              Schools Registration: Registration of each of the schools team players participating in the Schools Roster.

5.4.4               Social registration: For non-players who wish to be involved with the association.

5.5               Persons holding full, junior, Schools or Social registration are granted membership of the Tasmanian Underwater Hockey Association, and hence have all membership rights as described in the Constitution of the Association.


6.    Changing Grades

6.1               Players changing grades or considering doing so have two main options:



6.2               Recruitment Intent

Recruitment is intended to smooth the transition of players moving up a grade and changing teams completely. It is intended to increase the pool of available players seeking to join the higher grade teams. The Committee has recognized that as TUHA has grown in size, the previous draft process, instead of facilitating the movement of players up to higher grades, was actually impeding their progress. The increased size of the association has meant that newer players progressing up through the grades of the sport often do not have the contacts in the higher grade teams that more established players have enjoyed. Nor does the current pennant game system facilitate the development of those contacts. Simply put TUHA is now too big for everyone to know everyone else. The draft process will remain in place for those players who wish to use the draft to find a team, or former recruits who are unable or unwilling to play for their recruiting team or for players rejoining TUHA after extended breaks from play in Tasmania or for players moving down a grade.

6.3               Recruitment Process

6.3.1          Recruits may be recruited by a higher grade team or ask to be placed in a higher grade team by the Grading Committee.

6.3.2          Team Captains must notify the Vice President of the names of the players they have recruited.

6.3.3          Recruits must inform their current team Captain that they are being recruited by a higher grade team and can continue to play in the lower grade team

6.3.4          Teams may not take on recruits after Week 11 in a pennant. (This is to prevent teams adding recruits just prior to the finals series.)

6.3.5   A recruit is considered a full member of that team.

6.4               Recruitment Duration

6.4.1          Recruitment lasts for the remainder of the pennant they are recruited and to one following pennant if the recruit and captain agree.

6.4.2          Recruits are advised to join a team early in a pennant as the main benefit of being a recruit is the ability to play two games each night.

6.5               Recruitment Assessment

6.5.1          At the end of the pennant each recruit is assessed by the Captains of that grade and will either be determined to be up to standard for that grade or not.

6.5.2          If up to standard, the recruit is deemed to be of that grade and registered in that grade. The recruit must then either join the recruiting team or place themselves in the draft for that grade.

6.5.3          If not yet suitable, the recruit returns to their original lower grade team but can apply as a recruit again to the original recruiting team or any other team in a higher grade.

6.6               Recruitment Eligibility:

6.6.1          Any player wishing to permanently move up a grade may become a recruit.

6.6.2          A former recruit who has refused to move up a grade when deemed capable to do so, may be subject to a Tribunal hearing for unsportsmanlike conduct and risks a game ban for one or more weeks.

6.6.3          In addition a former recruit who has refused to move up a grade at the end of a pennant when deemed able to do so is banned from being a recruit for one year or two pennants.

6.6.4          Any recruit may play in their recruiting team in a finals series game regardless of the minimum number of games a recruit has played for that team in the pennant.

6.7               Recruitment Games Up (Games played for teams other than the recruiting team or the recruit’s original team):

6.7.1          Recruits are exempt from the cap on games played up when playing those games for the team that recruited them.

6.7.2          Recruits may still play Games Up with teams other than the team they are recruited by to the maximum allowable in the By- Laws (Section 9.5).

6.8               Recruit Numbers:

6.8.1          Each captain can recruit any player they choose and no minimum or maximum has been set.

6.9               Team Captain’s responsibilities to recruits:

6.9.1          It is the Captains responsibility to ensure that the recruits in his/her team are given instruction in the skills and rules of the game to improve the recruit’s standard as fast as practical.

6.9.2          Teams that take on recruits and find that they cannot fit the recruit into the team due to excess player numbers for the following pennant must advise the recruit immediately.

6.10           Recruit’s responsibilities:

6.10.1      Players who accept recruitment intend to move up a grade. This is not a system for players to get multiple games every night.

6.10.2      Recruits should play as many games with their recruiting team as possible.

6.10.3      In the event of a clash in game times, between a recruits original team and their recruiting team they are expected to play for their original team but are encouraged to never leave either team in a position where it has to forfeit due to lack of numbers.

6.11           Draft Intent

The purpose of the draft is to facilitate a balanced and even competition by ensuring that teams finishing lower within a grade have first choice of any players wishing to change teams, or new players who have not followed the recruitment process moving into other grade.

6.12           Draft Timing

6.12.1      The draft shall occur at the end of each pennant – with the order of team rankings for draft selection purposes based on team standings on the ladder after the Grand Final game.

6.12.2      A mid-pennant draft will only occur when exceptional circumstances arise, at the discretion of the TUHA Committee. Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to:

Arrival of new players (from interstate or overseas); and

Players returning from injury.

6.12.3      For a ‘mid-pennant’ draft meeting, the A grade draft shall occur within seven (7) days of the grand final night. For an ‘end of year’ draft meeting, the A grade draft shall occur no later than two (2) weeks before the start of the new pennant (in the subsequent year). At least two (2) days prior to the draft meeting the Vice President must supply a list of all draft nominees to each A grade Captain.

6.12.4      Once the A grade draft has been finalised, the Vice President will contact all unselected nominees and ask if they wish to nominate for the B Grade draft.

6.12.5      The B Grade draft shall occur within seven (7) days of an A grade draft. At least two (2) days prior to the draft meeting, the Vice President must supply a list of all draft nominees to each B Grade Captain.

6.12.6      The C Grade draft shall occur within seven (7) days of an A grade draft. At least two (2) days prior to the draft meeting, the Vice President must supply a list of all draft nominees to each C Grade Captain. The C Grade draft may be held immediately following the B Grade draft meeting.

6.13           Draft process for all grades

6.13.1      Three (3) weeks prior to the start of the pennant, the Vice President shall advertise the upcoming draft meetings by appropriate means to reach as many TUHA members as possible, and shall solicit the names of players interested in nominating for draft selection.

6.13.2      Players intending to enter the draft must put their names and contact details as required on the list supplied, and notify their current Team Captain of their decision to participate in the draft selections.

6.13.3      After confirming the accuracy of all nominations with the listed nominating players, the Vice President shall circulate the list of draft nominees to all A, B and C Grade Captains. No new nominations for the A grade draft will be accepted within two (2) days of the date of the draft meeting.

6.13.4      Draft picks shall occur in ascending order of the pennant ladder ranking, i.e. the last placed team from the preceding final series (or pennant round in case of a mid-pennant draft) has first pick, and the top team has last pick. This process is repeated until all players have been chosen or rejected, or until teams are full.

6.13.5      In the event of a team in any grade disbanding, a Captains’ meeting should be convened for that grade to discuss options, including redistribution of players if required. Should the meeting decide that a ‘reshuffle’ of teams is warranted, or desirable, a further Captains’ meeting may be held to implement this.

6.13.6      After a draft is complete, each team list shall be deemed final, unless the Committee approves alteration.

6.13.7      The Committee reserves the right to work outside the draft guidelines should this be warranted in any circumstance, but only to the extent that it is for the betterment of the game as a whole and not individuals or teams

6.13.8      University teams shall have first (1st) pick of University players to a maximum of four (4) university players, unless any team Captain in their grade protests this, in which case selections will be referred to the committee for decision. A University player is considered any person who has joined the University Underwater Hockey Club and is approved by the Tasmanian University Students Union for this purpose.

6.14    Reverse Recruiting.

The intention of this section is to smooth the transition of players back down the grades.

6.14.1             A player wishing to reverse recruit to a lower grade is to notify a member of the committee executive in writing.

6.14.2             The players name will then be circulated to the captains of the lower grade for approval.

6.14.3             The captains of that grade will then offer the player to a suitable team.          The captains need to agree on the team for the player.          If a majority decision can not be made then the Vice President has the casting vote.

6.14.4             All players are eligible to Reverse recruit to a lower grade providing the team captains of that grade agree to the player participating in that grade.

6.14.5             All reverse recruits shall be marked as such on the team sheet with (RR) next to their name.

6.14.6             If the majority of captains within a grade deem a player is too good to reverse recruit after the player has been accepted, that player will be asked to play in the higher grade only. Note: This rule can only be applied up to the reverse recruits 5th game. It is up to the captains to monitor the reverse recruits in their grade.


7.    Grading Committee

7.1               The task of the Grading Committee is to facilitate a balanced and even competition by ensuring that teams within a grade are evenly matched and that players play in a grade suitable to their skill and fitness level.

7.2               The Grading Committee is to consist of a Chairperson, who is to be the TUHA vice-President, plus up to two other individuals per grade, nominated by the TUHA Executive Committee.

7.3               The Chairperson is also to act as the TUHA Placement Officer, but may delegate that role to another member of the Grading Committee.

7.4               The Placement Officer is to be a contact for:

  • New players who wish to join a pennant team
  • Existing players who wish to change grades or teams
  • Team captains wishing to recruit players; and
  • Players who wish to play as substitutes in a higher grade.

7.5               Grading Committee tasks include:

Identifying those players playing in a grade inappropriate to that player’s skill or fitness level

Arranging the transfer of those players identified above to a more suitable grade

Identifying teams that are either too strong or weak within each grade

In consultation with the team captain, trying to provide various solutions to address any identified ‘problem’ teams; and

Examine any complaints (in writing) from within a grade as to players or teams reported to be too strong or weak.

7.6               The grading committee has no power to enforce changes but if their recommendation is ignored they have the option of referring the matter to the full committee of the TUHA for resolution.

7.7               The grading committee is to meet at the start of and mid-pennant, or as required to deal with grading issues. Any decisions would not have an effect until the end of the current pennant unless the affected player and their captain agree to the proposed changes.



8.    Duties of TUHA team captains

8.1               Should some of these duties not be performed (e.g. organising refereeing duties) other teams may be affected as well, and for this reason non-performance of such duties may result in the loss of team points for that pennant (or the following pennant should such an event occur at the end of a pennant).

8.2               The duties of team Captains include the following:

8.2.1          That the team sheet for their team is completed BEFORE any pennant game, ensuring the full names of ALL people to play for the team in that game are listed. Omitting names, using nicknames, using only first or surnames, or any other form of incorrectly completing the sheet shall incur a one (1) point penalty – deducted from the team total.

8.2.2          After the game, providing names of two players from your team whom you considered played well to the Poolside Referee for publishing in “The Mercury”.

8.2.3          Encouraging your team members in all facets of play, especially fair play.

8.2.4          Ensuring that your team supplies Referees when rostered for team refereeing duties.

8.2.5          Ensuring that Team Referees from your team enter their names on the game score sheets (team sheets) when they referee, and that the Team Water Referees select the best three (3) players who played FAIRLY and ensure these are recorded on the game sheet by the Poolside Referee.

8.2.6          When playing the first game on any night, ensuring that the walls are installed in the playing court to be used, before the start of that game, so that the game can commence at the designated time.

8.2.7          When playing in the last game time slot on any night, ensuring that the walls and goal trays are removed from their court to the pool deck after the game.

8.2.8          Ensuring that where their team is the rostered ‘Pack-up’ team, that ALL walls and goal trays are placed carefully on the trolley and moved to the designated storage area.

8.2.9               Suggest a team member to the poolside referee for the rising star award.

8.3               Mandatory team penalties for not carrying out rostered team duties are listed at Section 10 below.


9.    General information

9.1               If during play the puck gets caught behind the goal tray, the Water Referees shall halt play, position the puck 5 metres directly out from the back wall in line with where the puck was caught, and resume play with an equal puck.

9.2               To be eligible to play for a team in the finals, a player must have played a minimum of five games for that team during the pennant; however extraordinary circumstances may be considered by the TUHA Committee. This rule does not apply to recruits.

9.3               Players who have played at least one game for a higher graded team (than the team with which they are registered) may play for that higher graded team in a final.

9.4               Once playing time for a game has commenced and at least one team has a minimum of four players in the water, then the referees may signal the start of play, at their discretion.

9.5               Players may play a total of eight (8) games in teams they are not registered in, subject to the following:

9.5.1          Players may NOT play in a grade lower than their registered grade;

9.5.2          Players may play for another team in their registered grade ONLY with the permission of the opposing team Captain;

9.5.3          A team using a player from a lower grade may do so without permission from the opposition captain where the TOTAL number of players will be 7 or less including the substituting player(s).

9.5.4          A team using a player from a lower grade must gain permission from the opposition captain where the TOTAL number of players will be 8 or more including the substituting player(s).

9.5.5          Where a team is utilising a substitute player and a regular member of the team enters the game after the start of the match, bringing the TOTAL number of players to 8 or more, then the captain must obtain permission to utilise the substitute player from the opposition captain during a natural break in play, BEFORE the late player can enter the water.

9.6               The TUHA Executive Committee may at times be required to re-grade individual players or entire teams. All efforts will be made by the Executive Committee to ensure this does not occur during a Pennant.

9.7               The following scoring rules shall apply for TUHA pennant games:

9.7.1          The winning team shall be awarded 4 points.

9.7.2          The losing team shall be awarded 2 points.

9.7.3          In the event of a drawn game, both teams shall be awarded 3 points.

9.7.4          A team that has forfeited a game shall be awarded no points or goals.

9.7.5          A team that has had its opposing team forfeit the game shall be deemed to have won and be awarded 4 points and 5 goals.

9.7.6          If teams have the same number of points, then ranking shall be determined by the ratio of goals scored to goals conceded, or “percentage”.

9.8               Wearing of a mouthguard (internal or external) is strongly recommended. Players not wearing mouthguards do so at their own risk.

9.9               Wearing of a mouthguard (internal or external) is mandatory for players in the junior competition (U18s)


10.          Team penalties

10.1           In order for the Underwater Hockey competition to run smoothly, it is essential that all teams and individuals assist where required. Although the TUHA organisers attempt to keep team workloads to a minimum, there will be occasions where teams are ‘rostered on’ to perform some duty or another – such as providing Referees, assisting with set-up or pack-up of playing areas etc.

10.2           To avoid disruption to Pennant nights, it is essential that these duties be performed as required.

10.3           Teams will be penalised for the following:

10.3.1      Incorrect completion of team sheet (i.e. failing to nominate all players for any game, and/or use of incorrect names). Players from a lower grade must be noted – with their registered grade shown beside their name in brackets.

10.3.2      Failing to provide Referees when rostered to do so as Team Referees.

10.3.3      Having their Team Referees arrive late (as detailed below) for the game they are rostered to referee.

10.3.4      Playing any unregistered player (see Section 5). This will result in a game forfeit for a team.

10.3.5      Forfeiting a game due to lack of registered players from their team (a team must have a minimum of four registered players present AT POOLSIDE by the time the Referees are ready to commence play).

10.4           The poolside referee will record penalties on the team sheet when they occur and notify the desk attendant or vice-president at the end of the match.

10.5           Points will be deducted from the team by the vice-president or his delegate (e.g. Desk attendant.

10.6           TUHA Team Penalty Chart


Failure Penalty (game points)
Incorrectly completed team sheet One point deducted
Team Referees between 1 and 2 min late starting game On point deducted
Team Referees more than 2 min late starting game Two points deducted
Team Referees fail to turn up Three points deducted
Having less than 4 registered team players for a game Game forfeit
Playing an unregistered player Game forfeit
Not assisting with pack-up when rostered to do so One point deducted
Playing in a grade lower than your registered grade if you are not a reverse recruit (unless it is in a development team approved by the committee). Game forfeit
A player plays in another team in their registered grade without the opposition captain’s approval. Two points deducted
A team using a player from the lower grade and they have 8 or more players (including the lower graded player) without the opposition captain’s approval (including any late players). One point deducted.


Teams should note that where penalty points are incurred in the last weeks of the pennant, these may be carried over to the next pennant should the committee determine that this is appropriate.


11.          State teams

11.1           The Australian National Underwater Hockey Championships are held on an annual basis, rotating between States. Where Tasmanian teams are involved in these Championships, the following shall apply:

11.1.1      All Tasmanian Underwater Hockey squads (players, referees, coaches and officials) are to be bound by a Code of Behaviour as determined by the TUHA.

11.1.2      All State team players, including juniors, must hold at least a level 1 refereeing accreditation prior to competing at Nationals.

11.2           Appointment of State Team Officials

11.2.1      Nominations for the positions of State Team Coaches, Manager and Referee shall be called for at least nine (9) months prior to the National Championships, wherever possible. All nominees shall submit curriculum vitae to the TUHA Committee to support their nomination.

11.2.2      Positions shall be finalised by the TUHA Committee at least seven (7) months prior to the National Championships, wherever possible.

11.2.3      Unfilled positions shall be re-advertised, and filled as soon as possible.

11.3           Any time that one or more State U15 and U18 teams are participating, the position of Junior Chaperone must be filled, and shall be advertised in a timely manner. Nominees shall be assessed by the TUHA Committee as to their suitability, and one or more individuals appointed to the position depending on the perceived need (usually based on the number of junior teams) as early as possible.

11.4           Assistance with Fares for Team Officials

11.4.1      All State team members shall contribute to the cost of economy airfares and accommodation (duration of competition only) for a non-playing State Team Manager for the Nationals. A playing State Team Manager shall have 50% of their economy airfares and accommodation met by the team members, and will be responsible for the other 50%.

11.4.2      All State team members shall share the cost of economy airfares and accommodation (duration of competition only) for a non-playing Referee to officiate at the Nationals. This person shall have a minimum qualification of level 1 Referee.

11.4.3      All team members for each State team shall share the cost of economy airfares and accommodation (duration of competition only) for their NON-PLAYING team Coach at the Nationals.

11.4.4      All team members for each State team shall share the cost of 50% of the economy airfares and accommodation (duration of competition only) for their PLAYING team Coach at the Nationals.

11.4.5      All team members for each State team shall share the cost of economy airfares and accommodation (duration of competition only) for their NON-PLAYING team Chaperone at the Nationals.

11.4.6      All team members for each State team shall share the cost of 50% of the economy airfares and accommodation (duration of competition only) for their PLAYING team Chaperone at the Nationals.


11.5           State Team Selectors

11.5.1      Nominations for the positions of State Team Selectors shall be called for at least one (1) month prior to the team selections, wherever possible.

11.5.2      Nominees should provide curriculum vitae to support their nomination.

11.5.3      For each team, team coaches and the TUHA Committee will choose TWO selectors from the available applicants, with all applicants being notified of the outcome by no later than 2 weeks prior to team selections.

11.5.4      The selection panel shall consist of THREE people, one of whom is the team coach.

11.5.5      State team selectors must endeavour to watch as many games and training sessions as possible, prior to ‘official’ selections.

11.6           Deposits of Monies

11.7           A deposit from all intending players must be paid to the State Team Manager by the requested date. Failure to comply with this request may result in non-selection.

11.8           The amount of deposit and payment date required is to be determined by the State Team Manager.

11.9           If a player is unsuccessful in selection then all deposits shall be refunded.

11.10        State Team Selection

11.10.1   The coach will set the selection criteria to be followed by the selectors.

11.10.2   Prior to selection trials, all State team squad members shall be briefed by the team coach on selection criteria for the team.

11.10.3   Where player numbers permit, State team selection trials shall be conducted no later than three (3) months from the date set for the start of the National Championships. A minimum of two selection trials shall be held.

11.10.4   Such trials are to be organised by the State team coaches and advertised at least one month prior to selections.

11.10.5   Any player unable to attend the selection trials may submit a written application for consideration by the Coach/Selectors.

11.10.6   Announcements of State Team composition shall be made by each Coach within one week of the conclusion of the final selection trials.


12.          Best and Fairest nomination and awarding

12.1           It is the responsibility of all Water Referees officiating for any TUHA pennant game to select the best three players who played fairly and report these to the Poolside Referee(s), bearing in mind that any player who receives a time penalty for any infringement other than a team penalty shall be ineligible to receive best and fairest votes for that game.

12.1.1      Three (3) votes shall be awarded to the best player who played fairly.

12.1.2      Two (2) votes shall be awarded to the second best player who played fairly; and

12.1.3      One (1) vote shall be awarded to the third best player who played fairly.

12.2           It is the responsibility of the Poolside Referee(s) to record these votes on the score sheet for that game in the column provided, adjacent to each nominated player’s name.

12.3           It is the responsibility of the TUHA Vice-President or his delegate to collect and collate the best and fairest data for each of the grades each pennant, and to provide a summary of these data at the TUHA presentation night for that pennant.

12.4           The winner of the Best and Fairest award for a pennant shall be the player(s) obtaining the highest number of total votes over the entire pennant, in their respective grade. Subject to Section 12.5 below, should two or more players receive an equal number of votes in their respective grade, then the Best and Fairest award shall be awarded equally between the players.

12.5           Any player who has been penalised for player misconduct during a pennant (under Section 4 of these By-laws) will be ineligible for the Best and Fairest award for that Pennant.

12.6           Best and Fairest votes awarded to a player playing in a team other than that in which they are registered shall NOT count towards their Best and Fairest vote total in their registered grade.