Operational Rules


Section B3: League Competition Rules

B3:1 The name of the league competitions shall be decided by SLE and by Championship respectively and are currently known as "Super League" and “Championship and Championship 1".
Subject as set out in the Operational Rules, the management of the league competitions shall be vested entirely and exclusively in the RFL.

B3:2 All Members who are Clubs shall participate in one of the league competitions. The Board may in addition invite other Clubs (whether they are Members or noto participate in any such league in which case such clubs as a condition of entry accept the jurisdiction of these Operational Rules.

STRUCTURE AND ENTRY

B3:3 The league competitions shall be divided into three separate divisions the format of which shall be decided from time to time by SLE in accordance with the SLE Articles of Association, in the case of Super League, and by the Board in the case of Championship and Championship 1.

PROMOTION & RELEGATION

B3:4 Promotion and relegation between each of SLE and Championship, and Championship 1, shall be in accordance with the resolutions of the Board agreed and in force from time to time, the latest of which as at the date of adoption of these Operational Rules are set out in Operational Rule Section A1 above.

TABLES AND FIXTURES

B3:5 The league competition tables for both Super League and Championship and Championship 1 shall be compiled by the RFL, the positions in which shall be determined by the number of points gained with points being awarded as follows: two points for each Match won; and one point for each Match drawn.
Save for the Championship and Championship 1 and League Cup where points shall be awarded as follows:
three points for each Match won;
two points for each Match drawn;
one point for each Match lost by 12 points or less.
The Club with the highest number of points shall be at the top and the Club with the lowest shall be at the bottom. Where Clubs have an equal number of points their relative positions shall be determined by points difference so that the Club having the greater points difference is placed above the Club with the lesser points difference. The points difference is calculated by subtracting the points scored against the Club from the points scored by the Club. If that still leads to a tie then the Club with the greater points percentage during the Season will be placed in the higher position. The points percentage is calculated by dividing the number of points scored by a Club by the number of points it concedes and multiplying by 100. If positions are still level, then the Club which scores the most tries in the league competition in a Season shall be placed higher, if the positions are still level, then the Club which scores the most goals shall be placed higher, if the positions are still level then the Club which scores the most drop goals. If the positions are still equal, positions will be determined by the toss of a coin which shall be carried out at such time and place as the RFL shall direct and those Clubs concerned shall be entitled to witness the toss.

FIXTURES

B3:6

  1. If a Club fails to complete any of its fixtures for whatever reason the result of matches played and/or unplayed shall be determined by the Board and the Board shall have the right to alter the structure of the competition by such means as it thinks fit.
  2. Unless otherwise agreed and provided for by SLE in the case of Super League or otherwise by the Board, each Club in each division shall play home and away matches against each other Club in the same division. The Board shall be responsible for compiling a fixture list for all competitions including Super League.
  3. Each Club shall play its "home" League Match on its ground and its "away" League Match on its opponents' ground unless the Board consents to or directs any other arrangement.
  4. A list of fixtures shall be commissioned by the Board who shall in addition administer the league competitions. The Clubs shall be allowed 7 days to submit observations on a draft fixture list which must be kept in strict confidence. Each Club shall also notify the Board of the day on which it wishes to play its weekend home Matches and the kick-off times for those Matches (within such timescal. After consideration of the same the Board will then publish the fixture list incorporating such amendments (if anas he considers appropriate the copyright of which is vested in the RFL.
  5. Where a Championships Club has elected to play its home games on Friday and its opponent objects the Board shall decide on which day the match shall be played. Such decision shall be based on the principle that part time clubs shall not be compelled by their opponents to make long or time consuming journeys save on Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays or for televised matches, the RFL Board shall decide what constitutes a long or time consuming journey and whether extenuating circumstances apply which make it reasonable for the Board to instruct that a game should be played on a Friday.
  6. The fixture list and the fixtures contained therein are to remain unalterable without the prior written consent of the Board to any change.
  7. Each season the RFL broadcast partner will make an initial selection of matches to be televised for the number of rounds determined in the contract. These selections will be published. All subsequent rounds remain subject to selection by the broadcast partner and all Clubs must include a statement within its fixtures to this effect (as provided by the RFL from time to timwhenever its fixtures are published in whatever format.
  8. The Board may determine that any League Match shall be played (if the demands of television require the same) on an alternative date. In addition the Board may require that one or more Clubs play its home League Match in the final round of the Season at such date and time as may be directed by the Board in order for one or more Matches to kick off simultaneously.
  9. The Board shall have power to amend fixtures where it considers it necessary to do so from time to time which shall include the power to direct that matches shall be moved so as to be played on the same date and at the same time as other matches to ensure that the integrity of the League is protected.

AVAILABILITY OF GROUND

B3:7 Each Club agrees to allow its ground and/or facilities to be used for a Match/Matches between two other Clubs in the same competition if the Board so directs. When a Match is played on a neutral ground, a commission may at the discretion of the Board (up to a maximum commission of ten per cent) be deducted from net gate receipts or paid to the Club upon whose ground the Match is played, but members and spectators of such Club must pay the full admission charges to the ground and stands and shall not be allowed any discount over and above those available in relation to tickets on general sale.

ADMINISTRATION

B3:8 The league competitions shall be governed by the Board which shall appoint Match Officials, fix dates upon which Matches are to be played and deal with all matters connected with or arising out of the competitions.

FRIENDLY MATCHES

B3:9 A Club shall not play a friendly match (ie, any match other than a Cup Tie, a League Match an Event or a Match in any competition approved by the Boarat any time without receiving the prior written approval of the Board"). The Board's consent shall not be unreasonably withheld and the Board in reaching its decision shall pay due regard to the integrity of the respective competitions and the interests of the Game together with the interests of the Clubs playing Cup Ties or League Matches.

MATCHES

B3:10 Any Club failing to fulfil a Match on the scheduled date, for any reason which the Board considers unsatisfactory, shall be guilty of misconduct.

B3:11 Cup Ties shall take precedence over League Matches and the latter must be postponed if the Board so directs.

GROUNDS

B3:12 Each Club shall register its Ground in accordance with Section A2 of these Operational Rules. In addition, each Club shall ensure that at all times, its Ground complies with the Facility Standards set out in Section A2 of these Operational Rules and any other Operational Rules or requirements that the Council or Board make or specify from time to time. The home Club in each League Match shall ensure that it has in place an adequate policy of public liability insurance for each League Match.

MATCH OFFICIALS

B3:13 All League Match Officials shall be appointed by the RFL and their remuneration and expenses shall be decided by the Board.

GRAND FINALS SERIES

B3:14 Following completion of the League programme in the Super League and Championship, the Clubs occupying the top eight positions in the Super League and Championship table shall go forward to contest the Grand Finals Series, in such format as is set out from time to time. For each of these matches, with the exception of the Grand Final Match itself, the higher placed Club in the league table shall have the choice of ground, insofar as this is not contradictory to the format as set out from time to time. If a Club is unable to stage a match on its own Ground on the date or at the time required by the RFL or SLE’s broadcast partners the Board may direct that such match be played at an alternative venue (which may be the ground of its opponents) on the date and at the time so required. In the case of the Championship the Board may order a club to play on a Friday where, in the Board’s opinion, circumstances including rest periods between matches make it reasonable to do so.

B3:15 Following completion of the League programme in Championship 1 the Clubs occupying the top five positions in such league or such teams as the Board shall direct shall respectively go forward to contest the Championship 1 Grand Finals Series, the format of which competitions shall be confirmed by the RFL from time to time. For each of these matches, with the exception of the Grand Final Match itself, the higher placed Club in the league table shall have the choice of ground. If a Club is unable to stage a match on its own Ground on the date or at the time required by the RFL’s broadcast partners the Board may direct that such match be played at an alternative venue (which may be the ground of its opponents) on the date and at the time so required. In addition the Board may order a club to play on a Friday where in the Board’s opinion circumstances including rest periods between matches make it reasonable to do so.

B3:16 Dual Registered Players shall only be eligible to play in these Grand Final series provided that the player has played in at least six of the club’s Championships fixtures during the season in question and in this context Championships fixtures shall mean either League Cup and League fixtures. Clubs shall be entitled to apply for a dispensation under this rule where the Player has been injured.

B3:17 Dual Registered Players who have a Salary Cap Value of £20,000 or more i.e. those who receive a category A, B, C or D classification, must have played in at least three League or League Cup fixtures for the Championships club that season before the end of season registration deadline which applies in that Competition in order to play in games which fall after that deadline whether they be regular season or Play Off games.
Dual Registered Players who switch over to a Loan Agreement following the end of season registration deadline must have played in at least three games of the regular season in order to be eligible for the Play Offs.

B3:18 The Grand Final Match for each of the 3 competitions referred to in the Operational Rules shall in each case be played at a neutral venue to be chosen by the Board.

B3:19 If any of the Matches in the Super League Grand Finals and/or the Championship or Championship 1 Grand Finals is drawn, then the Match shall be decided by a "Golden Point". During this period of Golden Point teams shall be allowed to make three additional interchanges as set out in B4:22 below. For the avoidance of doubt any unused interchanges from normal time are carried over and may be used in the period of extra time and Golden Point.

B3:20 In each Match in each of the three Grand Finals Series, the Club which was highest placed in the league concerned shall be deemed to have home ground advantage as regards dressing room and otherwise. However in the case of colours the RFL will direct the colours to be worn in the Kit Directive.

OBJECTIONS TO RESULTS

B3:21 A Club wishing to object to the result of a Match shall:

  1. Send a facsimile or email letter to the Board and to the opposing Club within 24 hours of the termination of the Match stating
    1. the full grounds on which the objection is made; and
    2. the Operational Rule under which it is laid.
  2. Send within 24 hours a cheque to the Board for £100 as a deposit.

The Board will hear the objection and may decline to consider any matter not stated in respect of (i) above and can if the objection is not sustained order the forfeit of the whole or any part of the deposit. For the avoidance of doubt, a Club shall not be entitled to object to a result on the grounds of a Match Official's decision(s), and the imposition of a fine or other penalty on a Club pursuant to these Operational Rules shall not preclude a Club from objecting to a result of a Match under this Operational Rule.

OPERATIONAL RULES OF THE COMPETITION

B3:22 The Laws of the Game, the General Competition Rules, the Match Day Rules set out in B1 and B2 above and the Operational Rules shall apply to the League Competitions unless they are inconsistent with these League Competition Operational Rules in which case, these Operational Rules will prevail.

DISPUTES

B3:23 All disputes relating to the venue, time and date of any Match or any other dispute relating to the League or other Competitions shall be determined by the Board in its absolute discretion unless otherwise provided for in these Operational Rules.

MATTERS ARISING

B3:24 The Board in its absolute discretion as it thinks fit shall determine any matter that may arise in connection with the League Competitions for which no provision has been made within these Operational Rules. The Board's decision on all matters where it exercises its discretion shall be final and binding and not subject to any appeals.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS

B3:25 The RFL/SLE are the owners of the Trophies which shall be handed to the winning Club for safe keeping by them and shall be returned in turn to the RFL/SLE in good condition on the last working day the following June in time for the following year's presentation. Subject to Operational Rule Section B3:27 below, the winning Club shall be responsible for the cost of any repairs required to ensure that the Trophies are returned to the RFL/SLE in good condition. No Club shall commission or carry out itself any repairs, engraving, alterations or other work on any such Trophy. The RFL/SLE shall be entitled to commission such replicas of the Trophies as they may think fit from time to time.

B3:26 The winners of the Super League Minor Premiership shall be awarded a trophy. The winners of the Super League Grand Final shall be awarded the Super League trophy and twenty five Grand Final winners’ rings for their players and officials. Clubs may apply to SLE to purchase additional medals in exceptional circumstances only.
The winners of the Championship League Leaders shall be awarded a trophy. The winners of the Championship Grand Final shall be awarded the Championship trophy and twenty five Grand Final winners’ medals for their players and officials. Clubs may apply to the RFL to purchase additional medals in exceptional circumstances only.
The winners of Championship 1 shall be awarded a trophy and Championship winners medals for their players and officials. Clubs may apply to the RFL to purchase additional medals in exceptional circumstances only. The winners of the Championship 1 Play Off Final shall be awarded a trophy.
When a player is dismissed during a Grand Final or Play Off Final, the medal to which he may otherwise have been entitled may be withheld at the discretion of the Board.

B3:27 The winning Club(s) agree not to do anything which may invalidate the RFL's insurance policy relating to the Trophies or increase the premiums in relation thereto. Should a Trophy be lost, destroyed or damaged whilst under the care or custody of a winning Club, then the Club shall refund to the RFL the amount of the insured value of the Trophy or the cost of thorough repair in addition to any other penalty which the RFL may deem fit to impose pursuant to Section D1 of these Operational Rules. The RFL shall insure the Trophies for their full replacement value and the cost of such insurance will be met by the RFL.

B3:28 No Club may copy, disfigure, repair, add to or alter a Trophy (or the medals) or permit any third party to do so without the RFL's prior written consent.

ILLEGAL PAYMENTS

B3:29 Payments, gifts or any other forms of inducement including (but not by way of limitation) payments in kind and free or discounted tickets, made or given to any Match Official as an inducement or reward (other than those made by the RFL by way of remuneration or expenses under Operational Rule Section B3:13 above and/or any medals given by the RFL) shall be prohibited and any Club, player or other person making any such payment, gift or inducement shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and the offending party or parties shall be dealt with pursuant to Section D1 of these Operational Rules. For the avoidance of doubt, a Club should give each Match Official two free tickets per Match at which he/she is officiating.

CRITICISM OF MATCH OFFICIALS

B3:30 It shall be an offence of misconduct for a Club, a player or any person serving in an official capacity with a Club (including, without limitation, a Club Official or coach) to make any public statements either orally or in writing which include criticism of the manner in which a referee or touch judge has controlled a game in which a Club has taken part or to issue such a statement to the media in any other form. Any offending Club(s) or person shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of Section D1 of the Operational Rules.