AFL Goldfields and AFL Central Victoria have been working on the implementation of one area agreement that will replace all individual area agreements between Leagues in both Regions. Basically what this means is that we have simplified the process by developing one agreement that applies to all leagues in both Regions whilst giving Leagues the ability to develop by-laws to control which sections of the agreement apply and which donít. Effectively it means Leagues have control over who they allow to compete in their competitions.
This also means that technically speaking, BFNL clubs can borrow players on interchange from any league that this area agreement applies to. Leagues adopting this area agreements include:
- Ballarat Football Netball League
- Central Highlands Football League
- Maryborough & Castlemaine District Football Netball League
- Riddell District Football Netball League
- Ballarat Junior Football Netball League
AFL CENTRAL VICTORIA:
- Bendigo Football Netball League
- Loddon Valley Football Netball League
- Heathcote & District Football Netball League
- North Central Football Netball League
- Bendigo Junior Football League
A key component to this agreement is the ability to provide clubs with the final say on whether you allow your players to participate on interchange with another club. The club has the final say, not the player or parent. Obviously these decisions will be made in consultation with the player and parent however under this agreement, the final say will go with the clubs.
BY-LAWS THAT THE BFNL WILL IMPLEMENT TO COMPLIMENT THIS AGREEMENT:
Interchange Eligibility: Players must have participated in at least one home & away game in the current season with their registered club before they can become eligible to use this area agreement. That goes for BFNL players wanting to play on interchange with a club in another league or players from clubs in another league wanting to play with a BFNL club.
Finals: Players will not be allowed to play finals with BFNL clubs under this agreement. This has never been allowed in the past and we will not be allowing it moving forward even though it says in the agreement that finals are allowed. This is a by-law we will be putting in our operations manual so please be aware of this.
USING THE AREA AGREEMENT:
Getting Forms Signed: It is the responsibility of the club seeking players to play with them on interchange to get four copies of the attached form completed and signed by all parties. If it is your registered players seeking to play on interchange with another club, it should not be you who runs around getting the form completed. However, if you are the club seeking players to play with you, it is your responsibility to get the forms filled out. This must be done by 5pm on the Friday before the match.
Entering the Permit into the System: This will now be the responsibility of the club seeking players on interchange and is easier than requesting a clearance for a player. To process a permit for players under this agreement, simply follow these instructions:
- Log in to SportingPulse
- Under MEMBERS, select the option REQUEST A TRANSFER/PERMIT
- Search for the player in question using the bottom option. Enter the playerís surname and date of birth and hit the SELECT button.
- SELECT the player in question.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page. Under Permit Type, select 1. MATCH DAY.
- Enter the date that the permit will apply in both the FROM and TO boxes. This needs to be the same date as you can only request this type of permit for 1 day.
- Hit the SUBMIT PERMIT button.
- Repeat for each time the player participates with your club.
NOTE: DO NOT hit the button SUBMIT TRANSFER otherwise the system will process a clearance for the player in question. You do not want to clear these players, you want to PERMIT them to your club.
In the past, the BFNL has not allowed clubs to use the permit section of the site, we preferred to do this on your behalf. With the introduction of this new agreement, we are now happy for clubs to do this yourselves provided the appropriate paperwork has been completed.
Entering Permits Before Getting Paperwork Signed Off: Clubs who fail to get the relevant paperwork together may be penalised by the loss of premiership points, loss of percentage and/or even the implementation of an appropriate fine. Please make sure you get your paperwork sorted before requesting a permit online. All permit requests come through to Operations Managers as well so we will know if and when this happens.