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Subbing Eligibility

Often times teams will require substitutes in order to have enough players to field a game. A substitute player must meet the following criteria:

  • Players MUST be registered as a substitute player or be already registered for the current league in which they are subbing;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Not be suspended from MZU or any other UNL leagues;
  • Not have already subbed in the maximum number of games allowed during current season.

Captains and Subbing

  • Captains must communicate before games regarding subs
    • The opposing captain has to be aware of and agree to the proposed sub. This communication should happen in a timely manner, with no intentional delays in responses.
    • The league encourages Captains to begin this discussion as far in advance as possible. The preferred options would be to email the opposing captain at least 48 hours ahead of game time.
    • In the event of last-minute absences, this conversation can occur during the pre-game Captains discussion.
    • If a sub is declined by the opposing captain, the team requiring a sub should look for alternate sub options. It’s for this reason that teams are encouraged to start communication well in advance of a game.
    • If there is a disagreement among Captains surrounding the appropriateness of a sub, and the proposing team feels strongly that the sub they suggested is fair and reasonable, they may contact VP League to contest the matter. This communication must occur at least 36 hours before the game, and should include details of the situation.
        • Captains should still make every effort to resolve the situation themselves (e.g., finding an alternate sub) and contacting VP League should be a last resort to resolve the situation.
        • The decision of a Captain to contact VP League should not be seen as unspirited by the opposing team.
        • After a review, VP League has the ability to overturn the opposing Captain’s decision to decline a sub and allow them to participate in the game.
  • Captains should always ensure that players are eligible, the Captains Clause can not be used to circumvent eligibility/subbing rules.
    • If players participate in a game where they are not an eligible sub, the game will be defaulted.

Captains MUST record subs post-game, failure to do this may result in penalty. MZU is continually trying to improve subbing policies and captains’ cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Subbing Rules

Definitions:

  • Registered Player is one who has registered for the current league and is on the roster of a team playing in the current league.
  • Unregistered Player is one who has not registered for the current league and is not on the roster of a team playing in the current league.

Regular Season Subbing Rules (Hat Leagues):

  • Subs can only be used in the case of an injured or missing player.
  • Registered Players can sub a MAXIMUM OF TWO games per season.
  • Unregistered Players can sub in a maximum number of games equal to the number of weeks in a season divided by two (round up if uneven).
  • There is NO FEE to sub.
  • Players can sub with multiple teams.
  • Players can sub multiple games on the same night (each game counts towards the total number of allowed games).
  • Subs should be made in accordance with Spirit of the Game.
    • The subbing player should not greatly influence the outcome of the game.
    • Should the substitute player or captains determine that the sub outclasses the level at which they are playing, the sub should adjust accordingly to match the game play.

Regular Season Subbing Rules (Build-It-Yourself Leagues):

  • By default, teams are only allowed to have subs in the regular season so that they have 6 of either gender in 7v7 leagues or 5 of each gender in 5v5 leagues.
    • Under the Captain’s Clause, Captains can ask for special permission to obtain extra subs.
  • The number of substitute players may not exceed the number of rostered players participating in the game.
  • Registered Players can sub a MAXIMUM OF TWO games per season.
  • Unregistered Players can sub in a maximum number of games equal to the number of weeks in a season divided by two (round up if uneven).
  • There is NO FEE to sub.
  • Players can sub with multiple teams.
  • Players can sub multiple games on the same night (each game counts towards the total number of allowed games).
  • Subs should be made in accordance with Spirit of the Game
    • The subbing player should not greatly influence the outcome of the game.
    • Should the substitute player or captains determine that the sub outclasses the level at which they are playing, the sub should adjust accordingly to match the game play.

Playoff Subbing Rules (All Leagues):

  • Registered Players CANNOT sub in a playoff game.
  • Unregistered Players can sub ONE PLAYOFF GAME (which counts towards the total number of allowed games).
  • Teams are only allowed to have subs in playoffs so they have 5 of either gender in 7v7 leagues or 4 of each gender in 5v5 leagues.
  • All other subbing eligibility rules still apply (e.g.: equal or lesser playing level, agreement among captains prior to game)
[Updated March 2018.]