The Junior Competition dates will be from Saturday, October 13 to December 1, 2012 and from Saturday, February 2 to March 9, 2013. This allows 14 weeks of games with the semi-finals on Saturday, March 16 and finals on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Duty Clubs are assigned to each of the Junior venues every Saturday and, during their assigned times, have the responsibility of overseeing the running of the day’s competition - in particular, keeping the games running to time, ensuring there are table officials for each game and the Clubs provide referees as per the program.
The Duty Club is expected to have at least one Club representative at the pool during its assigned time to ensure these duties are carried out.
The Duty Club is also required to supply two (2) referees for the first game/s of the day - the day must run to the programmed times and this can only happen if referees are present and, on time, for the first game. Duty days are assigned on the basis of the number of teams a Club has competing at a particular venue for the season.
BWPI-appointed Pool Coordinators are at every Junior venue each Saturday to assist the Duty Clubs with their responsibilities.
The smooth running of the competition relies on Clubs supplying proficient table officials and qualified referees to fulfil their duties as per the program.
Table Officials - For every Junior game, each of the competing Clubs is expected to provide a table official, either to score the card or operate the game clock.
NOTE: - BWPI recommends that Clubs assign 3- 4 people per team who are willing to learn, become proficient at these table duties, and fulfil this role for their team for the season. The Pool Coordinators will assist with the training and on-going mentoring of these table officials.
If Clubs roster different people for Table Duties each week, it requires hours of the Pool Coordinators’ time every week to teach these duties, and proficiency is never reached. In such cases, BWPI, through its Pool Coordinators, is actually performing the table duties each week for these Clubs.
BWPI requires that all referees officiating in the BWPI Junior competitions hold a current NOAS accreditation. Information on referee accreditation courses can be found on the Water Polo Qld website.
From 2012-13 season, only those referees who hold a current accreditation or who have attended a Theory Course and are in the process of being assessed will be permitted to officiate in the BWPI competitions.
Any referee requiring assessment for accreditation should contact BWPI asap.
All Junior games are programmed with two referees, with the two teams playing in one time slot each to provide a referee for the following game. All Clubs must remember - it is hardly fair, when your game has just been played with two qualified referees, to ignore your responsibility and fail to provide a suitable referee for the game that follows.
It is a Club’s responsibility to ensure that the referee it appoints to fulfil its refereeing duty is competent to referee the assigned level of game. Referees must be 16 years or older and a player/referee can only referee games in the Age Groups younger than that in which he/she plays.
A PENALTY will be imposed for the non-supply of referees in the Junior competition. (For example - Brigidine is playing Barracudas in U14A - each team is then to supply a referee for the following game - if Brigidine fails to do so, their U14A team will be deducted 2 competition points.)
Junior Boys’ Competition
The grades played will be U13, U14, U16 and U18.
For U13, boys must be born in 2000 or later, U14 – 1999 or later, U16 – 1997 or later and U18 – 1995 or later.
The competition will be conducted on Saturdays at the Musgrave Pool.
As BWPI does not hire the Musgrave Pool on Saturdays, entry costs are paid directly to the pool. A season pass to cover the 14 weeks of round games will be available from the pool.
Junior Girls’ Competition
The grades played will be U13 A / B / C, U14 A / B / C, U15 A / B / C, U16 A / B / C and U18 A / B / C.
For U13, girls must be born in 2000 or later, U14 – 1999 or later, U15 – 1998 or later, U16 – 1997 or later and U18 – 1995 or later. Again this season, the girls’ games will be played at the Valley Pool, St Rita’s Pool and Somerville Pool every Saturday.
Valley Pool - competitions for U13A / B, U14A / B, U15A, U16A, U18A.
St Rita’s Pool - competitions for U15B, U16B, U18B
Somerville Pool - competitions for U13C, U14C, U15C, U16C, U18C
Payment for the use of St Rita’s and Somerville Pools - BWPI hires these pools for games on Saturdays and has to levy an entry charge to pay for the hire fees, pool set-up costs etc. The teams eventually allocated these playing venues will be charged at $525 per team for the season.
Clubs are responsible for collecting this entry money back from their players, perhaps on a weekly basis, with the aid of team coaches or managers.
These pools do charge an entry fee for spectators.
Payment at Valley Pool - As BWPI does not hire the Valley Pool on Saturdays, entry costs are paid directly to the pool. A season pass to cover the 14 weeks of round games is available from the pool. These passes must be purchased before the first game day on October 13th.