Male SEGL Regulation

SUPER EUROPEAN GOALBALL LEAGUE (SEGL) REGULATION

2019 - 2020

1. GOALS

- To determine the strongest European men’s goalball club team in SUPER EUROPEAN GOALBALL LEAGUE (SEGL);

- To allow the best European goalball club teams to compete with each other;

- To proclaim goalball and to motivate people with visual disabilities to practise this sport;

- To support creation of goalball fan clubs and encourage their activity;

- improving the visibility of goalball in media and spreading the knowledge of this sport around Europe.

2. MANAGEMENT

European Goalball Club Association (EGCA) executive board is managing the league in co-operation with the organizing clubs of the SEGL stages.

EGCA executive board is responsible for:

- The dates of the stages of the season;

- Exchanging contacts in order to provide information;

- Determining participating teams of the stages by using an digital registration system;

- Determining the regulations of the season in co-operation with the organizers of the stages;

- appointing a representative of EGCA for each stages of the season.

Responsibilities of the club which prepares one of the SEGL Season stage:

A. To conduct the tournament smoothly;

B. To choose and invite referees according to the referee ranking, which is made by the main teams;

C. To provide teams with information related to SEGL as soon as possible;

D. To control preparation for the tournament and attempt to help solving possible problems;

E. To organize the prize giving at the final stage of the tournament;

F. To look for sponsors for the league;

G. To release information related to the SEGL to the media;

H. To give information to the EGCA executive board after the stage;

I. To create Facebook event for the stage, which includes information about the event;

J. To publish results and other info during the tournament on the event page on Facebook and on SEGL Facebook page;

K. To organize livestream from raising the knowledge and the coverage of goalball and offering a chance to all goalball fans all around the world to follow the matches;

L. To work with people, introduce them to the game, explain goalball rules, organize sport events and let people try to play the game. In this case we could attract more crowds to our competitions and create fan clubs which could advocate this sport, collaborate with goalball teams and support them.

M. The organizing club must inform up to 15 days before the start of the stage, the list of the players of the teams, the list of referees and the schedule.

Responsibilities of the EGCA representative

A. To represent the Association with the official entities present in the event;

B. Ensure good tournament organization within fair play;

C. Assist the club organizer;

D. Collect information and data for communication platforms;

E. Prepare a report on the organization.

3. COMPETITION Format

- There are two SEGL division around Europe (North & South Division);

- There are two stages in both divisions during one season, and the main teams of the division will organize these tournaments;

- After two stages in the divisions, three best teams from both divisions will secure their spots to the final stage;

- The current champion of the league and the host club of the final stage are qualified to the final stage automatically.

3.1. Official date of competition

- Competition date is to be published in official competition schedule which is approved by the EGCA executive board;

- Tournaments are on weekends (from Friday - Sunday), except the final stage from Wednesday / Thursday to Sunday;

- Competition dates can be changed only due to objective reasons (weather conditions, transport breakdown etc). If such situation occurs, the clubs should inform the person responsible for the stage immediately;

- Dates of the stages are approved by the SEGL board regarding this model:

A. 1st Stage 1st November 2019 – 15th January 2020.

North: 29.11. – 1.12., Vilnius, Lithuania, organized by Saltinis

South: 10. – 12.1.2020 Rostock, Germany, organized by RGC Hansa Rostock

B. 2nd Stage 15th January 2020 - 15th March 2020

North: 21. – 23.2.2020 Malmo, Sweden, organized by FIFH Malmo

South: 6. – 8.3.2020 Prague, Czech Republic, organized by GC Perun

C. The Final Stage should be organized minimum 60 days after the last division stage

- 13th – 17th May 2020 in Espoo, Finland organized by Old Power

D. By the end of January 2020 the teams can apply for the organization of stages and the final phase of season 2020 – 2021;

E. The stages and the final phase of the season 2020 - 2021 will be announced at the end of the SEGL final stage in Espoo, Finland.

3.2. Divisions

Europe is divided geographically for two divisions and there are countries ranked by order of last European Championships (A, B and C-Divisions). Ranking will be update always on 1st July. There are also countries, which haven’t participate to European Championships last years, but there are club teams in these countries.

North in the order: Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Poland, Great Britaine, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belarus (not participated), Latvia (not participated), Slovakia (not participated)

South in the order: Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Montenegro, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, France, Croatia, Moldova, Austria (not participated), Bosnia (not participated), Kosovo (not participated), Macedonia (not participated), Serbia (not participated)

4. Competition rules

SEGL is played under existing IBSA rules with the changes applied by these regulations.

4.1. Participating Teams

- There are maximum eight participating teams at one stage as following order:

A. Two main teams of a division

B. 2nd club from a country of the organizing club

C. Champions of national league from every country of the division. We use order, which is the position of country in European Championships;

D. 2nd best team from countries, where is own national league;

E. If there are still free spots at one stage a place will be given in order for a club, which comes from a country, which has the highest position in European Championships.

- Aim is, that the same teams will participate to both stages of the season in the division.

4.2. Composition of participating teams

- Participating teams can register maximum ten (10) players to their line-up during the season (division stages and the final stage);

- An athlete can be named only in one club’s line-up during the season;

- There can be maximum nine (9) persons in a main team at one stage (6 players and 3 staff members);

- Participating teams can register maximum two (2) Foreign players at one stage, also two (2) not eligible or not classified;

- A player is a foreign player, if one of following parameters is actualized:

A. A player is not an official member of the club;

B. A player doesn’t participate actively in weekly trainings of the club;

C. A player doesn’t play for the club in national league or national championships.

- These parameters are not concerning about players, who come from the same country than the club.

4.3. Registration

- There is a digital registration platform for each stages of the season on EGCA website;

- The deadline of registration is always 60 days before a stage;

- There will be published participating teams of a stage just a day after the deadline of registration;

- A stage organizer send an entry form and an invoice to participating teams not later than 50 days before a stage;

- The entry form must be returned and the invoice paid not later than 30 days before a stage.

5. Division Stages

5.1 Play System

- Play system at the division stages will be always round robin:

A. With four team double round robin

B. With five – eight teams single round robin

- If there are over six teams in the tournament, the tournament must begin on Friday;

- There can be maximum three matches for one team during one game day;

- There must be always minimum one and half hour between two matches of one team.

5.2 Points

- Teams will earn 3 points from a victory, 1 point from a tie and 0 points from a loss;

- Teams ranking in the tournament with single or double round robin will be determined as follow:

A. Earned points;

B. Goal Difference;

C. Made Goals;

D. If parameters A - C are equal between two teams, better is a team, which has won their common match;

E. If the common match has finished tie, better is a team, which has led at half time;

F. If parameters are still equal and two teams are competing the victory of the stage, there will be organized extra throws competition to determine the winner of the stage.

- There is also a ranking extra point system to sum: Winner =10 points, 2º=8 points, 3º=6 points, 4º= 5 Points, 5º= 4 Points, 6º= 3 Points, 7º= 2 Points, 8º 1 Point. The importance of this system is clarified in the section 5.3

5.3 After two stages

- Three best teams of the division will secure their spots to the final stage;

- Three best teams will be determined with following parameters:

A. Earned points;

B. If there are two teams with equal points, better is a team, which has competed at both stages;

C. Earned ranking points;

D. Goal Difference;

E. Made Goals;

F. If parameters are still equal between two teams, better is a team, which has earned more points in their common matches;

G. If points from common matches are equal, better is a team, which has better goal difference in common matches;

H. If all parameters above are still equal, there will be organized extra throws competition to determine the ranking of teams.

- If a team, which has secured a spot to the final stage will cancel the participation to the final stage, the spot will be given to the 4th best team in the division;

- There will be awarded the best team of the division by a challenge cup, which is given by two main teams of the division.

6. The Final Stage

6.1 Play System

- There will be eight participating teams at the final stage:

A. The organizing club

B. The current champion of the league

C. Three best teams from both divisions

- There are two pools of four teams;

- There is a single round robin played in the pools;

- The ranking of teams in single round robin will be determined as in the section 5.2;

- After the round robin the winners of the pools continue to the semifinals;

- 2nd team of the pool will meet 3rd team of another pool in the quarter finals;

- Winners of the quarter finals continue to semifinals and losers will meet in the placement match for 5th – 6th place;

- 4th teams of the pools will meet in the placement match for the 7th – 8th place;

- Losers of the semifinals will play in the bronze medal match;

- Winners of the semifinals will play in the gold medal match;

- Three best teams will get medals of SEGL Season 2019 - 2020;

- The organizer of the final stage try to find a money reward in co-operation with EGCA and other SEGL main teams to be given for the best teams of the season;

- There will be awarded also the best scorer of the season after the final stage.

6.2. Pools

- There are two pools at the final stage

Pool A: Host club Old Power, 1st team of South, 2nd team of North, 3rd team of South

Pool B: Current champion Sporting CP, 1st team of North, 2nd team of South, 3rd team of North

6.3. Schedule of the final stage

- Wednesday evening / Thursday morning (arrival of teams)

- Thursday: 1st match day = total 8 pool matches (breakfast and dinner at the hotel, Lunch at the venue)

- Friday: 2nd match day = total 4 pool matches & 2 quarter finals and placement match for places 7 - 8 (breakfast and dinner at the hotel, lunch at the venue)

- Saturday: 2 semifinals & 4 placement matches (breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the venue, dinner at an afterparty place)

- Sunday (departure of the teams)

7. Responsibilities of the organizer

Each main club have to organize one (1) competition stage in its own city.

Host club is responsible for:

- transportation from the airport and to the airport, accommodation, meals (dinner on arrival day, breakfast, lunch and dinner on competition day / days, breakfast and lunch on departure day). All fees are paid by stage organizers;

- if walking distance is over 1 kilometer, the stage organizers must organize transportation between the hotel and the venue;

- ordering to other main team of the division transportation, meals and accommodation for free of charge;

- allowing (if possible) the teams to play 1 hour in the main play hall one day before the competition starts;

- determining a entry fee for participating teams (money collected from these teams, organizers can use up to their own needs). Maximum amount of the fee / person is 200 € between Friday and Sunday, except the final stage, which will be 230 € / person from Thursday to Sunday or 260 € from Wednesday to Sunday;

- finding prizes for the winning team, the best scorer and the MVP of the stage.

8. Referees

- Table officials and goal judges are from the host country;

- 5-7 referees are invited according to the referee ranking of the main clubs;

- There can be maximum three referees from host country.

Referees can’t whistle 3 matches consecutively, they referring according to these models:

A. 1 match on the court + 1 match 10 sec. + 1 rest;

B. 2 matches on the court consecutively + 1 rest.

8.1 Chief Referee

The organizing team of a stage will name in co-operation with EGCA Executive Board a chief referee, who has following responsibilities:

A. Organize work of goal judges and table officials (except 10 sec timers):

B. Fill in the tournaments’ protocols and provide teams with this information;

C. Take care of the courts’ technical requirements, change game balls, remove all defects as soon as possible.

9. Protest

Protest will be analyzed only in case if officials‘ mistake may have influenced game score for the benefit of one team.

If after a match a coach is sure that officials made a harm to the team, he/she may write a protest. Protest is equivalent to 100 Euros. It is given to the chief referee within 1 hour after the end of the match. If the protest is acknowledged, the money is given back. If not, the money goes to SEGL prize fund.

9.1 Infractions, reasonable for a protest:

A. Mistakes in running the main game clock (video records can be provided);

B. Infraction of the 10 seconds rule (8-12s) (video records can be provided);

C. Goal from out of court line is scored (video records can be provided, if recorded from the back of the Goal line);

D. Players took off their eyeshades when the match had not finished yet (video records can be provided);

E. Other rude mistakes of the referees.

The protest is considered if the mistake of the couch could change the result of the match and one team gets an advantage.