Amateur Definition & Exemptions, and Restrictions

 

The payment of Suburban Rugby Union players is prohibited.

There can be no cash inducement or incentive given to play for a Suburban Rugby Club.

Definition

An Amateur is one who does not receive or agree to receive, either directly or indirectly, any remuneration or reward whatsoever (whether by match payments or expenses or otherwise) in respect to their participation as a player in the NSW Suburban Rugby Union.

 

Permissible

Not Permissible

Employment

Clubs may assist with or facilitate full or part time employment for a player, provided the conditions of the employment are consistent with current commercial practices.

Employment cannot be dependent on playing for the club.

Coaches, Officials

Non-playing coaches may be remunerated.

Non-playing club administrators, canteen workers, etc, may be remunerated.

Qualified physios or doctors who are remunerated by their club may play.

Playing coaches, playing club officials or administrators, and playing club workers cannot be remunerated.

Expenses

Costs directly associated with playing for the club (e.g. out of pocket injury expenses, insurance top-ups), provided these are available to all players.

Any expenses not directly associated with playing for the club, including services in kind (e.g. building, landscaping, professional services, travel expenses) cannot be paid to a player.

Awards

Players may receive non monetary awards relevant to match day performance. The value of such awards cannot exceed $100.

Cash prizes, of any amount for any reason, cannot be given to players.

Education Assistance

Education assistance of $2K per season each may be given to a max of three colts eligible players (U21).

Such assistance is only payable to a recognized educational or training institution, and must be notified to the Union.

Education Assistance money cannot be paid directly to players.

Accommodation Assistance

Accommodation assistance lasting no longer than four weeks each may be given to a max of four players.

Such assistance is only payable to a landlord or equivalent, and must be notified to the Union even if no money changes hands. 

Rent money cannot be paid directly to players.

Club Subscriptions

Any club subscription must be a bona fide fee for club membership, but clubs are free to set the level of those subscriptions, including discounts to particular groups or individuals.

Third parties may pay a player’s club subscription.

 
 
 
 
 

Restrictions on Player Registration

The Union’s amateur policy includes restrictions on who may be registered for Suburban Rugby competitions:

           

All players registered in NSWSRU competitions must be amateur players.

           

No player having held a professional rugby union contract in the previous or current calendar year may be registered for Suburban Rugby competitions.

Dispensation may be requested via the Integrity Committee.

           

No player having played in the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC) in the previous calendar year may be registered for Suburban Rugby competitions.

Dispensation may be requested via the Integrity Committee.

           

Players named in the NRC in the current calendar year will be automatically and immediately deregistered from Suburban Rugby competitions.

           

Players last registered overseas must apply to the Union for permission to register.

Clubs will only be granted permission for three such players in any one season.

Dispensation may be requested via the Integrity Committee.

           

Any player having played in the Shute Shield (1st grade) competition of the Sydney Rugby Union in the previous or current calendar year must apply to the Union for permission to register.

Dispensation may be requested via the Integrity Committee.

 

 

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