HARDCORE SPEEDBALL HANDBOOK

 

HARDCORE SPEEDBALL LEAGUE

 

TEAM REGISTRATION

  • 12 Teams can register per Season
  • $300 Registration per Team per Season
  • Each Team allows six Players: five on field, plus one substitute Player
  • All Players must be over the age of 13 to participate, with a maximum of two Players under the age of 18 – Hardcore Speedball reserves the right to accommodate differently at their discretion

 

SEASON WINNER PRIZE

  • $1,200 AUD
  • Team Trophy
  • Prize Bags
  • Team name on the Hardcore Speedball Plaque
  • Season Winner Jerseys

 

MANDATORY ATTIRE

  • Full face mask
  • Closed shoes
  • Team attire (of matching style/colours)



GEL BLASTERS

  • Only one Blaster per Player is allowed on the field
  • No sharing of equipment on the field
  • All types of water-grown gels available for sale in Australia, are acceptable
  • No FPS limit
  • Semi auto only i.e. one trigger pull = one shot (feathering OK)
  • Tapped gas e.g. a line running to a tank (of anything other than air) is prohibited
  • One air tank per person on field
  • Air tanks must be Australian stamped
  • No air tank refills onsite – including via your own equipment
  • No DIY, once-off, or prototype HPA products – must be commercially available in Australia – see Staff for further clarification
  • No blind firing
  • If a blaster is supposed to have a stock (or it is not a pistol) then it must be shouldered – grip style air tanks (i.e. Eurotactics) can be shouldered in place of stock
  • No torches or lasers
  • All blasters must have trigger guard
  • Double/extended triggers are not allowed
  • No drum mags
  • No mag couplers
  • No modified magazines
  • Rifles = stock magazine capacity only (excludes drum magazines)
  • Pistols = extended pistol mag allowable (including adapted M4 magazine) but no DIY
  • No limit on total number of mags, but they must be on your person – no refills/top-ups during a Match, no sharing mags on the field, and if a mag is on the ground it is no longer “on your person” and you will be penalised for picking it up
  • If your blaster fails or isn’t operational, the Game(s) and Match plays on

 

STRUCTURE

  • Each year consists of 5 Seasons
  • Each Season has a Winning Team
  • Each Season is made up of 12 Teams
  • Each Team is made up of 6 Players (5 + 1 Sub)
  • Each Season consists of 8 Rounds
  • Each Round includes 3 or 4 Rostered Teams
  • Each Round consists of 6 Matches (excludes Grand final)
  • Each Match consists of 3 Games (Grand Final is 5 Games)
  • Each Game plays for a maximum of 3 minutes



SEASONS

Hardcore Speedball League is held over five Seasons per annum, with each Season lasting eight weeks.

  • Season 1 - FEB/MAR
  • Season 2 - APR/MAY
  • Season 3 - JUN/JUL
  • Season 4 - AUG/SEP
  • Season 5 - OCT/NOV

 

ROUNDS

Each Season is made up of 8 Rounds, to be held weekly of a Wednesday evening 7:00pm AEST

  • Attendance is limited strictly to the competing Teams for that Round
  • Spectating is strictly limited to competing Teams, Staff, and Officials
  • Players are expected to arrive from 6pm, and be ready for the mandatory briefing at 6:40pm

 

MATCHES

Each Round is made up of 6 Matches, which sees each of the Rostered Teams competing against each other

  • Each Team will compete in multiple Matches throughout the evening
  • The winning Team of a Match is defined by winning the most Games of that Match.
  • In the event of a draw, overall Points will be calculated from all three Games of the Match to determine the Match Winner, except if one of the Games has ended due to Red Card stoppage – that Game will automatically go to the opposing Team with no need to count Points.
  • The winning Team of a Match receives 1 Point
  • The two Teams with the highest Match Points at the end of the evening, move forward and will play in a future Round
  • Only two Teams can move forward from each Round (excl. Grand Final)
  • In the event of a Match Point tie, the Points from all Games of that Round will be calculated, and the two Teams with the highest number of Points, move through. If there is a draw on the overall Game Points, we move to a single Game to determine the Winner.

 

GAMES

Each Match of 2 Teams versing, is played out over 3 Games, with the exception of the Grand Final which is played out over 5 Games

  • Each Game plays for no longer than 3 minutes
  • The Team who hangs the flag wins the Game – unless a Penalty occurs immediately before/after
  • Points are also scored per Game, and if no Team hangs the flag, the Team with the highest points wins the Game – if equal points, Teams draw
  • All 3 Games will be played even if a Team has already won 2/3 Games

  

TEAMS

  • Each Team is allowed 5 Players on the field and 1 Substitute Player who is to remain off the field
  • Substitutions are allowed before/after each Match, but not during, unless in the case of an injury
  • If an injured player utilises a Substitute Player during a Match, then the injured Player is not allowed to return to participate in later Matches within the same Round

 

POINTS

  • 100 Points per Game (115  Points max with Bonus)
  • 25 Points First Flag Possession
  • 50 Points Flag Hang (Ends the Game)
  • 5 Points for each Player eliminated (5 players = 25 pts max)
  • Bonus 15 Points awarded if the flag is hung with at least one opposing player not eliminated
  • 50 Points if opposing Team receives a Red Card (in place of Flag Hang)

 

PRE MATCH START

  • Teams will be provided with a Program, and expected to be ready to enter the Field
  • Verbal Team Ready Warning
  • Once the Field Gate is shut, a Player can no longer enter
  • Once the Field Gate is shut, it cannot be exited by a Player during a Match without Referee instruction/approval

 

STARTING BREAKOUT

  • Teams Break from a starting Breakout Wall
  • One foot and the blaster muzzle must be touching the starting wall until the Referee commences the Game
  • Players to Break on the word “Go”
  • An Early Break is defined by a blaster muzzle and/or Player’s foot breaking contact from the Breakout Wall once the countdown has started, but before the Referee has announced “Go”
  • An Early Break will incur a Penalty deduction of 50 points and a Yellow Card

 

HITS

  • Hit = a gel that has exited a blaster and made a direct hit with a Player
  • Any direct bodily contact with a gel is considered a Hit - this includes anything attached to a Player (excluding the blaster)
  • Blaster Hits do not count
  • Ricochets/bouncing gels do not classify as a direct Hit
  • Hits are signalled by Players by raising their hand/Blaster and moving (and remaining entirely) behind the Breakout Wall – a Yellow/Red Card applies to Players not calling their Hit and/or not moving quickly behind and/or remaining behind the Breakout Wall
  • Hit Players cannot communicate (by any means) with other Players
  • If opposing Players shoot each other at the same time (Trade) both Players are out
  • No “surrenders” or “bang-bangs” or shoulder taps
  • No melee kills or throwing gels – see what defines a “Hit” as above


CENTRE FLAG

  • When the Flag is in possession, it must be held in your hand
  • After possession, the Flag may be dropped intentionally on the field or passed to other Players via direct transfer (no throwing the Flag)
  • If a Player gets hit with the Flag in possession, the Flag must be dropped immediately (within 1 metre of hit location)
  • A late flag drop will incur a Penalty deduction of 25 Points and a Yellow/Red Card

 

CONDUCT

  • All Players are to assume that there is live audio and video footage being recorded at all times
  • Any Player who behaves inappropriately - on and off the field - may be Penalised and/or removed from the competition

 

PENALTIES

  • A Penalty is applied to the Team, not the Player
  • Penalties apply to the Game in play, and do not carry over to other Games or Matches
  • In all cases, a Red Card ends the Game in play and the opposing Team Wins that Game
  • A Red Card voids any accrued Points from that Game, and instead will be replaced with a total of -50. The opposing Team will received +50 Points for a Flag Hang.
  • Yellow Card = first Penalty
  • Red Card = Second Penalty (or violence/misconduct) 
  • Not calling a Hit, intentional or otherwise
    • Yellow Card (and 25 Point deduction)
    • Red Card
  • Blaster violation e.g. not running semi, not shouldering, mag violation
    • Yellow Card
    • Red Card
  • Failure to move quickly and/or remain behind the Breakout Wall
    • Yellow Card
    • Red Card
  • Early Break
    • Yellow Card (and 50 Point deduction)
  • Late Flag Drop
    • Yellow Card (and 25 Point deduction)
    • Red Card
  • Violence and/or Misconduct
    • Red Card
  • Serious Violence and/or Serious Misconduct
    • Removal of Player/Team from Game/Match/Round/Season

 

REFEREES

  • Referees decisions are final
  • Do not engage with a Referee during a Match – this is deemed as Misconduct
  • Captains can engage with the Head Ref on field immediately following their Match.  
  • Do not engage with a Referee privately after the event to discuss particulars of the Game/Match/Round/Season – instead contact Hardcore Speedball

PREGNANCY POLICY

1.0 Rights

1.01 Individual Rights

Hardcore Blasters recognises the individual’s right to make decisions in respect to their own person.

1.02 Players Rights

However, any individual, as part of a team should recognise and respect the rights of all players to participate in the spirit of fair competition.

1.03 Players Decisions

Hardcore Blasters will not make any recommendations to condone the continuance in the Sport if a player is pregnant. That decision shall be entirely for the player, and based on medical advice. Doctor's opinions should always be sought so as informed decisions can be made.

2.0 Advice

2.01 Medical

Hardcore Blasters recommends that each individual player who is pregnant should seek medical advice in respect to their own medical position and the medical position of the unborn child.

 

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