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Regulations for Disiplinary Actions

These rules apply to water polo events that are conducted under ASA laws, regulations and technical rules.

Revised and reissued by the ASA Water Polo Committee in March 2011 to correct references, clarify some wordings and amend the definitions and provisions for the application of suspensions.

OBJECTIVE

These Regulations contain basic provisions for fair play, ethical and moral behaviour, and general discipline in
Water Polo events conducted in any competition promoted by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) or any
Region, association, organisation, body or club under the jurisdiction of the ASA.
These Regulations include measures related to incidents involving players, team leaders, team officials,
supporters and spectators and also involving officials or any other persons present at water polo matches
conducted under ASA Laws, Regulations and Technical Rules.
The Regulations shall be in force from 1
st
September 2011 and replace the Code adopted by the ASA Technical
Water Polo Committee which came into force on 1
st
September 2007
The purpose of these Regulations is to guarantee that the sport of Water Polo will be played in a fair manner
without disturbance and to impose sanctions in respect of incidents which damage the image of Water Polo or
bring it into disrepute.

1. SUBORDINATE AND SUPPLEMENTARY TO ASA LAWS AND REGULATIONS

These Regulations are subordinated and supplementary to all ASA Judicial Laws and Regulations and the ASA
Code of Ethics.

2. OFFENCES BY OFFICIALS

The sanctions to be imposed for offences committed by any person officiating as a referee, a goal judge or table
official at any water polo match held under the jurisdiction of the ASA shall be suspension from participating
further in the relevant competition, league or tournament in which the match occurred and a report by the
promoter shall be made to the Office of Judicial Administration by way of a Complaint under ASA Regulation 102
for the consideration of additional sanctions.

3. OFFENCES AGAINST OFFICIALS

3.1 Any offence committed by any member of a team or team official, with the exception of FINA Rule WP
21.10, shall result in a minimum suspension from two (2) water polo matches up to a maximum
suspension from all water polo matches promoted or administered by the ASA and/or relevant Region,
County, local association or league, for a one (1) year period.
3.2 An offence committed in accordance with FINA Rule WP 21.10 shall result in a minimum of a suspension
from one (1) water polo match up to a maximum suspension from all water polo matches promoted or
administered by the ASA and/or the relevant Region, County, local association or league, for a one (1) year
period.
3.3 If the offence includes violence resulting in serious injury, use of any hard object or any other kind of
violence against the body, the minimum suspension shall be from all water polo matches promoted or
administered by the ASA or the relevant Region, County, local association or league, for a one (1) year
period up to a maximum of a lifetime suspension from water polo matches.
3.4 If the offence is an attempt to commit an offence referred to in 3.3, the minimum suspension shall be
from three (3) water polo matches up to a maximum suspension from all water polo matches promoted
by the ASA or the relevant Region, County, local association or league, for a one (1) year period.
3.5 Offences in 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 involve acts committed from 30 minutes before the beginning of the match
until 30 minutes after the end of the match.
3.6 The minimum sanction for any offence under Article 3 may be increased for a second or subsequent
offence by any individual.

4. OFFENCES AGAINST TEAM MEMBERS OR TEAM OFFICIALS

4.1 For brutality contrary to FINA Rule WP 21.11 committed by a player against other players or team officials,
the minimum suspension shall be from two (2) water polo matches up to a maximum of all water polo
matches promoted by the ASA and/or the relevant Region, County, local association or league, for a one
(1) year period.
4.2 For misconduct contrary to FINA Rule WP 21.10 committed by a player against other players or team
officials, the minimum suspension shall be from one (1) water polo match up to a maximum of all Issue 5.2 1 March 2011
water polo matches promoted by the ASA and/or the relevant Region, County, local association or league,
for a one (1) year period.
4.3 If the offence in either 4.1 or 4.2 is committed by a team official against any player or team official, the
minimum suspension shall be from two (2) water polo matches up to a maximum of a lifetime
suspension from water polo matches promoted by the ASA and/or the relevant Region, County, local
association or league.
4.4 If the offence is in either 4.1 or 4.2 is committed by any other person, the minimum sanction shall be
expulsion from the venue up to a maximum of a suspension of the right to attend ASA and/or the relevant
Region, County, local association or league matches for any period up to, and including, life.
4.5 The minimum sanction for any offence under Article 4 may be increased for a second or subsequent
offence by any individual.

5. OTHER OFFENCES

5.1 For any offence committed by any team member or team official against media representatives, spectators,
pool staff or any other person present in the venue at the time of a match, the minimum suspension shall
be from all water polo matches promoted by the ASA and/or the relevant Region, County, local association
or league for a one (1) year period up to a maximum of suspension of the right to attend ASA and/or the
relevant Region, County, local association or league events for any period up to, and including, life.
5.2 For verbal or written statements of an abusive kind or nature and directed against the ASA, or any Region,
County, local association or league, any organiser, authority or any other person, and which are not
elsewhere covered in this Code, the minimum sanction shall be suspension from three (3) water polo
matches up to a maximum of suspension from all water polo matches promoted by the ASA and/or the
relevant Region, County, local association or league for a one (1) year period.
5.3 The minimum sanction for any offence under Article 5 may be increased for a second offence by any
individual.

6. OFFENCES COMMITTED BY TEAMS

6.1 If more than three members of the same team, including team officials, commit offences sanctioned in
accordance with Articles 3, 4 or 5 (other than any sanctioned under FINA Rule WP 21.10)in the same
match, that team shall be sanctioned with disqualification from that match and a minimum
suspension from the next match in the competition to a maximum suspension from taking part in any
matches promoted by the ASA and/or the relevant Region, County, local association or league for a period
of one (1) year.
6.2 A suspension imposed under Section 6.1 includes the provision that the match or matches from which the
team has been suspended shall be awarded to the opposing team with the goal score of 5-0.Issue 5.2 2 March 2011

7. PROCEDURES FOR SANCTIONS

7.1 Sanctions imposed by the Office of Judicial Administration or a Water Polo Delegate
7.1.1 ASA Regulation 107 contains provisions for the Association, through the Office of Judicial
Administration or a Water Polo Delegate, to apply an automatic sanction to any member of the
ASA of suspension from a specified number of water polo matches promoted by the ASA and/or
the relevant Region, County, local association or league, for a breach of FINA Rules WP 21.10 or
WP 21.11 regarding:
Misconduct including the use of unacceptable language, aggressive or persistent
foul play, to refuse obedience to or show disrespect for a referee or official, or
behaviour against the spirit of the Rules and likely to bring the game into disrepute;
Brutality including playing in a violent manner, kicking, striking or attempting to kick
or strike with malicious intent, an opponent or official;
which has been committed by the member of the ASA in a match held under ASA Laws,
Regulations and Technical Rules and reported to the Office of Judicial Administration or the duly
appointed Water Polo Delegate by a referee of the game.
7.1.2 The Office of Judicial Administration shall maintain and monitor a record of water polo offences. In
the event that an individual incurs three (3) suspensions for any offence contrary to FINA Rule WP
21.11 within a twelve (12) month period the Office of Judicial Administration shall bring this to the
attention of the Chairman of the ASA TWPC, who shall consider making a Complaint under ASA
Regulation 102 on the grounds of “serious misconduct” as defined in ASA Regulation 102.4.2.
7.2 Tariff for automatic sanctions for Misconduct or Brutality
The Office of Judicial Administration or a duly appointed Water Polo Delegate, on receipt of a report from a
referee, may impose an automatic sanction in accordance with the following tariff;
7.2.1 Acts of misconduct including the use of unacceptable language, aggressive or persistent foul play,
to refuse obedience to or to show disrespect for a referee or official or behaviour against the spirit
of the Rules and likely to bring the game into disrepute (contrary to WP 21.10):
7.2.1.1 For the first three reported offences a one match suspension;
7.2.1.2 For a fourth reported offence a two match suspension;
7.2.1.3 For a fifth reported offence a three match suspension.
7.2.2 Acts of brutality including to play in a violent manner, kicking, striking or attempting to kick or strike
with malicious intent an opponent or official (contrary to WP 21.11):
7.2.2.1 For the first reported offence a two match suspension;
7.2.2.2 For a second reported offence a three match suspension;
7.2.2.3 For a third reported offence a five match suspension.
7.3 Serious misconduct
Nothing in the foregoing or in any regulations shall prevent a referee or any member of the ASA making a
Complaint about the incident under ASA Regulation 102.
7.4 Violent acts against Officials
Actual or attempted violent acts against a referee or any other official should always be the subject of a
Complaint to the Office of Judicial Administration. In such cases, and where the reported offence is proven
before the Independent Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution Panel, the level of sanction to be applied
should take into account the suggested penalties in Article 3 above.
7.5 Reporting
7.5.1 Reported offences shall apply to an individual regardless of the competition in which the offence
occurred.
7.5.2 Reported offences shall remain in force for one (1) year from the date of the notification confirming
the sanction.
7.5.3 Reported offences shall remain on file for a period of six (6) years from the date of the letter
confirming the sanction.Issue 5.2 3 March 2011
7.6 Rights of Appeal
7.6.1 There is no right of appeal against a summary minimum sanction imposed by a duly appointed
Water Polo Delegate.
7.6.2 There is a right of appeal (“a water polo appeal”) under Judicial Regulation 108.6 against any
automatic sanction imposed by the Office of Judicial Administration.
7.6.3 There is a further right of appeal against the final decision of a Disciplinary Committee on a water
polo appeal in accordance with ASA Regulation 108.4.
7.7 Serving suspensions
7.7.1 Suspensions imposed by a Water Polo Delegate shall normally be served in the next following
match(es) promoted by the same body that promoted the match in which the suspension was
incurred and in which the offender would otherwise have been eligible to participate representing
the same club.
7.7.2 Suspensions imposed by the Office of Judicial Administration, following a referee’s report, shall
normally be served in the next following match(es) from the starting date specified in the letter
confirming the sanction, promoted by the same body that promoted the match in which the
suspension was incurred and in which the offender would otherwise have been eligible to
participate representing the same club.
7.7.3 In either case:
7.7.3.1 if an offender with an outstanding suspension changes his club, for whatever reason, the
outstanding suspension shall be served in the next following match(es) promoted by the
same body and in which he would otherwise have been eligible to participate for the new
club.
7.7.3.2 If the club of an offender with an outstanding suspension, for whatever reason, ceases to
be eligible to play in matches promoted by the body that promoted the match in which the
offender was suspended, the suspension shall be served in the next following match(es) in
the highest level competition in which the club is entered and in which the offender would
otherwise have been eligible to participate.

8. SOME PROVISIONS FOR AND CONSEQUENCES OF AUTOMATIC SUSPENSIONS

8.1 A suspended person may not participate in any way in the match(es) from which he has been suspended.
This includes any involvement as a player, team leader, coach, other official or physician of the team from
30 minutes before the start of the match, including any team talk or warm-up or warm-down sessions on
land or in the water, until 30 minutes after the conclusion of the match. Neither may he act as a delegate,
referee, goal judge or any table official.
8.2 A suspended person may not go or remain on the area of the poolside reserved for competitors during this
period but, with the agreement of the Delegate [or Referee if a Delegate is not appointed], may watch from
the spectator seating on the balcony or, if this is not available, on the poolside always provided that he
remains in a location away from the team bench as specified by the Delegate or Referee.
8.3 A suspension may only be served in relation to a match that is actually played i.e. both teams have been in
the water at the same time and played against each other. If a match during which a suspension (or part
thereof) would have been served is not played, that suspension (or part thereof) is held over until the
suspended person's team next plays a match promoted by the relevant body and that part of the
suspension is then served. A fixture that has been scheduled but has not been fulfilled for whatever
reason does not count towards serving a suspension or any part of it.
8.4 A team with one or more suspended players serving the first match of a suspension is limited for that
match to the number of players reduced from thirteen by the number of such suspended players. This
applies only to the first match of a multi match suspension.
8.5 A team with one or more suspended coaches or officials serving the first match of a suspension is limited
for that match to the number of officials reduced from three by the number of such suspended officials.
This applies only to the first match of a multi match suspension. If the application of this restriction would
result in there being no team official on the bench, the club is entitled to appoint one other person to act as
a team official without the privileges of a Head Coach, always provided that the person so appointed is
registered with the ASA as a member of that club and is not also under suspension.Issue 5.2 4 March 2011

9. THE USE OF RED AND YELLOW CARDS

This Section relates to the use by referees of red and yellow cards against team coaches and other team officials
on the team bench.
9.1 Yellow Card
9.1.1 A yellow card is issued as a warning and should be shown only to the team coach. When the coach
is shown the yellow card he continues with the responsibilities and privileges of the coach, i.e. to
coach the team, to request the time outs, and to have the right to move around and up the field of
play to the 5m mark nearest his team bench when his team is in attack.
9.1.2 A yellow card is not carried forward to subsequent matches or tournaments.
9.2 Red Card
9.2.1 Upon any repetition of misconduct during a match at which he has already been shown a yellow
card, the coach will be shown the red card and removed from the team bench.
9.2.2 A red card may be shown to the coach or other team official without him previously having been
shown the yellow card, should the situation warrant immediate suspension.
9.2.3 If the coach is suspended, another team official may take over the position of the coach, but without
his privileges. This team official has to remain seated on the bench and is only allowed to request
timeouts.
9.2.4 If any of the other team officials on the team bench misbehave, there is no warning for them; they
will be shown the red card immediately and sanctioned accordingly.
9.2.5 Persons suspended in accordance with this section shall move to a place indicated to them by the
Referee, or the Delegate if one is appointed, without passing any remarks to the referee(s) or
instructions to their team.
9.2.6 In default of this, the Referee or the Delegate may order the persons concerned out of the
swimming pool and submit a formal complaint in accordance with ASA Regulation 102.
9.3 Sanction
9.3.1 If a coach (or other team official) is shown a red card, it shall be deemed to be an offence of
misconduct contrary to FINA Rule WP 21.10. The minimum automatic sanction for this particular
offence shall be a suspension from one (1) water polo match. See Section 7.7 above for the
relevant provisions for serving the suspension.
9.3.2 If a referee or the Delegate considers that the automatic sanction is insufficient having regard to the
circumstances, he may submit a Complaint under ASA Regulation 102.
9.3.3 Referees and/or Delegates should ensure that any red or yellow cards issued to the coach or any
other team official are recorded on the match sheet.
9.3.4 If a coach is suspended from a match following the issue of a red card in the previous match, any
other person associated with the team (other than another suspended person) may act as coach at
that match and be subject to the limitations and privileges normally granted to the coach.

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