Default, Forfeit & Substitute Policy

This policy is intended as a deterrent – while it is each team’s prerogative to decide whether or not to play each week, it is our expectation that as part of the agreement in registering, we make space in the competition for other teams to play against your team. When your team defaults, or forfeits, another team is missing out on a game they have paid for, and we work as hard as we can ensure that team can play (a friendly), or have the cost of their game fee’s re-couped.

What is a forfeit? A team who are forfeiting, may not have enough players arrive on time , or the right ratio of players present to play a competition game. A forfeit game is also considered when a team notify Urban Rec before 12noon on the day of the game, allowing our staff enough time to organise a friendly match, or game for the opposing team.

What is a default? A default is when a team fail to show up, or notify Urban Rec of their intention to forfeit before 12noon on the day of the game. A default is when a team does not show up, leaving their opposition no option to play any kind of friendly game.

In the event a team forfeits, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The team will be awarded 3 for Rec rating, and a loss will be recorded (points differ between leagues).
  2. A friendly game will be played, and recorded, and no default fee’s will be payable.

In the event a team default, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The team will be awarded 1 for Rec rating, and a loss will be recorded (points differ between leagues).
  2. If a team have not notified Urban Rec staff before 12noon, and a friendly cannot be played, the team will be forced to pay a $100 forfeit fee, which is payable to the opposing team. Click here to pay a $100 Default Fee.

More info about default fees:

Default fees are required to be paid in full no later than 2 business days after the game day. The default fees collected will be distributed to the opposing team. (They get money back for a missed game, it’s fair, right?)

Urban Rec will make every effort to collect all default fees. However in the case that a team does not pay its default fee, they will be removed from the league and banned from further Urban Rec participation. (Hardcore) In this situation no compensation will be awarded to the teams that were defaulted on until the defaulting team pays the fee. Meaning, we cannot pay out default fee’s until the accused team pay us.

Is it OK to bring substitutes? Of course, just make sure they become an Urban Rec member online, and acknowledge our Code Of Conduct and Waiver. Make sure you explain to any ring-in’s, that this is a social comp!

Is it OK to borrow players from other teams? If you do not have enough players to field a team according to your sport’s rules, you will need to forfeit. You can then choose to borrow players from another team, and play a friendly game. 

If we forfeit, and still play a friendly, will we be forced to pay the fee? No, if we can organise a friendly, your team will not be asked to pay the default fee.  

What about exceptional circumstances? Of course, if something has happened, please talk to us, and we will consider your situation. If we have enough notice we can make sure a friendly match is played.  

Can we ask to have our game time moved, so we don't need to forfeit? We will do everything in our power to make sure you and your team can play your scheduled game. If moving your game is agreeable with your opposing team, and other effected teams, we will try and move it. There is no guarantee we can do this.

The opposition have said we can borrow a player from another team, we don’t want to forfeit, is that OK? Your Event Host will work with both teams to ensure a fair and agreeable situation can be negotiated. We need to make sure both teams are comfortable with the decision before we agree to start the game. When in doubt, then a forfeit will be recorded, according to the above policies.