In the last newsletter, we already informed you that the NBB will make the game rules certificate compulsory as of season 2022 - 2023.
In concrete terms, this means that all match-playing members aged 14 and older - in valid 5-5 competitions - must be in possession of the game rules certificate, or of a referee or BT3/BT4 diploma.
From the 2022-2023 season onwards, match-playing members who take part in matches without a game rules licence will be regarded as "unauthorised players".
For a period of two months, we will be notified as club to the fact that members are not entitled to play, after which sanctions will be imposed.
However, it was not yet entirely clear to us what this sanctioning would entail, so we asked around. This was the answer of the NBB:
A member playing without a game rules licence will be warned several times, so there will be no mistake. The fine will be between 25 and 150 euros, depending on the level and age. More importantly, the match will be declared lost.
A tough measure, then. But know that generous warnings will be issued first. It is in nobody's interest that matches are declared lost and fines of EUR 150 are imposed. That is not our intention. Our intention is that everyone who plays matches knows the rules. Only if people fail to do so after several warnings will the above be implemented, but then you are really talking about unwillingness.
So, once again, the request, or the instruction, if you prefer, to make sure you take the test. You will receive an invitation to do so at the e-mail address you provided when you registered. If you have not received an invitation, please contact the game secretary!<We would hate it if we had to recover from you the fines imposed by the NBB for this (see article 16.6 of our house rules). Do yourself and your team a big favour and take the test!
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