PentaSport – League Rules and Regulations

1. League Fees

1.1  Each team will pay a fee of $800 per season — containing a minimum 9 weeks of regular season play, 3 weeks of playoffs, and 2 weeks of league socials (Mid-Season & Season End). Note: Social Tickets are sold at an additional cost during the season.

1.2  Upon approval of team registration (new or returning), a deposit of $100 (non refundable) will be required, paid via online PayPal. Registration deadline will be announced accordingly, depending on each season.

2. League Structure

2.1  All PentaSport league games are played on Tuesdays between 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at venues and locations within Metro Vancouver, including Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby. Venues are to be determined, and are announced upon the release of the season schedule.

2.2  For regular season games, all results will be recorded with the following Point System:

• Wins = 3 points
• Tie = 1 point
• Loss = 0 points

In the case of round robin play, specifically for dodgeball and volleyball, results will be recorded with the following Point System:

• 1st Place = 3 points
• 2nd Place = 2 points
• 3rd Place = 1 point
• 4th/5th Place = 0 points

2.3  Regular Season: The regular season will run for a minimum of 10 weeks (9 weeks of game play and 1 week for the Mid-Season Social). Game schedules will be released online one week prior to the start of the league. Schedule and locations are subject to change by the committee.

2.4  Playoffs: All teams automatically qualify to compete in the playoffs. Playoffs will take place following the regular season, and will run for 3 weeks. The structure, sports, and schedule for the playoffs will be announced following the final week of the regular season.

2.5  In the event a team is unable to meet the minimum required players (See Section 5 below) for their scheduled game, the team will forfeit the game and fees will not be refunded.

2.6  Officiating: All league games are self-governed. Each team is responsible for calling their own fouls in each sport, unless otherwise stated. Refer to the ‘Rules’ section on the website for more information on rules for each sport. A League Representative(s) will be present at all games to oversee sportsmanship, friendly competition, answer questions about sport rules, and to act as an unbiased mediator. However, they will not serve as game officials or referees. League Reps are identified by their blue PentaSport league shirt.

3. Team Eligibility

3.1  Each team must be affiliated with a Christian church within Metro Vancouver (see Statement of Faith).

3.2  Each team must provide a team name, and are also encouraged but not required to provide a team logo.

3.3  Each team must have a Team Captain and at least one Assistant Captain to serve as the point of contact between the league and the team. All captains and assistant captains must fall under the “Church-based Player” category below. Captains are responsible for ensuring that their team meets the league’s code of conduct.

3.4  Churches unable to form a full team roster may potentially be allowed to combine with another church. However, this will require a special request with the league, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the league for further inquiry.

3.5  Larger churches wanting to add an additional team will require a special request with the league, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Churches with multiple campuses will be considered a separate church per campus, thus players must adhere to the appropriate player eligibility rules (i.e. the team cannot list a player as Church-Based if they attend a campus that differs from the team’s stated church). Please contact the league for further inquiry.

3.6  Each team must comply with the Constitution and any decisions made by the League Committee.

4. Player Eligibility

4.1  Team captains are responsible for ensuring that all participants for their team are eligible to participate. Every player must fall under one of the following 3 categories:

Church-based Player: A player who consistently attends the team’s stated church and campus — meaning, the player must attend at least 75% of (or 3 out of every 4) services at the stated church that is offered on Sunday morning, or an equivalent service on a different day/time. This excludes other ministries that a church may offer such as fellowships, small groups, Alpha, etc.
Min: 9
Max: 14

‘Other Church’ Player: A player who consistently attends a church other than the team’s stated church. Again, this means that the player must attend at least 75% of (or 3 out of every 4) services at the stated church. If the player’s own church already has a team in the league, they must play on said team. If the team’s roster is full, a special request for exception will have to be made to the league. Please contact the league for further inquiry.
Min: 0
Max: 2

Import Player: A player who does not attend, or attends below 75% of (or less than 3 out of every 4) services at the team’s stated church or any other Christian church.
Min: 2
Max: 6
Teams are highly encouraged to reach the maximum number of import players. The purpose is to create an avenue of outreach.

4.2  Each player is restricted to only one team for the entire season. This includes churches with more than one team. Players cannot move between teams.

4.3  Eligibility rules are strictly enforced and will require the team and the church pastor to sign off on the validity of the roster. For individuals who do not have a team but want to play in PentaSport, please refer to the “Free Agents” section below.

4.4  The minimum age to join the league is 16 years old. All minors between the age of 16 to 18 must also hand in a completed waiver form with parent / guardian’s signature.

5. Rosters

5.1  Only players listed on the official roster, as submitted by the team and approved by the PentaSport Committee, may participate in league games.

5.2  Each team will have a minimum of 11 team members (9 church-based players and 2 imports), and a maximum of 16 team members on a roster.

5.3  Each team must have a minimum of 4 players on the court at all times. Each team must also have the minimum amount of TWO female players on the court at all times. If only ONE female player is present, the team must play with one less player; if NO female players are present, the team will automatically forfeit the game. Failure to meet all other minimum roster requirements may also lead to forfeiture of the game (See Section 2.5). Note: If the team is not able to deploy more than ONE female player, captains of both teams are allowed to discuss matching formations (ie. each side plays with 4 males and 1 female, etc.); however, teams which show up with a complete roster are not required or expected to cater to teams which fail to meet the minimum roster requirement.

5.4  Part-time players: Rosters are allowed to have part-time players as long as they are listed and approved on the official roster list. Roster players must each play a minimum of three regular season games in order to be eligible to participate in the playoffs. If a player not on the official roster list participates in a game, the team will forfeit the game.

5.5  Waiver: All players, as submitted on the official roster by their team’s captain, must sign a league waiver prior to the season. Any player who fails to complete their waiver form will not be permitted to play.

5.6  Identification: Players may be asked to show their photo ID at each game. This is to ensure safety and fair play, when deemed appropriate. If photo ID is not presented, does not match the names on the team roster, or is a mismatch with the submitted waiver photo ID, the player cannot participate. If the game has already started, the team that fails to provide photo ID accordingly will have to forfeit the game. Photo ID included when submitting waivers will be used internally only.

5.7  Roster changes: Teams are required to recruit all players prior to the start of the season. Any additions or changes to the team roster, if needed, can be made by notifying the Committee within the first two weeks of the season — leading up to the 11:59 p.m. PT deadline on the Monday before Week 3’s games. However, the Committee must approve all changes before new players are eligible to play. No changes may be made after the deadline, with an exception for extraordinary cases. Please contact the league for further inquiry.

5.8  League Rep: Each team is required to provide the league with at least TWO players who are able and available to serve as a League Representative. Please refer to the League Rep page for more information on the role and requirement.

6. Equipment

6.1  PentaSport will provide a game ball(s), the gymnasium, nets, and other equipment relevant to the sport (i.e. flags for football).

6.2  Players must wear proper gym attire. Playing shirtless, or wearing hoodies/jackets and jeans are not permitted. Players without proper footwear or any footwear at all are not permitted to play (i.e. barefoot, sandals, slippers, flip flops, marking shoes, dress shoes, and boots).

6.3  Players may not use clothing or accessories to provide unfair advantage, or unfairly inhibit or assist the movement of the ball. Shin pads are allowed. Goalie gloves are also permitted, but only for soccer. Catching gloves are allowed in flag football.

6.4  Home teams are required to wear white and away teams are required to wear dark. We recommend players to bring one dark and one light T-Shirt in the event of a colour conflict.

7. Free Agents

7.1  The league will accept and try its best to place free agents — individuals who do not have a team to play for — onto existing teams. Free agents are required to contact the league at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the season.

7.2  Free agents will be considered a separate category of player on a team roster and will not affect existing player-category limitations, except for rule pertaining to roster size limit (16 players max) and is not in conflict with conditions regarding Church-based Players:

•  Free agents who consistently attend a Christian church can only be considered a free agent IF their home church does not have a team in the league or the team’s roster is full.

7.3  Free agents will be placed onto teams at the discretion of the PentaSport Committee. There is no guarantee that a free agent will be provided a roster spot. Variables, such as needs assessment, availability, compatibility, and location, will be taken into account.

8. Sportsmanship and Discipline

8.1  PentaSport expects all players to be respectful and show sportsmanship to other league participants, representatives, and committee. The league reserves the right to refuse participation.

8.2  Pre- and Post- Game: To build relationships through sport and to foster unity, as per PentaSport’s Mission and Vision, teams will gather together prior to the game for a moment of prayer, announcements, and opportunity for questions, as led by the League Rep. This will be followed by a chance for both/all competing teams to introduce themselves and shake hands. After the game, players are also encouraged to shake hands with the opposing team.

8.3  Captains’ Half-Time Meeting: To help with recurring or potential conflict and to build a better sense of community, captains are to meet with each other at halftime, along with the League Rep, to address any in-game issues. Captains are then expected to relay any updates or cautions to their team.

8.4  PentaSport is a non-contact recreational league. Any type of play or altercation that is deemed dangerous or unsafe are highly discouraged, and will be subject to verbal warning and, if continued, potential expulsion from the game and/or league. Disciplinary action will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the League Committee.

8.5  Any physical or aggressive altercations, behaviour, or serious breaches of spirit and sportsmanship will be automatically met with disciplinary actions, which could result in warnings, suspensions, or expulsion, as determined by the League Committee. Players are not allowed to promote or engage in physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, disorderly or lewd conduct, and/or other conduct, which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any league participant.

8.6  PentaSport has a zero tolerance policy towards consuming alcohol, illicit drugs, or abuse of controlled substances during games. They are prohibited in all venues. If a player is visibly affected by the aforementioned substance(s) during game play, as identified by another player, league rep, or committee member, then the offender will be ejected from the game immediately and will be subjected to further disciplinary action.