BRL points cap changes for next season
LEAGUE: For the first time in the Bundaberg Rugby League, the men's and women's A-Grade competition will be controlled by a points cap.
The NewsMail can reveal the controversial cap will be implemented in both competitions after it was voted in by BRL clubs at a meeting in Childers last Sunday.
Starting next year, all clubs must pick 17 players for each A-Grade game whose points do not add to more than 100.
For the men the 100 points is an increase of 10 points on this year.
But it comes at a cost.
A player that moves from one BRL club to another in this year's off-season will attract 16 points.
Under the new rule, Reece Maughan would attract 16 points every time he plays next year after moving from Eastern Suburbs to The Waves.
This increases to 20 if a player goes from playing juniors at one BRL club this year to playing seniors at another club in 2018.
"The idea of the points in the first place was to keep juniors in their own club,” BRL chairman Mike Ireland said.
"This should help in this regard.
"We want all clubs to foster and promote their juniors.”
The rules apply to both competitions.
All players in the BRL that are registered will attract at least one point because of administration.
Teams will be able sign as many players as they want with no team cap for next year.
It was categorically voted down by clubs.
"Clubs can sign players and have as much as 400 points in talent if they want,” Ireland said.
Clubs also voted against a proposed Super 11 format for reserves, with 13-a-side remaining for next year.
Instead, sides will be penalised more if they are forced to forfeit due to numbers. They will be fined and lose two competition points and 20 for and against points on the ladder.