BRL looks to set up team points cap
LEAGUE: The contentious points cap in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade could be set for an overhaul for next season.
The BRL is looking at introducing an overall points cap for each team and the players they have in the A-Grade competition.
Currently, teams can sign as many players as they want, regardless of how many points they carry, based on where they have played in their career.
The only rule for the clubs is that on match day the total number of points for the 17 players selected is less than 90.
BRL chairman Mike Ireland wants to change that and implement a cap of 120 for each A-Grade club.
This would force clubs to promote players from within, with juniors attracting zero points, rather than poach them from other clubs.
"It would stop players moving from one to another over money,” Ireland said.
"A few clubs were over the 120 last year but I'm confident all of them could fit under it.”
The competition is also looking at reducing interchanges from 10 to eight to fit in line with other competitions.
Finally, reserve grade would revert to League 11 to reduce the number of forfeits from this year.
Ireland said it was good to be back as chairman, a reappointment announced on Sunday.
He hinted it could be his last term in the job.
"There's a couple of guys interested for the job next year but I want them to come through a club first to see what goes on,” Ireland said.
"There's too much work done here already to hand it over to someone not ready to take over.”
The clubs will meet on Sunday November 19 in Childers to next discuss rule changes in the A-Grade competition.
Ireland's final seven ideas:
1. Limit clubs to 120 player points in total but only use 90 in any 17 players on any given day.
2. The player points to be decided and approved in 2018 by the BRL executive and their decision is final.
3. Each club to have personnel trained to do team updating before games and live scoring each week on all fields.
4. Continue live streaming of A-Grade games in 2018 as was done during the second half of this season.
5. Each club to have a media person available each week for weekly news on the BRL app.
6. Reduce the interchange from 10 to eight, the same as other QRL competitions.
7. Reserve grade revert back to League 11 for 2018 to avoid the many forfeits we had in 2017 in reserve grade.