Rules

Rules

All teams are subject to following the High School LoL Championship Ruleset for 2018. Failure to follow this may result in penalties, outlined in Section 9 of the High School LoL Championship Ruleset.

2018 High School LoL Championship Rules and Regulations

1.0 Introduction and Purpose


These Official Rules (“Rules” or “Ruleset”) of the High School League (“High School LoL Championship”) apply to each of the teams that have qualified to play in the High School LoL Championship in 2018, as well as any advisors, team captains, team coaches, roster players (collectively “Team Members”), and other employees. These rules also govern the actions of all High School LoL Championship officials (“Officials”) and referees (“Referees”). All those involved in the High School LoL Championship are known as High School LoL Championship Participants (“Participants”).

These rules are designed to ensure the integrity of the competition facilitated by High School LoL Championship for the competitive play of League of Legends.

In addition to the rules outlined in this ruleset, the High School LoL Championship is operated in accordance with the League of Legends competitive ruleset and the Global Penalty Index.

2.0 Team Eligibility


2.1. Roster Requirements

For a team to be deemed and then remain eligible to compete in the High School LoL Championship, they are required to meet and uphold all of the following conditions:

2.1.1. Team Roster

Each team is required to submit and maintain, during the course of each High School LoL Championship split (“Split”):

One (1) team captain (“Captain”)

Five (5) starting team members (“Starters”), including the team captain

Between zero (0) and three (3) substitutes (“Substitutes”)

The combination of a team’s starters and substitutes, including the captain, will be referred to as a team’s “Roster”. Any player on a team’s roster may be referred to as a “Rostered Player”. To add or remove a player from a team’s roster, an amendment form must be submitted to High School LoL Championship Officials at least 24 hours prior to the first round they intend to use the player.

All rostered players on a team must be eligible to participate in the High School LoL Championship in accordance with the conditions laid out in section three (3) of this ruleset.

2.1.2. Team Staff

Each team must, as part of their team application to the High School LoL Championship, submit one (1) team advisor (“Advisor”) along with their roster. This role must be filled by a teacher of the competing school, who must be employed by the registering school.

2.1.3. Signups

All teams must register their full team on the league website (lolHigh School LoL Championship.com) and on Battlefy (found on the league website). This will be the official roster for the team and will need to be kept updated if the team changes.

2.2. Substitutions

2.2.1. Substitution during Playoffs

Barring emergencies, teams will be allowed a roster (in total) of 8 eligible players for the playoffs stage. Prior to the beginning of playoffs, the 8 chosen players will be submitted to High School LoL Championship officials and the roster locked after approval.

In the event of an emergency, a team will be given up to two hours to find a substitute. If an eligible substitute cannot be found within two hours, the team will forfeit. High School LoL Championship officials will determine of a case by case basis if an event qualifies as an emergency.

3.0 Player Eligibility


3.1.1. Player Behaviour Check

Each player’s behaviour will be checked upon admission to the league, as well as periodically during the season and playoffs to ensure their behavior when playing in the High School LoL Championship is professional. If a player fails to meet the standards set forth by this ruleset, they may be sanctioned or disqualified from High School LoL Championship competition, at the sole discretion of High School LoL Championship officials.

3.1.2. Player Honour
Each player will be required to have an honour level of at least two (2) in League of Legends. If a player drops below this during High School LoL Championship they will be disqualified until the player regains an honour level of at least two (2). Assistance in how to regain this honour will be available from High School LoL Championship.

3.2. Summoner Names

Player Summoner Names must be approved by High School LoL Championship Officials in advance of use in play. Name changes are strictly disallowed, unless during the off-season, and must again be approved by High School LoL Championship Officials prior to use in a High School LoL Championship match.

3.3. Location

The High School LoL Championship will be based on 3 Australian states and all of New Zealand:


New South Wales
Queensland
ACT
New Zealand

3.5. High School LoL Championship Discretion

The High School LoL Championship reserves the right to make final and binding decisions regarding player eligibility and entry to the High School LoL Championship

4.0 Prizing


TBC

5.0 High School LoL Championship Personnel

5.1. Positions

5.1.1. League Official

High School LoL Championship League Officials (“High School LoL Championship Officials”) are in charge of ensuring the operation of the league and the enforcement of this ruleset.

5.1.2. League Director

The High School LoL Championship League Director (“League Director”) is responsible for all league operations. The League Director is entrusted with drawing up and executing the format of the league, and is charged with the oversight of all other High School LoL Championship Officials.

5.1.3. Referee

High School LoL Championship Referees (“Referees”) are responsible for making decisions on all match-related issues, questions, and situations which occur before, during, and immediately following a Match or Game. Their supervision may include, but is not limited to:

Checking a team’s roster during and prior to a Match.

Checking and monitoring player equipment, peripherals and designated High School LoL Championship match areas.

Initiating the start of a Match.

Confirming Game and Match results.

6.0 League Structure


The High School LoL Championship is operated by High School LoL Championship Officials (“High School LoL Championship Officials”, “League Ops”).

6.1. Definition of Terms

6.1.1. Game

An instance of competition on the Summoner’s Rift map that is played until a winner is determined by completion of the final objective (destruction of a nexus), Team surrender, Team forfeit, or an Awarded Game Win (See Section 8.5).

6.1.2. Match

A set of games that is played until one team wins a majority of the total games. The winning team will either receive a win tally in a league format or advance to the next round in a tournament format, dependent on the current League Phase in play.

6.1.3. Split

Scheduled league play that will occur over an approximately four-month period of time. The 2018 season will have 2 splits for New Zealand and 1 split for Australia. Each Split will consist of two separate phases, (a) Regular Season and (b) Playoffs The Playoffs phase will always occur after the completion of the Regular Season

6.2. Phase Details

6.2.1. Regular Season

This phase consists of each team playing one best of one (1) match per week within their group. Some regions will have more than one group depending on the number of teams registered. Winning a match will earn a team one point and losing will earn a team no points.

6.2.2. Playoffs

This phase consists of a single elimination tournament among the top eight teams from the Regular Season split. All matches in the Playoffs will be a best of three (3) series with the first team to win two (2) games taking the victory and moving forward.

7.0 Match process


7.1. Schedule Changes

At its sole discretion, the High School LoL Championship may alter the order of the matches on a specific day and/or change the date of a High School LoL Championship match to a different date. In the event of a change in schedule, High School LoL Championship Officials will notify all affected teams at the earliest convenience.

7.2. Game Arrival

All players for a team’s Starting Roster who are competing in a High School LoL Championship match must arrive in the game lobby no later than the time specified by High School LoL Championship Officials.

7.3. Game Version

All High School LoL Championship Matches will be played on the current game patch available on the Live Service. It is the responsibility of players to ensure their game is updated prior to a Match. Restricting the use of in-game elements will be at the discretion of High School LoL Championship Officials.

7.3.1. Availability

Champions that have not been available on the Live Service for more than fourteen (14) days will not be available for selection in game. Champions that have experienced reworks will be subject to High School LoL Championship discretion. High School LoL Championship Officials will provide a list of available champions for selection prior to the beginning of each week if requested.

7.4. Player responsibilities7.4.1. Readiness

A team is only ready if the following conditions are met:

7.4.2. Lateness penalties

Teams that are not ready at the start of the game are subject to penalties for lateness. For avoidance of doubt, the start of the game is defined as a team entering Summoner’s Rift and their champions being visible on the map.

For every 5 minutes a team is late, they will lose one champion ban. If a team does not arrive after twenty (20) minutes after three bans have been lost, they will be subject to forfeiture. Intentionally delaying the lobby or game start will still subject the team to the rules set forth in this section. High School LoL Championship Referees may apply additional penalties at their discretion.

7.4.3. Pause Allowance

Teams may pause the game for a maximum of ten (10) minutes over the course of a single game, or twenty (20) minutes over the course of a match. Players will be forced to resume the match after the completion of their allocated pause time, and pausing beyond allowance time will be considered unfair play and penalties will be applied at the discretion of High School LoL Championship Officials.

7.4.4. 4v5 Play

Teams are required to field a full time of five (5) Starters (See Section 2.1.1.) to start a match. If a player unintentionally disconnects during the match, and the team has no remaining pause allowance, a team may continue to play after this pause duration is up to complete the game, or take the option to forfeit the match. Individual game forfeits will not be allowed.

7.4.5. Spectators

Under no circumstances will any spectators be allowed in the game lobby, only High School LoL Championship Officials. However anyone can spectate a game once it has passed the draft phase. Any attempts at using this gain an unfair advantage will be met with severe punishments.

7.4.7. Streaming

Players are permitted only permitted to stream their games if all nine (9) other players agree to it. This is also the case for releasing any recorded footage online (YouTube etc).

8.0 Game rules

8.1. Definition of Terms

8.1.1. Unintentional Disconnection

A player loses connection to the game. This is caused by problems with the PC, game client, network or platform.

8.1.2. Intentional Disconnection

The player’s connection to the game closes due to the player’s own actions (such as quitting the game). Any player’s actions which lead to the game disconnecting will be treated as intentional, regardless of the player’s intent.

8.1.3. Server Crash/Game Crash

All players lose connection to the game due to a problem with venue internet or game server.

8.2. Game Configuration

8.2.1 Game Settings

8.2.1.1 Map: Summoners Rift

8.2.1.2 Team Size: 5

8.2.1.3 Allow Spectators: Lobby Only

8.2.1.4 Game Type: Tournament Draft (Premier), Blind Pick (Casual)

8.3. Game Setup

8.3.1. Side Selection

In a single game the team seeded first in the bracket (either on the left or top) will play on blue side and the opposing team will play on red side. In the event of a match played in the best of three or best five format, the higher seeded team will play on Blue Side for odd numbered games (1, 3, 5). The lower seed team plays Blue Side on even number games (2, 4).

8.4. Game of Record

8.4.1. Game of Record Definition

A game of record (“GOR”) is a game where all ten players have loaded successfully loaded into the game and meaningful interaction has occurred between the two teams. Once GOR status is reached, the game is considered official and incidental restarts are no longer permitted. After GOR occurs, game restarts are only allowed under limited conditions (See section 8.4.2). Examples of meaningful interactions which establish GOR:

8.4.1.1. Any attack or ability hits a minion, jungle monster, enemy structure or champion.

8.1.1.2. Players see a member of the opposing team in game

8.1.1.3. Walking into, getting vision into, or targeting a spell into the enemy jungle by either team. This includes leaving the river or entering brush connected to the enemy jungle.

8.1.1.4. Game timer reaches two minutes (00:02:00).

8.4.2. Restart Protocol

The conditions which justify the decision to restart a game is solely at the discretion of High School LoL Championship officials. Examples below are for demonstrative purposes and do not comprise a complete list.

8.4.2.1. Restarts after GOR

The following are examples of situations where a game restart may occur if GOR has been reached.

If the game experiences a critical bug which significantly alters game statistics or mechanics.

If a High School LoL Championship official deems that environmental conditions are unfair (e.g dangerous weather, extreme noise or unacceptable safety risks).

8.4.3. Restart Protocol

If a critical bug is encountered within the game which significantly changes game statistics or mechanics then a restart may occur.

Several conditions must be met before a restart may occur. High School LoL Championship officials must verify the bug and determine it has a critical impact. Whether the bug has damaged the player’s ability to compete is entirely up to the High School LoL Championship official’s discretion. To be considered verified a bug must be conclusively present and not possibly attributable to player error. The spectator must then be able to replay the instance in question and verify the bug.

If a player believes they have experienced a critical bug they must pause the game and contact a referee immediately. If it is determined the player is reporting the bug late in order to restart at a more advantageous time then no restart will be granted.

If High School LoL Championship officials determine the bug is critical and verifiable, and the player followed the pause protocol, then the team disadvantaged by the bug will be presented with the option to restart the match. If they accept the game is immediately restarted as per section 8.4.4. An exception to these rules is if the restart occurred due to a champion bug, then game settings will no longer be maintained including picks and bans. This exception applies regardless of GOR status. The champion will be banned in all remaining games of that day unless the bug can be tied conclusively to a specific game element that can be removed such as a skin or item which can be prohibited.

This section applies as long as the pause protocol is followed (See Section 7.4.5.) and does not prevent an High School LoL Championship official conducting a restart.

8.4.4. Controlled Environment

If a game has not reached GOR status then High School LoL Championship officials may preserve certain conditions including but not limited to; picks and bans, or summoner spells. If a game has reached GOR then High School LoL Championship officials shall not retain any settings in the event of a restart.

8.4.5 Player Confirmation of settings

Each team captain must notify a High School LoL Championship official before GOR is reached of any problems with game settings. These include, without limitation runes, controls and GUI settings. Once game GOR is reached these settings are considered final and are not considered grounds for a game restart.

8.5. Awarded Game Win

In the event where technical difficulty causes High School LoL Championship officials to declare a restart, they may instead award victory of the game to a team. If the game clock has reached 20 minutes (00:20:00) then High School LoL Championship officials may determine that a team cannot avoid defeat to a reasonable degree of certainty. The following criteria may be used to determine an awarded victory, but do not necessarily guarantee an awarded victory. The final decision is made solely by High School LoL Championship officials.

8.5.1 Gold Differential

The difference in gold between teams is more than 33%.

8.5.2 Remaining Turret Differential

The difference in the number of remaining turrets between is more than seven.

8.5.3 Remaining Inhibitor Differential

The difference in remaining inhibitors between the teams is greater than two.

8.6. Post-Game Process

8.6.1. Technical Notes

Following the completion of a game, High School LoL Championship Referees will communicate any technical issues that arose during game play. Players will also have this time to identify and solve any technical difficulties with High School LoL Championship Officials.

8.6.2. Break Period

In Best-of-Three or Best-of-Five matches, teams will be allowed a 10 minute break period, in which they are free to communicate with other team staff, such as their manager and any registered coaches. This break period is not separate from when High School LoL Championship Referees will deliver technical notes (See Section 8.6.1.).

8.7. Post-Match Process

8.7.1. Results

High School LoL Championship Officials will communicate and confirm the results of a Match with both teams.

8.7.2. Post-Match Obligations

High School LoL Championship Officials will inform players of any and all post-match obligations including, but not limited to, media appearances, interviews or further discussion of match matters.

8.7.4. Forfeit Scoring

Matches won by forfeit will be reported by the minimum score it would take for one team to make the match. No other statistics will be recorded or published for forfeited matches.

9.0 Conduct

9.1. Competition Conduct

9.1.1. Unfair Play

9.1.1.1. Collusion

Collusion is any agreement involving players and/or any other parties to alter the competitive nature of the tournament. This includes but is not limited to:

Intentional misplay, which is any agreement to not damage, impede or otherwise play to a reasonable standard of competition in a match.

Creating an arrangement to split prize money and/or other compensation.

Sending or receiving signals from another party to and/or from a player during a live match.

Deliberately losing a game for any reason, or attempting to induce another player to do so.


9.1.1.2. Competitive Integrity

Teams are expected to play their best at all times in High School LoL Championship matches, and to maintain behaviour consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship, honesty, and fair play.

9.1.1.3. Hacking

Hacking is any modification of the League of Legends or PVP.net clients, or the use of any external client or device that may lend an unfair advantage to any player.

9.1.1.4. Exploiting

Exploiting is intentionally using any in game bug to seek an advantage. Exploiting includes, but is not limited to; glitches in Champion abilities, glitches in environment interactions, or any other game function that is not functioning as High School LoL Championship Officials deem as intended.

9.1.1.5. Impersonating a Player

Any attempt to hide identity to play a High School LoL Championship match as another player or act on their behalf.

9.1.1.6. Intentional Disconnection

An intentional disconnection without an appropriate and explicitly-stated reason.

9.1.1.7. Violation of competitive integrity

Any further act, failure to act, or behaviour which, in the sole judgement of a High School LoL Championship Official violates these Rules and/or the standards of integrity established by the High School LoL Championship for competitive play.

9.1.2. Profanity and Hate Speech

Any participant in the High School LoL Championship may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory or otherwise offensive or objectionable.

9.1.3. Abusive Behaviour

Abusive behaviour directed at any High School LoL Championship Officials, opposing Team Members, or live studio members will not be tolerated in any situation. Repeated violations will result in penalties, where any participants in the High School LoL Championship must be treated with respect at all times.

9.2. Unprofessional Behaviour

9.2.1. Harassment

Harassment in any shape or form is strictly forbidden. Harassment is classified as the repeated, and hostile acts directed at an individual over a long period of time with the intent to isolate and exclude a person.

9.2.2. Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is strictly forbidden. Defined as unwelcomed and unprecedented sexual advances. The assessment is made when a reasonable person would define the actions as undesirable, vulgar, or offensive.

9.2.3. Discrimination

No participant in the High School LoL Championship may offend the dignity, integrity, or pride of a community, country, person, or group of people through discrimination, stereotyping, or express of contempt based on the race, colour of skin, national origin, gender, religion, or any other opinion, financial situation, sexual orientation or any other reason.

9.2.4. Releasing Information without Approval

Teams will be asked for information, feedback, and documentation for approval throughout the Season of the High School LoL Championship. This process is entirely focussed on the improvement of the High School LoL Championship and it’s operations. Team members can disrupt the competitive integrity, and undermine the competitive process. All information released to High School LoL Championship participants should be considered confidential, unless written consent is given by High School LoL Championship Officials

9.2.5. Criminal Activity

A Team Member or Team may not participate in any activity that is prohibited by common law which may lead to conviction in any court of competent jurisdiction. Dependent on the form of criminal activity, High School LoL Championship Officials reserve the right to refuse league entry to any player and/or team.

9.2.6. Confidentiality

A Team Member and/or Team may not disclose any confidential information provided by High School LoL Championship Officials, regardless of the medium of communication.

9.2.7. Bribery

No Team Member or Team may accept, gift, or offer reward to any participant in the High School LoL Championship or any High School LoL Championship Official, for services that undermine the competitive nature of the High School LoL Championship.

9.2.8. Non-Compliance

No participant of the High School LoL Championship may refuse to comply with the reasonable instructions or decisions of High School LoL Championship Officials.

9.2.9. Match Fixing

No participant of the High School LoL Championship may collude, conspire, agree, or offer to influence the outcome of any High School LoL Championship match by any means that are prohibited by law or these Rules.

9.2.10. Document or Miscellaneous Requests

Documentation or other reasonable items may be required at certain times throughout the High School LoL Championship season. If the documentation or items are not returned to the standards set by High School LoL Championship Officials, then a team and/or players may be subject to penalties.

9.2.11. Association with Gambling

No Participant may take part, either directly or indirectly, in betting on any results of High School LoL Championship Matches.

Additionally, High School LoL Championship Staff, Officials, Referees, and all Volunteers may not participate in Gambling on any eSport match, even those outside of the High School LoL Championship and League of Legends.

9.3. Player Behaviour Investigations

If High School LoL Championship Officials have reason to believe that a High School LoL Championship participant has violated the Rules of the High School LoL Championship, High School LoL Championship Officials may assign penalties at their sole discretion. If contact is made between High School LoL Championship Officials and a participant, the participant is obligated to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth. If information is withheld from High School LoL Championship Officials, the participant and/or their respective Team is subject to penalties (See Section 9.4).

9.4. Penalties

Upon the discovery of any Participant committing any violations of the rules listed above, or the determination that the player has committed any act determined by High School LoL Championship officials to be detrimental to the operation of the High School LoL Championship. High School LoL Championship Officials may, without limitation of its authority, issue one or more of following penalties:

Verbal Warnings

Formal Written Warning

Map Forfeiture(s)

Match Forfeiture(s)

Disqualification(s)

Exclusion Penalties

9.5. Right to Publish

The High School LoL Championship reserves the right to articulate and publish a declaration outlining the reasoning, severity, and result of a penalty administered to any participant of the High School LoL Championship. Any participant included in the process of penalty which may be referenced in such declaration waives any right of legal action against the High School LoL Championship.

10.0 Ruleset Administration


10.1. Finality of Decisions

All decisions regarding these rules and their interpretation, including penalties for misconduct, scheduling, and player eligibility lie at the sole discretion of the High School LoL Championship. The result of any appeals process will be final and shall not give rise to any claim for monetary damages or any other legal remedy.

10.2. Rule Changes

These rules may be amended, modified or supplemented by the High School LoL Championship, from time to time, to ensure fair play and the integrity of High School LoL Championship competition.

10.3. Administrative discretion

High School LoL Championship officials at all times may act with the necessary authority to preserve the best interests of the High School LoL Championship. This power is not constrained

by the lack or presence of any specific language in this document. High School LoL Championship officials may use any form of punitive action at their disposal against any entity whose conduct is not within the confines of the best interests of the High School LoL Championship.

10.4. Headings in this ruleset

The headings in this ruleset are for convenience only, confirm no rights or obligations in either party, and do not alter any terms of these rules.

10.5. Application of ruleset

This ruleset applies to all Participants in the High School LoL Championship, including, but not limited to, Players, Captains, Coaches, Team Owners, High School LoL Championship Referees, Volunteers and Casting crew. Participation in any High School LoL Championship activity constitutes agreement to this ruleset and a commitment to uphold its principles