The Homenetmen athletic Code was formed in 1992 by the decision of the 5th Homenetmen General Assembly meeting. The sports code aims to:
1. Facilitate the work of committees and bodies that organize sports events.
2. Regulate the course of sports tournaments organized by Homenetmen committees.
3. Ensure the application of the organization’s internal laws to the maximum extent (as in the case of inter-chapter tournaments). This code serves as a guide.
A. Tournament Regulations
The committee responsible for the tournaments has the obligation to make the participating teams respect the following rules:
1. The committee that is in charge of managing competitions, prepares the agenda of a tournament.
. The schedule of the games is prepared through a draw in the presence of the majority of the representatives of the regions or by a consensual way adopted by the representatives.
3. The presence of the representative of the Central Committee is a must at the time of planning a program for a Homenetmen tournament.
4. A tournament can be organized by clearing or by points, according to the convenience of time. Also, the group leaders must be informed about it in advance.
5. During a tournament, the competitions and their technical parts are governed according to international laws.
6. The venue and the date of a Pan-Homenetmen tournament is determined by the Central Committee in case it was not adopted by the General Assembly.
7. The venue and the date of an inter-regional tournament are determined after consultation among the representatives of the participating regions and then they must be approved by the Central Committee.
8. Only Homenetmen groups can participate in Pan-Homenetmen or inter-regional tournaments. Associate organizations can participate in tournaments only by special invitation.
9. a) Homenetmen athletes who have been members of the union for at least 6 months can participate in a sports tournament.
b) A professional athlete cannot participate during Pan-Homenetmen Games.
10. a) The name list of a participating group in a tournament, with its all necessary details, must be sent to the body of the organizing district, at least one month before the date of the tournament.
b) Each athlete participates in the Pan- Homenetmen games at his or her own responsibility and awareness of his or her health and safety. Every athlete must have signed a special agreement in this regard in his or her region.
11. The nomenclature must be formally approved by the highest authority of the participating region.
12. Athletes whose names are not on the roster can’t participate in the competitions. Otherwise, the offending group is considered to lose one match.
13. An addition or a change to the roster must be suggested before the first match of the group.
14. The group that does not participate in a competition is declared defeated in absentia. In case of another absence, the group is excluded from the tournament.
15. If a group appears on the field 15 minutes later than the specified time of the match, it will be declared to be defeated. In case of delays due to unintended reasons, the organizing committee may extend the period of delays.
16. By the decision of the 4th General Assembly, the groups must be composed of only Armenian athletes. The organizing committee has the authority to check the documents of all the athletes. Non-Armenian athletes cannot participate in pan- organization or inter-regional tournaments.
17. If the requirements of Article 16 are not applied, a group will be declared as defeated, even if it wins the competition. If the same offence is repeated, the group will be suspended from the tournament.
18. Tournaments must be governed by referees certified by international or national federations.
19. Any complaints or reprimands regarding the competition must be forwarded to the governing body of the sport before the competition begins.
20. The complaint against an issue that arose during the competition must be submitted in written form to the governing body at the end of the competition. The deadline for a written complaint is 24 hours.
21. When a team leaves the field before the end of a game, it is declared to be defeated and is suspended from the tournament. No coach or manager has the right to withdraw his team from the field.
22. The number of the athletes participating in a tournament is as follows:
a. Football- 15-22 athletes, 1-2 coaches, 1 responsible.
b. Basketball- 10-14 athletes, 1-2 coaches, 1 responsible.
c. Volleyball- 10-12 athletes, 1-2 coaches, 1 responsible.
d. Table tennis- Group participation: 3-5 athletes, 1 coach, 1 responsible. Individual participation: unrestricted or free.
e. Athlete/swimming- Individual participation: free
f. Tennis- Individual participation: free.
g. Chess- Individual participation: free.
23. The participation of all delegation members is mandatory in the opening and closing ceremonies.
24. The groups must appear on the field in neat and homogeneous uniforms.
25. The Homenetmen logo must be worn on the left chest of the shirt.
26. The groups should have pairs of uniforms of different colors (preferably light and dark colors) to prevent the discomfort of wearing the same colored uniforms in the two opposing groups.
27. The groups are informed about the color of their uniforms before appearing on the field.
28. The delegations must have three copies of the flag of their country having the size 180x120 cm.
C. Relation with Other Organizations
1. The Central Committee is required to inform all regions about Pan-Homenetmen events by circulars one year before a tournament date.
2. The organizing committee submits the agenda of a Pan- Homenetmen event and other necessary details to the Central Committee 3 months before the tournament date. The Central Committee may make some changes to the submitted paper.
3. At the end of a Pan-Homenetmen event, the organizing district committee should submit financial and ethical reports to the Central Committee, up to 3 months after the event.
1. The governing body of athletic events organizing district, should transmit the details of an interregional event in a special circular to the Central Committee and the participating regions at least three months in advance.
2. At the end of an inter-regional event, the responsible Committee submits financial and ethical reports to the participating regional authorities and then, through them, to the Central Committee, up to 3 months after the event.
1. For all types of correspondence or other official documents, the seal of the body of the organizing district (or the specific seal of a governing committee) is used.
2. Any Pan-Homenetmen or inter-regional tournament should be videotaped and photographed and a copy should be given to the Central Committee, for history of Homenetmen and “Marzig” magazine.
3. Use modern means of communication (Social Networking, Facebook, Twitter, organization’s website, etc.) for discussions about events both locally and globally.
D. FINANCIAL CONDITIONS
1. For a Pan-Homenetmen tournament or event, the participating regions cover their traveling, accommodation, transportation, and other expenses.
Note: In some exceptional cases and by the decision of the Central Committee, the expenses can be divided or arranged in different ways.
2. The profit from the Pan- Homenetmen tournaments and other events go to the Central Committee. The financial gap is assumed by the organizing district or the Central Committee.
3. Athletes and officials participating in the tournaments have the right to free access to the playgrounds, according to the arrangements made by the organizing body.
1. Three-member Judicial Committee is formed for the Pan- Homenetmen events. This committee is appointed by the Central Committee.
An official from the Sports Committee will be present at the meetings in order to provide a report to the Sports Committee and, of course, to provide additional information.
2. During Pan- Homenetmen or interregional events, each district is responsible for any damages and expenses incurred by the members of its delegation, both inside and outside the fields, gyms, pools and hotels.
3. The bodies (committees) that govern inter-regional tournaments have the power to impose penalties.
4. During a sports tournament, penalties can be imposed on a team or a coach according to the committed misdeed. Remarks can also be given to the participating Region, if necessary.
5. During a tournament, penalties are imposed on athletes who do not respect the rules adopted during the competition, obstruct the competition or behave inappropriately.
6. Punishments can vary and depend on the committed misdeed:
7. a. Suspension from a competition or an event for a period of time.
b. Suspension from one or two competitions.
c. Suspension from all competitions.
8. When a riot related to the organization, is committed during a Pan-Homenetmen sports event, the district administration of the offending athlete, the governing committee, and the Central Committee will administer a suitable punishment.
9. When a riot related to the organization is committed during an inter-regional tournament, the district administration of the offending athlete, the governing committee and the district administration that organizes the tournament will administer a suitable punishment.
10. The governing body (committee) of a tournament has the authority to suspend a referee who leads/controls the game in an openly biased spirit.
11. When a district manager or a coach commits an irresponsible act during a Pan-Homenetmen or inter-regional tournament, he will be punished accordingly by the Central Committee.
B. TECHNICAL ISSUES AND COMPLAINTS
The technical committee provides guidance and answers the questions presented during the organizational work of a tournament.
1. The Technical Committee consists of a maximum of 3 people for each region and checks attendance during the games.
2. The technical committee has an important role to play in setting the agenda for a tournament.
3. The technical committee selects the judges of a tournament.
4. The technical committee monitors the correct use of property and the security conditions of the fields, gyms and swimming pools.
5. The technical committee closely monitors the strict implementation of the rules of a tournament.
6. The technical committee examines the complaint of a participant group in the tournament about an issue and makes a relevant decision.
7. The technical committee will, before making any decision, be given explanations by the chief arbitrator or judge, or by the representative of the panel.
8. Only the Supreme Court can overturn the decision of the Technical Committee.
9. Only the coach or the person who is in charge of the group can file a complaint about the competition.