There are pretty strict rules and protocols involving the bleeding player and blood spills.

 

 

1. The Bleeding Player In some cases a bleeding player is sent off by the umpire under the "Blood Rule". The player can leave the field by the shortest route (not bound by the interchange rules) and replaced at speed. If he is actively bleeding the trainer responsible (good job for the junior first-aider) needs to a) glove up (always carry gloves) b) wash and wipe the blood off the player (carry a kit in your bum-bag) c) clean, dress and bind the wound in such as way as to prevent further bleeding or exposure of blood to other contestants (gauze, tape, vaseline) d) replace heavily blood-stained clothing (new jumper means new number .. inform the umpire)

 

A bleeding player may be noticed by the training staff but not identified by the umpire. There is still an ethical responsibility to deal with this issue .. if practical we will sort things on-ground. If not, we will take the player to the bench or change-rooms. Often a small wound or graze will be noted during breaks .. deal with it.

 

 

Bleeding Player - our SFL Rules

 

Rule 50 Bleeding players / Infectious diseases.

 

(1) Club / Team obligations

No club or team shall allow any player to participate in any match or continue to participate in any match for so long as such players: (a) Is bleeding or; (b) Has blood on any part of his body or uniform.

 

(2) Player obligation

A player shall not participate in any match or continue to participate in any match for so long as such player: (a) Is bleeding; or (b) Has blood on any part of his body or uniform.

 

(3) Role and direction of filed umpire

Where the field umpire is of the opinion that a player is bleeding or has blood on any part of his uniform the field umpire shall: (a) Stop play at the first available opportunity; (b) Direct the player concerned to immediately leave the playing surface; (c) Wait a reasonable period to allow the replacement player to take up position before recommencing play; and (d) Recommence play (

 

4) Player to follow directions of field umpire.

A player shall immediately upon direction of a field umpire leave the playing surface at the nearest boundary to the player, where the field umpire is of the opinion that the player is bleeding or has blood on any part of his body or uniform. Upon being directed to leave the playing surface, a player shall not return or take any further part in the match until and unless: (a) The cause of such bleeding has been abated; (b) The injury is securely covered to the extent that no blood emanates from the wound; (c) Any blood stained article of uniform has been removed and replaced; and (d) Any blood on any part of a players body has been thoroughly cleansed and removed

 

(5) Replacement Player

A player directed to leave the playing surface may be replaced by another player listed on the team sheet. A replacement player may enter the playing surface while the player that he is replacing is leaving the playing surface. If a replacement player does not enter the playing surface by the time the directed player leaves the playing surface the field umpire shall recommence play immediately.