Urban Rec - Newcastle's Sport and Social Club
What is Multisport?
Jun 17

What is Multisport?

June 17, 2021 - 3 days ago

The most common question we get asked is.. What is Multisport!?

It’s pretty simple really, you play multiple sports across the 10 week competition! There are two types of Multisport competitions that we run. Field Multisport which is played outdoors at Waratah Park and then we have Indoor Multisport which is played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at Revolution Sports Park in Maryville.

The Multisport competition is for the individual or team that can’t commit or decide on just one sport. You play in the same team each week but your team wil rotate through the changing sports together. 

Indoor Multisport can include the following sports

  • Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Indoor Soccer, Olympic Handball, Backyard Cricket, Benchball, Street Netball, Kickball, Street Basketball, Trampoline Dodgeball, Floor Hockey and Volleyball

Field Multisport can include the following sports

  • Touch Football, Soccer, Aussie Rules, Flag Gridiron, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball

If you haven’t played sport in a while or are trying to work out which sport you like, then Multisport is your best option. The competition is full of very social people who are all there to have a good time, meet new people and get active doing it.

Have a look at all the multisport competitions we are running this season by clicking this link.

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Winter Leagues
Jun 8

Winter Leagues

June 8, 2021 - 13 days ago

The winter season isn’t great, we all know that. The best way to beat those winter blues is to commit to a team/sport for the season. It’ll make you accountable to yourself and to your team and on those nights when you don’t feel like getting up off the couch, it will make it all worth it when you are on the court, laughing with your mates and getting fit.

Have a look at all the leagues we are running through Winter and find one that suits you. 

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesday

Thursday

Click the link for each sport and register your team or sign up solo.

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Individual and Team Registration Fees - Winter 2021

June 1, 2021 - 19 days ago

Urban Rec has increased our prices this season, and we would like to take this opportunity to explain. 

As a club we have not increased our team fees for a year now. In that time every over-head associated with running our leagues and sports club have inflated beyond what is sustainable with the current registration fee rate. Although the fee increase to our members happened from one season to the next, the costs incurred to us as a club has been rising for years.

Individual registration fee:

On average the fee increase for a 10 week season has increased $10 for the entire 10 game season, in other words $1 per game. We have also added the UR Draft that you get free access to. See below for more information about this new program.

Team Registration fee;

The average increase in team fees has been between $80-$90 for the entire 10 week season. If you have a team of 8 people it’s only an increase of $1 – $2 per person per week.

The three most obvious overhead increases are court hire, staffing and insurances.

  • Court hire – Very simply the prices of fields and courts in Newcastle have increased. Venue hire is a competitive market, and these venue’s have a monopoly. We do our best to provide the best venues for you guys, but field and court hire has increased annually. What’s more we are one of the few clubs that will guarentee rained out, forfeited, or missed games are replayed. This is a cost we cost. 
  • Staffing – Our event hosts are paid fairly, and are a valued part of the team. We believe we have the best staff in the business, and we will always continue to reward them for their time and investment. 
  • Insurance  – Without insurance we are legally not allowed to operate, as the leagues grow, the member base grows, so do our insurance premiums. 

Although we are not technically a not-for-profit, our business model is run as such, with all profits re-invested in the club. We rely on volume and return customers - not high profits. 

We are really competitive when it comes to registration fees compared to the vast majority of our Industry. Our mission is to make sport accessible for everyone. 

The other stuff we do as part of your fees? Urban Rec likes to offer all kinds of free or discounted opportunities for our members, things like; UR Awesome, Pub Nights, discounts at clubhouses, free jugs seasonally, Pri-Rego Promo’s, FreePlay nights, and social events (which run without profit also). 

THE UR DRAFT

This is another perk that you now get when you sign up as an individual. Each Monday at 5pm we update the draft with a list of individual teams that need players for the season. Check out the link about the UR Draft for more information.

The bottom line is, we truly believe that what we deliver to our members exceeds any of our competitors in the sport and fitness industry – and we will always continue to offer value for money for our members. 

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$100 off for Returning Teams - Priority Registration
May 30

$100 off for Returning Teams - Priority Registration

May 30, 2021 - 22 days ago

!!PRIORITY REGISTRATION!!

WHAT IS IT?

If your team is planning on returning for the Winter season then listen up! Your captain will be sent a link to re-register into the Winter competition on June 14. They will need to register using this link between June 14 – June 21. This secret link will give your team $100 off team registration! Woohoo!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Captains will need to register using the secret link before June 21. If your captain does this, your team will receive $100 off for the Winter Season.

WHEN DOES MY TEAM NEED TO REGISTER BY?

The link your captain will get sent will expire on 21 June at 11:59pm. If your squad isn’t registered by then, you will miss out on the sweet discount.  

If your team misses out on the $100 off you will need to pay full price, SO MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR CAPTAIN TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM.

T&C’s – To be eligible for entry into the priority registration pool, a team must –

  1. Register during priority registration week (June 14 – June 24) – No late comers.
  2. Be registered back into the same league they had played in the season before. (No transfers)
  3. IF using the deposit system, the BALANCE must be paid before end of priority registration week (Mon 21st June )
  4. For any other additional information and FAQs please see HERE.
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MFP - Most Fun Player
May 11

MFP - Most Fun Player

May 11, 2021 - one month ago

MOST FUN PLAYER

This season we are adding another prize into the mix.

We have Fun Point Winners, we have League Champions and now we have MFP's!! We are adding another prize to our end of season winners.

Each week the host of your league will choose one player from the night as the MFP. An MFP is someone who is super fun, a great sportsperson, very inclusive and kind. At the end of the season, the player with the most votes for MFP from their host will get a rad prize.

To put it simply - Most Fun Player is a prize for being an amazing human. Ask your host what you can do to be an MFP this season.

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Free team T-shirts for returning teams
Mar 18

Free team T-shirts for returning teams

March 18, 2021 - 3 months ago

!!PRIORITY REGISTRATION!!

WHAT IS IT?

If your team is planning on returning for the Autumn season then listen up! Your captain will be sent a link to re-register into the Autumn competition between on March 22nd. They will need to register using this link between March 22 – March 29. Once your team has registered using the link, your team will get a sick new set of UR Team t-shirts in Week 1 of the Autumn competition.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Captains will need to register using the secret link before March 29th. If your captain does this, your team will receive the team t-shirt pack on Week 1 of the Autumn competition.

WHEN DOES MY TEAM NEED TO REGISTER BY?

The link your captain will get sent will expire on 29 March at 11:59pm. If your squad isn’t registered by then, you will miss out on a free set of team t-shirts. 

How does colours and sizing work?

Each team t-shirt set will include 8 t-shirts. Netball and Touch Football teams will get 10 t-shirts.

Sizing for a set of 8 1 x S, 3 x M, 3 x L and 1 x XL. Sizing for a set of 10 – 2 x S, 3 x M, 3 x L and 2 x XL. 

Additional t-shirts can be bought for $10 each. We have 5 colours to choose from, you can request one of the five colours to choose from however if two teams in the competition choose the same colour we will flip a coin to see who gets what colour. This is the best way for us to make sure it is fair. 

REMEMBER YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT, SO MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR CAPTAIN TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM.

T&C’s – To be eligible for entry into the priority registration pool, a team must –

  1. Register during priority registration week (Mon 22nd – Mon 29th March) – No late comers.
  2. Be registered back into the same league they had played in the season before. (No transfers)
  3. IF using the deposit system, the BALANCE must be paid before end of priority registration week (Mon 22nd March)
  4. For any other additional information and FAQs please see HERE.
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Discount for new teams

March 15, 2021 - 3 months ago

New Leagues and Locations this season!

This Autumn season we are going BIG. We are launching a whole heap of new sports at our new location in Lambton. To say we are excited is an understatement. We are thrilled to be moving into new areas across Newcastle and we want as many of you to join us in this journey.

Any new teams who are registering into leagues at our new location at Lambton High School will get $200 off their registration. The discount is up on our website now. Have a look here at all the NEW leagues this Autumn.

Discount is only for new teams.

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3 x 3 Basketball Rules

March 11, 2021 - 3 months ago

  1. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME is to outscore your opponent by shooting the ball into the basketball more times than your opponent. The ball can be advanced around the court with the hands only, either by dribbling or passing to teammates. Below is a summary of how “3-on-3 Streetball” differs from “Basketball” in not only the rules themselves, but also the atmosphere in which the game is to be played – that is, with FUN FIRST attitude!
  2. DURATION OF THE GAME All games are 10minutes in duration, No clock stoppages will be made except under exceptional circumstances. Such circumstance will be at the sole discretion of the UR Event Host.
  3. THE COURT The game shall be played on one half of a standard Basketball court. Some variations may vary depending on venue, and location of courts. 
  4. THE TEAM The number of players required on the court, for this league is three (3).
  • Only three (3) players allowed on the court at any one time.
  • There must be a minimum of one (1) female and one (1) male on the court always.
  • This league requires your team to have a minimum of three (3) players, including one (1) female and (1) male to start the game.
  • Please consider our Default, Forfeit, and Substitute Policy
  1. SUBSTITUTIONS can be made after a basket, a foul or stoppage of play. Players coming onto the court must wait until the player with whom they are substituting has come off the court.
  2. HOW TO SCORE All baskets made from inside the 3-point line will count as one point. All baskets beyond the 3-point line will count for two points. All converted foul shots will count as one point. 
  • Winners need only win by one (1) point. 
  • If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the winner will be determined by a shootout. The shootout will consist of three players from each team shooting free throws. A coin flip will decide the order that the teams shoot. Each player will shoot one free throw. The team with the highest total made will be the winner. If there remains a tie, a sudden-victory shootout will occur (equal opportunities, until one team makes and the other misses).
  1. STARTING PLAY Each team will “shoot to start” to see who will start off with the first possession of the game. Each team will nominate one player to shoot from the free throw line. If that player misses, the other team will have a shot from the free throw line. The first team to make the basket will start with the ball. The ball is “checked” to the team with first possession of the game at the top of the 3-point arc, and the game begins.
  2. THE “CHECK” The imaginary “check line” is the 3-point line. The “check” phase is performed by one team passing the ball to another team at the top of the imaginary 3-point line. 
  3. GAME PLAY:  
  • Winners need only win by one (1) point. 
  • The game starts with the team winning the “shoot-out” checking the ball to the defensive team.
  • In the event of a basket, there is a change of possession, such as the team who scored becomes the defensive team. Play will commence with the “new offense” taking possession with a ‘check’ at the top of the 3-point arc.
  • On defensive rebounds or steals, the ball needs to be taken anywhere beyond the imaginary line corresponding to the top of the 3-point arc.
  • The defence must take the ball behind the check line on any play in which they gain possession. Whether or not the ball has been shot or has touched the rim does NOT affect this rule. 
  • In the event that the defence obtains possession and does not take the ball behind the check line AND then attempts a shot, the shot and any related activity will be disregarded and a turnover will result. 
  • The “new defence” is awarded the ball behind the check line.
  1. SHOT CLOCK Each team will be required to take a shot at the basket within 30 seconds after taking possession from the check. This rule has been implemented to eliminate a team from stalling to retain possession near the end of the game. Violations of this rule, including non-legitimate shots, will result in an offensive turnover and possession for the defending team, with the game starting with a check at the top of the 3-point arc.
  2. FOULS Teams will call their own fouls. An individual player cannot foul out of a game, but may be ejected for any cause by the Event Host. Streetball fouls are penalties assessed for rough play to keep a player from gaining an unfair advantage over another player. PLEASE SEE LIST OF FOULS AT END OF RULES FOR EXAMPLES
  • Non-shooting fouls will result in the player who is fouled being awarded the ball out of bounds.
  • A shooting foul with a missed basket will result in the player who is fouled being awarded 2 free throws. A shooting foul with a made basketball will result in the basket counting and the player who is fouled being awarded 1 free throw.
  • Offensive fouls shall result in disallowing any converted basket and loss of possession.
  1. VIOLATIONS The Streetball basic rules include numerous ball handling and time violations that cause a team to lose possession of the ball. Here are some common violations. In Streetball, minor travels and “carries” will largely be played on, as some “trick moves” performed by players may involve “bending” the traditional rules of basketball.
  • Backcourt Violation– As Streetball is played on half of the court, traditional “backcourt” is simply the half line, which in Streetball, is out of bounds.
  • Double Dribble – When a dribbler touches the ball with both hands at the same time or when the dribbler picks up the ball and then starts dribbling again.
  • Goal-Tending – Occurs when a player touches a shot ball while it is in its downward flight.
  • Lane Violation – A violation called during a free throw situation against a player who enters the lane too soon.
  • Traveling – A violation caused by moving the feet in any direction without properly dribbling the ball. This result in a turnover, and the ball going to the opposing team at the top of the 3-point arch at the “check” line. 
  1. WINNING TEAM The winner is the team with the greater number of points at the end of the game. In the event of a draw at the end of regulation time, a “shootout” will result. See “How to Score” for further description.
  2. FAIRPLAY SYSTEM Each league night you will have an Event Host onsite, but these guys are not official referees. Urban Rec is a recreational league which practices a fair-play and fun-first policy, meaning you should be making your own calls on the game. The Event Host will be there to make the calls not made by individuals, keep time, and help guide the games within the game play rules. The Urban Rec Event Host has the final say on any issue that cannot be self-resolved.
  3. SPORTSMANSHIP All Urban Rec participants have read and agreed to the Urban Rec Code of Conduct. We also exercise a strict Disciplinary Policy. If you are seen to be rude in any way or not playing within the respect of the rules and Code of Conduct, you will be asked by the Urban Rec Staff to sub out of the game. If after returning to the game your attitude does not improve you will be asked to leave the venue, and an assessment will be made if you can play again. We do not tolerate idiots. Play fair.

Below is a list of fouls that can be called in Streetball:

  • Blocking – A personal foul caused when the defender makes illegal personal contact with an opponent who may or may not have the ball. Blocking is called when the defender impedes the progress of the opponent.
  • Charging (or Player Control Foul) – A personal foul occurring when an offensive player makes contact with a defender who has already established a set position. A player with the ball must avoid contact with a stationary defender by stopping or changing direction.
  • Elbowing – It is a violation for a player to swing the elbows excessively.
  • Flagrant Foul – A personal or technical foul, which is violent in nature. Examples are fighting, striking, kicking, or kneeing an opponent.
  • Hand Check – A personal foul caused by a defender making repeated contact with hands on the opponent.
  • Holding – A personal foul caused by illegal contact with an opponent, which interferes with freedom of movement.
  • Blocking Females – As per mixed basketball rules, guys are not allowed to block a girl’s shot on any part of the court. If a girl’s shot is blocked, the basketball will be counted from wherever the ball was shot from (1 point counted for a 2-point attempt, 2 points counted for a 3-point attempt). The player will also receive 1 additional free throw.
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Team of the Week - Rubber Ducks
Mar 4

Team of the Week - Rubber Ducks

March 4, 2021 - 3 months ago

The Rubber Ducks are our team of the week!

They started playing together as individuals’ way back when and clicked from the beginning. Even when no one knew each other they were able to connect with one another through basketball and have been signing back up as a team for a few seasons now. 

Initially they played a couple of seasons in our Wednesday night basketball competition but transitioned to Tuesday when it started up last Spring and haven’t looked back. The first season they played, they won the fun points and they were pretty stocked!

The team consists of Brandon (the captain) Mitch, Yang, Emma, Kelly, Grace and Jye. They are always super friendly and their skills on the basketball court are truly inspiring. They are a great bunch of people and like celebrating their wins and losses at the Ori Hotel over pizza. Mitch and Emma have also signed up separately in the Touch Football competition and it’s great to see a bit of rivalry on the touch field between them.

Congrats team for being such great people on and off the court!

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Team of the Week - Average Joes

February 25, 2021 - 3 months ago

The Average Joes

What about them is worth writing about and honouring them with Team Of The Week if they are just average!!?

Well, they are pretty average on the field and they know it, and they have a good laugh about it, but what isn’t average about them is that they are one of the most fun teams across all our leagues. They are a very funny crew, they have won the Fun Point prize at least once and they make their opposition laugh every single game no matter what the sport is. The team is also well known for always putting in 100% effort to the dress up weeks.

These guys all started out as individuals back at the beginning of 2020 (before the pandemic), they didn’t know each other but it was obvious after their first game they were destined to be a team together. 

The team consists of many personalities Bryce is the silent assassin, always smiling even when he is in the midst of tackling someone in soccer and their captain Jill is the loudest on the team, whether it’s encouraging her team mates or screaming because the ball has come near her. Kate and Amber bring a solid skillset to the team with their all-round ability to play every single sport and Matthew, Chris and Stella are the constant members of the team, always turning up and giving the team that extra push when they need it on the field. Andy is the player in the team that will turn up and watch from the sidelines even when his injured and Jovana is so genuine always up for a chat and makes time to talk to everyone and anyone.

To all of the Average Joes – Jill, Andy, Kate, Amber, Bryce, Matthew, Chris, Stella and Jovana – thank you for making Thursday nights so fun for your Event Host, Riley and your opposition. 

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