Water Carriers must be at least 12 years of age or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task. 13.11 One (1) Water Carrier is permitted to enter the field of play to deliver water to players in all grades up to and including the under 12 competitions. Two (2) Water Carriers are permitted to enter the field of play to deliver water to players in the under 13 to under 17 1⁄2 competitions.
Water Carriers are only permitted to carry plastic water bottles on to the field of play. Metal and glass bottles, and water bottle carriers, are not permitted on the field of play.
Water Carriers shall only enter the field of play behind play to deliver water to the players whilst: a player from either side is having a set shot for goal; or whilst the football is being retrieved and returned to the field umpire who will be located in the centre of the ground after a goal has been scored.
Where a player having a set shot for goal misses the goal, all Water Carriers must immediately leave the playing field.
may enter the field of play from any position on the ground.
are not permitted to communicate with the Team Bench other than during the
breaks between quarters.
metres of the Team Bench.
are not permitted to pass messages or give instructions to players, or disrupt play.
A Field Umpire may order from the field and report any Water Carrier who is in breach of these By-laws. Any Water Carrier ordered from the field may be replaced.