Vikings Law


Viking Rules you may not have been aware of

  Each season a group of new players join the great Viking family and enjoy the sportsmanship and friendliness both on and off the field.

We have however noticed that while we are keen to tell all newcomers of what a great club we have, with great post match functions, our many barbeques and social events there is something we sometimes neglect to tell them. We freely promote our beneficial training sessions which have aided many a Viking to have a much improved season.

There is however,one aspect of our club that we seem hesitant to tell newcomers about and they appear quite shocked when they first discover it. Of course they generally find out about it for the first time when they are on the receiving end of one of the laws.

We are of course referring to Jug Penalties. To make things clearer for all newcomers we have compiled the following list and if we have missed any please do not hesitate to e-mail Darryle and let him know about them. All of these offences are one jug of team beer unless otherwise indicated or if you are a constant offender, the team may decide to increase the penalty.


Golden Duck - this is two jugs (another reason for valuing your wicket)
Diamond Duck - This is two jugs for you and two jugs for your partner (you should have called better). Facing out a maiden over in a one-day match - the team may allow byes and leg byes scored in the over to get you off the hook


Being hit for 6 - this is not a particular favourite of the lower grade bowlers due to the smaller grounds (of course this one was introduced by the batters in the lower grade sides)


Dropping a catch - a dropped catch is not judged by the difficulty of the opportunity but whether or not your body came in contact with the ball (if considering avoiding difficult catches you had better keep reading)
"Dogging" a catch - this can be a difficult one to judge but the basis is avoiding trying to take a catch for fear that you will drop the catch and have to buy a jug for the previous reason
"Harbour Bridge" - this involves diving over the ball so as to concede runs or simply avoid having to chase the ball


Failing to have team equipment at the ground when you first arrive - two commonly forgotten articles are the scorebook and new balls
Turning up to the match without your whites - is it not bad enough that it is embarrassing.
Late arrival without prior notification - the exact definition of "late" is subjective and can vary from team to team so it is important to check with the captain, some variations include but are not limited to....last player to arrive, any player arriving after a point in time (eg. 15min before scheduled start)

Don’t forget that whenever there is any doubt concerning whether an offence constitutes a jug offence the decision is based on the age-old philosophy that “the benefit of the doubt goes to the jug

In Viking tradition it is intended that the jugs should be paid on the day of the offence or the next time that you are back at the club. If your side has a junior in it, do not despair one day they will turn 18 and what a party at the club that nightwill be.

The last note on this subject is that there is a jug offence appeals committee. This is where you can appeal the imposition of your jug penalty and have it overturned. Two things to note, firstly the cost of an appeal is one jug and secondly in the history of the appeals committee they have never upheld an appeal.