Recommended competition setup

Applicable to: Association Administrators
Application(s): Admin Portal

This article will cover the following:

  1. PlayHQ's competition recommendations
  2. The difference between Competitions, Grades, and Game Types

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We recommend limiting the number of competitions within your organisation's Admin Portal. Within a competition, you can have as many grades as required, each of which can have a variety of game types.


Suggested setup

For most associations, we recommend just setting up a Junior Competition and a Senior Competition. Within these competitions, you can cater for different genders. However, if you are unsure, please contact the help desk before creating any competitions.

The difference between competitions, grades, and game types


A competition is a container where all your grades are organised. For example, Seniors or Juniors. A competition can have an unlimited number of grades. When creating a competition, you'll set up a number of default settings. Don't worry, these can be changed for each of your individual grades if required. Therefore, select the settings that would apply to most of your grades.


A grade is a group of teams that make up the grade. For example, A-grade men or Under 14 girls. Grades can have their own individual settings. For example, your A-grade men might have a different ladder system to your other grades. When creating your grades the defaults you entered during your competition setup will be applied, however you can make individual changes. You can also apply age and gender restrictions to grades.

Game Types

Game types refer to 2 day +, 1 day, and T20. Within a grade, you can have multiple game types. For example, your A grade men play all three game types. You can create this as one grade and have different settings for each of these game types. If you have multiple game types in a grade, there will be an overall ladder and a game type ladder. All these settings can be customised. If a grade only plays one game type, the other game type settings can be ignored.


Why set up different competitions?

There are a few reasons why you may want to set up multiple competitions:

Competition type

Domestic, home and away, or tournament. You can only select one competition type per competition.

For more information on competitions types, click here.


When creating your competition, you will need to select a format, for example “Junior” or “Senior”. These formats are essential for reporting and how competitions appear on Cricket Australia's "Find a Club” tools.

New player approval

If your association would like to approve new players for only certain competitions.

For more information on player approval, click here.

Registration forms

Each competition a club participates in will require a different registration form creation. For example, if a club is in a Junior and Senior competition at the same association, they will be required to setup their registration form for each competition. Registration forms can have different pricing.

Why limit the number of competitions?

There are a few reasons why you may want to limit the number of competitions:

Player Movement

When a player registers for a competition, they can be added to any team within that competition at their organisation without requiring a transfer or permit. For example, an A-grade player who is selected for the B-grade team the following week. However, if the competitions are separate, the player would need to request a season permit.

Ease of administration

Limiting the number of settings that need to be managed


Reporting in PlayHQ is generally by competition and season. Rather than generating multiple reports, you can just select one or two competitions.

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