Are Dally M Medal points awarded for representative matches, for example, State of Origin and Test Matches?
No. The Dally M's recognises the best players across the 25 rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership competition each year.
What happens when players are stood down from NRL Telstra Premiership matches for State of Origin duty?
To allow for the stand-alone rounds during State of Origin period, each player's "best" 21 matches where points were received are taken into account when determining the final tally for each player.
How is each player's position determined?
For each NRL Telstra Premiership fixture, players are allocated the position they are assigned in the final team list, which is submitted by each team's football manager one-hour prior to kick-off.
Where there is an injury or late withdrawal after the team list is submitted and prior to kick-off, players will receive the position they are assigned to at the start of the match by the coach/coaching staff.
Once allocated, a player will retain their position regardless of whether he changes positions throughout the course of the match.
What happens when a player plays more than one (1) position throughout the season?
When calculating Team of the Year recipients, players will be allocated the position they polled the greatest number of Team of Year points throughout the season.
Team of the Year points are not transferrable between positions. However, leading players in the Top 10 of the Dally M Medal count (Dally M Leaderboard) automatically receive their respective position in the Team of the Year.
What happens in the event of a tie?
Where there is a tie for the Dally M Medal, co-winners will be announced. If those players also happen to be allocated the same position, they will also be co-winners of that position in the Dally M Team of the Year.
Where two players are allocated the same position, and share an equal number of points in the Dally M Medal Leaderboard (10), the player with the greatest number of Dally M Team of the Year points in that position will recognised as the winner.
Where two (2) players cannot be split, a countback will be executed to determine who was awarded the greatest number of '3 points' in the Dally M Medal. Then '2 points', then '1 point'.
For positions not featured in the Dally M Medal Leaderboard, the player with the greatest number of Dally M Team of Year points in those positions will receive that award.
If there is a tie, a countback will be executed to determine who was awarded the greatest number of '3 points' in the Dally M Medal. Then '2 points', then '1 point'.
Irrespective of the above methodology, final determinations on all Dally M Awards are made by the NRL in consultation with the Recognition & Awards Committee.
Who is eligible for the Rookie of the Year?
Players are eligible for the Rookie of the Year in their debut season and the subsequent two NRL seasons. Once a player plays his fifth NRL Premiership match (or English Super League match), he becomes ineligible for the Rookie of the Year in any subsequent seasons.
The Rookie of the Year is voted on 3 points, 2 points and 1 point basis by the Dally M judges at the conclusion of Round 25.
A rookie who is suspended for two separate offences in any one season becomes ineligible for the Rookie of the Year award.