Nintendo Switch Sports

Online Play Penalty: How Long Are You Banned For?

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NS Sports - Online Play Penalty

You will be timed out for ten minutes on your first ban for disconnecting in online matches in Nintendo Switch Sports, with longer duration for future offenses. Read on for more information about the length of the bans, and reasons on why you may have been timed out.

How Long Are You Banned For?

Starts at Ten Minutes

Online Play First Timeout

If you repeatedly get disconnected from your online matches, you will be timed out for ten minutes at your first offense and will not be able to queue to find matches from any sport.

This penalty is applied after you launch the game and try to matchmake in Play Globally, and is applied to prevent other players from having their experience ruined due to persistent disconnections from your side.

You will receive a warning before getting banned

Online Play Ban Warning

If you have been disconnecting from matches, you will first be warned that your previous matches have ended abruptly before getting an actual ban.

If you see this message, it is a good idea to check your Internet connection.

Longer Timeouts on Future Offenses

Online Play Second Timeout

If you keep disconnecting from games after your first ban, you will incur longer penalties on your next timeout.

To prevent this, make sure that your Internet connection is stable before queueing for online matches.

No Penalties in Pro League Rankings

If you keep disconnecting from your Pro League rankings and get a timeout, you will not receive any deductions or demotions in your Pro League rankings.

The only penalty you will get is the restriction to queue for online matches, Pro League or not.

Pro League Guide

No Bans in Trial Mode

Trial Mode

If you do not have an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription and are playing in Trial Mode, you will not be timed out if you quit during your matches, as you are playing against CPU-controlled players while in Trial Mode.

What is Trial Mode?

Reasons for Getting Banned

Weak Internet Connection

Nintendo Switch Sports - Weak Internet Connection
One reason for getting banned is that you may be experiencing Internet connection problems which may lead to several disconnections when you are playing online matches.

To prevent this, make sure to check if your Internet connection is stable before playing online.

How to Play Local and Online Multiplayer

Closing the Game Mid-Match

Another reason for getting timed out is that you have been repeatedly closing the game in the Switch's Home menu while in the middle of the match, either due to frustration or to protect your Pro League rankings from dropping.

If you feel frustrated in your online matches, we recommend taking a break from the game, or play against CPU-controlled opponents in local multiplayer.

CPU Sportsmates Guide

Pause Pro League progress

Nintendo Switch Sports - Pro League Settings

If you do want to continue playing against real players but do not want your Pro League rankings to drop, you can simply pause your Pro League progress in the Settings. This will allow you to enjoy online matches without getting Pro League point deductions even if you lose.

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5 Anonymous11 months

This is starting to sound like a cult. My 13 year old is pleading to have their play limit extended so they don't get banned. How does a parent ban Nintendo Switch from sucking my child into this situation?


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