American Football Season Information31/07/2012
Having gone through the BUCS Sport Criteria assessment successfully we are delighted to announce that American Football is now a BUCS sanctioned sport. BUCS has been working closely with Andy Fuller and BUAFL / BAFA to ensure compliance to BUCS rules and regulations and is pleased with the growth of the game within higher education. We are all looking forward to continue this relationship and provide a great experience for all those associated with the game.
Below is some further information about the sport and the BUCS competition.
The fixtures and format for the forthcoming year will follow the same competition format used in the British Universities American Football League. Fixtures will be scheduled to be played on Sundays unless there is prior agreement between the two institutions and teams.
Team entries will be collected and fixtures managed through BUCScore. Team entries will go live on Tuesday 31 July 2012.
BUCS points will be attributed to the sport as follows:
Conference Tier 1 points
Information Sources & Communication Lines
If you require further information throughout the year you must first contact your Athletic Union/Sports Office.
League Manager – Andy Fuller – BAFA Director for Student Football
BUCS Office Contact – Mark Brian - BUCS Head of Sports Programmes
BUCS Appeals and Disciplinary Matters – Leanne Atkins – BUCS Competition Manager
The BUCS Sport Essentials Newsletter is available by registering at www.bucs.org.uk on the second working day of each week and will be sent to all BUCS members. The communication contains all the important information regarding BUCS Events and should be used in conjunction the Sports Specific Homepages on the BUCS website.
The relevant contacts from the National Governing Body can be found at www.britishamericanfootball.org
The BUCS American Football National Championship sees teams compete over an 8 game regular season in one of seven regional Conferences. The final standings within these Conferences will determine which teams progress to the two Post Season Playoffs – the Championship Playoffs and the Challenge Trophy Playoffs.
The seven Conference winners will go through to the Championship Playoffs along with those teams posting the next best five records from the second place teams. The best four Conference winning teams nationally will get a first round bye and home field status for Round Two.
In the Challenge Trophy Playoffs the best two (remaining) second place teams get a First Round bye. The best two third place teams will join them on a bye whilst the other five third place teams plus the three teams with the best fourth place records will contest Round One.
Each Playoff (Championship and Challenge Trophy) follow this format:
|Playoff Round 1||8 Teams|
|Playoff Round 2||8 Teams|
|Semi Finals||4 Teams|
Total number of teams in Championship Playoffs – 12
Total number of teams in Challenge Trophy Playoffs – 12
The Post Season schedule is determined by national rankings.
Calendar of Events
Pre-season Meeting: September 8th. University of Sheffield Students Union
Fixtures commence: October 28th 2012
Regular Season Fixtures finish: February 24th 2013.
Playoffs commence: March 3rd 2013
Finals Day: March 23rd 2013 at the John Charles Stadium, Leeds.
|Pre-Week||Oct 28th 2012|
|Week 1||November 4th|
|Week 2||November 11th|
|Week 3||November 18th|
|Week 4||November 25th|
|Week 5||December 2nd|
|Week 6||December 9th|
|Spare||December 16th (for rearranged games)|
|Week 7||January 27th 2013|
|Week 8||February 3rd|
|Week 9||February 10th|
|Week 10||February 17th|
|Week 11||February 24th|
|Round 1||March 3rd 2013|
|Round 2||March 10th|
Rules & Regulations
When participating in BUCS Competitions you must ensure you are aware of the Rules and Regulations to which you are competing. There may have been changes to the regulations since last season so please read them carefully. You should be aware of the following regulations:
BUCS General Regulations – these relate to all sports and are as per the digital BUCS handbook.
BUCS Sports Specific Regulations – The British American Football Association will issue supplementary regulatory guidance to all teams in the competition.
Results are input directly onto the website by the home team as per General Regulation 9 in the BUCS handbook. If a result has not been entered please contact your Athletic Union/Sports Office.
Any disputes with results must be made immediately and NOT at the end of the league programme. It is therefore IMPERATIVE that you regularly check your league to ensure that it is correct and up to date.