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Supporting Documents: 1. BAFA Field Markings Diagram 
 
AMF 1 Mixed Competition: American Football is an exception to BUCS General Regulation 7.6.2 and is recognised as a mixed competition (teams may include both male and female participants).
 
AMF 2 Registration: All players, coaches and sideline personnel must be included in a roster which is submitted directly to BAFA.
 
AMF 2.1 Each team must have a minimum of three BAFCA Level 1 qualified coaches registered on their roster prior to the start of their first league fixture.
 
AMF 2.1.1 Failure to adhere to AMF 2.1 prevents a team from commencing the season, forfeiting scheduled fixtures until compliant. BUCS General Regulations for forfeited fixtures apply.
 
AMF 2.2 New additions and alterations may be made to the roster throughout the league season until knock-out rounds commence.
 
AMF 2.3 Teams proved to have fielded unregistered and therefore ineligible personnel will be subject to disciplinary action.
 
AMF 3 Protective Equipment: For all fixtures, players participating must be equipped for contact American Football in accordance with the BAFA Minimum Requirements for Equipment (Ref. BAFA Rulebook).
 
AMF 3.1 The officials shall be the sole judges that all players’ equipment is adequate to requirements.
 
AMF 3.2 Any player(s) with inadequate equipment shall be refused to take the field.
 
AMF 3.3 Players and coaches are responsible for the supply and maintenance of their own equipment.
 
AMF 4 Official Ball: The official football to be used in all fixtures must be the NCAA College type ball made by a reputable manufacturer and as described by the dimensions specified in BAFA regulations, section 3.
 
AMF 5 Fixture Confirmation:
 
AMF 5.1 In addition to the requirements of BUCS Gen Reg 12 (with variations to timescales as listed below) home teams are required to communicate the following in writing to the away team via their respective Athletic Unions or recognised team contact:
 
AMF 5.1.1 Nature of the playing surface intended to be used (markings of side/end/yard/goal lines and hash marks are mandatory).
 
AMF 5.1.2 Length of field and any unusual aspects to it or its surrounds
AMF 5.1.3 Details of any post-match hospitality that may be provided (hospitality not compulsory).
AMF 5.1.4 For a weekend fixture - to be communicated to away team by noon of the Tuesday prior.
AMF5.1.5 For a weekday fixture – to be communicated to away team no less than 5 working days prior
 
AMF 5.2 The away team shall acknowledge receipt of the home team’s confirmation, no later than 48 hours prior to the game. This should include confirmation of the number of people traveling with the away team for purposes of hospitality. This communication should be copied to BAFA
 
AMF 5.3 Any problems with the above procedure must be reported to BUCS and BAFA immediately, in particular in the event of the 48 hour deadline in 5.2 not being met.
 
AMF 6   OFFICIALS AND MATCH PERSONNEL
 
AMF 6.1 Appointed Officials: BAFRA endeavors to appoint referees to as many BUCS American Football fixtures as possible. Appointments are based on officials availability geographically and teams are informed as soon as appointments are confirmed throughout the season by BAFRA. The MINIMUM appointment will be 3 officials qualified to Level One; Head, Second and Third Referees.
 
AMF 6.1.1 Officials provided by BAFRA must be reimbursed in accordance with the BAFRA Terms and Conditions which are detailed in the BAFA Rulebook.
 
AMF 6.2 Non Arrival of Appointed Officials: If BAFRA referees assigned to a fixture do not arrive in due course the game will be postponed unless both Teams’ Head Coaches agree to the game taking place with coaches acting as officials.
 
AMF 6.2.1 The coaches proposed to act as officials must fulfil the requirements denoted in section AMF 6.3 with the exception of AMF 6.3.3.
 
AMF 6.2.2 The home team must notify BAFA or a member of the BAFRA Operations Team of the situation and provide the names of the coaches who will be officiating before the game can begin.
 
AMF 6.2.3 Agreement to begin a fixture under 6.2 must be noted in writing before play commences, this aspect therefore is non-appealable post fixture.
 
AMF 6.2.4 If agreement cannot be reached or the appropriate personnel are not available to officiate then the game must be abandoned.
 
AMF 6.3 Interim Officials: If no BAFRA appointed officials are available for the game and the teams have been notified of this at least three days in advance by the appointing body, then the teams must make provision for the game to be officiated by current coaches.
 
AMF 6.3.1 Fixtures refereed by interim officials must have a minimum of three BAFCA Level 1 (or above) qualified coaches who have valid coaching insurance, have undertaken the field audit (part of the Insurance Guidance document which is available as a download from www.britishamericanfootball.org and have undertaken the reading of the rules of the game as provided by the Governing Body.
 
AMF 6.3.2 In situations where there are no BAFRA appointed officials for a fixture and 6.3 is to be applied; unless otherwise agreed in writing by both teams before the start of play, the home team must provide the Head and Third Referee, the away team the Second Referee as a minimum.
 
AMF6.3.3 In situations where 6.3 is applied, the home team must notify BAFA in writing at least two days before the game is to take place of the coach who is to act as the Head Referee.
 
AMF 6.3.4 Interim officials will be paid as per agreement with the Home Team.
 
AMF 6.4 Coaches acting as officials in accordance with 6.2 and 6.3 shall be afforded the same decision finality and respect as appointed referees.
 
AMF 6.5 Chain Crew and Ball Persons The home team must provide 3 people for the chain crew and at least 1 ball person.
 
AMF 6.5.1 The away team is responsible for providing a ball person for their own sideline.
 
AMF 6.5.2 If a team does not have sufficient people to man these tasks they must remove players from the playing squad to cover this.
 
AMF 6.5.3 Playing squad members nominated to fulfill chain crew and ball person duties are interchangeable at appropriate times throughout the fixture but must be wearing clothing other than the playing uniform.
 
AMF 6.6 Field Captains: At the time of the coin toss each team shall designate to the referee not more than four players as its Field Captain(s).
 
AMF 6.6.1 Only one designated Field Captain at a time shall speak for their team in all dealings with the officials.
 
AMF 6.6.2 Should a previously designated Field Captain be unable to take further part in a fixture a team may nominate a replacement to the head referee.
 
AMF 7 Playing Conditions: Should officials (including all denoted in AMF 6), deem the game unplayable due to the conditions then the game must not take place on that field for the remainder of the day pending a favourable re-inspection by said officials. Alternative fields can be sought and approved by either the officials present and / or BAFA.
 
AMF 7.1 If agreement cannot be reached as to the acceptability of the conditions BAFA must be contacted.
 
AMF 7.2 Results of fixtures taking place where officials have previously deemed conditions unsuitable not found an alternative ground nor found the original provision favourable upon re-inspection shall not stand.
 
AMF 8 Medical provisions
For the most current medical requirements please visit http://rules.bafra.org/rules/index.htm
 
AMF 9 Postponed/Unplayed League Fixtures  
 
AMF 9.1 If a fixture is not played for reasons beyond the control of either team then the game shall not be awarded but rescheduled or deemed void. Fixtures not played by the last week of the regular season will be deemed void. All awards will be made at the conclusion of the regular season.
 
AMF 9.2 The venue for a postponed match shall be the choice of the home team, unless:
 
AMF 10.2.1 the visiting team has travelled, in which case it will be the choice of the visiting team,
OR
AMF 10.2.2 the visiting team has incurred the cost of travel, in which case the home team will have the opportunity to reimburse the visiting team within one week, to retain their option of venue, else the visiting team will have the choice.
 
AMF 10 Un-Played Knock-Out Games
 
AMF 10.1 In the event that it is not possible to complete a knock-out fixture prior to the Monday of the following round due to circumstances beyond the control of both teams, the winner shall be decided by following the procedure in the BUCS General Regulation 13.10.2 on a win/loss/tied record - Set 2 of the ‘Tie Breaker’ document.
 
AMF 11 League Points
 
AMF 11.1 American Football shall vary from the normal BUCS allocation of league points and follow the below values:
Win – 2
Draw – 1
Loss – 0
 
AMF 11.2 Therefore 11.1 dictates that a voluntary walkover shall incur a 2 point deduction when conceded and a 2 point gain when awarded.
 
AMF 11.3 All fixtures deemed to be a draw require verification by the league management.
 
AMF 11.4 Separating Teams Tied on League Points: Exception to BUCS General Regulation 9.9.5 – goal variation will not be used. American Football shall utilise points conceded as a distinguishing factor at this point within the differentiation process. If this process does not produce a definitive team a coin toss shall be conducted.
 

 
The Championships are held under the rules of Archery GB and will at all times be subject to the Rules of Shooting, save as expressly set out in these Regulations. In the event of any ambiguity between the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and these Regulations, former shall have precedence. All competitors must be members of Archery GB.

ARC 1        Events

ARC 1.1        Indoor Championships
At the Indoor Championships all competitors shoot a Portsmouth round on a full face, except Compounds who will shoot 3 spot target faces.

ARC 1.2        Outdoor Championships
At the Outdoor Championships competitors will shoot the following rounds:
Experienced Men – FITA (Gentlemen)
Experienced Women – FITA (Ladies)
Novice Men – Metric I
Novice Women – Metric II

ARC 2        Categories

ARC 2.1        Individual
At both Championships there will be the following individual categories for both Men and Women with medals awarded subject to entry:
Experienced Recurve
Experienced Barebow
Experienced Compound
Experienced Longbow
Novice Recurve
Novice Barebow
Novice Compound
Novice Longbow

ARC 2.2        Team

ARC 2.2.1
At both Championships there will be a Men's Experienced team, a Women's Experienced team and an Open Novice team. The team scores shall be the highest three non-compound scores from the eligible members from each institution. Novices may be included in the experienced team at the indoor championships only.

ARC 2.2.2
At both Championships there will be an Open Compound team. The team scores shall be the highest two compound scores from the eligible members from each institution. Novices may be included at both championships.

ARC 2.3        Eligibility for Novice Categories
Only entrants who have not held insurance with an Archery Governing Body and who have commenced shooting in the current academic year (deemed to start on 1st September) shall be eligible for entry into the Novice categories.

ARC 3        Entries

ARC 3.1
Each Institution may make an unlimited entry. In the event of the number of entries exceeding the places available an equal maximum number of places shall be given to all institutions. All entries must be made through BUCScore.

ARC 3.2
Both competitions are closed events therefore only current BUCS affiliated students will be permitted to shoot.

ARC 4        Dress Code
Inline with Archery GB rules of shooting, rule 307 will be adhered to at both the indoor and outdoor championships.


 

Cross Country
 
The BUCS Cross Country Championships follow the UKA 2014-16 Rules of Competition. These can be found here.
 
For event specific rules please see the 2016 Pre event information.
 
 
The rules for the remaining individual events in this sport will be published here when the entries open for the relevant event.  Please refer to Essentials for information on when Entries open for events.

 

Indoor Athletics Championships

The rules of competition can be found here and in the Pre Event Information.

 ATH 1      The Outdoor Championships

The Outdoor Championships shall be held in the Summer Term and shall be staged under the laws of UK Athletics.

ATH 1.1    Programme

The programme shall be determined by the Athletics Advisory Group (AAG) and shall include at least the events listed in Appendix 1 of the General Regulations.

ATH 2       The Indoor Championships

The Indoor Championships shall be held during the Autumn or Spring Terms and shall be staged under the laws of UK Athletics.

ATH 2.1    Programme

The programme shall be determined by the AAG and shall include at least the events listed in Appendix 1 of the General Regulations.

ATH 3        Entries for the Outdoor and Indoor Championships

Entries shall be submitted to the BUCS Office by the advertised closing date. Anyone whose name is not on the original entry form or reserve list shall not be allowed to compete under any circumstances.

ATH 4        Heats and Qualifying Competitions in the Outdoor and Indoor Championships

ATH 4.1   

The AAG or appointed representatives shall make the draws for heats and qualifying competitions.

ATH 4.2    Field Events

In Field Event finals (minus High Jump and Pole Vault) all competitors shall be entitled to three attempts, following which the leading eight competitors shall be entitled to a further three attempts. If qualifying competitions are to be held, the AAG and Meeting Director shall set a qualifying standard based on submitted Personal Bests. All competitors who have cleared the qualifying height or distance or the leading twelve competitors (whichever is the larger number) shall qualify for the final.

ATH 5        Points Scoring at the Outdoor Championships

There shall be two Team competitions open to all BUCS institutions - all scored on the same points basis:

ATH 5.1    The BUCS Men’s Team Championship.

ATH 5.2    The BUCS Women’s Team Championship.

ATH 5.3    Eight places in each event shall be scored on the basis of 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points.

ATH 6        Points Scoring at the Indoor Championships

There shall be two Team competitions open to all BUCS institutions - all scored on the same points basis:

ATH 6.1    The BUCS Men’s Team Championship.

ATH 6.2    The BUCS Women’s Team Championship.

ATH 6.3    The points scoring system shall be determined by the AAG.

ATH 7        Conditions of Entry for Competitors

ATH 7.1   

No competitor shall be allowed to compete in any event unless his/her name appears on the original entry form or reserve list.

ATH 7.2   

Events shall be started on time, and a competitor who is not ready at the start of an event shall be disqualified.

ATH 7.3  

If a competitor withdraws from an event having qualified from an earlier round (including a qualifying round or pool in a Field Event) without giving a valid reason to the Referee, then they shall be excluded from competing in any further events (including relays) at the Championships

ATH 7.4   

Any competitor withdrawing from semi-finals or finals shall not score points. Once the preliminary rounds have been run, substitutes for qualifiers are not permitted.

ATH 7.5   

All competitors shall run in the colours of their University unless specific permission has been given otherwise.

ATH 8        Fines

Athletes who either did not withdraw from an event or submitted a withdrawal form after the event closing time (90 minutes before) are subject to a fine as follows:
        Early Payment            Late Payment
        Heat    £10                £15
        Final    £15                £25

 

 

 
The Badminton Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Badminton England.

Section A - Team Championships (Except Scottish Conference – See Section B)

BAD 1 Teams
 
BAD 1.1 Teams shall consist of six players, competing as two singles players and two doubles pairs. A player cannot play singles and doubles during the same match.
 
BAD 1.2 The singles players and doubles pairs shall both be ranked 1, 2 in order of playing strength. The singles players shall play both singles players of the opposing team. The doubles pairs shall play both doubles pairs of the opposing team.
 
BAD 2        Ranking Lists
 
BAD 2.1 All Premier League institutions must submit the names of 6 first team players who are unable to play below the first team no later than 02 October 2015. All teams from institutions failing to provide a rank order by the deadline will be deducted one league point. Teams may re-rank following the last league match of the season and before the first knockout rounds begin. Teams who receive a bye must re-rank before the last 16 matches take place.
 
BAD 2.1.1 Players included on the BUCS Badminton ranking list may only play for the first team and not in any lower tiered teams.
 
BAD 2.1.2 Players not included on the BUCS Badminton ranking list may play in the first team if required on an ad hoc basis providing adherence to REG 7.5. If a team must regularly field a player not listed in the rankings or wishes to change those listed, application to do so must be made to the BUCS Office - Badminton Sports Manager.
*Regularly would be taken to mean 3 or more times in all first team competitions combined  per season (League and Cup).
 
BAD 3.1 Match Scoring
 
BAD 3.1.1 The revised laws of Badminton England as introduced by the BWF in May 2006 shall be used including the Rally Point Scoring System, except as stated below:
 
BAD 3.1.2 Each match shall be the best of three games of 21 points except that if the score reaches 20-all the winner is the player/pair with 2 clear points or whose score reaches 30 first.
 
BAD 3.1.3 Play shall be continuous from the first service until the end of the match. There shall be NO intervals when a side reaches 11 points in a game, NOR between the first and second games, and NOR between the second and third games.
 
BAD 3.1.4 Only when the shuttle is not in play, shall a player be permitted to receive advice during a match.
 
BAD 3.2 Match Result
 
BAD 3.2.1 The team winning the majority of rubbers shall be the match winner. In the event of a tie on rubbers the fixture is a draw.
 
BAD 3.2.2 In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any rubbers not completed or un-played.
 
BAD 3.3 Scorecards: Institutions are required to maintain accurate records* of the matches played by their teams in case of a tie on points within a league which cannot be resolved by BUCS General Regulations. In such circumstances, the BUCS Office will contact the relevant institutions for details of all their league matches in order to separate the teams. These matches should be recorded on official governing body scorecards / scoresheets. * ‘Accurate records’ are taken to mean precise details of all aspects of the fixture including sets, games and points; won and lost.
 
BAD 4 Court Bookings
 
BAD 4.1 The following minimum court times MUST be booked by the host team for a fixture: League Fixtures & Knockout Rounds (Except Scottish Leagues – See Below) A minimum of 2 Courts for 3 hours MUST be provided.
 
BAD 4.2 Failure to book the minimum prescribed above will result in the home team forfeiting any rubbers not completed should the match not be finished.
 
BAD 4.3 The court specifications are specified by the laws of badminton (BWF) as well as the design  guidelines published by Sport England and Badminton England in June 2009.

BAD 5 Playing Order: The order of play in the match shall be as follows (home team placings first):
        Singles    1 v 2    
        Singles    2 v 1    
        Doubles 1 v 2    
        Doubles 2 v 1    
        Singles    1 v 1    
        Singles    2 v 2    
        Doubles 1 v 1    
        Doubles 2 v 2    

BAD 6 Draw in Knockout Round Match: In the event of a drawn match in the knockout stages, the winner shall be determined as follows:

BAD 6.1 The team winning the highest number of games
 
BAD 6.2 If a tie still results, the team with the greatest difference between points won and points lost.
 
BAD 6.3 If a tie still results, the team winning the highest number of games in the 1v1 singles and 1v1 doubles rubbers.
 
BAD 6.4 If a tie still results, the team with the greatest difference between points won and points lost in 1v1 singles and 1v1 doubles rubbers.
 
BAD 6.5 If a tie still results, the toss of a coin.
 
BAD 6.6 In the event of a rubber having to be conceded through injury, the points already won by both teams will stand, with the team that did not concede also gaining the points that they would need to win the rubber.

BAD 7 Shuttlecocks: An appropriate number of new, tournament quality feather shuttlecocks of the correct speed must be supplied by the home team for use in all matches.

Section B. Team Championships - Scottish Conference

BAD 8 Format: Fixtures within the Scottish Conference will be a mixed format as follows:
        2 Men’s Singles    
        2 Women’s Singles    
        2 Men’s Doubles    
        2 Women’s Doubles    
        4 Mixed Doubles    

BAD 9 Results: Results will be extracted from the Men’s singles and doubles and the Women’s singles and doubles to provide the respective Men’s and Women’s Scottish Conference representatives for the BUCS Knockout competitions.
BAD 10 Court Bookings: A minimum of 4 Courts for 3 hours MUST be provided.
Section C - Individual Championships

BAD 11 Events: Championships will be held annually for Men and Women in the following events:
        Men’s Singles
        Women’s Singles
        Men’s Doubles
        Women’s Doubles
        Mixed Doubles

BAD 13    Entries
 
BAD 13.1 Each University is guaranteed one entry in each event. A further two entries may be made in each event and accepted at the discretion of the tournament committee.
 
BAD 13.2 Paired couples in the Doubles event must be members of the same University.

BAD 14    Rules
 
BAD 14.1 The draw shall be made under the supervision of a neutral referee and Universities must include on the entry form details of past performances of their members for the guidance of the referee in making the draw which shall be made according to the International Draw system (adapted).
 
BAD 14.2 Whenever possible, players from the same University shall be placed in different quarters of the draw.
 
BAD 14.3 The tournament shall be conducted on the ‘knockout’ principle.
 
BAD 14.4 The decision of the Tournament Director is final.

 
 
BAS 1 Fundamental principle: the game must take place
Notwithstanding the regulations contained herein, all participants are required to use their best endeavours to ensure that all fixtures (a) take place and (b) are completed.  It is not possible to deal in these regulations with each and every circumstance that could arise which might affect BUCS fixtures, but participants (including match officials) are expected at all times to regard this principle as a prime consideration.

If a team considers its interests to have been harmed by the application of this principle, they are at liberty to play under protest and use the standard BUCS appeals process.
 
BAS 2 Affiliations
 
BAS 2.1 All teams/institutes competing in the BUCS Basketball competition must affiliate to their respective National Governing Body (NGB).
 
BAS 2.2 All players competing in the BUCS Basketball competition must affiliate to their respective NGB. This covers all BUCS fixtures as well as local league fixtures.
 
BAS 2.3 All players competing in the BUCS Leagues must hold a valid licence issued via the relevant NGB. Players must be able to present these licenses at each fixture should they be requested to do so.
 
BAS 2.4 Failure to affiliate to your relevant NGB by the deadline date of Friday 30 October 2015 will result in an automatic 1 league point deduction. Any team not affiliated will be suspended from the BUCS competition until affiliation is complete. Teams will concede walkovers for any matches falling in this period. All institutions must pay all debts to the relevant NGBs no later than 27 November 2015. Any institution failing to pay their debts by this date will have one league point deducted from each team.
 
BAS 3 Competition Structure
The Basketball Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the BUCS regulations and the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) rules of play, as interpreted by the Basketball Advisory Group (BAG), with the following exceptions:
 
BAS 3.1 Allowable shirt numbers will be 4 — 15, 20 — 25, 30 — 35, 40 — 45, 50 — 55.
 
BAS 3.2 24 second shot clocks shall be required in all Men’s and Women’s Premier League and Tier one matches and Championship and Trophy knockout ties. There shall be no requirement for 24-second shot clocks in any other matches; this responsibility shall lie with the referees. Refer to BAS 5.5 for non compliance guidelines.
 
BAS 3.3 For all Men’s competitions in all categories the ball shall not be less than 74.9cm and not more than 78cm in circumference (size 7). It shall not weigh less than 567 g and not more than 650 g
 
BAS 3.4 For all Women’s competitions in all categories the ball shall not be less than 72.4cm and not more than 73.7cm in circumference (size 6). It shall not weigh less than 510 g and not more than 567 g

BAS 4 Premier & Conference League Matches
 
BAS 4.1 In all league matches points awarded will be three points for a win and no points for a loss.
 
BAS 4.2 As per FIBA rules there is no drawn result in a basketball game. Should the teams be tied at the end of normal time, then a period of five minutes extra time will be played. The exception to the FIBA rules shall be in 2 legged promotion playoffs.
 
BAS 4.3 If the teams are still tied at the end of this extra period of five minutes, additional periods of five minutes extra time shall be played until a winner is determined.
 
BAS 4.4 In the event of a tie on League points, teams will be split according to general REG 9.9.

BAS 5 Premier League and Tier One Requirements
 
BAS 5.1 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that at least 2 hours of court time are booked. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion.
 
BAS 5.2 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for matches and should comply with NGB regulations for matches of this standard. Ideally, all matches should be played on courts to FIBA specification in terms of court size, run-off areas, player safety, lighting, floor surface and visibility of court markings.
 
BAS 5.3 It is a requirement that 24 second shot clocks are provided for all matches.
 
BAS 5.4 A fully working and easily visible scoreboard must be provided showing the match score and time remaining in each period.
 
BAS 5.5 All Fixtures where a Shot Clock is Required (Ref BAS 3.2) Failure to provide a 24 second shot clock or a scoreboard as per Regulations BAS 5.3 and BAS 5.4 above will result in a £100 fine for the home team. The away team cannot claim a walkover or play under protest or appeal, as the match can still go ahead timed by the officials.
 
BAS 5.6 Qualified and neutral match officials (referee & umpire) must be provided. At least two qualified table officials should also be provided although there is not a requirement for these to be neutral.
 
BAS 5.7 Host institutions should ensure that there is an appropriate level of medical / first aid cover available either at or within close proximity to the courts. In the latter case, the home captain or coach should be aware of how to summon assistance swiftly. Ideally, medical support will be available during the match court-side.
 
BAS 5.8 All Premier teams must have their University name on the front of their playing vest for matches.  Failure to comply will result in a £50 fine per reported incident. Guidelines for BAS 5.9:
The FIBA Regulation dealing with the name of club or country on the playing vest is as follows:
The name or the badge/symbol of the club or country must appear on the front of the shirts as follows:
        i. Above the advertising.
        ii. If the written text comprises one (1) line, the letters shall be a maximum of 8 cm in height.            
If the written text comprises two (2) lines, the letters on each line shall be a maximum of 6cm in height.
        iii. The badge/symbol must not be smaller than 100 cm² nor larger than 200 cm² and shall be a maximum of 10 cm in height.
The University name can be shortened if required – e.g. LSBU (London South Bank University)
 
BAS 5.10 Regular spot checks will be carried out during the course of the season to verify teams’ licences and facilities are meeting the Basketball sports specific regulations.
 
BAS 5.11 BUCS General Regulations and Basketball Competition rules apply alongside the above requirements. The BAG reserves the right to remove any teams who contravene the above regulations.
 
BAS 6 BUCS Basketball Championships
 
BAS 6.1 For the Last 16 Championship Knockout round, the Premier League and Tier 1 requirements must be adhered to - see BAS 3.
 
BAS 6.2 The eight participating teams in the Final 8s shall play in a tournament structure to be decided by the BAG. It will follow a knockout format in the first instance.
 
BAS 6.3 All teams must register on day one at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled start of their first match.
 
BAS 6.4 All teams must re-register on day two at least 30 minutes before tip-off for every game. Teams who fail to re-register may be considered to have forfeited the match.
 
BAS 6.5 All teams will play two matches in the tournament, usually one per day. Teams must fulfil all fixtures during the tournament — forfeiture of any matches will result in Disciplinary Committee action as per REG 12.10.
 
BAS 6.6 Players will need to show their licence cards to prove their affiliation to a British National Governing Body for Basketball in order to compete.
 
BAS 6.7 The match ball used for all finals will be Molten. (Size 7 for men and size 6 for women).
 
BAS 6.8 For Final 8s, BUCS will convene a Technical Committee to oversee all arrangements, including any disputes, protests and matters of discipline. The Technical Committee shall comprise a minimum of 3 persons (not involved with the matter to be considered) selected by the BUCS Basketball SAG Technical Representative or BUCS Basketball SAG Chair. Decisions of the Technical Committee shall be final and no appeal permitted.
 
BAS 7 Score Sheets
In the case of any rule breach by either team, the home team must be able to produce the official scoresheet of each match to the BUCS Office when requested (White Copy only).


 
 
BOX 1 BUCS Boxing competitions will be governed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The Official in Charge of the competition will follow the AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) Competition Rules.
 
BOX 2 The BUCS Boxing Championships will be held at a venue and under rules determined by the relevant National Governing Body.
 
BOX 3 Competitors who do not make weight in the category they have entered will not be able to move to another weight category.
 
BOX 4 A valid Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) medical card must be produced by the competitor at weigh-in. Failure to produce a valid medical card will result in disqualification from the competition.
 
BOX 5 Head guards are compulsory for female competitors. Only AIBA competition head guards and hand bandages are allowed to be worn. Training head guards are not permitted. Fitted mouth guards (excluding red mouth guards) and body protectors must be worn by all competitors. Competitors without the correct safety equipment cannot compete.
 
BOX 6 Competition gloves will be provided by BUCS for all competitors.
 
BOX 7 Competitors who do not withdraw and do not attend weigh-in will be fined in addition to the cost of their entry fee. Details of the fines will be published in the pre-event information.
 

CANOEING

 

All of the Championships will be held annually under the rules of British Canoeing and the International Canoe Federation.

CAN 1        The following Championships will be promoted annually:
Wild Water Racing Championships
Canoe Slalom Championships
Canoe Polo Championships

CAN 2        Entries
Each University may enter as many competitors or teams as each specific event’s regulations allow. Details of this will be published in the entry information available prior to entries being submitted.

CAN 3        Wild Water Racing Championships

CAN 3.1
The race will be run in accordance with the British Canoeing WWR Executive Rules. However, the team events will not require team members to finish within 15 seconds of each other, but they must finish within clear line of sight.

CAN 3.2
These Championships will be decided on one run.

CAN 3.3        Individual events
Men's K1 (Classic and Sprint)
Women's K1 (Classic and Sprint)
Men's C1 (Classic and Sprint)
Women's C1 (Classic and Sprint)
C2 (Classic and Sprint) - Event open to both Men and Women
Open Team (Classic Only)
Mixed Team (Classic Only)

CAN 3.4        Wild Water Racing Teams
There are two categories of teams: Open Teams and Mixed Teams.

CAN 3.4.1
An Open Team can be made of any 3 boats per team of any gender of person.

CAN 3.4.2
A Mixed Team can be made up of 3 boats per team and is open to all boats of either gender except Men’s K1.

CAN 3.4.3
An individual competitor may only enter each Team Event once and if entering both the Open and Mixed Team must paddle a different boat class in each.

CAN 3.5        Overall Team
The Overall University Team standings are calculated from the summed points from each class. The first 15 finishers in each class gain 20,16,14,12,11,...1 point(s) and all other finishers gain 1 point. These points are totalled over all the classes.

CAN 3.6        Capsizing
If you capsize then you can get back in your boat and continue. You can have help to get back in, but you must be in the same boat as you started in, and you must be in it with your head above the water when you cross the finish line.

CAN 3.7        Bibs
Bibs must be worn at all times during practice and racing. Competitors wearing the wrong numbered bib for the class they are paddling may be disqualified.

CAN 3.8        Equipment

CAN 3.8.1
All competitors must wear suitable safety equipment and boats/equipment should be in a river worthy condition.

CAN 3.8.2
All boats must be fitted with grab loops at the bow and stern and must contain 2 air bags.

CAN 3.8.3
All paddlers must wear CE approved buoyancy aids and helmets. Helmets fitted with polo faceguards are not suitable for use on white water.

CAN 3.8.4
Paddlers should wear sufficient warm clothing for the time of year.

CAN 3.8.5
The organisers may conduct spot checks on all equipment and reserve the right to refuse entry or disqualify anyone deemed to have insufficient safety equipment or be unsafe. Boats may be re-inspected following a swim and paddlers with unsafe boats will have to retire.

CAN 4        Canoe Slalom Championships
 
CAN 4.1
At these Championships Individual events will be decided on the better score from two runs and Team events will be decided on one run.
 
CAN 4.2        Individual events:
Men's K1
Women's K1
Men's C1
Women's C1
C2 - Event open to both Men and Women
 
CAN 4.3        Canoe Slalom Teams
There are two categories of teams: Open Teams and Mixed Teams.
 
CAN 4.3.1
An Open Team can be made of any 3 boats per team of any gender of person.
 
CAN 4.3.2
A Mixed Team can be made up of 3 boats per team and is open to all boats of either gender except Men’s K1.
 
CAN 4.3.3
An individual competitor may only enter each Team Event once and if entering both the Open and Mixed Team must paddle a different boat class in each.
 
CAN 4.4        Overall Team
The Overall University Team standings are calculated as follows: 100 points are divided by the number of competitors who start each race and the points difference between each place will be this number, starting with 100 points for 1st place. However, those who don’t finish their run receive 0 points. For example, if 10 people start and only 8 finish in a particular category, they are awarded points as follows:
 
1st 100
2nd 90
3rd 80
4th 70
5th 60
6th 50
7th 40
8th 30
=9th 0 (DNF)
=9th 0 (DNF)
 
In the case of team categories these scores are doubled.
 
The 5 highest points scoring finishers from a University across all of the individual categories all contribute their full points to their Overall University score. In addition the 2 highest scoring teams across both of the team categories contribute their full points. All other finishers contribute the points of the last placed finisher in that class. So in the case of the class above that would be 30 points. The total score is then used to calculate the Overall University positions.
 
CAN 4.5        Scoring
The score for each run is the time taken to complete the course. Penalty time is added on for touching or missing gates:
 
CAN 4.5.1        Touching a gate
If a competitor touches a gate a 2 second penalty will be incurred. Once a gate has been touched with any part of the body or equipment the competitor can keep touching it again and only receive the 2 second penalty once. However the 2 second penalty is increased to 50 seconds if the gate is missed completely:
 
CAN 4.5.2        Missing a gate
A competitor is deemed to have missed a gate and will incur a 50 second penalty if:
  • The complete head and some part of the boat do not pass between the poles in the correct direction.
  • The gate is negotiated in the wrong direction.
  • The head is underwater during gate negotiation (either head in C2).
  • They touch a gate numerically further down the course (as opposed to physically downstream)
CAN 4.5.3
If a team of 3 boats does not cross the line within 15 seconds of each other a 50 second penalty is awarded.
 
CAN 4.6        Capsizing
If a competitor capsizes and exits their boat they cannot continue their run, even if they self-rescue. They must leave the course at the earliest opportunity.
 
CAN 4.7        Bibs
Bibs must be worn at all times during practice and racing. Competitors wearing the wrong numbered bib for the class they are paddling may be disqualified.
 
CAN 4.8        Equipment
 
CAN 4.8.1
All competitors must wear suitable safety equipment and boats/equipment should be in a river worthy condition.
 
CAN 4.8.2
All boats must be fitted with grab loops at the bow and stern and must contain 2 air bags.
 
CAN 4.8.3
All paddlers must wear CE approved buoyancy aids and helmets. Helmets fitted with polo faceguards are not suitable for use on white water.
 
CAN 4.8.4
Paddlers should wear sufficient warm clothing for the time of year.
 
CAN 4.8.5
The organisers may conduct spot checks on all equipment and reserve the right to refuse entry or disqualify anyone deemed to have insufficient safety equipment or be unsafe. Boats may be re-inspected following a swim and paddlers with unsafe boats will have to retire.
 
CAN 4.9        Whistling Off
In the event that a competitor is caught up by the competitor following them, the gate judge will blow a whistle and shout out the number of the slower competitor. The slower competitor must immediately move out of the racing line and allow the faster competitor to pass before continuing. A re-run will not be permitted. (Note: This does not apply if the following person is just missing all the gates).
 

CAN 5        Canoe Polo Championships
Rules TBC and will be published when the 2015-16 event entries open.


 
 

Summary of Event Rules

CLA 1  A team and individual Championship shall be offered annually for Men and Women.

CLA 1.1   Points and medals shall be awarded to the top 4 individuals and top 8 men’s and women’s teams.

CLA 1.2   Team scores are extracted from individual scores and comprise the top 4 scores per institution

General Rules [taken from CPSA] 

 

Referee

CLA 2 A referee is authorised and competent to adjudicate at any competition in accordance with technical and general rules of that discipline. Whenever possible, CPSA qualified Referees should be used at registered events and must be used at CPSA Major and Minor Championship events.

Duties

CLA 3 Referees shall ensure that the competitors comply with and compete according to all rules; and ensure that the equity of the competition is maintained at all times.

CLA 3.1 When the Referee is satisfied that a variation in target trajectory is such that the equity of the competition cannot be maintained, a request may be made to the Jury by the Referee for the targets to be re-set.

CLA 3.2 Referees shall “DULY NOTIFY” a competitor when it is their turn to shoot by calling out the name(s) on the scorecard/squad sheet for each stand/round.

CLA 3.3 If a Competitor is absent after being called, the Referee will call the name on the card loudly three times, equally spaced within one minute. If the competitor is still not present within that time, they will be “Declared Absent” by the Referee, after which they will not be allowed to join the squad.

CLA 3.4 This will be noted onto the score sheet and the Jury will then penalise the competitor according to the Technical Rules of the particular Discipline and the competitor shall be given the opportunity to shoot that round (if possible) at a time to be decided by the Jury.

CLA 3.5 The Referee will make a decision on whether a target is “HIT”, “LOST” or a “NO-TARGET” (on these matters the Referee’s decision is final) and shall mark the result on the squad card/score sheet.

CLA 3.6 In all cases where a target has not been hit, the Referee must give a verbal indication to the Competitor (after the second shot at doubles).

CLA 3.7 It is at the Referee’s discretion whether they call out the result of all shots, but it is mandatory to call out losses or in the case of Down The Line, losses and second barrel hits (two).

Target definition “hit”

A regular target that in the opinion of the Referee only:

CLA 4 Has had a visible piece broken from it, is completely destroyed or, in the case of targets that are presented whole and during flight holes are seen to appear which have been caused by the Competitor’s shot.

Target definition “lost”

CLA 5 A target, which has some “dust” removed from it, by the shot, but remains otherwise “intact”, is not a hit target.

A target shall be declared “LOST” when in the opinion of the Referee only:

CLA 5.1 A regular target remains unbroken after being fired at and is not a “Hit Target” in accordance with the above rules.

CLA 5.2 The competitor after an apparent malfunction or misfire opens the gun or moves the safety catch. 

CLA 5.3 A competitor suffers a 3rd or subsequent malfunction or misfire in the same stage.

CLA 5.4 The competitor fails to fire for any reason due to personal error, fault or negligence.

No target

CLA 6 After a target has been declared a “No Target” it is no longer part of the competition. When a Referee has declared a target a “No Target”, on NO ACCOUNT must it be shot at. When a No-target is deliberately or intentionally shot at, the Referee will warn the Competitor and mark the scorecard accordingly. Should there be a subsequent occurrence within the same stage/stand the Referee will report the matter to the jury for a decision in relation to loss of target.

CLA 6.1 Please refer to Technical Rules for specific discipline clarification on “No Targets”.

Disqualification

CLA 7 Disqualification entails the forfeiture by the individual of all entrance money and rights in the competition to which it relates.

Coaching

CLA 8 Referees must ensure that no coaching or tuition is permitted from any quarter once an event has commenced and whilst the competitor is actually at the shooting mark or in the process of completing a round.

Penalties re: coaching

CLA 9 If a Referee is satisfied that the competitor is receiving coaching from someone outside the shooting stand they will, in the first instance, warn the person(s) involved not too continue. Failure to do so will result in one of the following:

CLA 9.1 A one-target penalty (from the score achieved on that stand) to be deducted from the score of the Competitor shooting.

CLA 9.2 If the competitor does not score on that stand, a zero is marked in the first free spot of any stand that has not been shot. The Referee will indicate this with the word “penalty” on the scorecard.

CLA 9.3 If all stands have been completed then the Referee will keep the scorecard and hand it to a

Jury member so that a target may be removed from the overall score.

If those involved continue:

CLA 9.4 The cards of those involved will be confiscated and a request by the Referee will be made to the Jury to disqualify the offending competitors.

CLA 9.5 The Referee will make all deductions at the time of any incident and the decision will be confirmed or otherwise by the Jury at a later time.

Balk

CLA 10 The Referee will make any judgment on a claim for a “Balk” from any competitor.

CLA 10.1 A “BALK” is any occurrence, which in the opinion of the Referee materially handicaps the competitor after the call of “Pull” or any other verbal remark, but then only if it deters the competitor from shooting or distracts at the moment of shooting.

CLA 10.2 Only the competitor directly concerned may claim a “Balk”.

CLA 10.3 Any claim must be made immediately after the incident in question. Later claims, however presented will not be permitted.

CLA 10.4 A claim for a “Balk” which is upheld constitutes a “No Target” and will entitle the competitor to a repeat target(s).

CLA 10.5 A claim for “Balk” which is not upheld will be scored accordingly.

Ammunition

CLA 11 The length of the cartridge, before being fired, is not to exceed the maximum length specified for the discipline being shot. Cartridges must be of normal loading with no internal changes, and shall not exceed 28 grams of shot. (For ISSF and FITASC disciplines different rules apply, see current rulebooks.)

CLA 11.1 The shot shall be spherical shot of normal production and no larger than 2.6mm in diameter (English size 6): plated shot may be used.

CLA 11.2 Home load, black powder and tracer cartridges may not be used. The Referee may at any time take unfired cartridge(s) out of a shooter’s gun for examination and analysis. Any competitor found using prohibited cartridge(s) will be liable to disqualification.

Hearing/eye protection

CLA 12 The wearing of a recognised and purpose made hearing protection product is compulsory and must be worn on or in both ears by all persons taking part in registered events while in the act of shooting, refereeing, scoring, trapping, officiating in any capacity, or spectating near the shooting stands.

CLA 12.1 The appropriate wearing of adequate and effective visible eye protection by competitors, scorers, trappers, officials and Spectators at, or around any shooting position at all registered events is mandatory. It is recommended that this protection be to a minimum standard of BS EN 166:2002.

CLA 12.2 In the event of a shooter not wearing protective glasses/ear defenders they will be given three minutes to obtain a pair. If they fail to obtain glasses/ear defenders within three minutes they will be stood down from the round, or stand, and allowed to shoot later, with glasses/ear defenders, but with a penalty of three targets deducted.

CLA 12.3 Referees and Jury members have the power and the responsibility to stop anyone stepping on to a shooting stand or standing by, or officiating in an event, unless they are seen to be appropriately wearing some standard form of proprietary hearing and eye protection.

CLA 12.4 Ground Owners/Managers/Organisers must comply with everything required by the Health & Safety at Work Act and must instruct those who refuse to comply to leave 

 

 

 

 
 
BUCS Indoor Cricket Regulations
 
The BUCS General Regulations and the Laws of Cricket shall apply together with any experimental rules and conditions laid down by the England & Wales Cricket Board for the recreational game in the preceding cricket season, with the exception of the following playing regulations:-

IC 1.0 Competition Format - Men’s
 
IC 1.1 Leagues: Regionalised leagues ideally of up to 8 teams playing each other once at central venues on set match days (3).
 
IC 1.2 Championship Cup: At least 12 teams to the Cup competition at the conclusion of league programme; the winner of each of the leagues plus best performing runners-up* (to be confirmed on the league notes, first teams only). Super Semis: Qualifying teams to play in round robin format with winners qualifying for finals.
• *Best performing runner-up determined by fewest number of games lost. If this remains equal then run rate will be used
• Draw for Cup mini leagues is random, no seeding.
 
IC 1.3 All teams must retain scorecards for all of their matches. In the case of a tie BUCS will request scoresheets in order to confirm run rate.
 
IC 2.0 Competition Format - Women’s 
 
IC 2.1 Leagues: Regionalised leagues of ideally 6 teams playing each at central venues on set match days
 
IC 2.2 Championship Cup: League winners and best two runners-up* (one from the northern groups and one from the southern groups) to Cup at conclusion of league competition, first teams only. Super Semis: Qualifying teams to play in round robin format with winners and runners-up qualifying for finals.
• *Best performing runner-up determined by fewest number of games lost. If this remains equal then run rate will be used
• Draw for Cup mini leagues is random, no seeding.

IC 2.3 All teams must retain scorecards for all of their matches. In the case of a tie BUCS will request scoresheets in order to confirm run rate. If only one team is able to provide completed scorecards then they will progress

IC 3.0 Team Requirements
 
IC 3.1 Team - maximum of 6 per team.
 
IC 3.2 Squad - maximum of 10 per squad.
 
IC 3.2.1 The 6 team members for each game must be selected from the squad that is to be declared and submitted to the Tournament Director present 30 minutes prior to the start of a teams’ first scheduled match per match day.
 
IC 3.2.2 No additions or alterations may be made once the squad list is submitted for that round of competition/match day.
 
IC 3.2.3 Pertinent to institutions with multiple teams; for each round of competition, player movement between squads is governed by Regulation 7.5.
 
IC 3.2.4 All teams must wear matching playing shirts and teams are advised to avoid wearing red shirts.

IC 4.0 Playing Conditions: The following regulations may be altered by the Tournament Director owing to constraints of the venue in which the matches are taking place. Please note; unless otherwise indicated as being specific to the men’s game only, where the regulations state ‘batsmen/man/he/his/etc’, the terms should be taken as referring to the women’s competition also.
 
IC 4.1 Each match shall consist of one innings per team other than the Championship Cup Final for both men and women which may be the combined score from two innings per team if the final is played as a one off match.
 
IC 4.2 Each innings shall consist of a maximum of 10 six ball overs.
 
IC 4.3 There shall be a 5 minute interval between innings.
 
IC 4.4 Batting: Two batsmen shall be at the wicket at all times during an innings.
 
IC 4.4.1 In the event of a team losing 5 wickets within the permitted 10 overs, the last man shall continue batting with the fifth man out remaining at the wicket as a runner/non-striker only.
 
IC 4.4.2 When a batsman reaches a personal total of 25 not out, he shall retire but may return to the crease in the event of his side being dismissed within the 10 overs. Retired batsmen must return in the order of retirement and can only take the place of a retiring or dismissed batsman. Should a batsman return and score a further 25 runs, he shall again retire and may subsequently return. Two ‘live’ batsmen shall be at the wicket until such time as the fifth wicket has fallen.
 
IC 4.5 Bowling: No bowler shall bowl more than 3 overs. (In the case of a bowler becoming incapacitated, the over shall be completed by a bowler who has not bowled 3 overs even if they bowled the preceding over).
 
IC 4.6 Having bounced once, if the ball reaches or passes the batsman at or above shoulder height, standing in his normal stance, either umpire shall call and signal a ‘No-Ball’.
 
IC 4.7 Regardless of the pace of delivery, if the ball reaches the batsman on the full at or above waist height, standing upright at the popping crease, either umpire shall call and signal a ‘No-Ball’.
 
IC 4.8 A ball bouncing more than once before reaching the striker in his normal position will be called a ‘No-Ball’.
 
IC 4.9 The laws relating to ‘Wides’ shall be strictly interpreted by the umpires.
 
IC 4.10 No extra deliveries are added to an over in the event ‘No-Balls or Wide-Balls’ are bowled except in the final over of an innings or a Super Over (refer to IC7.5) both of which must contain 6 legal deliveries. 

IC 5.0 Scoring
 
The scoring for Indoor Cricket shall take place as follows:-
 
IC 5.1 A ball struck to hit the boundary wall behind the bowler without first touching the floor or any other wall or ceiling shall count as 6 runs.  If, however, the ball touches the floor but does not touch any of the other walls or the ceiling before hitting the boundary wall, then it shall count as 4 runs.
 
IC 5.2 A ball struck to hit the ceiling or one or more of the side or back walls shall count one run, even if the ball subsequently hits the boundary wall.  Two additional runs shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run.  (If the ball is struck to hit the ceiling or side or back wall and a batsman is then run out, the run for hitting the wall or ceiling shall be scored).
 
IC 5.3 Two runs shall be scored if the striker plays the ball and it does not hit a wall direct and the batsmen complete a run.
 
IC 5.4 A bye shall count as one run if the ball hits a wall; a leg-bye shall count as one run if the ball hits a wall.  In each case if the batsmen complete a run, two additional runs shall be scored.
 
IC 5.5 Two byes or two leg-byes shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run without the ball hitting a wall.
 
IC 5.6 A No-Ball shall score three penalty runs, recorded as a No-Ball extra, in addition to any other runs scored under IC5.6.3, IC5.6.4 below.
 
IC 5.6.1 If the striker hits a No-Ball, the number of runs resulting, as specified in Rules IC5.6.2 & .4, shall be added to his score.
 
IC 5.6.2 If the batsman does not strike the ball and completes a run, two runs shall be credited under No-Ball extras.  If the ball hits the ceiling, or any wall, an additional run shall be scored as a No-Ball extra.
 
IC 5.6.3 If the batsman does not hit the ball and it goes on to hit the ceiling or any wall, one run shall be scored as a No-Ball extra (unless he has let the ball hit him without either attempting to play it or avoid being hit by it).
 
IC 5.6.4 No additional deliveries for No Balls received other than in the final over of an innings or Super Over but aforementioned scoring for No Balls remains the same.
 
IC 5.7 A Wide-Ball shall score three penalty runs, recorded as a Wide, in addition to any runs scored under
IC5.7.1 & .2 below.
 
IC 5.7.1 If a Wide Ball hits the ceiling or any wall (including the boundary wall) one run shall be credited under extras.
 
IC 5.7.2 If the batsmen complete a run, two runs shall be credited under extras.
 
IC 5.7.3 No additional deliveries for Wide Balls received other than in the final over of an innings or Super Over but aforementioned scoring for Wide Balls remains the same.
 
IC 5.8 An overthrow hitting any wall (including the boundary wall) or the ceiling shall count as one run to the batsman or to the total of byes, leg-byes, No-balls or Wides as appropriate.
 
IC 5.9 No runs shall be scored if a batsman is out caught off the walls or ceiling.
 
IC 6.0 Method of Dismissal
 
IC 6.1 Apart from the normal methods of dismissal contained in Laws of Cricket, the following variations shall apply:-
 
IC 6.1.1 The batsman shall be caught out by a fieldsman after the ball has hit the ceiling, the netting or any wall except directly from the boundary wall, provided the ball has not touched the floor.  A fieldsman may lean against any wall in effecting a catch.
 
IC 6.1.2 The last not-out batsman shall be given out if the non-striker running with him is out.
 
IC 6.1.3 The batsman or the non-striker shall be given not out if the ball rebounds from a wall or ceiling and hits a wicket without being touched by a fieldsman.
 
IC 7.0 Results
 
IC 7.1 Leagues and Mini Leagues of Championship Cup
3 league points for a win
1 league point for a tie*
0 league points for a loss
*If runs scored are the same then the team losing the least amount of wickets is awarded the win. A tie in league games occurs when two teams score an equal number of runs for an equal number of wickets lost, regardless of overs received. Both teams receive 1 league point.
 
IC 7.2 Inputting Results: Institutions are responsible for inputting results of games for which they are listed as the ‘home’ team onto BUCScore as per other league team sports.
 
IC 7.3 Official Result Sheets: Tournament Directors submit to BUCS Office for reference.
 
IC 7.4 Final league table standings: calculation of final league table determined using BUCS General Reg 9.9.
 
IC 7.5 Super Semi Finals and Championship Finals
 
IC 7.5.1 No draws permitted; Super Overs. In the event of the number of runs being equal then the team losing fewer wickets will be declared the winner. In the event of runs scored and wickets lost being equal a super over will take placeA Super Over will consist of each team receiving 6  legal deliveries, one bowler is required for the bowling team. All batters are eligible to bat.
 
IC 7.5.2 The team scoring the most runs in their Super Over shall be the winner.
 
IC 7.5.3 If the teams are tied on runs scored in the Super Over it will be on wickets lost in the Super Over.
 
IC 7.5.4 If still level, the team scoring the highest number of runs from ball one (of the Super Over) will be the winner. If still level then ball two and so on. 
 
IC 7.5.5 Scoring formats are the same for Super Overs, including those for No-Balls and Wide-Balls with the exception that extra deliveries are bowled.
 
IC 7.5.6 Championship Finals for both Men and Women consist of 2x10 over innings per team. Extra deliveries for No-Balls and Wide-Balls are applicable to the last over of each innings.
 
IC 8.0 Additional Regulations
 
IC 8.1 Balls: To be supplied by BUCS, specifications reliant on venue for use. Further details published on BUCS Indoor Cricket webpage.
 
IC 8.2 Umpires: Supplied by BUCS for all match days.
 
IC 8.3 Venues: Centrally booked by BUCS, details of venues for all rounds of competition published on the BUCS Indoor Cricket webpage.
 
IC 8.4 Scorers: Each team required to provide a competent scorer per game.
 
IC 8.5 Late Arrival or Non-attendance: Teams failing to arrive in time to adhere to IC3.2.1 and/or to take the pitch for the schedule start of their match will be fined £100 per offence and concede the relevant fixture(s). Teams not attending an entire match day will be fined £100 per scheduled fixture, concede walkovers and may face further disciplinary action from the BUCS Office in particular if additional General Regulations are contravened. Entry costs are non-refundable as per all BUCS team sports.
 
BUCS Outdoor Cricket Regulations
 
A. MENS CHAMPIONSHIPS
CRI 1 Competition Structure: The Championships shall be determined by a combination of league fixtures (for all institutions) and knockout matches (for qualifiers from the leagues). 
 
CRI 1.1 Levels: The Championships shall be organised into a number of levels as team entry numbers dictate:
 
CRI 1.1.1 Premier League A leading to the Championship knockout stage
 
CRI 1.1.2 Premier League B leading to the Trophy knockout stage
 
CRI 1.1.3 Tier One 
 
CRI 1.1.4 Tier Two and below
 
CRI 1.2 Leagues: Levels of competition shall generally be determined by performance in the previous season. The levels below Premier League A (PL A) shall then be further divided into leagues that may not follow normal boundaries. The geographical allocations shall be reviewed each year and institutions shall be allocated to the levels and leagues by BUCS. 
 
CRI 1.3 Playing Format: Within each league, each team shall play the others once (except where clearly stated otherwise on the BUCS Website).
 
CRI 1.4 Points: Three points shall be awarded for a win, 1.5 for a tie, 1 for an abandoned game and no points for a loss or void game. 
 
CRI 1.5 Tie on Points in a League: Where there is a tie between two teams, for whatever position in the league, the group shall be determined on net run rate.Where a tie on points has been affected by one or more walkovers, all results against the team(s) that conceded the walkover(s) shall be excluded from the group points table for the purpose of determining qualifier(s).
 
CRI 1.6 Where net run rate is used, the winner is the side with the higher or highest net run rate as determined by the following formula:
Total runs scored MINUS Total runs conceded
Total overs faced Total overs bowled
Except where a team is all out in less than its allotted number of overs (either the original number or revised number) it shall be deemed to have received its full allocation rather than the number it actually received. Where fractions of overs are involved, each legitimate ball bowled shall count as one sixth of an over.
 
CRI 1.7 Failure to Fulfil a Fixture: Any team failing to fulfil more than one fixture, for reasons deemed to be within its control, will not qualify for the knockout stages. In addition, any institution failing to fulfil more than one fixture in the Premier League A or B shall normally be relegated for the following season.
 
CRI 1.8 Premier Leagues A & B leading to the Championship Knockout Stages
 
CRI 1.8.1 League Organisation: For 2015/2016, the Premier Leagues shall comprise the leading eight teams placed into Premier League A and fourteen further teams divided into two groups of seven teams, Premier Leagues B North and South respectively.
 
CRI 1.8.2 Promotion to Premier League A: Constituent teams of MCCUs may not qualify for promotion to Premier League A or for the Championship knockout stages.
 
CRI 1.8.3 Knockout Qualification: The four leading teams in PL A shall progress to the Championship Semi Finals
 
CRI 1.8.4 Knockout Format: The winner of PL A shall play the fourth placed team. The second placed team in PL A shall play the third placed team. The winners and second placed team in PL A shall have home advantage in the Semi Finals. The Final will take place at a neutral venue organised by BUCS.
 
CRI 1.9 Premier Leagues B & Tier One Leagues Leading to the Trophy Knockout Stages
 
CRI 1.9.1 League Organisation: Premier Leagues B are described in CRI 1.10.1 above. Tier One shall comprise the 28 teams ranked below the Premier Leagues. It shall be divided into five regionally-based leagues — four in England and Wales and one in Scotland.
 
CRI 1.9.2 Knockout Qualification: The top 2 teams from Premier B North and South will qualify for the semi-finals of the trophy.
 
CRI 1.10 Tier Two and below Leagues 
 
CRI 1.10.1 League Organisation: Tier Two and below will comprise of the remaining teams divided into the five regional Conferences.
 
CRI 2 Fixtures
 
CRI 2.1 League Fixtures: All fixtures shall be determined by BUCS Office and shall be played on set dates (unless both institutions involved agree otherwise in writing). 
 
CRI 2.2 Wet weather situation for League Fixtures: In Premier League A if a match is abandoned before the minimum number of overs are bowled to obtain a result via Duckworth Lewis then each team scores 1 point.
In all other leagues then institutions should rearrange fixtures according to General Regulation 15. When a match has begun and is subsequently abandoned and cannot be rearranged then both teams score 1 league point.
 
If a match does not start and no walkover is awarded then the match is void and both teams score 0 points.
 
CRI 2.3 Knockout Stages: All matches are to be played on the dates set by BUCS.
 
CRI 2.4 Wet Weather Situation for Knockout Round Fixtures: For the Championship and Trophy a wet weather day will be scheduled. If the match cannot be played on the scheduled date due to adverse weather conditions then it must be played on the advertised wet weather day unless both institutions agree with the BUCS Office that an alternate date for the rain delayed match is suitable.
Should a result not be achieved from the rearranged match a bowl out shall be undertaken (see CRI 5.22).
 
CRI 2.5 Where it is absolutely certain on a wet weather reserve day that there will be no play, or insufficient play to obtain a result under these regulations and that a bowl out will be required, if the home side advises the visiting side in sufficient time to prevent travel and if the visiting side accepts that there is no prospect of sufficient play, then the visiting side may opt not to travel. In these circumstances, both teams would be required to have a qualified umpire present to oversee the bowl out in two separate locations with the two institutions concerned.
 
CRI 3 Officials
 
CRI 3.1 In Tier One and below, the home side is responsible for the appointment of both Umpires.  For Tier One league matches both Umpires must be qualified members of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd. It is a requirement that at least one Umpire be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd. In the event of infringement of this regulation, REG 11 shall apply.
 
CRI 3.2 For other league matches one umpire should be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd. (REG 11 shall apply).
 
CRI 3.3 Umpires for the Championship Semi Finals and Final shall be appointed by ECB/MCC and for, the Trophy Final and the Premier League B playoff by BUCS. BUCS will also appoint a match referee for all these games.  In Trophy knockout rounds (other than the Final) the home team is responsible for supplying both umpires and it is a requirement that both Umpires be qualified members - Umpires of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd.
 
CRI 3.4 In all matches, each side shall be responsible for supplying its own scorer. In Premier Leagues A and B (CR1A4.2), any side not supplying a scorer, who shall not be a player in the match, will be fined £30.
 
CRI 4 Hospitality
 
CRI 4.1 In Premier League A and B and ALL knockout rounds (Championship and Trophy) the home institution is required to provide hospitality (cricket teas) for its opponents and officials (minimum 12 opposition players plus manager/coach, 2 umpires and 2 scorers) free of charge.  The home team should notify its opponents in writing prior to the match if hospitality will not be made available. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary proceedings.
 
CRI 5 Playing Regulations
 
CRI 5.1 These regulations shall apply to all BUCS matches except for those in Premier League A, the Championship Semi Finals and Final, the Premier B playoff and the Trophy Final and any other matches designated for the purpose by BUCS, which shall be played instead under Regulation CRI A1. (Separate document)
 
CRI 5.2 Laws of Cricket: MCC Laws of Cricket shall apply, together with any permanent or experimental conditions approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the recreational game, except as provided in these regulations.
 
CRI 5.3 Innings: All matches shall consist of one 50 overs innings per side.
 
CRI 5.4 Hours of Play: The normal hours of play shall be as follows:
Start - 1230
Finish - 1930
Tea: 30 minutes duration, taken between innings. 
Institutions may begin play earlier via mutual consent.
 
CRI 5.5 Altering the Hours of Play: In a delayed or interrupted match, the umpires shall have the discretion to alter the timing of or abandon the interval.
 
CRI 5.6 Determining the Winner: The winner shall be the side scoring the higher number of runs, irrespective of the number of wickets lost. In a league match, should the teams score an equal number of runs, the match shall be tied, irrespective of the number of wickets lost. In a knockout match, should the teams score an equal number of runs, the result shall be determined as follows:
 
CRI 5.6.1 The side losing the fewer wickets shall be the winner.
 
CRI 5.6.2 If the teams are still level, if both sides have been dismissed in under their full quota of overs, the side with the higher overall scoring rate shall be the winner.
 
CRI 5.6.3 If still level, the winner shall be the side with the higher scoring rate after:
 
CRI 5.6.3.1 40 overs; or, if still equal
 
CRI 5.6.3.2 30 overs; or, if still equal
 
CRI 5.6.3.3 20 overs. And then 19 overs etc.
 
CRI 5.7 Delayed Start: Should the start of the match be delayed, the number of overs to be played shall be determined by calculating the playing time remaining until the notional close of 1930 and allowing one over for every 3.75 minutes, rounded down to allow an equal number of overs per side.
 
CRI 5.8 Late Arrival of a Team: Should the start be delayed on account of one team’s not being ready at the appointed time, that team shall be deemed to have lost the toss. The umpires’ decision as to the team at fault shall be final.
 
CRI 5.9 Altering the Number of Overs: In the event of an interruption in play, the object shall be to rearrange the overs so that, where possible, both sides have the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs. The calculation of overs to be bowled shall be based on one over for every full 3.75 minutes remaining before close of play at 1930 hours. 
 
CRI 5.10 Minimum Number of Overs & Extension of Play: If the full number of overs cannot be bowled, the winner shall be the side with the overall higher average run rate per over, provided that at least 20 overs of the second innings have been bowled (or the innings has concluded in fewer than 20 overs). Play shall continue beyond 1930 if conditions permit and that is necessary in order to complete the number of overs allowed by CRI 5.3 or CRI 5.9. 
 
CRI 5.11 In the circumstances described in the last paragraph, if either side batting is all out in fewer than its permitted number of overs, its average run rate shall be calculated as if it had used its full quota.
 
CRI 5.12 Conditions of Play: All matters of fitness of ground, weather and light are entirely for the umpires to determine.
 
CRI 5.13 Balls: The home institution shall provide two new identical balls of Grade A standard and of English manufacture for all matches. BUCS recommends the Oxbridge Windsor ball. 
 
CRI 5.14 Pitch: For all Premier League B and Tier One league matches, a grass pitch shall be used. Should no grass pitch be available, artificial pitches may be used. All knockout round matches shall be played on a grass pitch. Artificial pitches may be used if available but only if the umpires and both captains agree that, as a result of inclement weather, no grass pitch would be playable but that conditions are otherwise acceptable.
 
CRI 5.15 Covers: Should covers be available the pitch shall be completely covered during any interval or interruption of play. In Premier A and B it is a requirement that covers be available.
 
CRI 5.16 Wide Ball: Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to Law 25 in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. As a guide, if the ball passes either side of the wicket sufficiently wide to make it virtually impossible for the striker to play a normal cricket stroke both from where he is standing and from where he should normally be standing at the crease, the Umpire shall call and signal Wide Ball.
 
CRI 5.17 No Ball 
 
CRI 5.17.1 The bowler shall be limited to one short-pitched ball per over.  A short pitched ball is defined as one that passed or would have passed above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the crease. The umpire at the bowler’s end shall indicate clearly when such a short pitched ball is bowled.  Should the one short-pitched ball be exceeded in any over, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal no ball and implement the procedures of Law 42.7.
 
CRI 5.17.2 Law 42.6(b) is amended to read as follows: Any high full pitched ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled no ball by either umpire. In addition, if the ball is fast it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the umpire will implement the procedures set out in Law 42.7.
 
CRI 5.17.3 All no balls shall incur a penalty of one run which shall be scored as a no ball. This penalty shall stand in addition to any other runs which may be scored or awarded
 
CRI 5.18 Penalty for Slow Over Rate: In an uninterrupted match, each side shall complete its 50 overs in no more than three and a quarter hours (195 minutes). If they fail to do this, play will continue until the end of the 50 overs, but the fielding side shall be penalised six runs for each over of their allocation that has not started within 195 minutes. These runs shall be added to the score of their opponents as penalty runs on the first occasion the ball is dead once the 195 minutes have elapsed. The umpires shall make allowance for any delays beyond the control of the fielding side, and shall advise the fielding captain of the amount of time to be allowed for and at the time of each incident. In reduced or interrupted matches, a cessation time shall be calculated for each innings based on 3.75 minutes per over and that time shall be substituted for references to 195 minutes above. In addition, one over’s leeway shall be allowed in all shortened and/or interrupted matches.
 
CRI 5.19 Bowling Restrictions
 
CRI 5.19.1 No bowler shall bowl more than ten overs or, if the duration of the match is reduced before the start, more than one fifth of the total number of overs to be bowled, except that where the number does not divide by five, as many bowlers as necessary may bowl an extra over to make up the total (e.g. in a 37 over match, two bowlers may bowl a maximum of eight overs and others no more than seven overs).
 
CRI 5.19.2 The ECB fast bowling directive shall apply in all matches (irrespective of where played).  A fast bowler aged under 19 on 31 August 2016 shall be permitted to bowl no more than seven overs in a spell. For the purposes of these Directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.  Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally can from the other end. If this does not happen his spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum seven overs per spell.  If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately.  Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum number overs per day even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. If he bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as he reverts to bowling fast.
 
CRI 5.20 Fielding Restrictions
The following fielding restrictions shall apply.
 
CRI 5.20.1 At the instant of delivery there shall be no more than five fielders on the leg side. In the event of infringement, the umpire at the striker’s end shall call and signal no ball.
 
CRI 5.20.2 For the first 15 overs of each innings (or, if the match or either innings is reduced, for the first 30% of each innings), at the instant of delivery no more than two fielders may be outside a fielding circle. This fielding circle shall comprise an area bounded by two semi-circles, one centred on each middle stump and each with a radius of 30 yards, joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white dots at five yard intervals, each dot to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter. For the remaining overs of each innings, a minimum of four fielders (plus the bowler and wicket-keeper) must be within the fielding circle. In the event of infringement, the umpire at the striker’s end shall call and signal no ball.
 
CRI 5.20.3 There shall be two inner circles with a radius of 15 yards, one centred on the centre point of each popping crease. Where possible these should be marked by coloured discs or by dots painted on the ground. For the first 15 overs (or 30% when the match or an innings is reduced) of each innings there shall be a minimum of two stationary fielders (excluding the wicket-keeper) within the inner circle, except that a fielder at slip, gully or leg slip may stand deeper if necessary. In the event of infringement, the umpire at the striker’s end shall call and signal no ball.
 
CRI 5.21 Wearing of helmets by young players: No player aged under 18 on the day of the match shall be permitted to bat or to stand up whilst keeping wicket unless wearing a helmet.
 
CRI 5.22 Bowl Out Procedure: The procedure for a Bowl Out will be as follows:
 
CRI 5.22.1 The umpires will determine the location of the bowl out which may take place on a normal pitch, artificial pitch or indoors.
 
CRI 5.22.2 The captains will nominate five players who will each bowl twice (alternatively with the opposition) at a wicket (comprising of three stumps and two bails) from a distance of 22 yards.
 
CRI 5.22.3 The teams shall toss for the order of bowling and then one player from each side shall bowl one ball alternately.
 
CRI 5.22.4 Where a bowl out is held in two separate venues under Regulation CRI 2.5, Regulation CRI 5.22.3 will not apply and BUCS will issue separate instructions on the conduct of the bowl out.
 
CRI 5.22.5 The wicket shall not be obstructed by any person or item; however teams may decide to nominate a wicket keeper who shall stand well back from the wicket.
 
CRI 5.22.6 The umpire shall officiate at the bowler’s end.
 
CRI 5.22.7 If a player scores a hit from a no ball, that hit shall not count, nor shall he retake the attempt.
 
CRI 5.22.8 The winner shall be the team with the higher number of hits from their ten attempts. Should the scores be equal, then the bowl off shall continue using the same five players, in the same order, until such time as an equal number of balls have been bowled and one team has hit the wickets more times than the other.
BUCS General Regulations and Cricket Competition rules apply alongside the above requirements. The above conditions will apply to all matches in Tier One and below Leagues and subsequent knockout or playoff stages (not including Trophy Final).
 
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
CRI 7 Competition Structure: The Championships shall be determined by a combination of league fixtures (for all institutions) and knockout matches (for qualifiers from the leagues).
 
CRI 7.1 Levels: The Women’s Team Championships shall be organised into two levels:
 
CRI 7.1.1 Premier League
 
CRI 7.1.2 Regional Leagues
The League stages will be followed by two knockout round stages:
 
CRI 7.1.3 Championship (four teams)
 
CRI 7.2 Leagues: These two levels shall be further divided into leagues that may not follow normal BUCS Conference boundaries. The geographical allocations shall be reviewed each year.
 
CRI 7.3 Allocation: The BUCS Cricket Sports Advisory Group, in conjunction with the BUCS Office, shall allocate institutions to the levels and leagues.
 
CRI 7.4 Playing Format: Within each league, each team shall play the others once (except where clearly stated otherwise on the BUCS website).
 
CRI 7.5 Points: Three points shall be awarded for a win, 1.5 for a tie, 1 for an abandoned game and no points for a loss or void game. If a team fails to fulfil a fixture on the date on which it is scheduled to take place, it shall be deducted three points.
 
CRI 7.6 Tie on Points in a League: Should there be a need to separate teams equal on points, the winner shall be the side with the higher or highest net run rate as determined by the following formula:
Total runs scored MINUS Total runs conceded
Total overs faced Total overs bowled
Except that where a team has been out in less than its allotted number of overs it shall be deemed to have received its full allocation rather than the number it actually received.
 
CRI 7.7 Failure to Fulfil a Fixture: Any team failing to fulfil more than one fixture, for reasons deemed to be within its control, will not qualify for the knockout stages. In addition, any institution failing to fulfil more than one fixture in the Premier League shall be relegated for the following season.
 
CRI 7.8 Female Participation in Men's League: If a female player selects to play in a specific gender competition they must remain in that competition for the remainder of the season (player movement regulation still applies). 
 -     Outdoor - Maximum of four players permitted in an 11-a-side team
 -          Indoor – Maximum of two players permitted in  a team of six (four in a squad of 10) 
 
CRI 8 Premier League
 
CRI 8.1 League Organisation: The Premier League shall comprise the leading eight institutions. It shall be divided into two groups of four teams: North and South.
 
CRI 8.2 Knockout Stages: The top two teams in each of the Premier Leagues will qualify for the Semi Finals of the Championship knockout stage except where a team has failed to fulfil a fixture (as per CRI 7.7 above). 
 
CRI 8.3 The Championship Finals will take place at a neutral venue organised by BUCS with umpires being appointed by the Cricket Advisory Group in conjunction with the BUCS Office.
 
CRI 9 Regional Leagues
 
CRI 9.1 League Organisation: The Regional leagues shall comprise of the remaining institutions entering a team in the Women’s Team Championships and shall be divided into the requisite number of leagues as seems sensible given geographical considerations. 
 
CRI 10 MCC Universities
 
CRI 10.1 The Marylebone Cricket Club Universities (MCCU) scheme is an initiative of the Marylebone Cricket Club. There are six MCCUs of which four include more than one institution in membership of BUCS. BUCS’s General Council agreed in June 2000 that the MCCUs would compete in the BUCS Women’s Team Championships as joint teams, i.e. a single team would represent the MCCU regardless that players within that team may come from different institutions in membership of BUCS.
 
CRI 10.2 Individual institutions that form part of a joint MCCU will be permitted, should they so wish, to enter other Women’s Team(s) to represent one or more of the constituent institutions of the MCCU. These teams may only comprise players eligible (under BUCS regulations) to represent that individual institution. These additional teams will always play at a level of the Championships below that of their joint MCCU team. The fixtures of the MCCU will always take priority.
 
CRI 11 Fixtures
 
CRI 11.1 League Fixtures: All fixtures shall be determined by BUCS Office and shall be played on set dates (unless both institutions involved agree otherwise in writing). 
 
CRI 11.2 Wet Weather Situations for League Fixtures: Matches that are abandoned before the minimum number of overs required to produce a result are bowled should be rescheduled according to BUCS Regulation 15.
 
When a match has begun and is subsequently abandoned and cannot be rearranged then both teams score 1 league point. If a match does not start and no walkover is awarded then the match is void and both teams score 0 points.
 
CRI 11.3 Knockout Stages: All matches are to be played on the set date.
 
CRI 11.4 Wet Weather Situation for Knockout Round Fixtures: For knockout round fixtures, all wet weather reserve days will stand as published on the website by the BUCS Office at the beginning of the season. All knockout round matches are scheduled for Wednesdays with the wet weather day as Fridays (except for the final). If the match cannot be played on the scheduled date due to adverse weather conditions then it must be played on the advertised wet weather day, unless both institutions agree with the BUCS office that an alternate date for the rain delayed match is suitable – Monday will be the latest date that a fixture can be played as the next scheduled round will be the Wednesday.
 
Should a result not be achieved from the rearranged match a bowl out shall be undertaken see CRI 13.11
 
CRI 11.5 Where it is absolutely certain on a wet weather reserve day that there will be no play, or insufficient play to obtain a result under these regulations and that a bowl out will be required, if the home side advises the visiting side in sufficient time to prevent travel and if the visiting side accepts that there is no prospect of sufficient play, then the visiting side may opt not to travel. In these circumstances, both teams would be required to have a qualified umpire present to oversee the bowl out in two separate locations with the two institutions concerned.
 
CRI 12 Officials
 
CRI 12.1 The Match Referee and both Umpires for the Women’s Championship Final shall be appointed by BUCS.
 
CRI 12.2 In all other league and knockout round matches the home institution shall be responsible for supplying Umpire(s) as per the regulations below.
 
CRI 12.3 In Premier League matches, the home institution will be responsible for supplying one Umpire who shall be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd. It would be desirable if a second umpire, ideally similarly qualified, were also provided.
 
CRI 12.4 In regional league matches, the home institution is responsible for providing one umpire who shall, preferably, be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd.
 
CRI 12.5 For Women’s Championship knockout round matches, the home institution is required to provide two umpires, at least one of whom should be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd..
 
CRI 12.6 In all matches, each side shall be responsible for supplying its own scorer. Premier League see PL14.3.2 requirements. 
 
CRI 13 Playing Regulations
 
CRI 13.1 Laws of Cricket: MCC Laws of Cricket shall apply, together with any permanent or experimental conditions approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the recreational game, except as provided in these regulations.
 
CRI 13.2 Innings: In Premier League and Championship knockout matches, matches shall consist of one innings of 50 overs per side. In the regional league and matches shall consist of one innings of 30 overs per side. 
 
CRI 13.3 Hours of Play: The normal hours of play shall be as follows:
 
CRI 13.3.1 Premier League
Start – 1230
Finish – 1930
Tea – 30 minutes’ duration, taken between innings
Institutions in the Premier League may agree to start their matches at 1100 with an interval of 45 minutes between innings, provided that they inform the BUCS office and the appointed umpires at least 14 days before the match.  The closing time for any such matches shall be 1815 hours and all other timings in these regulations shall be adjusted accordingly
 
CRI 13.3.2 Regional Leagues
Start - 1400
Finish – 1930
Tea: 30 minutes’ duration, taken between innings.
Institutions may begin play earlier via mutual consent.
 
CRI 13.4 Altering the Hours of Play:In a delayed or interrupted match, the umpires shall have the discretion to alter the timing of or abandon the tea interval.
 
CRI 13.5 Determining the Winner: The winner shall be the side scoring the higher number of runs, irrespective of the number of wickets lost. In a league match, should the teams score an equal number of runs, the match shall be tied, irrespective of the number of wickets lost.  In a knockout match should the teams score an equal number of runs, the result shall be determined as follows:
 
CRI 13.5.1 The side losing the fewer wickets shall be the winner.
 
CRI 13.5.2 If the teams are still level, if both sides have been dismissed in under their full quota of overs, the side with the higher overall scoring rate shall be the winner.
 
CRI 13.5.3 If still level, the winner shall be the side with the higher scoring rate after:
CRI 13.5.3.1 25 overs; or, if still equal
CRI 13.5.3.2 20 overs; or, if still equal
CRI 13.5.3.3 10 overs.
 
CRI 13.5.4 If no decision is possible in any final, that title shall be shared for the year.
 
CRI 13.6 Delayed Start: Should the start of the match be delayed, the number of overs to be played shall be determined by calculating the playing time remaining until the notional close of 1930 and allowing one over for every 3.75 minutes, rounded down to allow an equal number of overs per side.
 
CRI 13.7 Late Arrival of a Team: Should the start be delayed on account of one’s team not being ready at the appointed time, that team shall be deemed to have lost the toss. The umpires’ decision as to the team at fault shall be final.
 
CRI 13.8 Altering the Number of Overs: The number of overs shall not be changed once a match has started.
 
CRI 13.9 In the circumstances described in the last paragraph, if the side batting first is all out in fewer than its permitted number of overs, its average run rate shall be calculated as if it had used its full quota.
 
CRI 13.10 Bowl Out Procedure: The procedure for a Bowl Out will be as follows (knock out rounds wet weather rescheduled affected matches only/not finals):
 
CRI 13.10.1 The umpires will determine the location of the bowl out which may take place on a normal pitch, artificial pitch or indoors.
 
CRI 13.10.2 The captains will nominate five players who will each bowl twice (alternatively with the opposition) at a wicket (comprising of three stumps and two bails) from a distance of 22 yards.
 
CRI 13.10.3 The teams shall toss for the order of bowling and then one player from each side shall bowl one ball alternately.
 
CRI 13.10.4 Where a bowl out is held in two separate venues under Regulation CRI 2.5, Regulation CRI 5.22.3 will not apply and BUCS will issue separate instructions on the conduct of the bowl out.
 
CRI 13.10.5 The wicket shall not be obstructed by any person or item; however teams may decide to nominate a wicket keeper who shall stand well back from the wicket.
 
CRI 13.10.6 The umpire shall officiate at the bowler’s end.
 
CRI 13.10.7 If a player scores a hit from a no ball, that hit shall not count, nor shall he retake the attempt.
 
CRI 13.10.8 The winner shall be the team with the higher number of hits from their ten attempts. Should the scores be equal, then the bowl off shall continue using the same five players, in the same order, until such time as an equal number of balls have been bowled and one team has hit the wickets more times than the other.
BUCS General Regulations and Cricket Competition rules apply alongside the above requirements. The above conditions will apply only to knockout or playoff stages (not including Championship or Trophy Final).
 
CRI 13.11 Conditions of Play: All matters of fitness of ground, weather and light are entirely for the umpires to determine.
 
CRI 13.12 Balls: Except in the Championship final, where BUCS shall supply two new balls, the home institution shall provide two new Women’s Specific balls conforming to the ECB regulations, one new ball to be used in each innings. BUCS recommends the Oxbridge Kensington ball.
 
CRI 13.13 Pitch: The matches should be played on a grass pitch. An artificial pitch may be used in matches if available only if the umpires and both captains agree that, as a result of inclement weather, no grass pitch would be playable but that conditions are otherwise acceptable.
 
CRI 13.14 Covers: Should covers be available the pitch shall be completely covered during any interval or interruption of play.
 
CRI 13.15 Wide ball: In Premier League and Championship knockout round matches, umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to Law 25 in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batter a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a wide.  For guidance purposes, a legside wide should be called if a ball passes on the legside outside the pads of the batter standing in a normal guard position.  In all other matches, umpires are instructed to use their discretion over the interpretation of the Wide Ball rule in keeping with the normal Laws of the Game.
 
CRI 13.16 No Ball: Bowling of high full pitched balls
(i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
(ii) A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
 
CRI 13.16.1 All no balls shall incur a penalty of one run which shall be scored as a no ball. This penalty shall
stand in addition to any other runs which may be scored or awarded.
 
CRI 13.17 Bowling Restrictions
 
CRI 13.17.1 No bowler shall bowl more than ten overs in the Premier League or Championship knockout stages or more than seven overs in the regional leagues and conference cup knockout stages. In matches where the number of overs is reduced from the start, these numbers shall be adjusted proportionately.
 
CRI 13.17.2 The ECB fast bowling directive shall apply in all matches (irrespective of where played).  A fast bowler aged under 19 on 31 August 2015 shall be permitted to bowl no more than seven overs in a spell.  For the purposes of these Directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.  Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of her spell has been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending her current spell provided that she bowls the next over that she legally can from the other end. If this does not happen her spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum seven overs per spell.  If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of her spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately.  Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match she cannot exceed the maximum number overs per day even if she subsequently bowls spin. She can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of her spell have been bowled from the same end. If she bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as she reverts to bowling fast.
 
CRI 13.18 Fielding Restrictions
 
CRI 13.18.1 Premier League and Championship Knockouts: There must be a minimum of four fielders, not including the wicket keeper or bowler, within the fielding circle at all times.  This fielding circle shall comprise an area bounded by two semi-circles, one centred on each middle stump and each with a radius of 25 yards, joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white dots at five yard intervals, each dot to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.
 
CRI 13.18.2 Regional Leagues and Trophy Knockouts: No fielding circle or fielding restrictions shall apply (other than provided by the Laws).
 
CRI 13.19 Young players: No player aged under 18 on the day of the match shall be permitted to bat or to stand up whilst keeping wicket unless she is wearing a helmet.
 
CRI 13.20 Women’s Championship and Trophy Final: A reserve day for wet weather will be allowed for this centrally organised match.
 
CRI 14 Premier League Requirements
 
14.1 General Requirements
 
14.1.1 ALL fixtures must be fulfilled. Any team failing to complete all of their Premier League programme, as per the Cricket Regulations, will not progress to a knockout competition and will be subject to an automatic BUCS Disciplinary Committee hearing as per REG 16.10 in the current BUCS Handbook. A team failing to fulfil its fixtures will not be considered for inclusion in the Premier League for the subsequent season.
 
14.1.2 Teams (both home and away) should arrive at the ground in plenty of time to allow for warming up and a prompt start. There are no extenuating circumstances for late arrival which, if the Umpires deem to have affected the start time of the match, will result in the offending team forfeiting the toss.
 
14.1.3 Home teams must provide their opposition with match information in writing (start time/directions) at
least 7 days (not working days) prior to the fixture.
 
14.2 Ground and Match Conditions
 
14.2.1 Pitches must be of good quality. Umpires are to complete pitch and outfield reports after each game, with grading from excellent, good, average, below average, poor and unfit. Any pitch marked poor or unfit will be investigated by BUCS who reserve the right to request reversed venues in further rounds should pitches receive 2 or more marks of this low level.
 
14.2.2 Sufficient ground staff (or equivalent) must be available on match days to provide the following duties; a) operate covers b) roll between innings (if requested) c) brush and remark pitch between innings.
 
14.2.3 Covers MUST be available for at least the pitch and the bowlers' run ups. 
 
14.2.4 A roller (ideally both light and heavy) should be available for rolling between innings (if requested). 
 
14.2.5 Suitable catering arrangements should be made for the tea interval and drinks intervals.
 
14.2.6 A scoreboard capable of showing runs, wickets, overs and first innings total as minimum requirements should be available and needs to be maintained at all times during the match.
 
14.2.7 Suitable sightscreens should be available.
 
14.2.8 There should be provision of sawdust.
 
14.2.9 The home side should produce two new Women’s Specific balls for each match.
 
14.3 Officials
 
14.3.1 For each match the home institution must provide one umpire who shall be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd. It would be desirable if a second umpire, qualified as above, were provided.
 
14.3.2 Each side must provide an independent i.e. non-playing scorer. Should such a scorer not be provided the team will be subject to a £30 fine.
 
 

 
 
 

CYC 1       Championships

CYC 1.1
The following Championships will be promoted annually under the rules of the appropriate National Governing Body:

10 Mile Time Trial
25 Mile Time Trial
3-Up Team Time Trial
Hill Climb
Road Race
Track
Downhill Mountain Bike

CYC 1.2
No prize money shall be awarded in BUCS Championships.

CYC 1.3
Helmets and rear lights are compulsory for any competitor taking part in BUCS events.

CYC 2       Racing Rules

CYC 2.1
All BUCS Championships shall be run under the rules of the Governing Body for the appropriate cycling discipline, in addition to those below.

CYC 2.2
Organisers promoting a BUCS Championships reserve the right to request all competing institutions to supply a marshal. Failure to comply with the request could result in the competing institution's entry being returned and/or disqualification from/at the event.

CYC 7       Downhill Mountain Bike Championships

CYC 7.1
There shall be a separate Men's and Women's individual race with staggered starts.

CYC 7.2
All riders will get 1 qualifying run, with the top 100 male and top 10 female riders qualifying for the Championship run. Final places will be determined based on the Championship run times. ALL riders MUST do a minimum of 2 practice runs in order to race.

CYC 7.3
A Men's Overall Team and Women's Overall Team Championships will be calculated using extracted results from the Individual Championships. Men's team placings shall be determined by the fastest cumulative time for three riders from the same institution. Women's team placings shall be determined by the fastest cumulative time for two riders from the same institution.

 

 
 
 
EQU 1 General
 
EQU 1.1 It is the aim of the competition to judge a rider’s ability to get the best out of an unknown horse in a limited period of time.
 
EQU 1.2 The Equestrian Advisory Group formulated these rules. Making an entry for any competition to which these rules apply constitutes acceptance of these rules. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are fully conversant with the rules, and the team captain’s responsibility to ensure that copies of the rules are given to his/her members.
 
EQU 1.3 The aim of the early competitions (League matches and Regional rounds) is to select the best teams and individuals to progress to the Finals.
 
EQU 1.4 Each team will consist of four riders (please note that teams cannot compete with two riders), all scores will count. See EQU 1.6 for scoring if a team has only 3 riders. It is in a team’s best interests to keep the same team throughout so that if a team fails to qualify as a whole some of its members may have more chance of qualifying as individuals. In accordance with BUCS General Regulation 7.5 Teams must be selected as if all the teams are competing at the same time. As such a Championship Team member in league matches may
not ride on the Trophy team at league matches.
 
EQU 1.5 The rider having the best score on each horse will be given zero penalties and the other riders of that horse will be given the number of penalties equal to the difference between their score and the best score on that horse. This process shall be known as differencing the scores. Eliminated and retired riders shall be given the worst difference penalties of all the riders plus an additional 30 penalties. For withdrawn riders before a single phase see rule EQU 1.7
 
EQU 1.6 If a team only has three competitors the fourth score is the worst score in each discipline plus 30 penalties.
 
EQU 1.7 Each team member must start both the Dressage and Show Jumping phases in order to receive a final score. However, if the rider only completes the dressage phase, the score can count for the team. If they do not start the show jumping phase they should be given the score equivalent of an eliminated rider as per EQU 1.6.
 
EQU 1.8 In the interests of fairness riders must not compete on their own horse or any horse they have owned or competed on outside of student riding in the last 5 years at any stage of the competition.
 
EQU 1.9 All riders must treat the horses in a fair and sporting manner. Any abuse or violence will not be tolerated and may lead to elimination at the discretion of the judges.
 
EQU 1.10 Current British Dressage and British Show Jumping rules will apply regarding tack to be used except that the judges must allow horses to wear boots/bandages and martingales etc. without penalty if it is the wish of the owner of the horse. Bridles used at league matches should feature a single rein only. The organisers must check the tack of the horses before the competition starts. Only the person in charge of the horses may change the setting of the horses’ tack (including the girth) with the exception of the length of the stirrup leathers. Should riders wish to change anything other than the length of the stirrup leathers they should approach the warm up steward with their request.

EQU 1.11 The tack of the horse must not be changed after the first rider has ridden the horse. The only exception to this may be the change of stirrup leathers if they are not long enough for the riders leg or if the stirrup irons are too narrow to allow the riders boot to fit safely in. In the case of breaking tack during the competition the rider may have a restart for that phase unless they show an intention of finishing the phase.

EQU 1.12 All horses must be demonstrated before the dressage and show jumping in the tack and equipment that they will compete in (including spurs and/or whip). Show jump horses must jump the whole course before the first rider mounts.
 
EQU 2 Riders Dress

EQU 2.1 All riders must wear hats approved to EN1384 1996 / BSEN 1384 1997 with CE mark, PAS015: 1998/ PAS015: 2011 with BSI mark, ASTM F1163: 2004a with SEI mark, Snell E2001 or AS/NZS 3838: 2006 with SAI global mark. Long hair should be neatly secured for both Dressage and Show-Jumping.

EQU 2.2 It is recommended that body protectors be worn for the Show Jumping phase to a minimum of BETA 2000 safety level 3. Captains should check with the riding centre where they are organising competitions to ensure that these are not already compulsory. EQU 3.3 Riders should be smartly dressed. Jackets should be tweed or navy/black. Shirts must be worn with a tie or stock. Breeches/jodhpurs should be white, pale yellow or fawn in colour. Plain black or brown long boots or Jodhpur boots with matching black or brown leather gaiters (but not suede half chaps) must be worn. Gloves are compulsory for Dressage and are recommended for Show Jumping.
 
EQU 2.3 Air jackets: Competitors are permitted to wear a dark coloured air jacket for both phases. The competitor must provide the saddle attachment and no extra warm up time will be given to allow for fixing the saddle attachment.

EQU 2.4
Spurs may be worn if the owner of the horse permits. Where spurs are worn, they must be blunt and without rowels. If the spurs are curved, the curve must point downwards and the shank must face the back. The length of the shank must not exceed 35mm. If, in the opinion of the judge(s), spurs are misusedthe rider may be eliminated. Non marking spurs with rubber of plastic balls are allowed, plastic spurs are not allowed.

EQU 2.5 One whip may be used if the owner of the horse permits. They may be any length for the Dressage but must not exceed 75cm for the show jumping. It may be carried in either hand, but must be in the rein hand while saluting. It may not be picked up if dropped during the test. If, in the opinion of the judge(s), the whip is misused, the rider may be eliminated.
 
EQU 2.6 Dress at Prize-givings: Prize-givings are important to organisers and sponsors. Competitors are requested to be neatly and tidily dressed in competition kit or university squad kit.
 
EQU 2.7 Advertising and Logos: Competitors identification of the manufacturer of clothing and equipment may appear only once per clothing item (breeches, gloves, shirt, headwear or on jackets at the height of breast pockets) on a surface area not exceeding 3 sq. cms identification of sponsors may appear on a surface area not exceeding:
• 80 sq. cms on each of the two sides of jackets or top garments at the height of breast pockets;
• 200 sq. cms on one arm only of top garment;
• For the show jumping only, the Competitor may bear the logo of a sponsor vertically in the middle of protective headwear. The logo must not be longer than 25cm or wider than 5cm;
• For the show jumping only the Competitor may bear the logo of a sponsor on the left leg of the riding breeches. The logo must not be longer than 20cm or wider than 4cm;
• 16sq. cms on both sides of shirt collar.
 
EQU 3 Dressage for Mini Leagues and Regional Rounds

EQU 3.1 The Dressage test for all League matches is the BUCS League Dressage Test 2015-16 (available from the BUCS website). The Dressage test for the Regional rounds is the BUCS Regional Dressage Test (available from the BUCS website)

EQU 3.2 Each competitor will be allowed a maximum amount of time in which to warm up, 10 minutes for the first competitor on each horse and 7 minutes for subsequent competitors on each horse. The home team is responsible for providing a time keeper. Outside of warm up time riders must be on a loose rein. Should the venue have different rules relating to warm ups of horses these will take precedence as long as they do not exceed the time allowed above.

EQU 3.3 The horses are to be demonstrated by a non-competing person before the first rider mounts to the level of the test that they will be used for. If it is not possible for the horses to be demonstrated by a non-competing person then the home team should demonstrate the horses they are not riding in the competition. The demonstration should take place in the competition arena and the time of this demonstration will be about five minutes. The horses should be sufficiently warmed up before this demonstration.

EQU 3.4 League and Regional dressage tests may be commanded.

EQU 3.5 Each horse will be ridden by three or four competitors. The rider having the best score on each horse will be given zero penalties and the other riders of that horse will be given the number of penalties equal to the difference between their score and the best score on that horse. This process shall be known as differencing the scores. Eliminated and retired riders shall be given the worst difference penalties of all the riders plus an additional 30 penalties. For withdrawn riders before a single phase see Rule EQU 9.9

EQU 4 Judges
 
EQU 4.1 Dressage judges must be of British Dressage List 6 or higher for the League matches and List 5 or higher for the Regional Rounds. Two judges will be used at the Regional Rounds and the scores of the two Dressage judges shall be averaged and then differenced. For round 2 of the National Finals the judges should be from List 4 or higher.
 
EQU 4.2 Judges should where possible be from the designated British Dressage judges lists. If this is not possible an institution should declare the judge and their level of qualification to the BUCS Office in advance of the event being held. The BUCS Office will make a decision on whether the judge can officiate. If approved by the BUCS Office the judge will be able to officiate.  It is the institutions responsibility to inform the opposition of the officiating arrangements in advance of the event.
 
EQU 4.3 The rules and basic ideas behind BUCS Equestrian should be explained to the Judge(s), stressing that while it is the way the horse is going that should be judged during the Dressage test, the aim of the competition is to assess the Riders ability to get the best out of a strange horse in a limited period of time.

EQU 5 Show Jumping for league and regional rounds

EQU 5.1 In order that the Show Jumping phase is to have sufficient importance the course should be as demanding as possible within the capabilities of the horses used. The maximum height for the League matches is 90cm for Championship matches and 85cm for Trophy matches. In the regional rounds the maximum height is 100cm (Championship) and 90cm (Trophy)
The course should be designed in consultation with the riding centre staff to meet the standards of the horses, but should have a minimum of seven fences including at least one double, at least two spreads and at least one related distance of four strides or less. A course that tests the rider’s ability is essential. It is recommended that a stile or dogleg be used in the course.

EQU 5.2 The course builder should be a competent person, approved by the riding centre. They should be familiar with BSJA course building guidelines.

EQU 5.3 Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of five minutes warm up time and a maximum of four specified practice jumps. The practice fences may, at the judge’s discretion be part of the course. At the start of the practice period, the direction for jumping the practice fences must be specified to all competitors. The practice fences must be jumped in the direction specified – failure to do so will result in elimination from the jumping element. Should the venue have different rules regarding number of jumps allowed these will take precedence as long as they do not exceed the numbers above.

EQU 5.4 The Show Jumping may be judged on style by the Dressage judge, a listed riding clubs equitation judge, a qualified instructor or a suitably qualified person to be approved by BUCS – if the Dressage Judge is unable to judge this element, it is the responsibility of the organising University to inform all the Captains. In the Regional Rounds the show-jumping will be judged by one of the dressage judges or a suitably qualified person appointed by the regional organiser or BUCS.
The Show Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective style marks similar to those used for the dressage test. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors:
 
Each Knockdown
5
1st Refusal
10
2nd Refusal
20
3rd Refusal
Elimination
Fall of Horse or Rider
Elimination
Error of Course
Elimination
Failure to Salute
Elimination
Commencing Before the Bell
Elimination
 
The Show Jumping scores will be differenced as defined in rule EQUL 2.3
 
EQU 5.5 At the end of the competition if the penalties are equal then the separation of riders will follow rule EQU 10.3 and EQU 10.4.
 
EQU 5.6 If a horse is eliminated in the show jumping with all riders, the judge must allow all riders who have ridden the eliminated horse another chance to ride an alternative horse. The alternative horse should, preferably, be one that has not already been used for the Show Jumping phase. If no such horse is available then one that has already show jumped may be used over a shortened course if necessary. If any rider is unable to ride the alternative horse due to injury, the collective marks added to the fence that all riders reached will be used as the style mark.

EQU 5.7 Although the judge need not be on the BS Judges panel, they must be conversant with the rules. It is the responsibility of the organising team to ensure this happens.

EQU 5.8 The Show Jumping judge should be approached with any complaints or concerns about a competitor’s ability to jump. The judges may prevent a rider from Show Jumping if they consider the rider to be incapable of managing the course set. The rider may refer such a decision to the Jury of Appeal if he/she considers the decision to be unfair.

EQU 6 Protests

EQU 6.1 Jury of Appeal: The Jury will consist of all the Team Captains present together with any members of the Management Group present or the Dressage judge. For the National Finals the Jury of Appeal will consist of BUCS Staff and any Equestrian Sports Advisory Group members present.

EQU 6.2 The Jury will consider all protests and complaints and may call upon the judge(s) for advice if necessary.

EQU 6.3 Only a Team Captain or Management Group member may lodge protests and complaints. They must be in writing and accompanied by a fee of £10 which will be returned only if the complaint is considered valid by the Jury.

EQU 6.4 Protests concerning an abuse of these rules occurring during a competition must be made no later than 30 minutes after the alleged abuse occurred.

EQU 6.5 Protests concerning the horses must be made within 10 minutes of their demonstration.

EQU 6.6 Protests concerning the final results must be made no later than 30 minutes after the results have been published.

EQU 6.7 Protests after the match must be sent by the institutions Athletic Unions or similar by 5pm the next working day after the match in accordance with BUCS General REG 16.3. BUCS will not overrule the decision of a judge regarding technical offences during matches.

EQU 6.8 In the event of a problem arising which is not covered by these rules the Jury should refer to the current British Dressage rules and the current British Show Jumping rules for guidance, and BUCS must be notified.

EQU 7 Scoring

EQU 7.1 A team’s total penalties will be the sum of all four Dressage difference penalties and all four Show Jumping difference penalties.

EQU 7.2 If a team only has three competitors the fourth score is the worst score in each discipline plus 30 penalties.

EQU 7.3 An individual’s total penalties will be the sum of their Dressage and Show Jumping difference penalties.

EQU 7.4 If the team penalties are equal they shall be split by:

EQU 7.4.1 The total of the best difference dressage penalties (ie the higher placed team after dressage)

EQU 7.4.2 The sum of all four riders collective marks from the dressage and jumping phases.

EQU 7.4.3 The total of all four actual dressage marks and all four actual show jumping scores.

EQU 7.5 If the individual scores are equal they shall be split by:

EQU 7.5.1 The differenced dressage penalties (not marks)

EQU 7.5.2 The dressage and jumping collective marks combined 

EQU 7.5.3 If, however, they are still equal the placing points shall be divided equally between them

EQU 7.6 The team with the most points and the two individuals, not on the best team, with the highest points will qualify for the Regional Round.

EQU 7.7
If two teams or individuals are on equal points at the completion of the League matches they will be split by the sum of their total penalties from all the League matches.

EQU 7.8 Each institution should keep a record of all the penalties including collective marks at all the League matches. Each institution must send via e-mail a fully completed scoresheet from their home League match to the other teams in.
 
EQU 8 Mini League Specific Regulations
 
EQU 8.1 BUCS will organise all the teams into Leagues of three or four institutions. No League matches should be arranged until BUCS allocates institutions to their respective Leagues. There is no guarantee that the League will be the same each year.
 
EQU 8.2 Matches must be hosted in the order as published in the Leagues. Institutions can share venues where necessary in order to host matches. The first named team must have hosted their home match between 02 November 2015 and 25 November 2015, the second between 26 November 2015 and 27 January 2016, the third between 28 January 2016 and 17 February 2016 and the fourth between 18 February 2016 and 10 March 2016. If an institution fails to organise a league competition or cancels it without extenuating circumstances they will be eliminated from competition and their points will be re-awarded amongst the other teams as though the offending team had not taken part in any of the league competitions, individuals therefore, cannot qualify for further stages of the competition.
 
EQU 8.3 Athletic Unions must confirm all home team match dates regardless of hosting window in writing to BUCS via the online form by Friday 16th October 2015. One league point will be deducted from all teams failing to adhere to this regulation.
 
EQU 8.4 Athletics Unions must confirm all home team match dates by email to other Athletic Unions at least 14 days before the match. After match dates have been published by BUCS, institutions can change dates if they obtain the mutual agreement of all other participating institutions.
 
EQU 8.5 All mini league matches must be completed by 10 March 2016.  No extension will be given after this date. 
 
EQU 8.6 League matches must be organised so that the Dressage element is followed by the show jumping.
 
EQU 8.7 Each AU must ensure that the venue has or can find enough horses and they are capable of fulfilling their role in competition when booking the venue. It is recommended that a copy of these rules and the appropriate technical rules be given to the Riding Centre involved.
 
EQU 8.8 Teams arriving late for a match shall be deemed absent if they arrive more than one hour after the stated time for the draw. The telephone number of the Riding Centre and host Team Captain should be included in the details sent to each institution.
 
EQU 8.9 Each home team’s Athletic Union is responsible for completing and uploading the online results form which can be found at www.bucs.org.uk/equestrianresults within 7 days of the match occurring.  Any team not adhering to this regulation will be deducted one league point. The completed score sheet must also be sent to all opposing team captains within the league.  The result will stand unless a visiting team challenges the result sheet in which instance it will become a provisional result until checked and the placings confirmed by BUCS. All teams must keep a copy of all final results sheets.
 
EQU 8.10 In order to determine the qualifying team and individuals for the regional rounds points will be awarded for placing at league matches as follows:

Team
1st
4 Points
2nd
3 Points
3rd
2 Points
4th
1 Point
No Show
0 Points
 
Individuals (Championship only)
1st
12 points
2nd
10 points
3rd
8 points
4th
6 points
5th
4 points
6th
3 points
7th
2 points
8th
1 point
 
N.B For tied placing the points are shared — i.e. if two competitors are tied for 3rd place the points of 3rd and 4th are shared between the two competitors, each one receiving 5.5 points.

N.B Even if there are only three teams in a league the same points are awarded.
 
EQU 8.11 The winning team in each league must calculate the qualifiers for their league and notify BUCS of those names within 7 days of the final match within the league
 
EQU 8.12 If two teams or individuals are on equal points at the completion of the League matches they will be split by the sum of their total penalties from all the League matches.
 
EQU 8.13 Each institution must keep a record of all the penalties including collective marks at all the League matches. Each institution must send via e-mail a fully completed scoresheet from their home League match to the other teams in their league within 7 days of their League match taking place as per EQU 3.11
 
EQU 8.14 In the Championship Leagues, the team with the most points and the two individuals, not on the best team, with the highest points will qualify for the Regional Round. In the Trophy Leagues, only the team with the most points will qualify for the Regional Round.
 
EQU 8.15 In League matches four horses will be used. The horses standard must be as similar as possible. Where possible the same horses should not be used for both phases. If this is not possible then riders must not ride the same horse for the Dressage and the show jumping phases.

EQU 8.16 Each horse will be ridden by three or four competitors. 

EQU 8.17 The organiser must know the whereabouts of the nearest casualty department and have directions readily available for competitors. If possible, members of the St. Johns Ambulance or equivalent should be present for the show jumping. In all cases the Organiser should make themselves known to the Appointed First Aider at the centre and be aware of their location during the competition.

EQU 9 The Draw

EQU 9.1.1 At all competitions all riders should be assigned a number at the first draw which must be worn throughout. During the competition they will be known as that number with no reference to name or university to be present on any paperwork for judges. Riders should keep the same number throughout any one match for both phases.

EQU 9.1.2 Each horse should be assigned a letter.

EQU 9.1.3 All draws will take place in the presence of all the Team Captains and will be performed no earlier than the time stated by the organiser on the invitations to compete. If any team has failed to arrive by that time, their draw may be performed on their behalf. The draw for the Dressage will be held in alphabetical team order and that of the show jumping in reverse alphabetical team order.

EQU 9.1.4 Teams captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3 (or 4) in the order given in Rule EQUL 4.3. This relates to the team order shown on the running order below. Each team rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase. The running order should be arranged as shown below.
 
Three Team League:
Running Order
Horse
Team Order
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
1
5
A
2
6
B
3
7
C
1
8
D
2
9
A
3
10
B
1
11
C
2
12
D
3
 
Four Team League:
Running Order
Horse
Team Order
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
4
5
A
2
6
B
3
7
C
4
8
D
1
9
A
3
10
B
4
11
C
1
12
D
2
13
A
4
14
B
1
15
C
2
16
D
3
 
EQU 10 Regional Rounds Specific Regulations 
The Regional Rounds will be organised by BUCS and Regional Organisers. The following season's Regional Organisers will be appointed from the 6 Championship and 6 Trophy teams that qualify to National Finals in the previous season.
 
EQU 10.1 BUCS will ensure that the horses are capable of fulfilling their role in the competition when booking the venue. A copy of these rules will be given to the Riding Centre involved.
 
EQU 10.2 Teams or individuals may not compete at the regional round if their Athletic Union has not confirmed the entry before the start of the Regional Round. BUCS may also impose any further demand that the money be paid prior to the competition to cover expenses and allow for the cancellation of horses if necessary.
 
EQU 10.3 All competing teams must bring at least one person to help organise the regional event that they are competing at. Failure to provide a volunteer will result in a fine of £100.

EQU 10.4 The qualifiers for the Finals from:

EQU 10.4.1 A Team Championship Regional will be the winning team and the best three individuals who are not in the winning team. One of these individuals must have come from the individuals section of the Regional Round.
 
EQU 10.4.2 An Individual Championship Regional will be the top three placings only.
 
EQU 10.4.3 A Trophy Regional will be the winning team only.
 
EQU 10.4.4 The Regional Organiser will send copies of the full results including collectives to the BUCS Office via e-mail within 5 days of the match occurring.

EQU 10.5 In the Championship Regional Round six horses will be used and in the Trophy Regional Round four horses will be used for each of the Dressage and the Show-Jumping phases. The horses’ standard must be as similar as possible. Where possible the same horses should not be used for both phases. If this is not possible then riders must not ride the same horse for the Dressage and the show jumping phases.

EQU 10.6 Championship Team Regional Round running order shall be as follows: 

3 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Teams captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.

Individuals will draw both a letter (E or F) and number (1, 2 or 3) relating to what and when they will ride.  Individuals from the same university cannot ride against each other.
 
Running Order
Horse
Team
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
1
5
E
IND (1)
6
F
IND (1)
7
A
2
8
B
3
9
C
1
10
D
2
11
D
IND (2)
12
E
IND (2)
13
F
3
14
A
1
15
B
2
16
C
3
17
D
IND (3)
18
E
IND (3)
 
4 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Teams captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.

Individuals will draw both a letter (E or F) and number (1, 2, 3 or 4) relating to what and when they will ride.  Individuals from the same university cannot ride against each other.
 
Running Order
Horse
Team
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
4
5
E
IND (1)
6
F
IND (1)
7
A
4
8
B
1
9
C
2
10
D
3
11
D
IND (2)
12
E
IND (2)
13
F
3
14
A
4
15
B
1
16
C
2
17
D
IND (3)
18
E
IND (3)
19
A
2
20
B
3
21
C
4
22
D
1
23
E
IND (4)
24
F
IND (4)
 
EQU 10.7 Trophy Team Regional Round running order shall be as follows:

3 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Team captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.
 
Running Order
Horse
Team
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
1
5
A
2
6
B
3
7
C
1
8
D
2
9
A
3
10
B
1
11
C
2
12
D
3

4 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Team captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.
 
Running Order
Horse
Team
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
4
5
A
4
6
B
1
7
C
2
8
D
3
9
A
3
10
B
4
11
C
1
12
D
2
13
A
2
14
B
3
15
C
4
16
D
1
 
EQU 11 Individual Qualifier: A university may enter a maximum of two individuals into the Individual Championship qualifier if they are unable to field a team (minimum of four riders) at league matches. Extra places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to a maximum of three riders when there are less than 15 individuals entered for the Individual Championship.
 
EQU 12 National Finals Specific Regulations
 
EQU 12.1 The qualifiers for the Finals from:
 
EQU 12.1.1 A Team Championship Regional will be the winning team and the best three individuals who are not in the winning team. One of these individuals must have come from the individuals section of the Regional Round.
 
EQU 12.1.2 An Individual Championship Regional will be the top three placings only.
 
EQU 12.1.3 A Trophy Regional will be the winning team only.
 
EQU 12.3 Entries for the National Finals are restricted to those university teams and individuals that have qualified from one of the Regional competitions.
 
EQU 12.4 The competition shall consist of two phases – Dressage and Show Jumping. All competitors shall compete in both phases. Competitors may not ride the same horse in more than one round of one phase and may not ride the same horse in the Dressage and the Show-Jumping except in a final round where numbers of horses limits this.
 
EQU 12.5 The competition will be ridden in a knockout system. In each round there will be three riders on each horse with the best rider on each horse progressing through to the next round. There will be four rounds of Dressage and four rounds of Show Jumping. All competitors will be ranked equal at the beginning of each round.
 
EQU 12.6 The National Finals are run in the style of an AIEC International University competition. Any circumstances that are not covered by the rules laid down here will be referred to the current AIEC rules. These will be available at the competition or can be accessed online at www.aiecworld.com
 
EQU 12.7 There must be a qualified paramedic/St. John Ambulance on site for the show jumping.
 
EQU 12.8 All teams and individuals may not compete in the National Finals until the relevant Athletic Union has submitted a confirmation of entry in format prescribed by BUCS.
 
EQU 12.9 Reserve riders for teams should be declared on the entry form. The reserve rider can only compete in the team in the case of physical inability certified by a doctor. A reserve rider can only substitute a rider in one of the two parts before the beginning of the first round.
 
EQU 13 The Draw

EQU 13.1 The time of the draw for each round will be published in the finals programme If any team or individual has failed to arrive by that time, their draw may be performed on their behalf.

EQU 13.2 At all competitions all riders should be assigned a number at each draw which must be worn throughout the corresponding round. During the competition they will be known as that number with no reference to name or university to be present on any paperwork for judges.

EQU 13.3 Each horse should be assigned a letter.

EQU 13.4 Teams will draw a slip dictating when their team will ride. The team members will select a letter each representing to their horse. For the dressage team test championship team riders will ride horses A – F. Individuals will draw slips representing when they will ride and a letter corresponding to their horse for the first rounds. Second rounds and above each rider will draw a slip showing a letter and number which indicates what and when they will ride.

Championship

EQU 14 Dressage

EQU 14.1 Dressage tests may be commanded at all levels with the exception of the Championships first round and fourth round freestyle.

EQU 14.2 There will be at least two judges of British Dressage List 4 or above for second round and above for the Dressage.

EQU 14.3 If two or more riders are on the same horse in the same round of dressage have best and equal marks the rider with the best rider collective marks will proceed to the next round. If they are still equal the rider with the best position mark will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of position mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse. If there are no extra horses available, the judges decide who is qualified for the next round. The riders who are not qualified after this separation procedure are ranked as first of the non-qualified riders in the round.

EQU 14.4 The places of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 14.5 For all levels, all competitors will be allowed to ride their horses in the warmup arena for the time duration of the dressage test being used in this round and dictated at the top of the dressage test sheet. Consequently, each rider may begin their warm up as the bell rings to signal the start for the rider before them and must end on the salute of that rider.

EQU 14.6 First Round

EQU 14.6.1 Tests will be ridden as a group of three in quadrille style. The test will start from inside the arena boards. Teams will nominate the trio to ride the team test.

EQU 14.6.2 The 3 individuals qualifying from each region will ride the team test as a trio. The 3 individuals qualifying from the Individual Championship will ride as a trio. The extra riders from teams in Regions A, B and C will ride as a trio. The extra riders from teams in Regions D, E and F will ride as a trio.

EQU 14.6.3 Four judges will judge the first round team dressage. Three judges will judge the three riders of the team individually. The fourth judge will judge the team as a whole and give a team mark.

EQU 14.6.4 The starting order of each trio of horses will be fixed in alphabetical order. The team is not allowed to change this order. Not respecting the announced order will lead to a team mark of 0 (zero) points for each single lesson which is not performed in the declared order.

EQU 14.6.5 The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round. If it is necessary to qualify more riders (when the number of competitors is not a multiple of 2 or 3), the nonqualified riders with the lowest difference score to the best rider of the same horse will be qualified.
 
EQU 14.7 Second round: The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round. The best runner up will also progress to the next round as the lucky loser following EQUN 4.11.5

EQU 14.8 Third round: The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round.

EQU 14.9 Final round: Two horses will be used for the Final of the Dressage. Each of the two riders will ride both horses. A technical test will be performed on one horse and freestyle to music on the other.

EQU 15 Show-Jumping

EQU 15.1 Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of five minutes warm up time and a maximum of four specified practice jumps. The practice fences may, at the judge’s discretion be part of the course. At the start of the practice period, the direction for jumping the practice fences must be specified to all competitors. The practice fences must be jumped in the direction specified – failure to do so will result in elimination from the jumping element. Should the venue have different rules regarding number of jumps allowed these will take precedence as long as they do not exceed the numbers above.

EQU 15.2 The Show-Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective style marks similar to those used for the dressage test. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors:
 
Each Knockdown
5
1st Refusal
10
2nd Refusal
20
3rd Refusal
Elimination
Fall of Horse or Rider
Elimination
Error of Course
Elimination
Failure to Salute
Elimination
Commencing Before the Bell
Elimination
 
The Show-Jumping scores will be differenced as defined in rule EQU 5.3

EQU 15.3 If a horse is eliminated in the show jumping with all riders, the judge must allow all riders who have ridden the eliminated horse another chance to ride an alternative horse. The alternative horse should, preferably, be one that has not already been used for the Show-Jumping phase. If no such horse is available then one that has already show-jumped may be used over a shortened course if necessary. If any rider is unable to ride the alternative horse due to injury, the collective marks added to the fence that all riders reached will be used as the style mark.

EQU 15.4 Although the judge need not be on the British Show Jumping Judges panel, they must be conversant with the rules. It is the responsibility of the organising team to ensure this happens.

EQU 15.5 The Show-Jumping judge should be approached with any  complaints  or concerns about a competitor’s ability to jump. The judges may prevent a rider from Show-Jumping if they consider the rider to be incapable of managing the course set. The rider may refer such a decision to the Jury of Appeal if he/she considers the decision to be unfair.

EQU 15.6 All horses will be demonstrated before each round of the Show-Jumping, but will not necessarily jump the whole course before the first rider mounts.

EQU 15.7 The course builder should be a British Show Jumping course designer. In all rounds the difficulties will increase.

EQU 15.8 First Round

EQU 15.8.1 The first round will be judged on style The Show-Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective rider marks similar to those used for the dressage these will then be added together to give the total style mark. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors to give the overall style mark:
 
Each Knockdown
5
1st Refusal
10
2nd Refusal
Elimination
Fall of Horse or Rider
Elimination
Error of Course
Elimination
Failure to Salute
Elimination
Commencing Before the Bell
Elimination
 
The height of the fences will be maximum 100cm. The Show-Jumping  scores  should  then  be  differenced  as described in EQU 5.3.

EQU 15.8.2 The rider with the best overall style mark on each horse will progress to the Second Round.

EQU 15.8.3 If all riders on the same horse in the same round of show jumping are eliminated they will re-ride the same course in the same starting order on another horse if there is one available. If a horse is not available and the first horse passed fence 5 with all riders, then the style mark up to and including this fence with collective marks will make up the style mark for this horse. In the event that the horse does not make it to this point with all riders then the rider who jumped the most fences will be qualified. If none of the riders went further than all the others, the judges decide who is qualified for the next round. The riders who are not qualified after this separation procedure are ranked as first of the non-qualified riders in the round.
 
EQU 15.8.4 If two or more riders on the same horse have the same overall style mark the rider with the better collective marks will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of the collective marks, the higher total style mark will decide who proceeds. If there is equality of this mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse.   If there are no extra horses available, the judges decide who is qualified for the next round. The riders who are not qualified after this separation procedure are ranked as first of the non-qualified riders in the round.

EQU 15.8.5 The places of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 15.9 Second Round

EQU 15.9.1 The second round will be judged primarily on faults with style deciding in the event of equality of faults. Jumping faults in this round and all subsequent rounds will be awarded as follows:
 
Each Knockdown
4
1st Refusal
4
2nd Refusal
Elimination
Fall of Horse or Rider
Elimination
Error of Course
Elimination
Failure to Salute
Elimination
Commencing Before the Bell
Elimination
 
The height of the fences will be maximum 105cm

EQU 15.9.2 The best rider on each horse plus the best runner up with the lowest differenced jumping faults will progress to the Third Round. In the case of equality of differenced jumping penalties the best runner up is calculated in accordance with EQUN 4.11.5 the highest style mark shall be decided. The places of non-qualifiers will be determined in the same way.

EQU 15.10 Third Round and Final

EQU 15.10.1
 These will be judged primarily on faults. In the event of equality of faults time will decide.

EQU 15.10.2 The height of the fences in the Third Round will be approximately 110cm – 115cm unless the judges decide otherwise.

EQU 15.10.3 The best rider on each horse in the Third Round will progress to the Final where they will each ride two horses.

EQU 15.10.4 The height of the fences in the Final will be approximately 120cm – 125cm unless the judges decide otherwise.

EQU 15.11 Overall Placings:
At the end of the Final each competitor will have a ranking in the Dressage and Show- Jumping phases.
 
EQU 15.12 Teams

EQU 15.12.1 Team Dressage Ranking: Teams are ranked by the team mark from the first round. The ranking equates to points i.e. Ranking 1 = 1 point. This ranking is multiplied by three and these points are added to the four best individual dressage placings in each team. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team dressage.

EQU 15.12.2 Team Show-Jumping Ranking: The combined total of all four Show-Jumping rankings of the teams members shall give the team Show-Jumping score. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team Show-Jumping.

EQU 15.13 Team Overall Ranking: Teams are ranked by the team mark from the first round. The ranking equates to points i.e. Ranking 1 = 1 point. This ranking is multiplied by three and these points are added to the four individual dressage placings in each team. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team dressage.

EQU 15.14 Individuals: Overall placing for individuals shall be calculated by adding together their Dressage and Show-Jumping rankings. The individual with the lowest total shall be the winner. Should one or more riders have the same total, then the better Dressage rider is higher overall.

EQU 15.15 Neither the organisers of the Championships, nor the panel, nor BUCS, nor the agent, employee or representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators, or any person or property.

EQU 16 Trophy Final

EQU 16.1 The Trophy Final will consist of  two rounds of Dressage  and  two Show- Jumping rounds. All competitors shall compete in both phases to get a final placing. Competitors may not ride the same horse in more than one round of one phase and may not ride the same horse in the Dressage and the Show- Jumping except where the numbers of horses limits this.

EQU 16.2 The competition will be ridden in a knockout system. In each round there will be three or  four riders on each horse  with the best rider  on each horse progressing through to the next round. All competitors will be ranked equal at the beginning of each round.

EQU 16.3 There must be a qualified paramedic/St. John’s Ambulance on site for the Show-Jumping

EQU 16.4 The horses’ standard must be as similar as possible. Two horses will be used for each of the final rounds.
 
EQU 16.5 Reserve riders for teams should be declared on the entry form. The reserve rider can only compete in the team in case of physical inability certified by a doctor. A reserve rider can only substitute a rider in one of the two parts before the beginning of the first round.

EQU 16.6 Riders from the same University may not draw against each other at any stage of the finals with the exception of when the number of horses limits this.

EQU 17 Trophy Dressage


EQU 17.1 There will be at least two judges for all rounds of British Dressage List 5 or above.

EQU 17.2 Each horse will be ridden by three competitors.
EQU 17.3 First Round

EQU 17.3.1 Tests will be ridden as a group of three in quadrille style. The test will start from inside the arena boards. Teams will nominate the trio to ride the team test. The remaining rider will ride the individual test.

EQU 17.3.2 Four judges will judge the first round team dressage. Three judges will judge the three riders of the team individually. The fourth judge will judge the team as a whole and give a team mark.

EQU 17.3.3 The starting order of each trio of horses will be fixed in alphabetical order. The team is not allowed to change this order. Not respecting the announced order will lead to a team mark of 0 (zero) points for each single lesson which is not performed in the declared order.

EQU 17.3.4 The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round.

EQU 17.3.5 If two or more riders are on the same horse in the same round of dressage have best and equal marks the rider with the best rider collective marks will proceed to the next round. If they are still equal the rider with the best position mark will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of position mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse.

EQU 17.3.6 The placings of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.
 
EQU 17.4 First Round Dressage Draw: Teams will draw a slip dictating when their team will ride. The team members will select a letter each representing to their horse. For the dressage team test championship team riders will ride horses A – F. Individuals will draw slips representing when they will ride and a letter corresponding to their horse for the first rounds. Second rounds and above each rider will draw a slip showing a letter and number which indicates what and when they will ride. The running order shall be as follows for the dressage phase:
 
Running Order
Horse
Team
1
A B C
1
2
D E F
2
3
A B C
3
4
D E F
4
5
A B C
5
6
D E F
6
7
G
1
8
H
2
9
G
3
10
H
4
11
G
5
12
H
6
 
EQU 17.5 Final Round

EQU 17.5.1 Two horses will be used for the final. Each horse will be ridden by four competitors.

EQU 17.5.2 The competitors with the highest score on each horse will be placed first and second with the highest rider collective marks deciding the winner. The places of those ranked second and third on their horses will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 18 Trophy Show-Jumping

EQU 18.1 All horses must be demonstrated before the Show-Jumping but will not necessarily jump the whole course before the first rider mounts

EQU 18.2 In order that the Show-Jumping phase is to have sufficient importance the course should be as demanding as possible within the capabilities of the horses used. The course should have a minimum of seven fences including at least one double, at least two spreads and at least one related distance of four strides or less. A course that tests the rider’s ability is essential. It is recommended that a stile or dogleg be used in the course.

EQU 18.3 The course builder must be a BSJA course designer.
 
EQU 18.4 First Round

EQU 18.4.1 Each horse will be ridden by four competitors. 

EQU 18.4.2 The first round will be judged on style. The Show-Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective rider marks similar to those used for  the dressage these will then be added together to give the total  style mark. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors to give the overall style mark:
 
Each Knockdown
5
1st Refusal
10
2nd Refusal
Elimination
Fall of Horse or Rider
Elimination
Error of Course
Elimination
Failure to Salute
Elimination
Commencing Before the Bell
Elimination
 
The height of the fences will be maximum 95cm.

EQU 18.4.3 The rider with the best overall style mark on each horse will progress to the Final Round.

EQU 18.4.4 If two or more riders on the same horse have the same overall style mark the rider with the better collective marks will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of the collective marks, the higher total style mark will decide who proceeds. If there is equality of this mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse.

EQU 18.4.5 The places of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.
 
EQU 18.5 First Round Draw

EQU 18.5.1 Teams will draw between 1 and 6 dictating when their team will ride. The team members will each draw a letter each representing their horse. The running order shall be as follows:
 
Running Order
Horse
Team
1
A
1
2
B
2
3
C
3
4
D
4
5
E
5
6
F
6
7
A
2
8
B
3
9
C
4
10
D
5
11
E
6
12
F
1
13
A
4
14
B
5
15
C
6
16
D
1
17
E
2
18
F
3
19
A
5
20
B
6
21
C
1
22
D
2
23
E
3
24
F
4
 
EQU 18.6 Final Round

EQU 18.6.1 Two horses will be used for the final. Each horse will be ridden by three competitors.

EQU 18.6.2 The final round will be judged primarily on faults with style deciding in the event of equality of faults. Jumping faults in this round will be awarded as follows: The height of the fences will be maximum 105cm

EQU 18.6.3 The competitors with the highest score on each horse will be placed first and second with the highest rider style marks deciding the winner. The places of those ranked second and third on their horses will first be decided by differenced style penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 18.7 Overall Placings: At the end of the Final each competitor will have a ranking in the Dressage and Show-Jumping phases.
 
EQU 18.8 Teams

EQU 18.8.1 Team Dressage Ranking: Teams are ranked by the team mark from the first round. The ranking equates to points i.e. Ranking 1 = 1 point. This ranking is multiplied by three and these points are added to the three best individual dressage placings in each team. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team dressage.

EQU 18.8.2 Team Show-Jumping Ranking: The combined total of best three Show-Jumping rankings of the teams members shall give the team Show-Jumping score. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team Show-Jumping.

EQU 18.8.3 Team Overall Ranking: The team total shall be calculated by the addition of the best three individual Dressage rankings and the best three individual Show-Jumping rankings of the teams  members. The team with the lowest total shall be the winner. In the event of equality the team with the better Dressage placing shall be placed higher. If equality still results, the sum of all four of the collective rider marks from the first round of the Dressage shall decide.

EQU 18.9 Individuals: Overall placing for individuals shall be calculated by adding together their Dressage and Show-Jumping rankings. The individual with the lowest total shall be the winner. Should one or more riders have the same total, then the better Dressage rider is higher overall.

EQU 18.10 Neither the organisers of the Championships, nor the panel, nor BUCS, nor the agent, employee or representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators, or any person or property.
 

 
 
The Fencing Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of British Fencing. For both the Individual and Team Championships, full British Fencing Licences are required by all competitors.  FIE Licences will not be accepted.

A Team Championships

FEN 1 Competition Structure
 
FEN 1.1 Ten teams, selected on merit from the previous season’s competition, will compete in the Premier Leagues. Only first teams may compete in the Premier Leagues. All other teams will compete in the Conference Leagues.
 
FEN 1.2 Teams will be selected on merit, from the current season’s league programme, to participate in a knockout competition. Qualification details will be provided at the top of each league on the BUCS Website.
 
FEN 1.3 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that a minimum of 3 hours hall time is booked. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will forfeit any outstanding hits that cannot be completed within the allocated time.

FEN 2 Premier Leagues
 
FEN 2.1 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. Specific attention should be paid to the quality of electric equipment and hall lighting.
 
FEN 2.2 Electric equipment must be used for all matches.
 
FEN 2.3 Where possible Institutions shall obtain the services of an independent Referee for all matches.
 
FEN 2.4 All players shall hold current Full BF licences. FIE licences are not acceptable.
 
FEN 3 Matches
 
FEN 3.1 Matches will include Foil, Epee and Sabre. For each weapon, teams will be of 3 fencers plus the option of a nominated reserve. A weapon match will use the relay formula. Should there be a tie on hits at time, then an extra minute will be fenced with one team being given priority on the toss of a coin. The next hit or priority at the end of the minute will decide the weapon victory. The winning team will be the team with the highest hits total over the three weapons. The winning team will be awarded three points with the losing team receiving no points.
 
FEN 3.2 In the event of a tie on hits after the three weapons, the winner will be the team that has won the most weapons.
 
FEN 3.3 The two captains, in advance of the match, shall agree the order in which weapons are fought.
 
FEN 3.4 In the event of lack of agreement there shall be a draw for the order of weapons. The order of fights shall conform to BF regulations.
 
FEN 3.5 Independent referees are preferred for all matches. If an independent referee is not available then the refereeing duties shall be shared between the two teams.
 
FEN 3.6 Electrical apparatus shall be used for all matches.
 
FEN 3.7 Competitors clothing and equipment shall conform to BF regulations.
 
FEN 3.8 Team Captains are required to check the BF licences of the opposing team prior to the start of each league match. Fencers should bring a print out of their confirmation on the BF website.
 
FEN 4 Incomplete Fixtures
 
FEN 4.1 In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any hits not completed or unplayed.
 
FEN 5 Tie on Points in a League
 
FEN 5.1 In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 9.9. If the BUCS Office does not consider the score sheets satisfactory, then the teams that tie shall fight off.
 
FEN 5.2 Tie on Hits in League Matches & Knockout Rounds including Semi-Final and Final. In the event of a tie on hits, the winner shall be the team that has won more weapons.
 
FEN 5.3 Semi-Finals and Finals: Members of the BF Panel of Referees shall referee the Semi-Finals and the Final of the Championship and the Final of the Trophy.

B Individual Championships
 
FEN 6 Events: Individual Championships shall be held annually for both Men and Women at foil, epee and sabre.
 
FEN 7 Rules: Electrical apparatus shall be used for all events. Competitors clothing and equipment shall conform to BF regulations.
    
FEN 8 Information: All relevant information shall be circulated in the autumn term.

 
 
The Association Football Championship shall be conducted in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game.

FOO 1 Affiliations: All institutions must submit their governing body affiliation number to BUCS by 5pm on Friday 11 September 2015. Clubs failing to do so will have 1 league point deducted from all teams concerned and may be withdrawn from the league.
 
FOO 2 Competition Structure
 
FOO 2.1 12 teams, selected on merit from the previous season’s competition, will compete in the BUCS Premier Leagues. Only first teams may compete in the Premier Leagues. All other teams will compete in the Conference Leagues.
 
FOO 2.2 Premier League teams will be entered into the Championship and this will be played after the league season has ended. All Tier 1 teams will be entered into the Trophy which will run throughout the season. All teams in Tier 2 and below will automatically be entered into the regional Conference Cup or Plate that is played throughout the season.
 
FOO 3 Premier Leagues
 
FOO 3.1 Playing facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with National Governing Body regulations for matches of this standard.
 
FOO 3.2 Pitches should, as a minimum, be roped off to prevent spectator encroachment. This can be down one length of the pitch provided all spectators watch the match from this side. In this instance all team substitutes and team officials must be on the opposite side to the spectators.
 
FOO 3.3 A Referee and two Assistant Referees shall be provided for all Men’s Premier League matches.
 
FOO 3.4 Only a Referee is required for all Women’s Premier League matches. Any nominated substitute is not allowed to act as an Assistant Referee for these matches.
 
FOO 3.5 Matches should be played on grass or a FIFA approved artificial surface. It is the duty of the home team when confirming the fixture to advise the away team on any footwear restrictions and the type of surface to be used.

FOO 4 Regulations
 
FOO 4.1 Match Officials: Match Officials should be provided as per REG 11, or FOO 3.3 or 3.4 for Premier Leagues.
 
FOO 4.1.1 For all matches in Premier Leagues and Tier 1 the name of the referee, The Association, and their level of officiating should be supplied to the opposition along with the fixture confirmation required in REG 12.6
 
FOO 4.1.2 It is the responsibility of the home team to appoint appropriate match officials for League, Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup matches (including Conference Cup final).
 
FOO 4.1.3 Assistant referees shall report to the referee prior to commencement of the match and will be provided with standard flags by the home team.
 
FOO 4.2 Duration of Play: The game shall consist of two halves of 45 minutes. Teams shall change ends at half time. In all matches the half time interval will not exceed 15 minutes.
 
FOO 4.3 Tie on Points in a League: In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 9.9

FOO 4.4 Promotion / Relegation: The winner of each league will be automatically promoted. The exception being tier 1 where a promotion play off may be required. The bottom team in each league will be relegated. Only the respective bottom 3 teams in each league may be relegated. League variations are specified in the football league caveats on the BUCS website.
 
FOO 4.5 Suspensions: No player, club or team official may participate in any BUCS football fixture whilst serving a suspension imposed by any Association.
 
FOO 4.6 Behaviour of Teams: The BUCS football code of conduct must be adhered to in all BUCS football league, knockout and representative fixtures. The code of conduct can be found on the football pages of the BUCS website.
 
FOO 4.7 Matchday Requirements: The home team is responsible for providing a set of corner flags, and pegs for securing goal nets. Failure to do so may render the team liable to a fine and in the event of the match not being played due to lack of corner flags or pegs, the home team will be deemed to have not fulfilled the fixture.
 
FOO 4.8 Championship Semi-Finals & Finals: BUCS will appoint neutral match officials for the Championship Semi-Finals (Please refer to Generic Regulation 18.10.4). Both Championship Finals will be played at a neutral venue organised by BUCS. BUCS will appoint all match officials for these fixtures.
 
FOO 4.9 Tie in All Knockout Rounds Including Semi-Final and Final: REG 13.2 shall apply. If at the end of the normal playing period of extra time (15 minutes each way), the teams are still tying the winner shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty spot as per The Laws of the Game.
 
FOO 4.10 Substitutes: For all domestic BUCS matches a maximum of five substitutions will be allowed from a maximum of five named substitutes. Players who have been substituted will not be permitted to return to the match i.e. rolling substitutions are not permitted.

 
 
FUT 1 The BUCS Men’s and Women’s Futsal Championships, Men’s Trophy, Women’s Trophy and Men’s Conference Cup will be played according to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game

FUT 2
The BUCS Futsal programme will follow the BUCS General Regulations if not covered in the Futsal specific regulations or the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game
 
FUT 3 Institutions may organise competitions in a tournament format
 
FUT 4 Teams will receive 3pts for a win 1pt for a draw and 0pts for a loss. At the end of each drawn match a penalty shootout must take place – this will not affect points awarded in the leagues however if league positions have to be decided by head to head results this will apply. Draws should be recorded in BUCScore with a note added to indicate the shootout winner
 
FUT 5 The Discipline process will be as per the FA Laws of Small Sided Football and the FIFA laws of Futsal.
 
FUT 6 The competition programme will follow the standard BUCS league and cup programme
A Men

FUT 7 All host institutions must provide: team benches and timekeeper’s table and chairs, timekeepers equipment, changing rooms for teams, referees room with shower, toilet and hand basin, pitch Attendant to remove moisture from pitch as required

FUT 8 All men’s matches will be 20mins each way with a stopping clock as standard and a maximum of one 1 minute time out per half per team per match. This means the average hall booking will be 1.5 hours including warm up.
 
FUT 9 Each team must supply their own bibs.

FUT 10
Each host must supply match balls. 

Premier League
FUT 11 Must be played on a Futsal pitch with full markings. The dimensions of the pitch should be between 25m and 42m in length and 16m and 25m in width, as with the FA National Futsal League, with at least a 2 meter run off.
 
FUT 12 Futsal specific metal goals must be used. 

FUT 13 The host institution must supply 3 referees – two must be neutral with Futsal qualifications and one time keeper (with equipment) who does not need to be qualified or neutral.  Qualified referees may be appointed from the FA National List if institutions follow the processes on the BUCS Futsal pages
Tier One Criteria
 
FUT 14 Can be played on a flat, smooth and non-abrasive surface; indoor or outdoor; sand based or wood court between 25m to 42m in length and 16m to 25m in width, ideally closer to the larger size, with at least a 1 meter run off. Opposition should be made aware of the pitch surface and dimensions when confirming the game as per regulation 12.6.
 
FUT 15 Goals may be either metal Futsal goals, hockey goals or handball goals. Where it is necessary inflatable Futsal goals are also allowed, however we advise other goals are used as a preference. Opposition should be made aware of the goals being used when confirming the game as per regulation 12.6.
 
FUT 16 One futsal qualified referee must be provided by the host institution and a time keeper (with equipment) who does not need to be qualified.
 
B Women
 
FUT 17 All host institutions must provide: team benches and timekeeper’s table and chairs, timekeepers equipment, changing rooms for teams, referees room with shower, toilet and hand basin, pitch Attendant to remove moisture from pitch as required
 
FUT 18 All women’s fixtures will be 20 minutes each way with a stopping clock as standard and a maximum of one 1 minute time outs per team per match. This means the average hall booking will be 1.5 hours including warm up. 

FUT 19 Must be played on a court between 25m to 42m in length and 16m to 25m in width, ideally closer to the larger size, with at least a 2 meter run off. Opposition should be made aware of the pitch dimensions when confirming the game as per regulation 12.6.
 
FUT 20 Goals may be either metal Futsal goals, hockey goals or handball goals. Where it is necessary inflatable Futsal goals are also allowed, however we advise other goals are used as a preference. Opposition should be made aware of the goals being used when confirming the game as per BUCS General Regulation 12.6. 

FUT 21 Each team must supply their own bibs.

FUT 22 Each host must supply match balls. 

FUT 23 One futsal qualified referee must be provided by the host institution along with a time keeper (with equipment) who does not need to be qualified.
 

 
 
GAE 1 BUCS will sanction a Men’s Gaelic Football Championship operated under regulations and a code of conduct reviewed by The British Universities Gaelic Athletic Association Committee and endorsed by BUCS. As in all BUCS sports, General Regulation 7 will apply and all competitors and institutions must comply with this regulation.

 
 
The Individual and Team Championships shall be held under the rules of the Royal and Ancient (R&A) Golf Club except where these differ from BUCS General Regulations or BUCS Golf specific regulations; in which case the latter shall take precedence.
 

GOL 1 Premier League Requirements
 
GOL 1.1 Host institutions should use an 18 hole course of appropriate quality which is regularly used to host amateur matches of similar standard. In normal circumstances, temporary greens should not be used. Where temporary greens are in operation, the away team should be notified in good time.
 
GOL 1.2 Official club scorecards must be used and be collated and held by the home team captain.
 
GOL 1.3 BUCS General Regulations and Golf Competition rules apply alongside the above requirements. The Golf Advisory Group (GAG) reserves the right to remove any teams who contravene the above regulations from the Premier League.
 
GOL 2 BUCS Golf Matchplay General Requirements
 
GOL 2.1 The Matchplay Team Champions shall hold the Wallace Crinson Trophy for one year.
 
GOL 2.2 The Matchplay Team Championship shall be held under the rules of Matchplay, noting the proviso above.
 
GOL 2.3 Each team in the Premier Leagues and the four English and Welsh Conferences shall consist of six nominated members (Men or Women).
 
GOL 2.4 In the Scottish Conference all teams in Tier 1 shall consist of ten nominated players (Men or Women). Teams competing in Tier 2 and below in the Scottish Conference shall consist of eight nominated players (Men or Women).
 
GOL 2.5 For league matches each match shall consist of six single games (ten in the Scottish Conference Tier 1 league and eight in Tier 2 and below).
 
GOL 2.6 In all knockout round matches, all teams consist of six nominated players (Men or Women).  In knockout round matches up to but not including the quarter-finals of the Championship and Trophy, and all Conference Cup matches, all games shall consist of singles matches. Conference Cup matches in Scotland will have teams consisting of eight players.
 
GOL 2.7 From the quarter-finals onwards in the Championship and Trophy all matches shall consist of three foursomes and six single games, with the foursomes taking place before the singles games.
 
GOL 2.8 In the Championship Quarter and Semi Finals the host institution is required to submit to the BUCS office the name of the proposed venue at least 7 days before the competition. If the office believes the course is not in a suitable condition then the home team may be ordered to find a different venue or have the match switched to the away team's venue.
 
GOL 2.9 In the event of a tie on points at the end of the league stages positions will be determined as per REG 9.9
 
GOL 2.10 If a match is tied at the end of a knockout stage, a sudden death play-off will take place between a nominated player from either side (players to be nominated once the final result has been declared). The play-off shall take place on holes determined by the tradition of the host Golf Club, or the organising committee if a BUCS official is present.
 
GOL 2.11 For all league matches and all knockout matches, all Men are to play off the Men’s Medal tees, or the Men’s tees of the day when Medal tees are not available. For all league matches and all knockout matches, all Women are to play off the Ladies Medal tees, or the Ladies tees when Medal tees are not available.
 
GOL 2.12 In normal conditions all matches are to be played off scratch without handicap or stroke allowance for Men or Women. In certain circumstances teams may find that Men’s temporary tees are located in front of the Women’s tees. If this is the case the two teams may agree a Stroke Allowance for Women prior to the start of the match.
 
GOL 2.13 Any team short of members shall concede the appropriate number of holes or games.
 
GOL 2.14 Before play starts the captains shall draw up and exchange their orders for play for singles and, where relevant, foursomes. Teams playing with less than a full complement of players must fill places 1-5 on the start sheet in singles matches.
 
GOL 2.15 In the event of a dispute as to whether the course is fit to play the club professional, other other suitable and neutral club official, will make the final decision.
 
GOL 2.16 In the event of the course being open but some holes closed the match should go ahead with the requisite number of holes played twice to complete 18 holes. The captains must agree in advance of the match starting the holes which will be played twice and the order they will be played in. If 10 or more holes are closed the match should not start.
 
GOL 2.17 Matches may be staged on nine hole courses provided that there are eighteen distinct tee configurations effectively creating eighteen different holes. Nine hole courses that do not offer this tee configuration are not permitted to host BUCS matches.
 
GOL 2.18 For league and knockout matches, home teams must organise suitable tee times to complete the match in daylight. Teams must allow for a maximum of five hours play.
 
GOL 3 BUCS Golf Individual Strokeplay Final
 
GOL 3.1 The Individual Strokeplay Final is a closed event. Competitors must qualify for the event  through a programme of regionalised competitions as decided by the GAG.
 
GOL 3.2 The men’s Individual Strokeplay Champion shall hold the Wollaton Park Cup for one year. The women’s Individual Strokeplay Champion shall hold the women’s Individual Strokeplay Trophy for one year. The men’s Team Strokeplay Champions shall hold the Trent Cup for one year.
 
GOL 3.3 A Men’s and Women’s Individual Strokeplay Final shall be offered annually at a venue selected by the Golf Advisory Group.
 
GOL 3.4 The Individual Champion shall be the player with the lowest aggregate score for 72 holes.
 
GOL 3.5 The Men’s Team Strokeplay Championship will be calculated from the 72 holes of the Individual Strokeplay Final. Teams shall consist of four nominated members and the lowest three scores for each day’s competition shall be totalled to ascertain the Men’s Team Strokeplay Champions.
 
GOL 4 BUCS Golf Regional Individual Strokeplay Qualifiers
 
GOL 4.1 To compete in the BUCS Golf Individual Strokeplay Final, players must compete in a number of regional qualifying events (as determined by the GAG on an annual basis).
 
GOL 4.2 The format for England and Wales will consist of 4 Regional Qualifying events with one event in each BUCS Conference – South Eastern, Western, Midlands & Northern. These will be 36 hole individual Strokeplay events. Northern Ireland and Scotland will determine and host their own regional qualifying programmes.
 
GOL 4.3 Players will be ranked according to their performance in each event and a ranking will be displayed on the BUCS website. Top ranked players will be invited to the BUCS Golf Individual  Strokeplay Final.
 
GOL 5 Use of Electronic Equipment
 
GOL 5.1 Following successful use of laser measuring devices in Scotland and Northern Ireland in previous seasons, ALL BUCS competitions throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales will permit the use of laser devices.
 
GOL 6 Competition Entry Requirements
 
GOL 6.1 All competitors in BUCS golf competitions (matchplay and strokeplay) must be a member of a golf club recognised by their National Golf Union. In addition, all competitors must hold a current, competition handicap (and must be able to produce an up-to-date handicap certificate upon request).
 

 
 

The Gymnastics Sport Specific rules and regulations can be found in the downloads section of this page

 

 
 
 
The Hockey Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the current rules of the FIH.  http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=32680&section=22

HOC 1 Competition Structure
12 Men’s and 12 Women’s Teams selected upon merit from the past year’s Championship competition, will compete in the North and South Premier Leagues, the remainder will participate in the Conference Leagues.

HOC 2 Premier League Requirements
 
HOC 2.1 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that at least 2 hours of pitch time are booked (longer for knockout stages). Institutions failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion.
 
HOC 2.2 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. Ideally, all Premier League matches should be played on water-based artificial surfaces but this is not a requirement. Pitches should provide appropriate dug-outs for Teams and Officials.
 
HOC 2.3 If a Premier League match is to be played under lighting then it is recommended that 250 lux should be the minimum - in line with FIH regulations. This will require the facility operator to declare their lighting levels and commit to some regular maintenance.  Should a team wish to contest the level of lighting they must do so prior to the match starting in order to ensure that they have grounds for an appeal should they so wish. If no playing under protest form is signed a team may not appeal.
 
HOC 2.4 Spectators are required to be kept away from the side of the pitch.
 
HOC 3 Competition Regulations
 
HOC 3.1 Match Officials
 
HOC 3.1.1 That for all Premier League and Tier One, and Championship and Trophy knockout round matches,
both umpires must be qualified at a minimum of England Hockey Level One (or the equivalent level in Wales and Scotland) and neutral. For the Championship Quarter Finals, BUCS will work with the NPUA to appoint independent umpires to all men’s and women’s matches. The costs incurred by these umpires will be passed onto the home university for each Quarter and semi Final. The NPUA will also appoint to the Championship Final and the Trophy Final, costs for these will be met by BUCS.
 
HOC 3.1.2 For Tiers Two, Three and Four, and Conference Cup matches, at least one umpire must be fully qualified at Level One, the other must have successfully completed the theory aspect of the Level One award. For all other tiers, umpires must hold a foundation/preliminary umpires award.
 
HOC 3.2 Tie on Points in a Conference League: In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 9.9
 
HOC 3.3 Tie in Knockout Rounds, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final Matches: If in any of these matches the
scores are level at the end of full time the outcome of the match shall be determined by a series of penalty strokes taken under the following conditions:
 
HOC 3.3.1 The Umpires shall together choose the goal to be used and the Captains shall toss a coin to decide which Team shall take the first penalty stroke.
 
HOC 3.3.2 Five different players from each of the Teams, but excluding any player who has been permanently suspended from the game (Red Card), shall take a penalty stroke alternately against one and the same goalkeeper of the other Team. Only if that goalkeeper is, in the opinion of the umpires, incapacitated through injury, or is suspended shall the Team be permitted to substitute the goalkeeper during the course of a particular series in the stroke competition.
 
HOC 3.3.3 The Team that has been awarded the higher number of goals shall be the winner.
 
HOC 3.3.4 In the event of an equal number of goals having been awarded, another series of penalty strokes shall be taken under the above conditions and with the same five players (subject to any incapacitated player being replaced) but on a sudden death basis, that is the Team having been awarded the most goals after an equal number of strokes have been taken shall be the winner. The sequence in which the players take the strokes for their Team need not be the same as in the previous series. The Team captain has freedom of choice at the time of each stroke as to which of the five nominated players will take the stroke although they must use all five nominated players per round.
 
HOC 3.3.5 The Team that has taken the first penalty stroke of a series shall not take the first penalty stroke of the following series (if any).
 
HOC 3.3.6 All players must have individually numbered shirts with the numbers on the back.
 
HOC 4 Substitutes: At present rolling substitutes may be used in accordance with the International Code of Rules.

HOC 5 Playing Surface
 
HOC 5.1 The home team shall have the right to choose the type of playing surface to be used (all first Team matches must be played on an appropriate synthetic turf pitch). This information must be received by the opposition at least one week in advance (alternative arrangements in the event of inclement weather shall also be communicated and Teams must bring with them the appropriate footwear) and practice time on this surface shall be offered to the visiting Team prior to the official starting time. Where, however, an artificial pitch is to be used in any match the senior Men’s or Women’s Team must be given priority.
 
HOC 5.2 At the current time, England Hockey does not support the use of any long pile turf pitch for any competitive hockey unless that specific pitch and surface has been approved by the FIH. All BUCS Hockey competitions will also adhere to this policy.

 
  
 
The rules for the individual events in this sport will be published here when the entries open for the relevant event.  Please refer to Essentials for information on when Entries open for events.
 

 
 

The Championships will be organised under the Contest Rules of the British Judo Association / International Judo Federation in effect at the time of the Championships.  


JUD 1        Events

An Individual and Team Championship for Men and Women will be held annually. A restricted Kyu Grade Individual Championship will be run in addition to this Championship.

JUD 2        Entries

JUD 2.1      

Men’s Team: Each Institution may enter one team consisting of five men in the following weight categories:

        1 x U66kg

        3 x U73-U90kg

        1 x U100 or O100kg

Up to five reserves, who must be of a similar weight category may be nominated, All reserves must weigh in, those who have competed in the Individual Championships do not need to weigh in again, those only attending for the Team Championships may choose to weigh in on the morning of the event but this must be clearly stated on the entry form. Team members MUST be listed in order of weight with the heaviest team member first.  Any team found to be fielding players not in this order WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

The grade requirements are a minimum grade requirement of 4th Kyu (orange belt) and no upper grade limit.

In the case of injury a named reserve may be used to replace the competitor, provided that they are of the similar weight or one category lighter. Once replaced the injured competitor may not return to the competition in subsequent matches.

JUD 2.2    

Women’s Team: Each Institution may enter one team consisting of three women in open weight and up to three named reserves. All reserves must weigh in, those who have competed in the Individual Championships do not need to weigh in again, those only attending for the Team Championships may choose to weigh in on the morning of the event but this must be clearly stated on the entry form.  Team members MUST be listed in order of weight with the heaviest team member first.  Any team found to be fielding players not in this order WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.


The grade requirements are a minimum grade requirement of 4th Kyu (orange belt) and no upper grade limit. 


In the case of injury a reserve may be used to replace the competitor, provided that they are of the same weight or one category lighter. Once replaced the injured competitor may not return to the competition in subsequent matches.

JUD 2.3     

Individual: Each institution may enter no more than four competitors in each of the following IJF Weight Categories for the BUCS Individual Championships (Kyu* / Dan) and Kyu

        Grade competitions:

        Women    Men

        u48Kg        u60 Kg

        u52Kg        u66 Kg

        u57Kg        u73 Kg

        u63Kg        u81 Kg

        u70Kg        u90 Kg

        u78Kg      u100 Kg

        o78Kg      o100 Kg

        (ii)    In the Dan Grade competition there will be a minimum requirement of 1st Kyu* 

        (Brown Belt)

Kyu Grade Competition 

        The Kyu Grade Championships will have the following grade requirements:

        (i)          Men - 2nd Kyu (blue belt) and below with a minimum grade requirement of 4th Kyu 

        (orange belt).

        (ii)          Women - 2nd Kyu (Blue Belt) and below with a minimum grade requirement of 4th 

        Kyu (orange belt). 

JUD 2.4    

Each University may enter no more than four competitors in each of the above seven categories.


JUD 3       

The method of competition shall be pools followed by knockout with the repechage system (see also JUD 9)


JUD 4       

The duration of the DAN GRADE AND TEAM contests shall be 5 minutes.


JUD 5       

The duration of the KYU GRADE contests shall be 4 minutes


JUD 6       

The Championship will be organised under the contest rules of the BJA/IJF.  


JUD 7        

All competitors and reserves must be current individual members of the BJA or its affiliated Associations, Welsh Judo Association (WJA) Judo Scotland (SJF) or Northern Ireland Judo Federation (NIJF) on the day of the Championship and each university club represented in the team event must have current club membership of the BJA. ALL competitors must produce a current and valid Judo licence from the BJA or affiliated association e.g. WJA, SJF, NIJF, AJA, BJC at the weigh in prior to the Championships.

JUD 8      

Further rule changes which may be applicable at the time of competition will be available on the BUCS website (www.bucs.org.uk/judo) and on the Judo Pre-Event Information that will be available prior to the event.

JUD 9       

Should the individual entry received by the closing date be large then the organisers may choose to change the method of competition to Compound Knockout or reduce the contest times by 1 minute across all categories this decision will be published as in JUD 8 above.

 


 
 
KAR 1 A team and individual Championship shall be offered under rules reviewed annually based on those of the World Karate Federation
 
KAR 2 Clothing
 
KAR 2.1 All competitors can ONLY wear the badge of their university on their go or it must be plain white. 
 
KAR 3 BUCS Reserves the right to amend and add Karate specific regulations.
 
For WKF rules and regulations please click here. For WKF Statutes please click here.
 
 

 
 
 
 
KOR 1 A team Championship shall be offered under rules reviewed annually by the British Student Korfball Association (BSKA) and endorsed by BUCS.
 
KOR 2 Competition Format
 
KOR 2.1 There will be a three stage tournament format provided for BUCS Korfball. The three rounds will be: Preliminary, Regional and National.
 
KOR 2.2 In order to participate in any stage of BSKA/BUCS Competitions, a team must enter at the start of the season and compete throughout.
 
KOR 2.3 The competition format is open entry for University Clubs affiliated to the BSKA and conforming to all rules necessary to allow them to compete as laid out by BUCS. Each University may enter more than one team.
 
KOR 2.4 There will be 8 Preliminary competitions. Teams will be allocated by the BSKA and BUCS to their appropriate preliminary competition primarily based on geographical location. 4 teams will progress from each preliminary to their respective regional competition.
 
KOR 2.4.1 A minimum of two ‘first teams’ must progress from each preliminary.
 
KOR 2.4.2 Each Preliminary will be a one day tournament with the format determined by the BSKA Executive, dependent on the number of entries into each preliminary.
 
KOR 2.4.3 Final standings in the Preliminaries will affect seeding in the next round.
 
KOR 2.4.4 Those teams that do not qualify for Regional Competitions will progress directly into the National Plate Competition.
 
KOR 2.5 There will be 4 regional competitions. Each regional competition will be fed by two preliminary events and will be made up of the 8 qualifying teams from those events. 4 teams will progress from each regional to compete at The National Championship Competition. 4 teams that do not qualify from each Regional will take the 16 spaces available in The National Trophy Competition.
 
KOR 2.5.1 Only first teams may progress to the National Championship Competition.
 
KOR 2.5.2 Each regional tournament will take place in one day over a minimum of two pitches. The format of the tournament will be Pools/Semis/Finals.
 
KOR2.5.3 Final standings will affect seeding in the next round.
 
KOR 2.6 There will be a National Championships competition. This will comprise the top four teams from each regional qualifier. Only first teams may take part in National Championships. The tournament will be held over two days and will be a pools/quarters/semis/finals format.
 
KOR 2.7 There will be a National Trophy Competition. Those teams that place 5-8 in Regional Competitions will compete in this event. The tournament will be in a pools/quarters/semis/finals format.
 
KOR 2.8 There will be a National Plate Competition. Those teams that did not progress from Preliminary rounds will compete in this National Final event. The format of the event will be dependent on the number of entries.
 
KOR 2.9 All decisions made by the BSKA competition committee shall be binding, subject to any appeal to the BSKA Executive Committee as per the BSKA Rules and Constitution. The Competition Committee shall consist of the BSKA Chairman, one other member of the BSKA Executive Committee, one referee from the day, and an independent tournament administrator.
 
KOR 2.10 All matches shall be played according to the Rules of the Game as laid down by the IKF. The following amendments will apply For Championship Games. Other tournament Game lengths will be determined by entries, but all other rules apply in all tournaments.
 
KOR 2.10.1 All games will be 40 minutes long (2 halves of 20 minutes) and half time will last 1 minute.
 
KOR 2.10.2 There will be 4 minutes in-between games, this will include any warm ups required.
 
KOR 2.10.3 There will be no time outs permitted
 
KOR 2.10.4 Each team will be permitted to make a maximum of 4 substitutions per game. No player shall be allowed to return to the match having been substituted, even in the event of an injury and no other subs being available.
 
KOR 2.10.5 Games will begin and end on the referee’s whistle. A centralised signal will sound to indicate that referees should start and end the game.
 
KOR 2.10.6 Any team that is not ready to start playing on the central signal will concede one goal for each minute they are late. This is to be determined by the match referee.
 
KOR 2.10.7 For all games, the home team shall be determined by a coin toss between the two captains prior to the start of the game, overseen by the match referee. Captains and the referee should meet by the side of the court 5 minutes before the end of the previous game to perform this toss.  The home team has choice of ends, must lay out first and takes the throw off.
 
KOR 2.10.8 Following each game, each team should immediately vacate the pitch to allow the following teams to warm up.  The captain for each team must go to the referee to sign the match card to validate the result.  At this point the referee should also write the name of their nominated MVP on the match card.
 
KOR 2.11 For pool games, points will be awarded according to the results of the matches played:        
2 points for a win        
1 point for a draw        
0 points for a loss
 
KOR 2.12 In the case when 2 or more teams finish with equal points the ranking positions shall be determined by;
 
1. Head to head result (if 2 teams are equal on points)
 
2. Goal difference in the matches between the teams on equal points (if more than 2 teams are equal on points)
 
3. Overall Goal difference
 
4. Goals scored
 
KOR 2.13 If there is still no difference to be seen between teams following this ranking then placing shall be determined by a sudden death penalty shootout between the teams.
 
KOR 2.14 The Committee shall have the power to take a different course of action should any of the matches being considered for determining the rankings be ones that have been forfeited or awarded to their opponents.
 
KOR 2.15 If the result is tied, a sudden death penalty shootout shall be used to determine the winner.
 
KOR 2.16 Players taking these penalties must have finished the game on the pitch.   
 
KOR 3 Player Eligibility
 
KOR 3.1 A squad will consist of a maximum of 6 females and 6 males. All squad lists should be submitted prior to the start of the competition.
 
KOR 3.2 All players must fulfil the requirements of eligibility as laid down by the B.S.K.A and BUCS. Any team found to be playing ineligible players is likely to be disqualified from the event and subject to a financial penalty at the discretion of the BSKA executive committee
 
KOR 3.2.1 Any person wishing to represent a member institution during a B.S.K.A. competition must satisfy the required National Governing Body demands for player registration at a club.
 
KOR 3.2.2 Any person wishing to represent a member institution in any B.S.K.A. competition must satisfy the BUCS Requirements for a player to represent a university or college (General Regulation 7). This rule applies even if the B.S.K.A. event is not BUCS affiliated.
 
KOR 4 Misconduct
 
KOR 4.1 The Competitions Committee (as defined above) shall be empowered to suspend a player from one or more games during the tournament, following the giving of either a straight red card, or two yellow cards.
 
KOR 4.2 In addition, in all of the following cases the referee is required to submit a full report of the incident(s) to the Competitions Committee where it will be dealt with using the EKA Disciplinary Regulations.
 
KOR 4.2.1 A referee sends from the playing area (red card) a player, coach, substitute  or other person attached to the team.
 
KOR 4.2.2 A referee formally warns a player, coach, substitute or other person attached to the team (yellow card)
 
KOR 4.2.3 A referee is aware of misconduct by spectators.
 
KOR 4.3 The EKA is empowered to call for any additional information it may deem necessary.  Should this information not be forthcoming then the case shall be considered on the evidence in the EKA’s possession at the time. The player(s) and their club(s) shall be entitled to attend the hearing of the case if they have requested to do so.
 
KOR 5 Protests
 
KOR 5.1 The tournament desk must be notified of any protest connected with the playing of a match within 5 minutes of the match concerned. The referee must be advised by the team captain, immediately after the match concerned, of the intention to protest.
 
KOR 5.2 The Competition Committee shall have the power to make decisions on any matter not  specifically covered in the rules and to vary the rules concerning the conditions of play should this be necessary for the smooth running of the competition.
 
KOR 6 Fines
 
KOR 6.1 Teams withdrawing from the Korfball competition after the Entry Deadline are liable to fines as per BUCS Reg 12.9 with the following reduced fine amounts;
 
-Reg 12.9.3.2 £300
-Reg 12.9.4.2 £250
-Reg 12.9.5.2 £200
 
The BSKA will determine whether an institution should be fined and BUCS will implement this through the BUCScore manual fines charges.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
LAC 1 Affiliations: All clubs are required to affiliate to the relevant National Governing Body. Clubs failing to affiliate by 30 October 2015 will be deducted 1 league point from every team. Further to this a walkover will be given for every match not affiliated.
 
Women’s: The Women’s Lacrosse Championship shall be conducted under the Laws of the FIL.
 
LAC 2 A minimum of 8 players on either side is required to start a match. Teams with 7 players or less automatically concede a walkover.
 
LAC 3 Competition Format
 
LAC 3.1 12 women’s teams selected upon merit from the past year’s Championship competition, will compete in the North and South Premier Leagues, the remainder will participate in the Conference Leagues.
 
LAC 4 Premier League Requirements
 
LAC 4.1 Playing facilities should be of an appropriate quality for PL matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard.
 
LAC 5 Competition Regulations
 
LAC 5.1 Umpires: Two officials are required for all Lacrosse league and knockout round matches.
 
LAC 5.1.1 Premier League: In all Premier League matches one umpire must have a minimum of a Level 1 umpiring qualification and the other can be working towards their Level 1 umpiring qualification (completed accredited umpiring course & passed rules test).
 
LAC 5.1.2 Tier 1 and Below: A minimum standard of 2 umpires working towards their Level 1 umpiring qualification (completed accredited umpiring course & passed rules test) are required.
 
LAC 5.1.3 Knockout Rounds: 2 Level 1 umpires are required (with the exception of Conference Cup when this is a requirement for the Final only – See Appendix 2)
LAC 5.1.4 All women’s teams are required to submit to BUCS the names of at least 2 qualified officials within the club who are able to officiate in the absence of neutral officials. Clubs failing to register by 28 November 2015 will be deducted 1 league point from every team.
 
LAC 5.2 Pitch Size: Pitches must be marked to the minimum dimensions as outlined in the FIL regulations. Unified pitch markings to be used if shared between both codes
 
LAC 5.3 Tie on Points in a League: In the event of a tie on points for leadership of a League the procedure shall be determined as per REG 9.9.
 
LAC 5.4 Tie in Knockout Round Matches including Semi Final & Final Matches: If at the end of the match, the teams are tying, a period of extra time of five minutes each way shall be played. The two periods will be played in full, regardless of whether or not goals are scored. If a result is still not forthcoming, then sudden death shall be played, with teams continuing to swap directions every five minutes. The first team to score in sudden death shall be the winners. NB: League matches CAN result in a tie. If at the end of normal time the score is tied then the match will be counted as a draw and each team will receive one point.
 
LAC 5.5 Substitutes: Substitutes shall be used in accordance with current FIL regulations.
 
LAC 5.6 Squad Size: Maximum squad size for women’s matches is 18 players.
 
LAC 5.7 It is recommended that all players should wear protective and appropriate eye goggles
 
Men’s - The Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be conducted under the Laws of the FIL.
 
LAC 6 Competition Format
 
LAC 6.1 All teams will compete in regional Conferences with league finishing positions determining progression to the Knockouts at the end of the season.
 
LAC 7 A minimum of 8 players on either side is required to start a match. Teams with 7 players or less automatically concede a walkover
 
LAC 8 Competition Regulations
 
LAC 8.1 Referees
 
LAC 8.1.1 All men’s matches will be officiated by two qualified referees to a minimum of Level  1 – Basic Refereeing Award appointed by the home team.
 
LAC 8.1.2 All men’s teams are required to submit to BUCS the names of at least 2 qualified Officials within the club who are able to officiate in the absence of neutral officials. Clubs failing to register by 29 November 2013 will be deducted 1 league point from every team
 
LAC 8.2 Pitch Size: Pitches must be marked to the minimum dimensions as outlined in the FIL regulations. Please note these dimensions are different to those in the women’s game. Unified pitch markings shall be used if shared between both codes
 
LAC 8.3 Tie on Points in a League: In the event of a tie on points for leadership of a League the procedure shall be determined as per REG 9.9.
 
LAC 8.4 Tie in Knock out matches including Semi Final & Final Matches: In the event of a tie at the end of a match, two periods of extra time of four minutes each way (with stopped clock) will be played. The two periods will be played in full, regardless of whether or not goals are scored. If the scores are still level, then four-minute periods of sudden death (with stopped clock) will be played with the first team to score being the winners. The teams will change ends after each sudden-death period. NB: League matches CAN result in a tie. If at the end of normal time the score is tied then the match will be counted as a draw and each team will receive one point.
 
LAC 8.5 Substitutes: Substitutes shall be used in accordance with current FIL regulations.
 
LAC 8.6 Squad Size: Maximum squad size for men’s matches is 23 players.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The rules for the individual events in this sport will be published here when the entries open for the relevant event.  Please refer to Essentials for information on when Entries open for events.
 
 
 
 
 
 
In these Competition Rules and Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and expressions have the meanings set out below:
 
INF - The International Netball Federation
 
BUCS - British Universities & Colleges Sport
 
The BUCS Netball Championships shall be conducted under the most up to date rules of INF.
 
NET 1 Competition Structure and format
 
NET 1.1 Competition structure: Twelve teams, selected on merit from the previous season’s competition, will compete in the Northern and Southern Premier leagues. Only first teams may compete in the Premier Leagues.  All other teams will compete in the Conference Leagues.
 
NET 1.2 Duration of play: The game shall consist of four quarters of 15 minutes each with an interval of three minutes between the first-second and third-fourth quarters and with an interval of five minutes at half-time. Teams shall change ends each quarter.
 
NET 1.3 Ties: For league fixtures tied matches are permitted. See NET 4.2 for knockout matches.
 
NET 2 Facility and Equipment Requirements
 
NET 2.1 Playing facilities: Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match including a warm up. A minimum of 2 hours of court time should be booked. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion.
 
NET 2.2 Court requirements: All matches shall be played on courts of regulation size, with regulation posts and rings. Wherever possible matches should be played on indoor courts. Where both indoor and outdoor courts are available the home team must stage the match on the indoor court.
All Premier League matches must be played on a sprung wooden indoor court with run-off areas a minimum of 1.5m wide. Sunken posts, with post protectors, are a mandatory requirement.
 
NET 2.3 Scoring equipment: A fully working and easily visible scoring system must be provided showing the match score. For Tier One and below a manual scoreboard is sufficient should electronic scoring not be available. For Premier Leagues matches an electronic scoreboard should be used which displays the time remaining in each quarter.
 
NET 2.4 Match ball: An INF regulation ball should be used for all fixtures where possible. Teams must supply at least two suitable match balls to the Umpires in advance of the match.
 
NET 3 Match Officials
 
NET 3.1 Match Officials: Two match officials should be provided. For Tier One two umpires (at least one neutral) preferably B award but at least C Award level. For Tier Two and below two qualified umpires are required. In addition each team must provide someone who is responsible for keeping score and timing who should sit together.
 
For Premier League matches: Umpires must be neutral and at least have been qualified to Netball Europe B Award level for a minimum of 12 months. It is the responsibility of each team to provide a competent Scorer. This can be either an umpire, qualified table official or a person with working knowledge of scoring.
 
NET 4 Knockout Matches
 
NET 4.1 Facility Hire: Facilities should be booked for at least 2.5 hours to allow for extra time to be played.
 
NET 4.2 Extra Time Rules: Ties are not permitted in Knockout Matches and extra time should be played as follows:
 
If, at the end of any of these matches the teams are tying:
 
(i) There shall be a two minute interval at the end of full time;        
(ii) Extra time of two halves of seven minutes each shall be played, with an interval of one minute at half-time. Teams change ends at half time. The Centre Pass is taken by the team entitled to the next CentrePass;        
(iii) During both of these intervals, substitutions and/or team changes may be made;
(iv) In the event of a tie remaining at the end of extra time, a visual signal shall be used to indicate that play shall continue until one team has a two goal advantage.
 
The home team is responsible for ensuring a visual indicator (such as a cone or flag) is supplied to the score bench prior to the start of the match.
 
NET 5 Pre-match procedures
 
NET 5.1 Team Start List: Before the start of the match, the names of up to twelve players, one of whom shall be the Captain, must be provided to the scorers.
 
NET 5.2 Substitutions: There shall be no limit to the number of substitutions which can be made in a match.
 
NET 5.3 Coin Toss and Pre-Match checks: The home team captain is responsible for ensuring the coin toss is carried out prior to the match commencing and informing the Match Officials of the result. All teams must cooperate with the pre-match checks carried out by the Match Officials.
 
NET 5.4 Clothing: Teams must carry an alternate set of playing bibs for use where a clash occurs. The home team is responsible for changing colour.
NET 6 Representative Commitments: If three or more players are selected for a National Governing Body senior, A or Under 21 side, the institution concerned shall be able to postpone the fixture to an agreed date within the qualifying period.
 
For league fixtures the qualifying period ceases on the published cut-off date (REG 12.9). For knockout fixtures the qualifying period is such that the following round will still take place on the published date. This ruling shall not apply to any of the Finals or the Championship Semi Finals.
 
Please note that additional rules and regulations apply in relation to the BUCS Netball Finals.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The rules for the individual events in this sport will be published here when the entries open for the relevant event.  Please refer to Essentials for information on when Entries open for events.
 
 
 

 
 
  

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All rules are as per the British Rowing Rules of Racing with exceptions as below. Refer to guidance as set out in British Rowing's Row Safe document.
 
ROW 1            Definitions
 
ROW 1.1        Beginner: Only open to competitor in their first year of rowing or sculling, regardless of their discipline. This also applies to indoor rowing events.
 
ROW 1.2        Intermediate: Open to any competitor from any member institution. Competitors who have raced in the Championship or Championship Lightweight at the same event cannot race in the Intermediate category of the same boat type.
 
ROW 1.3        Championship and Championship Lightweight: Open to all competitors and open to more than one entry for each institution as applicable. No competitors who have raced in Intermediate of the same boat type at the event can race. BUCS points will only be awarded to the best placed crew in each institution; however medals will be awarded to the top three crews as applicable.
 
ROW 1.4        Lightweight categories of any boat type, unless otherwise specified, shall be a Championship category.
 
For clarification: All categories shall be defined by level and boat type. No competitor in an Intermediate category of any boat type shall be allowed to race in the Championship or Championship Lightweight category of the same boat type. For example, a competitor in an Intermediate 8+ shall not be permitted to race in a Championship 8+ or Lightweight 8+.
 
ROW 1.5        Competitor is taken to mean members of a crew excluding the cox (for the avoidance of doubt, a cox can cox in both Championship and Intermediate categories of the same boat type at the event).
 
ROW 1.6        For the purpose of the application of these rules; the Regatta as an event shall be taken to include all three days of racing rather than three separate days and the Head as an event shall be taken to include both days of racing rather than separate days. Sanctions for the breach of these rules will be in accordance with the sanctions within the rules of British Rowing and at the discretion of the Race Committee.
 
ROW 2           Weights
 
ROW 2.1        Coxswains: Women’s crews: 50.0kg, Men’s crews: 55.0kg.
 
ROW 2.2        Lightweights: Head weight: Men 75.0kg, Women 61.5kg, Regatta weight: Men 72.5kg, Women 59.0kg. Lightweight crews are not averaged at any BUCS Rowing event.
 
ROW 2.3        The lightweight weigh-in will be from two hours before the beginning of the racing day up to one hour prior to the published start time of each category.
 
ROW 2.4        If racing in more than one lightweight event the competitor need only weigh in once.
 
ROW 3           Substitutions
 
ROW 3.1        A reserve list must be completed in addition to an institution’s entries. The inclusion of an eligible competitor on the reserve list allows event organisers to accept the student being substituted into a boat with the confidence of insurance cover via the respective athletic union or students’ union.
 
ROW 3.2        100% of a crew, and additionally the cox, may be substituted before the crew’s first race in an event. These substitutions must be made from either the reserve list or between already competing crews (as long as this does not contravene any existing regulations regarding categories or doubling up). Failure to adhere to this regulation will result in a fine to be set at the event.
 
ROW 4           Awards
 
BUCS points are awarded to the top four institutions in Championship events. If there is no Intermediate event then multiple Championship entries are permitted from one institution, but only the highest placed institution crew will receive BUCS points.
 
BUCS points are awarded based on an institution's placings within the final victor ludorum standings. The top eight men's teams and women's teams will receive points.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
RUL 1 THE COMPETITION
 
RUL 1.1 The Men’s Rugby League British University College Sport (BUCS) competition shall be conducted under the Laws of the Rugby Football League (RFL). 
 
RUL 1.2 Each institute, participating in the Men’s Rugby League BUCS competition agrees to observe the Community Game Operational Rules which includes the RFL’s Anti-Doping Rules, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Rules, Safeguarding Policy, Diversity and Anti-Racism Policies, Respect Policy and any other rules and policies that may from time to time be adopted by the RFL through the RFL Board and shall ensure that each of their members, employees, officials, volunteers, spectators and similar shall observe such rules and policies and shall make it a condition of employment or engagement or of participation in any rugby league competition that each such members, employees, officials, volunteers, spectators or similar shall observe such rules and policies.
 
 
RUL 1.3 All BUCS Leagues sit within Tier five of the RFL competition structure
 
RUL 2 MEMBERSHIP 
 
RUL 2.1Subscription for entry in to the competition shall be reviewed annually and application into the BUCS Men’s Rugby League must be submitted before the deadline provided by BUCS. All institutes that apply for membership must be an associated member of the RFL. Any institute which applies for membership to participate in the Men’s Rugby League must follow the BUCS New Member Institute guidelines. The RFL reserve the right upon written request to review an application submitted for special case participation.
 
RUL 2.2 Any team participating in the Men’s Rugby League BUCS competitions shall as a minimum requirement be affiliated to the RFL. The RFL annual affiliation fee must be paid by 1st November each year.  Failure by any institute to pay its annual affiliation fee may result in temporarily suspension of all Rugby League activity. On submission of all relevant paperwork and payment of fee’s each institute will be covered by the RFL Public Liability and Personal Accident policy for a period of 12 months.
 
RUL 3 COMPETITION STRUCTURE
 
RUL 3.1 Only first teams are eligible for promotion to Premier Leagues
 
RUL 3.1.1 Play Offs: The highest finishing first team (s) from the tier one leagues shall take part in a three way play off against the lowest ranked team in the relevant Premier division (South East 1A, Western 1A and Premier South) and (Northern 1A, Midlands 1A and Premier North). The winner of each play-off will then be eligible for promotion into the Premier divisions. BUCS and the RFL reserve the right to make a decision on the final structures of the premier division’s based on the geographical location of those teams eligible to compete at that level.
 
RUL 3.1.2 Should a team finish lowest in a Premier League also concede a walkover, that team shall not be eligible to take part in play-offs and shall therefore be automatically relegated.
 
RUL 3.1.3Should a team(s) other than the lowest finishing team be relegated then the lowest finishing team may not be required to take part in a play-off or be relegated. This scenario may also impact on promotion from tier one.
RUL 3.1.4 Teams may opt out of taking part in play-offs by adhering to guidelines published with play-off information.
 
RUL 3.1.5 Once the winners of the play-offs are known a decision will be made by BUCS and the RFL’s UCRL Board as to which team goes to Premier North and South, depending on geographical location and suitability.
 
RUL 3.2 The Knock out competitions will consist of a National Championship, Trophy, and Conference Cup competition.
 
RUL 3.2.1 All Premier teams to the Championship. The top two teams in each Premier League will be seeded and will receive a BYE in the first round of the Championship. All Tier one teams will compete in the Trophy. Tier two teams will compete in the Shield competition.
 
RUL 3.2 All knock out rounds will take place at the home of the first drawn side with the exception of BUCS Championship Finals which will take place at a venue determined by BUCS in consultation with the UCRL board.
 
RUL 4 SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN  
 
The UCRL adopts the RFL’s policy regarding Safeguarding Children.
 
RUL 5 PLAYER REGISTRATIONS
 
RUL 5.1.1All BUCS eligibility regulations shall be recognised and adhered to.
 
RUL 5.1.2 A player shall be registered by the team by completing the RFL official player registration form which can be found here
 
RUL 5.1.3 All player registrations in respect of the BUCS competitions shall be directed and processed centrally by the RFL. Failure to register 13 players with the RFL prior to the deadline provided will result in that teams Rugby League fixtures being temporarily suspended, and a walkover being enforced.
 
RUL 5.2 Number of Players
 
RUL 5.2.1 There is no restriction on the maximum number of players permitted to register; however thirteen is the minimum number per team.  Player registrations must be submitted one week prior to your first scheduled fixture.
 
RUL 5.2.2 Teams may register new players on the actual match day provided that the registration form is duly completed in accordance with standardised regulations and is initialed by the appointed Match Official and together with post match documentation released immediately after the match to the RFL Competition Officer.
 
RUL 5.2.3 In all Premier League fixtures and any play off/knock out fixtures the amount of replacements per team is four.  In all Tier One and Two league fixtures, teams may use as many substitutions as they wish providing both teams are in agreement.  If teams are in dispute then they should revert to four substitutions. There will be unlimited interchanges allowed from four substitutes.
 
RUL 6 PERSONNEL
 
RUL 6.1 At the start of each season teams must register the following personnel with the RFL Competitions Officer.
 
RUL 6.1.1Essential  a. Central point of contact b. Designated Match day contact c. Committee Details d. Head Coach (RFL UKCC Level 2 or the Teaching Equivalent)
 
Recommended  a. Assistant Coach (RFL UKCC Level 2 or the Teaching Equivalent) b. Accredited first aider  c. RFL Accredited Touchline Manager
 
RUL 7 FIXTURES
 
RUL 7.1 Any amendments to the original fixture list must be reported immediately to the RFL Competition Officer (competitions@rfl.uk.com ) by the home team. Fixture amendments must be agreed in accordance with BUCS fixture regulations.
 
RUL 7.2 Any team desiring to arrange a friendly must seek permission from the RFL Competition Officer competitions@rfl.uk.com No friendly fixtures shall be arranged on a League fixture date without prior approval of the RFL Competition Officer. 
 
RUL 7.3 Any team failing to fulfil a fixture will be eligible to pay reasonable expenses to the non-offending team, including the referee’s full fee and expenses, in accordance to BUCS regulation - Late Cancellation of Matches.
 
RUL 7.4 If a club running two or more teams is unable to raise a team on any particular day, then the first team fixture must be played.
 
RUL 8 MATCH DAY OPERATIONS
 
RUL 8.1.1 All Match Officials will be appointed by the RFL.  It is the responsibility of the home team the Monday prior a Wednesday fixture, to liaise with both its opponents and Match Official regarding team colours, kick off times and ground directions. In the event of the Match Official not receiving communication the Home team will be deemed to have forfeited the match in accordance to BUCS regulations and the relevant points deduction shall be enforced.
 
RUL 8.1.2 The home team is responsible for ensuring payment is made directly to the Match Official within 30 minutes of the final whistle being blown.
 
RUL 8.1.3 All games shall unless there is mutual agreement between competing teams to the contrary, be organised and staged on Wednesday afternoons with a kick off time scheduled for 2.00pm.
 
RUL 8.1.4 Each team is responsible for the behaviour of its players, committee and spectators. Notices should be displayed warning everyone regarding the use of foul and abusive language and/or abusive behaviour.  The warning notices should indicate that fines will be imposed. 
 
RUL 8.1.5 Each team should appoint a Touchline/Match Day Manager whose responsibility lies in the control and monitoring of spectators for the smooth running of the day and to ensure that Match Officials are escorted to and from their dressing rooms.
 
RUL 8.1.6 Unqualified Touch Judges are only to indicate touch/touch in goal, and kicks at goal from penalties/conversion attempts.
 
RUL 8.1.7 Unqualified Touch Judges cannot indicate knock-ons and forward passes: have no jurisdiction over foul play; cannot enter the field of play, other than to judge goal kicks; are at all times subject to the authority of the referee who may over rule and may also dispense with their services if he/she considers they are acting in a partisan manner.
 
RUL 8.1.8 If a club provides a qualified Touch Judge, bearing accreditation, that Touch Judge has full Touch Judge powers and responsibility, i.e. he/she will be used as a qualified official.  This applies even if there is only one qualified Touch Judge present.
 
RUL 8.2 Match Balls: In compliance with the Laws of the Game size five balls must be used in all matches and shall be submitted to and approved by the match official before the commencement of the match.
 
RUL 8.3 Match Duration
 
RUL 8.3.1 The duration of each match shall be measured by the Match Official and shall be 80 minutes played in two equal halves with an interval of ten minutes.
 
RUL 8.3.2 Ties in all cup and play off matches: The “Golden Point” ruling will come into play, first team to score points of any kind, will be declared the winners. Teams are to toss a coin at the start of the “Golden Point” Extra time period to determine who kicks off & who receives.
 
RUL 8.3.3 In the event of a colour clash the visiting team must wear an alternative strip. 
 
RUL 8.4 Team Sheet
 
RUL 8.4.1Official RFL team sheets must be completed correctly before the commencement of matches and shall be signed by a recognised official from each team and the Match Official.
 
RUL 8.4.2 Completed team sheets should include the full forename and surname (no initials) in capital letters, of all participants and must be sent by the Match Official to the RFL Competitions Officer. 
 
RUL 8.4.3 It is the responsibility of the Match Official to ensure that the completed team sheet is submitted to the RFL Competitions Officer within 24 hours following the completion of the game.
 
RUL 8.5 Reporting Results
 
RUL 8.5.1 The home team, in consultation with the Match Official and designated officer from the opposition, must agree the result immediately on completion of the game and report it to the RFL Competition Officer no later than 10am on the first working day following the fixture.
 
RUL 8.8.2 All postponements must be notified to the RFL Competitions Officer
 
RUL 8.8.3 If on arrival the Match Official deems the ground is not fit for play, and in their opinion there is no chance of it being so before the scheduled kick off, then that decision must be communicated immediately to the visiting Team and the Competition’s Officer.
 
RUL 9 DISCIPLINE, SUSPENSIONS AND FINES
 
RUL 9.1 In additional to the BUCS disciplinary regulations and processes the RFL is responsible for all on-field disciplinary issues and reserves the right to enforce sanctions in line with the RFL Sanctioning Guidelines which can be found here http://www.therfl.co.uk/the-rfl/rules/interactive_operational_rules?section=E19
 
RUL 9.2 DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
 
RUL 9.2.1 A RFL disciplinary panel is in place to deal with all discipline matters arising.  The disciplinary panel shall have the full power to expel, suspend and/or fine any team, player, official or other person found guilty of misconduct and/or breach of the rules and to order them to meet any costs incurred.
 
RUL 9.2.2 A written report of a Match Official on the misconduct of any team, player or official must be sent via email to the RFL Competition Officer with a copy to the offending team for receipt inside three days from the conclusion of the game – intervening Bank Holidays excluded.
 
RUL 9.2.3 Reports of brawling – defined as three or more players involved - should via email be sent by the Match Official, for receipt within three days of a game’s conclusion, to the RFL Competition Officer. Separate copies of the report must be lodged by the Match Official with the teams concerned.
 
RUL 9.2.4 Any team which does not receive from the Match Official within three days a report outlining a dismissal or brawl having occurred should contact the RFL Competition Officer immediately. The failure of a team to receive a written report will not prevent action being dealt by the relevant discipline committee.
 
RUL 9.2.5 A reported team, player, official or any other person may, to defend an allegation of misconduct, send a letter for receipt by the RFL Competition Officer within ten days of the date of the match. The team or such persons may in their own defence request a personal appearance and/or bring witnesses to the hearing, provided that they notify the RFL Competition Officer within ten days of the alleged offence and send with it a deposit of £20.00 payable to the “RFL” The deposit shall be refunded at the hearing, provided that the appellant or their designated representative attends in person.
 
RUL 9.2.6 DVD evidence shall be an accepted method through which to defend the alleged actions that have been reported to the committee by a Match Official.  All DVD’s must be submitted within ten days of the match.  These must be unedited and show the game from start to finish.
 
RUL 9.2.7 Team secretaries or their deputies, pursuant to the hearing having not received a verdict after five days, should contact the RFL Competition Officer regarding the result.
 
RUL 9.2.8 Should a case of alleged assault by a player, team official or spectator be lodged it will be reported to the RFL Competition Officer by a Match Official.  The Match Official will then be instructed to make himself available to the disciplinary committee, for the purposes of interview, due notice of which shall be given in writing. A Match Official shall in such circumstances be entitled to claim reasonable travel expenses.
 
RUL 9.2.9 A player’s suspension shall begin on the first Wednesday following communication of the decision by the discipline panel unless it is a six match ban in which case the suspension becomes operational with immediate effect.
 
RUL 9.2.10 All RFL organised competition games, provided that they were arranged prior to the player’s offence may be counted towards his list of suspended games.
 
RUL 9.2.11 A suspended player is not permitted to play in any other game of rugby league until his suspension is served.  Any player or team violating this rule will be fined not less than £100 and the offending player shall be suspended for a further six matches. In the event of a game having being won by a team fielding a player under suspension then the competition points gained shall be forfeited automatically. The Management Group, should it deem appropriate, reserves the right to apply other sanctions which may include a team’s suspension or expulsion from the competition.
 
RUL 9.2.12 If a player has been deemed ineligible to play in any RFL competitions by the national governing body, this would include BUCS competitions.
 
RUL 9.2.13 All fines, payable to the RFL must be settled within 28 days and must be forwarded to the RFL Competition Officer.  Failure to meet this obligation shall result in the fine being doubled automatically.  If a further seven days elapse without receipt of payment then the team’s fixtures will be suspended.
 
RUL 9.3 APPEALS
 
RUL 9.3.1All appeals against disciplinary sanctions imposed by the UCRL are to be dealt with by an independent RFL appointed panel.
 
RUL 9.3.2 Teams who have the right to appeal may do so within 14 days of a decision made.  A £40.00 fee, payable to the “RFL”, should be submitted together with an accompanying letter outlining the reason why the appeal is sought. This must be forwarded to the Competitions Officer.
 
RUL 9.3.4 An appeal by a team may be based solely on the following grounds: a) the finding of guilt or b) the severity of sentence imposed.
 
RUL 9.3.5 No member of the Management Group actively involved in a decision taken at the initial hearing other than the RFL Competition Officer - who has no voting rights - shall be permitted to adjudicate on matters which will be the subject of appeal.
 
RUL 9.3.6 Adjudication by the Appeals Panel precludes the right of individual players or their teams towards seeking a further representation.
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Rugby Football Union Championships shall be conducted under the Laws of the International Rugby Board and the games played under the Laws of the Game Rugby Union. Note specific Women’s regulations below. Disciplinary issues shall be conducted under the specific Disciplinary Regulations below (RUU 11).   
 
RUU 1 Competition Structure
There shall be a two-tiered Premier League for Men 1st XVs. This will consist of the best 28 teams split into four leagues – Premier North A, Premier North B, Premier South A and Premier South B. The remaining teams will compete in the Conference leagues. Women’s teams will compete in Premier Leagues and Conference leagues.         
 
RUU 2 Premier League Requirements
 
RUU 2.1 Playing facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. Pitches should, as a minimum, be roped off to a distance of 3 metres to prevent spectator encroachment.
 
RUU 2.2 Post protectors must be available and in place.
 
RUU 2.3 For each Premier League A Men’s Rugby Union match, either the RFU central appointments body or the local appointments body will appoint the referee and where possible touch judges. Total costs for these officials shall be covered by the home institution. The host institution is responsible for confirming that these appointments have been made and for contacting the officials concerned with match information. For other Premier League matches, host institutions must provide an appropriately qualified and neutral referee. The host institution is also responsible for the provision of 2 touch judges.
 
RUU 2.4 Glass Ceiling: A glass ceiling has been implemented between Premier A and Premier B to allow 2nd teams to progress to Premier B and no further. A glass ceiling is retained between Premier B and Tier 1 preventing 3rd teams and below from progressing to Premier B.
 
RUU 2.5 For Premier League A, in the event of a postponed match and no rearrangement being agreed according to REG 15 then the match must be played on the rearrangement date as published in the fixture calendar. Institutions with 5 or more players selected for National Governing Body senior side (Full, A, U21, Students, Universities or Women’s Elite, Academy or U20’s) do not have to play on this rearrangement date if the players are in camp on this date.
 
Competition Regulations
 
RUU 3 Officials: In the men’s and women’s Championship Knockout competition, from the semi-finals onwards officials will be organised by BUCS (where possible). For the quarter finals the home institution is required to provide 2 neutrally appointed assistant referees.
 
RUU 4 Bonus Points (All Tiers): 4 points will be awarded for a win, 2 for a draw and 0 for a loss. Bonus points will be awarded for teams scoring 4 or more tries in a match or losing by 7 points or less. It is the responsibility of the home side to complete the official BUCS Rugby Union scorecard in full and ensure it is signed by both captains and the referee.  If it is brought to the attention of the BUCS office that institutions have not completed the bonus point information within one week of the match being played they will be warned in writing. The second time this occurs they will be deducted one league point. Walkovers conceded in all tiers of competition will result in 5 league points being awarded to the non-offending team and 5 league points deducted from the offending team.
 
RUU 5 Tie in Knockout Rounds
RUU 5.1 If at the end of the match, the teams are tying, a period of extra time of ten minutes each way with one minute interval shall be played. If the teams are still tying at the end of that period of extra time, then the team that has scored most tries shall go forward into the final. If this does not produce a result, the team that has scored most goals from tries shall go forward into the final.
 
RUU 5.2 If this does not produce a result, each team, as represented by the players on the pitch at the conclusion of the match, in an order to be decided by the Captain, and alternately with the opposing team, shall take penalty kicks from the centre point of one 22m line, to be decided by the referee. After five players from each team have completed the kicks the team who has scored one more goal than its opponents, shall go forward to the final. If the teams are still tying, the captain will nominate a player one at a time until one team scores and the other misses.
 
RUU 6 Interval: In all matches the interval between halves shall be of five minutes duration. BUCS reserves the right to increase the duration in a Championship Final. 
 
RUU 7 Replacements
 
RUU 7.1 In Men’s and Women’s 1st XV Premier Leagues and Tier 1 Leagues, a maximum of seven replacements per team may be in attendance and used. At least five of the nominated squad (irrespective of squad size, but maximum 22) must be able to play in front row positions. Rolling substitutions is used in these leagues (please see separate guidance for rolling substitutions).
 
RUU 7.2 In Men’s and Women’s leagues below Tier 1 level, a maximum of seven replacements may be used. Rolling substitutions is used in these leagues (please see separate guidance for rolling substitutions). The number of suitably trained and experienced front row players of the nominated squad (maximum 22 players) must conform to the following IRB Regulations:
 
No. of Players
No. of Suitably Trained & Experienced Players    15 or less              
3 players who can play in the front row                 16, 17 or 18          
4 players who can play in the front row                 19, (20, 21 or 22)  
5 players who can play in the front row
 
When 19, 20, 21 or 22 players are nominated in a team there must be five players who can play in the front row to ensure that on the first occasion that a replacement hooker is required and, on the first occasion that a replacement prop forward is required, the team can continue to play safely with contested scrums.
 
RUU 7.3 In the Premier Leagues, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 All teams must provide a front row. A team unable to start the match with 3 suitably trained front row will be deemed to have conceded a walkover Should a team be unable to provide the correct number of front row players, they must reduce their squad size to meet the IRB regulations (see table above).
 
Example: a team arriving with only 4 front row players will be entitled to have a maximum  squad size of 18 players (including the 4 front row players) for the duration of the match. If the opposition have a full complement of front row players, they are entitled to the maximum squad size of 19 or 22 (dependent on the league regulations – see RUU 9.1 and RUU 9.2)
 
RUU 7.4 If the above requirements have been met and a front row cannot be replaced then the match shall continue with uncontested scrums. See reg RUU 14 for Women’s Rugby variation.
 
RUU 7.5 In tier 4 and below teams unable to field a front row may play with uncontested scrums without forfeit. The team without a front row must inform their opposition 24 hours in advance of the advertised kick off if they are unable to provide a front row. Failure to provide 24 hours’ notice will entitle the non-offending team to claim a walkover. Should 24 hours’ notice not be given and the non-offending team agrees to play with uncontested scrums then they are not entitled to claim a walkover retrospectively.
 
RUU 7.6 Priority must be given to the highest placed teams therefore the higher placed team may not play with uncontested scrums if any lower teams are playing on the same day with contested scrums.
 
RUU 7.7 In conference cup matches involving teams from tier 4 playing teams in tier 2 or tier 3 uncontested scrums are not permitted from the start of the match.
 
RUU 7.8 An uncontested scrum is defined as the same as for normal scrummages except that:
 
RUU 7.8.1 There is no contest for the ball.
 
RUU 7.8.2 The team putting the ball in must win it.
 
RUU 7.8.3 Neither team is permitted to push.
 
RUU 7.8.4 Normal rules regarding offside and binding still apply.
 
RUU 7.9 For ALL KNOCKOUT competitions i.e. Championship and Trophy, seven REPLACEMENTS PER TEAM may be in attendance and used. (At least five players must be able to play in front row positions - IRB law 3(5)(5)(B)). RUU 7.3 and RUU 7.4 still apply.
 
RUU 7.10 The front row players AND replacements must be identified to the Referee before each match
 
RUU 8 Health and Safety
 
RUU 8.1 Rules regarding players’ protective clothing shall follow the rules as laid down by the respective home unions. This applies specifically to protective equipment and studs etc.
 
RUU 8.2 Treatment of blood injuries. All teams are expected to provide their own first aid kit, gloves, water spray bottles and sterile wipes for the treatment of blood injuries. First aid kits are recommended for every pitch. The use of bucket and sponges is discouraged. Current NGB and IRB guidelines for treatment of blood injuries are to be adhered to. The home side should ensure there is access to a telephone for emergencies.
 
RUU 8.3 No under wired bras are to be worn for contact rugby. This is in line with current NGB and IRB guidelines. 
 
RUU 9 Disciplinary Regulations: All matches are played under the auspices of the International Rugby Board. However the overarching jurisdiction for each game rests with the home Union in which the relevant match is played and Clubs should be aware of the different regulations in place for each of the home Unions.
 
RUU 9.1 Sending Offs: A sending off report shall be initiated by the relevant match official in each case where a player is sent off (red card) and this should be forwarded to the home union point of contact who will in turn send it, if appropriate to the Union to which the Club is affiliated. It is for that Union to take action as appropriate.
 
RUU 9.2 Citings: All citings should be forwarded to the individual home Union in which the match was played and the timescales pertinent in that country are binding to those teams playing.   The citing should contain:         •    Details of teams participating.         •    Location and date.         •    Name of player(s).         •    Details of allegation and which law contravened.         •    Witness statements, match footage, injury photographs and medical report and prognosis if applicable.
 
The contacts and citing timelines at the respective unions can be found on the BUCS website. 
 
RUU 10 Deliberate Regulation Manipulation: If there is evidence that institutions are abusing the system and using the regulations outside of the spirit of the game to gain an unfair advantage, they can be reported to the BUCS disciplinary panel.      
 
RUU 11 Scrummage: All men’s matches played in England, Wales, the Championship, Premier A and Premier B, Tier One and the Trophy will be played to full IRB regulations. Men’s matches at Tier Two and below in England and Wales will be played to full IRB regulations. Scottish Tier Two teams and below will play to U19 scrummage variations.
 
RUU 12 Representative Commitments: In women’s rugby only when five or more players are selected for a National Governing Body senior side (Full, A, U21, Students, Universities or Women’s Elite, Academy or Under 20s), the institution concerned shall be able to postpone the fixture to a new fixture date to be set by BUCS. The final will not move. Please note that in the event of two teams not being able to agree a new knockout date then BUCS will enforce REG 15.5.8 to instruct teams of the replay date and venue.
RUU 13 Men’s and Women’s 7-a-Side Championships: Men’s and Women’s Seven-a-Side Championships will be held annually at a venue to be decided by the BUCS Office. The tournament shall be run in accordance with rules set out in the IRB Handbook and sent out prior to the competition. 
 
RUU 14 Women’s Rugby Variations
 
RUU 14.1 Premier League teams can opt to play their matches using IRB U19 scrummage regulations. This must be agreed in writing and signed by each team’s captain and the match referee. No penalty will apply and the result will stand. There will be no option to submit a ‘playing under protest’ form. All matches below Premier League level (i.e. Tier 1 and below including Trophy knockout matches) will be played according to IRB U19 scrummage regulations.
 
RUU 14.2 If a Premier League team is drawn against a team qualifying from Tier 1 in the Championship knockout cup, the match will be played according to IRB U19 scrummage regulations.
 
RUU 14.3 Players must meet the minimum age requirement set out by their home nation for playing senior rugby. These are:         England: Players must be 18 years of age to play university rugby.         Scotland: Players must be 17 years of age to play university rugby.         Wales: Players must be 17 years of age to play university rugby.
 
All 17 year old female players wishing to play rugby must get written permission from their NGB to participate in BUCS leagues/knockout cups; this is to guarantee all parties are insured. No player should train or play without this consent.
 
RUU 14.4 All Women’s Premier League matches will be played according to the full IRB laws of the game.
 
RUU 14.5 All Women’s matches below Premier League level (Tier 1 and below including Trophy knock out matches) will be played according to full IRB laws with exception to scrummage which will be played to IRB U19 scrummage regulations.
 
RUU 14.6 Uncontested scrums for Premier League, Tier 1 and Below: In the event of a team being unable to field a suitably trained front row at the start of a match resulting in uncontested scrums being played, the result shall stand.
 
RUU 14.7 Premier League teams that play more than 3 matches with uncontested scrums will be deducted 3 league points and face possible further disciplinary action. Non offending teams should report the offending team via the form on the rugby pages of the BUCS website.
 
RUU 14.8 Teams in tier 1 and below who play 4 matches or more with uncontested scrums will not be eligible for promotion. Non offending teams should report the offending team via the form on the rugby pages of the BUCS website.
 
RUU 15 Women’s Rugby Player Matching
 
RUU 15.1 Tier 1 & below: All matches must be played with equal numbers on each team. This must be either 15, 14, 13, 12 – a – side.
 
RUU 15.2 For all matches played between 15 and 12-a-side the length of the match will remain at 80 minutes
 
RUU 15.3 The minimum number of players required per team is 10 players. Player matching will not be enforced below 12 players therefore matches can be played with 12v11, 12v10 or 11v10 players. (For matches played between 12 and 10-a-side, the duration of the match will be reduced to 60 minutes)
 
RUU 15.4 For all matches played between 12 and 10-a-side the length of the match will be reduced to 60 minutes. Should teams drop to less than 10 players then the match may continue unless the referee deems the match to be unsafe. In this instance the match must stop and the matter referred to the BUCS office. A decision will then be made on whether to take  the result as it stands or award a walkover to the non-offending team
 
RUU 16 Communication: In the event that teams require to use the player matching regulation or request either IRB U19 scrummage regulations or uncontested scrums, it will be the responsibility of the team who are using one of the women’s variations e.g. player matching or U19 uncontested scrummage to communicate their request to their opposition irrespective if they are the home or away team. Communication with the opposition must be in writing and received by the opposition 24 hours from the scheduled match start time. Both teams must also inform the referee before the start of the match.  If 24 hours’ notice is not given then the non-offending team are not required to match numbers unless the referee deems this unsafe. In this instance the non-offending team should match numbers, complete a playing under protest form and refer the matter to the BUCS office.
 

 
The following Championships will be offered each year and will be reviewed annually. They will be held under the International Racing Rules of Sailing, RYA Racing Charter and will be subject to the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for each individual event.
 
All four events are organised and run by the British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA) and endorsed by BUCS.
 
SAI 1        Fleet Racing Championships
There will be a Fleet Racing Championships held annually. Entrants will be split into the following classes: Laser, Firefly, Fast Handicap and Slow Handicap (subject to numbers). There will also be Men’s and Women’s Team Championships extracted from the results of these classes. To be eligible for the Team Championship the boats must be single sex (helm and crew must be the same sex in double handed boats). Teams are made up of the top 3 boats from each university who have raced in fleets of 15 or more, calculated at the end of the event.
 
SAI 2        Match Racing Championships
There will be An Open Team Match Racing Championships held annually. Each team shall consist of 3-4 competitors.
 
SAI 3        Team Racing Championships
There will be a Mixed Team Championships held annually. Each team shall consist of 6 competitors, at least 1 of which must be female. Teams qualify for the finals through a national league system as published by the British Universities Sailing Association annually.
 
SAI 4        Yacht Racing Championships
There will be a Mixed Team Yacht Racing Championships held annually. Each team shall consist of 8 competitors, at least 2 of which must be female.



 
 
  
 
The rules for the individual events in this sport will be published here when the entries open for the relevant event.  Please refer to Essentials for information on when Entries open for events.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The rules for the individual events in this sport will be published here when the entries open for the relevant event.  Please refer to Essentials for information on when Entries open for events.
 

 
 
 
The Squash Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of the World Squash Federation (WSF). 
 
Team Championship
 
SQU 1 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. No player may play in a team of the opposite gender.
 
SQU 2 Competition Structure: Eight Men’s and eight Women’s teams, selected on merit, will compete in the Premier League, the remainder to participate in the Conference Leagues.
 
SQU 2.1 1 league point will be awarded to each team according to the number of games won. The winning team will also score additional bonus points: 5 players per team = 5 bonus points, 4 players per team = 4 bonus points, 3 players per team = 3 bonus points
 
SQU 2.2 In cases of walkover the non-offending team will score the maximum number of points available to them. The offending team will be deducted 10 points
 
SQU 3 Team Format
 
SQU 3.1 Men’s Premier League, Tier One and Tier Two teams shall consist of 5 players. Men’s Tier Three teams and below shall consist of 3 players.
 
SQU 3.2 Women’s teams will consist of 5 players in the Premier League and 4 players in all other leagues.
 
SQU 3.3 Teams bringing less than half the players needed to fulfil a match will automatically concede a walkover. Premier League teams will be fined £100 per walkover conceded.
 
SQU 3.4 All squads must submit their ranking lists by 5pm on Friday 09 October 2015. All rankings will be published on the BUCS website. Failure to submit a squad list by the above date will lead to a deduction of 5 league points and, possibly, further disciplinary action. Squads may re-rank players but this must be done between 22 October 2015 - 30 October 2015, and 18 January 2016 - 24 January 2016. Changes outside these windows will not be considered.
 
SQU 3.5 Playing out of rank order or not declaring ranking in genuine order of playing standard will be considered as misconduct.
 
SQU 3.6 Three player teams will only be promoted to a Tier where teams of five players are required if they are able to guarantee five players for the following season.
 
SQU 3.7 In knockout rounds, Women’s teams will consist of 4 players. Men’s team shall be 5 players in the Championship and Trophy, generally be 5 players in the Conference Cup, unless one or both teams involved in match are from Tier Three or below, then 3 players (unless both teams agree to play with 5 players). 
 
SQU 4 Player Restrictions & Ranking Lists
 
SQU 4.1 All players must play in rank order at all times. Please note REG 7.5 - each team should be selected as though the other teams would be playing in a match of equal importance at the same time 
 
SQU 5 Booking Guidelines: Failure to book the minimum prescribed time below will result in the home team forfeiting any rubbers not completed should the match not be completed.        
 
No of Players    5          4           3        
1st Court        2hrs     1½hrs    2hrs        
2nd Court       2½hrs  1½hrs    1hr  
 
SQU 6 Match Scoring
 
SQU 6.1 Each player shall play the correspondingly ranked player of the opposing team, for the best of five games. The team winning the majority of individual matches shall be the match winners.
 
SQU 6.2 Incomplete Fixtures - In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any rubbers not completed or un-played. 
 
SQU 7 Rules
 
SQU 7.1 All matches shall be played according to WSF Governing Body rules and regulations.
 
SQU 7.2 The Dunlop Revelation Double Spot or an alternative WSF approved ball shall be used. Women’s matches at tier two and below should use a single yellow spot ball.
 
SQU 7.3 For all matches, PAR 11 will be played for both men and women. This is true for the league programme and the Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup matches. 
 
SQU 8 Order of Play: All matches must be played in the following order:        
 
No of Players in team    5                         4                3        
1st Court             String 5 then 4        4 then 2           3        
2nd Court           3 then 1 then 2        1 then 3       1 then 2          
 
SQU 9 Conference Leagues
 
SQU 9.1 In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a Conference League the procedure shall  be as detailed in REG 9.9.
 
SQU 9.2 Eight teams from the Conference Leagues shall proceed to the last 16 stage of the Championship draw (including Scotland), where the teams shall be seeded according to respective league results.  
 
SQU 10 Premier League Competition
 
SQU 10.1 Competition format: The Premier League shall be played in two stages. Each stage shall be completed during a weekend competition involving three matches per team using the same format as England Squash’s inter-county Championship.
SQU 10.2 For Stage 1, the eight Premier League teams (incorporating England, Wales and Scotland) shall be divided on a broadly geographical basis into northern and southern groups of four teams each (on the basis of minimising travel distance/time as a prescribed method of deciding upon the composition of the two groups).
 
SQU 10.3 Venues shall be selected on the basis of facility availability / cost and reasonable travel time for teams. Wherever possible, both Men’s and Women’s events shall be played at the same venue in each of the north and south groups. Costs will be split equally between all competing teams.
 
SQU 10.4 Following completion of the first stage, the top team from each group will qualify for the upper tier group and compete for places 1-4. The bottom team from each group will be placed in the lower tier group and compete for places 5-8. The teams finishing in 2nd place in their group will play against the 3rd placed team from the other group in a one off play off. The 2nd placed team will be at home. The winner will qualify for the upper tier group and the loser into the lower tier.
 
SQU 10.5 All eight teams shall progress to the BUCS Championship knockout stages, where they will be placed at the last 16 stage according to their finishing position in the Premier League.
 
SQU 10.6 Promotion to and Relegation from the Premier League: Premier League 1,2 and 3 guaranteed. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 play against Tier 1 qualifiers in last 16 of knockouts. Winners of first round Championship knockout to become the 8 Premier League teams for following season.
 
SQU 10.7 Players retiring during a match may not play again in the same weekend. The only exception to this rule is if the cause of retirement is considered transitory (e.g. nose bleed, cramp, migraine, vomiting) and that the player has recovered fully for their next match. If the player then retires during a second match, their string and all strings below them shall be forfeited.
 
Individual Championship
 
SQU 11 Events: Individual Championships for Men and Women will be held annually.
 
SQU 12 Entries
 
SQU 12.1 Each University may enter an unspecified number of competitors. There shall be paid, on behalf of each competitor, an entry fee to be determined annually.
 
SQU 12.2 Entries may be restricted should they exceed the capacity of the event.
 
SQU 12.3 Players withdrawing from the competition after entries close will face a fine (amount will be detailed in the Pre event information and on the Event webpage). Withdrawals or no shows during the Championship will be fined and increased amount regardless of reason and even if accompanied by a medical certificate. They will also be blacklisted for future events.  
 
SQU 13 Competition Format: In order to accommodate the large numbers of individual entries, the entries will be distributed into an appropriate number of graded-type draws based upon the information on playing standard provided on the entry form. 
 
SQU 14 Rules
 
SQU 14.1 The draw shall be made in the presence of a neutral referee.
 
SQU 14.2 Players will be seeded according to governing bodies recommendations and results in the current season’s BUCS Team Championships as well as details of current form/playing standard provided by players on their entry form.
 
SQU 14.3 Wherever possible players from the same University shall be placed in different quarters of the draw.
 
SQU 14.4 The Tournament shall be played on a straight knockout basis.  
 
SQU 14.5 Each match shall be the best of five games.
 
SQU 14.6 Where possible, a plate shall be held for first match losers in the qualifying events.
 
SQU 14.7 The Dunlop Revelation Double Spot or a WSF approved ball shall be used.
 
SQU 14.8 For all competitors under 19 years of age, eye protectors must be worn for all matches, as per England Squash regulations.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
SUR 1 Event judging criteria
 
SUR1.1 A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres in the most critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximise scoring potential. Innovative and progressive surfing as well as variety of repertoire (manoeuvres) will be taken into consideration when awarding points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the highest scores.
 
SUR 2 Competition Rules   
 
SUR 2.1 Heats will be started on a single horn blast. Competitors to be standing at the water’s edge, knee depth maximum.  Water starts may be permitted at the discretion of the Contest Director, but competitors must not infringe on the contest area.
 
SUR 2.2 Heats will end with two horn blasts.  There will be a minimum of 30 seconds between heats.  The head judge will indicate when a heat is to commence.
 
SUR 2.3 A flag or disc system will also be used, with one flag raised at the start of a heat.  With 5 minutes to go, a different coloured flag will also be raised.  At the end of a heat, both flags will be lowered.
 
SUR 2.4 If a disc system is used the disc must be 1 metre in diameter.  It must have a light colour on one side and a darker colour on the other.  The dark colour indicates that the heat is in progress.  The light side is shown to indicate that the heat is in its last 5 minutes. At the end of the heat the disc is turned edge - on to the sea so that no colour is visible.  N.B. The start of the horn blast signifies the start or end of the heat.  The flags or disc are for guidance only.
 
SUR 3 Heats
 
SUR 3.1 Heats will normally be of 15-20 minutes duration and finals 20-30 minutes duration.  The Contest Committee will determine heat times.  Any alterations will be announced before a heat commences. A heat cannot be extended while in progress.
 
SUR 3.2 The Contest Committee will decide how many waves will count towards a surfer’s score.  NORMALLY it will be best 2 waves.
 
 
 
SUR 3.3 Competitors in heats may only ride twelve waves and should leave the water after doing so.  The penalty for riding more than twelve waves will be a five point deduction from their total score for each extra wave ridden.
 
SUR 3.4 A surfer who has ridden more than 12 waves may also be liable to an interference penalty if they remain in the water and interfere in any way with the other competitors in that heat.  Finalists (but not quarter or semi finalists) may ride 15 waves.
 
SUR 3.5 When the air horn sounds for the end of a heat a surfer must be clearly in possession of the wave (e.g. for board riders hands having left the rails)  for a ride to be scored.
 
SUR 3.6 When heats are in progress, and at the beginning of the days surfing, any surfer in the defined competition area may be penalised. The penalty will be immediate disqualification.
 
SUR 3.7 Contestants are to check in with the Beach Marshal at least 5 minutes prior to the start of their heat. Singlets are to be worn both from and back to the Beach Marshal and must be returned immediately after the heat has been concluded.
 
SUR 3.8 At the completion of each heat, surfers will return to the beach in a prone position.  A surfer will incur an up-after penalty if he/she stands up after the end of their heat and remains standing into the next heat.  If they drop to a prone position or pull out before the start of the next heat that wave will not score and neither will they be penalised.  If a surfer stands up before the end of their heat they may finish their ride and be scored for it even if it ends after their heat has ended and/or the next heat has begun.
 
SUR 3.9 Heats will normally be made up from a maximum of four surfers, although five man heats may be used.  A minimum of 50% of the surfers will normally advance.
 
SUR 4 Judges
 
SUR 4.1 Judges and tabulators sheets will be available for scrutiny by competitors, but must not be removed from the contest control area.
 
SUR 4.2 Judging panels for each heat will consist of three, four or five judges who will be rotated. Each judging panel will officiate under the control and direction of a head judge.
 
SUR 4.3 Judges will score each ride out of 10 points with .1 increments (from 0.2 to 10).
 
SUR 4.4 A ride will commence when a competitor’s hands leave the rails (board riders).  In the case of kneeboards when the rider moves to his knees and in the case of bodyboarders when the rider has completed one manoeuvre.
 
SUR 4.5 Judges should check in to the head judge at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their judging session.  This allows time to get a realistic view of the conditions.
 
SUR 4.6 The name/number of the judge together with the division, event and heat number should be entered in the appropriate sections of the judging sheet before the heat commences.
 
SUR 4.7 Judges sheets should be handed in promptly at the end of the heat.
 
SUR 4.8 Judges should not tally the sheet or alter scores.  If a score is unclear, or must be changed, blank out the square and use the next one.  All alterations should be signed. N.B. if a judge thinks they have missed a score they must place an M in the appropriate block.
SUR 4.9 Each judge must give 100% effort.  Maximum concentration is essential to ensure personal bias is cut out and that top efficiency is reached. Judges should score every ride by each competitor.
 
SUR 4.10 Where possible the judges to be used in the finals will be those who have shown the highest degree of consistency over the contest.
 
SUR 4.11 Judges are responsible for ruling interference situations.
 
SUR 4.12 Judges finishing their session should remain on hand until their last heat has been tallied in case of query or protests.
 
SUR 5 Anyone who is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may be liable to disqualification at the discretion of the Contest Committee.
 
SUR 6 Team Championships

There will be a men’s team and a women’s team championship.  A team comprises of 3 competitors of the same sex.  The top 3 scoring competitors from the same institution will make up the 1st team.

Competitors score points for the team competition by progressing through the rounds in the individual event.  For example, for participating in the 1st round but not making it through to round 2, competitors will receive 1 point for their team score.  By being knocked out in round 2, competitors will receive 2 points. 

In the final, the 4th placed competitor will receive the number of points as equivalent to the round number, with the 3rd place competitor receiving one more and so on.  For example if the final is the 5th round , the 4th placed competitor would receive 5 points, the 3rd place competitor would then receive 6 points, 2nd would receive 7 points and the 1st placed competitor would receive 8 points to add to their team score.

The top 3 scoring competitors from an institution would have their team points added together to give the total team score.

Competitors must sign in for their heat and enter the water to obtain team points for that round.

 

By entering into the individual event, competitors are automatically entered into the team competition (as long as they have 3 surfers of the same sex entered).  Competitors do not need to enter the team competition separately on BUCScore.
 
 

 
BUCS will offer a Team Championship, as well as individual Long and Short Course Championships. The Championships are held under BUCS General Regulations, ASA Laws, FINA Technical Rules of Swimming and IPC Swimming Rules & Regulations.

Individual Swimming Championships
 
SWI 1        Entries
 
SWI 1.1
Entries will not be accepted without an entry time for any individual swimmer or relay team.
 
SWI 1.2
Institutions may enter para-swimmers in addition to any entry restriction imposed as per the relevant entry information and regulations, providing that they are Natioanlly/Internationally classified and registered.
 
SWI 1.3        Short Course Championships
 
SWI 1.3.1
There is no limit on how many competitors or teams each institution can enter in each event.
 
SWI 1.3.2
There is no limit on how many events an individual can enter, however competitors are advised to check the provisional schedule of events before entering to make sure that they have adequate time to recover from one race to the next.
 
SWI 1.3.3
The organisation may restrict entries should demand exceed capacity. Should it be necessary to restrict entries one entry per institution will be guaranteed.
 
SWI 1.4        Long Course Championships
 
SWI 1.4.1
Each institution may enter two competitors per event and one team in each relay event.
 
SWI 1.4.2
Each competitor will be restricted to three individual events.
 
SWI 1.4.3
The organisation may restrict entries should demand exceed capacity. Should it be necessary to restrict entries one entry per institution will be guaranteed.
 
SWI 1.4.4
Institutions will be permitted to enter a further 2 para-swimmers in each recognised event, in addition to their 2 entries per event allocation, providing that they are Nationally/Internationally classified and registered. BUCS reserves the right to restrict entries where the competition reaches capacity.
 
SWI 1.4.5
Para-swimmers will also be restricted to three individual events.
 
SWI 1.5
For both the Long and Short Course Championships it is the responsibility of institutions to check the entry lists when released and notify BUCS of any alterations required by the date(s) publicised. Any requests for changes to the data submitted on BUCScore may be possible but will be subject to an admin charge as per the relevant pre-event information.
 
SWI 2        Registration
Institutions are no longer required to register with BUCS on the day however a representative will need to collect a ‘Team Pack’ from the help desk. Once a swimmer is entered via BUCScore and is accepted, it is assumed they are swimming unless their captain officially withdraws them as per SWI 3.
 
SWI 3        Withdrawals
 
SWI 3.1
Withdrawals from races during the championship weekend must be made on the relevant official withdrawal form and submitted to the help desk by the deadlines set.
 
SWI 4        Events
 
SWI 4.1
All individual and relay events will be decided by heats and finals, except for the 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle and the 400m Individual Medley.
 
SWI 4.2
The 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle and the 400m Individual Medley will be decided on the principle of heat declared winner.
 
SWI 4.3
Heats and finals will be held in separate sessions.
 
SWI 4.4
Qualifying times may be set for some events.
 
SWI 5        Relays
 
SWI 5.1
Relay declaration forms for heats must be submitted to the BUCS help desk 1 hours prior to the start of the respective session. Relay declaration forms for finals must be submitted to the BUCS help desk 2 hours prior to the start of the respective session.
 
SWI 5.2
Failure to submit a form will lead to a team not being permitted to participate.
 
SWI 5.3
Failure to submit a form detailing the correct order will lead to the disqualification of said team.
 
SWI 6        Finals
 
SWI 6.1
No more than two swimmers from the same institution shall be permitted to qualify to an individual final.
 
SWI 6.2
At Short Course only, no more than one relay team from the same institution shall be permitted to qualify to a relay A final and no more than one team from the same institution will be permitted to qualify to a relay B final.
 
SWI 7        Swimming Event Points
 
SWI 7.1
In each event, only the fastest individual from each institution will score points. I.e. where there is more than one finalist from the same institution only the highest ranking will score points, the subsequent point scoring will then be determined by the rankings in the heats. Individual events will be scored by 1st place being awarded 10 points, 2nd place 9 points, continuing with a decreasing points scale for subsequent ranked placings in the order of 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point(s).
 
SWI 7.2
In relay events points shall be doubled. Only the teams in the A final shall score points.
 
SWI 8        Team Awards
At both Long & Short Course Championships Swimming Event Points will be used to determine the Top Overall Team and the Top Men’s and Women’s Teams.
 
SWI 9        Top Male and Female Performance Awards
At both Long and Short Course championships the best male and female performances will each be awarded a top performance trophy. The top performer awards will be calculated using FINA points. The top disability performer awards will be calculated using British Para-swimming points.
 
SWI 10        Fines
If the following offences are committed institutions will be liable to the following fines:
Offence                               Cash payment during event           Payment after event
Not showing up for heat     £15                                                 £20
Not showing up for final     £20                                                 £25
Late withdrawal for heat   £10                                                  £15
Late withdrawal for final   £15                                                  £20
Inappropriate behaviour    £30                                                  £40
Failure to finish inside the  £10                                                  £15
qualifying time*
*This may be increased at the discretion of the Tournament Director depending on the severity of the offence and whether proof of achieving the qualifying time in the previous 12 months can be supplied.
 
SWI 11        Disputes
The BUCS Swimming Advisory Group reserve the right to alter the Swimming Regulations as necessary during the Championships and their decision on any disputes shall be final.
 
Team Championship
 
SWI 12        The programme shall consist of the following events for men and women:
4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 1 Length Individual Medley
100m Freestyle
100m Butterfly
100m Backstroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
50m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
50m Freestyle
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
 
SWI 13        Restriction
Each competitor will be restricted to three individual events per gala.
 
SWI 14        Organisation
 
SWI 14.1
England/Wales shall be divided into two regions, which shall be the North and the South. Teams will compete in their allocated regions. SSS shall organise the Scottish Team Championship which acts as the third Regional Qualifier.
 
SWI 14.2
The Championship shall consist of a maximum of 8 teams, the Trophy and the Shield will consist of a maximum of 16 teams.
 
SWI 14.3
Each division shall consist of one Regional Qualifying Round and a National Grand Final.
 
SWI 14.4
Where an institution enters a 2nd or 3rd team they should note BUCS Eligibility Regulations and in particular BUCS General REG 6.
 
SWI 15         Conditions
 
SWI 15.1
All new teams entering the Team Championship shall join the Shield.
 
SWI 15.2
All participating teams MUST provide a timekeeper equipped with a stopwatch at BOTH the Regional Qualification Round and National Grand Final. Points may be deducted from any teams failing to comply.
 
SWI 15.3
Institutions are invited to organise Regional Qualification Rounds on behalf of BUCS. Host institutions will be responsible for the full conduct of the qualification rounds. A member of BUCS Staff and the Swimming Advisory Group will be available on the day should queries arise. Where a dispute arises, the decision of the referee must be accepted during competition, but a team may sign a ‘playing under protest’ form and make an appeal after the event as per BUCS General REG 16.
 
SWI 15.4
BUCS will make every effort to inform teams of the date and venue of the qualifying round but it is the responsibility of the teams to confirm receipt of information.
 
SWI 15.5
Host teams must forward results to BUCS within three days of the competition. They must also retain and keep safe any documentation (e.g. time sheets) until the end of the current academic year.
 
SWI 15.6
Prior to the regional round each competing institution must submit a Squad Sheet listing all potential swimmers including reserves. This must be signed by the Athletic Union to verify eligibility. This sheet may be added to prior to the Final if required.
 
SWI 15.7
A Team Sheet must be submitted to the organisers on the day of the Regional Round and the National Final at Registration detailing who will swim each event. Swimmers listed MUST be on the Squad Sheet signed off by their Athletic Union.
 
SWI 15.8
Teams withdrawing two weeks or less before the start of the Regional Rounds will be fined £300. Teams withdrawing after the Regional Rounds will be fined £500.
 
SWI 15.9
Any team who does not attend a Regional Round without prior notice will be automatically relegated and fined £500.
 
SWI 16        Regional Qualification Round
 
SWI 16.1        Heat and Lane Draws
The lane draw for regional rounds and finals will be made prior to the gala, once entries are confirmed. It will be released online in advance of the event.
 
SWI 16.2        Points & Positions
SWI 16.2.1
Finishing positions in each event shall be determined by the time achieved by each swimmer.
SWI 16.2.2
Gala points shall be awarded as follows:
Championship – 8 points for first place down to 1 point for last place.
Trophy and Shield – 16 points for first place down to 1 point for last place.
 
SWI 16.2.3
Relays shall score double points.
 
SWI 16.2.4
Failing to finish, failing to start an event and disqualification shall score zero.
 
SWI 16.2.5
In the event of a tie a placings countback shall be used.
 
SWI 17        National Final
 
SWI 17.1 Qualification for a 10 Lane Final-Championship, Trophy & Shield
The top four teams from Championship North and Championship South along with the top team in the Scottish Team Championship shall go forward to the Championship Final. The 10th final place shall be given to the 5th placed team from either Championship North or Championship South with the greatest gala points at their Regional Qualification Round. The top four teams from Trophy North and Trophy South along with the second team in the Scottish Team Championship shall go forward to the Trophy Final. The 10th final place shall be given to the 5th placed team from either Trophy North or Trophy South with the greatest gala points at their Regional Qualification Round. The top four teams from Shield North and Shield South and the third team from the Scottish Team Championship shall go forward to the Shield Final. The 10th final place shall be given to the 5th placed team from either Shield North or Shield South with the greatest gala points at their Regional Qualification Round.
 
SWI 17.2 Qualification for an 8 Lane Final-Championship, Trophy & Shield
The top three teams from Championship North and Championship South along with the top team from the Scottish Team Championship shall go forward to the Championship Final. The 8th final place shall be given to the 4th placed team from either Championship North or Championship South with the greatest gala points at their Regional Qualification Round. The top three teams from Trophy North and Trophy South and second placed team from the Scottish Team Championship shall go forward to the Trophy Final. The 8th final place shall be given to the 4th placed team from either Trophy North or Trophy South with the greatest gala points at their Regional Qualification Round. The top three teams from Shield North and Shield South and the 3rd placed team from the Scottish Team Championship shall go forward to the Shield Final. The 8th final place shall be given to the 4th placed team from either Shield North or Shield South with the greatest gala points at their Regional Qualification Round.
 
SWI 17.3        Lane Draws & Order of Events
 
SWI 17.3.1
The lane draw for regional rounds and finals will be made prior to the gala, once participants are confirmed. It will be released online in advance of the event.
 
SWI 17.3.2
Lane Draw for finals will be done by ranking the teams in the North and South and Scotland and drawing them based on a selection of lanes.
 
SWI 17.3.3
For each event there will be six races, three races for each gender with one for each Final. The Shield races will be swum first followed by the Trophy and Championship races. For each event the three Women’s races will be followed by the three Men’s races.
 
SWI 17.4
When a team can’t make the finals or withdraws, the next best placed team from the regionals will be offered the place.
 
SWI 17.4.1
Should a Scottish team fail to take up their place - the place is offered to the next best English/Welsh team. If this is the case they are deemed to be a finalist and are eligible to be promoted for the next season.
 
SWI 17.5        Points
 
SWI 17.5.1
Gala points shall be awarded on the basis of ten points for a win to one point for 10th place in a ten lane final and eight points for a win to one point for 8th place in an eight lane final.
 
SWI 17.5.2
Relays shall score double points.
 
SWI 17.5.3
Failing to finish, failing to start an event and disqualification shall score zero.
 
SWI 17.5.4
In the event of a tie a placings countback shall be used. In the event of a tie on placings the fastest combined four relay times shall be used.
 
SWI 17.6        Promotion and Relegation
 
SWI 17.6.1
Three teams from Trophy North and three teams from Trophy South shall be promoted to the Championship for the next season (these will not necessarily be the top three from the Regional Qualification Round but shall be determined by finishing places at the National Final) with the exception of any non-1st teams who are not eligible for promotion. In this instance the next best eligible team from the Regional Qualification Round will be promoted. The bottom three teams in Championship North and Championship South shall be relegated to the Trophy for the next season.
 
SWI 17.6.2
Three teams from Shield North and three teams from Shield South shall be promoted to the Trophy for the next season (these will not necessarily be the top three from the Regional Qualification Round but shall be determined by finishing places at the National Final). The bottom three teams in Trophy North and Trophy South shall be relegated to Division Three for the next season.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ITTF Regulations for International Competition shall apply in all cases except for a small number of occasions where an alternative will be clearly stated. 
 
TAB 1 Competition Structure
 
TAB 1.1 From the 2015/2016 Season BUCS have adopted the ITTF guidelines and the use of plastic balls in all matches at Team and Individual competitions.  
 
TAB 1.2 Team Championship
 
TAB 1.2.1 4 men’s teams will compete in the North and 4 teams will compete in the South Premier Leagues, the remainder will participate in the Conference Leagues. A women’s competition will be run on a Conference league basis.   
 
TAB 1.2.2 The men’s teams will consist of four players.
 
TAB 1.2.3 The women’s team will consist of a minimum of two players
 
TAB 1.3 Men’s Championship   
 
TAB 1.3.1 Each match shall consist of 17 sets, each individual playing four singles and one pair playing a doubles match.
 
 TAB 1.3.2 The order of play shall be:             
1st Round    2nd Round     3rd Round  4th Round                 
1 v 4             1 v 3              1 v 2         1 v 1                  2 v 3             2 v 4              2 v 1         2 v 2                  3 v 2             3 v 1              3 v 4         3 v 3                  4 v 1             4 v 2              4 v 3         4 v 4
 
Followed by a doubles match between a pair of players from each team. The pair need not be nominated until the completion of the fourth round of singles. A match cannot be drawn.
 
TAB 1.4 Women’s Championship
 
TAB 1.4.1 Each match shall consist of five sets, each individual playing two singles and one doubles.
 
TAB 1.4.2 The order of play shall be:             1 v 2             2 v 1             Doubles             1 v 1             2 v 2
 
The doubles pairing can be 1 and 2 and/or any other 2 players and need not be declared until after the 4th singles match.
 
TAB 1.4.3 A match cannot be drawn.
 
TAB 1.5 Individual Championship
 
TAB 1.5.1 An Individual Championship will be held annually for Men and Women in the following events.              Men’s Singles             
Women’s Singles             
Men’s Doubles            
Women’s Doubles             
Mixed Doubles             
Men’s Plate             
Women’s Plate
 
TAB 1.5.2 Entries: Each University may enter 5 guaranteed men and 6 guaranteed women and up to 8 non-guaranteed men and 8 non-guaranteed women in all events. Paired couples in the doubles and mixed doubles must be members of the same university. Entry to the Plate will be limited usually to the third placed player in each group.  
 
TAB 2 Premier League Requirements
 
TAB 2.1 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that at least 3 hours are required on 2 available tables. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will forfeit any rubbers that have not been completed within the allocated time.
 
TAB 2.2 Facilities and equipment should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. Specific notice should be paid to the quality and condition of the tables as well as the space around each table, the quality of lighting and the quality of nets. Notice should be given to national governing body lists for approved balls for each season.  TAB 3 Competition Regulations
 
TAB 3.1 Team Championship
 
TAB 3.1.1 Men’s: Men’s Premier League teams will play in the Championship after the league season is completed, Tier One Teams will play in the Trophy which will run throughout the season. Teams in Tier Two and below will play in the Conference Cup or Plate.
 
TAB 3.1.2 Women’s: Women’s Tier One teams will play in the Championship after the league season is completed, Tier Two teams will play in the Trophy, teams playing below Tier Two will play in the Conference Cup or Plate.
 
TAB 3.2 Individual Championships   
 
TAB 3.2.1 The Draw: a) The draw shall be made under the supervision of a neutral referee and Universities must include on the entry form details of past performances of their members for the guidance of the official making the draw. Whenever possible players from the same University shall be placed in different quarters of the draw. b) The tournament shall be conducted on the knockout principle except for the first stage of the Men’s and Women’s singles that shall be played on a group basis.
 
TAB 3.2.2 Sets & Games: Each set shall consist of the best of five games. A game shall be won by the player or pair first scoring eleven points unless both players or pairs score ten points, when the game shall be won by the player or pair first subsequently scoring two points more than the opposing player or pair.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Team Championships
 
TEN 1 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women.
 
TEN 2 Competition Structure
The top 6 first teams (first 3 North and first 3 South) from last year's Premier Leagues make up the National League. The Premier North and Premier South will be made up of the remaining teams from last year's Premier North and Premier South, and those teams promoted from the Tier 1 Leagues. Second teams can be in Premier North and Premier South.
 
TEN 3
 
TEN 3.1 Players
Each team shall consist of a minimum of four and a maximum of six players. Four players shall play one singles rubber each and the fifth and/or sixth players may be selected for doubles only. Teams failing to field three players must concede a walkover. Teams fielding 3 players will concede the rubbers they are unable to fulfil.
 
TEN 3.2 Coaches
By mutual agreement each team may have their nominated coach sitting on court for any or all rubbers in the match. If a team does not have a coach with them, then any team member not playing at the time may be nominated. Coaching advice can only be given during change of ends and the coach may only enter/leave the court during a change of ends.
 
TEN 4 Match Format
Each match shall consist of two doubles rubbers and four singles rubbers.
 
TEN 5 Court Bookings & Match Start Times
 
TEN 5.1 The following minimum court times MUST be booked by the host team for a fixture: Practice: 2 courts x 30 minutes, Doubles: 2 courts x 1.5 hours, Singles: 4 courts x 2 hours = Total: 12 court hours. Failure to book the minimum prescribed above will result in the home team forfeiting any rubbers not completed should the match not be finished. For cup matches an additional one hour should be booked in case of the need for a match tie break. The additional hour is for the match tie break only and the normal match should be completed within the standard 12 hours. If a final set of a live match is due to start during the last 30mins of the court booking then a 10 point tie break should take place instead of a standard set.
 
TEN 5.2 Matches are permitted to start before 1pm, contrary to usual BUCS start times – with the provision that this is by mutual consent in writing between the 2 Athletic Unions.
 
TEN 5.3 Matches may only be moved onto different surfaces (or from indoors to outdoors) with the agreement of both captains.
 
TEN 6 Order of Play
Players shall compete in rank order i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 singles; 1, 2 doubles. The doubles rubbers ordered 1v1, 2v2 should be played first, followed by the Singles rubbers which will be ordered 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4. Any proposed changes to the standard order of play must be agreed by both teams prior to play. (Please note that if matches are being played on 3 courts – teams may want to start by playing 3 singles matches in order to maximize court usage).
 
TEN 7 Team Order
 
TEN 7.1 Ranking information must be submitted for all National Teams to the BUCS Office by 5pm on 02 October 2015. All other teams must submit ranking information by 5pm on 09 October 2015. Failure to do so will result in a deduction of one league point and all teams from the offending institution suspended from the competition until the ranking is submitted, conceding walkovers for each match missed. This ranking information will be available on the BUCS Tennis pages on the website for ease of reference.
 
TEN7.2 Ranking lists will be locked after 02 October 2015 and 09 October 2015 and cannot be changed under any circumstances except in the two ranking windows. The ranking windows are: 22 October 2015 – 30 October 2015 inclusive, and 18 January 2016 – 24 January 2016.
 
TEN 7.3 British Tennis Membership (BTM) will be free to all students playing in BUCS matches and leagues. All players must have a BTM number to ensure that all individual match results can contribute to player LTA ratings and the leader board.
 
TEN 7.4 The bona fide rank order shall be determined by each team with the best singles player ranked as one and second as two and so on. This is at the discretion of each team captain and must be ranked within the spirit of the BUCS Tennis programme. Teams deliberately ranking out of order will be referred to a disciplinary hearing. Please note teams playing players out of order in accordance with ATP, WTA or LTA ratings may be requested to justify their ranking lists by the BUCS Office.
 
TEN 7.4.1 Teams must play in rank order and there can be no movement.
 
TEN 7.4.2 Doubles Pairings: Doubles pairings must play with the strongest pair as pair one. The best doubles pair should be decided by the sum of the players team singles rankings in each pair, with the smallest sum playing as the ‘best doubles pair’. If two players who have not played the singles compete in the doubles, they are numbered 5 and 6, with the best rated player being put in 5th position. If the sums of the singles players positions are equal (e.g. 1+4 and 2+3), the best doubles pair should include the highest ranked singles player (i.e. 1+4 would be the best doubles pair). For further guidance please refer to this link; http://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/competitions/aegon-team-tennis/att-open-adult-rules-2015.pdf
 
TEN 7.5 If a player is listed in the top four rankings and has not played any matches prior to the end of the calendar year, then that team is required to resubmitted their rankings prior to the start of matches in January, removing any non-playing ‘top four’ players from the ranking list.
 
TEN 7.6 No player ranked at number four or above shall be eligible to play below the first team at any time during the season (including league, playoff and cup matches). No player ranked at number eight or above shall be eligible to play below the second team at any time during the season, and so on throughout an institution’s teams.
 
TEN 8 Scoring System
 
TEN 8.1 The doubles rubbers shall be the best of three sets. The first two sets shall be tie-break sets with no-advantage scoring (the tie-break shall be introduced at six games all) and when the score is one set all the deciding set shall be a 10 point match tie-break. In no-advantage scoring at deuce there is one point to decide the game. The receivers choose whether to receive the service from the right half or the left half of the court but cannot change positions to receive this deciding point.
 
TEN 8.2 The singles rubbers shall be the best of three tie-break sets (the tie-break shall be introduced at six games all). If the match result is already decided any remaining singles rubbers may, by mutual consent, play a deciding 10 point match tie-break as the third set.
 
TEN 8.3 To determine the match score the winner of each doubles rubber shall receive two points and the winner of each singles rubber shall receive two points.
 
TEN 8.4 In the event of a tie on match score, each team shall be awarded 1 point in the league and the match shall be considered a draw.
 
TEN 8.5 If during the knockout stages a match finishes 6-6, then BUCS tennis shall adopt a tiebreak shootout (to 10 points) where the rules explain the shootout as: “The tiebreak shootout consists of three tiebreaks – two singles and one doubles – with players nominated as follows: Tiebreak 1 (singles) – one of the original players from the first or second singles match; Tiebreak 2 (singles) – one of the original players from the third or fourth singles match; Tiebreak 3 (doubles) – a pairing comprising two of the other nominated players for the match. No player may play in more than one tiebreak shootout. Players for each stage of the shootout should be nominated at the start of the shootout”.
 
TEN 9 Scoreboards & Scorecards
 
TEN 9.1 Where possible teams should ensure use of scoreboards on each court.
 
TEN 9.2 Scorecards / accurate records for all BUCS Tennis League matches and all knockout matches in the Championship and Trophy must be completed. BUCS reserves the right to request these scorecards at any point throughout the season. Scorecards must also be submitted with any appeal – failure to submit a scorecard will result in an appeal being rejected by the BUCS Office.
 
TEN 10 Incomplete Fixtures
 
TEN 10.1 In the event of a fixture being incomplete with no fault on either side, a result can be taken if four rubbers have been completed. The results shall be taken on all those rubbers that have been completed.
 
TEN 10.2 In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any rubbers not completed or un-played.
 
TEN 11 Further Clarification
In the event that further clarification is required the BUCS Office will be guided by the LTA Aegon Team Tennis Rules.
 
TEN 12 National Premier League Competition
 
TEN 12.1 Leagues
Matches will be played on two super weekends, but this will only be for 4 of the 10 fixtures. all other fixtures will still continue to be played on Wednesday afternoons as the other divisions would do.
 
TEN 12.2 Venue Requirements
All National Premier League & National Premier League Play-Off matches are to be played on indoor courts.
 
TEN 12.3 Championship Qualification: All teams in the National League will qualify for the Championship. First teams in the Premier League North and South will also qualify for the Championship. Second teams in the Premier League North and South are not eligible for the Championship and will play in the Trophy.
 
TEN 12.4 Promotion to and Relegation from Premier League: The bottom 2 teams in each League are automatically relegated. The top team in each of the Tier One leagues will enter into ‘play-offs’ for one place in each of the Premier Leagues for the following season. (in the event of changes to the league structure which may impact upon promotion or relegation outcomes, BUCS reserves the right to consult with teams due to be promoted/relegated to find an applicable solution).
 
Individual Championships
 
TEN 13 Tournament Structure
 
TEN 13.1 The tournament will consist of four events; Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles.
 
TEN 13.2 There will be regional qualifying events and a subsequent finals weekend – the events will be played over two/three/four days depending on the number of entries.
 
TEN 13.3 Each match shall consist of the best of three sets.
 
TEN 13.4 The tournament shall be conducted on a ‘knockout’ basis.
 
TEN 13.5 Matches will be played indoors. 
 
TEN 14 Entries
 
TEN 14.1 All institutions are entitled to one entry per event.
 
TEN 14.2 Additional players may be accepted but the total number of entries in each event will be restricted. Players must be listed on the entry form in order of merit.
 
TEN 14.3 Seeded draws, to which qualifying draws, staggered draws or a tableau finale may be applied, as deemed appropriate for the entry, will be used. To assist seeding and selection for draws, entry forms should include details of past performances and LTA ranking achieved – selection for main draw or any qualifying draw will be according to ratings and other available information. Further players, not initially selected for the main or qualifying draws will be placed on reserve lists.
 
TEN 14.4 Wherever possible, players from the same institution shall be placed in different quarters of the draw. 
 
General Conduct
 
TEN 15 Where possible teams should endeavour to wear team kit – identifying the name of the University.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Trampoline Sport Specific rules and regulations alongside the routines can be found in the downloads section of this page

 

 
 
 
 
Tri 1.1 The Competition

BUCS shall offer a Duathlon, Triathlon Sprint, and Standard Distance as the championships within the Triathlon programme.

 

TRI1.2 Drafting is not permitted at any BUCS Triathlon Championships and may result in instant disqualification.


TRI 1.3 Each specific discipline will have individual and team rules, please check the pre-event information for details of these.


TRI 1.4 For extracted teams the fastest overall times of three athletes will be used, not placings to determine finishing positions.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
ULF 1 Outdoor Championship: The University Outdoor Championships will be played to standard WFDF (World Flying Disc Federation) Ultimate rules. http://wfdf.org/index.php?page=rules/index.htm  ULF 2 Indoor Championship: The University Indoor Championships will be played to standard UKU (UK Ultimate) Indoor Ultimate rules. http://www.ukultimate.com/about_ultimate/rules_of_ultimate
 
ULF 3 Squad Sizes: At University events the maximum squad sizes are 15 (indoors) and 21 (outdoors) players. 
 
ULF 4 Tournaments specific variation: UK Ultimate may impose tournament-specific variations (e.g. field dimensions, game lengths, number of time-outs) for practical purposes.  These are published alongside the tournament schedule on an event by event basis.
 
ULF 5 Registration
 
ULF 5.1 All institutions must register their team on the UKU website, please note this is different to the club affiliation process. see http://www.bucs.org.uk/page.asp?section=18437&sectionTitle=Register+to+UKU for details
 
ULF 5.2 Players competing at regional qualifying events or BUCS leagues require basic UKU membership. Membership can be purchased here: http://www.ukultimate.com/join
 
ULF 5.3 Players competing at National events (Championship, Trophy or Conference Cup’s both Indoors and outdoors) require full UKU student membership. Membership can be purchased here: http://www.ukultimate.com/join
 
ULF 6 League Structure
 
ULF 6.1 6 teams, selected on merit from the previous season’s competition, will compete in each region’s BUCS tier 1 leagues (Scotland and Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, East and West). Tier 2 (and lower) leagues will be split into smaller sub regions and will be made up of no more than 8 teams.
 
ULF 6.2 The top 3 finishing teams in Tier 1, along with the strongest 4th place team (according to BUCS reg [DH-VFUK1]), will be entered into the Men’s Outdoor Championship Cup. All other teams in Tier 1 will be entered into the Men’s Outdoor Trophy. From Tier 2 leagues all teams will automatically be entered into the Conference Cup that is played throughout the season, knockout fixtures will be played between teams in each region until 2 teams remain. The 2 remaining teams from each region will qualify for the national Conference Cup.
 
ULF 7 League Regulations
 
ULF 7.1 Playing facilities should be of an appropriate quality and should comply with WFDF regulations (http://wfdf.org/index.php?page=rules/index.htm). Any alterations to playing facilities (size, markings, runoff space etc.) must be agreed with UK Ultimate.
 
ULF 7.2 Ultimate is a self-refereed sport and as such requires no match official. To time games captains are expected to agree on a device to time games which should be placed in a position so that all players can view or access it. If captains agree a non-playing individual can time the game, indicating game start, and the start of the soft cap.
 
Home teams should provide a pitch booking for 2 hours, allowing for a 15 minute warm up on pitch, 70 minutes of normal game time and 35 minutes for the soft cap.
 
ULF 7.3 The game shall be played as a first to 15 points match. After 70 minutes of play the timekeeper will indicate the start of a one point soft cap. If after the next goal:
 
7.3.1One team has scored 15 points, then that team wins
 
7.3.2The scores are level then a sudden death point is played
 
7.3.3One team is winning then target number of goals that need to be scored to win the game is reduced to the winning team’s current score plus 1.
 
ULF 7.4 In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in BUCS REG 9.9.  Answers to common questions about the leagues can be found here (http://www.ukultimate.com/system/files/BUCS%20Wednesday%20FAQv1_1.pdf)
 
Further details can be found on the UKU website (ukultimate.com) or by contacting the UKU University Coordinator Chris Bamford (unicoordinator@ukultimate.com)
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Volleyball Championships shall be held annually and held in accordance with the rules of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) as interpreted by the British Volleyball Federation, adopted and approved by the Volleyball Advisory Group. 
 
VOL 1 Affiliations: All teams must complete the appropriate team registration and player registration forms for Volleyball England, SVA or NIVA (dependent upon which is the relevant governing body). Team registration must be completed no later than 31 October 2015. Player registration forms must be completed no later than 28 November 2015. Institutions failing to submit the forms will be deducted one league point for each aspect not completed.  Additional players may be added to teams during the course of the season, as long as they have first been registered.  
 
VOL 2 The Championships: Teams shall play in a merit-based structure within their playing Conference. Teams in the Premier Leagues shall qualify for the Championship Knockouts, teams in Tier 1 Leagues for the Trophy and teams in Tier 2 and below the Conference Cup.
 
VOL 2.1 No Men can play in the Women’s competition and vice versa. No mixed teams are allowed.
 
VOL 2.2 All league fixtures shall be best of five sets and played under FIVB rules whereby all sets are rally points. The first four sets shall be first to 25 points and by two clear points. A deciding fifth set shall be first to 15 points and again by two clear. All knockout cup fixtures (Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup) shall also be best of 5 sets, except for group fixtures and playoff matches at the BUCS Super 8s.
 
VOL 2.3 A minimum hall booking of two hours is required. In the case of Premier League fixtures, this should be 2.5 hours.  This shall comprise at least ten minutes general warm up, ten minutes for hitting and serving leaving at least one hour and 40 minutes for the match. The warm up start time should be the time which is posted on BUCS Score.  Teams must be advised of the warm up start time, and the match start time, which must not be less than twenty minutes after the start of the warm up. Under such circumstances teams must arrive at the venue in good time to allow the warm up to start at the appointed time.
 
VOL 2.4 In the event of a team arriving late the following procedure shall apply:
 
VOL 2.4.1 Where both team captains agree, and sufficient hall time is available, then the match shall be played in full. 
 
VOL 2.4.2 Where one team objects then the following procedure shall apply. If a team is not on court and ready to play at the published match start time they shall be allowed a maximum of fifteen minutes leeway to appear. At fifteen minutes after the published match start time the team that is late shall lose the first set 25-0.
 
VOL 2.4.3 They shall then lose a set for every subsequent 15 minutes that they are late until: In the case of a best of five sets match they are 45 minutes late at which point the match shall be awarded as a walkover, or, in the case of a best of three sets match they are 30 minutes late at which point the match shall be awarded as a walkover. 
 
VOL 2.4.4 If the team that is late arrives during one of the fifteen minute leeway periods then they shall be allowed the balance of the time remaining within that period to warm up and be ready to play at the next deadline point. Therefore it is possible for a team to arrive late, fall behind on sets but still win the match on the court of play.
 
VOL 3 Championship & Trophy Finals
 
VOL 3.1 The Championship Finals: Premier League teams will be entered into the Championship knockout tournament which will begin with a last 16 round. The top eight men’s and women’s teams shall compete in the Super 8s Tournament over a weekend at a venue decided by BUCS and in accordance with rules and procedures as decided by the Volleyball Advisory Group and published in the Championship Finals programme. Teams will compete in two pools of four progressing to crossover semi-finals, with the winners competing in the Final at BUCS Big Wednesday.
 
VOL 3.2 The Trophy Finals: Qualifiers to the Trophy knockout competition shall progress from a last 32 round to the Final to be played at BUCS Big Wednesday.
 
VOL 4 Match Officials: Both the first and second official should be qualified for all BUCS fixtures.
 
VOL 5 All BUCS fixtures should be fully recorded on an FIVB scoresheet.
 

 
 
 
[Updated 27/01/2016 WAT 4& 5 only]
 
The Water Polo Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Amateur Swimming Association.
 
WAT 1 Competition Format
 
WAT 1.1 The competition format will be confirmed by the Water Polo Advisory Group and communicated to participants via the BUCS website.
 
WAT 1.2 Teams shall qualify for Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup Finals through a progression of Knockout Rounds.
 
WAT 1.3 Where an institution enters a 2nd team they should note BUCS’ Eligibility Regulations.
 
WAT 1.4 Match Duration – Matches will be of the following duration:
 
WAT 1.4.1 League Matches
 
WAT 1.4.1.1 For standalone matches, 4 x 7 mins (2 min break between periods). Teams in a league may agree to play round robin format and shorten the length of matches. If this occurs then all matches in that league must be played to the shortened length.
 
WAT 1.4.1.2 Semi-finals - 4 x 7 Mins (2 min break between periods)
 
WAT 1.4.1.3 Finals – 4 x 7 Mins (2 min break between periods)
Please note BUCS reserves the right to reduce the length of matches if required for any reason.
 
WAT 1.5 Referees – Referees MUST be ASA Qualified for all matches. Referees must be confirmed in writing at least 10 days before the date of the match or tournament. Contact your ASA Regional office for contact details of local referees (SUS for Scottish fixtures).

WAT 2 Balls - Match balls will be provided by BUCS at the Championship semi-finals and at the Championship and Trophy finals. For all other matches and for warm-ups teams MUST provide their own balls.

WAT 3 Pools
 
WAT 3.1 Minimum size for the pool will be 12.5m x 25m and a depth of 1.5m.
 
WAT 3.2 Shot Clocks: For season 2014/15 it was recommended that home institutions provide shot clocks. From 2015/16 onwards this will be compulsory.
 
WAT 3.3 The home institution must book a minimum of 75 minutes pool time
 
WAT 4 Championship Semi Finals and Finals
 
WAT 4.1 The Semi-finals shall be held at a venue decided by BUCS.

WAT 4.2 The 8 teams that progress through Round 1 of the Championship will play round robin fixtures in two groups of 4. The groups are outlined in the
BUCS Championship Draws.
 
WAT 4.3 The Championship Final shall be held at a venue decided by BUCS. In 2016 it is part of BUCS Big Wednesday.
 
WAT 4.4 The top two teams from Group A and Group B will play in a knockout Semi-Final [Group A1 v Group B2 / Group A2 v Group B1 to be followed by the Final and 3-4th play off on the same day.  The 2016 final is not round robin.
 
WAT 5 Trophy Semi-Finals and Finals
 
WAT 5.1 The 8 teams that progress through Rounds 1 and 2 of the Trophy will play in a Northern or Southern round robin in two groups of 4.
 
WAT 5.2 The Round robin semi-finals are to be organised by the qualifying institutions.
 
WAT 5.3 The top team from each group will contest the Trophy final.
 
WAT 5.4 The Trophy Final shall be held at a venue decided by BUCS. In 2016 it is part of BUCS Big Wednesday.

 
 
 

1.0 Rules

Racing will take part under the current International Yacht Racing Rules, IYRR Appendix B4, and the prescriptions of the RYA and these sailing instructions (SI), when there is a conflict these SI take precedence.


2.0 Conditions of entry

2.1 BUCS Membership 

Each competitor shall be a student at a member institution of BUCS and satisfy the eligibility requirements of Regulation 6 in the BUCS Rules and Regulations.

Teams shall consist of individuals from one and the same institution all competing in the same league.


2.2 Entry

Before commencing to race, each competitor shall have paid the required entry fee to BUCS and signed on for the event at the race office.  Each competitor shall possess third party insurance to the minimum value of £500,000 and they may be required to declare the name of their insurance company when entering (A.U membership cover/RYA Membership)


2.3 General

The safety of the equipment and its entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/competitor taking part in the racing. The establishment of these sailing instructions does not in any way compromise this absolute responsibility of the competitor for him/herself and equipment.

BUCS, the SWA and the sponsors shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury caused to the owner/competitor as a result of taking part in the race or races.  Moreover, every owner/competitor warrants the suitability of his/her windsurfer for the race or races.

The race officer reserves the right to move competitor from one league to another during the course of the event if he or she is obviously not of the appropriate level.


2.4 Classes and competition groups

Division 1 Water starting ability and above (RYA level Advanced and above)

Division 2 Beach starting ability and above (RYA level Intermediate Non-Planning)

Division 3 Novices (RYA level Start Windsurfing)  


2.5 Competitor identification

Each competitor will be issued with a sail number. This must be displayed on the starboard side of the sail in a position clearly visible to the race committee. (In divisions 1 and 2 only)


2.6 Advertising

The event shall be in category B in accordance with IYRR Appendix A3.

The Race committee may refuse competitors advertising, as allowed under IYRR appendix A3.


3.0 Notices to competitors

These procedures are for both safety and official use.

3.1 Official notice board

Notices to competitors shall be posted on the official notice board in the proximity of the race office.

All such postings shall constitute an official notice to each competitor, who shall consult the notice board before and after each race.


3.2 Signing on and off (course racing only)

Formally signing on and off is necessary for racing in safety.

A signing on and off board will be located at the race office.


Each competitor intending to race must sign on before the start of the race, confirming his/her intention to race. If a competitor fails to sign on they will be disqualified from the race. At the end of each race the competitor must sign off after they have finished.


If a competitor did not start a race they must sign DNS (did not start).

If a competitor started but failed to complete the course according to the racing rules they must sign RTD (retired).

If a competitor signs on, and fails to sign off after 30 minutes after a race, they will be disqualified. This will delay racing whilst the competitor is searched for.

In the event of back to back racing there is no need to sign off in-between races.

3.3 Failure to comply

The penalty for any infringement of any safety SI shall be disqualification from the race concerned. These disqualifications cannot be used as discards in the overall result of the event.


4.0 Communications with competitors


4.1 Personal buoyancy

Each competitor in Division 3 shall wear personal buoyancy in accordance with IYRR 2.1; this consists of a buoyancy aid with the appropriate buoyancy. Competitors in divisions 1 and 2 must wear either a harness or buoyancy aid.


4.2 League and starting flags

The flag colours and their significance will be given out during the race briefing. These normally apply only to division 1, but the race officers reserve the right to use flags for division 2 competitors.


5.0 Individual racing


5.1 Course configuration

Course configurations will be advised by the race officer at the briefing.  The course diagram will be posted before the start on the official notice board.  The angles and relative distances shown on the diagram are approximate.


6.0 Race starting

6.1 Starting procedure

The starting procedure shall be in accordance with IYRR 26 for division 1.

Starting signals will be as follows:

-5 minutes – Division 1 warning

Division 1 flag raised and one sound signal

-4 minutes – Division 1 preparatory

Preparatory flag raised and one sound signal

-1 minute – Division 1 (one minute warning)

Preparatory flag lowered and one sound signal

0 minutes – Division 1 start

Division 1 flag lowered and one sound signal

 

Division 2 and 3 starting procedure will depend on the tide and wind direction and is at the discretion of the race officers. Normally these divisions will start from a beach start although the race officers may decide to use a starting line as per Division 1.

6.2 The starting line

The starting line shall be between the mast displaying an orange flag aboard the starting vessel and the windward side of the starting mark as described in the briefing.

6.3 Premature starting penalties

When any part of either the rig, board or competitor enters the triangle formed by the committee boat, the outer distance mark and the first mark during the last minute before the starting signal is made, he/she will be disqualified unless she subsequently satisfies the race officer that thereafter he/she passed round and to leeward of either the out distance marker or the committee boat.


6.4 Triangle (round the ends) course racing only

Unless the hard one minute rule described in S.I 6.5 is introduced, the following rule will automatically apply to all starts;

No board shall sail within the triangle formed by the mast of the committee boat, the start mark and the first mark during the last minute before the starting signal unless they subsequently pass outside, round and to leeward of either the start mark or the committee boat.

6.5 “Hard one minute rule” (Black flag) N.B Course racing only

The hard one minute rule may be introduced before any race at the race officer’s discretion.  In this case, boards which sail within the triangle defined in S.I 6.4 in the last minute before the starting signal shall be disqualified form that race and any subsequent re-starts and re-sails of that race.  A “black” flag will be displayed with the preparatory signal to denote the “hard one minute” rule is in effect.


6.6 Late Starters

A competitor shall not start later than 4 minutes after the starting signal.

7.0 Recalls

7.1 Individual recall (course racing only)

If at the starting signal a board does not comply with SI 6.3, the race committee shall promptly display flag “X” accompanied by one sound signal.  The signal shall be displayed until all such boards have crossed the pre start side of the starting line in accordance with SI 6.3, but not later than 4 minutes after the starting signal.

7.2       General recalls

If at the starting signal several unidentified boards become subject to SI 6.3 or there has been an error in the starting procedure, the race committee shall signal a general recall using the “first substitute flag” accompanied by two sound signals.  The new warning signal will be made one minute after the lowering of the first substitute flag.  

8.0 Finishing

8.1 The finish line

The finishing line shall be between the mast displaying a blue flag aboard the finishing vessel and the finishing mark, or as described at the briefing.

8.2 Shortening course

The signalling of a shortened course shall be in accordance with IYRR 32.2.  This shall be signalled by the raising of flag “S” and two sound signals.  When a course is shortened the finishing line shall be between the finishing vessel and the nearby rounding mark.

8.3 Abandoning a race

The signalling of an abandoned race shall be in accordance with IYRR 32.1.  This shall be signalled by the raising of flag “N” and three sound signals. In alteration to IYRR 32.1 the race committee may abandon race after the starting signal due to insufficient wind.  When a race is abandoned all the competitors must come ashore and await further instruction.

8.4 Postponement

The postponement of a race will be in accordance with IYRR 27.3.  This will be signalled by the raising of the “AP” flag and two sound signals, when the postponement is over the “AP” flag will be lowered with one sound signal one minute before the Division 1 warning signal is given.

9.0 Penalties

Penalties shall be taken in accordance with IYRR appendix B4

9.1 Touching of mark

In accordance with IYRR B4 there are no penalties for touching a mark.  

9.2 Contact between competitor

In accordance with appendix B4 the IYRR penalty is to complete a full 360 degree turn but with no requirement for tacking or gibing.

10.0 Protests 

Protests shall be held in accordance with IYRR 60.0.  The fee for bringing a protest is £5 which will be returned if the protest is successful.

10.1 Protests procedure

A competitor intending to lodge a protest shall call “protest” to the offending competitor(s) and shall make every effort to advise the committee boat as soon as possible after he/she leaves the race area.  Protest forms are available at the race office.  A protest form shall be completed and handed in to the race office within 60 minutes of the last finisher, unless back to back races are being run where it shall be handed in 60 minutes after the last back to back race.

10.2 Times of hearings

The times of hearings will be posted on the official notice board as soon as possible after the receipt of the competitors protest form or immediately after the expiry of the protest time limit for the last race of the day.  Each competitor may retire before a protest hearing commences.

11.0 Individual scoring

Points will be awarded using the low point system in accordance with IYRR 89.3.

11.1 Award of points

Points for each race shall be as follows:

First place 0.5 point

Second place and after = place

In case of retirements, non sailing, disqualification and not finishing, points shall equal the number of individual entrants in that league plus one.

The lowest score wins.

11.2 Discards

Discards shall be as follows –

1-3 races 0 discards

4 races 1 discard

5-7 races 2 discards

8-9 races 3 discards

11.3 Tied places

Tied places shall be resolved in accordance to IYRR appendix A8.  If there is a tie between two or more competitors, the tie shall be broken in favour of the lowest discard.  If there is still a tie it shall be broken in favour of the competitor with the best result in the last race sailed.  

12.0 Team racing

Team racing shall be ran in accordance with S.W.A/IYRR rules

12.1 Team size

Teams shall consist of 3 competitors from one and only one university.

12.2 Course configuration 

This shall be designated by the race officer on the Sunday morning.

12.3 Starting procedure

This shall be of the type described in appendix 4 as a beach start.

12.4 Change over

This shall be described by the race officer in the briefing.

12.5 Finishing

The finish line shall be a line near the beach defined by the race officer.

12.6 Penalties

These shall be the same as described in the individual racing section.

12.7 Scoring

These shall be the same as in the individual racing.

13.0 Overall university positions

13.1 Points system

The points shall be a combination of the top three individual racing positions points from each university and their top team racing positions.

13.2 Individual contribution

This shall be the top three from each university, their points being totalled to produce the individual contribution.

13.3 Team contribution

This shall be the top team from each university. The points from that team are multiplied by a correction factor to equalise the individual and team contribution to the overall standings.

13.4 Correction factor

The correction factor shall use the formula -

The total points for each university will be the team contribution multiplied by the correction factor added to the individual contribution.  The university with the lowest points will win the overall university trophy.

13.5 Tied places

If there is a tie between two universities the points from the team racing shall decide the outcome of the tie, with the university with the lowest points for the team racing winning the tie.


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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