REG 11 Team Selection and Team Sheets | Published 1 September

REG 11 applies to the Team Championships conducted as part of the National, Premier and Conference League/Knockout programme.

For additional guidance on team selection, see Appendix 6 (‘BUCS Team Selection Guide’). For a copy of the BUCS Team Sheet Pro Forma, see Appendix 7 (‘BUCS Team Sheet Pro Forma’).


REG 11.1 Team selection

REG 11.1.1 All individuals in a team must be from the same Playing Entity and meet the individual eligibility requirements of REG 4.

REG 11.1.2 In order to be selected in a team, all individuals must be registered on BUCS Play as a participant.

REG 11.1.3 Where a Playing Entity has more than one team in a Championships (for example Men’s Football), teams must be selected as if all teams are playing on a given day, at the same time, and in a match of equal importance. It would be expected that the first team would always be the strongest team available to represent that Playing Entity, with consideration to establishment of ‘normality’. For example, if the first team does not have a match but the second team do, players who would normally* represent the first team are NOT eligible to play for the second team.

*Normally is defined by an individual establishing 'normality' by being listed on the team sheets for a majority (more than 50%) of a particular team's total league fixtures. In the rare case that an individual has been listed on the team sheets for multiple higher ranked teams, then the totals of these will be combined and counted against the lowest of these teams' total league fixtures to identify if they are eligible to represent any lower ranked team. 'Normality'/majority is established through league fixtures only, however this regulation still applies to knockout competition fixtures unless specifically stated otherwise.

REG 11.1.3.1 Where a Playing Entity has more than one fixture scheduled across its teams in a Championships on a given day, priority must be given to the highest ranked team and then in descending order through their teams should the Playing Entity be unable to fulfil all scheduled fixtures. Matches played in contravention of this regulation will be awarded to the opposition, or in certain circumstances, be voided. For example, an institution/Playing Entity may NOT concede a walkover at second team level, while continuing to field a lower ranked team on the same day.

REG 11.1.3.1.1 For possible exceptions to REG 11.1.3.1 due to ‘Ring Fencing’ of teams, refer to REG 11.1.7.

REG 11.1.3.1.2 Involuntary walkovers may be granted if applied for in accordance with walkover regulations in REG 13 meaning that REG 11.1.3.1 would be suspended in some instances, for example on health and safety grounds. Application to suspend REG 11.1.3.1 must be made to the BUCS Executive in advance of affected fixtures.

REG 11.1.4 Individuals may not be selected (listed on a team sheet) for different teams in the same sport on the same day.

REG 11.1.5 Knockout competition team selection Standard team selection regulations apply (REG 11.1.1 – REG 11.1.4) with the below additional restrictions specifically for knockout competitions:

REG 11.1.5.1 Knockout round robins Teams may use an extended squad, including individuals from lower tiered teams at tournament style knockout competitions. However, once an individual is selected (listed on a team sheet) for more than 49% of tournament fixtures they are ‘cup-tied’ and may not move back down to their ‘normal’ team. For example, if the knockout round robin consists of four games, an individual may only be selected (listed on a team sheet) for one game outside of their ‘normal’ team.

REG 11.1.5.2 Medical exemptions Medical exemptions are not permitted for knockout competition fixtures.

REG 11.1.6 Medical exemptions Individuals returning from injury who have established majority for a team may be authorised to be selected (listed on a team sheet) for a lower ranked team by their Athletic Union (or equivalent) for league fixtures only. A medical exemption form, completed and verified by an Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative prior to the fixture, must be presented at the league fixture in question when team sheets are being verified and ‘M.E.’ marked against the name(s) of the applicable individual(s) on the team sheet to indicate their status. For a copy of a medical exemption form, please see Appendix 4 (‘BUCS Medical Exemption Pro Forma’).

REG 11.1.6.1 Exemptions only apply to one league fixture in a lower ranked team while returning to fitness.

REG 11.1.6.2 An individual may only be granted a medical exemption if they are returning following a period of absence from competition, they cannot take part in successive fixtures. I.e. they must have been unable to take part in a fixture due to injury prior to the medical exemption being required.

REG 11.1.6.3 Medical exemptions may only be applied if the return from injury is being overseen by an acceptable medical professional.

REG 11.1.6.3.1 Institutions/Playing Entities are advised that BUCS may request a formal letter from said medical professional(s) to verify the validity of the exemption. In doing so no confidential details will be required. Named medical professionals must therefore be prepared to confirm validity of the exemption.

REG 11.1.6.3.2 The named individual must be prepared to permit the treating medical professional identified on the medical exemption form to verify that they are;

  • Treating the individual, and;
  • It is upon their medical advice the individual is acting.

REG 11.1.6.4 Multiple medical exemptions Where an individual requires an extended period to return to fitness, within a season, their Athletic Union (or equivalent) can apply to the BUCS Executive for clearance. Such an application must be made before the individual in question participates in any further fixtures. An extended period is anything beyond one fixture.

REG 11.1.7 Ring Fenced teams Ring Fenced teams will be denoted by their specific group being named in brackets, e.g. (Medics). Information on how to apply for Ring Fencing can be found in REG 2.6.7. Ring Fencing of teams allows for a variation to the standard BUCS Team Selection regulations within the BUCS Team Championships (Leagues/Knockouts) by allowing a Playing Entity to identify separate groupings of student-athletes such as ‘Medics’ and as a result have separate groupings to which the Team Selection regulations shall apply. The below is an illustration of how team selection/student-athlete movement operates when a Playing Entity has Ring Fenced teams.

Student-athlete movement =

Cardiff Men’s 1st

Cardiff Men’s 2nd

Cardiff Men’s 3rd (Medics)

Cardiff Men’s 4th

Cardiff 5th (Medics)

 

REG 11.2 Team sheets For all fixtures, teams are required to complete and have the opposition verify (approve or dispute) a team sheet prior to the match starting. Team sheets should be completed and verified on BUCS Play, however should it not be possible for this process to be completed on BUCS Play prior to the fixture starting, for example there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone reception at the venue, then the teams should follow the process of REG 11.2.7. All teams are advised to carry with them at least two hard copies of the BUCS Team Sheet Pro Forma (Appendix 7) so that they are adequately prepared for any such scenario. However, as standard, the following steps should be followed for correct completion and verification of team sheets on BUCS Play prior to the fixture starting:

REG 11.2.1 The overriding principle should always be to complete fixtures. If issues are identified, alleged team sheet contraventions that a team may wish to appeal against require adherence to Playing Under Protest and Match Appeal requirements as outlined in REG 12 and REG 15 respectively.

REG 11.2.2 Each team is responsible for ensuring that all individuals they wish to represent them are selected for the fixture and listed on the match team sheet on BUCS Play.

REG 11.2.3 To enable verification that the individuals representing the team are those listed on the team sheet, all individuals are required to provide photographic identification. Such identification will ideally take the form of a valid student card for their institution.

REG 11.2.3.1 If a copy of a photographic identification is provided there must be confirmation that the original identification has been seen by the individual’s Athletic Union (or equivalent) and that this copy is a valid and true representation of the original. This copy must capture the following information regarding the Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative that has verified the identification: Position, name (printed), signature, and date of verification.

REG 11.2.4 The two teams should review the list of names on their opposition’s match team sheet and cross-reference these with the individual photographic identification provided by each member of the team, whilst also checking that the individuals present match the IDs they have provided.

REG 11.2.4.1 If either captain finds that any individuals on the opposition team are unable to provide identification, they should complete a Playing Under Protest Form (REG 12) detailing this grievance and ‘dispute’ the team sheet on BUCS Play. Time and date stamped photographs should be taken on the day of the individuals in question in order to enable post-fixture verification with the appropriate Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative(s). Any individual refusing to have their photograph taken should be noted on the Playing Under Protest Form. These photographs must be used only for the purpose of verifying eligibility. Misuse of these photographs could lead to disciplinary action.

REG 11.2.5 It is advised, to avoid the need for verification post-fixture, that teams should take to all fixtures a list of individuals, including copies of individual photographic identification, that has been verified by their Athletic Union (or equivalent) as showing only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of both their institution/Playing Entity and BUCS (REG 4). This list must capture the following information regarding the Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative that has verified the identification: Position, name (printed), signature, and date of verification. Responsibility shall sit with the Athletic Union (or equivalent) to ensure that this list remains valid and correct as the season progresses, making any amendments as required.

REG 11.2.5.1 If either captain has concerns over the eligibility individuals on the opposition team, they should complete a Playing Under Protest Form (REG 12) detailing this grievance and ‘dispute’ the team sheet on BUCS Play. Verification should then be sought post-fixture with the appropriate Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative(s).

REG 11.2.6 Opposition verification Once a captain has checked the opposition’s team sheet and followed the above steps, they must either ‘approve’ or ‘dispute’ the team sheet on BUCS Play. Any captain disputing a team sheet must correctly complete a Playing Under Protest form to detail why they team sheet has been disputed.

REG 11.2.7 Team sheets should be completed and verified on BUCS Play, however should it not be possible for this process to be completed on BUCS Play prior to the fixture starting, for example there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone reception at the venue. All teams are advised to carry with them at least two hard copies of the BUCS Team Sheet Pro Forma (Appendix 7) so that they are adequately prepared for any such scenario. Should it not be possible to complete the team sheet process on BUCS Play prior to the fixture starting the following steps should be followed for correct completion and verification of team sheets:

REG 11.2.7.1 The overriding principle should always be to complete fixtures. If issues are identified, alleged team sheet contraventions that a team may wish to appeal against require adherence to Playing Under Protest and Match Appeal requirements as outlined in REG 12 and REG 15 respectively.

REG 11.2.7.2 There must be in some form a minimum of two copies of the team sheet, one for the home team to retain and one for the away team to retain (note REG 11.2.7.8). Each team is responsible for the correct completion and retention of their own copy.

REG 11.2.7.3 Both team lists must be completed and verified before the fixture starts, including being signed by both captains (and recording the time of signing). The following essential information must be captured on each team sheet:

  • Fixture information (Sport, league/knockout competition name, date and time of fixture, venue, home team name, away team name)
  • Names of team members (Each team is responsible for ensuring that all individuals they wish to represent them are listed on the team sheet)
  • An indication for each individual that their ID has been seen and verified by the opposition captain (note the following point)
  • An indication of any specific players to be queried further
  • Any individuals with a medical exemption authorised by their Athletic Union (or equivalent) as per REG 11.1.6
  • Fixture result (Added post-fixture)
  • If played under protest (Added post-fixture)
  • Signature of official in charge (Added post-fixture)

Failure to capture the minimum information required may invalidate any appeal in this regard.

REG 11.2.7.4 To enable verification that the individuals representing the team are those listed on the team sheet, all individuals are required to provide photographic identification. Such identification will ideally take the form of a valid student card for their institution.

REG 11.2.7.4.1 If a copy of a photographic identification is provided there must be confirmation that the original identification has been seen by the individual’s Athletic Union (or equivalent) and that this copy is a valid and true representation of the original. This copy must capture the following information regarding the Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative that has verified the identification: Position, name (printed), signature, and date of verification.

REG 11.2.7.5 The two teams should review the list of names on their opposition’s match team sheet and cross-reference these with the individual photographic identification provided by each member of the team, whilst also checking that the individuals present match the IDs they have provided.

REG 11.2.7.5.1 If either captain finds that any individuals on the opposition team are unable to provide identification, they should complete a Playing Under Protest Form (REG 12) detailing this grievance as well as noting on the team sheet the individual(s) unable to be verified. Time and date stamped photographs should be taken on the day of the individuals in question in order to enable post-fixture verification with the appropriate Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative(s). Any individual refusing to have their photograph taken should be noted on the Playing Under Protest Form. These photographs must be used only for the purpose of verifying eligibility. Misuse of these photographs could lead to disciplinary action.

REG 11.2.7.6 It is advised, to avoid the need for verification post-fixture, that teams should take to all fixtures a list of individuals, including copies of individual photographic identification, that has been verified by their Athletic Union (or equivalent) as showing only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of both their institution/Playing Entity and BUCS (REG 4). This list must capture the following information regarding the Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative that has verified the identification: Position, name (printed), signature, and date of verification. Responsibility shall sit with the Athletic Union (or equivalent) to ensure that this list remains valid and correct as the season progresses, making any amendments as required.

REG 11.2.7.6.1 If either captain has concerns over the eligibility individuals on the opposition team, they should complete a Playing Under Protest Form (REG 12) detailing this grievance as well as noting on the team sheet the individual(s) unable to be verified. Verification should then be sought post-fixture with the appropriate Athletic Union (or equivalent) representative(s).

REG 11.2.7.7 Opposition verification Once a captain has checked the opposition’s team sheet and followed the above steps, they must sign the team sheet (and record the time of signing). Any captain querying any individuals on a team sheet must correctly complete a Playing Under Protest form to detail why they are being queried.

REG 11.2.7.8 Upload to BUCS Play and retention Following the fixture, each team should return their copy of the team sheet to their Athletic Union (or equivalent) who will then be responsible for transferring this information to BUCS Play and either ‘approving’ or ‘disputing’ the team sheet depending on whether any issues were raised. A scan or photograph of the team sheet can also be uploaded to evidence the original hard copy. All hard copy team sheets must be retained and available upon request until the official BUCS season close each year. The date of the BUCS season close will be the first day of BUCS Conference each year.

REG 11.2.7.9 Data protection All institutions/Playing Entities should be adhering to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Hard copy team sheets should be retained for your institution/Playing Entity’s records (note REG 11.2.7.8), and if required submitted to opposition Athletic Unions (or equivalent) or BUCS for verification and must be kept securely in line with current data protection regulations. Should BUCS request a copy, the data provided on the team sheet will only be used for the specific purpose of individual eligibility and team selection verification and used in line with BUCS’ Privacy Policy.

REG 11.2.7.10 Alternative team sheets If a team does not have a BUCS Team Sheet Pro Forma with them, any equivalent paperwork used/produced must meet the requirements of REG 11.2.7.3.

REG 11.2.8 Institutions/Playing Entities not completing team sheets adequately will not be able to appeal in this regard. A team not seeking to check an opposition’s eligibility prior to the fixture and/or not completing a team sheet adequately cannot appeal in this regard. The Playing Under Protest and appeal regulations apply, that is; as soon as a grievance is noted before or during a fixture a Playing Under Protest form must be completed immediately. Only when adequate steps have been taken and a grievance comes to light post-fixture is an appeal valid without a Playing Under Protest form.

REG 11.2.9 Institutions/Playing Entities not completing team sheets adequately will be subject to sanctions by BUCS as detailed in Appendix 11 (‘BUCS Disciplinary Sanction Guidelines’). Spot checks will be conducted by the BUCS Executive throughout the season to monitor compliance.

REG 11.2.10 Should team sheets be required post-fixture to resolve a dispute and an Athletic Union (or equivalent) be unable to provide adequate records to meet the request, they shall automatically lose any correlating appeal and may face further disciplinary action.

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