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REG 5 Team Championships (Leagues/Knockouts)

 *Regulations subject to change; currently being updated for 2018-19 season*

Please note: REG 5 applies to the Team Championships conducted as part of the National, Premier and Conference League/Knockout programme.

REG 5.1 Team eligibility per Tier Unless stated otherwise in the sport specific regulations, the following allowance of teams per institution, per tier, per gender, of a particular sport are permitted:

REG 5.1.1 National League, Premier League and Championship – 1 team per institution unless separate campuses of an institution have previously elected to be regarded as standalone BUCS Playing Entities.

REG 5.1.2 Tier 1 and below (with the exception of the lowest tier) – maximum of 2 teams per institution, regardless of playing conference, unless separate campuses of an institution have previously elected to be regarded as standalone BUCS Playing Entities.

REG 5.1.3 Lowest Tier – maximum of 3 teams or 50% of the total teams in a league per institution, whichever is fewer. This applies regardless of playing conference, unless separate campuses of an institution have previously elected to be regarded as standalone BUCS Playing Entities.

REG 5.1.3.1 The lowest tier restriction outlined in REG 5.1.3 is applicable at the point of league finalisation. Should teams withdraw after league finalisation, any teams remaining in the competition which are now in breach of REG 5.1.3 shall be permitted to remain for that season only.

REG 5.2 New teams Should sufficient new entries be received to require the creation of an additional tier of competition, a random draw shall be conducted by the BUCS office to establish into which tier of competition (previous or new lowest) teams will be placed. All new teams will be placed in the lowest tier.

REG 5.3 Competition requirements Should a team be unable to meet the requirements of competition, resulting in hindering the completion of required fixtures, they may be automatically withdrawn and/or restricted from entering from the current and future seasons.

REG 5.3.1 A withdrawal or restriction may be reconsidered if an alternative arrangement can be made, which is acceptable to other affected teams, and is agreed in good time.

REG 5.3.2 Competition requirements under REG 5.3 relates to facilities/hosting, essential travel, officials requirements, etc. and any other requirement considered pertinent to the completion of fixtures.

REG 5.4 League sizes The maximum number of teams in any 1 Lowest Tier league can be 10. If entries increase to the point that there are more than 10 teams to fit in the bottom Tier league, the league will be split. The existing league will maintain 6 teams and the remaining teams will form a new lower tier league (up to a maximum of 10). For example, in a Conference which only goes as low as Tier 1, where there would be 11 teams in Tier 1, the top 6 teams will remain in Tier 1A, and the remaining teams will form Tier 2A. This does not apply to American Football, Cricket (both Indoor and Outdoor), Equestrian, Gaelic Football, Korfball, Swimming (Team) or Ultimate. The minimum number of teams in any league will be 4.

REG 5.5 Minimum number of teams required for a Conference Cup/Plate/Bowl The minimum number of teams (at the time of fixtures being published) for which a Conference Cup/Plate/Bowl competition will be formed is 4. Should teams withdraw after fixtures are published, the competition shall be permitted to continue for the remaining teams for that season only. This regulation does not apply to American Football, Cricket (both Indoor and Outdoor), Equestrian, Gaelic Football, Korfball, Swimming (Team) or Ultimate.

REG 5.6 The BUCS office reserves the right to make final decisions on the structures of all competitions, based on the geographical location of the teams eligible to compete at that level.

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