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REG 9 Match Officials

Please note: REG 9 applies to the Team Championships conducted as part of the National, Premier and Conference League/Knockout programme.

REG 9.1 Officials requirements for each sport, including neutrality and level of qualification can be found in Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

REG 9.2 It is the responsibility of the home institution to arrange all appropriate match officials.

REG 9.3 An institution cannot appeal against a decision made by an official appropriate for the match.

REG 9.4 It is the responsibility of the home institution to ensure that all match officials are aware of the BUCS general and sport specific regulations, especially where these differ from International or National Governing Body regulations.

REG 9.5 Definition of neutrality Neutral shall be taken to mean not being a current student, a full or part time member of staff, a member of the team, club* or Athletic Union of the institution concerned, or being closely related to any member of the team. *A member of the club shall be taken to mean any player, coach, elected officer or team official.

REG 9.6 Internationally qualified or Governing Body appointed officials Where an official is qualified to officiate to Senior International Level by the appropriate international federation, or has been appointed by an appropriate Governing Body regional or national officials’ appointment board, the neutrality regulation shall not apply.

REG 9.7 Failure to obtain officials Failure to supply the correct officials, as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’), may lead to the forfeiture of the affected match, unless there is written notification from the appropriate officials appointments body that they were unable to provide officials, or where officials withdraw from the fixture on the day (written evidence required, refer REG 9.9).

REG 9.7.1 For all competitions, if at least 48 hours’ (outside of weekends and bank holidays) notice ahead of the start time of the fixture has been given and the appropriate written evidence provided, then the away team may choose to host the match provided it can supply the correct officials and facilities, and notifies the opposition and the BUCS Office by 11:00 on the last working day before the fixture. In this case the original home team is obliged to travel.

REG 9.7.1.1 Where the away team chooses not to host and agreement cannot be reached between the institutions for rescheduling, the match shall be replayed at a venue and on a date determined by the BUCS office.

REG 9.8 Failure to notify non-provision of officials at least 48 hours (outside of weekends and bank holidays) before start time Any team failing to notify the opposition of the non-provision of appropriate officials at least 48 hours (outside of weekends and bank holidays) before the fixture will forfeit the match and concede a walkover. The only exception to this rule will apply when the home team is let down by an appointed/booked official within 48 hours (outside of weekends and bank holidays) of the fixture and can prove in writing that the official was appointed/booked, in which case the relevant process outlined in REG 9.9 will apply.

REG 9.9 Non-provision of officials on the scheduled day of the fixture due to being let down by an appointed/booked official

REG 9.9.1 If the away team has arrived at the venue and the home team is let down by an appointed/booked official and can prove in writing that the official was appointed/booked, the original home team will be obliged to travel to a rescheduled match.

REG 9.9.2 If the away team has not yet travelled, and the home side notifies them that they have been let down by an appointed/booked official on the day of the fixture (providing written evidence as per REG 9.9.1) the match shall be rescheduled to be played at the original home team venue.

REG 9.10 Should the 2 institutions concerned agree in writing beforehand to play with non-neutral, not appropriately qualified and/or the incorrect number of officials, the BUCS office will accept the result. Neither team can play under protest or appeal against the result of a match played under these circumstances.

REG 9.11 BUCS will support the appointment of officials for Championship Semi-Finals in the following sports:
- Football
- Hockey
- Lacrosse
- Netball
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union

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