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REG 13 Knock Out Round Matches

  NOTE Appendix 6 for maximum medal allocation per sport for Knock Out competitions.

 REG 13.1   Where entry levels permit, BUCS will offer annually in each sport, national (UK) knockout round stages as follows:

               

REG 13.1.1              Championship

 

REG 13.1.2              Vase (Rugby Union only)

 

REG 13.1.2.1 All Vase knockout fixtures must comply with all regulations relating to Championship knockout matches, unless specified otherwise. This includes any sanctions, and/ or fines regarding walkovers in REG 12.
               

REG 13.1.3              Trophy
               

REG 13.1.4              Conference Cup & Plate

 

REG 13.1.5              Conference Bowl

 

REG 13.1.5.1 All Conference Bowl knockout fixtures must comply with all regulations relating to Conference Plate knockout matches, unless specified otherwise. This includes any sanctions, and/ or fines regarding walkovers in REG 12

 

REG 13.2   Ties in Knockout / Playoff Round Matches: If the teams are still tied at the end of a knockout / playoff round match (note REG 14.3.1), then extra time shall be played as per the sports specific regulations. Should further rules be required then the appropriate rules of the sports specific Governing Body shall be used.

 

REG 13.3   The national knockout round draws shall be made based on the tier that the team is competing in. In most cases all National and Premier League teams will compete in the Championship, all Tier 1 teams will compete in the Trophy, and all Tier 2 and below teams will compete in more regionalised Conference Cups/Plates. Whilst the Trophy and Conference Cups/Plates are run as part of an integrated league and cup programme, the Championship takes place following completion of the league programme and takes into account final league position. Exceptions to this include Golf, Squash, Women's Table Tennis, and American Football - whose Trophy draws also take place following completion of the league programme.

 

REG 13.4   The format of the draws will be determined by the BUCS office. The dates of the various rounds shall be determined by the BUCS office.

 

REG 13.5   The qualification criteria to the relevant knockout competition(s) shall be stated in the notes of each league on BUCScore.

 

REG 13.6   Where a different number of teams qualifies for a knockout stage from each Conference, this shall be determined based on the performance of teams in the previous season.

 

REG 13.7   All BUCS knockout round matches must take place on the date set by the BUCS office. Only in exceptional circumstances and with written permission from the BUCS office may knockout round matches take place on an alternative date.

 

REG 13.7.1 The BUCS office can change the date of a fixture, should the need arise, in order to fulfil media requirements in Men’s Rugby Union Championship.

 

REG 13.8   All BUCS Knockout round matches must be played to a conclusion. When booking your facility allow enough additional time to cater for the sports specific extra time requirements.

 

REG 13.9 In the event that a knockout final is postponed due to bad weather, the deadline for completing the fixture will be the playoff deadline as stated in Appendix 3.

 

REG 13.10   Northern Ireland Universities Sports Committee: Teams from member institutions in Northern Ireland wishing to be considered for inclusion in a BUCS Championship knockout competition must submit a written request via NIUSC to the BUCS office at the time team entries are submitted for the following season.

 

REG 13.11    Championship

 

REG 13.11.1 The Championship in each sport shall consist of a maximum of 16 first teams, drawn from the relevant National and Premier Leagues, exceptions to this regulation will be noted in the league notes for each league.

 

REG 13.11.2   When establishing the next best first team or best performing team the following process will be used:

-        A mini league table consisting of the relevant teams’ performance against the top three teams of each respective league will be created for comparison.

-          If this does not produce a single team then the teams that are ‘performance tied’ shall have the top 4 teams per league compared, then top five teams and so on until a clear ‘best performer’ is determined.

-          This process shall also be used in relation to other regulations where a best performing team must be determined.

 

REG 13.11.2.1   An exception to the application of REG 13.11.2 will be if teams involved in calculations to establish the best performer from opposing leagues have completed the same number of league fixtures. The performance from those league fixtures will supersede the need to create a mini-league, initially using league points attained. If this does not determine an individual team the appropriate performance indicator to the sport will be used.

 

REG 13.11.2.2   In Women’s Table Tennis, qualifiers will be determined from the five Conference Tier one leagues.

 

REG 13.11.2.3   In Golf, the Scottish Conference shall be offered four qualifying places, with qualifiers from English and Welsh Conferences subsequently reduced.

 

REG 13.11.3   Qualification criteria for the Championship knockouts will be defined in the league specific notes.

 

REG 13.11.4   The venue of matches in the last 16 and Quarter Final stage shall be first named team at home (with the exception of Basketball, Futsal, Volleyball and Water Polo which will have the final eight teams progressing to a neutral venue).

 

REG 13.11.5   For fixtures at centrally organised neutral venues, ‘neutral’ does not guarantee that the venue will be equidistant between the teams involved. The BUCS office shall be responsible for the appointment of officials and other logistics, including costs, for these matches.

 

REG 13.12     Vase

 

                REG 13.12.1 The Vase will be played in rugby union only

 

REG 13.12.2 Teams in the Women’s Vase will be 5th and 6th placed teams in Premier League North and South

 

                REG 13.12.3 Teams in the Men’s Vase will 3rd through 8th placed teams in North and South A

 

REG 13.12.4 Vase final venues shall be at an appropriate neutral venue determined by the BUCS office. Note that ‘neutral’ does not guarantee that the venue will be equidistant between the teams involved. The BUCS office shall be responsible for the appointment of officials and other logistics, including costs, for Vase finals.

 

 

REG 13.13    Trophy

 

REG 13.13.1 The first round matches shall be regionalised North and South, where possible.

 

REG 13.13.2   Trophy final venues shall be at an appropriate neutral venue determined by the BUCS office. Note that ‘neutral’ does not guarantee that the venue will be equidistant between the teams involved. The BUCS office shall be responsible for the appointment of officials and other logistics, including costs, for Trophy finals.

 

REG 13.14     Conference Cup & Plate

 

REG 13.14.1   The Conference Cup knockout will be randomly drawn from all teams from Tier 2 and below.

 

REG 13.14.2 The Conference Plate will vary in the tier from which teams are drawn. Teams may be drawn from as high as Tier 4.

 

REG 13.14.3   The Conference Cup/ Plate draws shall be made prior to the season by the BUCS office.

REG 13.14.4   
The finals of the Conference Cup/ Plate shall be at the venue of the first named team unless otherwise instructed by the BUCS office or agreed by the respective region in advance, refer REG 13.14.4.1.

 

REG 13.14.4.1   Should a region wish to host all relevant Conference Cup/ Plate finals at a central venue that region must unanimously agree to do so. This agreement will be communicated to the BUCS office by the respective region Chair no later than January 31st of each year. Once agreement is obtained, institutions are bound to attend the finals (if qualifying) at the central venue unless otherwise specified by the region as an exception in advance of the scheduled finals. Should unanimous agreement not be reached by the 31st January deadline, the first named team shall host as per the norm.

 

REG 13.14.5  In the case of Conference Cup or Conference Plate matches clashing with a scheduled conference league fixture, the cup fixture must take precedence and the league fixture must be rearranged by the deadline stated in the ‘BUCS League Dates’ in Appendix 3.

 

REG 13.15    Conference Bowl

 

                REG 13.15.1 The Conference Bowl will be played in Rugby Union only

 

REG 13.15.2 The Conference Bowl knockout will be randomly drawn from Rugby Union teams in Tier 6 and below.

 

REG 13.15.3   The Conference Bowl draws shall be made prior to the season by the BUCS office.

 

REG 13.15.4 Should a region wish to host Conference Cup finals at a central venue, in line with REG 13.14.4.1, Conference Bowl finals should be included.

 

REG 13.15.5  In the case of Conference Bowl matches clashing with a scheduled conference league fixture, the cup fixture must take precedence and the league fixture must be rearranged by the deadline stated in the ‘BUCS League Dates’ in Appendix 3.

 

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