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REG 15 - Postponed & Abandoned Matches

 REG 15.1 Definition:  Abandoned matches are matches called off, for whatever reason, by the match official(s) once play has begun. Postponed matches are matches called off up to and including the day of the match, due to bad weather, ground conditions, bad light or other extenuating circumstances (force majeure). It is intended that postponed matches will always be replayed.

 

REG 15.2 Postponed Matches

 

REG 15.2.1 Should a league match have to be postponed, this match shall be replayed at the venue of the home team no later than the relevant date stated in REG 12.8, but preferably within two weeks of the date of the original match.

 

REG 15.2.2 A postponed knockout round match must be completed no later than the Monday before the following round. The home team is required to give reasonable notice to the visiting team if there is any likelihood of the playing area being pronounced unfit for play.

 

REG 15.3 Late Postponed Matches

 

REG 15.3.1 In cases of ‘late postponed matches’ (within 48 hours of scheduled start) REG 15.5.2 and REG 15.6 below apply. 

 

REG 15.3.2 Where the away team has started their journey, only for the fixture to be postponed by either the match official(s) or grounds staff (written evidence required), the fixture shall be replayed at the venue of the AWAY team.

 

REG 15.3.3 Where a late cancellation is required, notification must be made in writing (email) to the main AU (or equivalent body) contact. Confirmation that notification has been received must be obtained either by phone or in writing from said contact to constitute adequate notification.

REG 15.3.3.1 Where late cancellation is required the officials must be notified immediately.

 

REG 15.3.4 If there are concerns that a match may be postponed (i.e. heavy rain forecast), the away team are to inform the opposition of their proposed departure time and ask that a decision be made about whether the match will take place before this proposed departure time.

 

REG 15.4 Abandoned Matches: When a match has been abandoned, the fixture shall be replayed at the venue of the AWAY team unless covered under REG 8.9.

 

REG 15.5    Postponed & Abandoned Matches – Re-Arrangements

Note: ‘Show’ in REG 15.5 refers to displaying all relevant details of a previously arranged BUCS fixture on BUCScore at the time of postponement/abandonment.

 

REG 15.5.1   League Matches: When re-arranging a postponed, late postponed or abandoned league match, the host institution must offer at least two dates in writing for the match to take place by the relevant dates stated in REG 12.8. One of these dates must be a weekend date and one a weekday and must avoid other pre-scheduled BUCS fixtures for both teams. If the away team can show they have another pre-scheduled BUCS fixture on the date(s) offered, additional alternative dates must be provided by the host team before progressing to REG 15.5.3.  Where an offer is made for a weekday other than a Wednesday then an evening start is preferable, unless otherwise agreed by both teams. Where the host institution has failed to adhere to this regulation, they will be deemed to have conceded the match and the away team will be awarded a walkover.

 

REG 15.5.2 It is the responsibility of the home team to make an offer of replay dates no later than 48 hours (allowing for weekends and Bank Holidays) after the postponement. Where the host institution has failed to adhere to this regulation, they will be deemed to have conceded the match and the away team will be awarded a walkover.

 

REG 15.5.2.1   Institutions must have agreed a replay date in writing no later than one week after the date of the original fixture and the original home team must enter the new date onto BUCScore.

 

REG 15.5.3 If the away team cannot fulfil either of the dates offered by the host institution as stated in REG 15.5.1 they can offer two alternative dates. One of these dates must be a weekend date and one a weekday and must avoid other pre-scheduled BUCS fixtures for both teams. If the original home team can show they have another pre-scheduled BUCS fixture on the date(s) offered, additional alternative dates must be provided by the away team. Where an offer is made for a weekday other than a Wednesday then an evening start is preferable, unless otherwise agreed by both teams.

 

REG 15.5.3.1   If neither institution can fulfil the dates offered as per REG 15.5.1/.3 then they must notify the BUCS office and independently submit their ONE preferred date (not previously offered and avoiding other BUCS fixtures as per REG 15.5.1/.3) to the Competition and Compliance Manager, at which point a coin toss shall occur to randomly determine upon which of the submitted preferred dates the fixture shall take place. If neither side is able to fulfil the chosen date both shall concede a walkover. If one can fulfil the chosen date they shall receive a walkover.

 

REG 15.5.4   Should teams agree there are substantiated reasons why no rearrangement of a fixture can be made (such as no free dates remain in calendar) and there has been no contravention of regulations, teams may apply to the BUCS Competition and Compliance Manager to have the game declared a void fixture, consideration will be on a case by case basis.

 

REG 15.5.4.1 Reasonable efforts must be made by both teams to agree on a rearrangement date by following the process outlined in REG 15.5. Institutions found to be purposefully avoiding rearrangements (for example in the hope of a fixture being declared void) will face disciplinary action.

 

REG 15.6   Rearrangement of Championship, Vase, Trophy and Conference Cup/Plate/Bowl Knockouts

The procedure outlined in REG 15.5 will be followed, with the following exceptions:

 

REG 15.6.1   Institutions must have agreed a replay date in writing no later than 72 hours after the original scheduled fixture start time.

 

REG 15.6.2 There will be three guiding principles for the re-scheduling of postponed Championship and Trophy knockout round fixtures:

                               

                REG 15.6.2.1 All knockout final dates will be sacrosanct
                               

                REG 15.6.2.2 Semi-final fixtures at neutral venues dates will remain sacrosanct

 

REG 15.6.2.3 In the event of no fixture being played on the Monday prior to the Wednesday knockout fixture, the BUCS office will toss a coin at 5pm, to decide the outcome of a fixture

 

REG 15.7 In exceptional circumstances the BUCS office will instruct teams of the replay date and venue.

 

REG 15.8 Semi-Final and Final Knock Out Rounds: Should a match not be played or postponed because of inclement weather or ‘force majeure’ it shall be replayed on a date and at a venue organised by the BUCS office.

 

REG 15.8.1 These matches shall take precedence over any other matches previously arranged by the competing institutions. 

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