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HOC i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

HOC ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

HOC ii.i The Hockey Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the current rules of the FIH.

HOC 1 Competition Structure


HOC 1.1 12 Men’s and 12 Women’s Teams selected upon merit from the past year’s Championship competition, will compete in the North and South Premier Leagues, the remainder will participate in the Conference Leagues.


HOC 1.2 A team must have a minimum of seven players on the pitch at the start of the game for a match to commence.


HOC 2 Premier League Requirements


HOC 2.1 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that at least 2 hours of pitch time are booked (longer for knockout stages). Institutions failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion.


HOC 2.2 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. To this effect, all Premier League matches should be played on a minimum of a sand-dressed pitch, and a water-based artificial surface where available. Pitches should provide appropriate dug-outs for Teams and Officials.


HOC 2.3 If a Premier League match is to be played under lighting then it is recommended that 350 lux should be the minimum - in line with FIH regulations. This will require the facility operator to declare their lighting levels and commit to some regular maintenance.  Should a team wish to contest the level of lighting they must do so prior to the match starting in order to ensure that they have grounds for an appeal should they so wish. If no playing under protest form is signed a team may not appeal.


HOC 2.4 Spectators are required to be kept away from the side of the pitch.


HOC 3 Competition Regulations


HOC 3.1 Match Officials


HOC 3.1.1 Match Officials for all league and knockout must be as per Appendix 2. For the Championship Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, BUCS will work with the NPUA to appoint independent umpires to all men’s and women’s matches. The costs incurred by these umpires will be passed onto the home university for each Quarter and Semi Final. The NPUA will also appoint to the Championship Final and the Trophy Final, costs for these will be met by BUCS.


HOC 3.2 Tie on Points in a Conference League: In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 9.9


HOC 3.3 Tie in Knockout Rounds, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final Matches: If in any of these matches the scores are level at the end of full time the outcome of the match shall be determined by a series of penalty strokes taken under the following conditions:


HOC 3.3.1 The Umpires shall together choose the goal to be used and the Captains shall toss a coin to decide which Team shall take the first penalty stroke.


HOC 3.3.2 Five different players from each of the Teams, but excluding any player who has been permanently suspended from the game (Red Card), shall take a penalty stroke alternately against one and the same goalkeeper of the other Team. Only if that goalkeeper is, in the opinion of the umpires, incapacitated through injury, or is suspended shall the Team be permitted to substitute the goalkeeper during the course of a particular series in the stroke competition.


HOC 3.3.3 The Team that has been awarded the higher number of goals shall be the winner.


HOC 3.3.4 In the event of an equal number of goals having been awarded, another series of penalty strokes shall be taken under the above conditions and with the same five players (subject to any incapacitated player being replaced) but on a sudden death basis, that is the Team having been awarded the most goals after an equal number of strokes have been taken shall be the winner. The sequence in which the players take the strokes for their Team need not be the same as in the previous series. The Team captain has freedom of choice at the time of each stroke as to which of the five nominated players will take the stroke although they must use all five nominated players per round.


HOC 3.3.5 The Team that has taken the first penalty stroke of a series shall not take the first penalty stroke of the following series (if any).


HOC 3.3.6 All players must have individually numbered shirts with the numbers on the back.


HOC 4 Substitutes: At present rolling substitutes may be used in accordance with the International Code of Rules.

HOC 5 Playing Surface


HOC 5.1 The home team shall have the right to choose the type of playing surface to be used (all first Team matches must be played on an appropriate synthetic turf pitch, in line with hockey national governing body requirements). This information must be received by the opposition at least one week in advance (alternative arrangements in the event of inclement weather shall also be communicated and Teams must bring with them the appropriate footwear) and practice time on this surface shall be offered to the visiting Team prior to the official starting time. Where, however, an artificial pitch is to be used in any match the senior Men’s or Women’s Team must be given priority.


HOC 5.2 At the current time, England Hockey does not support the use of any long pile turf pitch for any competitive hockey unless that specific pitch and surface has been approved by the FIH. All BUCS Hockey competitions will also adhere to this policy.


HOC 6 Player Movement

HOC 6.1 Goalkeepers: Goalkeepers are able to move up without restriction, and are able to move down 1 team from their starting selection only in order to cover injury. Evidence that players are moving down to cover injury may be required. This movement is only permitted within the goalkeeper position. This regulation supersedes REG 6.7.

HOC 6.2 Knockout competitions: Player movement as outlined in HOC 6 will not apply to knockout competitions. Team selection for knockout competitions must comply with REG 6.8.

HOC 6.3 Contraventions of player movement in accordance with these regulations will be dealt with by the BUCS office in accordance with REG 17.


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