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Friday 4 January 2019 - BUCS Response to FIH's Rule Amendments

Further to the FIH’s announcement on Tuesday 18 December 2018 regarding amendments to the rules of hockey from Tuesday 1 January 2019, BUCS confirms that no changes will be made to BUCS competitions for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, i.e. the BUCS regulations remain unchanged and the FIH rules applied will be those prior to the 1 January 2019 update.

The BUCS office and Hockey SAG will review the amendments as part of the annual regulations review and confirm any changes for the 2019-20 season.

HOC i The BUCS Hockey Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FIH Rules of Hockey.

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

HOC iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FIH Rules of Hockey, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

HOC 1 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. The programme for each Championships shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

HOC 2 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be 7.

HOC 3 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

HOC 3.1 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 institution for each match.

HOC 3.2 The NPUA will appoint independent umpires to the Championship and Trophy Finals. The costs incurred by these umpires will be met by BUCS.

HOC 4 Tie in knockout matches In the event of a tie after full-time, the outcome of the match shall be determined by a series of penalty strokes taken under the following conditions:

HOC 4.1 The umpires shall together choose the goal to be used and the team captains shall toss a coin to decide which team shall take the first penalty stroke.

HOC 4.2 5 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 1 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 4.3 The team that has been awarded the higher number of goals shall be the winner.

HOC 4.4 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 5 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 5 nominated players will take the stroke although they must use all 5 nominated players per round.

HOC 4.5 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 4.6 All players must have individually numbered shirts with the numbers on the back.

HOC 5 Substitutes Rolling substitutes may be used.

HOC 6 Playing surface

HOC 6.1 The home team shall have the right to choose the type of playing surface to be used (all 1st 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 1 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 6.2 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 7 Player movement

HOC 7.1 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 7.1.4 only.

HOC 7.2 Great Britain Elite Development Programme Squad Players On league weeks when EDP players are not released for BUCS selection due to their international commitments, as confirmed to BUCS by the EDP Head Coaches, 2nd XI players are able to move up to the 1st XI to cover the absence without it counting towards their ‘normality’ tally (as described in REG 7.1.4) under the following conditions:

HOC 7.2.1 The names of the player(s) unavailable due to EDP duty and the name(s) of the 2nd XI players playing up as cover must be emailed to BUCS in advance of the fixture to be eligible for normality exemption.

HOC 7.2.2 Failure to provide names in advance will mean that the fixture will count towards ‘normality’ for the 2nd XI player(s) playing up.

HOC 7.2.3 This is in addition to, and does not supersede any other elements of BUCS REG 7.1 and REG 7.2.

HOC 7.3 Contraventions of player movement in accordance with these regulations will result in appropriate disciplinary action, in accordance with REG 15.

HOC 8 Additional Premier League/Championship specific requirements

HOC 8.1 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 fixtures). 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 8.2 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League/Championship matches and should comply with National Governing Body regulations for matches of this standard. To this effect, all Premier League/Championship matches should be played on a minimum of a sand-dressed pitch, and a water-based artificial surface where available. Pitches should provide appropriate dugouts for teams and officials.

HOC 8.3 If a Premier League/Championship 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 and must satisfy the Playing Under Protest requirements of REG 10.13.

HOC 8.4 Spectators are required to be kept away from the side of the pitch.

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