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VOL i The BUCS Volleyball Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FIVB Rules of the Game.

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

VOL iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FIVB Rules of the Game, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

VOL 1 Affiliations All institutions must affiliate with their National Governing Body, in accordance with, and by the deadline stated in, the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

VOL 2 Squad size The maximum squad size shall be 12 players.

VOL 3 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required to be on court for a fixture to start will be 6.

VOL 4 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’).

VOL 5 Match format, court bookings and timings

VOL 5.1 All league and knockout fixtures shall be best of 5 sets and played under FIVB rules whereby all sets are rally points. The first 4 sets shall be first to 25 points and by 2 clear points. A deciding fifth set shall be first to 15 points and again by 2 clear.

VOL 5.2 A minimum hall booking of 2 hours is required. This shall comprise at least 10 minutes general warm up and 10 minutes for hitting and serving, leaving at least 1 hour and 40 minutes for the match. In the case of Premier League and Championship fixtures, the minimum hall booking should be 2.5 hours.

VOL 5.3 The warm up start time should be the time which is posted on BUCScore and this cannot be before the relevant time stated in REG 10.2/REG 10.2.4. Teams must however be advised of both the warm up start time, and the match start time, which must not be less than 20 minutes after the start of the warm up. As such teams must arrive at the venue in good time to allow the warm up to start at the appointed time.

VOL 5.4 In the event of a team arriving late the following procedure shall apply:

VOL 5.4.1 Where both team captains agree, and sufficient hall time is available, then the match shall be played in full.

VOL 5.4.2 Where one team objects then the following procedure shall apply:

VOL If a team is not on court and ready to play at the intended match start time they shall be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes leeway to appear. At 15 minutes after the intended match start time the team that is late shall lose the first set 25-0.

VOL They shall then lose a set for every subsequent 15 minutes that they are late until they are 45 minutes late at which point the match shall be awarded as a walkover.

VOL If the team that is late arrives during one of the 15 minute leeway periods then they shall be allowed the balance of the time remaining within that period to warm up and be ready to play at the next deadline point. Therefore it is possible for a team to arrive late, fall behind on sets but still win the match on the court of play.

VOL 5.5 Draws are not permitted in volleyball. Where a fixture does not reach a conclusion, and VOL 5.2 has been complied with and VOL 5.4 does not apply, the fixture should be classed as abandoned and rearranged at the away team’s venue, following the procedure in REG 12.5 for league matches or REG 12.6 for knockout matches.

VOL 6 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

VOL 6.1 A designated scorer, or scorers, must be assigned for each fixture to conduct the completion of the FIVB scoresheet but do not require to be qualified.

VOL 6.2 For Premier League and Championship matches, 2 Line Judges must be provided by the home team. Failure to provide Line Judges will result in a £50 fine.

VOL 7 Scoresheets All BUCS fixtures should be fully recorded on an FIVB scoresheet. Failure to use an FIVB scoresheet for a Premier League or Championship match will result in a £50 fine.

VOL 7.1 It is the responsibility of the home team to keep a copy of the match scoresheet until the end of the season.

VOL 8 Facility requirements The following minimum standards are designed to ensure that students participating in BUCS Volleyball are able to do so in a safe and appropriate environment using suitable equipment. Matches will take place under the FIVB Rules of the Game, with the following additional provisions to facilitate and support BUCS competition:

VOL 8.1 Court/Hall provision

VOL 8.1.1 The court should be of standard size, 18m x 9m, surrounded by a free zone which is a minimum of 3m wide.

VOL 8.1.2 The surface must be flat, horizontal and uniform and not present any danger or injury to the players.

VOL 8.1.3 The roof height should be a minimum of 6m from the playing surface.

VOL 8.1.4 Courts lines must be clearly marked and visible. A court centre line must also exist and be clearly visible.

VOL 8.2 Posts and net

VOL 8.2.1 All nets must include securely fastened antennae.

VOL 8.2.2 Posts must be securely fixed to the ground without wires and there shall be no dangerous or obstructing devices. Nets fixed to walls are not acceptable for competition purposes.

VOL 8.3 Referee stand Courts must have a secure, stable, refereeing stand which will enable the first referee to control the game effectively.

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