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

WAT 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.

WAT ii.i The Water Polo Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Amateur Swimming Association with the exception of those marked with asterix * . Where the ASA has no ruling the FINA match regulations should be followed.

 

WAT iii The minimum number of players required for the game to start will be 6. 

WAT 1 Competition Format

WAT 1.1 The competition format will be confirmed by the Water Polo Advisory Group and communicated to participants via the BUCS website.

                WAT 1.2 Teams shall qualify for Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup Finals through a progression of Knockout Rounds.

                WAT 1.3 Where an institution enters a 2nd team they should note BUCS’ Eligibility Regulations

                WAT 1.4 Match Duration – Matches will be of the following duration:

*Premier Division = 4 x 8mins with 2 mins rest interval between each period (To be reviewed for 2017-18 season to include a 3 minute interval for half time  

*All other tiers1 = 4 x 7 with 2 mins rest interval between each period  

 WAT 1.4.1 League Matches: The competition format should be the same across the whole league. At Tier 2 and below which format is used must be a majority decision between all teams in that league, choosing round robin tournaments, or weekly fixtures. If a majority decision cannot be reached fixtures will be weekly, as scheduled by the BUCS office. Tier 1 and above must play in a weekly fixture format.

WAT 1.4.1.1 All non-premier standalone matches shall be home and away, 4 x 7 mins (2 min break between periods).

                                                WAT 1.4.1.2 Semi-finals - 4 x 8 Mins (2 min break between periods)

                                                WAT 1.4.1.3 Finals – 4 x 8 Mins (2 min break between periods)

Please note BUCS reserves the right to reduce the length of matches if required for any reason.

                WAT 1.5 Referees –

At least one of the Referees must be both ASA qualified AND active for all games.  A second referee may be a probationary referee, but must of passed the ASA theory examination for referees

At least one of the table officials must be qualified to at least ASA Club Table Official Standard

Contact details can be obtained by the local ASA regional office

WAT 2 Balls - Match balls will be provided by BUCS at the Championship semi-finals and at the Championship and Trophy finals. For all other matches and for warm-ups the home team is responsible to provide 3 regulation match balls.  Should balls not be deemed suitable the away team may provide match balls. The referee will have the final decision.

WAT 3 Pools

WAT 3.1 Minimum size for the pool will be 12.5m x 25m and a depth of 1.5m.

WAT 3.2 Shot clocks are compulsory for all premier League games. It is a requirement for all other matches to have an audible whistle to signal the end 30sec possession.

WAT 3.3 The home institution must book a minimum of 75 minutes pool time

 

WAT 4 Championship Semi Finals and Finals

                WAT 4.1 In the absence of Super 8s the quarter finals and semi-finals will now be standalone fixtures hosted by the first named team.

                WAT 4.3 The Championship Final shall be held at a venue decided by BUCS.

WAT 5 Trophy Semi-Finals and Finals

 

WAT 5.1 The 8 teams qualifying for the semi-final may agree to organise fixtures in the following format. Should agreement not be reached by all teams fixtures will take place in standard knockout format.

 

WAT 5.1.1 The 8 teams that progress through Rounds 1 and 2 of the Trophy will play in a Northern or Southern round robin in two groups of 4.

 

WAT 5.1.2 The semi-finals are to be hosted by the first name team..

 

 

 

WAT 5.2 The Trophy Final shall be held at a venue decided by BUCS. 

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