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Water Polo

WAT i The BUCS Water Polo Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FINA Water Polo Rules.

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

WAT iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FINA Water Polo Rules, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


WAT 1 Squad size The maximum squad size shall be 13 players.

WAT 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 6.

WAT 3 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’).

WAT 4 Match format and timings

WAT 4.1 Match duration Matches will be of the following duration:

WAT 4.1.1 Premier League and Championship 4 periods of 8 minutes with 2 minutes rest interval between each period. (To be reviewed for 2019-20 season to include a 3 minute interval for half-time).

WAT 4.1.2 Tier 1 and below leagues, Trophy and Conference Cup 4 periods of 7 minutes with 2 minutes rest interval between each period.

WAT 4.1.3 Please note BUCS reserves the right to reduce the length of matches if required for any reason.

WAT 4.2 Pool booking The home institution must book a minimum of 75 minutes pool time.

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

WAT 6 Balls Match balls will be provided by BUCS at the Championship and Trophy Finals. For all other matches and for warm-ups the home team is responsible for providing 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 7 Facility requirements

WAT 7.1 Pool The minimum dimensions for the pool will be 12.5m x 25m, and a depth of 1.5m.

WAT 7.2 Shot clocks are compulsory for all premier League and Championship matches. It is a requirement for all other matches to have an audible whistle to signal the end 30 second possession.

WAT 8 Championship/Trophy Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals

WAT 8.1 The 8 teams qualifying for the Championship/Trophy Quarter-Finals may agree to organise fixtures for the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final rounds in the following format. Should agreement not be reached by all teams, fixtures will take place in standard knockout format.

WAT 8.1.1 The 8 teams that progress through Rounds 1 (Last 32) and 2 (Last 16) of the Trophy/Round 1 (Last 16) of the Championship will play in a Northern or Southern round robin in 2 groups of 4.

WAT 8.1.2 These round robin ‘Semi-Finals’ are to be organised by the qualifying institutions.

WAT 8.1.3 The top team from each group will contest the Trophy/Championship Final which shall be held at a venue decided by BUCS.

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