Frequently asked questions for the 2021-22 season are below.

Events 2021-22 season questions

Are events happening?

Yes. Our intention is to run a full calendar of events during the 2021-22 season however it may look a little different to previous years. You can see our current event calendar here.

How can I keep up to date regarding the status of events?

Each event page will be kept up to date with the latest information. We will also ensure all key information about events including opening and closing dates are listed in the weekly event update which is sent directly to IAs on Tuesdays.

Will COVID measure be in place at the events?

Certain safety measures surrounding Covid-19 will be dictated by a venue or specific sport requirements however we will be continuing to implement these general measures across all of our events.

What happens if we go into another national lockdown?

Depending on the type and extent of the restrictions BUCS will ensure all options are considered before cancellation.

 

International Competition 2021-22 questions

What is happening with international events?

The Winter World University Games (WUGs) scheduled for Lucerne in January 2021 have been postponed to 11-21 December 2021. Further information is available on the FISU website & BUCS website.

The Summer World University Games (WUGs), scheduled to be held in August 2021 in Chengdu, China have been postponed to 26 June - 7 July 2022. More information is available on the FISU website.

The World University Championships (WUCs) are taking place as scheduled in 2022. A full list of the Championships that FISU offer is available on the FISU website.

The European University Games (EUG), postponed to 2021 have now been cancelled. The next EUG will take place as scheduled from 17-30 July 2022 in Lodz, Poland. Further information is available on the EUSA Website, information regarding qualification will be available on the BUCS website and sent to Institution Administrators in due course.

 

Leagues and Knockout Competitions 2021-22

How have the 2021-22 leagues been created?

The 2021-22 league structure are based on the outcome of the 2019-20 season – with promotion and relegation applied according to this document – for teams from institutions who affiliated to BUCS in 2020-21. As there was no Cricket season in 2019-20, these league structures will be based on the outcomes of the 2018-19 season.

What rules and regulations will be in place?

BUCS General and Sport Specific Regulations for the 2021-22 season have now been published. However, these are subject to change in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

REG 14 features a temporary amendment for the season which covers scenarios in which COVID-19 may cause the postponement of a fixture.

All leagues and knockout competitions will be subject to any NGB, UK Government, devolved administration or local authority legislation, guidance and/or protocols in relation to COVID-19 which may be in place at the time. These shall supersede any BUCS General or Sport Specific Regulations.

COVID-19 Impacted Postponement – what does it mean? IA Guide

For the 2021-22 season, REG 14 has been amended so that teams will be able to request a postponement of a fixture where they are not able to field the minimum numbers of individuals required due to students isolating from a positive test or contact traced isolation.

They will not be obliged to call up individuals from lower teams in this case, meaning a lower team will still be able to play despite the higher team’s fixture being postponed.

Other than this change, all team selection regulations remain in place. With the impact of COVID-19 meaning there may be a higher number of individuals moving between squads, we recommend coaches/captains are reminded of the importance of monitoring normality to ensure the right individuals are eligible for the right teams throughout the season.

A document which lays out the implementation of the regulations has been shared with members. However, we have provided some practical guidance below to help administrators.

 

What are the minimum numbers per sport?

Sport

Specific Tier/Gender Differences

Min

American Football

 

11

Badminton

Men’s & Women’s

2

Mixed (Scottish Tier 1 & below, Scottish Conference Cup)

2 Men

2 Women

Baseball

 

8

Basketball

 

5

Cricket

 

TBC

Dodgeball

 

4

Fencing

 

3

Football

 

7

Futsal

 

3

Gaelic

 

13

Golf

Premier Tier, National Championship, Scottish Tier 1 & below, Scottish Conference Cup

4

Tier 1 & below – except Scottish, National Trophy, Conference Cup – except Scottish

3

Hockey

 

7

Lacrosse

 

8

Netball

 

5

Rugby League

 

9

Rugby Union

 

10

Softball

 

8

Squash

Men's (Premier Tier, Tier 1, Tier 2, National Championship, National Trophy)

Women's (Premier Tier, Tier 1 & below, National Championship, National Trophy, Conference Cup)

3

Men's (Tier 3 & below, Conference Cup)

2

Table Tennis

Men's

3

Women's

2

Tennis

Premier Tier, National Championship

4

Tier 1 & below, National Trophy, Conference Cup

3

Ultimate (Outdoor)

 

5

Volleyball

 

6

Water Polo

 

6

Wheelchair Basketball

 

5

Practical examples

Example 1

Football 1st team. Only 6 regular first team players are available due to positive covid tests or through isolation as a close contact.

Options are:

  • Play the match pulling up players from the 2nd team to meet the minimum requirement of 7 players up to a complete team sheet.
  • Request a mandatory postponement, lower teams can all play.

Example 2

Football 2nd team. Only 7 regular 2nd team players are available due to positive covid tests or through isolation as a close contact.

Options are:

  • Match goes ahead with the team fielding just the minimum number of players (7) required.
  • Play the match pulling players from the 3rd team to increase the team size up to a complete team sheet.
  • Ask for a postponement, at opposition discretion, lower teams cannot play if walkover conceded.

Example 3

Lacrosse 1st team. Only 8 regular 1st team players are available due to positive covid tests or through isolation as a close contact.

Lacrosse 2nd team. Only 8 regular 2nd team players are available due to positive covid tests or through isolation as a close contact.

Options are:

  • Both matches go ahead with each team fielding just the minimum number of players (8) required.
  • 1st team match goes ahead with players pulled up from the 2nd team to increase the team size up to a complete team sheet. 2nd team match goes ahead with players pulled up from the 3rd team OR ask for postponement of the 2nd team match, at opposition discretion, lower teams cannot play if walkover conceded.
  • Ask for a postponement of the 1st team match, at opposition discretion, lower teams cannot play if walkover conceded. If postponement of the 1st team match is granted, the 2nd team either goes ahead with minimum numbers or with players pulled up from the 3rd team OR ask for postponement of the 2nd team match, at opposition discretion, lower teams cannot play if walkover conceded.

Rugby Union Front Rows

For regulations regarding minimum required front row numbers (e.g. RUU 4.5.3), front row numbers will be evaluated as per minimum available players for a team in examples above.

Rugby Union Front Row Example

Rugby Union 1st team in a Tier 1 league only have 4 regular 1st team suitably trained front row available due to positive covid tests or through isolation as a close contact. (RUU 4.5.3 requires a team to have 5).

Options are:

  • Play the match pulling up suitably trained front row players from the 2nd team to meet the minimum requirement of at least 5.
  • Request a mandatory postponement, lower teams can all play.

 

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