ENGLAND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS REGULATIONS 2017-2018

ENGLAND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS REGULATIONS 2017-2018

ENGLAND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS REGULATIONS 2017-2018 1.1 In these Regulations: “EH” means England Hockey, the National Governing Body for hockey in England “EH Code of Ethics” means the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour “EHCD” means the England Hockey Competitions Department “EHL” means the Investec Women’s Hockey League or Men’s Hockey League “EHCG” means the England Hockey Championships Group. “FIH” means the International Hockey Federation “EH Championships” means all Adult, Masters and Junior Clubs Championships. “NDO” means the EH National Disciplinary Officer “The Disrepute Offence Regulations” means the England Hockey Disrepute Regulations which are part of the EH Code of Ethics “The Red Card and MMO Regulations” means the England Hockey Red Card and Matchday Misconduct Regulations which are part of the EH Code of Ethics “These Regulations” means these EH Championships Regulations and any reference herein to a particular Regulation is, unless otherwise expressly stated, a reference to a particular Regulation in these Regulations “CMS” The online Competition Management System designated by EH 1.2 The Rules of Hockey, including any experimental rule changes approved by EH for use in competitions, shall be observed except as herein provided.

1.3 The EH Code of Ethics shall be applied at all EH Championships matches. 1.4 EH shall own the broadcasting rights to all matches played in the EH Championships. 1.5 Each team, by its entry into and participation in any of the EH Championships, and each player by participating in any team entered in any of the EH Championships, shall be deemed to have given consent to abide by the Rules of EH, these Regulations, the Player Code of Conduct, the Club Code of Conduct, the EH Code of Ethics and to any amendments that may be ratified by the EH Board or the EHCG. Each team and/or player shall be deemed to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the EHCD and the EHCG in relation to these Regulations or any matter not covered in these Regulations and any penalty or sanction that may be imposed.

1.6 Unless otherwise expressly stated all of these Regulations shall be applicable to each of the EH Championships. 1.7 The following EH Championships are sponsored. These competitions must be referred to in all correspondence and publicity, and in any other circumstances in which the name of the any of these competitions is used other than in these Regulations, as follows: 1.7.1 Investec Women’s Adult Championships 1.7.2 Investec Women’s Masters Championships 2 MANAGEMENT 2.1 The Management of the EH Championships will be under the auspices of the EHCG. In addition, the EHCD will oversee the general running of the EH Championships and their publicity and promotion.

2.2 The Terms of Reference of the EHCG are available in the Governance section on the EH website (www.englandhockey.co.uk) or by request.

2.3 The staff of the EHCD and the EHCG will not enter into correspondence regarding requests for the postponement of fixtures from the date specified by EH (see Regulations 7.1 & 10.1). 3 LIAISON 3.1 Each participating team must appoint a Liaison Officer who must be freely available to the EHCD at all times by the usual channels of communication. The name, address, telephone numbers and email address of the Liaison Officer must be sent to the EHCD. An e-mail address for the Liaison Officer MUST be provided for entry to be accepted.

3.2 Any change in Liaison Officer, or Liaison Officer Details, must be updated on the CMS 3.3 The home team must update the CMS at least 10 days prior to the match (i.e.

the Thursday that is 10 days prior to a Sunday).

3.4 Each club must liaise with the relevant Umpires' Association to confirm the appointments of umpires in accordance with Regulation 9. 3.5 The home team must contact the away team, both Umpires (if appointed) and the Match Official (if appointed) to confirm arrangements by 8.00pm on the Thursday that is 10 days prior to the match. Failure to do so may result in a fine. If the home team is unable to make contact they must inform the EHCD. 3.6 If an away team has not been contacted by the home team pursuant to Regulation 3.5 then the away team must contact the home team. If no contact can be made then they must inform the EHCD.

3.7 The home team must complete and return the Match Result Report form and return it to EHCD as directed. If a Match Official is appointed to the match by EH the responsibility to complete and return the Match Report Form rests with the Match Official.

3.8 EH’s main form of communication will be via e-mail. Draws, results and other pertinent details will be communicated via e-mail. It is the Liaison Officer’s responsibility to check his/her e-mail regularly for updates etc. Where a Liaison Officer has used another person’s e-mail address for contact purposes, it is the Liaison Officer’s responsibility to check with that person for information sent by EH. 4. COMPOSITION OF THE EH CHAMPIONSHIPS The composition of the EH Championships are set out in Appendices 1.1 to 1.4 inclusive as follows:  Appendix 1.1 – Adult Championships  Appendix 1.2 – Junior Championships  Appendix 1.3 – Masters Championships  Appendix 1.4 – EH Championships Tiers and Eligibility tables 5.

ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY IN THE EH CHAMPIONSHIPS The eligibility requirements for participation in the EH Championships are set out in Appendices 1.1 to 1.4 inclusive. 6.COMPETITIONS 6.1 The EHCD, who will immediately thereafter inform participating Clubs via e-mail, shall make the draw for all Rounds for all competitions.

6.1.1 In all EH Championships teams will be allocated geographically into Areas. All draws will be made within Areas, up to the semi final stages which will be drawn nationally. 6.1.2 The first named team in each match shall be designated the home team unless a neutral venue is to be used as may be directed by the EHCD. 6.2 Match format 6.2.1 All matches in the EH Championships shall consist of two halves of 35 minutes with a half time of not more than 10 minutes. 6.2.2 The winner of a match shall progress to the next round. In the event that a match is tied at the end of regulation time the winner shall be determined by a penalty stroke competition carried out in accordance with Appendix 2.1.

NB: any tied match played at the EH Championship’s Finals (and the Mixed Championships Semi Finals and Finals) shall be determined by a shoot out competition carried out in accordance with Appendix 2.2. 6.2.3 The Finals of the EH Championships shall take place at a venue and on a date or dates as specified by EHCD.

6.3 Tiered Competitions 6.3.1. Mixed, U18, Men’s Over 60s, Women’s Over 45s Championships In these Championships all teams shall enter the Tier 1 Championships.Teams thatlose the first match they play by the time the relevant Tier 1 Championship reaches Round Three, will be eligible for the relevant Tier 2 Championships. Dates for the Tier 2 Championships will be the same as the dates for the relevant Tier 1 Championships wherever possible, but EH reserves the right to add additional dates if necessary. 6.3.2 Men’s Over 40s, Mens Over 50s, Women’s Over 35s Championships 6.3.2.1 All teams that enter the relevant Tier 1 Championships but lose the first match they play by the time the competition reaches Round Three will be eligible for the relevant Tier 2 Championships.

6.3.2.2 In addition teams may enter the Tier 2 Championships directly, i.e. not participate in the relevant Tier 1 Championships.

6.3.2.3 Dates for the Tier 2 Championships will be the same as the dates for the Tier 1 Championships wherever possible, but EH reserves the right to add additional dates if necessary. NB The player eligibility regulations for the Men’s Masters Over 40s& Over 50s and Women’s Masters Over 35s Tier 2 Championships are different to those for the Tier 1 Championships (See Appendix 1.3 Reg 5.2.3.2) 6.3.2.4 All teams that enter the relevant Tier 2 Championships directly (i.e. do not participate in the Tier 1 Championships) but lose the first match they play by the time the competition reaches Round Three, will be eligible for the relevant Tier 3 Championships.

Dates for the Tier 3 Championships will be the same as the dates for the Tier 2 Championships wherever possible, but EH reserves the right to add additional dates if necessary.

Tier 3 Championships will be run where a minimum of eight teams qualify or fewer at the discretion of EHCD. 7 REPORTING OF RESULTS & MATCH OFFICIALS 7.1 It is the home club’s responsibility to report the match result, with half-time score and details of goals (scorer, time and type of goal – field goal, penalty corner, penalty stroke) or postponement/abandonment immediately after the end of the match as determined by EHCD. Clubs will be fined if the result is not reported as required by these Regulations.

7.2 EH may appoint a Match Official to Tier 1 Adult Championships matches and such other matches as it may from time to time decide.

Where appointed the responsibilities, duties and powers of the Match Official are shown in Appendix 3.1 8 MATCHDAY ADMINISTRATION 8.1 Dates of Matches Subject to Regulation 8.1.1 all matches must be played on the date set by EH (see Appendix 3). Matches may be played before the set date if mutually agreed by the teams and approved by the EHCD. If a club is hosting a national event on behalf of EH it will be entitled to play the match prior to the date, as long as notification has been received prior to the scheduled date of the previous Round. (For clarification of what constitutes a national event please contact the EHCD).

8.1.1 Matches in all competitions may be played on the slip date provided that both teams agree to this and this is also agreed by the EHCD. Teams must notify the EHCD of their intention to play on the slip date not later than the Friday following the distribution of the relevant draw. For any matches rearranged under this Regulation the priority for players shall be with the originally scheduled activity on that date, not the rearranged match. If a match rearranged under this Regulation is postponed, Regulations 11.3. and 11.4 shall apply. 8.2 Start Times All matches must start at the advertised time.

For all matches prior to the final this should be no earlier than 11.00 am and no later than 2.30 pm. The start time may be varied if mutually agreed by the teams and approved by the EHCD. Home teams should make every effort to avoid an early start time where the away team has a significant journey to make. Match Officials (if appointed) or Umpires (where no Match Official is appointed) may, at their discretion, allow a delay to the advertised start time of the match.

8.3 Unless the Umpires or, where appointed,Match Official in his/her discretion has allowed the start to be delayed, if one team is ready to start but the other is not, the Umpire concerned shall blow the whistle for the game to start and the match shall be awarded to the team which is ready to begin. 8.4 Home teams must provide a sufficient quantity of good quality hockey balls that must be of the same type and colour and suitable for the surface on which the match is to be played. 8.5 Any off-shore island team participating in the EH Championships shall play its home matches on the mainland unless that team is able fully to contribute towards the additional expenses incurred by the away team and match officials in travelling to the home team's venue.

8.6 Pitches 8.6.1 All matches are to be played on artificial turf pitches that are subject to the approval of EH. Long pile (3G) surfaces cannot be used unless the venue/pitch has been specifically approved by EH. 8.6.2 It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that pitch facilities, including markings, goals and goal nets are satisfactory. If the pitch facilities are inadequate, the UmpiresorMatch Official (if appointed) may direct that the match be postponed or the venue changed. 8.6.3 Every effort must be made to find a suitable replacement pitch if a team's regular venue is unfit.

8.6.4 All pitch bookings must be of a duration to enable teams to have sufficient familiarisation and warm up time and allow for a penalty stroke competition to be completed in the event that the scores are level at the end of full time. 8.6.5 Home teams must ensure a supply of ice at pitchside for use by both teamsandthe means for cleaning any blood spillage. 8.6.6 Bench Area and Spectators (This Regulation (8.6.6.1 to 8.6.6.4) is mandatory for the Adult Championships and recommended for the other EH Championships.) 8.6.6.1 Home teams must provide sufficient seating for each team bench and these should be placed on the side of the pitch (preferably away from any spectator area) at a point between the centre and 23 metre lines.

Substitutes and officials on the Match Report Form must remain in those areas and no other persons are allowed on the team bench. In addition separate seating must be provided for suspended players and a seat and table for the Match Official (if appointed) at the centre line.

8.6.6.2 Spectator viewing areas must be separated from the pitch either by a fence or by roping off a specific section of the ground. 8.6.6.3 Home teams must provide Stewards or have an official responsible for spectator control. 8.7 Home teams must provide post-match hospitality for visiting teams and officials and appoint suitable liaison officers to ensure that guests are met on arrival and looked after for the duration of their visit. Failure to do so may result in a fine. 8.8 Home teams must provide adequate showers and changing facilities for umpires and teams. 8.9 Match Report Form and team benches Not less than 30 minutes before the start of a match each team must complete the team details section of the Match Report Form and submit it to the Umpires or, if appointed, the Match Official.

8.9.1 Each team must have a Manager. The Manager and two further officials are entitled to occupy the team bench. Additionally, a qualified Medical Doctor, whose name appears on the teamsheet, may sit on the team bench. 8.9.2 A team shall be entitled to nominate up to 16 players in its squad for each match and only those listed may sit on the team bench. 8.9.3 The teamsheet must be signed by the Manager who in so signing will be deemed to vouch for and confirm that each player listed is eligible to play.

8.9.4 A player whose name appears on any Match Report Form listing those players eligible to play in a match will be deemed to have played in that match.

8.9.5 No player named on the Match Report Form shall act as Manager for that match. 8.9.6 The Match Report Form must be supplied to the EHCD by the Wednesday following the match as directed. Failure to do so may result in a fine. 8.10 Blood Borne Diseases Any player sustaining an injury that bleeds or any player with an open wound must leave the pitch immediately to receive treatment and have the wound covered prior to returning.

8.11 Competitions Finals 8.11.1 EH will issue separate joining details for matchday administration for the finals of the EH Championships. 8.11.2 Any club that wins a perpetual trophy must arrange for it to be engraved and returned to the EHCD, at its own cost, 28 days prior to the final of the subsequent season’s competition unless otherwise agreed by the EHCD. Failure to do so may result in a fine. 8.11.3 EH shall appoint a Tournament Director for the finals of the EH Championships. The duties, responsibilities and powers of the Tournament Director are set out in Appendix 3.2 and such other briefing documents as may be issued for the finals of the EH Championships.

8.12 Permanently suspended players Any player or official permanently suspended from further participation in a match (red card or permanent suspension by an EH appointed Technical Official under Appendix 3) must leave the playing area and surrounds and cannot take any further part in the match whether as player, official or spectator. 8.13 Protests 8.13.1 For any match played prior to the Competitions Finals under regulation 8.11 a protest may be made in writing to the Match Official by the Captain or Manager within fifteen minutes of the final whistle. The protest shall be determined by the Match Official under the powers referred to in Appendix 3.1 paragraph 3.1.2.

8.13.2 For any match played at a Competitions Final under regulation 8.11 if a team wishes to lodge a protest at the end of a match, or at the end of a shoot-out competition the team manager must: 8.13.2.1 declare the intention to do so immediately in writing below his/her signature when signing the match report form or penalty stroke competition form; and 8.13.2.2 provide written grounds for the protest to the Tournament Director within 30 minutes of the end of the match or penalty stroke competition which are to be accompanied by a cash payment of £100 which will only be returned in the event of the protest being upheld.

8.13.3 A failure by a team to comply with the procedure set out above shall result in the dismissal of the protest. 8.13.4 For the avoidance of doubt there can be no protest made against an umpiring decision during a match or shoot-out competition, including the award of any disciplinary card. 9 DRESS 9.1 Field players must wear uniform shirts and knee length socks. 9.1.1 (Women only) Field players shall wear uniform skirts, skorts or shorts. 9.1.2 (Men only) Field players shall wear uniform shorts. 9.1.3 Any additional clothing (e.g. cycle shorts or long sleeved tee-shirts) must be of the same colour as the corresponding item of clothing shown on the teamsheet.

9.2 The second named ('away') team shall always take alternative colour shirts and socks to a match and, if required by the Match Official (if appointed) or either Umpire to do so, shall wear them. 9.3 Goalkeepers must wear shirts contrasting in colour with those of both teams. 9.4 Players shall wear on the back of their shirts the numbers allocated on the teamsheet. 9.5 All numbers shall be no less than 8" (20cm) in height and shall contrast with the colour of the shirt. Taped numbers may only be used in an emergency.

10 UMPIRES 10.1 Appointment of umpires Teams are required to liaise with the appropriate body as outlined below regarding the appointment of Umpires.

Unless specified otherwise by the relevant body, it is then the home team’s responsibility to confirm the game with the appointed Umpires. The relevant body will be responsible for the appointment of both Umpires. 10.1.1 Adult Championships Tier 1 This shall, until the last 16, be the responsibility of the Regional Hockey Umpires Association (RHUA). The last 16 shall be the responsibility of the National Programme Umpiring Association (NPUA). Home teams must contact their RHUA up until the last 32 to be advised of the appointments. After the last 32, the appointments will be available on the NPUA website (www.npua.co.uk).

10.1.2 Adult Championships Tiers 2-4, Women’s Masters Over 35s&Men’s Masters Over 40s and 50s Tier 1 Championships The RHUA of the home drawn side shall appoint both Umpires until the Finals when the NPUA shall make appointments. The RHUA may delegate appointments to County Hockey Umpires Association (CHUA). Home teams must contact the relevant RHUA/CHUA to be advised of the appointments. If the appointing body is unable to appoint umpires each team shall provide its own assessed Level 1 (i.e. an umpire who has completed the EH Level 1 umpiring course and has subsequently been assessed and passed).

umpire, or, in the event that one team cannot provide an umpire, either team may provide both umpires 10.1.3 All other Championships Umpire appointments in all rounds up until the quarter finals are the responsibility of the participating teams. Each team shall provide its own assessed Level 1 umpire(i.e. an umpire who has completed the EH Level 1 umpiring course and has subsequently been assessed and passed).

For the quarter finals and semi finals, the Regional Hockey Umpiring Association (HUA) is responsible for appointing but may delegate that responsibility to County HUAs. Home teams must contact the relevant HUA to be advised of the appointments. The NPUA shall appoint to finals. 10.1.4 If the appointing body is unable to appoint umpires to the quarter finals and beyond, each team shall provide its own assessed Level 1 umpire, or, in the event that one team cannot provide an umpire, either team may provide both umpires 10.1.5 Where teams are responsible for appointing their own umpires and one team is unable to do so, that team will be deemed to have forfeited the game.

If both teams are unable to appoint an umpire, lots will be drawn by the EHCD to determine who goes through to the next Round.

10.2 Payment of Umpires Where the NPUA, RHUA or CHUA has made the appointment as specified above, the relevant body will invoice the HOME side the sum of up to £60 to cover the expenses of both Umpires. This invoice shall be entitled “Officiating Fee” and shall cover the appointment of both umpires. No payment should be made to the umpires on the day of the game. In the last 16 of the Cup onwards EH will invoice the home team the sum of £60 as a contribution towards the expenses of the two Umpires. The relevant appointing body as specified above) will then be responsible for paying the Umpires’ expenses.

10.3 Umpires’ authority Umpires shall have the authority permanently (red card) or temporarily (green or yellow card) to suspend any player or official from the team bench for in-discipline. This will require the relevant team to withdraw a player from the pitch for the duration of the suspension. 11 POSTPONEMENT OR ABANDONMENT 11.1 All matches must be played on the scheduled date unless a postponement is caused by adverse weather conditions or a team is participating in a European Club Championship (Indoors or Outdoors) on the scheduled date. 11.1.1 Save where the Match Official (when appointed) has the opportunity at any time before the arrival of the Umpires to inspect the pitch when s/he may decide that the pitch is unfit, the decision on whether or not the pitch is fit for play shall be the responsibility of the Umpires (see also Bad Weather Procedure 11.6) 11.1.2 Once a game has started, the decision on whether it should be abandoned rests with the Umpires.

11.2 In the event of a match having to be abandoned as a result of a serious injury to a player, adverse weather conditions or the decision of the Umpires, the EHCDwill decide on the action be to taken after receiving a report from the Match Official (if appointed). If no Match Official has been appointed reports will be requested from the relevant Umpires and teams. Such a decision may necessitate a replay of the fixture, depending on the circumstances at the time of the abandonment.

11.3 In the event of a postponement or a replay of an abandoned match, the match must be replayed on the first available slip date unless otherwise agreed by both teams and the EHCD. (See Appendix 4for Slip Dates for current season) 11.4 If teams agree to use an alternative slip date to the first available one the following conditions will apply: 11.4.1 EHCD must be advised by both teams of this within 48 hours of the start time of the postponed match. 11.4.2 The priority for players will be for any originally scheduled activity on the date of the replay 11.4.3 If the replay is not concluded within fourteen days of the next round of the relevant competition then the teams shall cede any home advantage.

11.4.4 If the replay is subsequently postponed, there are fewer than seven days until the scheduled date for the next round of the competition and the teams are unable to play before that date, then the tie will be decided by the toss of a coin. 11.5 In the event of the home team wishing to postpone a match the away team shall, at their own cost, have the right to inspect the ground prior to a decision regarding postponement being reached. 11.6 Bad Weather Procedure 11.6.1 The following procedure should be followed by the home team. 11.6.2 The home team liaison officer should ascertain from the visiting team the latest time of notification of cancellation, i.e.

when the visiting team intends to depart for the pitch venue. If an overnight stay prior to the game is expected, this time will be adjusted accordingly. If it is clear earlier than the above time that the pitch will be unfit due to weather, the visiting side should be informed immediately.

11.6.3 The agreement of the opposing team is required before a match can be postponed. In the event of the home team wishing to postpone a match the Away team shall, at its own cost, have the right to inspect the ground prior to a decision regarding postponement being reached. 11.6.4 It is the responsibility of the home team to inspect the pitch prior to the above mentioned departure time. The liaison officer and/or a member of the home team’s management should do this. A realistic view must be taken at this stage. Enquiries should be made of the Met Office (www.metoffice.gov.uk) to confirm weather conditions for the next 24 or 48 hours.

All teams should use the Met Office as a standardised reference for weather conditions. If the pitch is unfit and is likely to remain so the game should be postponed and the following action taken: (1) notify the away team, (2) notify the Umpires and Match Official (if appointed) (3) notify the EHCD (or Results Co-ordinator at weekends where appropriate).

11.6.5 Once the Match Official (if appointed), Umpires and teams have arrived Regulations 11.1.1 and 11.1.2 shall apply. 11.6.6 The above procedures clarify the Regulations in so far as they relate to a period when the Match Official (if appointed) cannot be expected to have made a visit to the venue to undertake an inspection. If, however, Match Officials (if appointed) are willing to carry out an inspection that would accord with the time-scales outlined above, they should do so and the final decision to postpone or not is then theirs.

11.6.7 If a team fails to follow the above procedures and when all parties arrive it is clear that the pitch is, and patently was, unfit prior to the times outlined above, the Match Official (if appointed) will be asked to submit a report for the consideration of EH which may take such action as it deems appropriate.

If no Match Official is appointed reports will be requested from the relevant Umpires and teams (NOTE: Whilst it is accepted that no system of match postponement can be perfect, teams are requested to try and ensure that games are postponed in sufficient time for visiting teams and officials to be saved the time and expense of wasted journeys.) 12 FAILURE TO HONOUR A FIXTURE 12.1 A team which fails to honour a fixture must notify the EHCGEHCD immediately, 12.2 In addition the team 12.2.1 will forfeit its entry fee, 12.2.2 will take no further part in the relevant competition 12.2.3 will be subject to financial penalty as follows: 12.2.3.1 withdrawal 16 days prior to first round of competition – no fine (Adult and Masters Championships only) 12.2.3.2 withdrawal fewer than 16 days prior to the first round of the competition – £30 fine (Adult and Masters Championships only) 12.2.3.4 withdrawal from second round of competition - £40 fine (Adult and Masters Championships only) 12.2.3.4 withdrawal from third round of the competition - £50 fine (Adult and Masters Championships only) 12.2.3.5 withdrawal from fourth or later round of competition – a minimum £60 fine (All EH Championships) 12.2.4 may be barred from participation in any of the EH Championships in the following season or have priority for a first Round match in the following season.

12.3 In addition EH shall at its discretion have the right to ensure that a team which fails to honour a fixture reimburses the opposing team, officials and EH for any expenses incurred in relation to the fixture. 13 BREACH OF REGULATIONS 13.1 The provisions contained in these Regulations are without prejudice to anything contained in the EH Code of Ethics, and any team or individual found to be in breach of these Regulations may be subject to such penalty as the EHCG may decide in addition to any penalty that may be imposed by any Disciplinary Body authorised by EH. 14 APPEALS PROCEDURE 14.1 Clubs and players have the right to appeal against a decision of the EHCG as set out in this Regulation.

14.2 In any case where the EHCG has made a decision in respect of any matter that is or has been the subject of a decision by a relevant Disciplinary Body pursuant to the provisions of the Red Card & MMO Regulations or the Disrepute Offence Regulations, a club and/or individual affected by the decision has the right to appeal the decision of the EHCG to the EH Appeal Panel.

14.2.1 Any Appeal to the EH Appeal Panel must be commenced by an Appeal Notice marked for the attention of the EH Appeal Panel sent to and received by the NDO not later than 7 days after the Appellant has been notified of the decision to be appealed against. There must be annexed to the Appeal Notice copies of all documents, including the written statements of any witnesses, that the Appellant intends to rely on in the Appeal. 14.2.2 Regulations 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.7, 7.4(b) [deposit of £150] and 7.5 of the Red Card & MMO Regulations shall apply for the purposes of any Appeal to the EH Appeal Panel and, as soon as reasonably practical after receipt of the Appeal Notice, the Chairman of the EH Appeal Panel shall give directions for the further conduct of the Appeal.

14.2.3 The decision of the EH Appeal Panel shall be final. 14.3 In any case not covered by the provisions in Regulation 14.2 a club and/or individual affected by the decision of the EHCG have a right to appeal to the EH Appeal Panel in the manner set out below. 14.3.1 The Appeal to the EH Appeal Panel must be commenced by an Appeal Notice marked for the attention of the EH Appeal Panel sent to and received by the EHCD not later than 3 days after the Appellant has been notified

of the decision to be appealed against. There must be annexed to the Appeal Notice copies of all documents, including the written statements of any witnesses, that the Appellant intends to rely on in the Appeal 14.3.2 The Appeal Notice should be sent by ordinary first class post, fax, email or recorded delivery or hand delivered to the EHCD at the EH Offices.

A deposit of £150 must be sent within 7 days of the date of the sending of the Appeal Notice. This will be returned, all or in part, if the Appeal is successful. As soon as reasonably practical after receipt of the Appeal Notice, the Chairman of the EH Appeal Panel shall give directions for the further conduct of the Appeal.

14.3.3 The Chairman of the EH Appeal Panel may, upon the application in writing made by or on behalf of the Appellant, stay, suspend or vary any penalty that is the subject of an Appeal pending determination of the Appeal, and, in exceptional circumstances, may extend the time for appealing upon such terms, if any, as the Chairman may think fit. The decision of the Chairman shall be final. 14.3.4 Save where the Chairman of the EH Appeal Panel directs otherwise, all Appeals will be dealt with in writing by electronic communication unless the Appellant requests an oral hearing, in which case the Chairman of the EH Appeal Panel may direct an oral hearing 14.3.5 As soon as reasonably practical after the receipt of the Appeal Notice, the Chairman of the EH Appeal Panel shall give directions for the further conduct of the Appeal.

14.3.6 Any other team that may be directly affected by an Appeal shall, as soon as reasonably possible, be notified of the Appeal and subsequently the outcome of the Appeal. 14.3.7 Where there has been an oral hearing of an Appeal the decision of the EH Appeal Panel may include a direction that the Appellant shall pay all or part of the costs of the Appeal to be summarily assessed by the EH Appeal Panel. 14.3.8 If an Appeal is not allowed in full, the EH Appeal Panel may impose any sanction that the EHLC could have imposed.

14.3.9 The decision of the EH Appeal Panel shall be final.

APPENDIX 1.1 ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS 4.

Composition of the Adult Championships 4.1 The Adult Championships shall consist of the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Championships. 4.2 The Adult Championships shall be open to all clubs affiliated to EH. 4.3 An affiliated club may enter as many teams as it wishes into each Competition within the Adult Championships. 4.4 The Adult Championships shall consist of specified Tiers and each participating team shall be entered into a Tier in accordance with the Tiering Structure set out in Appendix 1.4 of these Regulations. 4.5 Each team entry shall be subject to the Eligibility regulations specified in Regulation 5 below.

5. Eligibility 5.1 Clubs 5.1.1 All clubs participating in the EH Adult Championships shall enter the relevant Championship by the due date.

5.1.2 All clubs participating in any of the EH Adult Championships shall pay the following by the due dates: (1) EH club affiliation fees (2) The relevant Championship entry fee (3) All outstanding fines in respect of any EH Championships – Adult, Junior or Masters (4) Any monies owed to England Hockey 5.1.3 – Other organisations UK Armed Forces– For the purposes of these Regulations a Single Service shall be classified as a “club” and may enter teams accordingly. 5.1.4 No club or team may alter its title, nor incorporate any part of a sponsor’s name therein, without the prior permission of EH.

5.2 Players – Men’s and Women’s Championships 5.2.1 Players shall be eligible to participate in any of the EH Men’s and Women’s Championships if they qualify as follows: 5.2.1.1 Players shall not represent more than one club in any one season in any of the EH Men’s and Women’s Championships. 5.2.1.2 Players who have played for another club in an outdoor Saturday League match during the same season shall only be eligible if they have genuinely changed clubs during this period and severed all links with their previous club. A Saturday League match is defined as any match in an organised league where the matches are played on Saturdays (If required the EHCD will confirm what constitutes a Saturday League match).

5.2.1.3 Players who have played for another club during the same season in any other country affiliated to FIH shall only be eligible if they have genuinely changed clubs during this period and severed all links with their previous club. 5.2.1.4 For the purpose of these Regulations players who have played for a club in any of the EH Men’s and Women’s Championships and then subsequently play for a different club in an outdoor Saturday League match are deemed to have changed clubs. Such a player may not subsequently play for their previous club in the Championships 5.3. Composition of Teams

The EH Adult Tiered Championships are intended to allow participation of teams, including multiple teams from a single club at an appropriate level of competition.

Regulation 5.3 is designed to achieve this; EHCD shall have the right to interpret these Regulations at its discretion to ensure that the team composition ethos and spirit of the EH Championships is preserved. 5.3.1 Team Entries – Men’s and Women’s Championships 5.3.1.1 Each participating club shall submit to the EHCD by the due date the following for each participating team 5.3.1.1.1 An elective list of eleven players, selected on merit and including 1 goalkeeper that is commensurate with the Championship Tier within which that team is competing. 5.3.1.1.2 The elective lists of eleven players, selected on merit and including 1 goalkeeper in respect of each higher ranked team in their club, whether or not they are also participating within the Championships.

5.3.1.2 Between 01-31 January in any season a club may apply to reclassify a maximum of four players, (ie move four players to different elective lists than those provided in 5.3.2.1 above. Any supporting evidence to be provided in line with 5.3.2.3 below.

5.3.1.3 No player may play in more than one EH Men’s or Women’s Adult Championship match in a weekend. 5.3.1.4 Any player participating in the EH Championships at the semi final or final stage must have played for that club in the Championships in an earlier round. This is subject to any prior dispensation that may be requested of and approved by EHCD. 5.3.2 Player Eligibility 5.3.2.1 In any match in the Men’s and Women’s Championships a team may only field players from their elective list or players who do not appear on an elective list from a higher ranked team in their club. 5.3.2.2 The onus of proof regarding any issue of eligibility is on the registering club concerned.

5.3.2.3 A player whose name appears on any Result Card or Matchsheet listing those players eligible to play in a match will be deemed to have played in that match.

5.3.3 Resolution of issues regarding eligibility 5.3.3.1 The EHCD shall decide any issue regarding club, team or player eligibility and shall be entitled to request such written or oral evidence as it considers necessary to make a decision upon this. This shall include any paperwork relating to a player’s participation in any league competition. 5.3.3.2 Any team that plays an ineligible or suspended player will be disqualified from the competition in which they were participating and may be fined.

5.3.3.3 Any team that is deemed by EHCD to have breached the team composition ethos and spirit of the EH Championships referred to in regulation 5.3 may be liable to disqualification from any competition in which they were participating and may be fined.

5.4 Mixed Championships – Eligibility For avoidance of doubt Reg 5.3.2.2 – 5.3.3.3 apply to the Mixed Championships 5.4.1 Players may only play for one team in the Mixed Championships. 5.4.2 Players who have played for another club in an outdoor Men’s or Women’s Saturday League match during the same season must have been registered with the EHCD prior to 24January by the relevant team to be eligible to play in the Mixed Championships. No new player can be registered after this date 5.4.3 At any time during a match a team shall consist of no more than 5 outfield male players.

APPENDIX 1.2 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4. Composition of the Junior Championships 4.1 The Junior Championships shall consist of the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at U14, U16 and U18 age groups. 4.2 The Junior Championships shall be open to all clubs affiliated to EH. 4.3 The Junior Championships shall consist of specified Tiers and each participating team shall select to enter into a Tier in accordance with the Tiering Structure set out in Appendix 1.4 of these Regulations. The U18 Championships is Tier 1, with the U18 Tier 2 Championships being a Plate competition for early round losers at Tier 1.

There are Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championships at U16 and U14 age groups. There is a Tier 3 Championship at U14 age group. Further details of the format of the Championships are included in these Regulations. 4.4 An affiliated club may enter one team in each of the Tier 1 Championships and any number of teams into Tier 2 Championships where direct entry is possible and Tier 3 Championships.

4.5 Each team entry shall be subject to the Eligibility regulations specified in Regulation 5 below. 5. Eligibility 5.1 Clubs 5.1.1 All clubs participating in the EH Championships shall enter the relevant Championship by the due date. 5.1.2 All clubs participating in any of the EH Championships shall pay the following by the due dates: (1) EH club affiliation fees (2) The relevant Championship entry fee (3) All outstanding fines in respect of any EH Championships – Adult, Junior or Masters (4) Any monies owed to England Hockey 5.1.3 – Other organisations For the purposes of these regulations at Tier 2 and Tier 3 clubs may ”merge” to ensure that they have sufficient players to participate to form a “composite club”.

However one club must be the “primary club” in terms of entering the competition to recognise compliance with EH policies. It will be the primary club that will be held responsible for any breaches of these Regulations or EH policies.

5.1.4 No club or team may alter its title, nor incorporate any part of a sponsor’s name therein, without the prior permission of EH. 5.2 Players 5.2.1 Players shall be eligible to participate in any of the EH Junior Championships if they qualify as follows: 5.2.1.1 For the U14 Championships, players must be aged 13 or under on 31 August 2017 For the U16 Championships, players must be aged 15 or under on 31 August 2017 For the U18 Championships, players must be aged 17 or under on 31 August 2017 5.2.1.2 Players shall not represent more than one club in any one season in any of the EH Junior Championships.

5.2.1.3 No player may play in more than one EH Junior Championship on the same weekend. 5.2.1.4 A player participating in a semi final or final of the U18 Championships or an Area or National Finals in the U14 or U16 Championships must have already played in a Saturday League match or the U18 Championships or theU14 or U16 Championships for that club during the same season. This is subject to any prior dispensation that may be requested of and approved by EHCD.

5.2.2 U14 & U16 Tier 1 Championships, U18 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championship Save as provided in regulation 5.2.3 (Guest players) Reg 5.2.2 applies 5.2.2.1 Players who have played for another club in an outdoor Saturday League match during the same season shall only be eligible if they have genuinely changed clubs during this period and severed all links with their previous club.

A Saturday League match is defined as any match in an organised league where the matches are played on Saturdays (If required the EHCD will confirm what constitutes a Saturday League match).

5.2.2.2 Players who have played for another club during the same season in any other country affiliated to FIH shall only be eligible if they have genuinely changed clubs during this period and severed all links with their previous club. 5.2.2.3 For the purpose of these Regulations players who have played for a club in any of the EH Junior Championships and then subsequently play for a different club in an outdoor Saturday League match are deemed to have changed clubs. 5.2.2.4 Such a player may not subsequently play for their previous club in the Junior Championships except under the Guest Players regulations in 5.2.3 below.

5.2.2.5 On the date of any match in the Junior Championships a player must be eligible to play for that club in an outdoor Saturday League match, and if the match is after 31 st January, a player must have been eligible to play for that club in an outdoor Saturday League match prior to 31 st January in that season. 5.2.3 Guest Players –U14 & U16 Tier 1 Championships, U18 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championships only For the purposes of these regulations a guest player is a player who plays for another club in Saturday League hockey but is eligible to play in these Championships subject to the Regulation below 5.2.3.1 A club may play a maximum of two guest players in a season provided that, 5.2.3.2 The club for whom they have played Saturday league hockey has not entered the relevant age group Tier 1 Championship.

5.2.3.3 Players that represent England, or participate in the EH Futures Cupin the same or previous season of participation, must be registered with EH by the Thursday before the first round of matches in the relevant age group Tier 1 Championships. 5.2.4 U14 & U16 Tier 2& Tier 3 Championships 5.2.4.1 There are no regulations in relation to player eligibility save those shown in 5.2.1 and 5.3. In addition, Guest players in the Tier 1 Championships (Reg 5.2.3) are ineligible to participate. 5.3 Composition of Teams The EH Junior Tiered Championships are intended to allow participation of teams (including multiple teams from a single club and, where allowed, composite teams formed from more than one club) at an appropriate level of competition.

These regulations are designed to achieve this; EHCD shall have the right to interpret these Regulations at its discretion to ensure that the team composition ethos and spirit of the EH Junior Championships is preserved.

5.4 Player Eligibility 5.4.1 The onus of proof regarding any issue of eligibility is on the registering club concerned. For a composite club playing under 5.1.3 above this shall be the primary club. 5.4.2 A player whose name appears on any Result Card or Matchsheet listing those players eligible to play in a match will be deemed to have played in that match. 5.5 Resolution of issues regarding eligibility

5.5.1 The EHCD shall decide any issue regarding Club, team or player eligibility and shall be entitled to request such written or oral evidence as it considers necessary to make a decision upon this.

This shall include any paperwork relating to a player’s participation in any league competition. 5.5.2 Any team that plays an ineligible or suspended player will be disqualified from the competition in which they were participating and may be fined. 5.5.3 Any team that is deemed by EHCD to have breached the team composition ethos and spirit of the EH Championships referred to in regulation 5.3 may be liable to disqualification from any competition in which they were participating and may be fined.

APPENDIX 1.3 MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 4. Composition of the Masters Championships 4.1 The Masters Championships shall consist of the Men’s Over 40s, Over 50s and Over 60s Championships and the Women’s Over 35s and Over 45s Championships. 4.2 The Masters Championships shall be open to all clubs affiliated to EH. 4.3 An affiliated club may enter any number of teams into the Tier 1 Championships and Tier 2 Championships where direct entry is possible. 4.4 The Masters Championships shall consist of specified Tiers and each participating team shall be entered into a Tier in accordance with the Tiering Structure set out in Appendix 1.4 of these Regulations.

The Mens Over 60s and Women’s Over 45s Championships are Tier 1, with the Mens Over 60s and Women’s Over 45s Tier 2 Championships being a “Plate” competition for early round losers at Tier 1. There are Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Championships in the Mens Over 40s and Over 50s and Women’s Over 35s age groups. Teams can enter either the Tier 1 or Tier 2 Championship directly. The Tier 2 Championships are also a “Plate” competition for early round losers in the relevant Tier 1 Championships. The Tier 3 Championships are also a “Plate” competition for early round losers in the relevant Tier 2 Championships.

Further details of the format of the Championships are included in these Regulations.

4.5 Each team entry shall be subject to the Eligibility regulations specified in Regulation 5 below. 5. Eligibility 5.1 Clubs 5.1.1 All clubs participating in the EH Masters Championships shall enter the relevant Championship by the due date. 5.1.2 All clubs participating in any of the EH Masters Championships shall pay the following by the due dates: (1) EH club affiliation fees (2) The relevant Championship entry fee (3) Any outstanding fines in respect of the EH Championships – Adult, Junior or Masters (4) Any monies owed to England Hockey 5.1.3 – Other organisations 5.1.3.1 For the purposes of these Regulations at Mens Over 40s and Over 50s and Womens Over 35 Tier 2 and Tier 3 and Womens Over 45s and Mens Over 60s Tier 1 and Tier 2 clubs may ”merge” to ensure that they have sufficient players to participate to form a “composite club”.

However one club must be the “primary club” in terms of entering the competition to recognise compliance with EH policies.It will be the primary club that will be held responsible for any breaches of these Regulations or EH policies. 5.1.3.2 UK Armed Forces– For the purposes of these Regulations a Single Service shall be classified as a “club” and may enter teams accordingly.

5.1.3.3 For the purposes of these Regulations a County or Joint County team shall be classified as a “club”and may enter teams in the Over 60s Championships. 5.1.4 No club or team may alter its title, nor incorporate any part of a sponsor’s name therein, without the prior permission of EH. 5.2 Players – Men’s and Women’s Masters Championships

5.2.1 Players shall be eligible to participate in any of the EH Masters Championships if they qualify as follows: 5.2.1.1 For the Womens Over 35s Championships players must reach 35 on or before the 31 st December 2018 For the Womens Over 45s Championships players must reach 45 on or before the 31 st December 2018 For the Mens Over 40s Championships players must reach 40on or before the 31 st December 2018 For the Mens Over 50s Championships players must reach 50 on or before the 31 st December 2018 For the Mens Over 60s Championships players must reach 60on or before the 31 st December 2018 5.2.1.2 Players shall not represent more than one club in any one season in any of the EH Masters Championships save that players who play in the Over 40s or Over 50s Championships may play for a different club in the Over 60s Championships.

5.2.1.3 Players shall not represent more than one team in any single age group Championships in any one season. 5.2.1.4 A player participating in a semi final or final of any of theChampionships must have already played in a Saturday League match or the relevant Championships for that club during the same season. This is subject to any prior dispensation that may be requested of and approved by EHCD. 5.2.2 Men’s Over 40s and Over 50s and Women’s Over 35s and Over 45s Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Championships Save as provided in regulation 5.2.3 (Guest players) Reg 5.2.2 applies 5.2.2.1 who have played for another club in an outdoor Saturday League match during the same season shall only be eligible if they have genuinely changed clubs during this period and severed all links with their previous club.

A Saturday League match is defined as any match in an organised league where the matches are played on Saturdays (If required the EHCD will confirm what constitutes a Saturday League match). 5.2.2.2 Players who have played for another club during the same season in any other country affiliated to FIH shall only be eligible if they have genuinely changed clubs during this period and severed all links with their previous club.

5.2.2.3 For the purpose of these Regulations players who have played for a club in any of the EH Masters Championships and then subsequently play for a different club in an outdoor Saturday League match are deemed to have changed clubs. 5.2.2.4 Such a player may not subsequently play for their previous club in the Masters Championships except under the Guest Players regulations 5.2.2.5 On the date of any match in the Masters Championships a player must be eligible to play for that club in an outdoor Saturday League match, and if the match is after 31 st January, a player must have been eligible to play for that club in an outdoor Saturday League match prior to 31 st January in that season.

5.2.3 Guest Players For the purposes of these regulations a guest player is a player who plays for another club in Saturday League hockey but is eligible to play in these Championships subject to the Regulation below 5.2.3.1 Men’s Over 40s and Over 50s and Women’s Over 35s Tier 1 Championships A club may play a maximum designated number of players throughout the duration of the competitions who have played Saturday league hockey for another club, as follows: 5.2.3.1.1. Mens Over 40s and Over 50s - a maximum of two players (three if one of these is a fully kitted Goalkeeper) 5.2.3.1.2 Women’s Over 35s - a maximum of three players (fourif one of these is a fully kitted Goalkeeper)provided that the playerscomply with the following:

5.2.3.1.2.1 The club for whom they have played Saturday league hockey has not entered anEngland Hockey competition at the relevant age group 5.2.3.1.2.2 The player has not played for another club in the same season in: (1) A Saturday league match in the EHL; or (2) A Saturday league match in the top Division of a Regional League. 5.2.3.1.3 If a club chooses to play players under these regulations they must be registered with the EHCD. No player may be registered after 31 January without the approval of EHCD. 5.2.3.1.4 The players must be the same players throughout the competition. 5.2.3.2 Men’s Over 40s and Over 50s and Women’s Over 35s Tier 2 and Tier 3 Championships and Women’s Over 45s Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championships A club may play an unlimited number of players throughout the duration of the Championships from a maximum of five clubs who have played Saturday league hockey for another clubprovided that the players comply with the following: 5.2.3.2.1 The club for whom they have played Saturday league hockey has not entered anEHcompetition at the relevant age group 5.2.3.2.2.

The player has not played for another club in the same season in: (1) A Saturday league match in the EHL; or (2) A Saturday league match in the top Division of a Regional League. 5.2.3.2.3 If a club chooses to play players under these regulations they must be registered with the EHCD. No player may be registered after 31 January without the approval of EHCD. 5.2.4 Men’s Over 60s Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championships Reg 5.2.1 only shall apply 5.3. Composition of Teams The EH Masters Tiered Championships are intended to allow participation of teams, including multiple teams from a single club. at an appropriate level of competition.

Regulation 5.3 is designed to achieve this; EHCD shall have the right to interpret these Regulations at its discretion to ensure that the team composition ethos and spirit of the EH Championships is preserved.

5.3.1 The onus of proof regarding any issue of eligibility is on the registering club concerned. For a composite club playing under 5.1.3.1 above this shall be the primary club. 5.3.2 A player whose name appears on any Result Card or Matchsheet listing those players eligible to play in a match will be deemed to have played in that match. 5.4 Resolution of issues regarding eligibility 5.4.1 The EHCD shall decide any issue regarding Club, team or player eligibility and shall be entitled to request such written or oral evidence as it considers necessary to make a decision upon this. This shall include any paperwork relating to a player’s participation in any league competition.

5.4.2 Any team that plays an ineligible or suspended player will be disqualified from the competition in which they were participating and may be fined.

5.4.3 Any team that is deemed by EHCD to have breached the team composition ethos and spirit of the EH Championships referred to in regulation 5.3 may be liable to disqualification from any competition in which they were participating and may be fined.

APPENDIX 1.4 ENGLAND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS – SEASON 2017-18 Age Category Gender Championships Tier* Eligible teams Adult Women’s & Men’s Championship 1 Teams competing in England Hockey League and the highest Premier Division in each Region. See matrix of leagues for detailed information. Adult Women’s & Men’s Championship 2 Teams competing in Regional Premier Division 2 and sub-Regional Leagues in each Region.

See matrix of leagues for detailed information Adult Women’s & Men’s Championship 3 Teams competing in higher level County based leagues. See matrix of leagues for detailed information Adult Women’s & Men’s Championship 4 Teams competing in remaining lower County based leagues. See matrix of leagues for detailed information Adult Mixed Championship 1&2 Any team Masters Women’s Over 35s Championship 1 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with strong Masters sections Masters Women’s Over 35s Championship 2 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with developing Masters sections and able to call on other local players to play from other clubs Guest players allowed.

Masters Women’s Over 35s Championship 3 A “Plate” competition for early round losers in the Tier 2 Championships Masters Women’s Over 45s Championship 1&2 Aimed at all clubs and with opportunity to call on other local players to play from other clubs Guest players allowed. Masters Men’s Over 40s Championship 1 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with strong Masters sections Masters Men’s Over 40s Championship 2 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with developing Masters sections and able to call on other local players to play Guest players allowed.

Masters Men’s Over 40s Championship 3 A “Plate” competition for early round losers in the Tier 2 Championships Masters Men’s Over 50s Championship 1 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with strong Masters sections Masters Men’s Over 50s Championship 2 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with developing Masters sections and able to call on other local players to play Guest players allowed.

Masters Men’s Over 50s Championship 3 A “Plate” competition for early round losers in the Tier 2 Championships Masters Men’s Over 60s Championship 1&2 Aimed at Counties, merged Counties and clubs and with opportunity to call on other local players to play Guest players allowed.

Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Under 18 Championship 1&2 All club U18 teams Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Under 16 Championship 1 Self selecting but aimed at clubs with strong junior sections Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Under 16 Championship 2 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with developing junior sections and the opportunity to call on other players from local clubs. Guest players allowed. 2nd teams from clubs with strong junior sections Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Under 14 Championship 1 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with strong junior sections Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Under 14 Championship 2 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with developing junior sections and the opportunity to call on other players from local clubs.

Guest players allowed. 2nd teams from clubs with strong junior sections Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Under 14 Development Championship 3 Clubs select which Tier to enter at but aimed at clubs with junior sections looking for additional competitive hockey for developing players

APPENDIX 2.1 PENALTY STROKE PROCEDURE 1. The Umpires shall together choose the goal to be used and the Captains shall toss to decide which team shall take the first penalty stroke. 2. Five different players from each of the teams, chosen from the players listed on the teamsheet, but excluding any player who has been permanently suspended from the game (red Card), shall take a penalty stroke alternately against one 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 a team be permitted to substitute the goalkeeper during the course of a particular series in the stroke competition. 3. The team which has been awarded the higher number of goals shall be the winner. 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 five players (subject to any incapacitated player being replaced or a suspended goalkeeper being substituted) 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 manager has freedom of choice at the time of each stroke as to which of the five nominated players will take the stroke although must use all five nominated players per round. The team which has taken the first penalty stroke of a series shall not take the first penalty stroke of the following series (if any).

APPENDIX 2.2 SHOOT-OUT COMPETITION In a shoot-out competition, five players from each team take a one-on-one shoot-out alternately against a defender from the other team as set out in this Regulation. The shoot-out competition comprises all series of shoot-outs required to determine a result. The following sets out both the playing Rules and the procedures to be followed. 1. If the shoot-out competition takes place after the end of a match, the first shoot-out should take place within four (4) minutes of the end of regulation playing time.

2. The respective Team Managers provide five players to take and one player to defend the shoot-outs from those on the Match Report except as excluded below.

A player nominated to defend the shoot-outs can also be nominated to take a shoot-out. No substitutions / replacements are permitted during the shoot-out competition other than as specified below. 3. A player who is still serving a disciplinary suspension by the Tournament Director at the time the shoot-out competition takes place or has been excluded permanently (red card) during the match which leads to the shoot- out competition, cannot take part in that shoot-out competition. A player who has been temporarily suspended (green or yellow card) may take part in the shout-out competition even if the period of their suspension has not been completed at the end of the match.

4. The Tournament Director will specify the method of timing shoot-outs taking account of the facilities available and the need to control time accurately. 5. The Tournament Director will specify the goal to be used. 6. A coin is tossed; the team which wins the toss has the choice to take or defend the first shoot-out. 7. All persons listed on the Match Report other than any player who has been excluded permanently (red card) during the match which leads to the shoot-out competition are permitted to enter the field of play outside the 23m area used for the shoot-out but must be at least 10 metres from the spot where the ball is placed at the start of the shoot-out.

8. The goalkeeper / defending player of the team taking a shoot-out shall wait on the back-line outside the circle. 9. A player taking or defending a shoot-out may enter the 23m area for that purpose. 10. Players taking a shoot-out and also defending the shoot-outs taken by opponents are allowed reasonable time to take off their protective equipment to take their shoot-out and subsequently to put back on their protective equipment. 11. Five players from each team take a shoot-out alternately against the goalkeeper / defending player of the other team making a total of 10 shoot-outs.

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Taking a shoot-out: a) the goalkeeper / defending player starts on or behind the goal-line between the goal posts; the ball is placed on the nearest 23m line opposite the centre of the goal; b) an attacker stands outside the 23m area near the ball; c) the Umpire blows the whistle to start time; d) an official at the technical table starts the clock; e) the attacker and the goalkeeper / defending player may then move in any direction; f) the shoot-out is completed when: i) 8 seconds has elapsed since the starting signal; ii) a goal is scored; iii) the attacker commits an offence; iv) the goalkeeper / defending player commits an unintentional offence inside or outside the circle in which case the shoot-out is re-taken by the same player against the same goalkeeper/defending player; v) the goalkeeper / defending player commits an intentional offence inside or outside the circle, in which case a penalty stroke is awarded and taken; vi) the ball goes out of play over the back-line or side-line; this includes the goalkeeper / defending player intentionally playing the ball over the back-line.

13. If a penalty stroke is awarded as specified above, it can be taken and defended by any eligible player on the Match Report subject to the provisions of Articles 17, 18 and 19 of this Appendix. 14. The team scoring the most goals (or ahead by more goals than the other team has untaken shoot-outs available) is the winner. 15. A player may be suspended by a yellow or red card but not by a green card during the shoot-out competition. 16. If during a shoot-out competition (including during any penalty stroke which is awarded) a player is suspended by a yellow or red card:

a) that player takes no further part in that shoot-out competition and, unless a goalkeeper / defending player, cannot be replaced; b) the replacement for a suspended goalkeeper / defending player can only come from the five players of that team nominated to take part in the shoot-out competition: i) the replacement goalkeeper / defending player is allowed reasonable time to put on protective equipment similar to that which the goalkeeper/defending player they are replacing was wearing; ii) for taking their own shoot-out, this player is allowed reasonable time to take off their protective equipment to take their shoot-out and subsequently to put it on again.

c) any shoot-out due to be taken by a suspended player is forfeited; any goals scored by this player before being suspended count as a goal.

17. If during a shoot-out competition, a defending goalkeeper / defending player is incapacitated: a) that goalkeeper / defending player may be replaced by another player from among the players listed on the Match Report for that particular match, except as excluded in this Appendix or unless suspended by an Umpire during the shoot-out competition; b) the replacement goalkeeper: i) is allowed reasonable time to put on protective equipment similar to that which the incapacitated goalkeeper / defending player was wearing; ii) ii) if this replacement is also nominated to take a shoot-out, this player is allowed reasonable time to take off their protective equipment to take their shoot-out and subsequently to put it on again.

18. If during a shoot-out competition, an attacker is incapacitated, that attacker may be replaced by another player from among the players listed on the Match Report for that particular match, except as excluded above or unless suspended by an Umpire during the shoot-out competition. 19. If an equal number of goals are scored after each team has taken five shoot-outs: a) a second series of five shoot-outs is taken with the same players, subject to the conditions specified in this Appendix; b) the sequence in which the attackers take the shoot-outs need not be the same as in the first series; c) the team whose player took the first shoot-out in a series defends the first shoot-out of the next series; d) when one team has scored or been awarded one more goal than the opposing team after each team has taken the same number of shoot-outs, not necessarily being all five shoot-outs, that team is the winner.

20. If an equal number of goals are scored after a second series of five shoot-outs, additional series of shoot-outs are taken with the same players subject to the conditions specified in this Appendix: a) the sequence in which the attackers take the shoot-outs need not be the same in any subsequent series; b) the team which starts each shoot-out series alternates for each series. 21. Unless varied by these regulations, the Rules of Hockey apply during a shoot-out.

APPENDIX 3 3.1 MATCH OFFICIALS Match officials appointed under regulation 7.2 shall have the following responsibilities, duties and powers: 3.1.1 The general responsibilities, duties and powersof an EH appointed Match Officials shall be found in the Officiating pages of the EH website (click here).

3.1.2 The Match Official is empowered to determine any protest received that complies with the requirements of regulation 8.13.1. The Match Official shall be entitled to request such video, written or oral evidence as he/she considers necessary and should communicate the decision on such protest to both teams involved within one hour of receipt of such a protest. Match Officials are empowered to interpret these Regulations at their discretion and their ruling on any matter shall be final. Once a protest has been lodged the captain and a manger of both teams shall remain at the venue until the Match Official has delivered his/ her decision.

3.1.3 The Match Official may direct any player or official to be removed from a team bench for indiscipline. This will involve the person concerned leaving the playing area, as directed by the Match Official, for the remainder of the match. Any serious instances involving either an individual or affiliated body MAY be reported as a Disrepute Offence under the Disrepute Offence Regulations.

3.1.4 The Match Official may draw the attention of the Umpires to any incident of indiscipline by any player or official from a team bench. The Umpires may then impose such personal penalty as they think fit. If the Umpires permanently (red card) or temporarily (yellow card) suspend a player or official from the team bench, this will require the relevant team to withdraw a player from the pitch for the duration of the suspension. 3.1.5 Each match result, with half-time score and details of goals (scorer, time and type of goal (open play, penalty corner, penalty stroke) or postponement/abandonment must be communicated by the Match Official to the Results Co-ordinator immediately after the end of the match.

3.1.6 The Match Official shall time the suspension applicable for the issue of any green or yellow cards by the umpire. The period of suspension shall commence when the player is seated at the technical table area. 3.2 TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS Tournament Directors required under regulation 8.11.3 shall be appointed to EH Championships Finals by the EH Technical Appointments Paneland shall have the following responsibilities, duties and powers: 3.2.1 The general responsibilities, duties and powersof an EH appointed Tournament Director shall be found in the Officiating pages of the EH website (click here).

3.2.2 Tournament Directors are empowered to apply these Regulations at their discretion and their ruling on any matter shall be final. The Tournament Director may delegate the exercise of his/her powers and authorities, in whole or in part and for such duration as the Tournament Director deems necessary, to a Technical Officer. 3.2.3 Tournament Directors shall be empowered to suspend any player, or named official, for one or more matches for misconduct on or off the field of play during an EH Championship Final. If a team manager, coach or other team official is suspended by the Tournament Director it is not necessary for a player to be removed from the field of play for the period of suspension.

For the avoidance of doubt the Tournament Director’s power to suspend shall extend to any player who has received a red card under sanction of regulation 6.3 of the Red Card and MMO Regulations. Suspended persons may not participate in any way nor enter the field of play, or the technical facility areas (including the team bench) surrounding the same during the match(es) of suspension until the match(es) is/are finished and any period of cool down on the field of play has been completed. 3.2.4 Tournament Directors shall be responsible for ensuring that all sticks and other playing equipment (including goalkeepers’ headgear, hand protectors, leg guards and kickers together with any protective equipment such as face masks, hand and knee protectors intended to be worn by field players) to be used in an EH Championship Final are checked to ensure they comply with the Rules of Hockey.

This will include a full check of hand protectors in accordance with the new guidance to Rule 4.2.

3.2.5 The Tournament Director is empowered to determine any protest received that complies with the requirements of regulation 8.13.2. The Tournament Director will consider the protest and the decision on such a protest will be given to the teams involved within two hours of receipt of such a protest. The decision of the Tournament Director shall be final. The team manager(s) must make arrangements with the Tournament Director to be available to receive the decision. A failure by a team to comply with this procedure will result in the dismissal of the protest. The Tournament Director shall be entitled to request such video, written or oral evidence as he/ she considers necessary to make any decision under consideration.

3.2.6 The completed match report forms, along with the team-sheets must be sent by the Tournament Director to the EHCD. 3.2.7 Postponement or Abandonment of a match at a Competition Finals At any time prior to the commencement of a match, the decision on whether or not the pitch is fit for play shall be the responsibility of the Tournament Director in consultation with the Technical Officer. Once a game has started, a decision on whether it should be interrupted shall be made by the Tournament Director in consultation with the umpires and Technical Officer on duty.

3.2.7.1 If a match is interrupted under 3.2.7, this match must be resumed as soon as possible (not necessarily on the same field of play or on the same day), under the following conditions: 3.2.7.1.1 the match must be completed up to the regulation full time, the score on the resumption being that at the time the interruption took place; 3.2.7.1.2 on resumption, rule 2.3 of the Rules of Hockey relating to the substitution of players shall apply as though there had been no interruption to the match.

3.2.7.2 In the event of a match or the tournament in part or wholly, having to be abandoned as a result of a serious injury to a player, adverse weather conditions or a decision of the Tournament Director in such circumstances that it has not been possible to complete the interruption in accordance with 3.2.7.1 above, the EHCG will decide on the action to be taken after receiving a report from the Tournament Director. Such a decision may necessitate a replay of the match or the tournament in part or wholly, dependent on the circumstances at the time of the abandonment.

APPENDIX 4 – DATES FOR COMPETITIONS IN 2017-18 ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS INVESTEC WOMEN'S TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS INVESTEC WOMEN'S TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S TIER 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS INVESTEC WOMEN'S TIER 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS 12 Nov 12 Nov 03 Dec 03 Dec 08 Oct 08 Oct 29 Oct 29 Oct 11 Feb 11 Feb 12 Nov 12 Nov 10 Dec 10 Dec 18 March 08 April 05 May 18 March 08 April 05 May 03 Dec 11 Feb 18 March 08 April 03 Dec 11 Feb 18 March 08 April 11 Feb 18 March 08 April 06 May 11 Feb 18 March 08 April 06 May 06 May 06 May ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S TIER 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS INVESTEC WOMEN’S TIER 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS 29 Oct 29 Oct 26 Nov 10 Dec 10 Dec 21 Jan 11 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 18 March 18 March 04 March 08 April 07 May 08 April 07 May 25 March 08 April 22 April 03 June MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S O40'S TIER 1, TIER 2 TIER 3 MEN'S O50'S TIER 1, TIER 2 TIER 3 MENS O60's TIER 1 & TIER 2 INVESTEC WOMENS O35'S TIER 1, TIER 2 & TIER 3 INVESTEC WOMENS 045's TIER 1 & TIER 2 08 Oct (T2) 15 Oct (T2) 05 Nov 15 Oct (T2) 05 Nov 05 Nov (T1) 12 Nov (T1) 26 Nov 19 Nov (T1) 26 Nov 26 Nov 03 Dec 14 Jan 21 Jan 21 Jan 21 Jan 21 Jan 04 March 04 Feb 11 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 06 May 25 Feb 05 March 04 March 11 March 11 March 05 May 25 March 06 May 05 May 06 May JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS & DEVELOPMENT LEAGUES BOYS U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS TIER1 & TIER 2 GIRLS U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS TIER 1 & TIER 2 BOYS U16 TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS GIRLS U16 TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS BOYS U14 TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS GIRLS U14 TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIP 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 11 Mar 11 Mar 11 Mar 11 Mar 25 Mar 25 Mar 08 Apr 12 May 08 Apr 12 May 08 Apr 08 Apr 12 May 13 May JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS & DEVELOPMENT LEAGUES BOYS U16 TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS GIRLS U16 TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS U14 TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS GIRLS U14 TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS U14 TIER 3 DEVELOPMENT GIRLS U14 TIER 3 DEVELOPMENT 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 05 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 04 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 18 Feb 11 Mar 11 Mar 25 Mar 25 Mar 25 Mar 25 Mar 08 Apr (Area) 08 Apr(Area) 12 May (Area) 13 May (Area) 12 May (Area) 13 May (Area)