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Failing to fulfil League fixtures:

Rule 11.1 Only the Area Secretary may authorise the postponement of a match …..
First Offence:
• A 5-0 walkover will be issued to the opposition
• Match day expenses are awarded (if relevant) to the opposition
• 3 points deducted if the club did not first inform their Area Sec of their intentions not to play the game
• £20.00 administration charge levied.

Second Offence:
• A 5-0 walkover is awarded to the opposition
• Match day expenses awarded (if relevant) to the opposition
• 3 points deducted for the offending team
• £20.00 administration charged levied
• A final warning is issued to the club.
• The RSC will consider if this is a ‘club’ problem. If deemed to be so, 3 points deducted from all other sides in the offending club.

Third Offence:
• A 5-0 walkover is awarded to the opposition
• Match day expenses awarded (if relevant) to the opposition
• 3 points deduction for the offending team
• £20 administration charge levied
• The club is informed a recommendation is being made to the full committee that the side be suspended from the league.
• The RSC will again consider if this is a ‘club’ problem. If deemed to be so 3 points deducted from all other sides in the offending club.
Such a stance is taken as the League Committee feels by allowing a team to remain in the League is unfair on all the other teams in the division. Players of these clubs are being deprived of a game of hockey, often at short notice when their own club could have been able to organise something else. Equally other clubs have paid to play in that division and are now not getting the fixtures promised to them placing the League in a difficult position in terms of offering ‘value for money’ for its subscriptions.
Rule 7.2 d: If a club has a deficiency of players, it shall cancel its lowest team(s)’s match(es) first.The following penalty will be implemented:

• The un-played game will be awarded 5-0 to the opposition
• All lower team fixtures which were played will be reversed to show 5-0 to the opposition (unless the original score was higher)
• The team which did not play will be deducted 3 points
• The offending club will be fined £25.00
Clubs should not play lower team fixtures on a day when a higher team’s fixture has been postponed without prior approval from the area secretary.

It is the leagues view that this rule is very explicit in regards to the expectations of clubs who find themselves in the position of having a deficiency of players. The RSC attaches huge importance to this rule as by breaking it a club is laying itself open to numerous other rule breaches including - 7.2a, 7.2 c and 7.3
7.2c Selection

Clubs shall not strengthen a lower team with players from a higher team to gain an advantage at any time.
The following penalty will be implemented:

• The match in question will be awarded 5-0 to the opposition (unless the original score was higher)
• The loaded team will be deducted 3 points
• The offending club will be fined a £20.00 administration charge

For subsequent breaches of this rule in the same season clubs can expect an escalation of the above punishments with also a club wide points deduction being imposed.
Its is the committees view that clubs are deemed to have ‘loaded’ a side if players drop down a side and subsequent match cards submitted to area sec’s do not indicate the players have remained in that side for a reasonable period. The RSC will take a view of each individual circumstance with regard to the number of players involved.

If a player is intending dropping down more than one team in any given week or returning from injury for example and plans to play in a team more than one side lower than match cards indicate is his ‘usual’ side clubs should consult their area secretary first otherwise clubs will be assumed to have ‘loaded’ a side.
6.1 Playing for more than one team

No player may play for more than one team in scheduled League matches in the same weekend.
The following penalty will be implemented:

• The match in which the player played second will be reversed 5-0 to the opposition (unless the original score was higher)
• The side for which the player played second will be deducted 3 points
• The offending club will be fined a £20.00 administration charge

For subsequent breaches of this rule in the same season clubs can expect an escalation of the above punishments with also a club wide point’s deduction being imposed.
The ‘doubling up’ up rule was removed from the League rules by the committee some years ago now and by playing in two games in any given weekend without first gaining the express permission of the relevant area secretary is deemed by the committee as nothing more than trying to gain an unfair advantage over opposition.
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