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Sussex Ladies Hockey League Rules

SUSSEX HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
Founded 2001

SUSSEX LADIES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Rules
2017 – 2018

1. The league shall be known as the ‘Sussex Ladies Hockey League’ and will be administered by a League sub-committee comprising the Ladies League Secretary, Assistant Ladies League Secretary, and Premier Appointments Officer, plus two other persons co-opted by the above three.

2. All correspondence, press and journal releases must incorporate the full league title.

3. Any club ladies eleven may apply to join the League, providing they are affiliated to the Sussex Hockey Association (SHA). New entrants shall join in the lowest division. The League sub-committee shall determine the number of new entrants accepted.

4. Teams wishing to join or withdraw from the League must give notice in writing of such intention to the Ladies League Secretary by 30 April in any year. Joining or withdrawal will then take effect for the next season.

5. Fees
a) All teams participating in the League shall pay an annual league fee. Premier division teams will also be required to pay an additional sum to the Sussex Hockey Umpires Association (SxCHUA) for appointed umpires’ expenses.

b) All fees will be reviewed annually, and announced at the SHA Annual General Meeting.

c) League Fees will be paid annually and will be included as part of the main club affiliation. The fees should be paid in full by the appointed date as specified on the invoice from the SHA. Any club failing to pay by this date will be fined and further action may be taken as deemed appropriate.

6. All matches shall be;
a) played in accordance with the current Rules of the Game of Hockey as published by Hockey Rules Board;

b) played on the dates arranged by the League sub-committee;

c) played on pitches arranged by the home team. For the Premier Division, all matches must be played on synthetic turf surface and start times must be between 10.00 and 15.00;

Guidance note: for all divisions teams are asked to consider the distance their opponents are travelling when arranging start times.

d) played at times which have been confirmed with the opposition teams at least 10 days in advance.

Guidance Note: relying on Fixtures Live is not acceptable as confirmation of a fixture. Fixture Secretaries must communicate details of the fixture either by email or phone at least 10 days before the date of the fixture and confirmation must be received.

e) commenced within 15 minutes of the agreed start time, providing at least 7 players from each team are present to take the field of play,

f) matches shall have duration of thirty five minutes in each half but if for a good reason time is restricted, teams may agree a shortened playing time period for a game. Matches should be of at least 50 minutes duration to constitute a league match. Under normal circumstances the length of the match shall be agreed, prior to the start of the match between the Captains and accepted by the umpires. Where a match is abandoned after 50 minutes due to unforeseen reasons, then the match would constitute a completed league match if both Captains agree. If there is not a unanimous agreement, then the match is replayed.

g) officiated by umpires provided by teams as detailed in Rule 9.

h) If it is not possible to meet the conditions listed in 6. e), f) or g) then the game must be abandoned. The Ladies League Secretary must be informed and the match will be re-arranged.

i) In the event that a league game needs to be re-arranged from its appointed date, or home and away ties switched to ease pitch congestion, the agreement of the League Secretary should be obtained before any changes are made.

7. All teams shall wear their normal club colours. In the event of teams having the same or similar colours, the away team shall change, unless otherwise agreed. Each player, including any substitutes, should wear a different number or letter(s) on the back of her shirt.

8. Abandoned and Postponed Matches
a) A League match, once started, may only be abandoned by the unanimous decision of the umpires. Team captains shall be deemed to have transferred their powers in this respect to the umpires jointly.

b) In the event of adverse weather or pitch conditions, a League match may be postponed without the prior agreement of the Ladies League Secretary.

c) If a team has three or more players involved in a higher competition fixture (as defined by the EH priority list), that coincides with a Sussex league fixture, then the league fixture may be postponed to be played on the first available spare league date, so long as the request to postpone the fixture is made to the Ladies League Secretary at the earliest possible date. Once a postponement has been granted, the team requesting the postponement must confirm with the opposition that they are aware of the postponement.

Guidance note: It is the responsibility of the team who has been granted the postponement to contact their opposition as soon as possible, but no later than 5 days after the postponement has been granted, and inform them that the game is being moved even if an alternative date and venue has not been finalised at that point. A copy of the email informing the opposition that the postponement has been granted should be copied to the League Secretary. Failure to do this could result in the permission to postpone being revoked.

d) The home team must notify the Ladies League Secretary immediately of any match abandoned under Rules 8(a), 8(b) and/or 8(c) above, using the match results telephone number (see Rule 10) or the other method described therein. The reason for abandonment or postponement must be given.

e) Postponement for reasons other than pitch conditions, weather conditions or rule 8(c) WILL NOT be permitted without the prior agreement of the Ladies League Secretary and then only in exceptional circumstances. Postponement WILL NOT be considered if requested within 10 days of the date the match is due to be played.

f) Abandoned or postponed matches in the first half of the season must be completed by the last weekend in January. Return matches must be completed by the end of the second weekend of April. No extension beyond these time limits will be permitted, except at the discretion of the Ladies League Secretary. Postponed League matches are only allowed in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Ladies League Secretary.
g) Abandoned or postponed matches should be rearranged to the first available reserve date OR if no such dates are available, to a date, not necessarily a Saturday, within the time limits given in Rule 8(e). The home team will be responsible for notifying the rearranged date to the Ladies League Secretary within two weeks of the postponement.

h) All rearranged Premier and Division One matches MUST be played on a synthetic turf pitch. Other divisions are encouraged to use synthetic turf pitches whenever possible.

i) Any team failing to honour a fixture without due reason in the Premier League shall receive a 3 point deduction, will be fined £15.00 and the game will be replayed on the next available spare league date. Any team failing to honour a fixture without due reason in divisions 1 and below shall forfeit the game, with a 5-0 win awarded to the opposition, and will be fined £15.00. The fine will be waived if a team honours the fixture as a friendly. Teams failing to honour further fixtures will incur the above penalties for each game. If a team forfeits 3 or more games, they will be allowed to fulfil all future fixtures as friendly matches, however, all their results will be removed at the end of the season.

j) If the home team is unable to find new opposition due to late postponement or cancellation on the part of the away team, the away team will be liable for half the costs incurred.

9. Umpires
All clubs must submit to the Ladies League Secretary by no later than 15 September each year, an up to date list of their League umpires, including candidates for the Level 1(Club Umpire) Qualification (who must also be registered with the Sussex Hockey Umpires Association (SxCHUA). Any additions to the list must be notified in writing to the Ladies League Secretary prior to them umpiring a League match. In the event of a team failing to observe this requirement, Rule 9(e) will be deemed to be applicable.

a) Premier Division: All Premier Division matches will have appointed umpires; To this effect;

I. All umpiring appointments will be made by the SxCHUA via the relevant Appointments Officer

II. Each club represented in the Premier Division will nominate to the League pool by 01 August at least one umpire for each participating team who holds as a minimum, the Level 1 umpiring qualification and who has been agreed by the Appointments Officer as having the appropriate experience and expertise. The nominated umpire(s) must, between them, be able to cover the whole season’s league matches. The Appointments Officer may, at their discretion, invite other suitably qualified umpires to join the pool. In the event that a club does not provide the required number of umpires for a league game which results in the appointments officer not being able to appoint sufficient umpires to cover all games taking place on that weekend, the offending club will have their match moved to the first available spare league date be receive a 3 point deduction. Any club failing to provide the required umpire(s) for 6 matches (regardless of whether or not the games take place) will not be able to take any further part in the Premier Division until such time their umpiring responsibility is met for the remainder of the season. Games scheduled to take place during the period of suspension shall be moved to the next available slip dates up to a maximum of 4 games. For each game that has to be moved the offending team will be deducted 5 points. If after the 4 games an umpire has still not been provided for the remainder of the season, the matter will be referred to the league sub-committee .
Guidance note: A club can propose a number of umpires of Level 1 standard to the league and register them on the appointments system. As long as they are approved by the Selection panel they can then be allocated to games. If all umpires then put in their availability, the Appointments Secretary will try wherever possible to ensure that they do not have to forfeit playing for umpiring. It is in a clubs interest to put in a number of umpires so that there is a greater chance that we allocate a game to fit around playing. The fewer umpires that a club puts in then the less flexibility we have to find a game that fits around playing times.

III. Umpire Liaison Officers for Premier League teams must confirm with Allen Filer by 30 August that any nominated umpires have been set up on the Sussex Hockey Umpires’ Association Appointments system. It is the responsibility of the ULO to ensure that nominated umpires continually enter their umpiring availability throughout the season for a minimum of the following two league weekends in order that appointments can be made. Any team failing to do so will be deemed as not meeting their umpiring requirements and as such will face the sanctions outlined in rule 9 (a) II.

IV. Each club will notify to the Appointments Secretary by 01 August the name of their umpiring liaison contact. The home club umpiring liaison contact will ensure that the appointed umpires are informed at least 10 days in advance of match arrangements. They will also ensure that visiting umpires are met on arrival and are provided with changing facilities and hospitality. Appointments are available to view on the Sussex Hockey Umpire’s Association. https://www.sussexhua.co.uk

V. Should the match arrangements not be advised in accordance with Rule 9 a) IV above, the Appointments Officer reserves the right to reallocate these umpires, which will result in the home team forfeiting the match.

VI. In the event of a match being cancelled, it is the responsibility of the home team umpiring liaison contact to ensure that both umpires and the Appointments Officer are informed immediately.

VII. The umpire liaison contact for each club must notify the Appointments Officer of start times and venues for all their home Premier Division games for the forthcoming season by 01 August, to enable appointments to be made.

VIII. In the event that a team needs to change the time and/or venue of a Premier League match after 1 August, agreement of the League Secretary must be obtained at least 14 days in advance of the match date, before any changes take place.

IX. Failure to observe the rules for umpiring will result in a £10 fine for the first offence, escalating by at least £5 for each subsequent offence.

X. In a situation where the appointed umpire fails to arrive or the Sussex Hockey Umpires’ Association cannot provide an umpire or replace an umpire who is unavailable the Home Club with the agreement of the visiting team may find a Level 1 qualified umpire to umpire the match. When this happens both teams must agree that a substitute umpire can officiate at the match and there will be no repercussions after the game.

b) Divisions 1 – 3; Clubs with teams in these divisions are responsible for providing umpires for all their League matches. Minimum qualifications are as follows;

I. Division 1: Club umpire (Assessed)

II. Divisions 2 & 3: Club umpire (Unassessed)

All umpires in Divisions 1 to 3 should be at least an Associate Member of the Sussex Hockey Umpires’ Association.

c) The League sub-committee reserves the right to liaise with the Appointments Secretary regarding appointments to matches other than those within the Premier Division when it is in the interest of the League. In these circumstances, the clubs concerned will share umpires expenses equally.

d) A team failing to provide an umpire of the minimum standard for any League match will be penalised as follows;

I. The offending team will receive a 3 point deduction regardless of the outcome of the match if the match takes place, the non-offending team will retain any points gained as a result of the match.

II. If a non-qualified umpire is provided, the non-offending team will retain goals for and goals against will be deleted. The offending team will have goals for deleted and goals against retained.

III. The offending club will be fined £10.00 for the first offence. A second offence will be penalised with the deduction of further 3 League points and a fine of £10. A third offence will be penalised with the deduction of a further 3 League points and a £10.00 fine.

IV. With the agreement of both clubs, one club can provide both umpires for a game.

Repeated failure to observe the rules for umpiring may lead to suspension for a period determined by the League sub-committee and with all interim matches receiving a points deduction as determined by the league sub-committee

10. Results
a) Match report sheets will be forwarded to all teams prior to the start of each League season.

b) All divisions: The home team must submit the result direct to fixtures live no later than 6.30pm on day of the match;

In the unlikely event that there is a problem with the Fixtures Live service the home team must text the result of the game to their relevant league secretary by 6:30pm on the day of the match using the contact numbers below.

If a game has to be postponed for reasons outlined in rules 8(a), 8(b) or 8(c) then the home team must inform their relevant league secretary immediately giving the reason for the postponement using the contact numbers below.

League Secretary for Premier, Divisions One, Two and Three
Sue Allen – 07768 157717

Development League Secretary
Sally Vans Agnew – 07801 011430

c) The home team must ensure that match reports are correctly completed and sent to the Ladies League Secretary (Premier and Divisions 1, 2 and 3), or to the Development League Secretary for the Development league to arrive no later than the Wednesday following each match.

d) Clubs with teams in the EHL or South League must also send a copy of the EHL match sheet showing the starting XI endorsed by the match delegate and/or a copy of the South League team sheet by email or post to the Ladies League Secretary to arrive by the Wednesday following the day on which the EHL and/or South team played.

e) Any team failing to advise results or submit match reports in accordance with Rules 10(b) & 10(c) above will be fined £10 for the first offence, escalating by at least £5 for each subsequent occasion.

f) League results and tables will be available to view on the Sussex Hockey website – http://www.sussexhockey.co.uk(Via link to Fixtures Live)

11. League Structure; Promotion and Relegation
a) The League will be divided into 4 Divisions. The number of teams in each division will be 12 in the first instance but where this is not possible due to the number of teams entered into the league, will be determined by the League sub-committee, but will be kept to a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 teams per division.

b) Promotion and relegation places will be decided by the League sub-committee. As a minimum the first placed team in the Premier Division will gain automatic promotion to the South League Division 3B. The first and second placed teams in Divisions 1 to 3 will gain automatic promotion to the next division up. The remainder of promotions and relegations will be subject to the movements in and out of the South League and to the need to comply with regulation 11(a) as far as possible.

12. The League position of each team will be determined on a point’s basis with teams scoring;

3 points for a win
1 point for a draw

In the event of equality, the position will be determined (in order given) by;

I. Goal difference
II. Goals for
III. Aggregate results of the matches between the teams on equal points
IV. A penalty stroke competition, as defined by England Hockey.

13. Qualification of Players
a) Movement of players between a clubs’ eleven’s is an expected and natural event. However, any player who has played in any other League in the current season must not play in the Sussex Ladies League without the prior written agreement of the Ladies League Secretary, who will consult with members of the League sub-committee.

b) A club with a team competing in the English Hockey League (EHL) with a team in the South Club’s Women’s Hockey League (South League) shall submit to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary, no later than 7 days before the first game of the Sussex ladies league, a copy of the 11 players who are not eligible to play in the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League (South League). Each such club shall submit to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary, no later than the fifth Sussex league fixture, a final list of its EHL squad, nominating the 11 players who are not eligible to play in the South League. Any amendments to the final list of 11 players that have been approved by the South League Committee must be communicated to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary.

Where a club has a team competing in the English Hockey League (EHL) but does not have a team in the South League, but does have a team in the Sussex Ladies leagues, the same rules will apply as above namely that the club shall submit to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary, no later than 7 days before the first game of the Sussex ladies league, a copy of the 11 players including a Goal Keeper who are not eligible to play in the Sussex Ladies league. The eleven players listed must appear regularly on EHL team sheets. Each such club shall submit to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary, no later than the fifth Sussex league fixture, a final list of its EHL squad, nominating the 11 players who are not eligible to play in the Sussex League. Any requests to make amendments to the final list of 11 players must be made in writing to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary giving clear reasons as to why the request is being made. Amendments cannot be made to the list of 11 players after the fifth from last league game of the season.

Guidance Note An example of when a club might wish to amend its list of 11 nominated players is when one of the nominated players has been injured and wishes to play lower down while returning from injury. That player should be replaced on the list of 11
c) A club with a team competing in the South League shall submit to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary, no later than 7 days before the first game of the Sussex Ladies League, a list of its South team squad nominating11 players including a Goal Keeper who are not eligible to play in the Sussex Ladies League. The eleven players listed must appear regularly on a South League team sheets. Amendments to this list can be made by 6:00pm on the Sunday preceding their next Sussex League fixture; however, the list must always contain 11 players. For example, if a player is removed from the list they must be replaced by another player who will play in the South League. Amendments cannot be made to the list of 11 players after the fifth from last league game of the season, 6pm on Sunday 21st February 2016.

d) A club with a team competing in the Sussex Premier League and a team competing in any of Sussex Divisions 1-4 shall submit to the Sussex Ladies League Secretary, no later than 7 days before the first game of the Sussex Ladies League, a list of 8 of its Premier team squad including a Goal Keeper who are not eligible to play in Divisions 1-4 of the Sussex Ladies League. The eight players listed must appear regularly on a Sussex Premier League Sheet. Amendments to this list can be requested by 6pm on the Sunday preceding the next Sussex Premier League fixture by email to the League Secretary giving the reason for the change; however the list must always contain 8 players. For example, if a player is removed from the list due to injury or loss of form, they must be replaced by another player who will play in the Sussex Premier League but not in Divisions 1-4. Amendments cannot be made to the list of 11 players after the fifth from last league game of the season, 6pm on Sunday 21st February 2016.

e) If a club has more than one team in the Sussex Ladies League; EHL and South leagues, the teams entered are not interchangeable for match purposes; i.e. a player cannot appear on two separate match report sheets on one day, except for:

I. a member of the same team playing twice in a week-end,
II. a regular player in a lower team in the Sussex Leagues who is a genuine ‘bench player’ for a higher team in either the South League or EHL – save that the number of bench players who can play the second game is limited to two, or
III. a registered goal-keeper (see 13 d VI)
IV. those players who are playing a second game for a team in the Development league (see 13 d (V)
A “bench player” is limited to players 12 to 16 on the team sheet. If the team is only able to field 11 players at any given match, none of the 11 can meet the definition of “bench player”. The Bench player rule does not permit players to appear on two Sussex League teams sheets on the same day.

Guidance Note re Bench players
A player, who is a regular player in a lower team within the League may be allowed to bench for the higher team competing in either the South League or EHL, but only two bench players can play for the higher and lower teams in the same weekend. In addition, goalkeepers have been excluded from the restrictions on playing twice in one week-end for safety reasons. Nonetheless, it remains a principle that all teams in the League, and above, should be selected on playing strength, so that the strongest available team is put out at each level starting from the highest team. A lower team must not be strengthened to gain an unfair advantage at any time and this will be closely monitored by the League Committee. The restriction of only two bench players being permitted to play both matches has been introduced to ensure the bench player rules are not abused. This will include the League Committee following a general principle that a player, not included in the nominated list for a particular team under who has consistently appeared on the match report form for a higher team should not play for a lower team particularly in the second half of the season unless the club can satisfy the League Committee that it is due to genuine injury or loss of form issues.

If it becomes apparent that a genuine bench player will in fact have to play the whole match because the higher team is only able to field 11 players, then they no long meet the definition and must not play the second match in the same weekend. It is entirely at the discretion of the club as to whether the player participates in the match for the higher or lower team but they may only play once.

However if the higher team loses a player through injury/illness etc during the warm up, such that the bench player is now going to be the 11th player wholly unexpectedly, they will retain the status of bench player. In the event of a query it will be the responsibility of the club to satisfy the League Committee that the bench player became the 11th player unexpectedly.

V. The club shall make every attempt to refrain from selecting a regular higher division player for a game played in a lower division where that player might make a significant contribution to the overall result. The Ladies League Secretary will regularly review match report sheets to ensure that this principle is followed.

VI. All clubs are expected to field their strongest teams and to play their highest level league matches, if necessary at the expense of their lowest level league matches during that weekend. Forfeiting higher level league games, whilst playing lower division fixtures is unacceptable and punitive fines and disciplinary action will be taken should this offence occur. At present it is intended that
(i) For the first offence in any one season, the offending club will be fined £25; for a second offence the fine will be raised to £50 and for a third £100.
(ii) The offending team will receive a 3 point deduction and additionally the matches of all that clubs lower teams on that day will also receive a 2 point deduction and goals for the offending teams will be removed and goals against will stand. Likewise goals for the opposing teams will stand and goals against will be removed and any points gained by the opposition will stand.

This rule does not apply to teams in the Development League. See rule13 d (IV).

IV. Where a club has a team in the Development League, these players do not have to be promoted up to higher teams in the event of a lack of players in the higher teams. It is up to individual clubs to decide if they wish to promote Development League players to higher teams provided they are not under 13 years of age.

V. A team in the Development League may play up to 3 field players or a goalkeeper and 2 field players who may have already played in any Sussex league games on the same day. It is to be understood by these players that they are playing in a supporting role to aid the development league. Teams must clearly indicate on the Development League match form, those players who are the adult players and/or who have or will be appearing on another Sussex League match form on the same day.

VI. Goalkeepers are permitted to appear on two Sussex League match report sheets on one day provided:
(i) that they have been registered with the League Secretary
(ii) that they play for their nominated team and a higher XI in goal
(iii) Or that they play for their nominated team in goal and a lower team on pitch
(iv) They are not in the named EHL XI or South League XI that cannot appear on a Sussex team sheet

Where goalkeepers are playing for the second time in one day either in goal or on pitch, this must be clearly indicated on the match form for the team that is not their nominated team,

Under no circumstances can a goalkeeper play in goal for a team in a lower division than their nominated team – except Development League. Please see rule V. above.

Failure to adhere to all aspects of this rule will result in the goalkeeper being deemed as appearing on two separate match forms in contravention of rule 13 d I and rule 13 h will apply.

VII. Registration of Goalkeepers
To be able to appear on two match report sheets on one day, clubs must register their goalkeepers with the Ladies League Secretary. Clubs need to register the name of their goalkeepers and nominate the regular XI that they will play in. Once registered, goalkeepers must appear regularly on the team sheet for their nominated team. Clubs must register a minimum of one goalkeeper per team. Goalkeepers must be registered at least 7 days prior to the first league match. Clubs must give at a minimum of 7 days notice to the Ladies League Secretary if they wish to change their registered goalkeepers and/or nominated teams. Registration can be done via email or telephone to the league secretary and confirmation of registration must be received before the goalkeeper is eligible to appear on two match report forms. Amendments to the list of registered goalkeepers cannot be made after the fifth to last league game of the season.

VIII Rules VI and VII do not prevent anyone else playing in goal for a team.

VIII A field player can play in goal for a lower team on the same day provided that they are only playing for the next lowest team than their regular team and that the number of divisions between their regular team and the team they are goalkeeping for is not more than 2 and that they are not in the named EHL XI or South League XI that cannot appear on a Sussex team sheet. Where a team is doing this, they must indicate this on the match form of the team where the player is playing in goal, stating the team that player has already played for on that day.

Guidance: for example if you have a player who plays in Division 1 on pitch normally, they can also play on the same day for lower XI in goal provided that team is either in Division 2 or division 3. They would not be allowed to play in Division 4 as that is more than 2 divisions below their regular team.

f) Any player(s) wishing to move clubs and play for a second club in a League match in the same season must apply for and gain written permission from the Ladies League Secretary before making the move and certainly before playing in a League match for the second club.

g) No player can play for their first club again in a League match after playing for the second club in a League match within the same season.

h) In addition, any team or club incorporating a suspended player in its squad list will be subject to the penalties detailed in Rule 13(e) below.

i) Any person or team violating the above rules will be fined by an amount deemed appropriate by the League Secretary and the match in which the violation occurred will be deemed to have been lost 0 – 5 by the offending team.

14. League Discipline
a) Each team, by its entry into the League, is deemed to have consented to the rules of the League and to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the League sub-committee, whose decisions are final.

b) The Ladies League Secretary reserves the right to investigate any possible infringement of the League Rules and take any necessary action in consultation with the League sub-committee. Any decision made by the Ladies League Secretary is final.

c) In the event of any misconduct by a club or team affecting the operation of the league, the League Secretary may take any action deemed necessary including the application of an appropriate fine/penalty of up to £100, in consultation with the League Sub-committee.

d) The League sub-committee will determine what penalty or penalties, which may include suspension or disqualification, will be imposed.

e) Any suspended team may be re-admitted to its original division following the period of suspension. Any disqualified team may apply to rejoin the League in the lowest division.

f) Fines incurred during a season will be invoiced at the start of the following season with the new affiliation fees.

15. England Hockey Regulations for the Enforcement of Discipline
All persons participating in the League are reminded that the above remains in force.
It is the responsibility of the clubs to ensure that good manners and courtesy prevail
towards the opposition, umpires and other officials before, during and after the game.

16. Complaints and Appeals
a) Any complaints must be made in writing to the Ladies League Secretary within 7 days of the match or incident in question taking place. Complaints made outside of this time limit will be rejected. The Ladies League Secretary shall advise the decision of the league to the complainant within 14 days of receipt of the complaint.

b) If a club feels dissatisfied with the decision of the Ladies League Secretary, they may appeal to the Sussex Hockey Association, in writing, via the Secretary, within 7 days of notification of the decision. Appeals made outside of this time limit will be rejected. A deposit of £100 payable to Sussex Hoackey Association must accompany any appeal, which may be returned in whole or in part at the discretion of Sussex Hockey Association. The appeal will be considered by at least three other members of the Sussex Hockey Association Management Committee, and the decision will be notified to the club, and copied to the Ladies League Secretary, within 28 days of receipt of the appeal. Any such decision will be final.

17. The accounts of the League will be incorporated within the SHA and audited accordingly.

These rules apply from the date of publication until they are superceded by a later version, which is published on the website.

Sussex Ladies Hockey League