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					RULES OF ULSTER WOMEN‘S HOCKEY UNION

May 2007 The Constitution of the Ulster Women‟s Hockey Union
The Ulster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association shall be known as ‗‘The Ulster 1

Women‘s Hockey Union‘‘. It shall be the governing body of women‘s outdoor and indoor hockey in Ulster. Only clubs and schools in Ulster shall be eligible for membership. All affiliated clubs and schools must conform to the Rules of the Irish Hockey Association and the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. All laws for the internal government of the Branch will be subject to the approval of the Irish Hockey Association. The aims of this Branch shall be to promote, foster and administer the game of women‘s hockey in Ulster. This shall be achieved by the: (a) organisation of competitions (b) selection and management of squads for Interprovincial Tournaments and other representative matches (c) coaching of hockey at all levels of the game (d) support of the Umpires Association in development of umpiring. MEMBERSHIP 1. Full Membership shall be open to: (a) all clubs playing women‘s hockey (b) all schools playing schoolgirls‘ hockey 2. Associate Membership may be held by— (a) individuals who have an interest in women‘s hockey in Ulster (b) members of constituent Associations (c) organisations in Ulster having women‘s hockey as one of its activities 3. Honorary Membership Any person whose position in hockey circles or whose services in the interest of the game are such as entitles that person to this distinction. Nominations will be considered by the Council prior to the Annual General Meeting. 4. Application for Membership Written notice must be given and may be considered at any meeting of the Council. Admission to membership shall be if two-thirds of those present decide that all requirements for membership are fulfilled. 5. Suspense or Severance of Membership A charge or complaint involving an offence, not dealt with under any other Rule, shall be lodged by email, where possible, with the Honorary Secretary of the Council who shall refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee. OFFICERS The Officers of the Union shall consist of President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, President Elect, The Past President, Honorary Match Secretary, Public Relations Officer. The President may occupy the office for a period of two years. The President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be ex-officio members of all committees except Selection Committees, unless they be elected members thereof. MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE The Union shall be governed by a Council consisting of: (a) a President (b) a President Elect (c) the Past President 2

(d) an Honorary Secretary (e) an Honorary Match Secretary (f)an Honorary Treasurer (g) a Public Relations Officer (h) one representative from each of ten clubs, at least two of whom shall be from Senior 3 and/or below (i) one delegate from the Schools‘ Committee (j) one delegate representing and nominated by the Coaching Association (k) one delegate representing and nominated by the Umpires Association (l) one delegate representing and nominated by the Indoor Hockey Association Any Ulster representative who is an officer of the IHA shall be an ex-officio member of the Ulster Council without voting rights, if not otherwise elected. Any vacancy in the office of President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Match Secretary or Honorary Treasurer that may arise during a year of office shall be filled by (a) the President Elect, (b) a person nominated by the Council. Written nominations of Officers (excluding that of President), members of the Council, and of the Senior, Under 21 and Junior Selection Committees must be received by the Honorary Secretary on or before 30 April. The consent of all nominees must be obtained before their names are put forward. The list of nominees with their proposers and seconders shall be sent to each club and school with the notice convening the Annual General Meeting. MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES A Council Meetings The Council shall manage and control the affairs of the Union in accordance with the Constitution and Rules of the IHA and the UWHU and with policy decided upon at the AGM of the UWHU. The Council shall decide on all matters arising out of, or not provided for in the Constitution and Rules and deal with any matter that may arise between AGM‘s. The Council shall have the power to co-opt a maximum of two non-voting persons annually. It shall have the power to make Bye-Laws consistent with the Rules and to impose penalties for their violation. Council Meetings shall be held: (i) on the second Monday of every month from September to June (ii) on other dates as required. The quorum at meetings of the Council shall be seven. Any officer, delegate or representative who absents herself from three meetings of the Council for any cause other than illness, bereavement, or absence on official hockey business will be ‗‘deemed to have resigned‘‘ and shall be ineligible for re-election the following season. Any officer, delegate or representative whose absence from some Council meetings may be necessary due to professional commitments shall declare such at the first Council meeting following the AGM. B Annual General Meeting 1. Fourteen days notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be given to the Honorary Secretaries of affiliated Clubs and Schools. 2. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in May. 3. (i) Each Club shall be entitled to send one delegate per team up to a maximum of four per club registered with the Union at the date of the issuing of the Notice convening 3

the Annual General Meeting. Each delegate shall have one vote. Clubs may send as delegates to the Annual General Meeting only persons who are full members of the Club. (ii) Each School shall be entitled to send one delegate and have one vote. 4. All clubs shall be entitled to vote for the Clubs‘ representatives on the Council. 5. Only Schools‘ Representatives shall vote on alterations or amendments to Rules concerning Schools, and only representatives of Clubs on those concerning Clubs. 6. The method of election of all Council members, Schools and members of Senior, Under 21 and Junior Selection Committees shall be by order of preference. 7. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. 8. All changes in the Rules of the UWHU shall come into force immediately following the Annual General Meeting, unless the Meeting shall decide otherwise. C Special or Extraordinary General Meeting The Council shall convene a special or extraordinary General Meeting of the Union within twenty-eight days of receiving a requisition to that effect signed by the President of the Union or by two officials representing each of at least three affiliated Clubs or Schools. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the requisition. No other business will be discussed. All affiliated Clubs shall receive written notification of such a meeting at least 10 days before the date decided by the Council. D Drug Control Policy In accordance with International rules the Council of the UWHU operates a Drug Control Policy as agreed at the 1989 AGM. Copies of this policy document may be obtained from the Honorary Secretary (UWHU) or from the Administrative Officer (UWHU), c/o The Sports Council. E Youth Protection Policy In accordance with the Children (NI) Order 1995 the UWHU has a Youth Protection Policy in place. Copies of this Policy document may be obtained from the Honorary Secretary of the UWHU c/o the Hockey Office, House of Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast BT9 5LA. The Council shall appoint a Youth Liaison Officer from its members. Each Club must have its own Youth Protection Policy and must advise the UWHU of its Youth Liaison Officer by 31 May. The UWHU will adhere to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice agreed by the Sports Council for Northern Ireland. F Sub-Committees 1. Emergency Committee The Council at its first meeting after the AGM shall appoint an Emergency Committee which shall consist of the President, the Honorary Secretary the Honorary Treasurer and two other members. A representative of a relevant Association or Committee may be co-opted. This Committee shall have power to deal with all matters requiring immediate attention. 2. Finance Committee The Council shall appoint a Finance Committee which shall consist of the Honorary Treasurer and four other members. 3. Grounds Committee 4

The Council shall appoint a Grounds‘ Committee, which shall have power to deal with all matters relating to grounds and each Club shall be required to lend its grounds to the Union free of charge once per season. 4. The Council shall have the power to set up special Committees at any time to deal with specific matters as shall be deemed desirable. SELECTION COMMITTEES Senior At the Annual General Meeting the delegates of the Senior Clubs shall elect a Premier and Senior 1 Selection Committee of four members to select teams to represent Ulster in all Senior representative matches. The fifth selector shall be the Senior Coach, who shall also be the UWHU representative on the Senior International Selection Committee. No person shall be eligible for election to the Senior Selection Committee unless she has played Premier or Senior 1 hockey for at least one season. Under 21 At the Annual General Meeting the delegates of the Clubs and Schools shall elect an Under 21 Selection Committee of four members to select teams to take part in trials and to represent Ulster in Under 21 representative matches. The fifth selector shall be the Under 21 Coach, who shall also be the UWHU representative on the Under 21 International Selection Committee. Junior At the Annual General Meeting the delegates of the Clubs shall elect a Junior Selection Committee of four members to select teams to take part in trials and to represent Ulster in Junior representative matches. The fifth selector shall be the Junior Coach. Schools—Under 18 and Under 16 (ref Schools‘ Rules) A member of any Club who is playing for her place on a representative team shall not be eligible for election to any of these Selection Committees. All Selectors shall undertake to see as many matches as possible during the season. The Council shall co-opt suitably qualified members to fill vacancies arising during the season. FINANCE 1. Authority for the control and application of all money, ownership of property, the making of investments which belong to the Union will rest with the Council. 2. Proper books of account shall be kept by the Union and consecutive annual financial statements of account prepared and audited, which shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting by the Honorary Treasurer. 3. (a) All monies received shall be lodged in a Bank approved by the Council in the name of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. (b) Investments will also be in the name of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. (c) The President, Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer shall act as Trustees during their period in office. 4. The Council shall authorise three signatories for Bank and other accounts. Current Account cheques may be signed by any one of them. 5. Budgets will be prepared for the incoming season and these will be agreed by the 5

Council. 6. The set of Annual Accounts must also contain audited copies of Accounts from those Committees and Associations affiliated to the Union who operate their own finances. 7. In the event of the winding up of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union any existing funds/assets shall be transferred to the Irish Hockey Association, or, with their permission to the successors of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. FEES The amount of all fees payable to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting. These are: (a) Affiliation Fees for Clubs and Schools (b) Entry fees for all competitions. Clubs and Schools who do not pay fees will not be eligible to play in League, Cup or Plate competitions. (c) Membership fees for individuals. Affiliation fees for each club team, as required by the IHA, shall be decided at the AGM of the IHA in the preceding season. Additional Fees for (a) and (b) required by the Irish Hockey Association are decided at the Annual General Meeting of the Irish Hockey Association. INSURANCE (a) The personal accident insurance scheme approved by the UWHU is compulsory for all affiliated clubs. (b) All clubs must produce evidence that they have Public Liability Insurance cover.

DISCIPLINARY The Council shall appoint seven persons to serve on the Disciplinary Committee. No two members shall be from the same club/association/committee. Four members shall constitute a quorum. The Committee shall enquire into the incidents resulting in red cards and yellow cards and any reports of misconduct or breaches of the Rules or Constitution, referred to it by the Honorary Secretary as soon as possible. After such enquiry the Committee shall have power to recommend certain action to the Council which shall or may include no action whatsoever, a reprimand, a fine, a suspension for a stated period, or determination of membership. In dealing with such enquiry the Committee shall have power to investigate the facts, examine witnesses and examine relevant documentary evidence and any other reports or evidence in relation to the incidents. Seven days notice of such meeting of this Committee shall be given to all parties concerned. If notice is given to any party and that party does not attend the meeting then the Committee shall have discretion to proceed in the absence of that party. After a decision by the Disciplinary Committee has been reached the outcome will take effect eight days from the date of the hearing. Appeals against decision of the Committee shall be made, in writing, to the Council within eight days of the date of the hearing. Appeals should be addressed to the Honorary Secretary giving notice of the intention to appeal, clearly setting out the grounds for such appeal and accompanied by a fee of £100. This fee shall be forfeited to the UWHU if the original decision of the Disciplinary Committee is upheld or 6

increased. APPEALS The Appeals Committee shall comprise the following: the President or her nominee (chair), three members of the Council and one independent representative. The Appeals Committee shall be distinct from the Disciplinary Committee and shall not include any members of the Disciplinary Committee. The appeal shall be by way of a completely new hearing into the matter and thereafter the Appeals Committee shall have power to confirm, set aside, reduce or increase any sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Committee. The decision of the Appeals Committee will be forwarded, in wiritng, to all interested parties as soon as possible after the Appeals hearing. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final and binding. ALTERATIONS/AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION This Constitution shall not be altered or repealed except at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting and then only with the concurrence of a majority of three votes. Written notice of any alterations must be proposed and seconded and received by the Honorary Secretary on or before 30 April in the case of the Annual General Meeting. In the case of a Special General Meeting the period of notice shall be 10 days. The Honorary Secretary shall give notice of every such proposed alteration in the circular convening the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting. ASSOCIATIONS All Associations are part of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union and shall be subject to its Rules. Each Association shall have its own Constitution and Rules, and any changes thereto shall be presented to the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union for ratification, before these are tabled at the Annual General Meeting of the Union. All Associations having their own budgets, must prepare an Annual Receipts and Payments Account to 30 April and a statement (quantity and value) of equipment held by them at this date and submit sufficient audited copies for distribution to the Hon Treasurer before the AGM of the Union.

Any Club or School wishing to send a team to play matches outside Ireland, is requested to notify the Honorary Secretary of the U.W.H.U.

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General Rules For All Club Competitions 1. All Club/Match Secretaries shall register with the Honorary Match Secretary by the first Tuesday in June their Club‘s team participation for the following season (except for the Regional Club League teams which shall be decided by 1st September of the year in question). The Regional Club League teams shall be informed by the Honorary Match Secretary of their season‘s fixtures as soon as possible. 2(a). Each Club shall have distinguishing colours, a description of which shall be sent to the Honorary Match Secretary before 31 May. Every player must wear her Club uniform except as provided for in Rule 13 of General Rules for all competitions. Shorts are not permitted but skorts, which give the appearance of a skirt both back and front, may be worn. An umpire shall have power to request any player not complying with this Rule, to leave the field. Disregard for this Rule shall be reported to the Council. (b). No Club or School may enter into sponsorship involving the display of logo on clothing or equipment without prior written consent from the Council of the UWHU. The total logo area must not exceed 350 sq cms. 3. A new Club becoming affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall not adopt the colours registered by a Club already affiliated, and any Club changing its colours shall be similarly bound and shall require to have its proposed new colours approved by the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. 4.(a) No Senior match shall be played without two registered umpires, grade 3 or higher, approved by the Umpires‘ Association. (b) No Junior matches shall be played without two registered umpires – one umpire to be provided by each team unless agreed by both teams prior to the match. For any breach of this rule the penalty shall be the loss of the match. For each subsequent breach the penalty shall be the deduction of one point from the teams existing league total. 5. All umpires shall have in their possession a copy of the Rules of Hockey and a copy of the Rules of the UWHU. All decisions shall be given in accordance with these Rules. 6. (a) All matches must be played on pitches which conform to the regulations laid down in the ‗‘Rules of Hockey‘‘. Each club must register its ground by the first Tuesday in June. All new pitches must be inspected by the Grounds Committee of the UWHU prior to registration. (b) Suitable changing accommodation must be provided by all affiliated Clubs. (c) All Premier, Senior 1, 2 and 3 matches to be played on synthetic surfaces. 7(a) The Match Secretary of the home team shall give the Match Secretary of the visiting team at least five days notice of the time and venue of a Saturday match to be played on a gravel pitch. Matches to be played on artificial pitches should start at 1.00 pm, 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm on Saturdays and after 6.30 pm on Fridays. Match Secretaries should contact opponents to arrange such matches as follows – Friday (2 weeks notice required) Saturday (5 days notice) (b) No mid-week match shall be scheduled later than 8.00 pm. (c) On the arrival of the visiting team, the home team shall have sole responsibility for ensuring the match is played according to the rules laid down by the UWHU for that competition. Failure to comply with this match protocol will result in the loss of the match. 8. (a) No match shall be postponed without the consent of the Council unless weather conditions render play impossible. In this case the Secretary of the home team shall notify the Secretary of the visiting team, the Honorary Match Secretary and the umpires a minimum of two and a half hours before the time of the match. 8

(b) Matches may not be postponed due to team members being involved in international or interprovincial duty. Clubs may, with the agreement of the opposition, play such match mid-week instead of a Saturday. (c) If a Club is participating in an Irish competition, and is travelling to an away fixture, that Club may request that the team lower postpone their fixture to facilitate the team competing in order to take a full squad. Such requests must be made to the Honorary Match Secretary within two weeks of the fixture and the postponed fixture must be played mid-week the week following where possible. 9. In the case of a team or any of its members being late for a match, the umpires shall insist on having the match started ten minutes after the time appointed. Any team which refuses to begin a match when summoned by an umpire shall forfeit the match. In exceptional circumstances the umpires may allow a longer time to the travelling team. 10(a) If the visiting team, on arrival at the ground, considers it unfit for play, they must notify the umpires of their intention to lodge a protest with the Council. If the protest is upheld by the Council and a replay is ordered, the protesting team shall have the choice of the ground for the replay. (b) If the visiting team, on arrival at the ground, finds that the match cannot be played for reasons other than weather eg overrun of a previous game, the visiting team can, after twenty minutes delay decide to return at a later date to the same ground to play the fixture. If, however, they agree to wait for thirty-five minutes and the match can still not be played then the match shall be rescheduled at the visiting team‘s ground. (c) Only the lowest team in a club may be allowed to concede a match. If a team that is not the lowest team does concede, a point deduction will be made from their total, and all other teams below that team shall have any points gained that day deducted from their total. 11 (a) A match may be postponed by the umpires provided that ground or weather conditions render play impossible. (b) A match may be abandoned by the umpires provided that ground or weather conditions make further play impossible. Any abandoned match will be replayed at a later date at the original venue. 12. Two suitable match balls must be supplied for each match by each team. 13. In the event of two teams having similar colours meeting in any competition, the visiting team shall wear different colours and, if neither team is at home, lots shall be drawn. 14. Grounds and umpires for all semi-finals and finals shall be arranged by the Fixtures Committee. 15. Every Club must register with the Umpires‘ Association by 1 September at least ONE umpire for each team entered for all Competitions and pay the appropriate registration fee. 16 (a) No player may play for more than one club in any Cup or Plate competition in any one season. Nor may any player play for more than one team in the same Cup or Plate competition within one Club in any one season. Schoolgirls may play for one club as well as their School. (b) In the event of a player wishing to transfer to another affiliated Club within one year of playing and/or being registered for any other affiliated Club, a transfer request form must be forwarded to the Hon Match Secretary by the player before she can play for another club. The Council of the UWHU may grant the transfer provided that: (i) the player has discharged all financial liabilities to her previous club. (ii) there is no valid objection to the transfer. (iii) the transfer complies with the regulations governing IHA club competitions. 9

No transfer requests may be made after 31 December. 17. (a) The Council shall have power to deal with all protests which must be lodged, in writing, with the Honorary Match Secretary and with the Secretary of the Club appealed against within four days of the date of the incident in question. Four copies of the protest letter should be forwarded to the Honorary Match Secretary accompanied by a fee of £20. The fee shall be forfeited to the UWHU unless the protest shall succeed or the Council shall decide otherwise. Such protest letters to the Honorary Match Secretary should be sent c/o The Hockey Office, House of Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5LB. (b) All protests regarding umpiring shall be forwarded to the Secretary of the Umpires‘ Association. 18. Registration (a) The Secretary of every Club shall send to the Honorary Match Secretary, on or before 1 October, a typewritten list of the names and addresses, on an official Registration Form, of the members of each team entered for any competition. For each team a minimum of eleven members must be registered. Universities and Colleges shall forward details of their registered players by 15 October. (b) Players normally resident, working or studying outside Ireland during the season shall not be permitted to be registered as one of the eleven members unless permission has been obtained from the Council or Fixtures Committee. Such players may have the level of their registration determined by the Council or the Fixtures Committee. The player‘s full details must be given before registration can be permitted. (c) Any member joining a club after 1 October must be registered seven days before she is eligible to play in a match. No registration may be made after 31 March. (d) No member may play for a team lower than that for which she is registered. (e) A member who has played five times for a team higher than that for which she is registered shall be deemed to have acquired the status of the higher team (excluding All Ireland Cup/League matches.) (f) When a Club wishes to transfer a member to a lower team, the Secretary must apply by email where possible to the Honorary Match Secretary, who shall refer the matter to the Council. At least four days notice must be given of any proposed change of registration and the names of members being downgraded and promoted must be included. The Council shall have power to refuse any application. (g) Where two teams from one Club are entered for the same competition, the Secretary of the Club shall state at the time of registration which team shall rank as the higher, and the foregoing rule shall apply to the members of these two teams as if they were entered for separate competitions (h) No member shall be reinstated more than once in any season.

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League Competitions 1 (a) The League shall be divided into three (3) divisions, namely; Premier, Senior and Junior (all Club 1st XI teams shall play in the Premier and Senior League). (b) The Premier, Senior league sections and Junior league sections shall consist of no more than one team from any club, exception being the bottom Junior league section. 2 All sections within the League shall have ten (10) teams, excepting the lowest sections of each (which may have more or less than ten (10)). 3 Two teams shall be promoted and relegated from each section (exceptions being bottom teams in Senior and Junior leagues where there is no relegation) and Premier where the lowest team will be relegated whilst the next lowest team shall play off with the second placed team in Senior 1 for a place in Premier for the following season. 4 Promotion and relegation between the sections shall be ranked at the end of the season by the number of points they have accumulated in their section matches. If, at the end of their matches, two or more teams have the same number of points, they will be ranked according to: (a) goal difference if still the same ---- then (b) respective ‗goals for‘ if still the same ---- then (c) respective ‗goals against‘ if still the same ---- then (d) play-off at a neutral venue arranged by Honorary Match Secretary. Any team which concedes a match during the season will not be eligible for promotion, unless such has been decided by Fixtures Committee. 5. Each team shall play two League matches, one home and one away with each of the other teams in the same League, or section of the same League. Three points shall be awarded for a win, and one for a draw. All teams shall, except by special permission of the Council, start their League programme not later than the last Saturday in September. 6. (a) Any team which fails to fulfil a scheduled League fixture shall, unless there are extenuating circumstances, be penalised by the deduction of one point for the first conceded match, increasing to two points for the next conceded, and three points for the third and any subsequent conceded matches. The team shall be withdrawn from their league when the number of points conceded is more than twelve (and their match scores withdrawn from the league totals). To claim the points for a conceded match, the Match Secretary of the opposing team shall forward an email to the Honorary Match Secretary within the stipulated time for results to be received. (b) Teams who default from their away fixture must still travel for the rematch. If they default again, and remain in the same section the subsequent season, they must still play the away fixture first. If they default again, they must still travel for the rematch. (c) Any team which concedes a match must be the lowest ranking team in the Club. If this is not the case any team which is a member of a section below that which concedes and plays a league match shall have any points gained forfeited. 7. No League match shall be of more than 35 minutes each way nor less than 25 minutes each way with a half-time interval. In the event of a disagreement the home team Captain shall decide. 8. The Secretary of the winning team (or home team in the case of a draw) shall email (within three days of the match being played) to the Honorary Match Secretary the result of the match including the names of players and officials and the date, time and location of match. For breaches of this rule the penalty may be the deduction of points from a team‘s league total. 9. Each team shall submit a fully completed match card/sheet (listing names of players, coaches, umpires etc) to each umpire at the beginning of all matches played under the 11

auspices of the UWHU. At the end of the match the umpires shall note the score on all four cards/sheets, sign them and return two to each captain (each captain to retain a match card for their own team and the opposing team).

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Cup Competitions 1 All Premier and Senior 1 teams of Clubs affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall be eligible to compete in the Ulster Shield. This competition shall be played on a synthetic surface. 2 All Senior 2 and Junior 1 and 2 teams of Clubs affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall be eligible to compete in the McConnell Shield. This competition shall be played on a synthetic surface. 3 All Senior 3 and 4 and Junior 3 teams of Clubs affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall be eligible to compete in the Intermediate Cup. This competition shall be played on a synthetic surface. 4 All Junior 4, 5 and 6 teams of Clubs affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall be eligible to compete in the Junior Cup. 5 All Junior 7 and below teams of Clubs affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union shall be eligible to compete in the Minor Cup. 6 Duration of Cup matches: all Cup matches (except the Minor Cup) to be 35 minutes each way; Minor Cup to be 30 minutes each way. All Cup matches (except Finals) to be finished ‗on the day‘. If matches result in a draw after normal time, a golden goal competition will be played (namely 7½ minutes each way (first goal scored is the winner). However, if still a draw after this 15 minutes, a Penalty Stroke competition shall be played to decide the winner. 7 The Ulster Shield Final and McConnell Shield Final will be played to a winner. 35 minutes each way, followed by a golden goal competition, if necessary, and then a Penalty Stroke competition, if necessary. However, all other Cup Finals will end at the conclusion of the golden goal competition, and the Cup will be shared in this event. 8 The result of each match with the names of the players, shall be sent by e-mail, where possible, on an official form by the Match Secretary of the winning team to the Honorary Match Secretary within four days of the match being played.

Plate Competitions 1 All teams knocked out in the first round of the Ulster Shield, McConnell Shield, Intermediate, Junior and Minor Cup competitions shall be eligible to compete in their equivalent Plate competition. 2 Duration of Plate matches – as for Cup matches 3 The result of each match, with the names of the players, shall be sent by email, where possible, on an official form by the Match Secretary of the winning team to the Honorary Match Secretary within four days of the match being played. 4 In the case of a match resulting in a draw in the Finals of the Plate competitions, with the exception of the Senior Plate, a golden goal competition shall be played. If at the end of the golden goal competition the result is still a draw, the teams shall share the Plate. The Senior Plate Final shall be played to a winner (same as for the Ulster Shield and McConnell Shield Final).‘

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Schools Section Management 1. Schools‘ business shall be conducted by a Schools‘ Committee. 2. A Schools‘ General Meeting shall be held in March each year. 3. The Schools‘ Committee, which shall be elected annually at the General Meeting, shall consist of a Chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and seven Committee members one of whom shall be from the High School sector, one from the Mini Hockey Association and one appointed by the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. 4. The Schools‘ Committee shall normally meet monthly, September to May. The quorum at Committee meetings shall be four. 5. The Schools‘ Committee shall appoint one representative to the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. 6. (a) At the Schools‘ General Meeting the delegates of the Schools shall elect five members to select teams to take part in trials and to represent Ulster in U18 Schools‘ Representative matches. The sixth selector shall be the U18 Schools‘ Coach. The Ulster U18 Coach is the Selector for Irish U18. (b) At the Schools‘ General Meeting the delegates of the Schools shall elect five members to select teams to take part in trials and to represent Ulster in Under 16 Schools‘ Representative matches. The sixth selector shall be the Under 16 Schools‘ Coach. The Ulster U16 Coach is the Selector for Irish U16. 7.Affiliated schools and clubs may nominate players of the required standard to the area board secretary who will organise trials and select a team to play in the area board tournament. The selectors will from this tournament select girls for summer coaching and final trials. At the start of September schools and clubs will be asked for any nomination of required standard who they feel have missed out. The manager will arrange a trial for these girls and a final trial. 8. At the Schools‘ General Meeting all business pertaining to Schools‘ hockey may be discussed. 9. Any changes to the rules governing Schools‘ Management/Competitions shall be presented to the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union for ratification before these are tabled at the Annual General Meeting of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. Competitions 1. All Affiliated Schools must notify the Honorary Schools‘ Secretary by 30 April of their team participation in Schools‘ Competitions for the following season. 2. Any Grammar School wishing to enter its 1st XI in the McDowell Cup competition must apply email where possible, giving the reasons, to the Honorary Schools‘ Secretary before 30 April. This submission will be considered by the Schools‘ Committee and then by the Council of the UWHU. The subsequent decision shall remain valid for ONE season only. 3. That for Senior Schools‘ Cup from quarter finals on, and for all other schools‘ competitions from semi-finals on, matches will be played on synthetic surface and that this be included in rules of competition. 4. All Cup matches must be played on pitches which conform to the regulations laid down in the ‗Rules of the Hockey‘. 5. In the event of two teams having similar colours meeting in any competition, the visiting team shall wear different colours and if neither team is at home lots shall be drawn. 14

6. Grounds for the semi-finals and finals of all Schools‘ Competitions shall be arranged by the Schools‘ Committee. Schools‟ Cup Competition 1. The Schools‘ Cup competition is open to all Schools affiliated to the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. All players taking part in this competition must be in full attendance during ordinary school hours and be under the age of 19 on 1 July prior to commencement of the current season. 2. The Competition shall be run as a knock-out competition, with no seeding. The draw and all other arrangements for the competition shall be made by the Schools‘ Committee and, except as provided for in Rule 5 in General Rules for schools for all competitions, the first named school shall have choice of ground and the opposing school shall have the choice of ground in the event of a replay. 3. (a) The game shall be of sixty minutes duration, half time being called after thirty minutes play, when the teams shall change ends. Should a match end in a draw, ten minutes extra time each way shall be played. In the event of a draw after extra time in the second game a series of penalty strokes shall be taken. (b) Should the Final end in a draw, ten minutes extra time each way shall be played. If there is still no decision, a series of penalty strokes shall be taken. 4. The winners of the Senior Schools‘ Cup shall represent Ulster in the All-Ireland Cup Competition. 5. The Secretary of the home team shall notify the Secretary of the visiting team at least four days before the date of the match, of the time and place of the match. The Secretary of the visiting team shall confirm the arrangements by return. 6. Results of matches in the Schools‘ Cup Competition must be sent to the appropriate competitions secretary on an official form by the secretary of the winning team within four days of the match. Senior Schools‟ Shield 1. The Senior Schools‘ Shield is open to teams eliminated in the third round of Senior Schools‘ Cup. All other rules for this competition shall be the same as those governing the Senior Schools‘ Plate competition. Senior Schools‟ Plate 1. The Senior Schools‘ Plate competition is open to all Schools which have entered for the Senior Schools‘ Cup competition and who have been eliminated in the first and second rounds of that competition. 2. Any school which fails to fulfil its first or second round match in the Senior Schools‘ Cup shall not be eligible to play in the Senior Schools‘ Plate. 3. The game shall be of fifty minutes duration, half time being called after twenty five minutes of play when the teams shall change ends. Should a match end in a draw, ten minutes extra time each way shall be played. In the event of a draw after extra time a series of penalty strokes shall be taken. 4. Should the Final end in a draw, ten minutes extra time each way only shall be played. In the event of a draw after extra time the Plate will be shared. All other rules for this competition shall be the same as those governing the Senior 15

Schools‘ Cup competition. McDowell Schools‟ Cup 1. The McDowell Schools‘ Cup Competition is open to the 2nd XIs of Grammar Schools and to teams from High Schools and Colleges of Further Education. All players must be under 19 years of age on 1 July prior to commencement of the current season. Any School which fails to fulfill all fixtures in the league section of the McDowell Cup Competition (by the required date) will not be permitted to enter this competition the following year. 2. Schools entering two teams must grade them as ―A‘‘ and ‗‘B‘‘ and play them as such in all fixtures. 3. The Competition shall be run on the League system, each team playing either home or away with each of the other teams in the same section. The winners of each section, who shall be decided by a points system of four for a win, two for a scoring draw, one for a scoreless draw shall compete in a knock-out Competition, all arrangements for which shall be made by the Schools‘ Committee. 4. The Secretary of the home team shall notify the Secretary of the visiting team at least four days before the date of the match, of the time and place of the match. The Secretary of the visiting team shall confirm these arrangements by return. 5. The game shall be of 50 minutes duration, half time being called after 25 minutes play, when the teams shall change ends. No extra time shall be played in League matches. Should a match in the Knock-out competition end in a draw, five minutes extra time each way shall be played. In the event of a draw in the second game and there is still no decision after extra time, a series of penalty strokes shall be taken. Should the Final end in a draw ten minutes extra time each way only shall be played. 6. Results of matches in the McDowell Schools‘ Cup competition must be sent to the Competitions‘ Secretary on an official form by the Secretary of the winning team within four days of the match. In the case of a draw both Secretaries shall send in the result. Junior Schools‟ Cup 1. The Junior Schools‘ Cup competition is open to teams of girls under fourteen years of age on 1 July prior to commencement of the current season, attending properly constituted Grammar, High and Junior High Schools. 2. Each school may enter only one team for the Competition. 3. The Competition shall be run on the knockout system. The draw and all arrangements for the competition shall be made by the Schools‘ Committee. 4. Each game shall be of forty minutes duration, half time being called after twenty minutes play, when the teams shall change ends. In the event of a draw five minutes extra time each way shall be played. In the event of a draw after extra time in the second game a series of penalty strokes shall be taken. Should the Final end in a draw five minutes extra time each way only shall be played. 5. Results of matches in the Junior Schools‘ Cup Competition must be sent to the Competitions‘ Secretary by the Secretary of the winning team within four days of the match. In the case of a draw, both Secretaries shall send the result. Junior Schools‟ Plate 1. The Junior Schools‘ Plate Competition is open to all schools which have entered for the Junior Schools‘ Cup and who have been eliminated in the first and second rounds of that competition. 16

2. Any school which fails to fulfil its first or second round match in the Junior Schools‘ Cup shall not be eligible to play in the Junior Schools‘ Plate. 3. The game shall be of forty minutes duration, half time being called after twenty minutes of play when the teams shall change ends. Should a match end in a draw five minutes extra time each way shall be played. In the event of a draw after extra time, a series of penalty strokes shall be taken. 4. Should the Final end in a draw five minutes extra time each way only shall be played. U14 High Schools‟ Cup Matches will be 20 minutes each way. In the event of a draw five minutes extra time each way will be played. If it is still a draw a replay is held with the same rules and if still a draw a Penalty Stroke Competition will decide. The Home team will designate the pitch. The Semi-Finals and Final will be arranged by the Competition Secretary and may be played on Astroturf. U16 High Schools‟ Cup As for U14 High Schools‘ Cup Competition except that extra time will be ten minutes each way.

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Constitution and Bye-Laws of the Umpires‟ Association CONSTITUTION 1. The Association shall be known as the Umpires‟ Association of the Ulster Women‟s Hockey Union hereinafter called “the Association” or „‟the Umpires‟ Association.” 2. The aims of the Association shall be to promote interest in and improve the standard of umpiring the game of Women‘s hockey in the Province. 3. All members of the Association must be F.I.H., National, Grade 1, 2 or 3 registered Umpires with the Association and are entitled to vote at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting and to wear the Association pullover and badge. All other Umpires of Club hockey and Senior Schools teams may be Associate members and must be registered with the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union and the Association by 1 September in each year. The appropriate registration fee shall be paid by all members. 4. Matters relating to umpires and umpiring shall be controlled by the Umpires‘ Association except that any Umpire/Manager of an Ulster representative team shall be appointed by the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. 5. The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than May of each year. The Honorary Secretary shall give at least 10 days notice to all members. Ten days notice must also be given for a Special General Meeting. 6. The Committee, which shall be elected by members of the Association at an Annual General Meeting, shall consist of a Chairman, an Honorary Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer and four members, all of whom must be registered Grade 3 or better. Once elected, each member may serve for two years before offering her/himself for reelection. Vacancies occurring on the Committee during a term of office may be filled by co-option until the following Annual General Meeting when any nominations shall be accepted in the usual manner. An Organiser of Umpires shall be elected by members of the Association at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting and shall be an ex officio member of the Committee. 7. The quorum for meetings of the Committee shall be four. 8. The Registration fee shall be decided at an Annual General Meeting. 9. The financial affairs of the Umpires‘ Association shall be controlled by the Committee and an audited balance sheet shall be presented to the Annual General Meeting and a copy sent to the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. 10. The Committee shall have power to award Grade 1, 2 and 3 badges. 11. The Committee shall have the power to suspend from membership anyone who shall appear to the Committee to have been guilty of misconduct or incompetence after giving such member an opportunity to be heard. 12. In the event of an Umpire suspending a player for a breach of the Rules or misconduct either temporarily or permanently during the course of a match, such Umpire must furnish a written report of the incident on an official form to the Honorary Secretary of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union and a copy to the Secretary of the Umpires‘ Association immediately. 13. This Constitution shall not be altered or replaced except at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting. Notice of any proposed alterations (other than those proposed by the Committee) shall be sent email where possible to the Honorary Secretary of the Umpires‘ Association on or before 1 April and the Honorary Secretary shall give notice of every such proposed alteration in the circular convening the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting. Amendments to proposed alterations shall be allowed at the meeting and all 18

changes to the Constitution and Bye-Laws shall come into force immediately. 14. The Committee shall have the power to alter the Bye-Laws as necessary. 15. The Committee shall appoint a representative to the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. BYE-LAWS 1. Candidates for the Grade 3 badge must pass a written examination set by the Irish Umpires Association on ―Rules of Hockey‖. The Committee will also arrange for candidates to be seen umpiring a Club or Senior School match(es). 2. Candidates for the Grade 2 badge must have passed the Grade 3 badge - if not pass the Grade 3 written examination. They shall be seen umpiring at least 3 matches - two of which must be at Senior level. 3. Candidates for the Grade 1 badge must pass a written examination of a suitable standard set by IUA on ―Rules of Hockey‖ and have a Grade 2 badge. They shall be seen umpiring at least 3 matches - which must be at Senior level. 4. Written examinations mentioned above will be held - Grade 3 in October and Grade 1 in January of each year - being set by IUA and if passed will be valid for 2 years. 5.Practical assessments will be carried out by assessors appointed by the Committee. 6. The Committee shall appoint(i) Umpires for the finals of all Ulster Club Competitions and Semi Finals of the Senior Club Competitions and McConnell Shield. Semi finals of all other competitions to be arranged by Clubs concerned as a ―cross over‖ ie. Teams A v B‘s umpires to umpire teams C v D‘s game and vice versa, if there is a replay, etc - the same umpires shall officiate, where possible. (ii) Umpires for the following Schools Competitions - Senior Schools‘ Final and Semi Finals, Senior Schools‘ Plate Final and McDowell Cup Final, if so requested. (iii) Umpires for any Ulster representative matches, other than those appointed by the IUA.

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Constitution of the Indoor Hockey Association
1. The Association shall be known as the Indoor Hockey Association of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union (hereinafter referred to as the Association). 2. The Association shall structure and administer the game, formulate its own constitution and make its own rules, which constitution and rules shall be in general accordance with the constitution and Rules of the branch and at all times shall be subject to the approval of the Council. 3. The entitlement to attend a general meeting of the Association shall be: 2 representatives from each Club affiliated to the Association. 2 representatives from the Indoor Umpires‘ Committee. Ulster branch representative/s to the Irish Hockey Association Indoor Hockey Committee. Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer of the Association. 4. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held prior to the Annual General Meeting of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. The Honorary Secretary shall give at least ten days notice, email where possible to all those entitled to attend. Nominations shall be received by the Honorary Secretary on or before 31 March in each year. 5. The Association shall elect at an Annual General Meeting the following: (a) Officers: Chairman. Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer. (b) Committees (i) Executive Committee to organise and administer indoor hockey on behalf of the Association. This Committee to meet as required but not less than once every two months during the season and to report directly to the Council of the Ulster Women‘s Hockey Union. The Committee to consist of: Association‘s Chairman Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer. 1 representative of the Council of the U.W.H.U. Ulster representative/s on the I.L.H.U. Indoor Hockey Committee. 1 representative of the Indoor Umpires‘ Committee. 1 delegate from each Club affiliated to the Association. This Committee shall elect from its members one delegate to the Council of the U.W.H.U. A quorum shall be nine. (ii) Emergency Committee to deal with any urgent matters which might arise between meetings of the Executive Committee. The Emergency Committee to consist of: Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and four persons elected at the Annual General Meeting. A quorum shall be five. (iii) Selection Committees: Senior. This Committee shall consist of 5 members one of whom shall be the Ulster Coach. From these five members, the Association shall elect a member/s to serve on the Irish Indoor Selection Committee. Under 21. This Committee shall consist of 5 members one of whom shall be the Ulster Coach. Under 19. This Committee shall consist of 5 members one of whom shall be the Ulster Coach. No person shall be eligible for election to the Indoor Selection Committees unless she has participated in Indoor Hockey for at least one season. 6. The Association shall be responsible for the rules regarding the eligibility of Clubs and players for participation in indoor hockey competitions and for the registration of players, if 20

required. 7. The Association shall determine the fees payable for participation in indoor hockey, which fees shall be subject to the approval of the Council, and it shall keep an accurate record of all monies received and disbursed and shall present an Audited Statement of Accounts to the Honorary Treasurer of the Branch not later than 1 May each year. All funds emanating from indoor hockey shall remain the property of the Branch. 8. Matters relating to the Umpires and umpiring shall be controlled by the Indoor Umpires‘ Sub Committee. 9. The Association shall convene a Special General Meeting within twenty eight days of receiving a requisition signed by the Secretary of at least three affiliated Clubs. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the requisition. Those entitled to vote will be as Rule Three. 10. This Constitution shall not be altered or repealed except at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting. Notice of any proposed alterations shall be sent email where possible to the Honorary Secretary on or before 31 March in any year.

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Penalty Stroke Competition 1. Five players from each of the two teams chosen by their respective captains from the players nominated on the team list, but excluding any player who has been suspended permanently (red card) from the field of play by the umpire, shall take a penalty-stroke alternately against one and the same goal-keeper of the other team, unless the latter has been incapacitated, making a total of ten penalty strokes, five for each team. 2. The umpires shall choose the goal to be used, and they shall toss with the captains to decide which team shall take the first penalty-stroke. The team having been awarded the highest number of goals shall be the winner. 3. In the event of an equal number of goals having been awarded, another series of penalty strokes shall be started with the SAME PLAYERS, and shall feature ‗‘Sudden Death‘‘, which shall mean that the winner shall be the first team to have been awarded more goals than the opposing team after an equal number of strokes have been taken by each team. If necessary, this ‗‘Sudden Death‖ series may exceed 10 penalty strokes. The sequence need not be the same as in the previous series. 4. The team whose player has taken the first penalty stroke of the first series shall not take the first penalty stroke of the ―Sudden Death‘‘ series.

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