Rules and Regulations: Hockey (Open)

Last updated: January 16, 2023

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HOC 1 The London Youth Games Hockey Competition will be run in accordance with England Hockey In2Hockey rules.

HOC 1.1 Should any rules listed below contradict those outlined by England Hockey, these rules will supersede those.

HOC 1.2 It will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director as to the application of these rules, and any subsequent decision made as a result will be final.

HOC 1.3 The Tournament Organisers reserve the rights to alter or amend the playing schedule if necessary and make decisions on any matters arising during the tournament, including any matters not covered by the tournament regulations.

HOC 2 Age Category

HOC 2.1 The following age groups and respective minimum/maximum date of births will apply to the London Youth Games Hockey Competitions;

Age Category Oldest DOB Youngest DOB
U14 01/09/2003 *

*Boroughs/Team managers should ensure any participant possesses the required skill level to compete in the U14 age group. LYG will not accept responsibility for any participant of a younger age group being injured if playing up.

HOC 2.1. Competitors are not permitted to enter this competition if they are ineligible. No exceptions will be made.

HOC 2.2 It is the responsibility of competitors/parents/team managers/local authority staff to ensure all competitors details are entered correctly at the time of submission, and that they are eligible to compete for their borough under the London Youth Games Games Rules, and in accordance with the age groups outlined for the competition.

HOC 2.2.1 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, they will be disqualified from the competition entirely, and the borough will receive a points penalty as per the Games Rules.

HOC 3 Eligibility Any U14 or younger player who represents at County, London Area or representative squads above this level are not eligible to play in the London Youth Games. The following London Area representative squads will be shared prior to the deadline, and any player named on these lists will be ineligible to compete;

  • Kent
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Buckingham
  • Berkshire
  • Hampshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • East south East
  • South Central
  • London
  • Essex

HOC 3.1 Higher representative squad levels includes players at Academy Centres (AC), Talent Centres (TC), Player Pathway or England/National levels.

HOC 3.2 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, they will be disqualified from the competition entirely, and the borough will receive a points penalty as per the Games Rules.

HOC 4 Squad Size Boroughs are permitted to enter a minimum of 7 competitors and a maximum of 20 competitors, per gender at the squad submission date.

HOC 4.1 Boroughs are permitted to bring 12 competitors entered to the event on the day.

HOC 5 Kit & Equipment

HOC 5.1 Competitors must wear appropriate clothing and protective kit including shin pads and gum shields.

HOC 5.2 Players must provide their own hockey stick.

HOC 5.3 Teams must provide a fully equipped goalkeeper. For minimum requirements, please refer to rule 10 in the In2Hockey rules.

HOC 6 Format The competitions will take place over a qualifying events and a final.

HOC 6.1 Draws will be done in a round robin format, with the top 8 for each gender qualifying for the finals.

HOC 6.1.1 Number of groups and group size will be dependent on number of entries and will be allocated at random.

HOC 6.1.2 The following steps will be used to determine the top 8 qualifying teams;

  • Teams who finish in 1st position in each of their groups automatically qualify.
  • The teams who finish 2nd and 3rd position will play in an elimination game to determine the other qualifiers, with the winner of these progressing.

HOC 6.1.3 The remaining teams will be placed in a seeded plate knockout competition.

HOC 6.2 Matches will be 6 minutes each way with a 1-minute break at half-time.

HOC 7 Scoring The following points will be awarded for each game to give a borough’s overall score for the event;

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss.

HOC 7.1 In the event of a tie on points in a group at qualifying stage, the following order of steps will be taken to determine final positions;

  • Goal difference
  • Head-to-head result (the result between the two teams in question)
  • Goals for
  • Goals conceded
  • If still tied a penalty stroke competition will take place to decide the placings.

HOC 7.2 In the event that the competition is cancelled or suspended, the following steps will be used to calculate a final result;

  • The furthest completed stage of competition will be used to countback.
  • Any teams tied on position will be separated based on the rules above which determine group positions, using averages.
  • The minimum competition required to determine a result is a completed stage e.g. round robin stage, elimination stage etc.

HOC 8 Medals & Trophies Medals and trophies will be awarded as follows;

HOC 8.1 Overall Borough medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams per gender in the finals ONLY.

HOC 8.2 Trophy awarded to the winners of the competition for each gender and finals ONLY.

HOC 8.3 At the qualifying stages, the bottom half of the draw will play for a plate/salver. This is awarded to the winners only.