SAMHA IPT Tournament Rules and Regulations 2018

SA Masters Hockey Association IPT Tournament Rules and Regulations 2018

The following Rules and Regulations are applicable to the annual Inter-Provincial Hockey Tournament arranged and played under the auspices of the South African Masters Hockey Association (SAMHA). The rules and regulations will be reviewed annually and modified in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of SAMHA.

1. TOURNAMENT FORMAT

  • The tournament is officially limited to 64 teams (24 ladies’ teams and 40 men’s teams).
  • Men’s section has seven pools and the ladies section has four pools.
  • Each pool has six teams.
  • The tournament is classified into two sections: medals pool and spirit pool for both men and ladies’ sections.
  • The tournament takes place over a 3-day period in alternating coastal and inland venues across the country. The tournament generally takes place in August but can be subject to change.

1.1 POOLS & AGE CATEGORIES

MEN: (All players to be aged 35+)

Medals Section: (Medals to be awarded to teams placed first, second and third in each of these age

categories)

Colts Section: Ages 35+

Mustang Section: Ages 45+

Spirit Section: (All players to be aged 35+)

Although the minimum age for all the spirit pools are 35+, SAMHA recommends that the team’s average age

at the tournament should fall in the age categories stipulated in brackets for the participation in the pools.

SAMHA shall be monitoring the average age of teams (Calculated by dividing the sum of the player ages at

the date of the tournament by the number of players) and reserves the right to move teams to more

appropriate pools.

Pool A: 35+ (35 to 44)

Pool B: 35+ (44 to 54)

Pool C: 35+ (44 to 54)

Pool D: 35+ (44 to 54)

Pool E: 35+ (55+)

The following provinces: North West, Free State, Southern Cape, Mpumalanga and Zimbabwe will be

allowed to field teams with players below the age limit. This is however limited to no more than two players

and the players may not be more than two years below the age limits of 35.

LADIES: (All players to be aged 35+, with the allowance of 2 players between ages 30-35 years per team

only).

Medal Section: (Medals to be awarded to teams placed first, second and third in each of these age

categories)

Gazelles: Ages 35+

Spirit Section:

Pool A: 35+ (35 to 44)

Pool B: 35+ (35 to 44)

Pool C: 35+ (45+)

The following age categories are applicable to all provinces. Ages will be strictly monitored. Ladies teams

are allowed a maximum of 2 players between the ages of 30-35. SAMHA approval is again required for any

underage player, irrespective of the pool.

Teams wishing to move up or down pools may approach the SAMHA Tournament Liaison and motivate their

case. The decision to move teams up or down pools lies solely with the SAMHA Tournament Liaison as is

dependent on a reciprocating team moving up or down.

1.2 PLAYING FORMAT

Medals section

Men Colts & Mustangs, Ladies Gazelles – These are competitive pools, however players are expected to

adhere to the spirit and ethos of Masters Hockey.

  • All games will be played on astro.
  • Six (6) teams per pool.
  • Each pool will have two sub-pools with 3 teams in each.
  • Points allocation: Win -3; Draw – 1; Loss – 0.
  • Round 1 – Each team will play the other two teams in their sub-pool.
  • Round 2 – Cross pool play-off (1 plays 3; 2 plays 2)
  • Round 3 – Points are tallied from the results of round 1 and 2 and the following applies:
    • Finals contested by positions 1&2;
    • Bronze medal match contested by position 3&4;
    • 5th/6th position play-off;
    • 8 second tiebreaker will be applied to matches tied at full-time during Round 3.
  • Maximum 16 players in the squad. Managers, Coaches and non-playing umpire are allowed.
  • Umpires will be supplied, if required by the team, but the cost will be for the teams account.
  • FIH rules and standards apply.
    • Cards will be issued.
    • Penalty Flicks will be awarded.
    • Penalty Shoot-out will take place in the event of drawn finals matches
  • A winner will be declared in the medal pools.

Spirit section

Men A, B, C, D, E and Ladies A, B, C

  • Six (6) teams per pool.
  • Age categories do not apply. Refer to relevant paragraph: (Although the minimum age for all the spirit pools are 35+, SAMHA recommends that the team’s average age at the tournament should fall in the age categories in brackets for the participation in the pools. SAMHA shall be monitoring the average age of teams (Calculated by dividing the sum of the player ages at the date of the tournament by the number of players) and reserves the right to move teams to more appropriate pools).
  • Maximum 16 players per team.
  • Each team will play the other 5 teams in their pool.
  • Umpires will be supplied, if required by the team, but the cost will be for the teams account.
  • FIH rules and standards apply, however Umpires will apply the Masters Hockey ethos.
    • No cards will be issued unless there is a blatant violation of the laws or spirit that could affect the outcome of the game or causes injury to a player.
    • No penalty flicks will be awarded unless there is a blatant violation of the laws or spirit.
  • Players are expected to play within the spirit of Masters Hockey.
    • Players are expected to own up to rule contraventions.
    • The umpires and opposition players are to be treated with respect.
  1. PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

Spirit section

  • Although hockey is played in the spirit of masters, results will be recorded.
  • The winning team of each pool at the end of the tournament will be determined and promoted to

the pool above in the succeeding tournament.

  • The losing team will be relegated to the pool below.
  • Spirit pools A – E, will remain with the current province teams allocated, and will be reviewed

annually.

  • SAMHA Tournament Liaison has full discretion to promote or relegate a team or teams where the

competitiveness within the current allocated pool, is affected.

1.4 NEW TEAM ENTRIES

  • Unfortunately, the tournament is restricted to 6 teams per pool. New teams cannot be

accommodated unless a team withdraws.

2. MEDICAL

Medical staff must be certified as capable of handling a sports injury, dislocations, blood trauma, head

injuries, and stitches if required. They must be able to stabilise a patient immediately.

  • Physio/Masseuse’s

All effort will go into arranging physio services next to the fields. Costs will be for the players own

account.

3. TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION PROCESS

  • Team managers or appointed representatives are responsible for the registration and confirmation of their team for each tournament.
  • The registration process will be done via the SAMHA app.
  • Registration will only be finalised once team lists, including all required information is submitted.

4. LEVIES

4.1 TOURNAMENT LEVIES

  • Team managers or appointed representatives are responsible for submission of all levies to the Local

Organising Committee of the hosting province (LOC) within the time period stipulated by either the LOC or SAMHA. Any team that does not pay the levies by the deadline date will be considered to have withdrawn from the tournament and will not be able to participate in the tournament.

  • All team managers, umpires and any other non-playing support staff will be liable for the full levy.

Partners who only attend the after-match functions will qualify for a reduced levy as determined by the LOC or SAMHA, as applicable.

  • Teams who experience last minute withdrawals or injuries where a player no longer participates in the tournament can apply to the LOC for a refund. It is at the sole decision of the LOC as to whether the refund can be granted.
  • Any team that withdraws from the tournament, within three months of the date of the tournament will still be liable for the full levy. The levy applicable is equivalent to a minimum of 14 players.

4.2 SAHA LEVIES

  • Every player that participates in the Masters IPT needs to be affiliated to South African Hockey (SAHA). If a player plays hockey league for a club, the club fees include the SA affiliation fee. Should a player not play club hockey, or the affiliation fee is not paid to SAHA, the individual player is responsible for paying the annual SA affiliation fee. This fee can be paid directly to SAHA via the website or to the relevant Provincial Masters Association. This affiliation fee is separate to, and not included in the annual Masters Tournament levy amount.
  • The Provincial Masters Chairpersons must submit their IPT team lists, indicating players contact

information, ID numbers, SAHA numbers to the Provincial Hockey association, by end May every year, for verification that all players have paid the SAHA affiliation fee. Players not affiliated will not be able to participate in the tournament.

5. TOURNAMENT WAIVERS AND INDEMNITIES

The team manager or appointed representative is required to submit the personal and team waiver

documents to the LOC by no later than one month prior to the commencement of the tournament. Any

individual or team that has not submitted the required documentation will not be permitted to play.

6. TRANSGRESSION OF THE RULES

Any individual or team that transgresses the above rules or acts in a manner that brings the LOC or SAMHA

into disrepute, may be barred from future tournaments. Any decision to bar an individual or team is at the

sole discretion of SAMHA.

This is applicable to both on and off the field of play.

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