Open Hockey Divisions 6 to 10 - 2014/15        

MBBO Open Hockey League



  1. All match results must be advised by the home team to the relevant League Secretary no later than 6:00 pm on the day following the game, unless advised otherwise by the relevant League Secretary.

  2. Matches must be played on the day scheduled unless weather renders the pitch unplayable (save for exceptional circumstances where prior approval has been given by the relevant League Secretary).

  3. In the event of postponement, the away team and the relevant League Secretary must be notified immediately by the home team and also subsequently advised by the home team of the rearranged date.

  4. Teams are strongly advised to make contact with each other during the week preceding their game so as to arrange a telephone contact should the weather render the match unplayable or in case any other problem arises.

  5. A postponed match must be replayed on the first available spare league date unless directed otherwise.

  6. Attention is drawn to rule 4e which enables a home team to start a league match at any time between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm (note this is slightly different from the rest of the South League) provided that at least 10 days notice, and preferable far more, is given to the visiting team and that this does not require the visiting team to leave its home area before 9:00 am or arrive back after 7:30 pm, allowing 30 minutes for changing and warming up/down. Teams may mutually agree times outside these limits.

  7. It is appreciated that in certain circumstances the available playing time may be less than 70 minutes. It is pointed out that in these circumstances the duration of the match may be less than 70 minutes, provided that the time to be played is agreed between both captains.

  8. Attention is drawn to rule 1g. A goalkeeper may not play more than one League game on the same day, except under the circumstances described in rule 1g.

  9. Teams are expected to advise pitch and start details well in advance to all their opponents and, preferably, before the start of the League season. The mere sending of a fixture card is not sufficient notice.

  10. All clubs are requested to facilitate their own club's umpires undergoing training to qualify to EH level 1. They must ensure that any person umpiring on behalf of the club is competent to do so and is adequately insured.

  11. Teams must abide by any local rules or requirements relating to pitches, particularly in the use of correct footwear.

  12. In addition to the rules below, clubs are bound by the Code of Conduct issued by the Southern Counties Hockey Association.