In response to significant backlash to BUCS voiding a large number of key Uniball fixtures, the following statement was shared with all Universities by BUCS CEO of Sports Programmes, Vince Mayne. The statement was originally shared 12 February 2018, so likely in response to similar occurrences in other sports, many of which had a 7 February deadline:
Following a number of Premier League and Tier 1 results deadlines last week, it has been brought to BUCS’ attention, several instances of incorrect or missing results across a number of leagues.
Whilst BUCS recognises that some institutions and in particular students have been adversely impacted by administrative errors that are not their own, for continuity in governance, BUCS needs to stand by and adhere to its rules and regulations.
BUCS Reg 188.8.131.52 on results entry, states that “Correction of league placement as a result of incorrect or missing results will not be permitted post the result submission deadline, as outlined in ‘BUCS League Dates’ in Appendix 3″
Thus, requests to amend incorrect or missing results in this instance, will not be accepted.
BUCS is committed to providing one of the best university sport experiences in the world – giving all students the opportunity to participate in sport and compete fairly in any league. Across the summer, BUCS will review Reg 9.3 within its annual regulation review.
As BUCS is a membership based organisation, all institutions are in a position to provide feedback and contribute to the ongoing governance of higher education sport. For any further enquiries, please contact BUCS Sport Compliance, Governance & Competitions Manager Nick Burley <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> .
It appears BUCS are sticking to their guns. It’s important to have regulations in place to ensure fair and timely submission of scorelines.
That said, it’s extremely disappointing for those teams who have been negatively affected this year, especially those where the bulk of the blame lies with their opponents, rather than their own mistakes.
We doubt this ruling seems particularly ‘fair’ from their perspective.
Two clubs particularly affected have launched a petition at change.org in the hopes of BUCS reconsidering their decision.