Games are two halves of 35 minutes with a 5
minute half-time break.
All times as indicated in the schedule will
be strictly enforced by the umpires. In particular, all games
will end at the designated times. The umpires are the official
timekeepers. Umpires should arrive well ahead of time to check
conditions of the field and goals, and to agree on who will
be the primary timekeeper.
Umpires will be indicated on the final schedules
distributed to teams. Each team is to call the umpires officiating
their game the night before to verify attendance. (For early
morning games it may also be advisable to call immediately
before the game.)
The teams playing the first game of the day
are responsible for setup of the goals. Failure to do so will
result in penalties to be determined by BAFHA. The teams playing
the last game are responsible for taking down the goals. Umpires
should monitor this.
Note that the game times include warm-up. Warm-up
time between games will vary depending on field time available.
It will range from 5 -15 minutes.
5 minutes before each game, the team captains
are to meet with the umpires at the centre of the field. The
umpires will indicate this time by two blows of the whistle
from the centre of the field. The rest of the team may continue
1 minute before the start of the game the umpires
will blow the whistle twice to indicate that warm-up is to
cease and non-players are to vacate the field. There wil be
no second warning. The next whistle indicates the start of
The game will be started by a single blow of
the whistle from the primary timekeeping umpire. If a team
does not have a F.I.H. regulation team on the field at tha
time, it forfeits the game. (F.I.H. regulations require 8
players, one of whom has to be a goalkeeper wearing a helmet.)
Penalties for forfeiture will be determined by the BAFHA league
Play may commence as soon as time has been started
by the umpires, irrespective of whether both teams are ready.
Players attempting to delay the beginning of the game should
be penalized by the umpires with a card.
One minute before the end of halftime, umpires
will give warning by blowing the whistle twice. There will
be no further warning. The second half begins with the next
whistle. At the end of time, both teams are to immediately
vacate the field to give the next team time to warm up. In
the case of the last game of the day, both teams are to immediately
take down their goals to ensure BAFHA's contractual obligation
to the University and vacate the field on time before the
next scheduled event.
Kleeberger and Stanford turf are playable in
all conditions excepting gale force winds or earth movements.
There will be NO cancellations on account of weather. This
does not prevent an umpire on the field from stopping a game
due to unsafe conditions. As always, the umpire's primary
responsibility is the safety of the players on the field.
All games will start on time. There is no grace
period. The field will be available 15 minutes before each
game for warm up.