Rules and Documents

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A list of documents that may be useful to you:   Rules UK Rules of Play Book [pdf] ICF Rules [external link] Boat Checking [html] National League National League Rules (last updated May 2016) [pdf] League Organiser – Guide [pdf] Promotion and Relegation 2016/2017 [doc] Codes of Conduct Performance Selection Policy Squad Travel Policy Athlete code of Conduct Performance Pathway […]

Referee Guidelines

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General Referees should officiate games in an unbiased and impartial Referees should respect without question all decisions given by the Referees controlling the game. They should set an example of good sportsmanship for other players to follow. Referees should not publicly criticise the performance and decisions of a Referee officiating a game. Referee Restraint Keep […]

Chief Referee Sub-Committee

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Polo refereeing is managed by a Sub-Committee of senior referees and an administrator, known as the Chief Referee’s Sub-Committee. The structure of Refereeing in the UK is constantly reviewed. If you have suggestions about improving the overall structure of refereeing in the short and long-term please contact Reporting to the Polo Committee, the Chief […]


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Referee Grades There are four grades of referee, 1, 2, 3, and 4, with grade 1 being the highest. There is also a ‘training’ grade, 1T, which is effective for up to two years. Grade 1T is given to suitable grade 2 referees who are training to become grade 1 referees. This is to enable […]

What are the various types of canoeing?

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Canoeing is both recreational and competitive. Recreational disciplines include touring and sea kayaking, whilst competitive canoeing includes canoe polo, canoe sailing, freestyle, marathon, slalom, sprint racing, surf and wild water racing. However, somewhat confusingly most canoeing disciplines, including canoe polo, actually use closed cockpit boats, or kayaks. Whilst these are technically referred to as ‘kayaking’, […]

Anti Doping

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The BCU Canoe Polo Committee run under the same anti-doping rules as the rest of GB-Canoeing.  For the most up to date information see the GB-Canoeing site: