Match Regulations (Winter 2017/18 onwards)

a) Misconduct

Abuse of referees or officials will not be tolerated. Referees have the full power to sin bin, send off and suspend players from Try Tag Rugby leagues. Try Tag Rugby will hand out lengthy penalties for violent, unsporting or intimidating behaviour against staff or referees.

b) Match results

In the case where a match needs to be abandoned due to factors other than what have occurred on the pitch (e.g weather, flood light failure etc) a result stands if:

  • in a regular 40 minute match, half-time has been reached.
  • in a shortened or twenty minute match, at least 75% of match time has been played.

If these conditions are met, the match result will be counted as the score at the time that the match was abandoned. If not, the match will be replayed if possible.

In order to avoid a forfeit a team must have 4 registered players present at kick-off time for a result to stand in an official 7-a-side match (3 registered players for 6-a-side, 5 registered players for 8-a-side).

c) Forfeits:

Even if your team is struggling to raise a full squad, you should always make an effort to get all available players to show up. If less than the required number of players show up, a social match can still be run.

If your team must forfeit, please notify Try Tag Rugby at least 24 hours prior to kick-off so that your opposition can be informed. Teams that forfeit on late notice will be heavily penalised.

A team forfeiting will be recorded as a 10-0 loss. Additional penalties will be applied to teams in the following circumstances:

  • Less than 24 hours notice of a forfeit and not providing 2 or more players to play a friendly
    - 1 competition point deducted!
  • Notice after 4pm on match day (Mon-Fri evening leagues) and not providing 2 or more players to play a friendly
    - 2 competition points deducted!
  • Notice on the day (Weekend leagues) and not providing 2 or more players to play a friendly
    - 2 competition points deducted!
  • Giving no notice of forfeiting and not showing up
    - 3 competition points deducted!

If a team forfeits 2 matches in one season "After 4pm on match day in Mon-Fri evening leagues, on the day in weekend leagues or complete no show", Try Tag Rugby reserves the right to remove the team from the league.

d) Ringers (Team regulations):

From the Winter 2017/18 season the ringer rules have been simplified.  We have removed the rules around playing short however the maximum number of ringers is reduced to two.  Please read below for the restrictions.

  • A mixed team may have one and only one male ringer as long as this brings them to no more than one male sub.
  • In addition, a mixed team may have one and only one female ringer as long as this brings them to no more than one female sub.
  • In men’s or ladies leagues a team may have up to two ringers as long as this brings them to no more than two subs.
  • Ringers may not be used that are registered in a higher grade division for that venue on the same night.
  • Ringers should not be of too high a standard for the particular division despite not being registered for a team on that night. Ringers are allowed at the discretion of the league organiser (or assistant league organiser) and match referee. Please check with the league organiser before your match kicks off!

The definition of a ringer is someone not officially registered as a full-time paying member of a team.

The definition of a sub is someone on the side lines i.e. A team has four guys on the pitch and one sub on the side lines.

League organisers may pull players from the pitch that are not allowed to play. A team not adhering to the above regulations for a significant amount of time in the match may be recorded as a 10-0 forfeit by the league organiser.  If you believe that an opposing side are not adhering to the ringer regulations, please speak to the league organiser during or before the match as soon as you can.  If the league organiser is unavailable, please speak to the referee.

If a higher grade player has subbed on uninvited in a lower grade match, then action will be taken against that player. The team however should report this to the venue supervisor immediately.

Note: On occasions local league organisers of new or developing leagues may choose to play variations on these regulations. In which case this will be noted in the welcome email.

e) Ringers (Player regulations):

Due to feedback from teams who often end up playing against the same ringers weekly, we have tightened the regulations regarding how frequently players can fill in or "ring" for teams.

Starting immediately, players are only allowed to play in one match as a ringer each night. Any players found to be breaking this rule will be banned from being ringers and or playing in friendly matches. This allows more opportunities for different players to pick up games as ringers throughout the season.

The definition of a ringer is someone not officially registered as a full-time paying member of a team.

f) General advice on obtaining ringers:

Try Tag Rugby recommends the following if your team is short of registered players:

  • Team captains should use the “find ringers” option whilst logged into the Try Tag Rugby dashboard. However, when contact is made please check that the player is not registered in a higher grade team at your venue.
  • If your team is generally struggling for players try posting on the wall of our Facebook group. The Try Tag Rugby community is full of players who are happy to help out teams. Alternatively you could try placing a free advert on the Gumtree website or signing up for a sports partners website such as Totally Sporty.
  • If you’re still struggling on match day, contact your venue supervisor who with notice can quickly send an email to teams from your grade playing in a different time slot. If you are generally struggling week to week for players, contact your venue supervisor who may be able to add individually registered players to your squad.
  • If it’s nearly kick-off and you are still short, try and find players from other teams in your grade or a lower grade who may be hanging around, if you are unsure of the grade they play in confirm with the venue supervisor first.
  • As a last resort, ask the league organiser whether you can borrow players from a higher grade team.

g) Registration of players:

Starting from the Winter 2017/18 season players are no longer allowed to be registered in three or more teams on a particular night.  Players may be registered in two teams on a particular night (either two mixed, two single gender, or one mixed and one single gender league).

Players are not allowed to be dual registered in two teams within the same division except where it has been agreed first with the league organiser with at least one week's notice.

If a player is registered in two different teams (whether in different divisions or the same division) on the same night, then we can't guarantee there will be no fixture clashes.

Whole teams such as a men's team and a mixed team using the majority of the same players will be guaranteed to have no fixture clashes.

In all circumstances if you plan to play in two teams (in different divisions) on the same night and you wish to avoid fixture clashes, this needs to be pre-arranged by emailing info@trytagrugby.com at least 7 days prior to the league start date.

Temporary registration of players to avoid forfeit is illegal. If a team is caught registering players to avoid a forfeit the team will have 3 competition points deducted. Try Tag Rugby reserves the right to ban teams that are caught doing this more than once.

Team squads for the season will be defined by the registered squad on the system at kick-off in round two of the league. Team squad lists will be printed at this point.

Players may be registered after this deadline, however the league supervisor must be notified in advance.

Team organisers, please be aware that we are considering putting a limit on the number of dual registered players (players registered in two teams on the same night) a team can have so it is advised that strive towards having a squad of players that only play for one team at your venue on the night.

h) Squad size limit:

Starting from the Winter 2017/18 season there will be a limit on the number of players you can have registered to your squad.

The limit on the number of players you can have in your squad is 20.  This is across all leagues and tournaments except where otherwise stated.

Dispensation will be granted to teams on application if a good reason can be provided why a larger squad is needed.

i) Talent Distribution Cap

Teams entering into Try Tag Rugby leagues or tournaments are restricted in terms of the number of international tag rugby players they have in their squad.

League/tournament Caps:

  • Rotherhithe (All mixed divisions): 9 International players
  • Rotherhithe (Men's division): 7 International players
  • Canada Water Super League: 9 International players
  • All other leagues: 6 International players
  • Tournaments: 7 International players

What constitutes an international player:

Time frame for internationals is calendar year that the league/tournament starts and the previous calendar year.

Players included are anyone who within the above time frame has for a full International Tag Federation (ITF) member nation such as Great Britain, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand:

  • a place in their training squad;
  • played an international test match; or
  • played in a world cup.

A player who has dropped out of or been dropped from a training squad and hasn't played in an international test or played at a world cup within the above time frame will no longer be bound by the talent cap restrictions.

Teams that already have more international players than the talent cap permits:

Teams whose regular squads don't meet these criteria are allowed to apply for dispensation for any players who have been regular members of their squad in the previous season but may not take on more international players until they fall below the talent cap.  This should be done in advance of the league or tournament starting to allow time to assess the circumstances.

These rules are in place to help spread out the talent so that more teams have a chance of winning a title, so that the top division of each league and tournament features more competitive matches and to stop the top teams recruiting players who've recently made International teams.

j) Tag Rugby Shorts

International Tag Federation approved Tag Rugby shorts or ladies Tag Rugby tights are compulsory for play. Try Tag Rugby sell approved Tag Rugby shorts for £12 at all our venues and shorts or ladies Tag Rugby tights via our online shop. When ordering items in our online shop, you can either have them posted out or choose to pick them up at the venue. The only other brands of shorts we allow are those which meet International Tag Federation approval such as Oztag, NZ Tag Football and the Irish Tag Rugby Association.

All players looking to buy shorts should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to kick-off, ideally with the correct change.

If you forget your shorts and you need to borrow Tag Rugby shorts, they will be available to borrow for £4 each round.

Tag Rugby belts are strictly not permitted in Try Tag Rugby leagues.

 

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