Rules for all Festivals
The rules below are designed to encourage open running, attacking play, optimum participation and enjoyment, positive team culture and positive side-line culture in accordance with ‘England Rugby NROP and Core Values’.
Match Officiation: With the introduction of the NROP the emphasis of all matches should be placed on player participation and enjoyment. The implementation of any change requires experts to facilitate effectively. The coaches are those experts and thus a refereeing requirement is placed on all visiting coaches, as described in the orders of play. There is bound to be extenuation of circumstance for some, eg. A coach carrying an injury. Should coaches find that at any time such a situation arises they are asked to apply flexibility; if they both agree they may ref the game themselves, sharing a half each.
There will be a zero tolerance of any poor behavior towards a referee. Any such incident must be reported immediately and will be dealt with; “The referee is in charge at all times!”
It is expected that coaches, parents and spectators will demonstrate common sense for the well-being of their children throughout the event.
- Group systems will be operated with points awarded as listed:
a) 4 points awarded to the team with most tries scored.
b) 2 points if number of tries scored is equal.
c) There will be 1 bonus point for either side scoring multiples of 2 tries. (Rewarding the core value of open attacking rugby.)
d) And 1 bonus point for a team that has scored one less try. (Rewarding the core value of defensive skills in tandem with attacking skills.)
e) Teams will be scored by the referee (0 to 3) on sportsmanship and respect of others. Descriptors below:
0 = Poor sportsmanship; a clear, and repetitive, lack of respect for the referee and his decisions.
1 = Unsportsmanlike behavior of a minor nature without repetition.
2 = Sportsmanlike conduct, in line with ‘The RFU Core Values’.
3 = An exceptional level of Sportsmanship & respect for others; exceeding the expectations of ‘The RFU Core Values’.
f) The support offered by the touchline from parents & staff will be scored by the referee (0 to 3) on sportsmanship and respect of others; descriptors as in point e).
g) Points achieved from categories a) to f) will be integral in the final calculation and all points gained from either category have equity in value.
Please note that the above scoring system aligns with the RFU Core Values.
2. Epsom College 19/03/2017
U8 to U11 age groups will operate league systems with NO knock-out stages. Teams will meet and play other teams from across the regions. All results will be published on the NSRT website after the Festival.
U13 – A round of group matches will be followed by a short ‘Waterfall’ round of matches. Due to the uneven groups to calculate the placing of teams into the second round of groups then the average points score will be used and in the event that teams are still equal on average points then a toss of the coin will decide.
There will be no trophies awarded. All children involved in the Festival will be awarded a bespoke certificate (collected from the control point by their teacher), commemorating their contribution to rugby.
3. Teams must report to the pitch they are playing on 2 minutes before the kick off time.
4. The current R.F.U. Schools NROP are applicable to all festivals. Please refer to the link below:
5. Reserves. Each team may have a maximum of 6 reserves, which may be used at any stage of the tournament. It is the responsibility of the team coach to ensure that a player suitable to play in any given position, in accordance with NROP. The increased number of reserves is to allow schools to provide opportunity of participation to more pupils. It must be noted that it is the decision of the coach as to how many reserves attend but a minimum of 4 is recommended (pending pupil number within your school).
6. Teams will be made up of the maximum number of players stipulated by England Rugby NROP.
7. Length of matches. All matches will be 7 mins each way unless specified otherwise in the orders of play; (for example, in small groups longer games may be stipulated and in larger groups shorter games stipulated). The objective being to ensure that all children receive equitable match time and thus opportunity.
8. No weight limit will operate for all age groups.
9. Teams who best represent the ‘RFU Core Values’ of rugby, as designated by the scoring system above, will be deemed joint RFU Core Value (Level 1) representatives who will be given the option of taking part in the Level 2 Festival.