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  1. The District 8 Boys’ Rugby Schedule shall be played in the months April to June unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.

  1. The locations of the regular season and play-off games shall be determined by available facilities.
  2. The locations of the games shall be as they appear in the District 8 Sport Schedule unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.
  3. Changes in game locations must be cleared through the league convenor.

  1. There shall be two (2) competitive divisions: Junior and Senior
  2. Refer to District 8 Constitution, Article IX: Player Eligibility, Section 1: General for age requirements.

  1. The Boys' Junior and Senior Rugby Leagues will each consist of one (1) division
  2. The junior and senior teams should travel together wherever possible.
  3. League games are 25 minute halves with a five (5) minute break and all playoff games are 25 minute halves with a seven (7) minute break, with the exception of the senior final which shall have 30 minute halves.
  4. Facilities should be set up and available for warm-up activities at least thirty (30) minutes prior to start time.
  5. Home team will report the game results to District 8 (www.district8.ca) within 30 minutes of final whistle (login and password for website provided by school’s Athletic Director)
  1. Final scores will be recorded with a maximum differential of 30 points.

  1. Regular league play shall determine the final standings. Victories are worth 2 points, ties 1 point, losses - 0 points.
  2. The play-offs shall consist of, at least, semi-finals and finals.
  3. If a team forfeits a game or games and if that team is tied with other teams at the end of the schedule, then that team would be relegated to the lower standing between the teams tied
  4. Tie-breaking procedures in final standings if two (2) teams are tied:
  1. head to head record of teams tied;
  2. If still tied, head to head score differential of the tied teams;
  3. If still tied, win/loss record against higher ranked teams;
  4. If still tied, score differential against higher ranked teams;
  5. If still tied, a coin toss
  1. In a situation where 3 or more teams are tied
  1. the win-loss record of the teams tied against each other;
  2. if still tied, score differential against each other;.
  3. if still tied, the win-loss record against higher ranked teams;
  4. if still tied, the points for and against higher ranked teams;
  5. Once the tie is broken, the process starts over again until their are two teams remaining and then the process identified in 5.4 will be used with the remaining tied teams.
  1. Semi-Final games will be played at the schools who are higher ranked:

4th place vs 1st place

3rd place vs 2nd place

  1. Championship Game will be played at a site determined by the Athletic Coordinator in cooperation with the rugby convenor

  1. Expenses and finances of the league will be dictated as per District 8 Athletic Association “By Law Article VII”. Please refer to this for further information.

  1. Each competitor must be eligible under all the rules and regulations outlined in the District 8 Athletic Association Constitution and By-Laws. Schools and coaches should review the eligibility requirements listed in the constitution including the following highlights:
  1. Is certified as eligible by the Principal of the school and is in grades 9-12  (District 8 Constitution: Article IX: Player Eligibility, Section 2) 
  2. No school shall include in its line-up any student who has been registered as a transfer from another school within the previous 12 months unless deemed eligible by the District 8 Transfer Appeals Committee. (District 8 Constitution: Article IX: Player Eligibility, Section 7)
  1. A Junior rugby player may play in one (1) league game with the senior team and still retain his junior eligibility. A player listed on the roster for a given game is considered to have played in that game.
  2. When a Junior rugby player plays his second senior league game, he forfeits his junior eligibility and must remain a Senior player for the duration of that season.
  3. Meets the age requirement as listed above in “Section 3: Competitive Divisions”
  4. There will be no limit on the number of players a rugby team may dress.

  1. Entries shall be accepted from each school's’ Athletic Director.
  2. A team eligibility list must be received by the league convenor before the first league game.
  3. Coaches may revise their eligibility list during the season.

  1. The official rule book governing play shall be Rules of World Rugby with modifications for high school competition as distributed by the convenor.
  2. Exceptions to the rule book are as follows:
  1. Mouthguards are mandatory;
  2. When a player is yellow carded and sent off into the “sin bin”, the sin bin duration should be seven (7) minutes.
  3. Players who are “sent off” by the referee may not be substituted and are subject to District 8 Suspension policies outlined in Bylaw IV. Subsection 3: ‘Suspension’.
  4. Players who are “sent off” by the referee twice in a season are suspended from league play and playoffs for the remainder of the current season and the entire next season including play-offs. After this suspension, the player must be interviewed by the convenor before he can return to play. The District 8 executive will be informed of these decisions and will be included in the process as needed.
  5. It is the responsibility of the coach to inform the league convenor of any “send offs” immediately following the match..
  1. The tie-breaking procedure in play-off games will be decided in a maximum of four (4) sudden death overtime periods playing 15-a-side. Sudden death periods will be 5 minutes in duration. Choice of ends will be determined by coin toss.
  1. If there is a tie after the 4th overtime period, then the teams will take five (5) alternating penalty kicks from the center of the 22 m line with five (5) different kickers that were on the field at the end of the 4th overtime period. If there is still a tie after the initial kicks, then the same five kickers will take kicks from the same spot in a sudden death fashion. A coin toss will determine who kicks first.
  1. The convenor shall be responsible for obtaining competent officials, preferably officials who are members of an approved board.
  2. Players are not permitted to wear face or hair paint.

  1. The home coach shall be responsible for preparing the playing field and providing the game ball.
  2. Fields should be clearly marked according to the R.F.U. Handbook.
  3. Should a colour conflict occur between team uniforms, the home team must wear a second set of uniforms or markers.

  1. No team representative can video a practice other than the practices they are participating in. Team representatives videoing games/matches they are not participating in must,
  1. Only use the video captured for team use, and not posted externally
  2. Only be taken by school staff members or school adult volunteers approved by the school’s administration

  1. District 8 will provide championship awards as per District 8 Athletic Association “By-Law VII”.
  2. District 8 will provide individual awards and all-star awards as per By-Law VII of the District 8 By-Laws; All-Star selections will be determined at the post season coaches meeting

  1. A staff member from each school represented must be present and responsible for the behaviour of his/her students.

  1. It is the responsibility of each coach to provide for medical needs in accordance with School Medical Regulations.
  2. Coaches shall provide all consumable medical supplies for their athletes.
  3. Each school must have a First Aid Kit on site during competition.
  4. Each school should have a safety procedure to follow and there should be access to a telephone for emergency use.
  5. It is the home team’s responsibility to provide a location of safe refuge in the event of lightning/thunder. In the event of lightning/thunder, the following will be done:
  1. Seek shelter immediately (school, building or vehicle) ‘IF YOU SEE IT, FLEE IT; IF YOU HEAR IT, CLEAR IT’
  2. Resumption of the Activity: Wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last visual observation of lightning or sound of thunder before resuming activities.
  3. Injured persons do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or send for help immediately. Apply first aid procedures if you are qualified to do so.(Unsafe Shelter includes: all outdoor metal objects ( e.g., football standards), near flagpoles, fences and gates, near light poles, metal bleachers, golf carts, machinery, trees, etc. Avoid water pooled water, open fields, and high ground)

  1. The procedure for all protests, complaints, and suspensions is outlined in Bylaw IV of the District 8 By-laws.

  1. The training and competitive season for rugby shall be from March 1st until the conclusion of the O.F.S.A.A. Tournament.

  1. There will be a coaches meeting at the beginning and end of each season.
  2. Voting at the rugby meetings will be limited to one (1) vote per team entered. Representatives must be present at the meeting to vote. Voting by proxy will not be permitted.
  3. A simple majority of votes will rule.
  4. All changes to the Rules & Regulations must be ratified by the Board of Directors.

District 8 Boys Rugby (Junior/Senior) - Playing Rules And Regulations

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