DISTRICT 8 ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

c/o Waterloo Catholic District School Board

35 Weber St W. I Kitchener, ON N2G 4G2

519-578-3660 x 2336  I  www.district8.ca


DISTRICT 8 RUGBY SEVENS (JUNIOR/SENIOR/VARSITY)

PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS

CREATED: MARCH 2018

  1. DATE
  1. The District 8 Rugby Sevens season shall be played in the months April to June unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.
  2. The District 8 Rugby Sevens Championships shall be scheduled for the first week of June

  1. LOCATION
  1. The locations of the Championships shall be determined by available facilities.
  2. The locations of the Championship 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 and athletic coordinator.

  1. COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS
  1. Competitive divisions will be determined by the numbers of teams and may include; Midget, Junior and Senior, Boys and Girls
  2. Age Requirements
  1. A Midget rugby player must meet the following age requirements-  the individual's birth certificate indicates that he/she has not reached his/her 14th birthday by January 1st prior to the start of the school year in which the competition is held. Students may compete in this category for one year only in Grade 9.
  2. A Junior rugby player must meet the following age requirements - the individual's birth certificate indicates that he/she has not reached his/her 15th birthday by January 1st prior to the start of the school year in which the competition is held.
  3. A Senior rugby player must meet the following age requirements - the individual's birth certificate indicates that he/she has not reached his/her 19th birthday by January 1st prior to the start of the school year in which the competition is held.
  1. Refer to District 8 Constitution, Article IX: Player Eligibility, Section 1: General for age requirements.
  2. Schools may enter multiple teams into the league which will all play in the one division. Once a team has played their first game, no player on that team can play for another team in the league.

  1. LEAGUE STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURES
  1. District 8 Rugby Sevens shall consist of a single championship tournament involving all teams who meet the entry deadlines communicated by the championship convenor. 
  2. League games are 7 minute halves with a two (2) minute break and all playoff games are 7 minute halves with a two (2) minute break.
  3. Facilities should have an alternative space from the actual playing field for teams to perform warm-up activities prior to start time.
  4. 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. PLAYOFFS
  1. Tournament Round robin 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 there are two teams remaining and then the process identified in 5.4 will be used with the remaining tied teams.

  1. EXPENSES
  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. ELIGIBILITY
  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. A Midget rugby player may play in one (1) game with the junior or senior team and still retain his/her midget eligibility. A player listed on the roster for a given game is considered to have played in that game.
  4. When a Midget rugby player plays his/her second junior/senior league game, he/she forfeits his/her midget eligibility and must remain a Junior/Senior player for the duration of the championships.
  5. Meets the age requirement as listed above in “Section 3: Competitive Divisions”
  6. There will be no limit on the number of players a rugby team may dress.

  1. ENTRIES
  1. School entries shall be accepted from each school's’ Athletic Director.
  2. Individual team entries will be submitted to the league convenor.
  3. In order for a division to run, there must be four teams entered.
  1. A midget division will run so long as there are at least four or more teams in the division. If there are three or less, those teams will be combined into the junior division.
  2. A junior division will run so long as there are at least four or more teams in the division. If there are three or less, those teams will be combined into the midget or senior division.
  1. A team eligibility list must be received by the league convenor before the championship tournament.

  1. RULES AND OFFICIALS
  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 two (2) minutes.
  3. Players who are “Yellow Carded” by the referee may not be substituted but may be subject to District 8 Suspension policies outlined in Bylaw IV. Subsection 3: ‘Suspension’.
  4. Players who are “Red Carded” by the referee may not be substituted and are subject to District 8 Suspension policies outlined in Bylaw IV. Subsection 3: ‘Suspension’.
  5. Players who are “Red Carded” 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 playoffs. 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.
  6. In the event of a red card, coaches and the referee will have discussion about the severity of the incident and will determine the best procedures to ensure player development and safety.
  7. It is the responsibility of the coach to inform the league convenor of any “Red Cards” 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 7-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. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
  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 Rules of World Rugby Handbook.
  3. Should a colour conflict occur between team uniforms, the home team must wear a second set of uniforms or markers.

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

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

  1. VOTING PROCEDURE FOR COACHES’ MEETINGS
  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.

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