Rules

Laws of the tournament

All matches will be played under current Laws of the game of Touch Rugby, as guided by the Federation of International Touch (FIT) 4th Edition Rulebook 2013.

Age groups

Player Birth Date Cut-Off Dates
U10 – on or after 1st July 2008
U12 – on or after 1st July 2006
U14 – on or after 1st July 2004
U16 – on or after 1st July 2002
U18 – on or after 1st July 2000

Referees

All matches in the U10 and U12 tournaments are to be refereed by coaches and volunteers provided by each of the teams participating. Refereeing decisions must be respected by all participants, spectators and coaches.

There will be 12 TAS referees assigned to officiate the U14, U16 and U18 tournaments. However, coaches and volunteers should be prepared to assist and step in if there is an unforeseen shortage.

Format

Tournaments for U10, U12 and U14 age categories will follow a round robin format. The U16 and U18 tournaments will follow a pools and play-offs format: Cup, Plate and Bowl.

Timing

  • Matches for U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 age categories will be 15 minutes one way. There will be 5 minutes between each game.

Composition of teams

Teams may assemble squads of up to 14 players (please note: there is only provision for 14 1st and 2nd place medals).

Teams may not have more than 6 players on the field during play at any one time.

Interchange

Unlimited interchange of players is permitted. Entry onto the field is only permitted once the exiting player has left the field of play.

Points

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 4 points for a win, a walkover or a bye
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 point for a loss

 

In the event of a walk-over, the score will be recorded as 2 tries to 0 in favour of the side that was present and ready to play. The Tournament Director shall determine when a side is more than three minutes late in being on the field ready to play, in which case a walkover shall be awarded.

Final standings

Where teams are equal on points at the end of the round robin tournament, the position shall be determined as follows:

  • Head to head; if equal; then;
  • In points difference; if equal, then;
  • In tries scored; if equal then;
  • First try scored in head to head.