Laws – General information


General information

The age groups are as follows:

  • Under 7 and Under 8 (stage 1) both age grades play Mini Tag Rugby to the same rules except that Under 8s can only be tagged a maximum number of times
  • Under 9 and Under 10 (stage 2) – both age grades play Mini Rugby to the same rules except Under 9s have uncontested scrums and line-outs and Under 10s have contested scrums and line-outs
  • Under 11 and Under

Training

During internal Club or School training, players may train together and play internal training matches together in the following groups only:

  • Under 7 and Under 8 squads;
  • Under 9 and Under 10 squads,
  • Under 11 and Under 12 squads, although no Under 13 player is permitted to train with an Under 11 or Under 12 squad in any circumstances.

Festival organisers may impose additional conditions on participations including maximum squad sizes which should not be less than:

  • Under 7 and Under 8 – 10 players;
  • Under 9 and Under 10 – 13 players;
  • Under 11 and Under 12 – 17 players.

Matches are limited to the following durations:

Under 7 and Under 8:

  • Fixture (2 Clubs or Schools are present): 10 minutes each way, 1 game = 20 minutes
  • Fixture (3 Clubs or Schools are present): 7 minutes each way, 2 game
  • Festival: 5 minutes each way, maximum of 5 games = 50 minutes (total playing time)

Under 9 and Under 10:

  • Fixture (2 Clubs or Schools are present): 15 minutes each way, 1 game = 30 minutes
  • Fixture (3 Clubs or Schools are present): 10 minutes each way, 2 games = 40 minutes
  • Festival: 6 minutes each way, maximum of 5 games = 60 minutes (total playing time)

Under 11 and Under 12:

  • Fixture (2 Clubs or Schools are present): 20 minutes each way, 1 game = 40 minutes
  • Fixture (3 Clubs or Schools are present): 15 minutes each way, 2 games = 60 minutes
  • Festival: 7 minutes each way, maximum of 5 games = 70 minutes (total playing time)eg = 30 minutes

The maximum pitch size is

Under 7 and Under 8  

60 metres by 30 metres, plus 5 metres for each in goal area.

Under 9 and Under 10

60 metres by 35 metres, plus 5 metres for each in goal area.

Under 11 and Under 12

60 metres by 43 metres, plus 5 metres for each in goal area. Provision should be made to indicate the position of the line 15 metres out from each goal line, serving a similar purpose to the 22 metre line in the iRB Laws of the Game.

The following size ball shall be used by the following age grades:

Under 7 Under 8 Under 9 – size 3

Under 10 Under 11Under 12  - size 4