Rules Of Competition

Rules Of Competition

Downloadable Version - November 2016

Contents

SASKATCHEWAN RUGBY RULES OF COMPETITION

Every club shall ensure that all of their members are aware of these Rules of Competition and that the club and its members abide by them.

PREAMBLE

You must know this: If you are a participant in the game of rugby in Saskatchewan (i.e. a player, coach, manager, referee, medical support staff, administrator or official) it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with, and to comply with, the Rules of Competition (the “Rules”).

Inspirational purpose: The Rules are meant to enhance, promote and improve competition throughout the various levels of rugby sanctioned by Saskatchewan Rugby.  The various levels of competition within the Saskatchewan Rugby provide the opportunity to play rugby at an appropriate level for all participants taking into account the age, gender, skill and physical condition of the player.

Your obligation: The Rules are designed to protect participants and to enhance and promote the game in our province.  At all times these Rules of Competition shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the principles of sportsmanship and of allowing for participation. Where you believe that the game of rugby is being conducted in violation of the Rules it is your responsibility to report that event to the Saskatchewan Rugby.

DEFINITIONS

  1. Board: means the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan Rugby.
  2. Competition: means games, divisions, leagues (including associated playoffs), tournaments and festivals that are organized by our members clubs and unions and sanctioned by Saskatchewan Rugby.
  3. Club: means any one of the Clubs affiliated within the Union.
  4. RRU: means the Regina Rugby Union that is an affiliated Sub- Union to Saskatchewan Rugby.
  5. Division: means a competitive level of league play.
  6. NSRU: means the Northern Saskatchewan Rugby Union that is an affiliated Sub-Union to Saskatchewan Rugby.
  7. Game Sheet: means the official document where all players, scores and appropriate signatures of team managers and officials are recorded.
  8. WR: means World Rugby formally International Rugby Board that is the world governing body for Rugby Union.
  9. Laws: means the Laws of The Game of Rugby Union as published annually by World Rugby.
  10. Match Officials: means the officially appointed referee and assistant referees to the game.
  11. Member:  means all active registered Saskatchewan Rugby, Sub-Union and Club members including players, coaches, managers, referees, therapists, administrators and officials.
  12. Playing Enclosure: means the area as defined in the Laws of Rugby, as separated from the spectator area by a fence or other temporary arrangement.
  13. President: means the President of Saskatchewan Rugby
  14. SRRS: means the Saskatchewan Rugby Referees Society that governs all officials of rugby in Saskatchewan
  15. RC: means Rugby Canada the Canadian National body for rugby.
  16. RCC: means the Rules of Competition Committee of Saskatchewan Rugby that creates, interprets, and amends the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules of Competition.
  17. SR:  means Saskatchewan Rugby, the Provincial governing body of rugby in Saskatchewan.
  18. Rules of Competition: means the Rules of Competition for competitions within Saskatchewan Rugby
  19. Sub-Union: means any Sub-Union or Society affiliated with Saskatchewan Rugby.
  20. Transfers: means a permanent move by a participant from one club to another. A transfer requires the completion of a Rugby Canada Transfer/ Release Form or other approved documents
  21. Visitor: means a player who wishes to temporarily register under the Rugby Canada (2 week visitor) policy.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Jurisdiction
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Club Responsibilities
  4. Team Responsibilities
  5. Match Official(s) Responsibilities
  6. Player Dress
  7. Substitutions and Replacements
  8. Length of Game
  9. Postponements
  10. Forfeits
  11. Team Withdrawals
  12. Division Standings
  13. Playoffs
  14. Sanctioned Tournaments
  15. Disputes
  16. Protests
  17. Appeals
  18. Interpretations

1. JURISDICTION

  • 1.1  These Rules of Competition shall govern all clubs and registered players residing within or visiting the province of Saskatchewan and playing Rugby under the sanctioning of Saskatchewan Rugby.
  • 1.2  These Rules of Competition shall not limit clubs and players visiting the province of Saskatchewan at the invitation of Rugby Canada and playing fixtures under the jurisdiction, the management procedures and the expectations of World Rugby or Rugby Canada.
  • 1.3  Unless otherwise stated herein, the playing of Rugby under these Rules of Competition shall be in accordance with the World Rugby Laws of the Game of Rugby Union and the World Rugby Playing Charter.
  • 1.4  Saskatchewan Rugby delegates to the Rules of Competition Committee (RCC) the management of all Saskatchewan Rugby owned or sanctioned competitions by providing and maintaining consistent Rules of Competition.
  • 1.5  The Composition of the RCC will consist of a named representative from each party (RRU, NSRU, SRRS) at the Annual General Meeting.  This committee will remain in place until 30 days after the following AGM.
  • 1.6  Issues that arise from time to time that are not specifically addressed in the Rules of Competition shall be subject to the final authority of the Board of Directors.

2. CODE OF CONDUCT

  • 2.1   ALL UNIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, RUGBY BODIES, CLUBS & PERSONS:
  • 2.1.1  must ensure that the Game is played and conducted in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour and acknowledge that it is not sufficient to rely solely upon the Match Officials to maintain those principles;
  • 2.1.2  shall co-operate in ensuring that the spirit of the Laws of the Game are upheld and refrain from selecting players guilty of foul play;
  • 2.1.3  shall not repeatedly breach the Laws of the Game;
  • 2.1.4  shall accept and observe the authority and decisions of referees, touch judges, Match Officials and all other rugby disciplinary bodies;
  • 2.1.5  shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of the manner in which a referee or touch judge handled a match;
  • 2.1.6  shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of the manner in which Saskatchewan Rugby or any other rugby disciplinary body handled or resolved any dispute or disciplinary matter resulting from a breach of the Rules of Competition or a breach of Laws of the Game;
  • 2.1.7  shall not engage in any conduct or any activity on or off the field that may impair public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of a Match, tour, tournament or series of matches or in the integrity and good character of any person;
  • 2.1.8  shall not commit a breach of Regulation 6 (Wagering);
  • 2.1.9  shall promote the reputation of the Game and take all possible steps to prevent it from being brought into disrepute;
  • 2.1.10  shall no commit an anti-doping rule violation as defined in Regulation 21;
  • 2.1.11  shall not abuse, threaten or intimidate a referee, touch judge or other match official, whether on or off the field of play;
  • 2.1.12  shall not use crude or abusive language or gestures towards referees, touch judges or other match officials or spectators;
  • 2.1.13  shall not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult, humiliate or discriminate against any other Person on the ground based upon their religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, colour or national or ethnic origin;
  • 2.1.14  shall not to do anything that adversely affects the Game of Rugby Football, Saskatchewan Rugby, any member Union or any commercial partner of the Game.
  • 2.2 SPECTATOR CONTROL

  • 2.2.1  The behaviour of spectators remains the responsibility of the home team.  In the event of a game being played at a sub-union facility, spectator behaviour is the responsibility of both teams. Sub-unions have the right and the responsibility to sanction offending individuals and/or their Club. Conduct of Club members at the premises of the respective sub-unions and their member Clubs shall be the responsibility of those member Clubs and as such the respective sub-union may sanction the offending party and/or their Club.
  • 2.2.2  Spectators who, in the sole discretion of the sub-union or provincial executive or the referee of the match, are acting in an offensive or unruly manner shall be removed to a distance of not less than 100 meters from the playing enclosure.
  • 2.2.3  Consumption of alcohol outside of the designated areas of the sub-union’s or club’s premises is strictly prohibited and may result in sanctions being imposed against the offending party and/or their Club that includes the dressing room areas.
  • 2.2.4  Offensive or abusive conduct towards the sub-union or provincial union executive, Match Officials, Touch Judges, Assistant Referees, players and other spectators or participants in the game of Rugby at any event held under the sanctioning of Saskatchewan Rugby may result in sanctions being imposed against the offending party and/or their Club.
  • 2.2.5  Disciplinary procedures for offensive and/or abusive behaviour outside of the field of play will be administered through the Sask Rugby Dispute Resolution Policy.  
  • 2.2.6  Disciplinary procedures for on the field infractions will be administered through the Sask Rugby Disciplinary Procedures.
  • 2.2.7  The only parties allowed inside the playing enclosure should be:
    1. The Players
    2. The Match Official(s)
    3. Coaches
    4. The Therapist for each team
    5. Media
    6. game specific volunteers
  • 2.2.8 The use of illegal drugs on the premises of the respective sub-unions and their member Club’s is strictly prohibited and, in addition to any sanctions at law, may result in sanctions being imposed against the offending party and/or their Club.
  • 2.3 DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

  • 2.3.1  Disciplinary procedures for all on the field infractions will be administered through the Sask Rugby Discipline Document. It can be found on www.saskrugby.com under INSIDE SASKRUGBY Header on the SUSPENSIONS page.

3. CLUB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 3.1.1 Every Club shall provide to Saskatchewan Rugby, in January of each year, a completed Rugby Canada Directors and Officers Listing Form. This is also required from the RRU, NSRU and SRRS. Each will pay the $150 fee for this listing by the SRU AGM to secure their votes in that meeting. It is the club’s responsibility to update Sask Rugby of any changes. The SRU will in turn provide a copy to the respective sub-unions for distribution to their member clubs the following information.
    1. A list of the Club’s executive including positions held, e-mail addresses and a comprehensive list of contact telephone numbers
    2. An address and email at which information can be forwarded to the club for the upcoming season.
  • 3.1.2 All Coaches in Saskatchewan must hold an NCCP/WR Coach Accreditation appropriate for the level they intend to coach at. All Coaches must be registered and insured under the Rugby Canada registration process. Coaches from overseas will need to apply to Rugby Canada through Sask Rugby to gain their NCCP coach accreditation number by requesting equivalency for their native coaching award. (All overseas coaches will need to provide documentation of their certification).
  • 3.1.3 All volunteers working with or coaching minors under the age of 18 must carry out a Police Check under the vulnerable sector act. This Criminal Records check must be submitted to the Sask Rugby office to be kept on file.

  • 3.2 CLUB ELIGIBILITY

  • 3.2.1 All clubs must satisfy the rules of membership of Sask Rugby and their own Sub Union in order to enter a team into annual leagues or any competition as sanctioned by Sask Rugby. Sask Rugby and Sub Unions are required to set fees and deadline at their respectful AGMs.
  • 3.2.2 All Sask Rugby Club and Team Dues are required to be paid on the following dates each season:
    • High School Fees are due on MAY 1st with a Late Fee of $150 after this date.
    • Senior Fees are due JUNE 1st with the following Late Fees. After June 14th $150, After July 1st $300 and After July 14th $450.
  • 3.2.3 The NSRU and RRU shall determine the eligibility of all clubs wishing to compete in their respective Saskatchewan sanctioned league. If a club is deemed ineligible both the club and Sask Rugby must be notified in writing prior to the Sask Rugby Annual General Meeting.
  • 3.2.4 Teams that have defaulted games in the prior season will be reviewed in advance of a new season and the NSRU and RRU will have sole discretion on whether that team will be permitted to compete in any league under the sanctioning of Saskatchewan Rugby.
  • 3.2.5 All Clubs wishing to enter into a NSRU or RRU league must follow the minimum criteria below:




    Minimum fifteen (15) players registered

    Must have one (1) registered coach

    Must pay the appropriate annual Sask Rugby and Sub Union Fee

  • 3.2.6 Clubs may request dispensation from the Rules of Competition Committee. A club must present in writing, clearly stating the reason for dispensation and a development plan on how the club will meet the criteria laid out in section (3.3.4) over a set time period. On this basis the Rules of Competition Committee will make a ruling on the dispensation request.

  • 3.3 REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

  • 3.3.1 All persons active in a Club must be individually registered in the Rugby Canada Database. This includes all players, coaches, managers, therapists and board of directors. Registration provides liability, accident and medical coverage.
  • All clubs should read the Rugby Canada Insurance Policy Brochure found at www.rugbycanada.ca and make it available to all club members.
  • 3.3.2 To be registered, ALL Club participants must complete the online registration process.
  • 3.3.3 Registration must be completed PRIOR to participation with the Club’s activities in the season. All categories of membership for a participant should be included during the Registration Process. ie. if a participant plays, coaches, officiates and is the Club treasurer then this should be indicated by adding all necessary membership categories on the Membership Selection step of online registration.
  • 3.3.4 Any Club or person who knowingly participates in sanctioned rugby activities as an unregistered participant, not including specially sanctioned events, will subject the club to the following penalties:
  • Offense is by Club and NOT by Team

    1st OffenseClub is fined $250
    2nd OffenseClub is fined $500
    3rd OffenseClub is fined $1000
  • Note: An offense refers to any participant and not necessarily the same participant within a club. Any funds collected will be placed into our Rugby Legacy Fund and will be invested back into Sub Union capital projects.
  • 3.3.5 For players wishing to transfer from another club please see section 3.5 (Player Transfers)

  • 3.4  15 DAY VISITOR’S REGISTRATION

  • 3.4.1 Visiting player must be registered in the Rugby Canada Database.
  • 3.4.2 A maximum of two Visitor registrations per player per season is permitted.
  • 3.4.3 All Visitor registrations will expire immediately prior to the first play-off game regardless of date of issue.

  • 3.5 player transfers
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  • 3.5.1 Domestic Transfers
    • A player wishing to transfer from one Club to another shall submit a written request for transfer to their respective sub-unions. This shall consist of the request prepared by the individual accompanied by a clearance in writing from their current Club that no financial obligation is owed by that player to that Club. Saskatchewan Rugby must also approve an official transfer request in the Rugby Canada IT registration system to ensure the player is correctly registered to their new Club. Only once this is done is a player officially transferred and cleared to play for their new Club.
    • Players shall only be allowed to transfer from one Club to another up until August 1st of the year in which the transfer is requested.
    • A player's current Club shall not consent to the issue of a clearance if that player is under suspension on disciplinary grounds, unless such suspension is for a period of five weeks or less, and the new Club has confirmed in writing that a suspension for an equal period of the balance of the suspension will be imposed on the player in the competition(s) for which the new Club/union is to register him/her.
    • A player shall not be allowed to make more than two (2) transfer requests in a 12-month period beginning May 1st.
  • 3.5.2 International Transfers
    • Transfers within Rugby Union are subject to WR Regulation 4.6 Movement of Players between Unions. Particular reference should be made to regulation 4.6.1.
    • A Player leaving or proposing to leave his or her Current Union to play in another Union shall not be Registered or eligible to participate in competitions organized, recognized or sanctioned by that New Union until the New Union has received the original version (or a facsimile copy of the original version) of a Clearance.
    • A Player leaving a Saskatchewan club must submit a RC World Rugby Transfer Form prior to leaving Canada. This form can be found at under tab forms.

  • 3.6 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

  • 3.6.1 All players wishing to play rugby under the jurisdiction of its Sub Union and under the sanctioning of Saskatchewan Rugby must be registered with Rugby Canada and Saskatchewan Rugby through the club of their choice via the Rugby Canada online registration process.
  • 3.6.2 A player may not be registered simultaneously with more than one Provincial or Sub-Union. The Union with which he/she was first registered to shall determine the status of a player.
  • 3.6.3 Any players under 19 years of age must comply with Sask Rugby rules regarding eligibility to play senior (adult) rugby.

  • 3.7 FOREIGN PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

  • 3.7.1 A foreign player shall be a player who cannot meet any of the following qualifications:
    • Canadian citizenship; or
    • Registered with Rugby Canada for at least 3 seasons prior to the current one; or
    • Permanent residency in Canada (documentary proof required).
  • 3.7.2 All foreign players coming to Canada must be cleared through Rugby Canada and their existing Rugby Union. Foreign players should contact their home club to make sure a Clearance has been completed and sent directly from the player’s national union to Rugby Canada. A foreign player is not permitted to take the field of play in Canada until the Clearance has been approved by Rugby Canada. If clubs fail to follow the international player transfer protocol set about above and plays ineligible players the game or games in question will be classed as a default and sanctions set out in section ten (10) will apply.

  • 3.7.3 All foreign players must provide a copy of their primary health insurance coverage to the Saskatchewan Rugby office.

  • 3.8 TOURS (INCOMING & OUTGOING)

  • 3.8.1 All incoming tours from another country to Saskatchewan or outgoing tours from Saskatchewan to another country involving a member Club of Saskatchewan Rugby shall require the approval of both Saskatchewan Rugby and Rugby Canada. The Tour In and Tour Out Form application shall be made to Saskatchewan Rugby at least 6 weeks prior of the intended arrival or departure date.
  • 3.8.2 All incoming tour games need to be sanctioned by Rugby Canada and Saskatchewan Rugby. These Tour In and Tour Out forms can be found at www.saskrugby.com under the tab forms.

4. Team Responsibilities

  • 4.0 In the event of the non-appointment (or non-arrival) of an officially appointed assistant match official, each team shall supply one touch judge for the game being played. Where no touch-judge is available the team failing to provide the touch-judge shall have one of their players act as touch judge. A player who is appointed to be the touch-judge for the game in question must be clearly identifiable and must not be wearing the same playing jersey as either team on the field.
  • 4.1 Each team shall supply at least one match ball, it being the home team’s choice as to which balls are used.
  • 4.2 No changes to the approved fixtures are permitted unless authorized and confirmed by the home teams Sub-Union scheduler. Any request for a change to the approved schedule must be done a minimum of 7 days prior to the scheduled kick-off. It is the Sub-Union’s responsibility to notify the SRRS and the SRU of any change in fixtures.
  • 4.3 The home team shall ensure that the field is properly marked in accordance with the Laws of the Game of Rugby (Law 1 – The Ground). The home team will also ensure that the goal posts are properly protected.
  • 4.4 The home team shall have a barrier or rope, not less than 6 feet from the touchline of each side of the field, to keep spectators from the touchline.
  • 4.5 The home team must supply adequate change and shower facilities.
  • 4.6 The home team shall complete a game sheet, segregating starting players from substitutes. It is the home team’s responsibility to provide the game sheet to the visiting team for completion at least thirty (30) minutes prior to kick-off. The visiting team shall also complete the game sheet.
  • 4.7 Each Team must have either a coach or manager sign the game sheet
  • 4.8 The completed game sheet will be presented to the appointed match official(s) no later than twenty (20) minutes prior to kick-off. The match officials also must sign the game sheet.
  • 4.9 At the conclusion of the match, the appointed match official will complete the game sheet and retain his or her portion for their records. The appointed match official will then provide a duplicate of the game sheet to both teams. The winning team or, in the event of a tie, the home team, shall submit the game sheet and final score to their respective sub-union within 48 hours of completion of the game. The game sheet is triplicate and the following should get a copy of the signed game sheet for clarification:
    • The winning team or, in the event of a tie, the home team takes the top signed copy and is responsible for faxing or scanning by email the result to the local sub union office (see section12.2)
    • The losing or away team takes one duplicate copy.
    • The Match official retains a copy for their records.

CLUBS MUST RETAIN A COPY OF ALL GAMES SHEETS FOR GAMES PLAYED. IN THE EVENT OF A PLAY-OFF DISPUTE OR UNREGISTERED PLAYER DISPUTE A CLUB MUST BE ABLE TO PRODUCE ALL GAME SHEETS FOR THE SEASON. 

IF A CLUB CANNOT PRESENT THE RELEVANT GAME SHEETS, THE CLUB WILL HAVE DEEMED TO AUTOMATICALLY DEFAULTED THE DISPUTE. 

ALL APPOINTED MATCH OFFICIALS MUST RETAIN A COPY OF ALL GAMES OFFICIATED AS A RECORD OF THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THAT GAME. IN SOME INCIDENCES THE GAMESHEET IS REQUIRED FOR PAYMENT

E-mail and fax numbers are included on the game sheet for Clubs to submit them within 48 hours of the games completion

FAILURE BY THE WINNING TEAM, OR IN THE EVENT OF A TIE, THE HOME TEAM, TO SUBMIT THE COMPLETED GAME SHEET WITHIN 48 HOURS WILL RESULT IN A DEFAULTED GAME FOR THE OFFENDING TEAM.

5. MATCH OFFICIAL(S) RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 5.1 Prior to the commencement of a match, the appointed Match Official(s) will check that each game sheet has been satisfactorily completed. The appointed Match official cannot start a game if a completed game sheet has not been provided to him/her.
  • 5.2 In accordance with the Saskatchewan Rugby Discipline Document, the games involving any send-offs or any incident requiring a Discipline report, the Match Official shall complete and submit a report to the Discipline Committee (DC) through the Sask Rugby office within 3 calendar days. A Match Officials discipline report form is available at www.saskrugby.com under the suspensions found on the side menu. In accordance with the Saskatchewan Rugby Discipline Document, a send-off that involved input from an Assistant Match Official, the Assistant Match Official shall complete and submit a report to the DC through the Sask Rugby office within 3 calendar days. An Assistant Match Official’s discipline report form is available at under the Suspensions header found on the side menu. Please note that these timelines are always on a best effort basis however exceptional circumstances may arise that may prevent the referee or committee from meeting these timeline. Failure by the Match Official to meet these timelines does not make a decision by the DC unenforceable, nor would it be grounds for an acceptable appeal or to use the dispute resolution process based on a technicality, as it would be against the spirit of discipline in our game.
  • 5.3 The Match Official(s) must be appointed by, and registered with, the Saskatchewan Rugby Referees Society (SRRS). In exceptional cases an appropriately accredited visiting Match Official may be appointed by SRRS to Saskatchewan Rugby sanctioned game or tournament.
  • 5.4 If no appointed Match Official has been appointed or if a Match Official fails to show for a game, the two teams may agree upon and appoint a registered and certified match official. If they cannot agree, the home team appoints the registered and certified match official. This is in accordance with WR law (6.A.1). If no certified Match Official is available the game will not be played and the fixture will be postponed and rescheduled.
  • 5.5 At the conclusion of the match, the appointed Match Official shall enter on the game sheet the final score, the number of tries scored by each team and return the game sheet to the winning team or, in the event of a tie, the home team and the losing team in accordance with section 4.9 (i) and (ii). The Match Official will retain a copy of the game sheet for their record; see section 4.9 (iii).
  • 5.6 The appointed Match Official retains discretion over safety and has the option to refuse to commence a game (or the option of refusing to continue with an already commenced game) in the case of an unsafe playing environment.
  • 5.7 The appointed Match Official should take note of any inadequacies of playing facilities such as field markings, incorrect dimensions, inadequate equipment, lack of spectator barriers, etc. The Match Official should be submit any concerns within 72 hours of the conclusion of the game to the Saskatchewan Rugby office sru@sasktel.net or fax (306) 781-6021
  • Any major concerns could result in no more games being played at that facility in the season.
  • 5.8 The appointed Match Official must keep a record of all substitutions made and mark them clearly on the game sheet for all play-off games.

6. PLAYER DRESS

  • 6.1 Players shall wear kit consisting of jerseys, shorts and socks of a uniform colour with that of their team.
  • 6.2 The referee of the match shall be the sole judge of whether any equipment, including but not limited to footwear, headgear and body padding or bracing, is acceptable under (World Rugby Law 4 – Players’ Clothing). In the event such equipment is not acceptable to the referee of the match, the offending equipment shall not be worn in the match.
  • 6.3 All kits for all Division matches shall contain 23 jerseys that shall be numbered from 1 to 23.
  • 6.4 In the event the home and visiting teams have jerseys that in the opinion of the referee of the match are too similar in appearance, the home team shall change their jerseys to the satisfaction of the referee of the match.

7. SUBSTITUTIONS & REPLACMENTS

  • 7.1 For Saskatchewan Rugby matches a team may nominate up to eight replacements/substitutes.
  • 7.2 Saskatchewan Rugby and its member Sub-Unions and Clubs will follow the guidelines on substitutions according to the Laws of the Game (Law 3).
  • 7.3 A game in Saskatchewan is forfeited by a team if the team must move to a depowered scrum because it is unable to make two trained front row substitutions due to lack of qualified front row.
  • 7.4 The score of a forfeited game under section (7.3) shall be 20-0 in favour of the non-forfeiting team and the forfeiting team will not be docked any points as they committed and fulfilled the fixture.

8. LENGTH OF GAME

  • 8.1 All regular season senior games shall not exceed forty (40) minute halves with a half-time break of five minutes. There will be no overtime. All games for players under the age of 19 shall not exceed thirty five (35) minute halves with a half-time break of five (5) minutes. There will be no overtime.
  • 8.2 If for any reason a match does NOT start at the official commencement time, the remaining time for these matches shall be divided equally after allowing for a five (5) minute interval between matches and an appropriate half-time interval so that succeeding matches may start on time
  • 8.3 A referee has the power to abandon a game at any time if, in his/her opinion, the game should not continue to full time. The referee must report the reasons for making this decision to the Sub-Union in which the game was played. A game shall be deemed abandoned if it cannot be completed due to unforeseen circumstances - e.g. Weather conditions, medical emergencies.
  • 8.4 If the playing time of an abandoned match amounts to less than forty minutes, then the game shall be rescheduled, the result of a shortened game would have no bearing on any league or other competition standings. If the playing time of an abandoned match amounts to more than forty minutes, the score at the time of the matching being abandoned shall be recorded as the final score. This regulation does NOT apply to games ended by the referee because of disciplinary problems on or off the field.
  • 8.5 The referee shall be the sole judge of the amount of time played in the game.

9. POSTPONEMENTS

  • 9.1 Saskatchewan Rugby and its Sub-Unions have the right to schedule make-up games at times and venues that it may designate, including mid-week games if they are deemed necessary.
  • 9.2 A game may be postponed and played at a later date, in its entirety, in the following circumstances.
    • Where weather conditions, in the opinion of the referee of the match, make the proper and safe play of the game impossible.
    • Where a game that has commenced cannot be completed due to circumstances beyond the control of either team.
    • Where a club has submitted a formal written request (by email/fax) for a postponement of a game to the Sub-Union. The written request must:
      • Be received at least seven (7) days in advance of the scheduled match;
      • Identify the justification for the postponement request and,
      • Must not be based upon an assumption that the local Sub-Union will approve an automatic postponement.
  • 9.3 The re-scheduling of a postponed game shall have a new date agreed upon within 2 weeks of the originally scheduled date. If this does not occur the team requesting the original change will forfeit the game under the conditions of 10.2.6.
  • 9.4 A game will not be postponed due to players being on representative duties.
  • 9.5 If circumstances beyond a clubs control prevent a team from participating in a fixture the club may apply to the Rules of Competition Committee (RCC) for dispensation in relation to regulation (9.3) and (9.4)
  • 9.6 The Rules and Regulation Committee has the power to declare a winner, order a replay, declare a no contest, in which case no points are awarded to either Club, and may apply such sanctions as it deems fit. If a replay is ordered it shall be held under conditions established by the Organizing Committee.
  • 9.7 All league fixtures must be fulfilled by clubs and clubs cannot mutually agree not to play a fixture.

10. FORFEITS

  • 10.1 A club shall be considered to have forfeited a game in the following circumstances.
    • Failure to fulfil an approved fixture scheduled by Saskatchewan Rugby or its Sub –Unions.
    • Failure to have a minimum of 12 players on the field for Male clubs and 10 players for Female clubs by the scheduled kick-off time.
    • A team plays an ineligible or unregistered player as defined by these Rules of Competition.
    • Failure on the part of the home team, to provide adequate field markings and equipment in accordance to these rules and regulation and in the Laws of the game, where in the referee’s discretion a fixture cannot be played.
    • Failure to submit the game sheet in accordance with regulation 4.8 of these Rules of Competition.
  • 10.2 A club shall which is considered to have forfeited a game will be subject to the following consequences
    • 10.2.1 The Club shall be deducted (-5) league points from the league standings and the winning team collects Maximum points (+5). The score will be recorded as 20-0. The Club must also pay a fine of $250 for non-travelling games or $500 fine for travelling games. Financial penalty will firstly cover Sub-Union costs (IE MO and physio) with the remainder of the penalty credited to the opposition. This is subject to the criteria in 10.2.6.
    • 10.2.2 If a Club forfeits a second time in a season that Club will receive the same penalty with points and fines as outlined in 10.2.1 as well as be ineligible for the Playoffs.
    • 10.2.3 If a Club forfeits an Interlock scheduled game the Club will receive the same penalty and fine as outlined in 10.2.1. The $500 will be paid to the opposing team.
    • 10.2.4 If a Club forfeits a game during the playoffs hey will receive a fine of $1000 and will start the following season with negative (-5) points in the standings. The fine shall always be payable to the Sub-Union.
    • 10.2.5 Any Club will be suspended from league play for forfeiting three league matches. They will need to apply for reinstatement to their Sub-Union for entry into the league for the following season. The respective club’s Sub Union will determine if the team will be permitted to re-enter the league in the following season.
    • 10.2.6 In the event that notice is given to the scheduler by email or phone message within 72 hours that a club will be forfeiting a scheduled game, there will be no financial penalty incurred but will have a points penalty of maximum points to the opposition (+5) and 0 points to the forfeiting team. The score will be recorded as 20-0.
  • 10.3 The Scheduler will notify both the club president and the appropriate Board (SR, RRU, NSRU) of any occurrences within 3 days of the occurrence via email. Once notice of penalty is received, all fines shall be paid at or before the next scheduled Board meeting (SR, RRU, NSRU). If a fine is overdue the club will be subject to Bad Standing Status as outlined in 11.5 with both the Sub Union and Saskatchewan Rugby.

11. TEAM WITHDRAWLS

  • 11.1 A team that withdraws from a league will not be permitted to re-enter a team into the league in question for the following season unless approved and appropriate fines will be applied as per section 10.2.1. A withdrawal from any league program will count as a forfeit on the season and will need to follow the process as outlined in 10.2.5.
  • 11.2 If a club withdraws a team from league play, the club’s other teams of the same gender will not be fined or docked point.

12. SCORES AND STANDINGS

  • 12.1 Reporting of Scores: In all cases, both teams in all leagues are required to report game scores via email to mailto:scores@saskrugby.com within 2 hours of the completion of the final match of the day at the venue. Sask Rugby, RRU and NSRU will all have access to this email account. On first failure to do so in a season, a warning will be issued to the Club by the Sask Rugby office upon notification by the Sub Union. Further failures may result in sanctions. It is the Sub-Union’s responsibility to update all scores and standing on the Saskatchewan Rugby website on a timely basis.
  • 12.2 Reporting of Game Sheets: The Sask Rugby game sheet is confirmation of player participation, registration, scoring, identities of scorers and game statistics including yellow and red cards. Game Sheets are used for tracking Player eligibility. Game sheets must be submitted to Sask Rugby by noon Monday for all weekend fixtures and within 2 days of any other scheduled fixtures and must be filled out completely. Improper filling out, or failure to submit on time, of the Game Sheet for the first time in a season will receive an explanation of the errors and a warning. Subsequent failures will be subject to sanctions. For more information on proper completion of game sheets and guidelines for their submission please see appendix.
  • The team must retain a copy of all game sheets in the event of a dispute or protest of a game.

  • 12.3 Points shall be awarded in league standings as follows:
  • Win4 Points
    Draw2 Points
    Loss0 Points
    Win by Default5 Points
    4 Tries or more in one Game1 Point
    Loss by 7 Points or Less1 Points

    Bonus points will be awarded only if clearly marked by the Referee on the official Saskatchewan Rugby game sheet. A draw is not considered as a loss by 7 points or less

  • 12.4 Clubs shall have 14 days from the posting of game scores on the Sub-Union or Saskatchewan Rugby website, to notify the respective union in writing of any error in the game score posted. Posted game scores shall stand as correct in the final league standings if errors are not identified, in writing, within 14 days.
  • 12.5 In the event of a tie in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season, the final standings shall be determined by considering in order of the factors below:
    • The most wins in league play;
    • The record of the games played between the two teams;
    • The team with the highest total points scored in the games between the two teams that are tied.
    • The most bonus points earned in league play
    • The score differential, points for minus points against, in league play

13. PLAYOFFS

  • 13.1 All Play-off games, dates, times and venues will take place according to the schedule posted by Saskatchewan Rugby each year.
  • 13.2 The home team in the respective sub-union play-offs shall be the team with the higher-placing in the final league standings.
  • 13.3 The home team will have the option of playing their playoff game(s) at their home field or at their sub-union’s main facility. All sub-union finals will be played at the sub-union facility.
  • 13.4 The victor of the sub-union division final (where applicable) shall play in the Provincial final for that division to determine the Provincial Champion.
  • 13.5 In the Women’s League the two teams that finish the highest in the standings shall play in the Provincial Final to determine the Provincial Champion.
  • 13.6 The home team for the Provincial final game shall be the team from the sub-union that is hosting the Provincial Final game.
  • 13.7 All Provincial finals shall be played at the main facility of the sub-union that is hosting the game and is determined by Saskatchewan Rugby.
  • 13.8 In the event a play-off game for a senior men or women’s division is tied at the end of regulation time, the following overtime format shall be used:
    • A coin toss shall be held to determine selection of ends and kick-off.
    • Two 10-minute overtime halves shall be played, with a 5-minute break between halves and changing of ends at the half.
    • Should the game still be tied at the end of 20 minutes of overtime, the teams shall continue to play successive sudden death 10 minute periods, with 5 minute breaks and the switching of ends between periods, the first team to score will be declared the winner.
  • 13.9 Player eligibility for play-off games shall, in addition to the criteria set out elsewhere in these Rules of Competition, be determined as follows:
    • A male participant must be fully registered and be named on a minimum four (4) regular league game sheets for the Club in the current season in order to be eligible to play in the playoffs. A female participant must be fully registered and be named on a minimum one (1) regular league game sheet for the Club in the current season in order to be eligible to play in the playoffs. Game sheets will be monitored by each of the Sub Unions and member clubs.
    • A fully registered player may use representative games played at a higher level as part of four regular season games if it prevented them from playing for their club. This is providing that player was recorded and registered with the club in the Rugby Canada Registration System at the time of the representative games being played. In this instance a club should apply to the RCC in writing stating the dates, times and games that the player took part in representative duties to gain dispensation.

14. SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS

  • 14.1 Sanctioning tournaments ensures that the proper insurance coverage is in place, grow the game domestically and to attract international teams to visit Canada and participate in quality events. To ensure all players
  • 14.2 All Tournaments must be sanctioned by
    • A Saskatchewan Rugby Event Sanction Form must be completed and submitted to the Saskatchewan Rugby office (14) days prior to the tournament or event taking place.
    • Sanctioning by Saskatchewan Rugby that the tournament or event has been approved.
  • 14.2 Only Rugby Canada registered players and teams may compete in Saskatchewan Rugby sanctioned events.
  • 14.3 All tournaments, games and events sanctioned by Saskatchewan Rugby are to be refereed by Saskatchewan Rugby sanctioned and appointed Match Officials (refer to regulation 8.3).

Full tournament sanctioning policies and procedures can be found at www.saskrugby.com

15. DISPUTES

  • 15.1 All disputes and any violation of these Rules of Competition will be reviewed by the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules of Competition Committee. All decisions on disputes made by the RCC will be final.

16. PROTESTS

  • 16.1 Any Club may protest against any other Club for playing ineligible players in any grade in any match.
  • 16.2 Such protests shall be made in writing to the Rules & Regulations Committee NOT later than seventy-two (72) hours after the match in which the ineligible player allegedly participated. The Club lodging the protest shall provide a copy of the protest to the Saskatchewan Rugby office and the Club against which the complaint is made. All protests to be sent to Saskatchewan Rugby at the following: E-mail mailto:sru@sasktel.net or Fax (306) 781-6021 and will be passed onto the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules of Competition Committee.
  • 16.3 All protests shall be determined by the Rules & Regulations Committee.
  • 16.4 Any Club shall have seventy two (72) hours from the date of a protest ruling from RCC against them to notify their respective sub-union of their wish to have a hearing held into the matter, upon receipt of which request the respective sub-union shall convene a hearing within seven (7) days, consisting of a minimum of three (3) members of the RCC.

17. APPEALS

  • 17.1 An appeal may be lodged on any decision of the Rules & Regulations Committee. The appeal must be lodged in writing to the Rules & Regulations Committee and the President of Saskatchewan Rugby within seven (7) days of the date of the decision.
  • 17.2 Appeals shall be heard by a Tribunal appointed by the Saskatchewan Rugby Board.
  • 17.3 A lodgement of an appeal must be accompanied by the payment of a fee of $300. If an appeal is successful then 50% of this fee shall be reimbursed.

18. INTERPRETATIONS

  • 18.1 Interpretation of these Rules & Regulations will rest with the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules & Regulations Committee.
  • 18.2 Situations not covered by these Rules & Regulations, where relevant, will be referred to the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules & Regulations Committee.
  • 18.3 The Saskatchewan Rugby Rules & Regulations may be amended or added to as needs arise by the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules & Regulations Committee.
  • 18.4 If a club wishes to make amendments to the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules of Competition they must submit in writing to the RCC any amendments proposed clearly stating the following:
    • The original rule as it stands in the SK Rugby Rules of Competition.
    • The proposed change, addition or deletion to the written section of the SK Rugby Rules of Competition.
    • The reason and justification for requesting the change, addition or deletion.
    • Any recommendation for changes to the Saskatchewan Rugby Rules of Competition by the RCC must be approved by the Saskatchewan Rugby Board before being incorporated into the document.

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