Refereeing and Laws

New laws for the 2017-18 season

A summary can be found here.

In support of helping to avoid cases of concussion, World Rugby adopted new laws regarding high tackles on 3rd January 2017.

In effect, there is greater emphasis on penalising contact above the shoulders. More details can be found here.

Reckless tackle
A player is deemed to have made reckless contact during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game if in making contact, the player knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway. This sanction applies even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. This type of contact also applies to grabbing and rolling or twisting around the head/neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.

Minimum sanction: Yellow card
Maximum sanction: Red card

Accidental tackle
When making contact with another player during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game, if a player makes accidental contact with an opponent's head, either directly or where the contact starts below the line of the shoulders, the player may still be sanctioned. This includes situations where the ball-carrier slips into the tackle.

Minimum sanction: Penalty

Age group regulations - variations to the Laws of the Game

For the 2017-18 season the new consistent regulations for clubs AND schools continue. Links to the New Rules of Play for each age group are below.

General info: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/31/97/52/RFUR...

Background to the bringing together of school and club regulations can be found here: http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/players/age-grade-rugby/about-age-g...

Boys rugby

U6 & U7: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugbyAcademy/CourseResource/01...
U8: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugbyAcademy/CourseResource/01...
U9: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugbyAcademy/CourseResource/01...
U10: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugbyAcademy/CourseResource/01...
U11: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugbyAcademy/CourseResource/01...

U12: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugbyAcademy/CourseResource/01...
U13:
http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/31/98/74/RFUR...
U14:
http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/31/98/75/RFUR...
U15 to U18: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/31/99/86/RFUR...

Girls regulations

U13 girls: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/31/97/95/RFUR...
U15-U18 girls: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/31/99/84/RFUR...

Link to the full regulations
The home for England Rugby regulations is here: http://www.englandrugby.com/governance/regulations/

Link to the laws of rugby
The laws of rugby via World Rugby are here: http://laws.worldrugby.org/index.php?&language=EN

Coaches wanting to take a course, read here
The club encourage our coaches to take as many courses as possible. You can get your course fees refunded by contacting treasurer@wmrfc.co.uk.

Find out what course is right for you here: http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/my-rugby-academy/

The England Rugby coaching and refereeing course finder is here: http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/#/search?id=&c=&even...

To start refereeing U8 to U12
You need to attend a course called Level 1 – Refereeing Children. This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
Pre-requisites – to complete the IRB online Rugby Ready before attending this course.

If you wish to start refereeing U13 and above
You need to attend a course called Level 2 – Refereeing the 15-a-side game. This course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip delegates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It takes 12 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
Pre-requisites - Complete IRB online Rugby Ready and IRB Laws Test before attending this course.

If you need further advice on how to start refereeing or choosing an appropriate course, please visit http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/referees/becoming-a-referee/

The Wimbledon RFC Disciplinary Policy is to be found on this page. It caters for all age groups (adult to minis) and covers players, parents, coaches and visitors. This pdf is the policy in full . Any questions to Meg Gardiner, Wimbledon RFC Hon. Secretary meg.gardiner@cantab.net

As part of the RFUs plans for improving player and spectator behaviour it has put together a document (see attached below) - This is Rugby . It simply states what rugby is, and most importantly, what it isn't. Please take a moment to study it, especially in light of the renewed focus on discipline this season - http://wmrfc.co.uk/rfucorevalues. Let's help everyone enjoy our sport to the full.

Click here to read The RFU New Rules of Play

Our Refereeing Co-ordinator is Dick Dunford. He can be contacted via ref@wmrfc.co.uk

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