2018/19 Devon Age Grade Competition Regulations

DEVON MINI & JUNIOR COMMITTEE COMPETITION REGULATIONS 2018-19

INTRODUCTION

England Rugby has undertaken a review and consultation process over the last few years and introduced new rules of play (Age Grade Review) for all players up to the age grade of Under-18.

 The 2017-18 season saw a structured playing calendar that has identified set weeks in which college/schools and rugby clubs can play competitive games. This is designed to protect the player from being overplayed and balance their development and training.

“The Devon RFU guideline (supported by the RFU) for Age Grade players with effect from the 1st September 2017 is that a player can play no more than the equivalent of five full games of contact rugby a month with a maximum of 35 games within a season. It will be the responsibility of all the people managing rugby in Devon to monitor this (clubs, schools, colleges and the academy). Should this guideline be disregarded for any player the DRFU will ask the relevant bodies to justify their actions as to why a player’s playing time exceeded these guidelines, and this could be seen as a disciplinary issue. It would as a matter of course, be flagged up as safeguarding issue as it will be seen as neglect by the relevant body with the welfare of the player, potentially being put at risk and also disregarding the advice of the CB. The DRFU Safeguarding manager will be expected to be informed and the matter referred to the RFU Safeguarding team.”

At the Devon Mini & Junior Committee AGM in June 2018 the clubs voted to accept the ‘Half Game Rule’ for all Age Grade players a season early, so all clubs playing games in all Age Grades games must comply.

With this in mind Devon Mini & Junior Committee have issued these guidelines:

“This season with effect from the 3rd September 2018 Clubs will play all players registered at the Age Grade in as many games as possible to give them all equal time averaged over the year.”

Clubs/teams failing to adhere to this rule will be asked to explain why a player/players have not got equal playing time. Consideration will be given for injuries/availability of players. If the club is found to have not followed the rule a stepped approach of sanctions will occur up to being expelled from the ALL competitions. The first step is the offending team will be removed from that Age Grade competition.

Competition Rules

The competition is administered by an appointed person who will refer and liaise with the Devon Mini and Junior Competition Sub Committee;

Competition Sub Committee Members;

Devon M&J Chairman, Devon M&J Vice Chairman, Devon M&J Secretary, Independent Member OR Devon M & J Girls Representative.

1 THE COMPETITION

1.1. The competition will be known as the name identified in the Appendix for each Age Grade Competition, and shall be subject to the direction and control of Devon RFU acting through its Mini & Junior Competitions Sub-Committee.

1.2. The competition will be administered by the Competition Administrator who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the competition on behalf of the Devon RFU Mini & Junior Competitions Sub-Committee.

1.3. By entering the competition, clubs agree to abide by the regulations as laid out.

1.4. The Devon RFU Mini & Junior Competitions Sub-Committee has full powers of adjudicating on all matters relating to the competition and their decisions shall be final.

1.5. The administrators will facilitate the smooth running the competition administration. There decisions are binding on teams entered the specified competition. Teams can appeal on matters of administration to the Devon RFU Mini & Junior Competitions Sub-Committee.

2. ENTRY TO COMPETITIONS

2.1 The competition is open to any Rugby Football Club currently affiliated to the Devon RFU.

2.2 All clubs must adhere to the Policies of Devon RFU and the Regulations of the RFU. Any club found to have contravened these Policies and Regulations by the Devon RFU Mini & Junior Competitions Sub-Committee may have league points deducted or be withdrawn from the competition. Discipline offences will be referred to the CB Discipline Committee who may impose greater sanctions.

2.3 An entry fee will be payable by each club, the amount of which to be decided by the Devon RFU Mini & Junior Committee at the AGM each season. The fee is to cover the cost of administration, trophies, medals, etc and must be paid before the 1st September in the year of the season. Yearly fees are set out in the appendix.

3. QUALIFICATIONS FOR PLAYERS/TRANSFERS OF PLAYERS

3.1 To play in the Age Grade Rugby competition, a player must be under the specified age in the appendix on the 1st September of the year in which the season commences.

3.2 The England RFU Age Grade regulations permit CERTAIN players to play UP an age grade OR DOWN an age grade provided they have permission from their parent or guardian to do so. In addition, the coach (Level 2) must assess that they are physically and emotionally able to play up/down one age grade, and have the skills and abilities to play at that age grade. Permission forms must be lodged (e-mail a copy) with the Competition Administrator prior to the start of the game and be available for inspection by the opposition at each game the player plays in. You will need to show that the Administrator has confirmed (an e-mail will be returned asap) the player is accepted to play in the competition. Remember that the club Safeguarding Officer needs to sign off each player. Refer to RFU Regs 15.

3.3 Players must be current members of the rugby club they are playing for and must be registered on the RFU Game Management System for that club, as an active member on an appropriate membership scheme, as well as with the competition administrator, All players need to be registered with the competition administrator by email on the date in the Appendix.

3.4 Players may transfer with the permission of the Competition Sub-Committee in advance of the move. This permission will need to be supported with written support from both Junior Club Chairman in line with the Devon RFU Transfer policy. A transfer will be considered by the Competition Sub Committee on individual merit, consideration will be given to house or school moves out of a Clubs catchment area.

3.5 Players who are new to the game, and were not previously registered with a club as an active player, can be registered by a club with the RFU prior to 1st March in that season. Once registered, they can play in the competition. Please note all players need to be registered within 45 days of attending the first rugby session (RFU Regs)

3.6 For the purposes of these rules, players that transfer from any club in Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset & Wilts constituent bodies, will be treated as if they played for a club affiliated to Devon.

3.7 Players that transfer from elsewhere in England, or transfer from overseas RFU, will be treated as “new” players as per 3.5 above.

3.8 Any player who is with an RFU Academy or an Academy affiliated to a Premiership or Championship will not be eligible to play in the competition.

3.9 For a player to play in the final of the competition they must play 50% of the games in the competition, Unless;

a) The player has had an injury, this will be assessed by the Competition Administrator.

b) They are a new player to the club as per Regulation 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6.

4. MATCHES

4.1 Fixtures in the competition will be arranged in advance by the competition administrator and must be played on the date given (within the RFU Structured Season for Age Grade Rugby in Devon). Competition matches will take priority over friendly/touring matches.

4.2 Matches will be played in accordance with England RFU rules and regulations for Age Grade Rugby.

4.3 No Age Grade player is permitted to play any additional time in a match.

4.4 In the event of a clash of colours, and/or at the request of the referee, it will be the HOME TEAM’S responsibility to change strip.

4.5 If the points differential in any match reaches 50, the referee will consult with the coaches about continuing the match. It is recommended that the match continues with the team in the lead making substitutions to allow new or less experienced players to play, or the players are swapped between teams to even out the play. In any event, the maximum point’s differential that will be awarded to any team in the competition is 50 and the score will be at the point the match is stopped to balance the sides.

4.6 Teams that win games (50 point margin) without completing the full time in matches will be asked to submit playing squads and timing for each player to check for 'Half Game Rule' avoidance. The opposition will be consulted.

5. TEAM COMPOSITION

5.1 Match day squads for competition matches can comprise as many players that a team wishes to enter. It is the responsibility of the team manager and coaches to play all players in the match.

5.2 In order for a match to proceed, under these regulations, both teams must start with at least 10 of their own registered players in the playing squad.

5.3 Where a club has a small squad, and experiences team raising difficulties on a match day, it may borrow players from their match day opponents to field a full compliment of players for the match to start, subject to 5.2 above. Players may be loaned, but the number on loan to the team must not exceed 5 on the field of play at any time.

5.4 It is expected that clubs will co-operate with their opponents in the loaning of players, to ensure that the maximum number of players are involved on match days, but players cannot be forced to play for opponents. Under age or over age players must not be loaned, under any circumstances.

5.5 If players refuse to play for their opponents, which is their prerogative the match will be played with equal numbers on each team (subject to 5.2 above). Teams may have any number in their squads (subject to 5.1 and 5.2) with rolling substitutions being allowed at all times. Should a team with a stating number of 15 be reduced to less than 12, Or the starting number of the team is 12 and the number reduces to 11 (except for yellow and red Cards) on the field of play the game should be stopped. The number of minutes played, the score at the time play was stopped should be recorded on the result sheet. A report will need to be completed within 48 hours and submitted to the Competition Administrator for the Competition Sub-Committee decision on the reasons for the game stopping and why the club couldn’t start the game with more than 15 players.

Reduced number teams will line up with the following:

14 a side – no number 8

13 a side – no flankers (6 & 7)

12 a side – No back row (6, 7 & 8)

11 a side – No Outside Centre (6, 7, 8 & 13) (only used for Yellow and Red Cards)

10 a side – One of the Wings (6, 7, 8, 13 & 11 or 14) (only used for Yellow and Red Cards)

5.6 In the event that a loaned player receives a red card in a league match, the team that he is playing for will be deducted a league point, as per 6.2 below. Consideration will also be given to the players home club being deducted points.

5.7 In all Age Grade Rugby matches, both teams will have the same number of players on the field of play at all times, except: where a player is temporarily suspended (‘Yellow Card’); or dismissed by the referee (‘Red Card’).

5.8 Each team in the competition should endeavour to have suitably trained and experienced front-row players and replacements. As a guide in a squad of 23 players, at least four players must be able to play at loose-head or tight-head prop, and two players must be able to play at Hooker. If, for reasons beyond a team’s control there are no front-row replacements available during a match, the referee will order non-contested scrums and fill in the result sheet with the time this event started.

5.9 If a team does not have a suitably trained and experienced front row for the start of an arranged match, the match may be treated as an unplayed match (Section 9.5). The match will continue with non-contested scrums and the result sheet annotated to reflect this situation by the referee. The team or teams without sufficient front row players will submit a reason to the Competition Administrator within 48 hours of the game finishing so that the Competition Sub Committee can rule if the game will be treated as a friendly or competition game. This decision will be notified to the club within one month of the match being played.

6. LEAGUE POINTS & PROGRESSION

6.1 In all the league competitions points will be awarded on the following basis:

Win = 4 points

Draw = 2 points

Bonus points will be awarded as follows:

1 point on scoring four tries in a game. (*)

1 point if the losing margin is 15 points or less. (*)

(*) It will be possible to accumulate all these bonus points, even for a losing side.

6.2 A league point will be deducted for each red card issued to any player in all league matches. (Any subsequent Devon Disciplinary Panel punishment to be in addition to the one point deduction)

6.3 In determining league positions, the teams will be placed in order according to those with the most league points. Where there is a tie, points differential will take effect.

6.4 Competition Cup Games - The winner of the game will be decided in the following manner:

a) Team which has scored the most points in the match;

b) Team which has scored the most tries in the match;

c) Team which has scored the most converted tries in the match;

d) The away team in the cup competition. In finals it will be treated as a shared win.

7. MATCH OFFICIALS

General

7.1 If either Devon Rugby Referees' Society or Plymouth Rugby Referees' Society notifies a home club that no society referee is available, the club can appointed a referee in the following order (make sure the competition administrator is advised in advance):

Member of a referee society from another CB 

ELRA qualified club referee, from another RFC, or

ELRA qualified referee from within either participating club, where that referee is independent of the age group teams playing.

7.2 It shall be the responsibility of the home side to confirm match day arrangements with the appointed referee, by the Wednesday immediately predating the match, or as soon as the appointment is made if later. Failure to do so, and therefore no referee turning up, will be treated as an unplayed match in accordance with Section 9.5.

7.3 Where clubs cancel matches and they don’t notify the referee in advance of the scheduled game the referee society will charge that club for an attendance and any expenses occurred.

7.4 Each team should provide one competent person to act as touch judge, ideally not a player replacement, who will act under the jurisdiction of the referee. Unless they are appointed as assistant referees, touch judges cannot signal offences or foul play, but may be consulted by the referee in appropriate circumstances.

7.5 Where games are postponed the Devon Referees' Society Appointments Secretary will be contacted by the competition administrator in advance to allow them time to arrange for an appointment to be made. Clubs must notify the competition administrator on the day that the game is postponed.

Leagues

7.6 Matches played in the competition will be officiated by suitably qualified referees, appointed by the Devon Rugby Referees' Society or Plymouth Rugby Referees' Society.

Cup

7.7 Devon Referees' Society DO NOT appoint referees for the preliminary or first round of cup or plate matches. It is the club responsibility to provide a competent referee who is ELRA qualified or similar qualification.

7.8 Referees appointed by the club must have no affiliation to the team playing as an Age Grade member, parent, guardian or any other relationship with the players taking part in the game.

7.9 Matches from the quarter-final stage will have referees appointed by Devon Referees' Society. The home club is responsible for contacting the Devon Referee Society Appointments Secretary in advance to request an appointment.

8. MATCHDAY ADMINISTRATION

8.1 It is the responsibility of the coach and team manager for each team entered into the competition to comply with the administrative arrangements stipulated by the competition administrator on behalf of the Competition Sub Committee.

8.2 It is the responsibility of the home team to provide the match result sheet for both teams which must be completed and handed to the referee no later than 30 minutes prior to the kick off. This will contain the names and RFU registration numbers of the players in the squad for that match. The first names and surnames used must be those under which the player is registered on the RFU Game Management System.

8.3 Each coach or team manager must ensure they have RFU registration cards, containing a recent (no older than 2 years) picture of the player, for all players shown on the team sheet. These registration cards must be made available to the opposition to verify the eligibility of players.

8.4 Once the two coaches or team managers are both satisfied as to the eligibility of all the players, the team sheets will be handed to the referee.

8.5It is the responsibility of both sides to inform the referee before the game which if any players have been loaned. It is the responsibility of the teams to inform the competition administrator, by way of the match result sheet, where a club has loaned its opponents any players, players that are playing up or down an age grade, and if any player, from either side, has received a red card (Offending players clubs need to speak with the Club Discipline Secretary within 24 hours).

8.6 Before the start of the match team coaches & team managers/administrator will discuss with the referee how the squad of player will be organised with regard to playing time for the match. This may be quarter games, half game and change a number at half time or you may choose rolling time. Please identify the preferred pattern so that both teams understand what is happening and it helps the referee manage the game.

8.7 At the conclusion of the match, or as soon as possible afterwards, the referee will enter the final score and sign the match result sheet with information included if the scrums became non-contested at the start or at any point thereafter in the match. Also if the game concluded early from weather/bad light, etc or the points margin was reached. It is the responsibility of the home side to scan and email both result sheets to the Competition Administrator to arrive no later than 48 hours from the end of the match.

8.8 Late submissions of the full match result sheet following the match (48 hours) will be referred to the Competition Sub-Committee by the Competition Administrator so that a decision on the number of points (League Competitions) to be deducted can be made, or if a winning home team can move forward in the Cup competition. The first offence in leagues will incur a ONE point deduction and a second occurrence a deduction of THREE points. Further occurrences’ will be stepped up in THREE point increments. No maximum points deduction will be placed on a team.

9. POSTPONED & ABANDONED MATCHES

9.1 If ground or weather conditions prevent a match being played at the ground of the club designated as the “home” side, every effort must be made to play the match either a) at the grounds of the designated “away” side, should that club have a suitable pitch available or b) at a neutral venue (in which case the first named team will be deemed the “home side”). In cup competitions where a match’s changes venue to the opposition ground the status of home and away changes to allow for the draw scenario.

9.2 If ground or weather conditions prevent a match being played at the grounds of either club, (or neutral venue) the match will be

A) re-scheduled by the Competition Administrator if possible.

B) A double header game if we still have time in the calendar to play the match.

C) Goes down as a draw 20-20, 3 points each in the league.

D) Cup Competitions – If Clubs have made reasonable efforts a draw will be organised by the Competitions Sub Committee.

9.3 If a match is abandoned because of weather conditions (including bad light) when the required minutes or more have been played, then the score at the moment of abandonment shall stand and be deemed the final score in the match. The referee’s decision as to the necessity for abandonment and the number of minutes played at the moment of abandonment shall be final.

9.4 Matches that are postponed due to availability of players or other reasonable circumstances must notify the scheduled opponents and competition administrator before 24 hours in advance (12 Noon on the Friday prior to a Saturday match) by telephone/mobile voice communication. A similar timescale is required for any other day and timing that a match is scheduled to be played on. The club postponing the match is also required to notify the referee and the referee appointments secretary by voice communication and confirm that all have been cancelled with an email to the Competition Administrator. Failure to adhere will result in the game being referred to the Competition Sub-Committee and maybe treated as a late submission of results (see 8.8). Matches will be re-arranged as per rule 9.2 if possible.

10. UNPLAYED MATCHES

10.1 Coaches must endeavour to play the fixtures on the dates circulated by the competition administrator set on the Age Grade Rugby Calendar.

10.2 If a match has to be postponed due to weather and pitch conditions, the home team must inform the visiting team, and referee as soon as that decision is made. This is particularly important when teams could be travelling much farther afield than a local opponent. The competition administrator will be notified by text at the time of postponement and email by the home team within 24 hours of the decision to postpone the match.

10.3 League & Cup/Plate fixtures take precedence over friendly and touring matches.

10.4 Matches will not be postponed due to player county commitments, or other issues to do with squad availability, unless agreed by the Competition Sub Committee. If a team fails an obligation to play a match, the Competition Administrator must be notified by text at the time and email within 24 hours of the scheduled game. The team that is deemed to be responsible for the match being unplayed will lose the game 15-0 and may be deducted up to two league points, depending on the circumstances by the Competition Sub-Committee. The non-offending side will receive five league points.

10.5 Any club which fails to fulfil 50% of its scheduled league fixtures at any stage during the season could be removed from the competition and all records expunged by the Competition Sub-Committee after a review.

11. OTHER ISSUES

11.1 Any team which is proved to have fielded an ineligible player, whether by reason of being over or under the correct age, or because they are not registered, will be deducted five league points for every match in which the ineligible player(s) participated. Teams in Cup Competitions may not proceed in the competition subject to the ruling of the Competition Sub Committee. The club will also be referred to the County Safeguarding Manager.

11.2 Coaches and team managers/administrators are responsible for their own behaviour, and that of the parents, guardians and supporters of their team. The standard of behaviour expected is that laid out in the RFU & Devon RFU Codes of Conduct. Where the conduct of an individual or group of people falls below that standard, that individual or group may be liable for sanctions to be imposed by the Devon RFU Discipline Committee. These sanctions may be extended to the team.

11.3 Each team should have a dedicated first aider, who may also be a coach. The first aider shall be the only person permitted to enter the field of play during the match. Clubs are required to have a person or persons identified and visible on match days (HiVi jacket recommended for safety of players in play).

11.4 Home teams must ensure that pitches are surrounded by a barrier, at least two metres from the touchline, and around the whole pitch, behind which all Coaches, Replacements and non-participating people must remain at all times. Referees have the right to not play the match if this is not done.

11.5 A technical area maybe provided which should be clearly marked, where the replacements and coaches will be allowed. This area should have a physical barrier (post and rope lines are acceptable). Certain situation this is not possible like AGP’s, please observe.

11.6 Teams must play with a numbered set of shirts. No duplications of numbers are allowed.

12.APPEALS

12.1 A team may appeal regarding the decision of the competition administrator in relation to the administration of the competition.

12.2 An appeal must be made in writing, and come from either the Junior Chairman or Secretary supported by the Club Chairman where possible and sent to the Devon Mini & Junior Chairman or Secretary.

12.3 Appeals will not be accepted by the Competitions Sub-Committee from coaches, parents or guardians of players.

12.4 An appeal must be made within 96 hours of the event/decision about which the appeal is being made.

12.5 The Competitions Sub-Committee will arrange for the appeal to be heard in accordance with the procedures of the sub-committee. Members of the Competition Sub-Committee who have a conflict of interest for any reason will declare such and not be involved in the appeal hearing. Reserve panels members are identified at the AGM who will form the three person appeal panel.

12.6 The parties will be informed in writing by the Competitions Sub-Committee once the hearing has been completed.

13. INTERPRETATION OF RULES

Where not covered separately the rules of the Devon Senior Cup will be used as guidance, including financial arrangements set by the Competition Sub-Committee.

14. ALTERATIONS TO THE RULES

The Competition Sub Committee will review these rules annually, or on an adhoc basis if required.

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APPENDIX 1

Under 18s & 17s – Colts 

Sponsored By; Ashburton Motors Works

Competition will be known as the ‘Ashburton Motors Works Devon Colts League’

Administrator; Steve Alexander Tel: 07894862636 - Email; devonrfucolts@gmail.com

RFU Regulations

Number of players on the pitch at any one time for a team is 15.

Playing Time is 35 minutes for each half. No extra time.

Ball Size is 5

Sin Bin is 7 minutes

Time to be played before a score will stand (at the Referee’s discretion) is 50 minutes.

Competition Format

The leagues will be bases on 3 competition’s; Cup, Shield and Plate.

The Cup League will consist of a pool of 8 Clubs playing home and away with the top 4 sides playing a semi-final followed by the final. The next four clubs will do the same for the Shield.

The Bowl & Plate will run with 16 sides playing three preliminary games in groups of 4 Clubs to grade them for the next stage, Pool league position determines if they will play Bowl or Plate league rugby. The second stage will be made up of teams of 8 playing home and away. The top 4 sides in each league play a semi-Final followed by the Final for the Plate and Bowl.

The top teams in the leagues will play each other in the final week for the trophy.

Finals Dates are set within the Age Grade Calendar, Venue TBC.

Due to Safeguarding concerns on Saturdays match days squads will be 23.

Eligibility

The competition is open to any Rugby Football Club currently affiliated to the Devon RFU.

Clubs are required to submit a list of Registered Players before the 1st September in the Season to the Competition Administrator. Further players may be added as the season progresses until the 1st March.

A max of 5 Outreach Academy U17s/ U18s players may be in a match day squad.

To play in the league competition a player must fall within the Age Grade Rules. That means he will be 16 or 17 on the 1st September at the start of the season.

Results

It is also the responsibility of both teams to text the result of the match to the Competition Administrator TWO hours (18:00Hrs for Saturday k.o. 14:30Hrs) after the match finishes on the day of the game, stating the name of both teams, the scores and Number of tries, for each.

Example; Barnstaple 15(3) v Ivybridge 14(2) OR Barnstaple 15 v Ivybridge 14, Tries 3 v 2.

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APPENDIX 2

Under 16s

Sponsored By; Brixham Trawlers Agency

Competition will be known as the ‘Fishermans Cup’

Administrator; To Be Appointed - Verity White covering Tel: 07812 858218 - Email; fishermanscup@gmail.com

RFU Regulations

Number of players on the pitch at any one time for a team is 15.

Playing Time is 35 minutes for each half. No extra time.

Ball Size is 5

Sin Bin is 7 minutes

Time to be played before a score will stand (at the Referee’s discretion) is 50 minutes.

Competition Format

The Leagues will be bases on 3 competition’s Cup, Shield and Plate after a preliminary round has been player to determine a team’s potential level.

The preliminary round is drawn at the March Meeting

The Leagues will consist of a pool of 8 Clubs playing home and away with the top 4 sides playing a semi-Final followed by the Final.

The top teams in the leagues will play each other in the final week for the trophy.

Finals Dates are set within the Age Grade Calendar, Venue TBC.

Eligibility

The competition is open to any Rugby Football Club currently affiliated to the Devon RFU.

To play in the league competition a player must fall within the Age Grade Rules. That means he will be 15 on the 1st September at the start of the season.

Clubs are required to submit a list of Registered Players before the 1st September in the Season to the Competition Administrator. Further players may be added as the season progresses until the 1st March.

Results

It is also the responsibility of both teams to text the result of the match to the Competition Administrator TWO hours (14:30Hrs for Sunday k.o. 11:00Hrs) after the match finishes on the day of the game, stating the name of both teams, the scores and Number of tries, for each.

Example; Barnstaple 15(3) v Ivybridge 14(2) OR Barnstaple 15 v I

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APPENDIX 3

Under-15s

Administrator; Terry Friend Tel: 01752 898759 - Email; trf@fclnet.com

RFU Regulations

Number of players on the pitch at any one time for a team is 15.

Playing Time is 30 minutes for each half. No extra time.

Ball Size is 5

Sin Bin is 6 minutes

Time to be played before a score will stand (at the Referee’s discretion) is 45 minutes.

Competition Format

The draw for the following season will take place at the June meeting. The Six seeded teams (the four Cup finalists and the two Plate finalists) will be place in the first round of the competition (no preliminary match).

The draw will determine the opposition with all clubs in the mix who have entered the competition.

When the preliminary, First and Second Rounds have been complete a fresh draw for the remaining teams in the cup will take place for the Quarter Finals knockout stage. This will also be when the teams that have been eliminated on the earlier rounds will be drawn to take part in the Plate knockout Competition.

Finals dates are set within the Age Grade Calendar, Venue TBC.

Eligibility

The competition is open to any Rugby Football Club currently affiliated to the Devon RFU.

To play in the league competition a player must fall within the Age Grade Rules. That means he will be 14 on the 1st September at the start of the season.

Clubs are required to submit a list of Registered Players before the FIRST Competition Match in the Season to the Competition Administrator. Further players may be added as the season progresses until the 1st March.

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APPENDIX 4

Under-14s

Administrator; Terry Friend Tel: 01752 898759 - Email; trf@fclnet.com

RFU Regulations

Number of players on the pitch at any one time for a team is 15.

Playing Time is 25 minutes for each half. No extra time.

Ball Size is 4

Sin Bin is 5 minutes

Time to be played before a score will stand (at the Referee’s discretion) is 35 minutes.

Competition Format

The draw for the following season will take place at the June meeting.

The draw will determine the opposition with all clubs in the mix who have entered the competition.

When the preliminary, First and Second Rounds have been complete a fresh draw for the remaining teams in the cup will take place for the Quarter Finals knockout stage. This will also be when the teams that have been eliminated on the earlier rounds will be drawn to take part in the Plate knockout Competition.

Finals Dates are set within the Age Grade Calendar, Venue TBC.

Eligibility

The competition is open to any Rugby Football Club currently affiliated to the Devon RFU.

To play in the league competition a player must fall within the Age Grade Rules. That means he will be 13 on the 1st September at the start of the season.

Clubs are required to submit a list of Registered Players before the FIRST Competition Match in the Season to the Competition Administrator. Further players may be added as the season progresses until the 1st March.

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APPENDIX 5

Girls Under-18s

To be completed at a later date

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APPENDIX 6

Girls Under-15s

To be completed at a later date

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APPENDIX 7

Mini & Junior Competition Sub Committee

Members

Devon Mini & Junior Chairman Nigel Middleton

Devon Mini & Junior Vice Chairman Simon Garner

Devon Mini & Junior Secretary Verity White

Devon Mini & Junior Girls Representative Amy Gillard

Independent Member (Voted in at the AGM) Graeme Gillard

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APPENDIX 8

Finance

Competition Entry Fee

U14s Team entry fee £15.00

U15s Team entry fee £15.00

U16s Team entry fee £40.00

U18s Team (Colts) entry fee £40.00

Finals Match Day Gate Entry

Entry fee to watch the finals which is chargeable to All is

Under-16s Fisherman’s Cup and the U14s and U15s Cup finals will be

£3.00 for all entry for adults and U16s Free

Entry fee to watch the Under-18s Colts finals which is chargeable to All is £5.00

The only people who do not pay an entry fee on the finals day are the players of the final teams, the coaches, team managers, first aiders of those final teams, Devon referees and Devon officials attending.