The RFU Regulations, definitions (Regulation 1) and English Clubs’ Championship (ECC) Regulations (Regulation 13) will apply to all leagues involving Devon Clubs.

The following exceptions, amendments and clarifications will only apply to clubs playing at level 9 – Devon One.

1. Unregistered / Guest / Loaning Player

At level 9 all players must be registered with their club in accordance with the Player Registration Regulations, with the exception that up to 2 unregistered players or guest players maybe allowed to play in their match day squad, providing that:

· The unregistered / guest player does not hold (and has not previously held in the same season) Effective Registration with any club whose 1st XV plays at Level 8 or above.

- The unregistered player / guest player is clearly marked on the Electronic Match Card (EMC).

- An unregistered / guest player may only make four appearances in one season without out being registered.

- No unregistered / guest players will be allowed after the transfer deadline of 28th February 2020.

2. Minimum Number of Players

A team may start a match with a minimum of 12 players. The opposition are encouraged to even the numbers up, should they have a full side. But they have no obligation to do so. However, teams may not start a match with more than a one player advantage on the pitch. This regulation will not apply in the event of a red or yellow card.

3. Front-Row Requirement

· Clubs are required to start each match with a suitably trained and competent front-row, unless otherwise advised to the referee in advance of a match starting. Clubs, not the match referee, are responsible for ensuring that all front-row players are suitably trained and competent.

- If a team in unable to start with a match with a suitably trained and competent front-row players, it will forfeit the match but will not be deducted league points - if the match takes place as a friendly. However, irrespective of the points scored in the game for official league purposes the result must be recorded as 0-0 on the EMC, win for the non-offending team. This must be recorded by the referee and club officials.

- The non-offending team will be awarded 5 League points.

- In the event of a match going to uncontested scrums after the start of the match the result at the final whistle will stand.

- In the event a team has used all its player interchanges and then suffers a front-row injury, even though they may have a front-row replacement still available, they would be not able to use him, if this caused the match to go to uncontested scrums the offending team would continue the match with one player less.

4. Replacements / Substitutes

Teams will be allowed a maximum of 5 replacements above the normal 3 permitted in the ECC. In the event one team does not have additional replacements then the other team is encouraged to loan players to even up the number of players available to each team at the start of the game.

5. Player Interchange

Clubs may make up to 10 interchanges after notifying the referee. Players must join the match from the half way line.

6. Electronic Match Cards / Results

Each club must complete their match playing squad on the EMC before the scheduled kick-off. The result of the game MUST be completed on the EMC within an hour after final whistle by the home club. It is the responsibility of the home club to finalise (save and confirm) EMC in accordance with SWDOC Administrative Instructions. As a fail-safe the home club can also telephone the final score to the results service by 5.30pm on match day.

7. Postponement / Cancellation

If a Devon League One match is cancelled for any reason other than weather, the non-offending team will be awarded 5 league points. The League Secretary will use his / her discretion whether to deduct points from the offending club.

8. Match Completion

If any club fails to complete 25 per cent of their league fixtures the club’s total League points will be expunged from the English Clubs’ League Tables and removed from the League.

9. Cancellation Notification & League Notification

Clubs must inform the SW Admin Office and their League Secretary before 3.30pm on the day of a match if the match is cancelled for any reason. Also, the EMC will have to be completed by the home club even though the match wasn’t played.

10. League Status

The Devon RFU Competitions Committee reserves the right to decline re-admission to any league, and may recommend to the South West Divisional Organising Committee that any teams which fail to fulfil 25 per cent of their scheduled fixtures, in consecutive seasons, should be expelled from the ECC Competition.

11. Re-admission to the ECC Leagues

Any club or team that voluntarily withdraws from Devon League One may re-apply to the Competitions Committee for consideration for re-admission for the following season. This submission must be supported by that club or teams’ constituent body.