Rules on in season and out of season activity

In light of a number of posts on social media, Devon RFU have contacted clubs to remind them of the RFU’s age grade regulations on out-of-season activity.

The relevant regulations are as follows:-

8. SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON ACTIVITY 

1. In Age Grade Rugby the season shall be: 

Season 2019-2020 will run from Saturday 7 September 2019 until Sunday 10th May 2020.  

Season 2020-2021 will run from Saturday 5 September 2020 until Monday 3 May 2021

For the purposes of this Regulation 15, the season shall mean the Age Grade Season. 

2. The RFU has specifically developed best practice principles on out of season activity to ensure players have sufficient rest and recovery over the summer. In particular, children of primary school age are to be encouraged to participate in non-rugby activities that develop fundamental movement and core skills. The RFU expects those involved in age grade rugby to respect these principles in the interest of player welfare. These principles can be found at www.englandrugby.com/codesofpractice. 

3. Rugby activity is permitted during the season and outside of the season as set out below (and summarised in the table at 15.8.7): 

U13s and below 

4. In the 13s and below age grades, all rugby activity is permitted throughout the year (during the season and outside of the season) except: 

a. U5s and U6s are not permitted to participate in: (a) contact at any time of the year; (b) contact or non-contact matches and competitions at any time of the year; and (c) Outgoing Tours outside of the season. 

b. U7s and U8s are not permitted to participate in: (a) contact training at any time of the year; (b) contact matches and competitions at any time of the year; 

c. non-contact matches and competitions outside of the Season; and (d) Outgoing Tours outside of the Season. 

d. U9s to U11s are not permitted to participate in: (a) contact training outside of the season; (b) contact matches and competitions outside of the Season; (c) non-contact matches and competitions outside of the season; and (d) Outgoing Tours outside of the Season. 

c. U12s and U13s are not permitted to participate in: (a) contact training outside of the season; (b) contact matches and competitions outside of the season; and (c) Outgoing Tours outside of the season. 

U14s and above 

5. In U14s to U18s age grades, all rugby activity is permitted throughout the year (during the season and outside of the  Season)  except  that  no  training,  matches and competitions involving contact are permitted save that: 

a. at U14, U15 and U16, XRugby 7s matches and competitions (including preparation for those matches and competitions) are permitted; 

b. at U17 and U18, XRugby 7s or 7-a-side matches and competitions (including preparation for those matches and competitions) are permitted; 

c. if a competition match scheduled to be played within the season is abandoned or postponed due to adverse weather conditions, such match may be replayed up to and including the last May Bank Holiday Monday, at all times in accordance with Regulation [15.9] which requires prior written approval; 

d. in the last two weeks immediately prior to the start of the season pre-season training and training matches are permitted; 

e. Academy or Centre of Excellence activity is permitted if pre-approved by the RFU. 

6. Outgoing Tours and preparations for such tours at U14 and above are permitted as long as Regulation 15.9 is complied with. 

7. Overview of rugby activity that is permitted during the season and outside of the season:

 

AGE GRADE 

 

                                           IN SEASON ACTIVITY 

 

NON-CONTACT 

CONTACT 

OUTGOING TOURS 

 

Training 

Matches & Competitions 

Training 

Matches & Competitions 

 

U5s & U6s 

YES 

NO 

NO 

NO 

YES 

 

U7s & U8s 

YES 

YES 

NO 

NO 

YES 

 

U9s, 

U10s & U11s 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

U12s & U13s 

YES 

YES 

YES 

YES 

YES 

 

U14s, 

U15s & U16s 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

YES 

 

U17s & U18s 

YES 

YES 

YES 

YES 

YES 

 

 

AGE GRADE 

OUT OF SEASON ACTIVITY 

 

NON-CONTACT 

CONTACT 

OUTGOING TOURS 

 

Training 

Matches & Competitions 

Training 

Matches & Competitions 

 

U5s & U6s 

YES 

NO 

NO 

NO 

NO 

 

U7s & U8s 

YES 

NO 

NO 

NO 

NO 

 

U9s, 

U10s & U11s 

 

YES 

 

NO 

 

NO 

 

NO 

 

NO 

 

U12s & U13s 

YES 

YES 

NO 

NO 

NO 

 

U14s, 

U15s & U16s 

 

YES 

 

YES 

NO, SAVE AS PERMITTED IN 15.8.5 

NO, SAVE AS PERMITTED IN 15.8.5 

 

YES 

 

 

U17s & U18s 

 

YES 

 

YES 

NO, SAVE AS PERMITTED IN 15.8.5 

NO, SAVE AS PERMITTED IN 15.8.5 

 

YES 

 

1.9 APPROVAL OF COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY, RUGBY CAMPS AND TOURS 

1.9 Competitions, tournaments, festivals, rugby camps and tours are permitted but the following conditions must be met: 

a) Regulation 15 is complied with in full; 

b) they are in line with the Age Grade Playing Calendar and competition format of the specific age grade; and 

c) written prior approval is obtained as set out in the table below. 

 

ACTIVITY 

ORGANISED FOR 

APPROVED BY 

In Season & Out of Season Competitions 

Clubs 

CB 

Locally organised Festivals, Tournaments and Competitions 

Schools 

CSU 

Colleges 

ECRFU 

National Festivals, Competitions and Camps 

Clubs 

CB 

If participating teams are from more than just neighbouring CBs and there are more than six entrants 

Schools 

ERFSU 

Colleges 

ECRFU 

Rugby Camps - Local/County 

All & other providers 

CB 

Rugby Camps - Regional/National 

All & other providers 

RFU 

CB & Regional Competitions and Rep Rugby 

 

All 

 

RFU 

Annual activity beyond club and school/college level (incl domestic Unions), to be submitted in Age Grade Playing Calendars 

Rugby Tours 

See Regulation 10 and Guidance at www.englandrugby.com/governance/gamesupport/rugby-tours 

Outgoing and Incoming tours in England and abroad