2014 Tournament Rules

2014 RMC Tournament Rules

  1. All sides will play 2 matches on Saturday and 2 matches on Sunday. In the Boys Varsity Division, pool play on Saturday will determine placement into final Sunday matches. In the Girls Division, sides will play round robin format, each side playing the other 4 teams. In this format, we cannot have a specific championship match. In the Boys JV Division, play Saturday in a 4-team bracket and a 3-team pool will determine placement into Sunday matches.
  2. All matches are 45 minutes in length with 22 1/2 minute halves to conform to IRB ruling. 5 minute half times.
  3. Unlimited rosters for each match. This allows as many players as possible to experience this higher level of rugby competition in line with the purpose and spirit of the Rocky Mountain Challenge. A player who has been substituted may replace an injured player.
  4. The sin bin will be used for Yellow Cards- 5 minutes.
  5. Match tie-breaker format, as per IRB: A- Most tries scored, B- Most tries converted. C- Kicks, 3 players from each side. The 3 players must be on the field at the end of the match to be one of the kickers.
    1. The referee will do a coin toss to determine which team kicks first. The referee will then select a spot on the 22 meter line and each kicker can place kick or drop kick from that spot. Kickers alternate teams.
    2. The team with the most conversions at the end of the round wins the match. If the teams remain tied at the end of the round, the referee selects a new mark and the process is repeated until a winner is determined.
  6. Pool tie-breakers were changed in 2011 based on input from coaches, refs and committee members. These tie-breakers will determine placement into semifinal Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity matches and final placing for all divisions.
    1. Head to Head Play
    2. Least tries allowed
    3. Least converted tries allowed
    4. Least penalty kicks allowed
    5. Least red cards received
    6. Least yellow cards received
    7. Most tries scored
    8. Most tries converted
    9. Most penalty kicks scored
  7. Teams and all family and fans must remain behind the ropes on the designated sides of the pitch. The only people allowed in front of the ropes are coaches and the Touch Judge.
  8. All players, coaches and fans must be on their best behavior at all times, both on and off the pitch. Coaches, please ensure the conduct of your players throughout the tournament. Match-related incidents will be referred to the Tournament Disciplinary Committee. The Tournament Disciplinary Committee members are Bob Lesnansky, Tournament Director, Joe Zevin, Referee Coordinator, and Kurt Drager, Tournament Committee member.
  9. Guard the belongings and valuables of the players during matches and when away from your tent.
  10. No drugs or alcohol, period. A zero tolerance policy will be enforced.
  11. There will be a Tournament Field Coordinator at all matches. Please direct questions or concerns to that individual. The field coordinator will have a radio that can be used to call for help, in the event of injury.
  12. Trophies will be presented for the 1st and 2nd place sides in all brackets at the conclusion of the tournament. All-Tournament selections will also be announced at this time.
  13. Please pick up after yourselves and dispose of trash and recycled materials appropriately. Thanks for your help.
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