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Posted September 2nd, 2008

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A RUGBY PITCH PARAMETERS AND RELATED INFORMATION

 

 

Directives from the 5th of September, 2005, to the current year (from the Vice President of Competition):

 

 

 

These apply to all of the following Midwest Territory Competitions unless noted:

 

 

 

 

Men's Club (Division I, II & III) League matches and Playoff matches

 

 

 

 

Women's Club (Division I & II) League and Playoff matches

 

 

 

 

Any Collegiate match leading to a Midwest Championship

 

 

 

1.

Pitch Size:

 

 

 

 

1.1.

The host Club shall make their very best efforts to secure a pitch that meets the following minimum dimensions:

 

 

 

 

 

1.1.1.

Length:  Goal line to goal line:  90 Meters minimum

 

 

 

 

 

1.1.2.

In-Goal:  Each In-Goal shall have a depth of no less than 8 Meters

 

 

 

 

 

1.1.3.

Width:  Touch line to touch line:  60 Meters minimum

 

 

 

 

1.2.

In-Goal Depth:

 

 

 

 

 

1.2.1.

The pitch should have in-goals of 8 Meters until the distance from goal line to goal line is 100 meters. EXAMPLE: If the pitch runs 94 Meters from goal line to goal and 10 Meter in-goals, it should be setup so the distance from goal line to goal line is 98 Meters and the in-goals have a depth of 8 Meters.

 

 

 

 

1.3.

If a pitch does not meet the minimum required dimensions:

 

 

 

 

 

1.3.1.

The host is obligated to communicate (phone or email) their opponents 72 or more hours before the match and inform them of actual dimensions of the pitch.

 

 

 

 

 

1.3.2.

The host Club shall also communicate this to their appropriate league coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

1.3.3.

Clubs not doing this will be referred to the appropriate Disciplinary Chairman.

 

 

 

2.

Spectator Barriers:

 

 

 

 

2.1.

The host Club will have in place spectator barriers on BOTH sides of the pitch that will run from dead-ball line to dead-ball line.

 

 

 

 

2.2.

The barrier shall be laid out in the following manner:

 

 

 

 

 

2.2.1.

The barrier will be no less than 5 meters away from the point where the dead-ball line and the touch in goal line meet

 

 

 

 

 

2.2.2.

And no less than 5 meters away from the point where the goal line and the touch line meet

 

 

 

 

 

2.2.3.

And no less than 8 meters away from the point where the half way line and the touch line meet

 

 

 

 

 

2.2.4.

The barriers are shown in red in the drawing of the pitch below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3.

This barrier will be at least 110 centimeters in height.  Any pole or post holding a rope type barrier will be at least 120 centimeters in height.  The pole, post or post cap must be at the top at least 13 sq. centimeters in size.  A hooped top is also acceptable as long as the outside diameter of the hoop is at least 10 centimeters.

 

 

 

 

2.4.

IF the barriers are not up at the time of scheduled start of the match, the match will be declared a forfeit to the visiting side.  The host Club is then liable for all costs associated with the Referee’s and visiting Club’s travel to the game.

 

 

 

3.

Playing Enclosure:

 

 

 

 

 

DEFINITION:  The area bounded by the spectator barriers and the dead ball lines is known as the Playing Enclosure

 

 

 

 

3.1.

At the Men’s and Women’s Club level reserve players, coaches, spectators, etc. are NOT permitted inside the spectator barrier along the touch lines.  Only the players in the match, the Referee, the touch judges and 1 medical person from each side will be permitted inside the barrier.

 

 

 

 

3.2.

At the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate level reserve players, spectators, etc. will NOT be permitted inside the spectator barrier along the touch lines.  Only the players in the match, the Referee, the touch judges, 1 COACH from each side and 1 medical person from each side will be permitted inside the barrier.  If the coach comes on the Field of Play without the permission of the Referee, the Referee is to instruct the coach to spend the rest of the game behind the barrier.  There is no second chance.

 

 

 

 

3.3.

Referees are instructed to stop play if someone who is not allowed enters the Playing Enclosure.  If the Referee is able to identify to which Club the person caused the stoppage is affiliated, the Referee will ask the Captain of that Club to facilitate removal.  If non-playing members (players or staff) of one side chronically enter the playing enclosure the Referee may first sin-bin the Captain of the offending side and if it continues may abandon the match.  If the match is abandoned, the offending Club is then liable for all costs associated with the Referee’s and non-offending Club’s costs to either host the game or travel to the game.

 

 

 

4.

Fair Play:

 

 

 

 

4.1.

Referees are to STRICTLY penalize any form foul play in any contact situation whether it is at the tackle, ruck, maul or other phase of the game.  Players who commit such acts are to be sin-binned or, if warranted, sent-off without warning.  If foul play by one or both sides is chronic, the Referee is to abandon the match.  If the match is abandoned, the offending Club is then liable for all costs associated with the Referee’s and non-offending Club’s costs to either host the game or travel to the game.

 

 

 

 

4.2.

Players who commit unsportsmanlike acts are to be to sin-binned or, if warranted, sent-off without warning.  These acts include the use of foul language, taunting of opponents or other acts the Referee feels may put the game in disrepute.  If unsportsmanlike acts are chronic by one or both sides, the Referee is to abandon the match.  If the match is abandoned, the offending Club is then liable for all costs associated with the Referee’s and non-offending Club’s costs to either host the game or travel to the game.

 

 

 

 

4.3.

Referees are to sin-bin the Captain of a Club if a Club's coaches, staff or substitute players act in an unsportsmanlike manner.  If the acts continue the Referee is instructed to abandon the match.  If the match is abandoned, the offending Club is then liable for all costs associated with the Referee’s and non-offending Club’s costs to either host the game or travel to the game.

 

 

 

5.

Goal Posts Pads:

 

 

 

 

5.1.

As required by USA Rugby all Goal Posts must be padded. This includes all parts of the post less than a distance of 1.5 meters from the ground.  This includes any parts running along the ground or a support post at an angle to the post.  The picture below shows the parts to be padded on typical soccer goal.

 

 

 

 

5.2.

IF the goal posts and any supports are not padded at the time of scheduled start of the match, the match will be declared a forfeit to the visiting Club.  The host Club is then liable for all costs associated with the Referee’s and visiting Club’s travel to the game.