BEACH RUGBY RULES

FORMAT OF PLAY

ROUND ROBIN TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE FINALS

  • TEAMS divided in to pools of 6 teams per pool, so each team plays 5 matches

  • Each team plays each other once.

  • The top 2 teams advance to the finals

SCORING

  • Team with the most tries at the final whistle wins the match

  • Points are awarded as follows:

    • WIN = 3 POINTS

    • DRAW = 1 POINT EACH

    • LOSS = 0 POINTS

  • If AFTER ROUND ROBIN teams are equal on points then head to head result will be the decider with the winner of that match taking preference.

  • If that was a draw then team with the most total tries from all matches wins.

  • If that is equal, team with the least total tries from all matches wins.

  • If that is equal, then a toss of a coin to decide the winner

GENERAL PLAYING RULES 

  • Referees word is final and abuse of officials won’t be tolerated and could result in your team forfeiting points.

  • 8 players per team, 5 players on the pitch, 3 reserves with rolling substitutions – no need to inform the referee just make the substation and get player off the pitch asap.

  • No kicking

  • Turnovers for knock on’s, forward pass, kicking, out of bounds,

  • The tap-kick technique is used for all starts / re-starts

TOUCH TOURNAMENT RULES 

  • Normal IRB rules apply

  • One handed touch (between the shoulder and ankle).

  • Once touched you must stop travelling, over travelling will result in a penalty.

  • Once touched you must play the ball through your legs with your foot (Rugby League style).

  • The scrum half or ball player, has to pass the ball before he / she can score.

  • If the scrum half is touched before a pass is made then it’s a TURNOVER

  • 5 touches and it’s a Turnover.

  • A try will be scored if the player is diving over the line and tagged at the same time, but if he is running and tagged just before he reaches the in goal area, then it will count as a tag

  • No lineouts, scrums, mauls or rucks

RUGBY BALLS

  • Will be provided by the organisers

  • Respective size for different age groups

TEAM UNIFORMS

  • All team players to wear the same uniform

  • Socks may be worn

MATCH DURATION

  • Central timing for all games will be used to start and end matches

  • Duration of the match: 10min one way only

  • Extra time at discretion of referee but no more than 1 minute extra time after the final hooter

  • Referee’s right to end a match as soon as full time is reached and the ball goes dead:

DISCIPLINE

  • Any foul play / back chat will be dealt with by the Referee.

    • Yellow Card – 2 minute sin Bin

    • Red Card – One match ban

    • Spectator/Subs Involvement on playing surface during game time – Team/Spectator will be excluded from Tournament and points to be deducted from that team 

  • Please remember this is a day of enjoyment

    • We have VIP guests and corporate sponsors present

    • There are families with children present

    • If it wasn’t for the Referees there would be no tournament so please respect their decisions.

  • Any abuse of officials will be dealt with and not tolerated by organisers.

ALCOHOL

This is a Rugby tournament and we strongly advise that players don’t drinking whilst playing in the tournament, supporters and extra squad members of your club who do drink then please advise them to drink responsibly and players/supporters will be asked to leave the tournament if they are overly intoxicated.

ENJOYMENT!

ENJOY the event but remember who you are representing - your club!

TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS

Tournament Director

Referees

Central time keeper

Pitch Managers

Official Scorers

GENERAL

Shade tents will not be supplied by the organisers so feel free to bring your own shading for the day.

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UAE Beach Touch Rugby is sanctioned by UAE Rugby Federation and managed in partnership by Onside Sports.

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