Senior & Youth Rules and Regulations
Please see below the 2012-13 Structured Season.
The 2012-13 YSS has now been released.
Youth Structured Season brochure 12-13.pdf
Copy of National Youth Structured Season 2012 13.xls
Replacements and Interchanges
Please see below the document circulated by the NLD RFU RS for Referees attention detailing the number of replacements and interchanges allowed within NLD in the various competitions.
Confirmation of Referee Appointments
The NLD RFU RS have reissued a guidance note to assist clubs with the process they should take when confirming referees appointed to their games. Please find a copy of the below.
Confirmation of Referee Appointments.pdf
Over recent seasons, abuse of match officials has unfortunately become more prevalent and we would remind clubs that they have a duty to the game in general for the behaviour of their players, officials and spectators. Abuse of referees by coaches has increased and the NLD Disciplinary Committee will be dealing with proven cases in the coming season with bans towards the upper end of sanctions so please be warned.
All clubs MUST ensure that the playing area is roped or fenced off where physically possible and that spectators stay behind the barrier. In addition, a technical area should be marked for each team to use as desired within the protocol.
Whilst the protocol does state that replacements shouldn't run touch, it is accepted that in many smaller clubs it is not always possible to find a willing volunteer outside of the team to do this task and a pragmatic view will be taken on this point in particular. Indeed, a pragmatic view will be taken in general but clubs should adhere to the protocol where they can.
If any club has any issues with the proposal please advise us accordingly and we will liaise with the Referees' Society accordingly.
Touchline Protocol June 2012.pdf
Referee Changes for 2012-13
Please see below a document which outlines the refereeing changes for 2012-13.
Youth Transfer Form
A copy of the 2012-13 Youth Transfer Form is available via the link below.
New RFU Safeguarding Policy & Guidance
The RFU has long been at the forefront in ensuring that the rugby environment is a safe one for the young and the vulnerable. The Union’s new and updated Safeguarding Policy and guidance document is now available for all levels of rugby union in England. Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults within Rugby Union Policy & Guidance, replaces the previous “Welfare of Young People in Rugby Union Guidance” document with immediate effect.
Please ensure that any future safeguarding related processes are carried out in accordance with this new document.
NLD RFU Festival & Event Approval
Under RFU Regulation 15:
15.6.1 Festivals and Competitions may be played at any time within the Season subject to the approval of the Constituent Body or CSU in which the festival is played. Subject to RFU Regulation 11 – The Season, any U18 preseason practice match or Festival must be approved by the RFU for clubs and ERFSU for schools.
Note: Constituent Bodies are expected to keep the number of such Festivals under close scrutiny and maintain the teaching of the game as the main purpose of age grade rugby.
15.6.2 All National Schools’ Festivals may only take place if permitted by the permission of the ERFSU. All National Clubs’ Festivals may only take place if permitted by the RFU Company Secretary and Legal Officer.
Note: For the purposes of 15.6.2 above a Festival is considered to be “National” if participating Clubs or Schools are drawn from more than just neighbouring Constituent Bodies and there are more than six entrants.
It is advised that organisers, in order to comply with the RFU regulations, read Regulation 15, its guidelines and appendices to avoid confusion and ensure full compliance
In order to apply please complete the below NLD Festival & Event Approval Form and return to the NLD Office (email@example.com).
NLD Festival & Event Application.doc
Special notice should be given to any individual dispensations and that 184.108.40.206(e) cannot apply during festivals
Copies of the Good Coaches / Players / Parents / Spectators / Match Official Guides are available below.
Codes of Practice.pdf
Please find below regulations concerning and sactions for clubs fielding under age players.
letter to the Game re fielding under age players 26 october 2009.pdf
Please find below the attachment explaining the Youth Rugby Law Ruling [10th August 2009.]
numbers of players in a scrum.
IRB Ruling 6 2009.pdf
For guidance on Disciplinary Action in Age Grade Rugby please view Regulation 19 via the link below.
Who can play Adult Rugby
WHO CAN PLAY ADULT RUGBY .pdf