Under 7 & 8 (TAG) Under 9 Under 10 Under 11 Under 12





ALL: NO HAND OFF OR FEND-OFF; Under 9s and above – NO SQUEEZE BALL













Players min 5 .. Max 7 9 9 12 13
MUST STAY ON FEET 3 fwds/6 backs 3 fwds/6 backs 5 fwds/7 backs 6 fwds/7 backs
Start/restart free pass free pass free pass start – drop kick start – drop kick
restart – drop kick restart – drop kick
Opposition 7m away 7m away 7m away 7m away 7m away
(from start/restart/ note: free pass not permitted within note: free pass not permitted within note: free pass not permitted within note: penalty/free kick note: penalty/free kick
penalty/free kick) 7 m of goal line 7 m of goal line 7 m of goal line not permitted within 7m of goal line not permitted within 7m of goal line
Passer can’t run can’t run can’t run n/a n/a
(from start/restart/ can’t dummy can’t dummy can’t dummy
penalty/free kick) receiver max 2m receiver max 2m behind receiver max 2m behind
behind/from passer passer, any dist. laterally passer, any dist. laterally
Scrum none uncontested contested contested contested
can’t push more than 1.5m can’t push more than 1.5m can’t push more than 1.5m
can’t wheel more than 45? can’t wheel more than 45? can’t wheel more than 45?
intent – free pass/ unint – reset intent – penalty/ unint – reset intent – penalty/ unint – reset
binding: locks arm around prop hips binding: locks arm around prop hips
Number 8 CANNOT pick up

CROUCH / TOUCH / PAUSE / ENGAGE
Offside a scrum n/a s/half directly behind scrum s/half directly behind scrum s/half at tunnel s/half at tunnel
side NOT throwing in – 5 metres side NOT throwing in – 5 metres backs 5m behind back foot of scrum backs 5m behind back foot of scrum
side throwing in – backfoot side throwing in – backfoot
Tackle tagger) remove tag & call “TAG” yes yes yes yes
(Tag U 7 & 8) must give ball carrier 1m space any tackle level with any tackle level with any tackle level with any tackle level with
after pass – hand back tag or above armpit (even if it goes above or above armpit (even if it goes above or above armpit (even if it goes above or above armpit (even if it goes above
ball carrier) must pass within that line after contact) that line after contact) that line after contact) that line after contact)
3 seconds / 3 strides to be considered high to be considered high to be considered high to be considered high
– however only 1 stride to score
after pass – retrieve tag 3rd player plus others must come from own side, “through the gate” and be on their feet
U8: max 6 tags before “turnover’
Touch freepass on touchline uncontested lineout contested lineout contested lineout contested lineout
May compete when catcher has
passed the ball or drives thru’ line
2 in line 2 in line 4 in line 5 in line
opposition 7m away length 2 – 7 m length 2 – 7 m length 2 – 10 m length 2 – 10 m
no quick throw-in no quick throw-in NO quick throw-in NO quick throw-in
no long throw in no long throw in no long throw in no long throw in
no lifting/supporting no lifting/supporting no lifting/supporting no lifting/supporting
scrum half can NOT join the line scrum half can NOT join the line scrum half can NOT join the line scrum half can NOT join the line
Gain in ground n/a NO gain in ground from a kick directly into touch if the ball is taken back into team’s own 22 unless a second phase of play has taken place (as per ELV 4)
Kicking none none none normal but only from hand normal but only from hand
quick penalty/FK ok quick penalty/FK ok
Time (max)
Fixture 10 min each way 15 min each way 15 min each way 20 min each way 20 min each way
Triangular 7.5 min each way 10 min each way 10 min each way 15 min each way 15 min each way
Ball Size 3 3 4 4 4
Also read:
Points differential: Regulation 9.1.4 “Matches must be brought to an end if the try difference rises to more than 6”

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