By-Laws

Rugby League Competition

Representative Players Selection Policy

1. Aims

a) To ensure that the MCS Rugby League teams are so organised , staffed and supported, that it can be expected to achieve its goals.

b) To establish guidelines that will be in place at the NSWCCC Rugby League Selection Trials for the selection of players who are being selected for representation at a higher level.

c) To refine and maintain a selection process that has achieved credibility, accountability and above all, an accepted proven formula.

d) To establish conditions and procedures under which its goals can be realised.

2. Goals

a) To achieve the majority of places in the NSWCCC 18Yrs & 15Yrs Representative teams.

b) To have teams representing the MCS Rugby League with the degree of integrity demanded by Catholic School Education.

c) To have these teams staffed by teachers who can model virtues needed to achieve this level of integrity.

3. Procedures

Selection Process: A squad of 20 players will be selected for each MCS Representative team. Teams will be based on the best-performed players according to the selection criteria. Areas of performance considered should include:

- the skill level exhibited by the player
- the performance of the player as a member of the team
- the fitness level exhibited by the player
- the attitude and behaviour of the player on and off the field

The selection process is as follows:

a) Available players viewed by qualified selectors.

b) Selectors complete player rating sheets on each game.

c) At the conclusion of the trials the selection committee convenes to select final team

d) Selection committee members will decide player selection through the process of informed discussion. Discussion will take into consideration those performance factors relating to attack, defence and team skills and coaches team requirements.

e) Rating sheets are to be used as a tool in providing the selectors with a guide to the performance of players at the tournament. They are not to be aggregated, totalled or averaged in any way to determine the selected players for a team.

4. Eligibility

All players vying for selection in the MCS teams must:

- be a bona fide student of an MCS School
- have the endorsement of the Principal of that Catholic School
- participate in the MCS Selection Trials

However, consideration may be given to players who suffer an injury or have extenuating circumstances during or prior to the MCS Rugby League Selection Trials eg. Commitments to a Junior Representative team during Semi Final series.

In such cases:

a) Notification of player injury, or extenuating circumstances is the responsibility of the player concerned through their team management to the MCS coaching staff.

b) This must be put in writing and accompanied by a medical certificate to provide validation of the injury or illness.

c) Injured players are expected to attend these Selection Trials.

d) Injured players must be included in the Selection Trials Program.

A player who is unavailable for other serious reasons can present a case to the MCS Rugby League Coaching staff for consideration for selection. Such a case would need to be authenticated by the student's Principal.

The selectors may provide feedback to the coaches of competing teams so that these coaches have the opportunity to make team positional adjustments and comment on the players considered worthy of selection. Coaches need to be aware of the standards necessary for selection of a player in a MCS team.

5. Post Selection Policy

Shadow players are to be selected but they will not be named. They should be advised in writing after the tournament by the MCS staff.

Before a shadow player replaces a selected player, the coach must be given the option of reshuffling the composition of the team. Eg a front-rower will not necessarily replace a front-rower

Acceptance of selected MCS players to compete in NSWCCC Championships is subject to a fitness test. The test may vary in format and be called for at any time. It is the players duty to notify the coaching staff of any injury that may inhibit their performance potential.

Senior Competitions

Revised 2014

Fitted mouthguards are strongly recommended for all students who play MCS rugby league, at all levels, and including training. Moreover, they are compulsory should a player or his parents wish to pursue an insurance claim following an injury sustained while playing.

1. Divisions

a) The competition shall be known as the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Rugby League Competition.

b) The competition shall be under the official Revised Laws of the Game of the N.S.W. Rugby League. Please note that the shoulder charge is banned in all divisions.

c) Divisions shall be known as follows:

1st Division and 2nd Division.

d) Matches are to be played on the day/time as set down in the draw. Permission to play on an alternative day/time may be granted if both the Principals of the schools involved in the games agree. This should only occur in extreme cases. Inclement weather will not be regarded as an extreme case. If this occurs the Match is to be played prior to the following scheduled games.

It is the general rule of MCS Competition Round Games, as well as for Semi-Finals and Grand Finals, that they are not to be moved to any other day but Thursdays, or as designated by the Draw.

2. Eligibility of Players

a) To be eligible to participate in the Rugby League competition (any division) a student must be enrolled no later than Day 1 Term 2.

b) Colleges cannot enter a team in 2nd Division unless they already have a team in 1st Division.

c) Colleges with more than one team in 1st Division must nominate which team their representative players (players worth 6 or more points) are playing in. Once nominated in a team representative players cannot change teams. Team nominations must occur and be submitted to the convenor prior to round one. This list will then be distributed to all competing Colleges prior to the beginning of the season.

d) Players may only play in one match on any given day.

e) No Representative players (players worth 6 or more points) can play in 2nd Division.

f) All matches of the 1st Division competition, including semi-finals and grand finals will be conducted under the following player points allocation system.

g) Each player, according to their playing experience, will be allocated a points value for the season. If a players points increase during the season then that player must play the remainder of the season on the higher allocated points. The school must also notify the convenor of this change.

h) The total number of points difference allowed between two nominated teams is 20 points.

Example: If Team A nominates a side totalling 100 points, Team B is only allowed to nominate a team totalling a maximum of 120 points.

The points allocations are:

- Player who does not compete in weekend Rugby League or Union for that current season 1 point 
- Player who is registered in a weekend Rugby Union team for the current season 2 points 
- Player who is registered in a weekend Rugby League team for the current season 3 points 
- Player who is a current member of a representative Rugby Union team for that season 6 points 
- Player who is a current Harold Matthews player or Western Sydney Academy Harold Matthews player for that season 6 Points
- Player who is a current member of our representative MCS team, U17 development team or Western Sydney Academy S.G. Ball team 7 points 
- Player who is a current S.G. Ball player and / or a current member of the U18 NSWCCC Rugby League team 8 points 
- Player who is a member of the Australian Schoolboys U18 team for the previous season -10 points
- Player who is a current member of a Holden Cup NRL team for that season - 10 points

Any team found in breach the points allocation system will lose any competition points gained from the match in question. As a result the opposing team will be awarded the 2 "win" points and 40 points "For". The team that has infringed will have 0 competition points and 40 competition points "Against" recorded.


g) U15 and U16 players are eligible for senior competitions but must be registered with the convenor and given a player points allocation if required. They are eligible to return to U15 or U16 up to and including 3 games of the competition, after which time he must stay in the higher division. I.e. once a player has played 4 games in a higher division, he must stay in that division.

3. Team Nomination Process

a) Home colleges are to contact the visiting college by 12pm on the Tuesday before the match is to be played with their point allocation for the week to allow necessary adjustments to be made. Final points must be exchanged by 12pm Wednesday.

It is the responsibility of coaches to check both team lists and ensure that the points allocation system is being adhered to. Any disputes must be reported to the convenor before the match commences.

b) Withdrawals

If a player withdraws from a nominated team after 12pm Wednesday he may only be replaced by a player of equal or lesser points value.

If a player withdraws after 12pm Wednesday and the points difference becomes more than 20. The school with the greater points total is not required to make changes to their team.

4. The Competition

a) All divisions will play a minimum of one round of matches with semi-finals (1st V 4th and 2nd V 3rd) and a final (winner of semi-finals).

Semi Finals: When teams have finished the competition on equal points, the position in the table will be determined by points for minus points against. The higher placed team will host semi finals where practicable. A neutral venue can be used or the lower placed team can offer a venue if the higher placed team cannot supply a venue. Sport Coordinators need to agree upon alternative venues when the higher placed team cannot host. All decisions must be communicated with and ratified by the Convenor. If a semi-final is cancelled, the team finishing highest in the competition shall be deemed the winner.

Grand Finals: All Grand Finals will be held at neutral grounds determined by the convenor. Grand Finals will be played on the same day as all other Age Group Grand Finals, ensuring that all Rugby League finishes within Term Two each year.

The MCS Principals and Sports Co-ordinators insist that all student supporters at MCS events such as Grand Finals and MCS Championships are to be actively supervised by their respective Staffs to ensure that they are positive, supportive, encouraging and sportsman-like towards all players and competitors during the games.

5. Venues

a) All games shall be played on the ground set down on the date specified in the draw. If the home school cannot provide the ground set down or another ground due to inclement weather, the game will be played at the opposing schools ground, if it is available.

b) Each school will nominate its ground(s) before the season starts and in the case of a change the onus is on the home team(s) to inform visiting teams and referees of the change. The home team is required to inform the Convenors of league and referees of any change as soon as it occurs and obtain the names of referees involved for immediate contact.

6. Playing Time

a) The length of each half shall be:

1st Division: 30 minutes.
2nd Division: 25 minutes.

b) During the regular season no extra time shall be played and no time off for injuries is to be allowed. In the case of serious injury and the game may have to be abandoned the Convenor will determine the result given the circumstances of the game at the time of the injury. If there is a field adjacent to the current field where the injured player is and the game can be easily moved then it should be.

c) A team will be given 10 minutes grace after 1.00 p.m. to start the game. All games should be played and any disputes regarding a game should be directed to the convenor the following morning.

d) If a semi-final or final is tied at full time, 20 minutes (10 each way) extra time will operate under the golden point system. The winner will be the first team to score a point by any legal means during the extra time period. Extra time will not continue after the first points (golden points) have been scored.
If no points are scored during extra time (i.e.; the match is still drawn at the end of extra time) the following shall apply:

Semi Final: Higher placed team on the competition ladder (firstly by way of competition points and secondly by way of for and against record) at the conclusion of the home and away series will progress to the final.

Grand Final: Joint premiers will be declared.

e) If a game has started and must be stopped in the case of wet weather or a hazardous situation the following shall apply:

- If the game is stopped before halftime, the for and against points are to be awarded, however the result is recorded as a draw.
- If the game that is stopped at any time into the second half the result is as stands when the referee calls the game off.

The referee has the discretion to call a halt to a game and they must do so when safety is at risk.

7. Replacements / Interchange

a) For all divisions, 4 replacement players may be used with an unlimited number of interchanges allowed.
b) All interchange players must report to the official for recording purposes in all divisions.

8. Competition Points

a) Two points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss, no points for a bye and in the advent of a forfeit two points for a win. In the event of a cancelled match due to inclement weather, points will be shared, except in the event of a total round being cancelled when no points will be awarded for the round.

If a forfeit takes place a 20 - 0 score line will be recorded in the results. Two competition points and 20 for points will be recorded for the team that is present for the match. Zero competition points and 20 against points will be recorded for the team that fails to present for the match.

b) If a school is unable to field teams in all entered divisions of the senior competition then they must always compete in the higher division/s, thus forfeiting the lower division/s. The Convenors of league and referees must be notified of any forfeits prior to 10.00 a.m. on match day. The other school must also be contacted by the forfeiting school.

9. Wet Weather

a) A Wet Weather Committee shall consist of the Convenor of Rugby League and the Sports coordinators Secretary. They have the right to cancel a round due to inclement weather. The round will be cancelled if the majority of matches in either the Senior divisions cannot be played. If the Convenor and Secretary cannot reach a decision, the President of the Association will arbitrate. The decision to cancel a round will be made by 10.00 a.m. Thursday morning.

In the event of the final being threatened by inclement weather an alternative ground, preferably a school, should be allocated.

b) If home grounds are unavailable and the away team can offer suitable alternative grounds, where practically possible the offer should be accepted. Where a difference occurs the matter should be referred to the Convenor.

10. Dismissals

a) When a player is dismissed, the name of the player must be recorded on the result sheet and the referees report attached.

The M.C.S. Judiciary shall comprise the President, Convenor and Secretary (or their nominee if their school is involved). The Judiciary shall conference to consider the suspension of a player sent off in an M.C.S. game.

The following guidelines will apply:

- Any player permanently dismissed from the field will receive a mandatory one match suspension from MCS competition.

- After evaluating the referees report the Rugby League Convenor may convene a Judiciary meeting to consider further action in the form of a different length suspension.

- Any appeal against a suspension must be lodged to the Convenor within 24 hours of the Judiciary meeting, signed by the Coach, Sports coordinator and Principal.

b) Players sent to the sin bin must report directly to the official table and remain for the full sin bin time. The sin bin time will commence on the player reporting to the official table.

11. Ground Management

a) Each school shall provide an official Timekeeper / Interchange Steward who should be at least a senior student. The two timekeepers sit together at the official table and use a stop watch or similar device and keep time and record of interchanges. 2 stopwatches should be available for sin bin recording.

b) Each school should provide a Touch Judge who should be a senior student and one ball boy and see that they are capable of carrying out their duties correctly. They should be dressed in contrasting attire to teams participating.

c) The home team shall supply two (2) senior balls, goal post pads, 3 stopwatches (2 for sin bin timekeeping), a bell, side line flags and four corner posts.

d) Where the playing area is enclosed by a fence, coaches and spectators must remain behind it. The only persons allowed inside the fence are the players, referees, tough judges, ball boys and the trainer.

e) Where no fences are provided the ground is to be roped or marked off 5-10 metres from the sideline. Teachers/coaches should ensure spectators remain behind these marked lines.

f) The home team is recommended to obtain the services of an Ambulance Officer or an accredited Sports Trainer for its home ground.

12. Coaches

a) All coaches shall be qualified Level 1 Coaches (minimum) or be currently in the process of gaining such qualification. All coaches should be familiar with and adhere to the MCS Code of Conduct, ACC Code of Ethics and the Safe Play Code (where applicable).

13. Convenor

a) There will be a Convenor appointed whose duties shall be to record, compile and distribute the relevant statistics on a weekly basis to all member schools.
Results sheets must be faxed or scanned and emailed to the Convenor by the Home school by 10.00 a.m. Friday.

Any players sent off or other problems should be reported with results sheets.

b) The Association shall secure the services of a pool of referees for competition matches during the season.� It shall be the duty of the Convenor of referees to appoint referees to each competition match. If the Convenor cannot appoint a referee to a match, he will notify the Sports coordinator of the home team.

14. Trophies

a) Trophy finance and ground grants shall be arranged by the Committee.

All perpetual trophies must be present at the Grand Finals ready for presentation to the winning teams. This is the shared responsibility of the Convenor and the respective winning Colleges from the previous year.

b) (A) Perpetual trophies should be returned to the Convenor before Grand Final day. (B)The Winners and Runners Up in the 1st Division Grand Finals will be presented on the day with medallions, and the Winners will be awarded the relevant perpetual trophy for their College for that calendar year.
The Winners and Runners Up in the 2nd and 3rd Division Grand Finals will be presented on the day with MCS Certificates.

15. Uniform

a) Each team competing should have jumpers displaying different numbers. Players with jumpers displaying the same or no number will not be permitted to play. A no number replacement jumper may be worn to replace a blood stained jersey.

Junior Competitions

Revised 2012

Fitted mouthguards are strongly recommended for all students who play MCS rugby league, at all levels, and including training. Moreover, they are compulsory should a player or his parents wish to pursue an insurance claim following an injury sustained while playing.

1. Divisions

a) The competition shall be known as the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Rugby League Competition.

b) The competition shall be under the official Revised Laws of the Game of the N.S.W. Rugby League. The Safe Play Code will operate up to and including the U15 competition. Please note that the shoulder charge is banned in all divisions.

c) Divisions shall be known as follows:

U16, U15, U14, U14B, U13 and U13B Age Groups

d) Matches are to be played on the day/time as set down in the draw. Permission to play on an alternative day/time may be granted by the Match Committee in extreme cases. Inclement weather will not be regarded as an extreme case. If permission is granted the Match Committee will determine when the match is to be played.

It is the general rule for MCS Competition Round Games and for Semi-Finals and Grand Finals that they are not to be moved to any other day but Thursdays, or as designated by the Draw.

2. Eligibility of Players


a) To be eligible to participate in the Rugby League competition (any division) a student must be enrolled no later than Day 1 Term 2.

b) All players must play in their age division, however, IF YOUR COLLEGE CANNOT FIELD AN AGE GROUP THE COLLEGE CAN APPLY TO THE CONVENER TO ALLOW PLAYERS TO PLAY UP AN AGE GROUP. U15 and U16 players must play in their Colleges First team ( ie. If a College has a Tier A team these players are ineligible to play in Tier B Competition). These players must be registered with the Convener and given a player points allocation if required (Tier B). Players are eligible to return to their age division up to and including 3 games of the Competition, after which they are eligible to play in the Tier B competition but must be registered with the convenor and given a player points allocation. These players are eligible to return to the U15 or U16 divisions up to and including 3 games of the competition, after which time they must stay in the higher division. I.e. Once a player has played 4 games in a higher division, he must stay in that division.

c) If a College enters 2 teams in the same division they must nominate their top 17 players and register them with the convenor prior to the commencement of Round 1. These nominated players are ineligible to play in the 2nd team. IF A COLLEGE WISHES TO DOWNGRADE A PLAYER AT ANY STAGE OF THE SEASON AN APPLICATION IN WRITING MUST BE MADE TO THE CONVENER STATING THE REASONS. If successful a replacement player must be nominated to fill the vacated position. Players not nominated may play in the 1st team up to and including 3 games of the competition, after which time he will be become an addition to the nominated 17 and are ineligible to play in the 2nd team.

d) Junior representative players are ineligible to play in the U16 competition if they took the field for their club on the weekend preceding a game. Players in junior representative squads that did not take the field for their club are excluded from this rule and may play. Eg. A player chosen in Harold Matthews squad who takes the field for that team on Saturday is ineligible to play in the U16 competition the following Thursday. A player in the squad who does not take the field may play in the competition the following Thursday.

e) Regardless of any other eligibility by law, to be eligible for the finals, a player must have played two of his last three games in that or a lower division. If a player cannot abide by this by law due to injury his college may apply to the convener for an exemption.

3. The Competition


a) All divisions will play a minimum of one round of matches with semi-finals (1st V 4th� and 2nd V 3rd OR 1st to the Final and 2nd V 3rd) and a final (winner of semi-finals).

Semi Finals: When teams have finished the competition on equal points, the position in the table will be determined by points for minus points against. The higher placed team will host semi finals where practicable. A neutral venue can be used or the lower placed team can offer a venue if the higher placed team cannot supply a venue. Sport Coordinators need to agree upon alternative venues when the higher placed team cannot host. All decisions must be communicated with and ratified by the Convenor. If a semi-final is cancelled, the team finishing highest in the competition shall be deemed the winner.

Where there are only four teams on the competition the following format will be employed for the finals series.

1st straight through to the final
2nd v 3rd.

Grand Finals: All grand finals will be held at neutral grounds determined by the convenor.


MCS Principals and Sports Co-ordinators insist that all student supporters who attend MCS events such as Grand Finals and Championships are to be actively supervised by their respective Staffs to ensure that they are positive, supportive, encouraging and sportsman-like towards all the players/competitors throughout their races, games etc.

4. Venues

a) All games shall be played on the ground set down on the date specified in the draw. If the home school cannot provide the ground set down or another ground due to inclement weather, the game will be played at the opposing schools ground, if it is available.

b) Each school will nominate its ground(s) before the season starts and in the case of a change the onus is on the home team(s) to inform visiting teams and referees of the change. The home team is required to inform the Convenors of league and referees of any change as soon as it occurs and obtain the names of referees involved for immediate contact.

5. Playing Time

a) The length of each half shall be 25 minutes.

b) During the regular season no extra time shall be played and no time off for injuries is to be allowed. In the case of serious injury and the game may have to be abandoned the Convenor will determine the result given the circumstances of the game at the time of the injury.

c) A team will be given 10 minutes grace after 1.00 p.m. to start the game. All games should be played and any disputes regarding a game should be directed to the convenor the following morning.

d) If a semi final or final is tied at full time, 20 minutes (10 each way) extra time will operate under the golden point system. The winner will be the first team to score a point by any legal means during the extra time period. Extra time will not continue after the first points (golden points) have been scored.

If no points are scored during extra time (i.e.; the match is still drawn at the end of extra time) the following shall apply:

Semi Final: Higher placed team on the competition ladder (firstly by way of competition points and secondly by way of for and against record) at the conclusion of the home and away series will progress to the final.

Grand Final: Joint premiers will be declared.

e) If a game has started and must be stopped in the case of wet weather or a hazardous situation The following shall apply:

- If the game is stopped before halftime, the for and against points are to be awarded, however the result is recorded as a bye.
- If the game that is stopped at anytime into the second half the result is as stands when the referee calls the game off.

The referee has the discretion to call a halt to a game and they must do so when safety is at risk.

6. Replacements / Interchange

a) For all divisions, 4 replacement players may be used with an unlimited number of interchanges allowed.

b) All interchange players must report to the official for recording purposes in all divisions.

7. Points

a) Two points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss, no points for a bye and in the advent of a forfeit two points for a win. In the event of a cancelled match due to inclement weather, points will be shared, except in the event of a total round being cancelled when no points will be awarded for the round.

If a forfeit takes place, or in the event that a team breaches the eligibility By Laws, a 20 - 0 score line will be recorded in the results. Two competition points and 20 for points will be recorded for the team that is present for the match, OR HAS NOT BREACHED THE ELIGIBILITY BY LAWS. Zero competition points and 20 against points will be recorded for the team that fails to present for the match, OR HAS BREACHED THE ELIGIBILITY BY LAWS.

b) If a school is unable to field teams in all entered divisions of the senior competition then they must always compete in the higher division/s, thus forfeiting the lower divisions/s. The Convenors of league and referees must be notified of any forfeits prior to 10.00 a.m. on match day. The other school must also be contacted by the forfeiting school.

c) Mercy Rule: During any Rugby League match if there is a difference of score by 40 or more then the game must stop immediately and the result recorded.

8. Wet Weather

a) A Wet Weather Committee shall consist of the Convenor of Rugby League and the Sports coordinators Secretary. They have the right to cancel a round due to inclement weather. The round will be cancelled if the majority of matches in either the Junior or Senior divisions cannot be played. If the Convenor and Secretary cannot reach a decision, the President of the Association will arbitrate. The round will be cancelled if the majority of matches in the junior division cannot be played. The decision to cancel a round will be made by 10.00 a.m. Thursday morning.

In the event of the final being threatened by inclement weather an alternative ground, preferably a school, should be allocated.

b) If home grounds are unavailable and the away team can offer suitable alternative grounds, where practically possible the offer should be accepted. Where a difference occurs the matter should be referred to the Convenor.

9. Dismissals

a) When a player is dismissed, the name of the player must be recorded on the result sheet and the referees report attached.

The M.C.S. Judiciary shall comprise the President, Convenor and Secretary (or their nominee if their school is involved). The Judiciary shall conference to consider the suspension of a player sent off in an M.C.S. game.

The following guidelines will apply:

- Any player permanently dismissed from the field will receive a mandatory one match suspension from MCS competition.

- After evaluating the referees report the Rugby League Convenor may convene a Judiciary meeting to consider further action in the form of a different length suspension.

-  Any appeal against a suspension must be lodged to the Convenor within 24 hours of the Judiciary meeting, signed by the Coach, Sports coordinator and Principal.


b) Players sent to the sin bin must report directly to the official table and remain for the full sin bin time. The sin bin time will commence on the player reporting to the official table.

10. Ground Management

a) Each school shall provide an official Timekeeper / Interchange Steward who should be at least a senior student. The two timekeepers sit together at the official table and use a stop watch or similar device and keep time and record of interchanges. Two stopwatches should be available for sin bin recording.

b) Each school should provide a Touch Judge who should be a senior student and one ball boy and see that they are capable of carrying out their duties correctly. They should be dressed in contrasting attire to teams participating.

c) The home team shall supply two (2) senior balls, goal post pads, a bell, side line flags and four corner posts.

d) Where the playing area is enclosed by a fence, coaches and spectators must remain behind it. The only persons allowed inside the fence are the players, referees, tough judges, ball boys and the trainer.

e) Where no fences are provided the ground is to be roped or marked off 5-10 metres from the sideline. Teachers/coaches should ensure spectators remain behind these marked lines.

f) The home team is recommended to obtain the services of an Ambulance Officer or an accredited Sports Trainer for its home ground.

11. Coaches

a) All coaches shall be qualified Level 1 Coaches (minimum) or be currently in the process of gaining such qualification. All coaches should be familiar with and adhere to the MCS Code of Conduct, ACC Code of Ethics and the Safe Play Code (where applicable).

12. Convenor

a) There will be a Convenor appointed whose duties shall be to record, compile and distribute the relevant statistics on a weekly basis to all member schools.
Results sheets must be faxed or scanned and emailed to the Convenor by the Home School by 10.00 a.m. Friday

Any players sent off or other problems should be reported with results sheets.

b) The Association shall secure the services of a pool of referees for competition matches during the season. It shall be the duty of the Convenor of referees to appoint referees to each competition match. If the Convenor cannot appoint a referee to a match, he will notify the Sports coordinator of the home team.

13. Trophies

a) Trophy finance and ground grants shall be arranged by the Committee.

b) Perpetual trophies should be returned to the convenor before Grand Final day. It is the joint responsibility of the Convenor and the winning Colleges from the previous year to ensure that all perpetual trophies are present for awarding at the end of the relevant Grand Finals.

The Winners and Runners Up from the 1st Division Grand Finals in each Age Group will be presented with medallions, and the Winners will be awarded the perpetual trophy to be held at their College for the next year.

The Winners and Runners Up from the 2nd and 3rd Division Grand Finals will be presented with MCS Certificates on the day.

14. Uniform

a) Each team competing should have jumpers displaying different numbers. Players with jumpers displaying the same or no number will not be permitted to play. A no number replacement jumper may be worn to replace a blood stained jersey.

Weight For Age Rugby League

Written: 2014

Fitted mouthguards are strongly recommended for all students who play MCS rugby league, at all levels, and including training. Moreover, they are compulsory should a player or his parents wish to pursue an insurance claim following an injury sustained while playing or training.

1. The Competition

a) The competition shall be known as the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Weight For Age Rugby League Competition.

b) The competition shall be under the official Revised Laws of the Game of the N.S.W. Rugby League. The Safe Play Code will operate. Please note that the shoulder charge is banned in all divisions.

c) The competition will run over a 4 week period.

d) Teams will play 2 games of 20 minutes per week.

e) The structure of the competition will be determined by the convenor once colleges have nominated the teams.

Matches are to be played on the day/time as set down in the draw.

MCS Principals and Sports Co-ordinators insist that all student supporters who attend MCS events such as Grand Finals and Championships are to be actively supervised by their respective Staffs to ensure that they are positive, supportive, encouraging and sportsman-like towards all the players/competitors throughout their games etc.

2. Divisions

a) Divisions shall be known as follows:

U13s and U60kg
U14s and U65kg

3. Eligibility of Players

a) To be eligible to play in this competition all players must be weighed in the presence of the convenor or an appointed official prior to playing in the competition. Players will be weighed in their playing shorts, they can remove their boots and jersey if they choose.

b) Players playing in U13s competition must be under 60kgs. There is a 1kg allowance for scale inconsistencies.

c) Players playing in U14s competition must be under 65kgs. There is a 1kg allowance for scale inconsistencies.

d) If a player exceeds the weight limit by more than the allowance he cannot participate in this competition.

e) Random weigh ins can occur by the convenor or an appointed official. Should a coach question the weight of a player, then they should only approach the convenor regarding their concern and the convenor may choose to weigh the player in question.

f) All players must play in their age division. However, IF YOUR COLLEGE CANNOT FIELD AN AGE GROUP THE COLLEGE CAN APPLY TO THE CONVENER TO ALLOW PLAYERS TO PLAY UP AN AGE GROUP. Players are ineligible to return to their age division.

g) If a College enters 2 teams in the same division they must nominate their top 17 players and register them with the convenor prior to the commencement of Round 1. These nominated players are ineligible to play in the 2nd team. IF A COLLEGE WISHES TO DOWNGRADE A PLAYER AT ANY STAGE OF THE SEASON AN APPLICATION IN WRITING MUST BE MADE TO THE CONVENER STATING THE REASONS. If successful a replacement player must be nominated to fill the vacated position. Players not nominated may not play in the 1st team.

h) Each week teams must submit a team sheet listing each player and their jersey number.

i) Regardless of any other eligibility by-law, to be eligible for the finals, a player must have played two of his last three games in that or a lower division. If a player cannot abide by this by law due to injury his college may apply to the convener for an exemption.

4. Playing Time

a) The length of each half shall be 10 minutes, which will run by a central timekeeper for all fields. No extension of time will be given to games that start late.

b) No extra time shall be played and no time off for injuries is to be allowed. In the case of serious injury where the game may have to be abandoned, the Convenor will determine the result given the circumstances of the game at the time of the injury.

c) There is to be no conversations after a try, nor is there to be any kicking for goal if a penalty is awarded. Players may tap or kick for touch.

d) All games should be played and any disputes regarding a game should be directed to the convenor the following morning.

e) If a semi-final is tied at full time, then the highest placed team in their draw will go through to the grand final.

f) If the grand final is tied at full time, 10 minutes extra time will operate under the golden point system. The winner will be the first team to score a point by any legal means during the extra time period. Extra time will not continue after the first points (golden points) have been scored. If no points are scored during extra time (i.e.; the match is still drawn at the end of extra time) Joint premiers will be declared.

g) If a game has started and must be stopped in the case of wet weather or a hazardous situation The following shall apply:

- If the game is stopped before halftime, the for and against points are to be awarded, however the result is recorded as a draw.

- If the game that is stopped at any time into the second half the result is as stands when the referee calls the game off.

The referee has the discretion to call a halt to a game and they must do so when safety is at risk.

5. Replacements / Interchange

a) For all divisions, 4 replacement players may be used with an unlimited number of interchanges allowed.

6. Points

a) Two points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss, no points for a bye and in the advent of a forfeit two points for a win. In the event of a cancelled match due to inclement weather, points will be shared, except in the event of a total round being cancelled when no points will be awarded for the round.

If a forfeit takes place, or in the event that a team breaches the eligibility By Laws, a 20 - 0 score line will be recorded in the results. Two competition points and 20 for points will be recorded for the team that is present for the match, OR HAS NOT BREACHED THE ELIGIBILITY BY LAWS. Zero competition points and 20 against points will be recorded for the team that fails to present for the match, OR HAS BREACHED THE ELIGIBILITY BY LAWS.

7. Wet Weather

a) A Wet Weather Committee shall consist of the Convenor of Rugby League and the Sports coordinators Secretary. They have the right to cancel a round due to inclement weather. If the Convenor and Secretary cannot reach a decision, the President of the Association will arbitrate. The decision to cancel a round will be made by 10.00 a.m. Thursday morning.

8. Dismissals

a) When a player is dismissed, the name of the player must be recorded on the result sheet and the referees report attached.

The M.C.S. Judiciary shall comprise the President, Convenor and Secretary (or their nominee if their school is involved). The Judiciary shall conference to consider the suspension of a player sent off in an M.C.S. game.

The following guidelines will apply:

- Any player permanently dismissed from the field will receive a mandatory one match suspension from MCS competition.

- After evaluating the referees report, the Rugby League Convenor may convene a Judiciary meeting to consider further action in the form of a different length suspension.

- Any appeal against a suspension must be lodged to the Convenor within 24 hours of the Judiciary meeting, signed by the Coach, Sports coordinator and Principal.

b) Players sent to the sin bin must report directly to the official table and remain for the full sin bin time. The sin bin time will commence on the player reporting to the official table.

9. Ground Management

a) Each school should provide a ball boy and see that they are capable of carrying out their duties correctly. They should be dressed in contrasting attire to teams participating.

b) Each team should supply 1 ball.

c) The MCS is recommended to obtain the services of an Ambulance Officer or an accredited Sports Trainer for all games.

10. Coaches

a) All coaches shall be qualified Level 1 Coaches (minimum) or be currently in the process of gaining such qualification. All coaches should be familiar with and adhere to the MCS Code of Conduct, ACC Code of Ethics and the Safe Play Code (where applicable).

11. Convenor

a) There will be a Convenor appointed whose duties shall be to record, compile and distribute the relevant statistics on a weekly basis to all member schools.
Any players sent off or other problems should be reported with results sheets.

b) The Association shall secure the services of a pool of referees for competition matches during the season. It shall be the duty of the Convenor of referees to appoint referees to each competition match.

12. Trophies

a) Trophy finance and ground grants shall be arranged by the Committee.

b) Perpetual trophies should be returned to the convenor before Grand Final day. It is the joint responsibility of the Convenor and the winning Colleges from the previous year to ensure that all perpetual trophies are present for awarding at the end of the relevant Grand Finals.

The Winners and Runners Up from the 1st Division Grand Finals in each Age Group will be presented with medallions, and the Winners will be awarded the perpetual trophy to be held at their College for the next year.

The Winners and Runners Up from the 2nd and 3rd Division Grand Finals will be presented with MCS Certificates on the day.

13. Uniform

a) Each team competing should have jumpers displaying different numbers. Players with jumpers displaying the same or no number will not be permitted to play. A no number replacement jumper may be worn to replace a blood stained jersey.

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