By-Laws

Touch Football Competition

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Established 2005 (updated 2015)

1.  Grades

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

b) The competition shall be under the official Rules of the game set by NSW touch association except as amended below.

c)  Grades shall be known as follows:

  • YEAR 7
  • YEAR 8
  • YEAR 9
  • YEAR 10/11

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

2.  Eligibility of Players

a)  To be eligible to participate in the touch competition (any grade) a student must be enrolled at a Metropolitan Catholic School entered into the competition.

b)  No year 12 students are permitted to play in any grade.

c)  Players are not permitted to play outside of the Year group that they attend at their College.  The convenor may grant an exemption to this rule only after a written request has been submitted by the College concerned.

d)  No player is permitted to play in more than one team on the same day.

e)  Any player who has played three (3) or more games in a higher grade cannot return to the lower grade.

f)  A player must have played in three of his last four games in that grade to eligible for the finals.

3.  Game Times

a)  Games will start at 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm (other than where the competition structure is modified to have additional matches played at 3pm and 3.30pm in Week 1).

b)  All games will commence and conclude at the sound of a hooter and will be centrally controlled by the convenor.

c)  Games will consist of 12minute halves with 2 minutes for half time.

d)  Teams that arrive late will be awarded 1 try against them every 3 minutes under the discretion of the referee. Any disputes in relation to this must be brought to the convenor at the end of the game concerned.

e) A team that does not arrive by half time will forfeit the game. 6-0

4.  The Competition

a)  A team can only consist of a maximum of 14 players.

b)  Only 6 players per team are permitted on the field at any one time.

c)  The competition structure will be decided by the convenor prior to the commencement of the competition, after schools have nominated which teams they are entering.

d)  Teams will be awarded 3points for a win, 2 points for a scored draw and 1 point for a scoreless draw.

5.  Semi-Finals

a)  If there are any teams which are “EVEN” going into the Semi-Finals, they are to be differentiated by applying the following, in this order, until there is a “leading team” determined.

  • For and Against
  • Head to Head results
  • Points for (the highest being the winner)
  • Points conceded (the lowest being the winner)

6.  Finals

a)  The structure of the finals is depended on the number of teams that is entered into the competition. Where ever possible the convenor should attempt to organize a top 4 teams play off. (1v4 & 2v3, then winner v winner for overall Champion team.).

b)  During finals if a draw occurs extra time will be played implementing the drop off rule. 1 player drops off each side every 2 minutes until it is 3 on 3. Play ends any time a try is scored. If a try is scored in the first set of 6 in extra time the opposition is given the ball for 1 set of 6 or until the ball is lost.

7.  Replacements / Interchange

a)  For all grades a maximum of EIGHT (8) replacement players may be used with an unlimited number of interchange.

8.  Wet Weather

a)  In the event of wet weather the convenor shall decide if play will go ahead by 10am on the day of the competition and notify all MCS

b)  Should play have started and rain begins the allocated referees will decide if play is safe to continue.

c)  A washed out round will result in no points being allocated for that round.

d)  Where not all games are cancelled, teams that did not play as a result of referees/convenors decision will receive points for a scoreless draw.

9.  Uniforms

a)  Each team competing should have shirts of the same colour displaying different numbers.

10. Misconduct

a)  Any player sent from the field of play by the referee will automatically miss the next competition game.

b)  Players who are sent for fighting or striking a referee will not be permitted to return to the competition for the remainder of the current season.

c)  An appeal against a suspension must be lodged to the convenor within 24 hrs.

11. Ground Management

a)  Each school is to bring a touch ball for each age group to be used for competitive matches.

b)  First aid will provided for by the MCS association at the convenors desk.

c)  Any disputes in regard to the running of any match should be put into writing (countersigned by the sports coordinator) and sent to the convenor by the Monday following the incident.

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