1.     FORWARD

2.     COMPETITION FORMAT

3.     ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.     PLAYER ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY

 5      GROUND AND HOSTING REQUIREMENTS

6      DISPENSATIONS

7.     TEAM & PLAYER NUMBERS

8.     GAME ON

9.     CHANGE OF FIXTURE

10.   DEFAULTS

11.   TEAM SHEETS

12.   SERIOUS INJURY REPORTING

13. COMPETITION POINTS, COMPETITION TABLES & DETERMINING WINNERS IN PLAYOFF AND FINALS MATCHES

14.   DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

15. COMPETITION RULES BREACH PROCESS

16. MISCELLANEOUS COMPETITION RULES

       16.1      REFEREE MATCH REPORTS

       16.2      REFEREE INSPECTION

       16.3      ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE

       16.4      MATCH BALLS

       16.5      CLASH OF JERSEY COLOUR

       16.6      BLUE CARD CONCUSSION

       16.7      NIGHT GAMES

       16.8      LIGHTNING SAFETY

       16.9      ABSENCE OF REFEREE

       16.10    HAKA PROTOCOL

17. APPENDICES

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY

4.1:  AGE TO PLAY SENIOR WOMEN’S RUGBY

4.1.1:    As per the New Zealand Rugby NRP Policy #8B Age to Play Senior Women’s Rugby, a player must be at least 16 years of age as at the first match of the competition they are being selected for, in order to participate in a senior women’s rugby match. 

4.1.2:    That player must obtain prior written approval from the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union before they can participate in a senior women’s rugby match.

4.1.3:    A front row player who is under 19 years of age as at the first match of the competition they are being selected for must obtain prior written approval from the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union before they can participate in a senior women’s rugby match.

4.1.4:    All 16 and 17-year-old players who wish to participate in a senior women’s rugby match and

4.1.5:    All 18 year old front row players who wish to participate in a senior women’s rugby match must complete a Request to play Senior Womens Rugby Consent Form and submit to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union for approval.

4.1.6:    PLAYING CONTRACTED BLACK FERNS SEVENS

4.1.6.1:   No Club can include more than two (2) contracted Black Ferns Sevens players in its playing 22 for a match in the club competition who, as at 5pm on the Friday before the first club match in the club competition were employed on a New Zealand Rugby Union Contract (“Contracted Players”)

4.1.6.2:   The playing 22 in Rule 4.1.6 will be as submitted via the My Rugby App for any club competition match.

4.1.6.3:   Rule 4.1.6 will apply in each succeeding year with the cut-off date for players being employed on a NZR Union Contract being 5pm on the Friday prior to the first club competition match in each year.

4.1.6.4:   In the event that a club includes more than two (2) contracted players in its playing 22 for any match in the club competition in a year, that club will be liable to a fine of up to $1000 and/or loss of points for that match or each match in which this has occurred. 

4.2:  ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY SENIOR WOMENS SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS

4.2.1:    All players shall need to have been listed on at least two (2) competition game team sheets in the My Rugby App to be eligible to play in a semi-final or a final. The Pre-Season Competition is not considered competition games.

4.2.2:    This rule does not apply to players who have been either injured, pregnant or high performance athletes who have been called to play for New Zealand at an international level and therefore have not been able to play the required games. 

4.2.3:    Clubs must provide details/evidence around each player.  For injured players medical evidence must be submitted i.e. medical certificates, ACC documents. ​​​​​​​

4.3:  AGE TO PLAY SENIOR MENS RUGBY

4.3.1:    As per the New Zealand Rugby NRP Policy #8 AGE TO PLAY SENIOR RUGBY all senior rugby is classed as Under 19 and above.  Subject to Provincial Union right to withhold approval if a safety issue exists, 16 year olds as at 1 January can play senior rugby in the backs only.

4.3.2:    Subject to Provincial Union right to withhold approval if a safety issue exists, 17 year olds at 1 January can play senior rugby in the forwards.

4.3.3:    Players 15 years old or younger at 1 January cannot play senior rugby.

4.3.4:    Any player that fits into any of 4.3.1 – 4.3.2 INCLUSIVE must have their parent/guardian sign a Parent Consent Form to Play Senior Mens Rugby

4.3.5:    PLAYING CONTRACTED STEAMERS

This rule refers to Contracted Steamers Players only.

4.3.5.1:   Definitions: “Provincial Union Contract” means a Provincial Union Contract as set out in Appendix 10 of the 2013 Collective Employment Agreement and as set out in any replacement to that Collective Employment Agreement. 

4.3.5.2:   No Club can include more than four (4) contracted Steamers in its playing 22 for a match in the club competition who, as at 5pm on the Friday before the first club match in the club competition were employed on a Provincial Union Contract by the BOPRU (“Contracted Players”)

4.3.5.3:   The playing 22 in Rule 4.3.5 will be as submitted via the My Rugby Manager App for any Club Competition match.

4.3.5.4:   Rule 4.3.5 will apply in each succeeding year with the cut-off date for players being employed on a Provincial Union Contract being 5pm on the Friday prior to the first Club Competition match in each year.

4.3.5.5:  Teams can, by mutual agreement between the two, play more than four (4) contracted players in its playing 22 for any match.

4.3.5.6:   In the event that a club includes more than four (4) contracted players in its playing 22 for any match in the club competition in a year, where there was no agreement, that club will be liable to a fine of up to $1000 and/or loss of points for that match or each match in which this has occurred. 

4.3.6:    PLAYING CONTRACTED ALL BLACKS SEVENS PLAYERS

4.3.6.1:   No Club can include more than two (2) contracted All Black Sevens players in its playing 22 for a match in the club competition who, as at 5pm on the Friday before the first club match in the club competition were employed on a New Zealand Rugby Union Contract (“Contracted Players”)

4.3.6.2:   The playing 22 in Rule 4.3.6 will be as submitted via the My Rugby App for any club competition match.

4.3.6.3:   Rule 4.3.6 will apply in each succeeding year with the cut-off date for players being employed on a NZR Union Contract being 5pm on the Friday prior to the first club competition match in each year.

4.3.6.4:   In the event that a club includes more than two (2) contracted players in its playing 22 for any match in the club competition in a year, that club will be liable to a fine of up to $1000 and/or loss of points for that match or each match in which this has occurred.

4.3.7:    AGE/ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY COLTS/U85KGS

Players participating in this competition can be:

               4.3.7.1: Aged 20 on the 1st January of the competition year or

               4.3.7.2:  Weigh UNDER 85 kgs at a date and time as determined by the competitions committee.

    4.4:  ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY SENIOR MENS SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS

    Due to the nature of the competitions, players may be required to play in more than one competition. The following rules will apply in semi-finals and finals;

    4.4.1:    Premier Mens

    All players shall need to have been listed on the team sheet in the My Rugby App in four (4) competition games of that grade, prior to the Semi-final and Final. This rule does not apply to players who have been:

    4.4.1.1:   Injured or

    4.4.1.2:   Have been called in to play for a New Zealand representative team (U20’s, Maori All Blacks, All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens) and/or a New Zealand Super Rugby Club and therefore have not been able to play the required games.

    4.4.2:      Colts/U85 kgs

    4.4.2.1:   All players shall need to have been listed on any of the team sheet in the My Rugby Manager App for a minimum of two (2) games prior to the semi-finals and finals to be eligible to play in the semi-finals and final.  

    4.4.2.2:   Players can play in a grade higher than what they have played in during the season at semi-finals and finals time.  Players cannot play down a grade for semi-finals and finals.

    4.4.2.3:   Clubs must provide details/evidence around each player.  For injured players medical evidence must be submitted i.e. medical certificates, ACC documents. 

    4.5:  AGE TO PLAY SECONDARY SCHOOL RUGBY

    4.5.1: To participate in rugby in the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools competition, all players must be enrolled as a bona fide (Year 9 or above) student at the school of representation and studying at least 80% of a programme that is part of the timetable provided by the school for at least four weeks immediately prior to the commencement of the season.

    4.5.2: All players must be under 18 years of age at the first of January in the year of the competition.  This means that, on the 1st of January of the year of competition, players eligible to play secondary school rugby are to be aged 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17. For players aged 12 on the 1st January, see section 4.5.6.  For players aged 18, see section 4.5.7.

    4.5.2.1:      Where a player wishes to play rugby for a school who fits the age criteria as set out in rule 4.5.2, but does not meet any of the enrolment criteria of rule 4.5.1, that player can play for a school subject to the following conditions:

    4.5.2.1.1:   If a student is enrolled at a school that does NOT provide a rugby programme that meets the needs of the student, the student can play for another school.  In order for this to occur, the team the player wishes to play for needs to obtain two letters, one from the principal of the school the student is enrolled in and one from the principal of the school that the student wishes to represent, giving permission for that student permission to play.  No dispensation application is required.

    4.5.2.1.2:   If the person is NOT an enrolled student at any school, but is aged 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 on 1st January of the year of competition, that person may play for the school that they last enrolled at in the previous year, so long as written proof of previous enrolment is provided, EG KAMAR details.  In this instance, the principal of the school the student wishes to represent, needs to provide written permission for that student to play for their school.  Again, no dispensation application is required. Unenrolled former secondary school students who are 18 on the 1st January of the year of competition are NOT eligible to play for their former school, or any school. 

    4.5.3:    New Zealand Rugby provides the framework that govern the age bands that our players should play their rugby in.  The two relevant policies are:

    4.5.3.1:      Age Bands for Age Grade Rugby Policy

    4.5.3.2:      Dispensations Policy

    4.5.4:   In summary, these policies set out the three cases (Best Case-same year) (Acceptable Case- 2 years above) and (Exceptional Circumstance Case-3 years above) that our players should be playing rugby in.

    4.5.5:   Should a player wish to play in an Exceptional Circumstance Case, there’s a stringent process that needs to be adhered to.  See the above policies and the Age Band Exceptional Circumstances Case Assessment Form for further information.

    4.5.6:   Enrolled secondary school students who are 12 on the 1st January of the year of competition can choose to play junior rugby for their club or play secondary school rugby for their school.  Neither the junior club, nor the secondary school has preference over each other.

    4.5.7:   Enrolled secondary school students who are 18 on the 1st January of the year of competition can play rugby for their school but teams can only have a maximum of two (2) 18 year olds on the 1st January in their team squad.

    4.5.8:   Where a team has non-enrolled students in its team, as defined in rule 4.5.2.1, the maximum number of non-enrolled students permitted in any single team squad is four (4).

    4.5.9:   Where a team has enrolled 18-year old players in its squad as defined in rule 4.5.7, the maximum number of non-enrolled students permitted in any single team squad is reduced accordingly.

    4.6  ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY SECONDARY SCHOOL SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS

    To be eligible for finals, all players must have been included on the team sheet in the My Rugby App for a minimum of three (3) games for that team, including pre-season matches.


    4.7  AGE TO PLAY JUNIOR RUGBY

    4.7.1:    On the 1st of January of the year of competition, players eligible to play junior rugby are to be aged 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12.

    4.7.2:    The Western Bay Junior Rugby competition play an age and weight restricted competition.  A copy of their age and weight restriction policy and grading is enclosed as Appendix “8”.

    4.7.3:    The Central Bay and Eastern Bay Junior rugby competitions do NOT have a weight restricted competition format. 

    4.7.4:    Female players wishing to play junior rugby can do so and play with boys.  They are also permitted to receive a one (1) year age dispensation without the need to apply for dispensation.  They must however, still be compliant to any weight restriction if applicable.

    4.8  PLAYER TRANSFERS

    4.8.1:    Players can transfer from one club or school to another club or school during the same competition window.

    4.8.2:    During the competition window, player transfers are completed by clubs AND schools via the online registration system Sporty.  The new club or school simply registers the player for their club or school, which will trigger a transfer authorisation message to be sent by the online registration system to the club or school administrator of the former club or school.  Until the registration is activated by the previous club or school, the transfer is NOT completed.

    4.8.3:    It is the responsibility of both the player and the club or school administrator of the new club or school to ensure that the player registration details are as per rule 3.4.2 are full and correct.

    4.8.4:    Once a transfer has been accepted, a player cannot play for their new club or school for a period of seven (7) days from the date of the last game they played for their previous club or school.​​​​​​​