GOLDEN OLDIES RUGBY – PLAYING & REFEREEING GUIDELINES
Golden Oldies Rugby is played according to WORLD RUGBY LAWS of the GAME plus some additional variations specific to Golden Oldies.
Participants must be aged 35 and above and whilst the majority of players are between 35 and 55, there are quite a few in their 60’s and 70’s.
As with all aspects of the game SAFETY is paramount. However, given the wide variation in the ages of players and the equally wide variation in physical prowess it is necessary to introduce some safeguards to ensure the safety of those who either because of previous injury or advancing years would be at risk in the full contact variant of the game.
It is the responsibility of individual players to determine whether or not they are capable of playing full contact rugby; note however that overly robust play is discouraged at all times in the Golden Oldies game.
All Players must be correctly attired for Golden Oldies Rugby at all times including footwear. Low profile studs or grass sport shoes.
These Golden Oldies Laws do not permit offside play or unsportsmanlike behaviour and have been designed to increase the enjoyment of the Game, eliminating over-vigorous play and minimising the chances of injury. The normal rules of Rugby as per Rugby Europe shall apply with the following variations:
- All 8 forwards must remain bound in the scrum until the ball has been cleared.
- The halfback must not follow the ball around the scrum.
- There must be no pressure scrummaging or movement of the scrum. (i.e. non-contested set-scrums)
- There shall be no striking against the head by hookers.
- Defending players may kick the ball only in their own 22.
- In lineouts all 8 forwards must take part. All lineouts shall be set (no quick lineouts). No supporting (lifting) of jumpers is permitted.
- Teams scoring a try shall also restart the game by kicking the ball to the non-scoring team.
- There are no kicks after a score.
- Unlimited substitution of players.
- Players must observe the offside rule, particularly that of remaining behind the hindmost foot at rucks, mauls and scrums; lineouts to a minimum of 10 metres.
- The game shall be played over two 15 or 20-minute periods…….or an alternative decided by both teams.
- No player may run more than 20 metres before passing the ball.
- All players must observe the restrictions on tackling ‘older’ players. These are identified by coloured shorts.
- Captains will be responsible for the behaviour of their players.
- Other variations may be organised at the discretion of both captains and the referees.