HOME - Posted November 16th, 2014

Submitted by:  Shawn A. McKinney

 

 Pitch Size and Maximum Times of Play for Young Rugby Players in USA Rugby

1.

 

The following provides guidance on: 

 

 

 

a.

 

Recommended Maximum Dimension for each Pitch, and . . .

 

 

 

b.

 

Recommended Maximums for 'Times of Play' in individual matches, and for cumulative play in any one day, for age groups in high school, and youth contact and non-contact Rugby in the USA.

 

Age Group in Years

Dimensions in Meters

Maximum Time in Minutes

 

 

Per Match

Per Day

Under 9

70 by 35

20

50

Under 11

70 by 35

30

60

Under 13

70 by 35

40

70

Under 15

70 by 45

50

80

Under 15

100 by 70

60

90

Under 19

100 by 70

70

90

2.

 

For group assignment purposes the ages of a players are determined as of the 31st of August prior to the match involved.  For simplicity only, the age groups are expressed in odd-numbered, two-year blocks.  This is not intended to preclude other blocks, such as Under 12 or Under 14, that might make more sense in particular local circumstances.  Common sense should be used in translating the maximums to other block designations.

 

3.

 

When circumstances dictate, smaller fields, and shorter times than those shown are acceptable.

 

4.

 

The maximum times include any time taken to settle a tie at the end of regular time in a knockout competition.

 

5.

 

The per day maximum cumulative times are to prevent young players from being overextended on the multi-match days that occur at tournaments and other events.  At each age group the maximum cumulative time allows a player to participate in up to five reasonable length matches, or a fewer number of longer matches.

 

6.

 

Under the Laws of the Game and other World Rugby Directives the Maximum Times for Under 19 players are required, rather than recommended.