What rugby enthusiast could turn down the proposition of sun, sea, sand and rugby in Spain ?
The interchangeable nature of possession, leading to rapid changes from attacking to defending, means that the game involves developing and improving a wide range of skills. Cooperation, teamwork and a keen sense of fun are all key elements in beach rugby.
The seven-a-side game is a fast-moving, suitable for boys and girls of all ages to play together, in which tackles are allowed. The fun of the sport and vibrancy of the environment, means that beach rugby has become one of the IRB’s favourite summer sports.
The game is fun, fast-paced and exciting, but because it is played on sand there are some differences to the conventional games.
The most important one is that the players do not wear any shoe (socks can be worn especially for hot sand).
Beach Rugby Seven Rules
All the Beach Rugby Seven Rules are from the official IRB rules (Tackles are allowed) with the following modifications :
On the field will play a maximum of 7 players and the substitutes can come in the field at any moment of the match when there is a break or interruption during the game (penalty, scrum, lineout, injury time etc …).
There is no limit of substitution.
It is the responsibility of the Team Manager to make sure that all persons travelling with the team, whether playing in the games or not, is adequately insured for any injury or sickness that may occur during their stay in Cataluña.
Neither the organizing Committee will not be held liable for any costs incurred from any injury or sickness to any participants of the Festival.
Team Managers will have to sign a document stating that all members of their group are adequately insured for these purposes.
In all the rugby categories the organisation director will be the only person responsible to start and finish matches. Once the Festival Director has sounded the final horn, the referee will allow play to continue until play stops.
Then he will blow the final whistle.
Captains will be responsible for the behaviour of their players.
The organising committee is allowed to eject a team from the competition if that team is not behaving in a decent and proper manner on and off the pitch/beach.
The pitches (natural sand) measure 30 meters (width) by 40 meters (length).
5.- Rugby Kit
All players must wear correct rugby kit with rugby shorts, rugby shirt and rugby socks for those who require them.
Players can also play bare foot.
Playing in trainers or rugby boots is totally forbidden on the beach.
6.- Match Time
The match will last 14 minutes with 2 halfs of 7 minutes.
The half-time will never last more than 3 minutes.
The referee can allow extratime if the game has been stopped for injuries or other incidents.
The player who is kicking-off must drop-goal the ball.
The opponents have to be at minimum 5 meters from the kicking point and the ball must pass through this 5 meters line.
If the ball is passing the tryline directly or indirectly, a penalty will be awarded at the halfway line.
After a converted try, the team who scored the try will kick-off from the halfway line.
8.- The 22 meters line
The 22 m line will be located at approximatively 8 meters from the line try.
The scrum is formed by 3 forwards, the hooker is linking the other 2 props putting his arms on their shoulders.
The scrums won’t be pushed in the veteran category.
Each lineout is formed by the thrower, 2 forwards and the scrumhalf.
The scrumhalf can jump in the lineout or can help to jump.
After tackling, when a maul or a player is going to the floor, the ball has to be released immediately.
The referee will be very strict with this rule.
A penalty will be awarded if the ball is not released.
If there is a confusing ruck without any clear ball possession, a scrum will be awarded in favour of the defending team.
The kick is allowed in all the pitch.
If the ball goes out directly from the field, a penalty where the ball was kicked will be given in favour of the other team.
You can convert a try with a tee or drop-goaling the ball.
The off-side line will be located at a minimum of 5 meters in any stopped ball situation.
The penalty cannot be kicked. It is an indirect penalty. The ball must be runned in hand.
A player receiving a yellow card must leave the pitch and won’t be allowed to play the rest of that game.
They will be allowed to play in other games.
After 2 minutes of sanction, the team will be allowed to substitute that faulted player with a new player.
A player receiving a red card will be sent off from the tournament untill the end of the competition.
They will not be able to play in any more matches.
In the case of a tie in the league, the teams will be separated by the number of victories and then, the number of tries scored.
In Quarter finals, Semi finals and Final, at the end of full time, if the scores are tied, we will go to the penalty situation to choose a winner:
a. Series of 3 one on one penalties with attacker against defender.
The aim is for the attacker to score a try and for the defender to prevent a try.
The team who scores the most tries after 3 attempts is the winner.
The attacker will start from halfway line and the defender from the try line.
Once the attacker is tackled and one of his knees or his body touches the sand, the attack is finished with no try.
The attacking team will then switch to the defending team.
The captains must choose 3 attackers and 3 defenders from their teams.
A player can only attack or defend, not both during the 3 penalties.
b. After 3 penalties, if the score is a draw, we will go to sudden death.
during the match : Try: 5 points / Conversion: 2 points
for the league : Win: 4 points / Draw: 2 points / Loss: 0 points
There are no Bonus points