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AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION 2017 HANDBOOK INFORMATION FOR RUGBY STAFF - WWW.AUCKLANDRUGBY.CO.NZ
AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS
       RUGBY UNION

      2017 HANDBOOK

INFORMATION FOR RUGBY STAFF

             Compiled by ARU

       WWW.AUCKLANDRUGBY.CO.NZ
AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION 2017 HANDBOOK INFORMATION FOR RUGBY STAFF - WWW.AUCKLANDRUGBY.CO.NZ
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AUCKLAND RUGBY UNION KEY CONTACTS

Auckland Rugby Union Head Office
PO Box 56152                            Phone: 09 815 4850
Dominion Road,                          Fax: 09 849 5300
AUCKLAND 1446

Rugby Referees Administrator
Cody Neilson                            Phone: 09 815 4818                   Email: cody.neilson@aucklandrugby.co.nz

Draws & Results:
David Gainsford                         Phone: 09 815 4847                   Email: david.gainsford@aucklandrugby.co.nz

Central Regional Development Coordinator
John Faamausili                      Mobile: 021 292 8759                    Email: john.faamausili@aucklandrugby.co.nz

East Regional Development Coordinator
Joe Blundell                          Mobile: 027 425 2951                   Email: joe.blundell@aucklandrugby.co.nz

West Regional Development Coordinator
Brent Semmons                       Mobile: 027 808 4777                     Email: brent.semmons@aucklandrugby.co.nz

South Regional Development Coordinator
Scott Collins                        Mobile: 027 283 6185                    Email: scott.collins@aucklandrugby.co.nz

Womens Rugby Development Coach
Katie Tahana                            Mobile: 027 808 5057                 Email: katie.tahana@aucklandrugby.co.nz

                                              ASSRU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 President                                           Executive Committee Members
 Patrick Drumm                                       Alan Taylor                      Botany Downs Secondary College
                                Bus: 09 846 2044     Francis Stowers                  Sacred Heart College
                   Email: pdrumm@mags.school.nz      Joseph Keane                     De La Salle College
                                                     Graeme Phillips                  Aorere College
 Chairman                                            Geoff Moon                       Mt Albert Grammar
 Brett Kingstone                                     Scott Mansell                    Tamaki College
                              Mobile: 021 827 215    Kane Wilson                      Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation
             Email: bkingstone@st-peters.school.nz   Jim Lonergan                     College Sport
 Secretary                                           Scott Collins                    Auckland Rugby Union
 Alex Bing                                           Alison Hall                      Auckland Rugby Referees
                             Mobile: 027 477 4622
                     Email: awbing107@gmail.com

Forms
For all Rugby documents please head to the Auckland Rugby website and search under the School tab.

   •   Serious Injury Reports
   •   Misconduct report
   •   Complaint report

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2017 SCHOOL RUGBY CONTACTS
                    School                          Rugby Contact                                Email
Aorere College                                      Graeme Phillips           gphillips@aorere.ac.nz
Auckland Girls Grammar                              Christo Peters            cpeters@aggs.school.nz
Auckland Grammar School                             Chris Oates               c.oates@aggs.school.nz
Avondale College                                    Mike Perez                mike.perez@kineticsports.org
Botany Downs School                                 Alan Taylor               a.taylor@bdsc.school.nz
De La Salle College                                 Nigel Hurst               hurstn@delasalle.school.nz
Dilworth School                                     Grant Truman              g.truman@dilworth.school.nz
Diocesan School                                     Darryn Hoare (DS)         diosportadmin@diocesan.school.nz
Edgewater College                                   Jodi Benjamin             j.benjamin@edgewater.school.nz
Elim School                                         David Chapman (SC)        david.chapman@elim.school.nz
                                                    Jason Webb (DS)           jason.webb@elim.school.nz
Epsom Girls Grammar                                 Emma Jensen               ej@eggs.school.nz
Glendowie College                                   Joel Wiggans              jsj@activefitnessnz.com
Green Bay High School                               Matt Ollerenshaw          matt.ollerenshaw@greenbayhigh.school.nz
Howick College                                      Junior Mautairi           junior.mautairi@howick.school.nz
Kelston Boys High School                            Che Muller                c.muller@kbhs.school.nz
Kelston Girls High School                           Jamie Lane                sportco@kelstongirls.school.nz
Kia Aroha College                                   Willie Ropata             willie.ropata@kiaaroha.school.nz
Kings College                                       Kevin Putt                k.putt@kingscollege.school.nz
Liston College                                      Simone Ryan               s.ryan@liston.school.nz
Lynfield College                                    Joanne Smith              jsmith@lynfield.school.nz
                                                    Felecity Walbran          fwalbran@lynfield.school.nz
Macleans College                                    Thomas Cole               thomas.cole@macleans.school.nz>
Mangere College                                     Tai Uamaki                t.uamaki@mangere.school.nz
Marcellin College                                   David Ryan                ryand@marcellin.school.nz
McAuley Girls High School                           Colleen Robertson         crobertson@mcauleyhigh.school.nz
Michael Park School                                 Andrew Johnston (DS)      andrewj@michaelpark.school.nz
Mt Albert Grammar                                   Geoff Moon                gmoon@mags.school.nz
Mt Roskill Grammar School                           Callum McGibbon           callum.mcgibbon@mrgs.school.nz
One Tree Hill College                               Walter Tukerangi          wtukerangi@onetreehillcollege.school.nz
Onehunga High School                                Steve Frear               steve.frear@ohs.school.nz
Otahuhu College                                     Leau Tamati               ltamati@otahuhucollege.school.nz
Pakuranga College                                   Clive Daniels             cdaniels@pakuranga.school.nz
Papatoetoe High School                              Carlin Crossan            cacrossan@papatoetoehigh.school.nz
Pacific Advanced Senior School                      Falefatu Enari            falefatue@pass.school.nz
                                                    Ben Saipele (SC)          bens@pass.school.nz
Rutherford College                                  Nathan Mataia             nmataia@rutherford.school.nz
                                                    Mike Nola                 mnola@rutherford.school.nz
Sacred Heart College                                Francis Stowers           fstowers@sacredheart.school.nz
Sancta Maria                                        Jason Crummer             j.crummer@sanctamaria.school.nz
Selwyn College                                      Cameron Andrew            andrewc@selwyn.school.nz
Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Otara Senior School   Kevin Long                klong@sehc.school.nz
Southern Cross Campus                               Julie Wharton             jwharton@southerncross.school.nz
St Kentigern College                                Karen Smith               karen.r.smith@saintkentigern.com
                                                    Ben Salt                  ben.salt@saintkentigern.com
St Paul's College                                   Dave McDermott            dmcdermott@stpaulscollege.co.nz
St Peter's College                                  Dave Thomas               dthomas@st-peters.school.nz
Tamaki College                                      Kieran Gutry              gutry@tamaki.ac.nz
Tangaroa College                                    Saua Leaupepe             saual@tangaroa.school.nz
Waiheke High School                                 Tony Wood                 woodt@waihekehigh.school.nz
Waitakere College                                   Liam Mulrooney            me@waitakerecollege.school.nz;
                                                    Marcus Nathuran           marcusn@waitakerecollege.school.nz
Western Springs College                             Richard Anderson          sports@wsc.school.nz
                             Please refer to the College Sport 2017 Diary for contact numbers
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COACH DEVELOPMENT KEY DATES

RugbySmart: Compulsory safety course for coaches of Under 14 Rugby and above. Clubs will be hosting regionally based
courses. Schools can arrange their own courses through their RDC – please allow 60 min minimum.

                                                        Rugbysmart Dates 2017
        Date                                                    Venue                                    Time
        March 8th Wednesday                                Pakuranga RFC                              630 - 800pm
        March 13th Monday                                  Waitemata RFC                              630 - 800pm
        March 15th Wednesday                              College Rifles RFC                          630 - 800pm
        March 22nd Wednesday                               Papatoetoe RFC                             630 - 800pm
        March 29th Wednesday                                  Marist RFC                              630 - 800pm
        April 3rd Monday                                    University RFC                            630 - 800pm
        April 10th Monday                                   Ponsonby RFC                              630 - 800pm
        April 26th Wednesday                                 Suburbs RFC                              630 - 800pm
        May 10th Wednesday                                  Grammar TEC                               630 - 800pm

Level 2 - Developing Rugby Coaches (DRC):
Technical, tactical and practical coaching course with an emphasis on the coaching process, best practice and how to apply the
knowledge in the rugby coaching environment.

Full accreditation: Full attendance at all workshops, completed laws test, coaching log, practical assessment by ARU/NZR.
        Level 2: Developing Rugby Coaches - March 2017                      Level 2: Developing Rugby Coaches - October 2017
 Date                    Venue                 Time                    Date                   Venue                 Time
 March 6th Mon           Dilworth College      600 - 830pm             Oct 16th Mon           Dilworth College      600 - 830pm
 March 13th Mon          Dilworth College      600 - 830 pm            Oct 24th Tues          Dilworth College      600 - 830 pm
 March 20th Mon          Dilworth College      600 - 830pm             Oct 30th Mon           Dilworth College      600 - 830pm
 March 27th Mon          Dilworth College      600 - 830pm             Nov 6th Mon            Dilworth College      600 - 830pm
 April 2nd Sunday        Dilworth College      900 - 300pm             Nov 12th Sun           Dilworth College      900 - 300pm

Foundation Course:
Bridging course for Level 2: DRC. The course has an emphasis on practical knowledge and application in the rugby coaching
environment. Regionally based in 2017.
                Foundation Course Dates 2017
 Date                  Venue                       Time
 May 24th              South TBC                600 - 830pm
 June 14th             Central TBC              600 - 830pm
 July 26th             East TBC                 600 - 830pm
 Aug 9th               West TBC                 600 - 830pm

Coaching Core Skills:
Practical sessions with guest coaches focusing on core skills
              Coaching the "Core Skills" 2017
 Date                Skill                      Venue
 May 1st Monday      Scrum                      TBC
 May 8th Monday      Lineout                    TBC
 May 15th Monday     Breakdown                  TBC

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AUCKLAND RUGBY REFEREE DEVELOPMENT
Associate Referees Course
The Associate Referee Course is designed to enable referees to take control of games in the lower Rugby grades when an
official, appointed referee is unable to attend. The Associate Referee Course is an introduction to refereeing and covers all
areas of the game as well as the safety aspects outlined in the annual RugbySmart course.
                                                  Associate Referee Course 2017
 Date                                            Venue                                 Time
 April 27th Thursday                             Eden Park Gate A Lounge               700 - 900pm
 May 3rd Wednesday                               Botany Downs Secondary College        700 – 900pm
 May 10th Wednesday                              Eden Park Gate A Lounge               700 – 900pm
 May 17th Wednesday                              Waitakere RFC                         700 – 900pm

Requesting a Referee
The Auckland Rugby Referees Association endeavours to appoint referees for Saturday games. If schools wish to play games
mid-week (traditional fixtures, pre-season or make up games) then the Schools’ Rugby contact must get in touch with Cody
Neilson to organise one.
Please allow one weeks’ notice for referee requests to increase the chances of success. Details you will need to provide:
    • Venue of the game,
    • Level of the game i.e. 1st XV, 4th grade etc.,
    • Opposition

For further information around the laws of the game or general questions about refereeing, contact:

Cody Neilson                              Phone: 09 815 4818                      Email: cody.neilson@aucklandrugby.co.nz

Blue Card Initiative
The Blue Card Concussion protocol will be implemented across all Secondary School rugby fixtures in Auckland that are
officiated by a qualified referee who has been trained to identify indicators of concussion. The Blue Card process is:

    •      A player is shown a Blue Card on the rugby field, after the referee identifies they are displaying indicators of
           concussion.
    •      The issuing of a Blue Card triggers formal off-field follow up processes/procedures with the referee and Team
           management to complete a serious injury form
    •      The Blue Card removes any doubt as to whether the player is removed from the field of play for concussion. There
           can be no opportunity for the player to return to the field if he/she “recovers”.
    •      The Blue Card that the referee issues is similar in concept to the yellow/red card, in that the player MUST leave the
           field however in the case of a blue card the player carded may be replaced immediately.
    •      Auckland Rugby will send a letter to the school and player confirming that the player has been stood down from
           playing rugby because of suspected concussion. This letter will outline the procedure for return to play and includes
           a medical clearance form that must be completed before they return to play.
    •      This initiates implementation of World Rugby Concussion Guidelines requiring the player to complete each stage of
           the ACC endorsed, “Return To Play Guidelines”.
    •      It is recommended that the suspected concussed player seeks medical attention within 24 hours.
    •      Doctors have been asked to consider that this player has been witnessed displaying clear indicators of concussion
           by the referee or team medic. Under New Zealand Rugby’s “Rugby Smart” ACC Endorsed safety program, players
           that display indicators of concussion MUST be stood down from rugby for a minimum of 21 days - (23 days for
           players under 19).
    •      A player must obtain Medical Clearance to resume playing and must follow the ACC endorsed, “Return To Play
           Guidelines” (see in the Blue Card Concussion Initiatives Protocols).
    •      A player must produce a Medical Certificate/official ARU letter signed by the medical practitioner, to the ARU to
           resume playing. This must be received by the ARU office 24 hours before scheduled return to play.

            Please contact Barry George for more information: barry.george@aucklandrugby.co.nz or 021 841 965

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KEY DATES

April    5   ASSRU Delegates Meeting
        11   Team entries close
        12   Secondary School Girls Invitational Sevens Tournament
        13   End of Term 1
        14   Good Friday
        29   1st XV Promotion / Relegation games – All grades
May      1   Start of Term 2
         3   2017 Schools Rugby Launch
         6   1st XV Round 1
         8   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 1
        13   1st XV Round 2. Start of all Grade rugby
        15   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 2
        20   1st XV Round 3. Grade Rugby Round 2
        22   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 3
        27   1st XV Round 4. Grade Rugby Round 3
        28   Auckland Maori Rugby Skill Day
        29   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 4
Jun      5   Queen’s Birthday. 1B / 1C U18 Schools Combine
        10   1st XV Round 5. Grade Rugby Round 4
        12   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 5
        17   1st XV Round 6. Grade Rugby Round 5
        19   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 6
        24   1st XV Round 7. Grade Rugby Round 6
        25   Auckland Maori Rugby Skill Day
        26   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 7
Jul      1   1st XV Round 8. Grade Rugby Round 7
         3   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 8
         7   End of Term 2
         9   Blues Schools Camp begins
        17   ARU U14 / U16 / SS Girls U18 Skills Week starts
        23   Auckland Maori Rugby Skill Day
        24   Start of Term 3
        29   1st XV Round 9. Grade Rugby Round 8
        31   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 9
Aug      5   1st XV Round 10. Grade Rugby Round 9
         7   Girls 1st XV / 10s Round 10
        12   1st XV Round 11. Grade Rugby Round 10
        14   Girls 1st XV / 10s Semi-finals
        19   First XV Semi-Finals. Grade Rugby Round 11
        20   Auckland Maori Rugby Skill Day
        21   Girls 1st XV / 10s Finals Day
        26   1st XV Finals. Grade semi-finals
Sep      2   Grade finals
         4   Summer tournament week
         8   National Top 4 in Palmerston North
         9   Representative Rugby begins
        16   Rep Rugby Round 2
        23   Rep Rugby Round 3
        29   End of Term 3. Rep Rugby Round 4
Oct     16   Start of Term 4
        20   SS Senior Sevens Tournament
        25   AGM
Nov      1   SS U15 Sevens Tournament
Dec      7   Condors Sevens Starts
        20   End of Term 4

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ASSRU
CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS &
       RULES OF
     COMPETITION

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AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION CONSTITUTION

                                                      (Amended March 2017)
1.    NAME
      The Union is called the "Auckland Secondary Schools Rugby Union" (ASSRU).

2.    AFFILIATION
      The Union is affiliated to the Auckland Rugby Union Inc and the Auckland Secondary Schools Heads Association Inc. (College Sport
      Auckland)

3.    MEMBERSHIP
      (a)  All secondary schools with rugby teams within the Auckland Rugby Union District and where Principals are members of
           College Sport are deemed to be members.
      (b)  Schools without rugby teams in the competition of the previous season shall make application to play, in writing, to the
           ASSRU. Any such applications are subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

4.    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
      (a)   The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the ASSRU shall be held prior to the end of October.
      (b)   Fourteen days’ notice of such meeting is to be given
      (c)   Each member school of the ASSRU shall be entitled to send one delegate only.
      (d)   The officers of the Union shall be elected at the AGM.

5.    OFFICERS OF THE UNION
      The appointment and election of the Officers of the Union will take place at the AGM of the ASSRU.
      (a)     President - appointed by College Sport.
      (b)     Chairman
      (c)     Secretary/Treasurer
      (d)     Delegate to the ARU
      (e)     Competition Supervisor
      (f)     Northern Region Delegate
      (g)     Executive Committee made of school delegates, College Sport, Auckland Rugby Referees Association and Life Members

6.    THE COUNCIL OF DELEGATES (C.O.D.)
      (i)    This shall consist of one delegate from each member school.
      (ii)   At any meeting of the Council of Delegates, one half of the delegates will constitute a quorum.
      (iii)  The Council of Delegates shall elect the Executive Committee.

7.    THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
      The officers of the Union plus the following shall form the Executive Committee which will administer Auckland Secondary Schools
      Rugby according to its constitution.
      (a)      A delegate appointed from the Auckland Rugby Referees Association
      (b)      A delegate from the Auckland Rugby Union
      (c)      A College Sport representative.

8.    SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
      (a)     A Special General Meeting may be convened at any time by the Executive Meeting.
      (b)     A Special General Meeting may be convened upon the request of not fewer than five schools with seven days’ notice given
              to members.

9.    JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
      Where necessary the ASSRU will defer all Judicial & Disciplinary matters to the ARU Judicial Committee. All other matters will be
      dealt with on a case by case basis by the Executive Committee.

10.   COMPETITION COMMITTEE
      The Competition Committee is the Chairman, Secretary, Competition Supervisor and Draw Steward who is appointed by the
      Executive Committee. The Committee is chaired by the Competition Supervisor.

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11.   MATCHES - GAMES
      The commencing date for all competitions will be determined by the Executive Committee after consultation with the College Sport.

12.   STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
      refer to College Sport By-laws.

13.   PLAYING RULES OF THE UNION
      All matches will be played in accordance with the World Rugby “Laws of the Game” and NZR “Domestic Safety Law Variations”
      (DSLV’s)

14.   PLAYING GRADES AND WEIGHTS
      Weight and/or age limits for each grade shall be determined by a General Meeting.

15.   WEIGHING, AGE CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION
      Dates and methods of weighing will be decided at a General meeting.

16.   LIFE MEMBERS
      The Executive Committee can nominate life members who shall remain members of the Union for their respective lives. Each election
      must be unanimous and shall be for the purpose of recognition of special services rendered to the Union. Nomination for life
      membership shall be made only by the Executive Committee. The election of Life members will be held at The AGM, voted on by the
      Council of Delegates.

17    CHANGE OF CONSTITUTION
      The Constitution of the ASSRU shall not be altered, added to or rescinded, except on the vote of a majority of two-thirds of the
      members present at any AGM or Special General Meeting duly convened. Notice of any proposed alteration, addition or rescission
      must be given in writing to the Secretary of the ASSRU at least 21 days before the meeting at which it is intended to propose such
      alteration, addition or recession. At least 14 days’ notice of such meeting shall be given to all members of the ASSRU. No alteration,
      addition or rescission shall be valid or of any effect, unless approved by the Executive Committee of the ASSRU.

18    REPORTS
      For presentation at the AGM. Each of the following will provide a written Annual Report which will be presented at the AGM
      (i)      Chairman
      (ii)     Secretary/Treasurer
      (iii)    ARU Delegate
      (iv)     Representative Manager(s)
      (v)      Northern Region Delegate.

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AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION BY-LAWS

                                                    (Amended March 2017)
           These by-laws outline the operating procedures and must be read in conjunction with the Constitution and
                                                   the Rules of Competition.

1   STUDENT ELIGIBILTY
    Refer to College Sport By-laws
     -   4. General Eligibility
     -   5. Premier Eligibility
     -   6. Premier Registration
     -   7. Premier Non-Domestic Student Eligibility
     -   8. Premier Competition Rugby Eligibility
     -   9. Composite Teams

    Boys 1st GRADE only
    The procedure for registrations is:
    •        All teams are to file their player registrations online with College Sport prior to the start of competition. A squad of 30 may
             be submitted, including six new to the school.
    •        Additional players can be registered online for the team, provided registrations are received at College Sport three days
             prior to the game in which the player is scheduled to play.
    •        A student who takes the field in one or more rugby matches for a Participating School in the Auckland, North Harbour or
             Counties-Manukau Premier Competition, and then transfers to another Participating School, may not play in the first six
             rugby matches in the Auckland, North Harbour or Counties-Manukau Premier Competition for their new school, including
             any promotion/relegation matches. The six match stand down period will be taken from the student’s date of
             commencement.
    •        All students must be under 18 as at 1st January in the current year. However, a team which has not filled its New to School
             quota may have a maximum of two players who are under 19 as at 1st January in the current year, providing these players
             are not also classed as New to School. Under 19 players permitted to play in this competition will be included in the
             maximum New to School quota.
    1.1      Promotion / Relegation Play-off Exemption:
              I.  Players who enroll at their school on or before day one of the third school term of the previous year are eligible to
                  play in the promotion / Relegation play-off matches.
             II.  Any player enrolled in the school after this date (assuming the enrolment meets College Sport regulations) will be
                  deemed New to School and are eligible to play for that school throughout the season but NOT in the Promotion /
                  Relegation play-off matches.

2   WEIGHING, TEAM ENTRIES, REGISTRATION AND PROTESTS
    2.1    WEIGHT
             I.   A player's grade is determined by their initial weigh-in that is signed off by officials of the ASSRU.
            II.   In the situation where random weight checks or weigh-ins for play-off and finals are conducted by officials of the
                  ASSRU, a weight gain of 4kg is permitted from the start of grade competition.
           III.   Supplementary weighing will be done by an Executive member or representative nominated by them.
    2.2    TEAM ENTRIES
           All TEAM ENTRIES will be completed through College Sport EnterNow system.
    2.3    PROTESTS, ORDERING OFF AND OUT OF ORDER PLAYERS
           Refer to ASSRU By-law 4: Protests, Complaints and Judicial Process

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3   RE-GRADING PLAYERS
    Refer in relation to College Sport By-law 4

    3.1      PLAYER STATUS/ELIGIBILITY
            Refer to College Sport By-law 4
    3.2      REGRADING PLAYERS
             I. A player may be re-graded by the Executive Committee on written application from the delegate of their school. Such
                  application must include information of the player's playing record for that season. A player is deemed ineligible if they
                  start three or more games in a higher grade.
            II. No player seeking re-grading shall play until re-grading has been confirmed by the ASSRU Executive.
           III. No player can be re-graded more than once in a season.
           IV. No re-gradings will take place after the last round robin games.
            V. There will be no re-gradings of 1st XV players to a 2nd XV by the ASSRU Executive. Any 1st XV registered players can play
                  for their school’s highest 2nd XV throughout the season. However, any 1st XV registered player who has started three
                  or more games for the 1st XV will be ineligible any subsequent 2nd XV semi-finals and finals.
    3.3      PENALTIES
             (i)      First offence: Loss of game /competition points.
             (ii)     Second offence: Team suspension.

4   PROTESTS, COMPLAINTS AND JUDICIAL PROCESS
    4.1    Procedure for Protests and Complaints.

               School to School          Matters relating to teams, players, coaches and spectators

              ASSRU Executive            Matters not resolved by Schools, competition formats & points

           ARU Complaints Review         - All protests and complaints submitted through the ARU website or
                 Officer                   submitted Protest, Complaint & Misconduct forms.

                                         - All judicial matters – yellow cards, red cards, abandoned matches, appeals.

              I.   All complaints regarding ASSRU teams must be lodged through the complainants’ school. Any protest must be signed
                   by the Principal on school letterhead and made within a week or before the next game to the Secretary. The Secretary
                   will send a copy of the protest to the offending school and the ARU

             II.   All protests, ordering off and appeals shall be conducted according to the guidelines laid out in the most current
                   version of the NZR Handbook "Rules for Disciplinary Hearings" and the ARU Judicial Process.

            III.   In the event of a protest/complaint or misconduct the appropriate form will need to be obtained from the ARU
                   website: www.aucklandrugby.co.nz/forms. Protest, complaint or misconduct forms will be diverted to the
                   appropriate authority once received.

    4.2      SUSPECTED OUT OF ORDER PLAYERS
               I. Where a coach believes a member or members of the opposing team are (A) overweight (B) playing in the wrong
                  grade or (C) are unregistered, they may ask the opposing coach/referee directly for the team sheet.
              II. Where any such request is made the opposing coach shall be obliged to provide that information on the individual or
                  individuals concerned.
    4.3     JUDICIAL PROCESS
            Disciplinary hearings are held at the offices of Sport Auckland, 5.30pm on Tuesdays. Schools and players will be contacted
            if they are required to attend. The Sport Auckland offices are located at Alexandra Park, Greenlane Rd West, Epsom.

            The following flowchart outlines the Judicial Process:
            (ii)     If such information is not given the coach may consider 'playing under protest', advise the referee of the fact and
                     make a protest under by-law 7 (a). The opposing coach can withdraw the player without penalty. If not, then the
                     protest guidelines are in place.

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5   DEFAULTS, FORFEITS & RESCHEDULING GAMES
    The ARU Competitions Administrator is the point of contact for any Defaults, forfeits, cancelations and field closures. Please read
    the below in conjunction with College Sport Defaults & Rescheduling Policy.

    5.1      Deferring or Rescheduling games
             Where schools wish to alter or defer games then the host school must confirm with their opposition before changes are
             made and approval gained from the Competition Committee. Any changes must be completed by the end of that grades
             specified final competition round.
    5.2      Cancellations
      I.   Any cancellations for all grades 2nd XV and below will be adjusted on that grades respective draw. All draws can be accessed
           through the Auckland Rugby website (draws & results tab) or directly on the draws.nzrugby.co.nz/competitions.
      II. Cancellations will be made where deemed appropriate according to the weather and playing conditions by the host school.
      III. Where a school closes its grounds during the week the ARU Competitions Administrator shall be informed no later than noon
           on the Friday prior to the scheduled games. That school must also:
             A.       Inform the ARRA Referees Administrator
             B.       Inform the opposition. In these circumstances scheduled games will be played at the same venue but at a time and
           date suitable to the school(s).
      IV. Grounds closed after 12 noon on the Friday but before 7.00 am on the day of the match, will be replayed at a venue, time and
           date suitable to the opposing school. That school must also:
             A.       Contact the School Delegate of the affected school
             B.       Inform the ARRA Referees Administrator or the referee at the ground if applicable.
      V. Except where overridden by a general cancellation, schools which close their grounds after 7.00 am on the morning of the
           match forfeit their grade games to the opposing school(s).
      VI. When the coaches agree or the referee decrees that a ground is unplayable, the game(s) will be replayed when mutually
           agreed or, failing that, as decided by the Executive Committee.
      VII. Games cancelled on neutral grounds will be played at the convenience of the schools concerned. The School deemed the
           ‘home’ side will take responsibility to reschedule the fixture.

    First XV Rugby
    There will be no cancellation of First XV rugby.

    5.3       Defaults
    Definition: Notification is given prior to the scheduled game being played:
      I.   Any school intending to default a game must notify the ARU by 12 noon on the Friday preceding. They must then notify the
           team of the opposing school. Failure to do so will result in a fine on the offending school, such fine to be determined by the
           Executive Committee.
     II.   There will be no defaults in the 1st grade competition. A team that defaults will be deducted 15 points. The school’s principal
           is advised in writing of the punishment and the consequences of a second default. The non-defaulting team will be awarded
           the maximum of five points.
    III.   Penalty for default games:
           A. Non-offending team will receive 5 points for 1 st grade & 4 points for all other grades.
           B. Score to be listed as 28-0 in favour of the non-offending team.
    IV.    A First XV team that defaults twice in a season will be removed from the First XV Competition for the remainder of that season
           and for the entire next season.
    5.4       Forfeits
    Definition: Notification given at the time of the scheduled game being played. This could be for:
      I.   playing an ineligible player i.e. overweight, over age, ineligible registration of player
     II.   not having sufficient numbers to start the game: 15 players incl. three front row players
    III.   Penalty for forfeited games:
           A. Non-offending team will receive 5 points for 1st grade & 4 points for all other grades.
           B. Score to be listed as 28-0 in favour of the non-offending team.
    IV.    A First XV team that forfeits twice in a season will be removed from the First XV competition for the remainder of that season
           and for the entire next season.
     V.    All protests regarding competitions or games need to be made to the Executive Committee in accordance with ASSRU By-law
           4: Protests, Complaints and Judicial Process.

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6.         INTER-SCHOOL VISITS OUTSIDE THE ASSRU AREA
             I.  All teams playing matches in other areas other than districts controlled by the ARU should notify the Secretary of the time
                 and location of the fixture.
            II.  All teams playing schools from areas other than districts controlled by the ARU should notify the secretary of the time and
                 location of the fixture(s).

                                        WARNING: AUCKLAND SCHOOLS HOSTING OVERSEAS TEAMS
     The visiting school must have permission to travel to and play New Zealand schools. Permission comes from contact between the host
    rugby union and the NZR. The Auckland Rugby Union will not allocate referees to games where the visiting team does not get permission.
                                               Also the Disability Insurance may be jeopardised.

7.         REPRESENTATIVE SELECTOR/TEAM/TRIALS
           I. ASSRU Under 18 Representative sides will be selected each year. Representative players can only be selected from First XV teams.

          II. The positions of Head Coach & Manager will be advertised at the discretion of the Executive Committee and will be appointed in
              consultation with the ARU

8.         ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
           I.     The Order of Precedence of matches for secondary schools is as follows:
                  1.       New Zealand Secondary Schools team
                  2.       Franchise Team
                  3.       National Tournament Qualifying games
                  4.       Provincial & Regional Representative Teams
                  5.       School Competition
                  6.       Traditional fixtures or other arranged games.
           II.    All representative selections, trials, practices and games must give due consideration to individual schools and their
                  programmes. Where School Programmes and Representative Programmes overlap, it is important that all coaches
                  communicate regularly about the availability of players to ensure they are given every opportunity to maximize their
                  participation.
           III.   Unless otherwise stated, schools will have priority on their own students during school hours and in practice time up to 5.00
                  pm on school days.

9         NATIONAL 1ST XV CHAMPIONSHIP
          9.1   Following the 1A final, the highest placed team (that opted for the “boys” section) will qualify to represent the Auckland
                Rugby Union in the Blues Franchise Qualifying game.
          9.2   The highest placed Co-educational team (that opted for the co-ed draw) will qualify to represent the Auckland Rugby Union
                in the Blues Franchise Qualifying series.
          9.3   Following the Girl’s First XV final, the winner of the final will qualify to represent the Auckland Rugby Union in the Blues
                Franchise Qualifying game.

10         COMPOSITE SCHOOL TEAMS.
           Refer to College Sport By-laws 9: Composite Teams

11         SEVENS RUGBY
           The ASSRU designate Sevens Rugby as a Term 1, 3 & 4 sport.

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ASSRU RULES OF COMPETITION

1. SECONDARY SCHOOL RUGBY GRADES – The NZRU Domestic Safety Law Variations
   I.  In terms of “The Laws of the Games of Rugby Union” all Secondary School grades will play matches under the NZRU Domestic Law
       Variations
  II.  In relation to LAW 20: The Scrum - all Secondary School grades will play under IRB Under 19 Variations.

2. DATES OF PLAY
   I.  All Secondary School Rugby will commence from the first weekend of Term 2 and will conclude by the final weekend of August in
       the year of Competition.
       NOTE: Promotion/Relegation for Premier Rugby will be held the last weekend of Term 1 Holidays.
  II.  Girls Rugby will commence from the second Monday of Term 2 and will conclude by the final Monday in August in the year of
       competition.

3. PLAYING GRADES AND WEIGHTS

        1st Grade         Under 18 years* & open weight (exemption for up to 2 x U19 players)
        2nd Grade         Under 19 years & open weight
                          Under 19 years & under 80kg – equivalent to 4th grade
                          Under 19 years & under 70kg – equivalent to 5th grade
                          *Under 17 years & under 60kg – equivalent to 6th grade
        Under 15          Under 15 years & open weight
                          Under 15 years & under 55kg – replacement for 7th grade & U14 Restricted
        Under 14          Under 14 years & open weight

      I. All ages are to be taken as at the 1st of January in the year of competition.
     II. For weight restricted grades, in the situation where random weight checks or weigh-ins for play off matches are conducted by
         officials, a weight gain of 4kg is permitted from start of grade competition. (4th grade and below).

4. TEAM ENTRIES
        4.1 1st Grade / Premier Grade Promotion & Relegation
        Promotion within 1st Grade will be determined by the Executive Committee as follows:
          (a) The bottom placed team in the 1A competition shall play the winner of the 1B competition the following year, in the week prior
              to the competition starting. The 1B School will have the home venue advantage. The winner of this game earns the right to play
              in the 1A competition in that year. This will also occur between the 1B & 1C competitions.

          (b) The team placed second to bottom in the 1A competition shall play the second placed team in the 1B competition the following
              year, in the week prior to the competition starting. The 1A School will have the home venue advantage. The winner of this game
              earns the right to play in the 1A competition in that year. This will also occur between the 1B & 1C competitions.

          (c) If the winner of the 1B competition declines the opportunity to play off, then the runner-up of the 1B competition will replace
              that team in the play-off match (I) and play-off (II) will not occur.

          (d) Where a member school's First XV or highest senior team does not wish to play in 1 st grade, then the school must apply to the
              Executive Committee for competition placement.

          (e) All placements based on these competition rules and school input will be decided by the Executive Committee.

       4.2 Non-Premier Grades (all grades below 1st Grade)
        The ASSRU and ARU accept that team entries may change however all team entries need to be confirmed by Queen’s Birthday
        Weekend by all member schools.

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5. GAME AND COMPETITION RULES
       5.1 Formats
       I. All formats to be determined by the Executive Committee and the ARU in consultation with School Delegates. All formats to be
            confirmed by Queens Birthday weekend to allow for any restructuring due to withdrawals & additions.
       II. Formats will be based on team entries received from member schools and after the results of grading games where required.
            Requests by schools to move a team up or down grades will need to be submitted to the Executive Committee before the
            competition starts.
       III. The Grade draws will be carried out by the Competition Committee. All competition games will be played at the time and venue
            decided by the Competition Committee.
       IV. In the event of a team being removed or added upon request to a competition after the start date

        5.2 Allocation of Competition Points in Round Robin Competition
           I. Four for a win,
          II. two for a draw
         III. one for a loss within seven points.
         IV. A bonus point for scoring four tries or more shall apply to 1st grade only (incl. Boys & Girls 1st XV).

       5.3 Allocation for team rankings in the event of more than one team earning the same number of                  competition points in the
           round robin competition.

           I.   The winner of the game played between the two teams will have the higher ranking.
          II.   The team that has the best for and against differential will be given the higher ranking.
         III.   The team that has the highest points “for”, will be allocated the higher ranking.
         IV.    The higher ranking will be decided by ballot.

        5.4 Procedure to establish a winner in the event of a draw in the semi-finals.
        There is no extra time in U19 Rugby.
           I. The winner shall be the team that scored the most tries
          II. If the teams scored the same number of tries, the winner shall be the team that scored the first try
         III. If no tries were scored, the winner shall be the team that scored the first points
        IV. If no points were scored, the winner shall be the team that won the game between the two teams in the round robin
              competition.
          V. If the round robin competition game was drawn, then the winner will be the team that had the best for and against differential
              during round robin play will be given the higher ranking.

        5.5 Procedure for a draw in the finals.
           I. There is no extra time in U19 Rugby.
          II. The game will be deemed a draw and the title will be shared by the competing teams.
         III. In the event of ranking being required following the final the highest ranked team will be based on the finishing spots after the
              competition round.

        5.6 Timing of games
           I. All grade games will be scheduled by ARU and confirmed by the Executive Committee.
          II. Game times are set out as below:
              A. 1st grade & 2nd grade games shall be 35 minutes each half.
              B. All other grades shall be 30 minutes each half.
         III. Premier 1A will be played at 2.30pm; all other Premier 1st grade games will be played at 12.00pm
        IV. (d) Protests regarding the competition will be made to the Executive Committee in accordance with By-law 7.

6.      REFEREES
           I. The Auckland Rugby Referees Association endeavours to appoint official referees to all fixtures, however If no referee has been
              appointed or the appointed referee does not turn up it is the responsibility of the host school to appoint a suitably trained
              person - this person must have completed a minimum of either an Associate Referee within the last 3 years and completed the
              current year’s Rugby Smart course.
          II. If no trained referee can be appointed, the game must not be played and teams will not receive any competition points for the
              game. Schools must refer to ASSRU By-law 5 Defaults, Forfeits & Rescheduling Matches
         III. In cases where the ARU appointed referee does not turn up, the host school should notify Cody Nielsen at the Auckland
              Rugby Union on the Monday following the game.
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7.    RULES RELATING TO THE ISSUING OF A BLUE CARD
      7.1     A Blue Card may be issued by a fully trained and accredited referee in the event that the referee believes the player has
              suffered concussion.
         I. The issuing of a blue card covers all grades, levels and formats of New Zealand Rugby
        II. The player must leave the field immediately and may not resume playing in the game.
       III. The player must follow the Blue Card player clearance procedure as outlined by the New Zealand Rugby Union before
            recommencing play.
       IV. In the event of a player returning to play that has not had the correct player clearance then at the sole discretion of the technical
            committee, the team of the offending player may be penalised:
            (a)    by losing any competition points derived from the match; or
            (b)    by having the teams’ competition points tally reduced by up to ten competition points. (This could mean the team ending
                   up with a negative points tally.)
        V. Any coach or manager who plays a player that has not had the correct player clearance will be required to attend a technical
            hearing on the issue and may be subject to a further penalty at the sole discretion of the technical committee.

      7.2    If this rule is breached for any quarter-final, semi-final or final, the game will be forfeited by the offending team and the
            School of the offending team will be fined an amount not exceeding $500.00.

8.     SCHOOL RESULTS
       I. All results must be sent to the ARU by Tuesday 5pm the weekend following games.
      II. Any school not confirming their results within seven days of playing a game will result in zero competition points being awarded
           to the school teams that have not sent in their results.
     III. Results for 1st grade games and any other grades where the four try bonus is offered, must include the number of tries for the
           allocation of bonus points. If the number of tries is not indicated, schools will not receive any bonus points.
     IV. Any deferred, altered or rescheduled matches that are not completed prior to the end of the competition round will be
           deemed a defaulted result and the non-offending team will be awarded the points as set out in ASSRU By-law 6: Defaults,
           Forfeits & Rescheduling
      V. All competition games must be played prior to the Semi-finals; those not played will be deemed to be defaulted.

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