community game operational rules section a1 - Rugby

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PLAYERS
C2:1
For the avoidance of doubt, Players governed by these rules are Players registered with
Clubs who participate in Competitions at from Tiers Four, Five and Six.
C2:2
PURPOSE
C2:2:1 The purpose of these rules is:
a) To ensure the welfare and proper treatment of Players within the appropriate
boundaries of applicable laws;
b) To ensure the integrity and fairness of competitions;
c) To encourage Clubs to develop, train and educate young Players without unreasonably
restraining Players from moving freely between Clubs;
d) To ensure that Clubs have security of squad available to them to ensure that the
relevant Competitions can take place in an orderly manner;
C2:2:2 These regulations are to be interpreted and applied by reference to and in a manner that
advances their purpose, as set out above, and when an issue arises that is not expressly
provided for in these Operational Rules, the interpretation and application shall be
consistent with the purpose of these rules.
C2:3
REGISTRATIONS - GENERAL
C2:3:1 A Player shall be registered by the Club by completing the registration procedure as
implemented by the RFL from time to time.
C2:3:2 Once a Player has completed a Registration Form for a Club they may play for any team
at that Club, subject to satisfying any age band restrictions.
C2:3:3 At the time of registration it is the responsibility of the Club to inform the Player of any
financial obligations they must commit to (and to keep players updated of any changes to
the same).
C2:3:4 All player registrations shall be directed and processed centrally by the RFL and the RFL
will maintain the official register of Players.
C2:3:5 It shall be the responsibility of the Club to ensure that all players that register for the Club
are eligible to play in that Competition
C2:3:6 If a Player is registered with a Club that has both Adult and Youth Teams, then that Player
is only eligible to play for Teams at that Club and can only move Clubs by completing a
transfer.
C2:3:7 Where a Club does not have an Adult team, Youth players wishing to also play at Adult
level may register to another Club for that purpose but will only be eligible to play for the
Adult teams at the second Club.
C2:3:8 Where a Club does not have any Youth teams, registered players at that Club that are
eligible to play at Youth level may register to another Club for that purpose but will only be
eligible to play for the Youth teams at the second Club.
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C2:4
DUAL REGISTRATION
C2:4:1 All Leagues, Clubs and other Persons Subject to the Operational Rules shall be bound by
and comply with any regulations agreed relating to Community Game Dual Registration
and Under 18 Dual Registration.
C2:5
REGISTRATION OF ADULT PLAYERS
C2:5:1 A Player is eligible to play Adult Rugby League on attaining the age of 16.
C2:5:2 Any Player under the age of 18 requires a parent/guardian signature on their Registration
Form confirming that both the Player and the parent/guardian understand that some
sections of the RFL Safeguarding Policy do not apply to Adult Rugby League, before they
can play for an Adult Team. A player may only play for the Adult Team if their own age
group can fulfil fixtures in the applicable week.
C2:5:3 An Adult player will remain on the register of a Club until such time as a Club Official
removes them or unless the player transfers to another Club. If a player has not played
for a Club for two years then the RFL shall automatically remove them from the register of
that Club.
C2:5:4 Clubs may register new adult Players on the day of the Match provided that the Registration
Form is duly completed in accordance with standardised regulations and is initialled by the
appointed Referee and together, with post-match documentation, sent immediately after
the Match to the relevant Competition Officer.
C2:5:5 Any club found guilty of playing an ineligible Player shall be fined not less than £100.00
and the Match may, subject to the Management Group’s discretion, be awarded to their
opponents. The offending Player may be liable for suspension.
C2:5:6 Subject to Regulations relating to age once a player has registered for the club, they are
eligible to play for any team at that Club, irrespective of which competition they play in.
C2:5:7 A player who registers for an armed forces or student team may also register for another
team, however when there is a clash then the player must play for the armed forces or
student team.
C2:5:8 Once a player is registered, each competition may ask its Clubs to complete a Club reregistration form each season for administrative purposes only, however for the avoidance
of doubt rule C1:5:4 will always take precedence.
C2:6
TRANSFERS – ADULT PLAYERS
C2:6:1 An adult Player may transfer to another Club upon completing the standard transfer form.
C2:6:2 The deadline for transfer will be determined annually by the respective Management Group
prior to the start of the Season.
C2:6:3 A Player must confirm that they have fulfilled their financial obligations to their current Club
before any transfer to another Club, including a professional Club will be permitted. Any
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dispute will be determined in accordance in such rules as specified from time to time by
the RFL.
C2:7
REGISTRATION OF JUNIOR PLAYERS
C2:7:1 A Player may register to play rugby league upon attaining their sixth birthday
C2:7:2 From the academic year one to year six players will register to play Primary Rugby League
.
C2:7:3 There are age bandings in place that confirm which age group players are eligible. These
are available from the RFL website.
C2:7:4 Once a Player has attained the age of 16 and they are registered to play in the Under 16’s
Competition, they are also eligible to play for the Club’s Under 17’s or Under 18’s team,
but can only do so if the age group for which the Player is eligible can fulfil its obligations.
The Player must indicate on the registration form which age group they wish to play for. An
ID card will be issued for each age group they are eligible for.
C2:7:5 A parent/guardian signature will be required on the registration form as acknowledgement
of the age group/s the Player has chosen to play at.
C2:7:6 Once a Player is registered, they may be required to complete a Club re-registration form
each Season. This requires the signature of the Player, parent/guardian, a Club official
and an official from the relevant Competition.
C2:7:7 For the avoidance of doubt a Player will remain on the register of a Club until such time as
the Club Official removes them or the Player transfers to another Club in accordance with
the transfer rules below.
C1:7:8 Players will be required to complete a new registration form and comply with all other
procedural requirements in the event of a transfer of their registration to a new Club.
C2:8
RFL PHOTO ID CARD
C2:8:1 At Under 18’s and below, all Players must possess an official identification card, produced
with the information from the Registration Form, along with a passport photograph (“ID
Card”). Photos are to be updated every even age group.
C2:8:2 To facilitate the process, all new Players must, to validate their age, provide proof of ID –
(e.g. copy of Birth Certificate or passport). The proof of ID must be certified by the coach
or a Club representative.
C2:8:3 At Junior Matches ID Cards must be produced for all Players. Should any Players not
produce their ID Cards, then that Player cannot play. If the lack of ID cards results in the
team not being able to play the Match, then the Match will be awarded to the non–offending
team who will also be entitled to claim for any expenses incurred.
C2:8:4 For ease of reference, ID Cards should be colour coded for the respective playing age
groups as advised by the RFL from time to time.
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C2:9
TRANSFERS – YOUTH AND JUNIOR - GENERAL
C2:9:1 Youth and Junior Teams may apply to transfer up to three Players only per Season.
C2:9:2 Subject to the prior approval of the RFL, Management Groups may relax Operational Rule
C2:10:1 at their discretion, as deemed appropriate to meet the needs of their Competition.
C2:9:3 The deadline for transfers will be determined annually by the respective Management
Group prior to the start of the Season.
C2:9:4 Where twins transfer Clubs, they shall be counted as only 1 transfer. (Gemini Rule).
C2:9:5 Transfers will be dealt with in accordance with the processes and procedures determined
by the RFL from time to time.
C2:9:6 Players who have attained the age of 18 will not be subject to the transfer rules if their
involvement is with adult rugby league only. The transfer rules will apply whilst they are
registered and play with a youth team.
C2:9:7 All Players at youth and junior age levels must fulfil all financial obligations to their current
Club or Team before any transfer to another Club, including a professional club will be
permitted. This also applies to a Player wishing to sign for a different Club in future
Seasons. Any dispute will be determined in accordance with such rules as agreed from
time to time by the RFL.
C2:9:8 Players from a disbanded team at youth and junior age groups will be deemed to be free
agents, subject to the remaining provisions of this clause. No Club or Club Official shall
incite or encourage a team to disband. Where a Management Group reasonably believes
that a team has been incited or encouraged to disband it may place such restrictions on
the transfer of the Players to the Club, or the Club or Club Official, that has incited or
encouraged the disbandment as it sees fit (in addition to having the right to take action
against the relevant Club and/or Club Official for Misconduct).
C2:9:9 Should Club personnel from the leaving Club refuse to sign the transfer form, the
appropriate Competition Officer should communicate with the leaving Club’s Secretary in
order to ascertain accurate details.
C2:9:10 If a transfer is submitted stating that there are welfare issues then this will be dealt with by
the Leagues Welfare Officer who will seek guidance from the RFL Safeguarding Team.
The transfer will be held in abeyance until all investigations have been concluded. Any
malicious or false allegation of a breach of the Safeguarding Policy shall be considered
Misconduct.
C2:10 TRANSFERS – UNDER 11 AND BELOW
C2:10.1 A Player can transfer up to twice in any Season. For the purpose of this Rule, the Team
a Player is first registered with in a Season shall be “Team A”, any Team a Player is
registered to second in a Season shall be “Team B” and any Team a Player is registered
to third in a Season shall be “Team C”.
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C2:10:2 After transferring a Player has the option to return to the Club from which they transferred
from within a six month period from the date of the transfer. Their return transfer will not
count on the transfer quota of the Team that the Player returns to.
C2:10:3 If, in accordance with this Operational Rule, a Player transfers for a second time in a
Season (i.e. to Team C), or returns to their previous Club ( (i.e. back to Team A), the
transfer from Team A to Team B shall still count towards Team B’s quota of transfers
permitted pursuant to Operational Rule C2:10:1. However, Team B may apply to the
Management Group to apply discretion and remove that transfer from that Team’s quota.
C2:11 TRANSFERS UNDER 12 TO UNDER 18
C2:11:1 Subject to the other provisions of C2:12 a Player can transfer only once in a Season.
However after transferring a Player has the option to return to the Club from which they
transferred from within a six month period from the date of the transfer (but will be cup tied
in any cup competitions they have taken part in). Their return transfer will not count on the
transfer quota.
C2:11:2 Youth and Junior Teams may not register by transfer more than one Player from a single
Club in a Season unless otherwise agreed by the Clubs and Management Group.
C2:11:3 Any player who signed a Professional contract, for the following Season, must finish their
current Season with their existing Team but may not transfer to a new Team.
C2:11:4 Subject to the other provisions of this Section C, Players, whilst registered with a
Scholarship team may transfer provided that the Team to which they are transferring to
has no more than 5 Scholarship players registered.
C2:12 COMMUNITY GAME COMPENSATION
C2:12:1 Clubs will be eligible to receive such Community Game compensation as is specified by
the RFL Board from time to time if any of its Players shall sign professionally for an RFL
Member Club.
C2:12:2 Clubs in Tiers One, Two and Three will pay all monies to the Clubs in Tiers Four, Five and
Six through the RFL.
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