The following are general guidelines for play. [We will split these into different subsections after development is over.]
Points System for Divisions I, II, and III
During the League season, teams will be ranked within their Divisions based on the method used in the Super 12/14/15 competition. The standings will follow the USA Rugby competitions system’s calculations.
Given that we follow the Super 12/14/15 ranking system, the tie-break system will also be employed. In the event of two or more teams being equal on competition points the following steps will be used until the tie is broken:
(a) Most wins from all matches;
(b) Highest aggregate points difference from all matches;
(c) Most tries from all matches;
(d) Highest aggregate difference of total tries for versus tries scored against from all matches;
(e) Coin toss.
Day and Time of League Matches
League matches must kick off between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, unless a mutually agreeable change is made prior to the beginning of the season and reported to the appropriate referees association and to the Competitions Committee.
Men’s Divisional Field Cancellation Policy
1. Home Clubs are required to contact their Away opponents prior to their scheduled league matches in the event that there is a problem with the weekend’s scheduled site.
2. If the original Home field was cancelled (for any reason), the Home team shall make any/all effort to secure a suitable field no further than 30 miles in additional travel distance from the original venue for the Away team.
3. If the Home team cannot secure a field as stated above, the teams will negotiate for a make-up date during the Fall Season within the vicinity of the original Home team. If a decision cannot be reached by the two teams, the match will be rescheduled on the earliest available Make-up Date (as prescribed by the seasonal schedule).
4. If the match cannot be scheduled, the Regional Committee will adjudicate the resulting complaint.
Teams fielding multiple sides
The following is an adaptation of USA Rugby policy for NCR4:
Clubs that field multiple sides, i.e. clubs that have teams competing in qualifying (league/conference and playoff) matches across multiple divisions, may not have multiple sides in the same division. Furthermore, players playing for such clubs must participate in at least three (3) qualifying matches prior to the USA Rugby national playoffs; this is opposed to the usual two (2) match minimum for players on other clubs.
For clubs fielding multiple sides, you may not participate in playoffs in a lower division after you have competed in at least 50% of the higher division’s qualifying matches. Furthermore, you may not play in a lower-side match on the same day as a higher side if the lower side plays after the higher side (i.e. DI plays at 2 pm: DII plays at 4 pm). Players may only play for multiple sides in qualifying matches on the same day if the lower side plays first (i.e. DII plays at 2 pm; DI plays at 4 pm). Higher sides are restricted to having no more than 3 players from its lower side also compete for its higher side on the same day. If one of the players playing for both sides is a front-row specialist, the club may use no more than 4 players from its lower side on the same day.
In order to meet the minimum match requirement for your level, you must play in at least three (3) matches at your level or lower. For example:
To play in the Division IV playoffs, you must play in at least three (3) qualifying matches at the Division IV level.
To play in the Division III playoffs, you must play in at least three (3) qualifying matches at the Division III level or Division IV level.
To play in the Division II playoffs, you must play in at least three (3) qualifying matches at the Division II or Division III level.
To play in the Division I playoffs, you must play in at least three (3) qualifying matches at the Division I, Division II, or Division III level.