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Frequently Asked Questions

All guidance provided by the RFU should be deemed as the ‘master’ source of information.  Herts RFU publish the following Frequently Asked Question list where either some further clarity is required or where specific questions have been asked regarding guidance for Hertfordshire clubs.

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Applicable to ALL age-grade & seniors

A: Yes BUT the conditions under which this can happen are very clear and NO training or play at the 'correct' age-grade rules is permitted before 1st November. For example, it is not permitted to have "taster" sessions for contact for U9s - they must train and play U8 tag until minimum 1st November. To be clear, using a boy in Year 8 who is from Sept 2021 in the U13 age group From 1st September to 31st December then can only play games at U12s laws However, from 1st November they can train and play inter club games at U13s laws till 31st December From 1st January they can train and play at U13s laws
A: No BUT we would strongly advise that hand sanitisation is still done at start and end of session. There is no harm in continuing this practice.
A: Yes but absolutely no contact training or play and the two types of session should be clearly distinguishable. Due care should be given though as to age and abilities when combining in touch
A: Yes. Spectating at all community fixtures is now permitted. Where at all possible, sensible distancing should continue to be in place. As normal, for safeguarding, there should be a responsible adult present for every child.
All age grade sides that play contact rugby play to the revised tackle height of armpit level. The Global Law Trials (GLTs) are also introduced to the Under 15 laws. Therefore, the new season Under 15 age group will play to them from 1st January 2022 and Under 16 and above, from now onwards See : https://hertsrugby.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Global-Law-Trials-Points-of-Clarification.pdf

Seniors (Men and Women)

A : No. Age grade players are not permitted to train or play with senior squads/players until Jan1st 2022. The only permitted rugby activity for mixed age groups is touch rugby or fitness work. These must be fun based and sessions organised as such. There is strictly no "group in group" (eg age-grade players working as sub-group in a senior training session). Use of any contact equipment in a session is deemed to be a normal training session and therefore age-grade players are not permitted to be involved in the session at all.
A : Yes, once players turn 18 it will be their choice as to whether they play seniors or colts. From a player welfare perspective though, despite being adults, consider whether they should play on a Sunday (age-grade) IF they have also played Saturday (senior) . Training and playing senior men's or women's before they are 18 and before Jan2022 is not permitted

Minis U6-U12

A: Yes BUT the conditions under which this can happen are very clear and NO training or play at the 'correct' age-grade rules is permitted before 1st November. For example, it is not permitted to have "taster" sessions for contact for U9s - they must train and play U8 tag until minimum 1st November. To be clear, using a boy in Year 6 who is from Sept 2021 in the U11 age group From 1st September to 31st December then can only play games at U10s laws However, from 1st November they can train and play inter club games at U11s laws till 31st December From 1st January they can train and play at U11s laws
A: - Yes. However, due consideration should be given as to managing the large number of players and parents on site and the impact/distancing therefore possible in and around club-houses. Note though that this does NOT apply to U7s who are still playing to U6 rules and therefore not permitted to play matches.

Boys U13-U18

A: There is a total prohibition of playing matches except at an age grade down until 1st Jan 2022 but it has now been agreed that coaches can do precursor training from 1st November 2021. This is for training only, not matches. BUT the conditions under which training can happen are very clear and NO training or play at the 'correct' age-grade rules is permitted before 1st November. For example, it is not permitted to have "taster" sessions for contact for U9s - they must train and play U8 tag until minimum 1st November. To be clear, using a boy in Year 8 who is from Sept 2021 in the U13 age group From 1st September to 31st December then can only play games at U12s laws However, from 1st November they can train and play inter club games at U13s laws till 31st December From 1st January they can train and play at U13s laws
A: All age grade sides that play contact rugby play to the revised tackle height of armpit level. The Global Law Trials (GLTs) are also introduced to the Under 15 laws. Therefore, the new season Under 15 age group will play to them from 1st January 2022 and Under 16 and above, from now onwards See : https://hertsrugby.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Global-Law-Trials-Points-of-Clarification.pdf
A: No. No 17 year old can play senior rugby until the earliest January 2022 and then clubs must have renewed their authority as well as the player having a dispensation approved by the CB.
A: No. All dispensations are now invalid and new requests post January 2022 must be made
A: Yes, but for matches, need to check the opposition team age mix to ensure not badly age matched. Older players should play down and the squad should play age appropriate rules before and after the 31st December 2021 transition date.
A: Yes, as the player is an adult, they may play if they choose to do so. However, these players will have missed a year of development and therefore will need to be managed carefully.
A: They can continue with this set-up BUT the younger age group cannot join the Academy until post 1st January 2022 when they begin playing u16 rules.
A: Yes, can continue playing with the Youth section until 31st December 2021 if assessed as safe to participate – This is the same process as playing down rules for school boys doing extra year 13 or similar
A : No. It is against national regulations. Once they turn 18 it will be their choice as to whether they want to play seniors or colts. They cannot do so before they are 18

Girls U11-U18

A: There is a total prohibition of playing matches except at an age grade down until 1st Jan 2022 but it has now been agreed that coaches can do precursor training from 1st November 2021. This is for training only, not matches.
A: All age grade sides that play contact rugby play to the revised tackle height of armpit level. The Global Law Trials (GLTs) are also introduced to the Under 15 laws. Therefore, the new season Under 15 age group will play to them from 1st January 2022 and Under 16 and above, from now onwards See : https://hertsrugby.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Global-Law-Trials-Points-of-Clarification.pdf
A: No. No 17 year old can play senior rugby until the earliest January 2022 and then clubs must have renewed their authority as well as the player having a dispensation approved by the CB.
A: Yes, as the player is an adult, they may play if they choose to do so.
A: No. All dispensations are now invalid and new requests post January 2022 must be made