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SINGAPORE SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR
NATIONAL SCHOOL GAMES RUGBY 2022
PREAMBLE
This document outlines the rules and regulations for the conduct of and participation in the National School Games (NSG) 2022. This is subject to possible changes in prevailing national posture. Updates will be communicated to participating schools when required.
These rules and regulations should be interpreted and implemented in alignment to the spirit of the SSSC’s Mission, Aspirations and Motto (Ref Annex A).
SECTION A – ADMINISTRATIVE RULES & REGULATIONS
1 ORGANISATION STRUCTURE AND GOVERNING BODIES
1.1 The NSG shall be conducted:
1.1.1 as governed by the Rules and Regulations of the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC);
1.1.2 according to the laws/rules established by the respective International Federations (IFs)/ governing bodies;
1.1.3 adhering to the Baseline Safety Standards for National School Games,
1.1.4 In the event that the rules and regulations are modified for safety/developmental reasons to suit the level of our students, it must be clearly stated in the respective sport rules and regulations; &
1.1.5 In the absence of a set of recognised rules to govern the occurrence of situations during the competitions, the respective National School Games Organising Committee shall make the final decision.

1.2 NATIONAL SCHOOL GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE

1.2.1 The National School Games Organising Committee (NSGOC) shall consist of the following:



The National Convenor,



The Game Advisor,



The Zonal Convenors,



Organising Secretaries and



Any other co-opted members deemed necessary.

1.2.2 The NSGOC is empowered to appoint sub-committees and individual members to assist in the organisation and running of the Championship as and when required.

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1.2.3 The NSGOCs shall have sub-committees to perform the following roles and responsibilities (Terms of Reference for NSGOCs are given in Annex B):
a) Technical: Establish, review and update competition rules and regulations for the competitions and other matters necessary to provide for developmentally appropriate NSG competitions
b) Competitions: Organise and conduct the competition according to the rules and regulations, and established safety standards
c) Recognition, Appeal and Discipline: Manage recognition and discipline structures to support the desired outcomes of the NSG
d) Other functions necessary for the successful completion of the NSG Rugby that the NSGOC is in charge of

2 AGE GROUPS / DIVISION

2.1 All students shall compete in their respective divisions according to their year of birth* as follows:

A Division*

1 Jan 2002 (subject to conditions laid out in para 2.2) 2 Jan 2002 - 31 Dec 2002 1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2003 1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2004 1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2005 1 Jan 2006

B Division*

1 Jan 2005 (subject to conditions laid out in para 2.2) 2 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2005 1 Jan 2006 - 31 Dec 2006 1 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2007 1 Jan 2008

C Division*

1 Jan 2008 (subject to conditions laid out in para 2.2) 2 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2008 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009 1 Jan 2010

* Subject to the following conditions: • All students in the Junior Colleges and Centralised Institute must compete in the 'A' Division. • Year 1 to Year 4 students in the Integrated Programme (i.e. Through-Train Programme) and International Baccalaureate Programme will compete in their respective age group. Those in Year 5 (equivalent to JC 1) and Year 6 (equivalent to JC 2) must compete in the 'A' Division. • All students in Secondary Schools must compete in the 'B' or 'C' Division according to their year of birth.

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• All students in Secondary Schools not born in the stipulated year for 'B' or 'C' Division must compete in the 'A' Division.

2.2 All students shall compete in the respective divisions set out in the Para. 2.1 *with the exception of those born on 1 January who have been given approval for deferment by MOE during P1 registration. These students will compete in the same division with the cohort that they are studying with.

2.2.1 2.2.2

With effect from 2021, students who are born on 1 January and have participated in NSG previously shall follow the rules stated in Para 2.2. This rule will supersede all previous decisions. This exception in Para 2.2 does not apply to students who are born on 1 January and have repeated a year of study.

3 ENTRIES
3.1 Each school is eligible to enter one boys’ team1 comprising of two sub-teams for the following Divisions:
a) ‘A’ Division b) ‘B’ Division c) ‘C’ Division
3.2 All entries must be submitted through the Registration Module at https://nsg.moe.edu.sg/nis/#!/login on or before the stipulated closing date. This includes details of competitor(s) along with the necessary supporting documents.
a) Baseline Safety Acknowledgement Form b) Supporting documents for Special/Transfer case students c) Other forms as determined by the respective NSGOCs
3.3 Appeals for late/erroneous entries2 submitted by schools will be accepted on a caseby-case basis with consensus from the Organising Committee. (Refer to Annex C).
3.3.1 Schools must write in through the Principal, to inform the Convenors of any appeal at least one (1) working day before the next match.
4 REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
Each school may register up to a maximum of 30 participants and a minimum of 18 participants in the NIS system. A total of 9 substitution will be allowed during the match (non-rolling substitution). Should there be a front row injury after the 9th substitution, a +1 front row replacement will be allowed. Rolling substitution is not allowed for 15a-side rugby.

4.1
1 Schools can send more than 1 team in each division if approval to form a combined team with another school has been given. 2 The rule applies to late/ erroneous in entries and registration of participants.

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4.1 The trained front rows must be registered in first 5 rows of the team registration sheet and the NIS registration system.

4.2 The date of posting in the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) of students announced by MOE shall be the day in which a student would be deemed as a bona fide member of the school or JC or CI.

4.3 Students requesting for a transfer after the Joint Admission Exercise may not represent their new school until the transfer has been officially affected.

4.4 Only in the event that any of the participants(s) registered is/are transferred or has/have to leave school during the preliminary rounds, schools shall be allowed to replace the affected competitor(s).

4.4.1 4.4.2

Schools must write in to inform the Convenors of the replacement at least one (1) working day before the next match. No replacement of participant(s) is allowed once the Championship reaches the semi-final stage.

4.5 If a school chooses not to register the maximum number of participant(s) allowed by the sports/game, at the time of submitting the registration, the school shall not be permitted to register additional participant(s) subsequently, except when these students are repeating their course of study after the release of national examination results.

4.6 International students can only be registered to play for their school after they have been issued with the student passes by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

4.7 International students who are in the schools/junior colleges/centralised institute on exchange programme are not allowed to represent the school.

4.8 Students granted Leave of Absence (LOA) by MOE will be allowed to represent the school.

4.9 Registration constitutes representation, that is, once a student is registered to play for a school/junior college/centralised institute, he or she is deemed to have represented his or her school/junior college/centralised institute. Hence, the student is not allowed to represent another school/junior college/centralised institute in the same sport in the same year.

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SECTION B – COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS
5 CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
5.1 For Rugby, there must be a minimum of three (3) registered teams from three (3) different schools before a team Championship can be organised.
5.2 The competition will be played according to World Rugby 15s laws.
For ‘B’ and ‘C’ Division, the following applies:
5.3 The tournament is divided into two tiers. The 1st tier (cup competition) comprises of 5-6 established rugby playing school teams and the 2nd tier (bowl competition) comprises of the remaining rugby playing school teams.
5.4 The 1st tier (cup competition) will consist of teams playing in a round robin format. At the end of the 1st round, the top 4 teams will playoff for the Cup where the 1st placed team plays the 4th placed team and the 2nd placed team plays the 3rd placed team in the semi-finals. The winners of each semi-final will play for the Cup. The losers will enter a 3rd and 4th placing playoff.
5.5 The 2nd tier (bowl competition) will consist of 8-10 teams drawn into 2 groups. In the event there are 9 teams, the 9th team will be drawn into group A. At the end of 1st round, the champion and runner-up of each of the two groups shall enter into a crisscross competition. The winner of group A shall meet the runner-up of group B and vice-versa. The winners of each semi-final will play for the Bowl. The losers will enter a 3rd and 4th placing playoff.
5.6 The Championships for Team Games3 shall be organised on an inter-school league format. Where entries are grouped, each group shall have a minimum of four (4) teams4. (Refer to Annex D for more information)
5.7 Seeding shall be according to the previous year’s results (2019) if applicable, e.g., the top 4 teams from previous year’s competition will be drawn into 2 groups. There will be no seeding in a round robin format. There is no seeding of teams in the Bowl competition.
For all Divisions, the following applies:
5.8 The 8-10 teams will be drawn into 2 groups. In the event there are 9 teams, the 9th team will be drawn into group A.
3 Team Sports refer to Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water polo, and Floorball. 4 The rule applies when the Championship is organised in format involving two and more groups. The rule is NOT applicable for Zonal Championships when a zone has less than four teams advancing to the national Championship due to disqualification and/or other reasons.
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5.9 At the end of 1st round, the 1st and 2nd placed teams from each group shall proceed to the Cup semi-finals.
5.10 If there are 4-7 teams in the ‘A’ division, they will have to play in a round robin format. At the end of the round robin, the top 4 teams will playoff for the Cup where the 1st placed team plays the 4th placed team and the 2nd placed team plays the 3rd placed team in the semi-finals. The winners of each semi-final will play for the Cup. The other 2 teams will enter a 3rd and 4th placing playoff.
5.11 Seeding shall be according to the previous year’s results (2019) if applicable, e.g., the top 4 teams from previous year’s competition will be drawn into 2 groups. There will be no seeding in a round robin format.
MATCH FORMAT & OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
5.12 Each match shall be two equal periods of 30 minutes each for all divisions. All matches can either be played on natural or artificial turf.
5.13 The half-time interval will be 6 minutes.
5.14 The minimum number of players to be fielded at the start of the match is 18 participants. If a team is unable to field the minimum number of participants within 5 minutes after kick-off time, the team shall forfeit the game. Team managers (TMs) present must submit the team registration list to the MDCs prior to the start of the game. There must be sufficient trained front row during the whole match. TMs present must report to the MDCs prior to the start of the game that they are not able to field enough trained front row for the match. An uncontested scrum shall be called and in accordance to Law 3.6 of the World Rugby rules and regulations (see item 9 ‘Withdrawal and Walk-over’).
5.15 All participants must wear numbered jerseys and mouth guards are mandatory. Dangerous articles such as rings, pendants. shall not be worn on the field of play. Fingernails are to be cut short.
5.16 A team may change participants from match to match, but they must come from the list of 30 participants registered in the NIS.
Substitution is allowed in the match as long as the names are in the team registration list. A maximum of 9 (+1; front row) players may be substituted in any match. A player who has been substituted may not play again in the same match. A front row player (+1) may play again after the 9th substitution should there be an injury of a front row player.
5.17 A participant ordered off by the referee for breach of the Laws of the Game will face suspension unless the National Schools Games Rugby Disciplinary Committee decides otherwise.
5.18 The minimum number of players needed to start a match is 18. There must be 5 trained front rows through the duration of the match. If the number of players to continue the match falls below 13, the match will end. For the non-offending team, they will be awarded a walk over (win) of 3 points and a score of 30 – 0.
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5.19 The ‘blood Injury’ rule shall apply. It will be in accordance with Law 3.25 of the World Rugby rules and regulations.
5.20 In accordance to Law 3.24 of the World Rugby rules and regulations: “If, at any point during a match, a participant is concussed or has suspected concussion, that participant must be immediately and permanently removed from the playing area by our official NSG paramedics. This process is known as “Recognise and Remove”.”
5.21 Any deviation from the Championship format requires approval from the Council or the Standing Committee. Basketball, Football, Rugby and Table Tennis have minor deviations in the Championship format that must be clearly stated in the respective sport rules and regulations.
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6 AWARD OF LEAGUE POINTS

6.1 The following scoring system shall apply:

6.1.1 For Rugby matches which can end in a draw:

Win Draw Loss / Walkover

3 points 1 point 0 point

6.2 Ranking shall be decided by the number of league points scored.

6.3 For a tie between 2 or more teams, the tie shall be resolved as approved by the SSSC’s Standing Committee and stated in the Rugby’s rules and regulations.

6.4 Tie in League Points

6.4.1

In the event of a tie in league points between two teams, the following sequence will be applied to determine the placing of the teams. 6.4.1.1Number of wins in the preliminary round will be used. Team with more
wins in the preliminary round will be awarded higher placing; 6.4.1.2If a tie persists after 6.4.1.1, total points difference in the preliminary
round will be used. Team with a higher total points difference in the preliminary round will be awarded higher placing, and; 6.4.1.3If a tie persists after 6.4.1.2, head-to-head match outcome between the two teams will be used. Winner of the head-to-head match will be awarded higher placing.

6.4.2 In the event of a three-way tie in league points, the team which has the highest points difference for all matches played shall be ranked highest.

Example: Team ‘A’ Team ‘B’ Team ‘C’

Points For 150 128 114

Points Against 130 103 106

Difference +20 +25 + 8

Ranking 2nd 1st 3rd

6.5 Tie in Match Points in Semi-finals & finals

6.5.1 When there is a tie at the expiration of regular time in the semi-finals or finals, extra-time shall be played.

6.5.2

The extra-time shall be played in two periods of 10 minutes each when teams will change ends. There will be a 2-minute interval between the periods. The side that kicks off first at the start of the match will again do so in extra-time. The kick-off will alternate to the other side for the second period of extra-time.

6.5.3 The team scoring first in extra-time shall be declared the winner and the match shall end.

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6.5.4

In the event that it is still tied after extra time: • The team that scores the first ‘try’ in regular time will be declared the
winner. • If there were no tries scored at regular time, ‘sudden death’ penalty kicks
will be taken from the 22m line to decide the winner.

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7 PRIZES

7.1 The number of prizes and plaques (for team Championships only) to be awarded at the National Championship shall be as follows:

3 teams 4 teams 5 or more teams

: 2 team prizes : 3 team prizes : 4 team prizes

8 REPORTING AND GRACE PERIOD

8.1 Fifteen minutes (15 min) grace is allowed. However, the Convenor or his/her representative may at his discretion extend this grace period if he/she thinks the extension of grace period is justifiable (e.g., in special cases when delay may be caused by traffic jams, floods, etc.). However, the team concerned must contact the Convenor or his/her representative at the venue concerned to inform him/her of the delay. Teams must abide by the decision of the Convenor or his/her representative.

8.2 If the match is delayed due to weather, the following protocol shall take place: Summary of Game start time and cut off time.

Reporting Time 2.30pm 4.00pm

Game 1 (3.00pm) 2 (4.30pm)

Kick Off Latest By: 3.30 PM 5.00 PM

Complete Game Latest By: 4.45 PM 6.15 PM

9 POSTPONEMENT
9.1 The Convenor or his representative shall, at his/her discretion, decide to postpone a match if he/she thinks the venue is unfit for play, or for any other valid reasons for which he/she deems a postponement is in order. Teams must abide by the decision of the Convenor or his/her representative.
9.2 If the need arises, teams may have to play their postponed games on Saturday mornings.

10 WITHDRAWAL AND WALKOVER
10.1 Any withdrawal or walkover is considered to be contrary to the spirit of the game.
10.2 Schools participating in the Championship should not withdraw or give a walkover.
10.3 For each withdrawal5 or walkover, a written explanation duly endorsed by the Principal shall be submitted to the Convenor and the Game Advisor within two (2) working days.
10.4 The minimum number of players is 18 per team. If a team is unable to field them within 15 minutes after the scheduled game time, the MDC on site shall award the match to

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