The first meeting of the season was held at Shelford RFC and was well attended. A number of topics were mentioned, with a brief update from the management group before discussions around the following points:
- All members and clubs have recently been sent a memorandum regarding on-field behaviour and upholding the game values/spirit of the game. The memo can be downloaded here. It was noted that the standards amongst the clubs in the region is generally very high, but it is the responsibility of the entire rugby community to ensure that the game values are maintained.
- All referees were reminded of their responsibility around player safety and head injuries. All referees, coaches and players are asked to complete the Headcase training on a regular basis (i.e. at the start of each season).
- Referees are reminded to be fully aware of all youth/U19 variations – referees should note that a game can only continue with the agreement of both coaches if the score differential becomes greater than 50 points (or 6 tries in games where kicks are not taken). Referees are advised to speak to coaches at a convenient moment before the differential reaches 50 points if the game starts to become heavily one-sided. If anyone has any questions regarding youth rugby and regulations, please feel free to ask one of the management group who will be able to point you in the right direction.