RRRC Competition Guidelines

Updated 4/11/16

The RRRC Competitions Committee has created and approved the below competition guidelines:

13 Locations and Match Logistics

In each league, each club will play every other club in that league at least once in each round, unless a home/away requirement is necessary to meet match minimums. Matches may be arranged on the principal of reciprocal home matches from season to season, but the competition committee shall always have regard for the best interests of the competition when allocating locations.

In the event of a club playing multiple divisional games, the lower divisional game must be played first. Any variation to match times, and/or dates is subject to the approval of the opposition Club, the appointed Referee, and the Division Coordinator. All matches shall commence at the time appropriate to allow for travel time for the opposition.

Clubs within Driving Distance:

Home Clubs are required to contact their opponents not later than Tuesday prior to their scheduled league matches to provide logistics information. The teams are to work alternate mutually agreeable arrangements if there is a problem with the weekend’s scheduled pitch.

Matches for two clubs requiring Flight arrangements:

Home Clubs are required to contact their opponents with a full month’s notice prior to their scheduled league matches to provide logistics information. The teams are to work alternate mutually agreeable arrangements if there is a problem with the weekend’s scheduled pitch.

14 League Schedules

Each divisional league match schedule should be completed at least 90 days prior to the beginning of league play. Teams within the respective divisions will be allowed to review the schedule and recommend changes for a period of two weeks. After the two week review period the schedule will be considered final. Any schedule changes requested by a team after the schedule has been finalized will be made at the discretion of the RRRC. League schedulers are encouraged to reach out to the member teams prior to producing the schedule to incorporate any potential requested block out dates. However, there are no guarantees that these requests will be honored. The RRRC divisional representatives should work closely with their respective TRU league schedulers to insure the league scheduling process goes smoothly.

15 Match Cancellation Policy

Cancelled matches are frequently determined well in advance of the scheduled match date and should be rescheduled in a timely fashion. If a field cancellation occurs for any reason within 24 hours of the originally scheduled match and another suitable and reasonable field within 30 miles cannot be located, the weather rescheduling policy (section 16) should be followed. Otherwise, If the original Home field was cancelled (more than 24 hours in advance), the Home team shall make any/all effort to secure a suitable and reasonable field for the same date no further than 30 miles in additional travel distance from the original venue for the Away team.

If the Home team cannot secure a field as stated above, the teams will negotiate for a make-up date during the Competitive Season within the vicinity of the original Home team. If a reschedule decision cannot be reached by the two teams prior to 5 p.m. on the date of the originally scheduled match, the match will be rescheduled by the RRRC on the earliest available Make-up Date (as prescribed in section 16).

If either team requests a match to be cancelled for any other reason, the teams will negotiate for a make-up date as stated above. The team requesting the cancellation risks forfeiting the match if a reasonable reschedule date cannot be determined.

16 Weather and Rescheduling Requirements

In the event that inclement weather prevents a match from taking place, the match should be rescheduled for the following day. Every effort should be made to limit the inconvenience to the traveling team and the referee when cancelling a match due to weather. As soon as the host team has determined a match should be cancelled due to weather it must immediately give notice to:
The RRRC Competitions Committee chairperson

  • The TRU Administrator
  • The respective TRU divisional representative
  • The TRRA referees appointments officer
  • The referee assigned to the match
  • The opposition club and/or match secretary

If inclement weather has caused match fields to be unavailable, or travel conditions dangerous (or is expected to) then the match(es) should be cancelled and rescheduled to be played on the following day. All teams should be made aware that the standard procedure for rescheduling weathered out matches is to play them on the following day. Teams should plan for this when scheduling or requesting fields from 3rd parties. If the weather conditions prevent the match from being played on the following day, or if other extenuating circumstances exist that prevent the match from occurring the following day, then the RRRC will reschedule the match in accordance with the following options in this order:

  1. A date mutually agreed to by both teams
  2. The next open weekend for both teams
  3. A mid-week match within the following 2 weeks

The reschedule decision will be made based on the following considerations:

  1. Soonest possible makeup date
  2. Referee availability
  3. Field availability
  4. Fairness to both teams

17 Forfeits

Forfeiture of a match will result in being barred from the playoffs and advancement within the current competitive season. A second occurrence in the competitive season will warrant relegation to the next lower division for the following competitive cycle.

Any club unable to keep its engagement (forfeiting) in any match must give notice to:

  • The RRRC Competitions Committee chairperson
  • The TRU Administrator
  • The respective TRU divisional representative
  • The TRRA referees appointments officer
  • The referee assigned to the match
  • The opposition club and/or match secretary on/by the Wednesday prior to the match.

The maximum competition points (5) shall be awarded to the opposition Team, and the match will be listed as a win of 28 points to zero, as entered within the CMS system. The forfeiting team shall also receive one negative point towards the standings.

The minimum number of players a Team may field without forfeit is Twelve (12). If a Team drops below twelve players during the match for any reason, the match will be forfeit. Playing a fifteens match with fewer than twelve players has been deemed a safety issue.

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