Attention Playoff Clubs – Discipline Update

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT 2 YELLOW CARDS IN SUCCESSIVE MATCHES, NO LONGER CREATES AN “AUTO 8” (I.E. AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION FOR 8 DAYS OR ONE (1) MATCH. THE RULE IS 3 YELLOW CARDS WITHIN A 12 MONTH PERIOD WILL CREATE AN AUTOMATIC ONE MATCH MINIMUM SUSPENSION. IF YOU HAVE A PLAYER THAT: 1) RECEIVES A RED CARD; 2) RECEIVES 2 YELLOWS IN A MATCH AND IS THEREFORE SENT OFF (I.E. RED CARD); OR 3) RECEIVES THREE (3) YELLOW CARDS IN A 12 MONTH PERIOD, THAT PLAYER IS INELIGIBLE FOR THE NEXT MATCH. THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL SANCTION, DEPENDING ON THE INFRACTION, HOWEVER THESE 3 SITUATIONS AUTOMATICALLY TRIGGER THE “AUTO 8” (I.E. SUSPENDED/INELIGIBLE FOR MATCH PLAY FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED MATCH) AND DOES NOT REQUIRE NOTIFICATION OF SUCH FROM THE DC. EACH CLUB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING WHETHER THEIR PLAYERS HAVE RECEIVED SUCH AND WHETHER THE “AUTO 8” HAS TRIGGERED. IF THERE IS ANY QUESTION ABOUT A PLAYER’S ELIGIBILITY AS A RESULT OF CARDS ISSUED, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT ME TO CONFIRM ELIGIBILITY, PREFERABLY NOT ON MATCH DAY, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE TO ALLOW FOR AN INFORMED ANSWER/DECISION.

BE AWARE THAT CARDS ISSUED IN PLAYOFF MATCHES MAY AFFECT THE PLAYER’S ELIGIBILITY IN ADVANCING MATCHES, DEPENDING ON THE PLAYER’S HISTORY.
BELOW IS THE EXCERPT OF THE DISCIPLINARY RULES AND PROCEDURES THAT CAN FOUND ON THE TRU WEBSITE AT: http://texasrugbyunion.com/disciplinary-procedures/

PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED WHENEVER A PLAYER IS ORDERED OFF (RED CARD) FROM A MATCH, OR IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED (YELLOW CARD) FOR FOUL PLAY FROM 3 MATCHES WITHIN A 12 MONTH PERIOD:
Yellow Card: As used in these guidelines “Yellow card” refers to those temporary suspensions that result from infractions of Laws 10.1 or 10.4, only.

Competitive regular match play during a sanctioned and administered competition- The player is automatically suspended from all further play until the situation is reviewed by the appropriate Local DC.
Inter-GU/Conference/SRO/Social play — In the event there is a common governing body for both participating teams, the Disciplinary Committee of the common governing body shall be responsible for the initial adjudication of any matter. If there is no common governing body (e.g. for cross GU/Conference/SRO play), the Local DC of the player’s home area shall have initial jurisdiction of the matter.

For all such matches the DC with initial jurisdiction shall review the player’s situation within 4 days of the conclusion of the match and follow the provisions of World Rugby Regulation 17 to determine if and how to impose further sanctions under World Rugby Regulation 17 Appendix 1. A written decision shall be promptly issued to all involved, and copies sent to the player’s local governing organization, the USAR Disciplinary Committee (“USAR DC”), and the Referee Department of USAR.

Upon a player’s being Ordered Off/Red Card, or receiving two (2) Temporary Suspensions/Yellow Cards for foul play during an Event or three (3) Temporary Suspensions/Yellow Cards for foul play during a competition, the player is automatically suspended from further play in the Event or Competition for 8 days (or the next available match) until the Event DC or Competition DC reviews the situation and determines if and when the player may play further during the event. If additional sanction is determined, the sanction will be updated.

THANK YOU AND I WISH YOU ALL A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION TO THE 2016-17 SEASON.

FOR THOSE CLUBS WHO HAVE ADVANCED INTO THE PLAYOFFS, I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK.

SCOT COURTNEY
TRU DC

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