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MORE THAN A GAME

A GUIDE TO PLAYING & EVENT MANAGEMENT

TOUCHRUGBY

INTRODUCTION - WHAT IS TOUCHRUGBY?
The origins of touchrugby can be traced back to Australia in the 1960s where it was used as a warmup game for rugby codes. The simplicity of this game is unique; all you need is a rugby ball, a space to play and a group of friends. Touchrugby is a fast moving, minimal contact, evasive game that is played throughout the world by men and women of all ages and skill levels. The game is similar to rugby but without the tackling, scrummaging, rucking, mauling, lineouts and kicking. This fast, simple and exciting game promotes the fundamental skills of running, handling, evasion and support play, whilst developing basic principles of attack and defence, without the fear of getting hurt.

PART 1 - WHY TOUCHRUGBY?
Flexibility: Touchrugby is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. You can play in either men’s, women’s or mixed divisions. Touchrugby is a minimal contact, recreational sport that is about playing the game on the field and also the social atmosphere afterwards. Touchrugby is a fun game for the local park or even the beach. It is easy to learn and a great way to get in shape. Touchrugby can also be used for simple dodging, chasing and warm-up activities.

PART 2 - UNDERSTANDING THE GAME
Object of the game: The object of the game is for each team to score ‘touchdowns’ and to prevent the opposition from scoring. The ball may be passed, knocked or handed between on-side players of the attacking team, who may in turn, run or otherwise move with the ball in an attempt to gain territorial advantage and score. Defending players prevent the attacking team from gaining a territorial advantage by touching the ball carrier. Either defending or attacking players may initiate the touch.

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Start of the game: The team that wins the coin toss chooses the direction of play and must start with a ‘tap’ from the middle of the field. The defending team must be back 10 metres for the start of play and after each touchdown. Duration of the game: The duration of the game can be varied to suit your local circumstances. But as a guide try 2 x 10-minute halves. Size of the field: The size of the field can vary, but the game will generally be played on half a rugby field (playing across the field). Posts are not required to play touchrugby. Number of players: Teams can consist of up to a maximum of 14 players, 6 on the field at anyone time. It is suggested that teams of between 8 and 10 help to encourage maximum involvement and activity. Method of scoring: A touchdown is awarded when an attacking player places the ball on the ground, on or over the defending team’s scoreline. A touchdown is worth 1 point. The person who takes the role of ‘dummy half’ (the person who receives the ball from the player starting the game) can cross the try-line, but not score. After a team scores, the play begins again with a tap in the middle of the field by the non-scoring team.

After being touched 6 times, the ball is handed over to the other side. If a touch is considered to be too strong, a penalty will be awarded against the offending team. The dummy half is not allowed to be caught whilst in possession of the ball. If the dummy half is caught with the ball, possession is handed over to the opposition who will recommence play with a Rollball. The Rollball: The Rollball is affected by the attacking player positioning on the mark, facing the defenders’ scoreline, standing parallel to the sidelines, and rolling the ball backwards along the ground between his/her feet. If the ball is rolled more than 1 metre, a penalty will be awarded to the opposition. ‘Voluntary Rollball’ occurs when the player is not touched and rolls the ball between his/her legs. This is not permitted and will result in a penalty to the opposition. The Penalty: If a player is penalised, his/her team must retreat 10 metres. A penalty is taken by placing the...
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