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GAME RULES NORTH SEA BEACH RUGBY

Beach Rugby with five players (Beach Fives) is a straightforward and easy-to-understand contact sport. There are clear and for North Sea Beach Rugby rules in force of the EBRA/IRB to make everything revolve around speed and excitement.  Beach Rugby (Beach Fives Rugby) is gaining more and more popularity among players as well as spectators, and its format is ideally suited for live video coverage. 

 

There is one essential rule for Beach Fives Rugby that everyone must know and keep in mind: the two-second rule.

When a ball carrier comes into contact with or is tackled by an opponent, the ball carrier must pass or release the ball within two seconds. The two-second rule simplifies the game, maintains the high speed of the game, and keeps the match lively. It encourages players to be more agile (in their ball handling skills) and quick. Furthermore, it greatly reduces the chance of injury.

Further rules Beach Rugby (for a complete overview download the Beach Fives Rugby rules)

  • The beach fives rugby field has a total length of 31 meters (25 meter playing field and 2 in-goal areas of 3 meters) and a total width of 25 meters.
  • The teams are made up of 5 ‘in-field’ players, 7 replacements are admitted and interchangeable at times during the match without any need to call for the referee’s permission, although the interchange must take place only during a standstill of play. In this event, players may enter the field
    1 meter from the enclosure in a central position, although they may exit from whatever position. As soon as the referee becomes aware that a team has more than 5 players on the field, he may disallow any action that has taken place in the meantime, unless the opponent team have gained an advantage
    (Ex. 1: a try is scored and the defending team has 6 players on the field: the score stands. Ex. 2: a try is scored and the attacking team has 6 players on the field: the try is disallowed).
  • Only the recognized captain may report to the referee to ask for explanations or flag serious infringements such as the opponents having 6 players on the field.
  • The try is worth one point and there are no goals after a try.
  • The ball used in the game shall be a no. 4 type.
  •  It is not allowed to kick the ball.
  • Line-out and scrummage are eliminated and play is reassumed by a free kick.
  • When the player carrying the ball is caught by the opponent, from that point, he must release the ball within 2 seconds by passing it over or leaving it to anybody’s disposal. If this rule is not observed, his/her team will lose possession of the ball.
  • After scoring a try, the ball will be free-kicked from the middle of the field by the team suffering the try, quickly if the ball has been brought to the In-goal without any forward passes; otherwise, they will have to wait until the opponents have taken their positions
  • The distance from the ball for penalty kicks or kick-off shall be 5 meters.
    Penalty: If this distance is not observed, the referee will ascribe a further 5-meter penalty to the player.
  • A match consists of two halves of 5 minutes each with a 3 minutes’ interval.
  • In case a match ends in a draw, an additional limitless period will be played under the sudden-death rule, i.e. the fist scoring team is the winner.
  •  In case some teams rank with the same score during qualification rounds, the team with the highest number of tries will qualify.
  • When an attacking player carries the ball into in-goal or over the goal line that player has three seconds to score a try. Penalty: A free kick is awarded to the opposing team 5 metres from the goal line.
  • When an attacking player carries the ball into in-goal or over the goal line that player has three seconds to score a try. Penalty: A free kick is awarded to the opposing team 5 metres from the goal line. The player who made the offense is temporarily suspended for 2 minutes.
  • All the players shall wear tear-resistant jerseys and not t-shirts with the players’ numbers on the back. Before the start of the game, this is controlled by either referee or other officials for the tournament.

For questions or queries, email us.

Rules are consistent with the EBRA (European Beach Rugby Association) and the IRB (International Rugby Board)

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The Hague Beach Stadium
Strandweg 1

2586 JK The Hague / Scheveningen
The Netherlands

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The Netherlands

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