Rugby - Flag/Touch
Elementary - Interschool 2018
Rugby - Tackle is not an appropriate activity at the Elementary – Interschool level.
A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D – Sample First Aid Kit)
A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.
Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the coach.
Balls must be appropriate to the size and ability of athletes.
Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.
Moulded cleats only. No metal or compound cleats.
The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA, and local athletic association. Consult the Fundamentals of Safety when jewellery is not addressed by the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA or the local athletic association
When long hair poses a safety risk it must be secured. Devices (for example, hair pins, clips and barrettes) used to tie back long hair must not present a safety concern.
Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the coach.
Goalposts must be padded if in field of play. Padding must be 1.8m (6’ high).
Playing area must be inspected regularly, be free from debris and obstructions, and be well removed from traffic areas.
The playing surface must provide safe footing and traction.
Practices: Holes, hazards (e.g. glass, rocks, sprinkler heads, sewer grates), and severely uneven surfaces must be identified. The conditions must be made safe or the activity must be modified or moved to a safe location. Hazards which cannot be removed must be brought to the attention of the athletes. Coach must notify principal/designate of unsafe field conditions.
Competitions: Where hazardous conditions that cannot be avoided are identified by the coach and/or officials the conditions must be made safe or the competition must be cancelled or moved to a safe location. Coach must notify principal/designate of unsafe field conditions.
Use collapsible flags or soft pylons to mark corners, mid-line and 22m (72’) line, or flags off the sidelines.
Turning points, finish lines, end zones, and boundaries must be a safe distance away from walls, stages, equipment, trees, posts, natural hazards, and holes. Walls, stages, equipment, trees and posts must not be used as turning points, finish lines, end zones or boundaries. A marker (for example, line or pylon) must be designated and be properly identified.
Consult the Fundamentals of Safety for the opening and closing of gymnasium divider doors/curtains.
When running takes place off school site for a warm, conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:
- Coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems prior to initial use of route or course.
- Coaches must outline to the students the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution) before the start of the run.
- Coaches must determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.
Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)
Any exposed orthopaedic apparatus (e.g., knee brace, cast) that presents a safety concern to other players must be soft or padded. Such devices must be approved by the official prior to the commencement of the game.
Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.
Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.
Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.
The activities must be based on skills that are taught.
The skills must be taught in proper progression.
A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included.
Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.
No tackling or full body contact.
Flags must not be tucked or tied to the belt and must release easily when pulled.
When playing touch/tag rugby:
- clearly define areas of the body that can be touched/tagged (e.g. arms, legs, back)
- inform students that a tag is a touch, not a push, grab or punch
Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.
When environmental conditions may pose a risk to student safety (e.g. thunderstorms [lightning] or student(s) with asthma, triggered by air quality), teachers must take into consideration their school board/school’s protocols and procedures related to:
- environmental conditions (consult Appendices F-1 to F-6: Lightning Protocol, Sample Air Quality Index, Sample Temperature, Tornado, Ultra Violet Index, and Wind Velocity Preparedness Guides]); and
- insects (e.g., mosquitoes and ticks [consult the school/school board’s protocols and/or regional Public Health Department’s website]).
Students must receive instruction on safety procedures related to environmental conditions and be made aware of ways to protect themselves (e.g. sun burn, heat stroke).
At all times the school board’s weather and insect procedures are the minimum standards. In situations where a higher standard of care is presented (e.g., outside activity providers, facility/program coordinators), the higher standard of care must be followed.
On-site supervision is required.
Students must be informed that the use of equipment and the gymnasium are prohibited without supervision. In addition to verbal communication, the doors must be locked or signs must be posted indicating that students are not allowed to use the gym unless appropriately supervised.
The head coach must demonstrate knowledge of the sport, skills and strategies to the principal or designate.
All coaches must be familiar with and implement where applicable the criteria outlined in Appendix P – Coaching Expectations.
An individual who takes responsibility for providing first aid to injured athletes through the entirety of a practice and/or competition must follow the school board’s concussion protocol and the school’s First Aid Emergency Response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Aid Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response).
Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.
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