- Open to all clubs in membership of the YRFU. Competition, played on a knockout basis, will comprise a Cup Competition.
- The competition will be organised by the Competitions Sub – Committee of the Junior Mini Committee. (Chairman, Secretary and Competitions Secretary). The decision of this committee shall be binding and final on any matter not provided for in, and on the interpretation of these rules, subject to the right of appeal below.
- All players MUST be under the stated age at on 31st August/1st September at the beginning of the current season. Players should also be bona fide members of their club at least 3 weeks prior to any round of the competition. The Yorkshire Cup competition is strictly for specific age groups only. The mixing of age group players for this competition only is not allowed.
(a) Each squad shall consist of 17 players (U11) or 18 players (U12) maximum
(b) Players for each age group/squad must be registered with the RFU and possess an RFU Registration Number. These are obtained by the club registering the player through the RFU’s club website “First Rugby”. Dates of all games are in accordance with the structured season document, published in the previous season. Clubs do not need to re-register players previously registered with that club. Registrations would only be expected from transferring players or new players to the game.
(c) Each team shall at the beginning of the competition, complete and register by e-mail with the Midi Competitions Secretary a registration sheet (WORD Document) of their nominated 17/18 player squad.
(d) For every change made to the 17/18 man listing (and being compliant with 3 above) a new registration sheet should be completed and registered with the competitions secretary at least 2 hours prior to the game (by e-mail).
(e) All teams MUST take a copy of their signed registered team sheet and exchange with their opposite coach 30 minutes prior to kick off. Coaches MUST check opposition ID cards by players parading in front of them.
(f) Any club failing to comply with the provisions of Clause 3 of these Rules shall at the discretion of the Competitions Sub-Committee of the Yorkshire Junior/Mini Committee (“The Competitions Committee”) be subject to disqualification from the competition or such other punishment as the Competitions Committee may consider appropriate subject to the right of appeal mentioned below. The Competitions Committee may delegate the application and enforcement of this Rule to one or more of its members for any match or matches played in the Competition.
(g) All teams entering the competition will be required to register with the competition secretary a list of players eligible to play for their respective club. This should include the registration number from the players RFU registration card. If no number is submitted, then the player is not eligible to play in the Yorkshire Cup Competition. New player details can be added at any time, but must include registration number. As well as being compliant with all of 3 above.
- No player may play in the Yorkshire Cup competition for more than one club or age group. (Registration sheets are compared by the competition secretary).
- The draw will be made by The Competitions Secretary and the matches will be played on the dates agreed by the full Junior/Mini Committee.
- The dates published at the commencement of each season are the dates by which the game must be played. Only exceptional circumstances will allow this rule to be waived. In all cases, the Competitions secretary must be informed as soon as possible. Any clubs/age group experiencing difficulty in meeting the competition dates published should consider their involvement in the competition at the outset. If clubs are still unable to play on the date as directed by the Competition Secretary, then the club who were originally unable to play on the designated date will forfeit the game.
- All matches to be played to RFU laws. (as published with the RFU Playing Continuum with CB Variations included in these rules of competition).
(a) Also confirm that if a team is unable to field an experienced front row then the games will be played on a “passive scrum basis” You must inform your opposite number and the referee at the 30 minute team sheet exchange before the game, and if possible before the day of the game.
(b) In the case of a semi- final or final in all competitions, both sides must field an experienced front row. Failure at this stage of the competition will result in the game being awarded to the compliant team. Teams who knowingly attend a semi or final game without a recognised front row will forfeit the game.
Under 11’s and 12’s games will use pitch sizes, correct ball size and play to the maximum time allowable (20 minutes each way) as laid down for a single game within the RFU Continuum.
- If any match is tied at the end of normal time, the result will be decided in accordance with the following:
(a) The team scoring the most tries.
(b) The team scoring the most Conversions following tries.
(c) The visiting team.
- The semi final games of the competition will be played on a drawn basis. If this game results in a draw the game will have to be replayed, with a change of venue. The result of the second game will then be subject to the criteria as stated in rule 8 above.
- In the final of all competitions, if at the end of normal time the scores are equal, the trophy will be shared. The finals will be at a venue as arranged and agreed by the Competitions Sub Committee.
- A winning limit of 40 clear points (i.e. 40 – 0, 50 – 10) will be imposed in all games. The score at this time will be the result and is the one which is to be reported to the Competitions Secretary. By agreement between the two clubs, the match should revert to a friendly with the victors taking off their better players to make the game more even.
- Up to 5 players may be replaced. A player who has been permanently replaced must NOT resume playing in the match. (with the exception of directly replacing a bloodied player or an injured front row player).
- The first named team is the home side and is responsible for ensuring that the match official is a fully qualified coach and referee. Wherever possible, the appointment of an independent referee, familiar with the laws of the game at under 11’s and 12’s is preferable.
- Winning Team must inform competition Secretary of results by email before 21.00 hrs on day of game. Failure to adhere will result in a penalty up to and including expulsion from the competition.
- Where after a tie in the Competition a club alleges that its opposing club in that tie was in breach of Rules 3 or 4 of these Rules it may lodge a complaint to the Competitions Secretary within 24 hours of the conclusion of the tie in question and confirm the complaint in writing to the Competitions Secretary within 48 hours. The complaint must:-
(a). Be made by an official, duly authorized for that purpose. (Club Chair or Fixtures Secretary only)
(b). Set out full particulars of the alleged breach.
A club not involved in the tie may not lodge a complaint
(ii) Where the Competitions Committee, any of its Officers or any person delegated for that purpose under Rule 3 is of the opinion that a club has committed a breach of these rules he shall so advise the Competitions Secretary
(iii) Where a complaint is received by the Competitions Secretary under Rule 16 (i) or Rule 15 (ii) the Competitions Secretary shall forthwith advise the alleged offending club of the allegations made against it and convene a meeting of a panel comprised of no more than three members of the Junior/Mini Committee (the Disciplinary Panel) who shall determine the issues and where appropriate impose a penalty in accordance with Rule 3 of these Rules.
(iv) Where a party is aggrieved by a decision of the Disciplinary Panel that party may appeal against the decision by an appeal within 24 hours either by e-mail or by telephone if confirmed in writing within 48 hours. The appeal must set out the grounds of appeal and be made by an official of the appellate club duly authorized for that purpose. (15 (i) a)
(v) Where an appeal is lodged the Competitions Secretary shall convene a hearing before a panel of three persons who are independent of the Junior/Mini Committee or with the consent of the appellant club, an independent arbitrator who shall determine the appeal. Each club involved in the tie shall be entitled to make representations on the appeal by way of written representations only. The Appeal panel or independent arbitrator shall determine the procedure upon the hearing of the appeal but shall only have jurisdiction to uphold the sentence or the appeal and not to vary the sentence.
(vi) Where a club is aggrieved by a decision of the Competitions Committee against a decision taken under Rule 6 an appeal may be made following the procedure laid down in 15(iv) save that time shall run from the time of communication of the decision by the Competitions Secretary.
- Clubs are responsible for their own travelling expenses and the home club is responsible for the paying of the referee’s expenses. (Where applicable)
- All games MUST be played within an enclosed area. Pitches MUST be roped/fenced off and replacements, spectators etc, kept behind the barrier. ONLY the coaches, match officials and first aiders being pitch side.
- Clubs unable to fulfil their Cup entry, MUST inform the Competitions Secretary immediately on receipt of the cup draw.
- Any team which has to cancel one game on more than 1 occasion will automatically forfeit home advantage and will play that game at their opponents ground. (The competitions secretary must be informed following any weather cancellations, who may, under exceptional circumstances, extend this ruling to two occasions).
- As part of the county child protection guidelines, any club discovered and proven allowing any contact with alcoholic drink, including celebratory spraying as well as consumption of alcohol by any player in the participating age groups will automatically be excluded from the competition in the following season. They will in addition be required to show internal club disciplinary outcomes against any adult who knowingly supplies alcohol products to players. This includes coaches and parents.