2016 INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS RUGBY TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Welcome to the 2016 Intermediate Schools Rugby Tournament. The focus for the 2016 tournament will be on Boys Tackle 7’s and Girls Rippa 7’s. With the expansion of 7’s rugby in the girls area in particular, the North Harbour Rugby Union is aiming to grow the sport in this capacity, while offering more tackle 7’s tournaments for our boys’ players. We have introduced a Development Grade for Boys 7’s to give the smaller schools and/or younger inexperienced players an opportunity to give rugby go.  If you are unsure what grade to enter, don’t worry we will grade the teams.

WHY AN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT?
To provide Intermediate School players the opportunity to experience rugby. With our Primary School Tournaments being such a success it’s important that we give a further development step for boys and girls interested in playing rugby before reaching Secondary School. The Intermediate School Tournaments (IST) will give the players experience and understanding of 7’s Rippa, with a view that they may elect to play tackle rugby as they move into Secondary School.

WHEN IS IT?
There will be 3 tournaments run throughout 2016 at QBE Stadium (Marist RFC).

DATES AND TIMES:

Term 2: Wednesday June 1st 10am-2pm (save day Friday June 3rd)  - PLEASE NOTE THE SAVE DAY WILL BE USED FOR THIS DATE 
Term 2: Wednesday July 6th 10am-2pm (save day Friday July 8th)
Term 3: Wednesday August 3rd 10am-2pm (save day Friday August 5th)

All teams are to be assembled by 9.30am (weigh-in for boys) with games finished for departure at 2.00pm.

Games will be held on the Marist RFC grounds at QBE Stadium.

HOW MUCH SCHOOL TIME IS TAKEN UP?
The tournaments would run from 9.30am – 2.00pm and there are 3 tournaments throughout the year. Therefore, your students would be off school for only 3 days in the year.

HOW CAN I ENTER A TEAM?
Fill out the attached registration form and return fax or email before Friday March 4th 2016. Once entry has been forwarded to us, schools and coaches will be contacted via email about tournament rules, times and draws.

WHO COACHES MY TEAM?
A teacher from your school, a parent, your local club or secondary school could provide someone. To help out with upskilling coaches, North Harbour Rugby is running numerous free junior coaching courses where all coaches are welcome.  Please check our website www.harbourrugby.co.nz for dates.

WHO CAN PLAY?
The girls’ Rippa 7’s is made up of 7 players on the field and up to 5 substitutions on the sides.  Click here for Rippa Rules  The boys tackle 7’s is made up of 7 players on the field and up to 5 substitutions on the side. Players can be selected from Year 7 and/or 8 as long as they are under 13 years of age as of January 1st 2016. All boys tackle players MUST also be under-57kg. A weigh-in will be mandatory for each tackle rugby player at the start of each tournament.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO PLAYERS NEED?
Teams can play in school colours which should be identified on the entry form. For schools that have entered before and need to replace any Rippa rugby gear this can now be sourced through all major sports distributors. Mouth guards are COMPULSORY in Tackle, and play is barefoot in both codes.

TRANSPORT:
Schools need to provide their own transport to and from playing venues.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There is a team charge of $100 per team for all 3 tournaments, $75 per team for 2 tournaments and $50 per team for 1 tournament; this money is to be sent to the Union with the registration forms, or on the first day of the tournament handed to a NHRU staff member.

PLAYER/COACH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER COACHING SESSION OFFER:
If a school would like one of the North Harbour Rugby Player/Coach Development Officers to attend their school and run a coaching session as a promotional event for players or potential players, please contact North Harbour Rugby and we can arrange times for this to happen.

CANCELLATIONS:
In the event of ground closure or bad weather conditions the tournament day will be postponed to the Save Day. If we are unable to play on the Save Day then the tournament will be cancelled. Postponements and Cancellations will be communicated via email and a phone call will be made to your school reception by 3pm on the day before the tournament. If the grounds are not closed until the morning of the tournament this information will be emailed and phoned to your school by 8am.  We will also phone the school contact on the registration form.