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 Competition Format

  • Points awarded are: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.

  • Group placing determined by: points accrued, try difference, tries scored, head to head result (if 2 teams), sudden death penalty shootout.

  • For supporting rugby in your school please visit https://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/education/schools/primary/   


Draw Format

  • Round robin groups. All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.


  • No seedings.



       •     Cluster Certificates: GOLD: winners. SILVER: runners-up. BRONZE: 3rd place.

  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.


Kit & Equipment

  • Please provide own warm up balls. Match balls are provided.

  • Trainers/astro and moulded boots are allowed. No metal blades or studded boots will be permitted.

  • Schools should supply all players with a ‘tag belt’ that has two ribbons (tags) attached to Velcro. The belt must be worn around the waist with all loose clothing tucked in. The tags are positioned either side of the hips.

  • Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.



  • Ball carriers can run or dodge potential taggers but cannot fend off, guard or shield their tags.

  • Players are permitted to spin away from a defender, but are NOT permitted to continuously spin. Diving to avoid being tagged is not permitted.

  • The game will commence with a Play-the-Ball, centre field.

  • The team in possession has the ball for a total of six tags regardless of errors. If a player makes any error (forward pass, knock on, steps off the pitch), it counts as a tag and that player should Play-the-Ball at the point the error occurred. Their team will continue with possession for the remainder of their six plays.

  • If a try has not been scored after 6 tags, possession turns over to the defending team at the point of the last tag.

  • Any acts of unsporting behaviour will result in a handover to the non-offending team at the place where the incident occurred and play restarted with a Play-the-Ball.

  • Play-the-Ball:

  • The ball carrier must return to the spot where the tag occurred.

  • Facing the way they are playing, the player places the ball on the ground and rolls the ball back with their foot to a team mate.

  • The team mate who gathers the ball from this position (called the Dummy half) must pass the ball from the Play-the-Ball and should not run forwards. They are able to take steps laterally to assist with passing. You cannot score from a Dummy Half. N.B Any player can be the Dummy Half and the player at Dummy Half could change at every Play-the-Ball.

  • Defence must maintain a distance of 5 metres until the Dummy Half passes the ball and must retreat 5 metres after each tag. The Dummy Half should not deliberately delay the pass and repeatedly delaying the pass intentionally may be penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • If a defender does not retreat 5 metres, they will be deemed to be offside. If a tag is made from an offside position, the attacker should play the ball as normal, but the tag will not add to the tag count. Repeated or deliberate offside offences will be penalised as unsporting behaviour & the tag count reset to zero.

  • Tagging:

  • Only the player in possession of the ball can be tagged.

  • A tag is simply the removal by a defender of one of two of the ribbons from the ball carrier.

  • When a defender has removed the tag, he/she stands still at the point at which the tag was removed.

  • The attacker returns to where the defender is holding the tag and restarts the game by 'playing the ball' backwards in the correct manner. Immediately following the 'Play-the-Ball', the defender must present the tag back to the tagged player. Neither the defender nor the tagged player can take any further part in the game without both tags properly in place on their belts.

  • Scoring a Try:

  • A try is scored in the normal way by placing or touching the ball down on or over your opponents' try line.

  • If tagged in the act of scoring the try will stand.

  • After a try has been scored the non scoring team will restart with a Play-the-Ball, centre field on the half way line. All other starts and restarts will also be with a Play-the-Ball whatever the situation.



  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending.

Winner's Pathway

  • The top four schools will qualify for the Borough Finals on Friday 6th March 2020 at Tooting & Mitcham FC.


Safeguarding and DBS

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.


We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:


•           have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment

•           are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events


All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.


Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.


For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here


If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here


Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.



MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.


For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.


Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.


Social Media

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.


Email: info@mertonssp.org.uk


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP


Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp


First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.


Comments, Compliments and Complaints

MSSP aims to deliver a first class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here