|Please note that ICC and BC Board have agreed to accept the BCRU Age Grade Committee’s recommendation that BCRU adopts the attached IRB Regulation restricting playing time for players aged up to Under 19 to 90 minutes per day under any circumstances, with immediate effect, for all players participating in Rugby in British Columbia. This ruling applies to all players in this age group playing in mini rugby, age grade Rugby, or senior Rugby games.
"The Council (IRB), at its recent Annual Meeting agreed that 90 minutes be adopted as the maximum playing time permitted in one day for Age Grade Rugby Players. In association with the above decision the Council also agreed that Unions be requested to ensure that Unions engaging in Age Grade Rugby consider their duty of care and that all necessary safety requirements are adhered to."
The ruling is essentially a move by the IRB to remove a loophole in the definition of playing time for this age group identified by the referees who were concerned about the liability issues of players playing in more than one game in a day. U19 Laws of the Game clearly state playing time for a U19 game must not exceed 70 minutes under any circumstances (Law 5.1 Under 19 Variations). There are also regulations limiting playing time in tournaments involving age grade players in any one day. The loop hole was that there were no regulations governing the amount of time played in non-tournament multiple games and a number of U19 players were playing in all or part of two or more games in a day.
Clubs are requested to inform all coaches of this new regulation and ensure that it is adhered to at all times.